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The Dark Years

07/30/2007 at 2:11pm EDT
imageDid you know the Vancouver Canucks own the longest streak of losing years in NHL history? I didn't, but I suppose I've just been living in denial. I mean, I knew they'd sucked like a hoover, but I hadn't realized they'd actually set a record for it.Bob Waterman of the Elias Sports Bureau notes that:
The NHL's longest losing streak was 15 years, by the Vancouver Canucks in 1976-91. But that organization, unlike these Pirates, had at least one shining moment in that span: Goaltender "King" Richard Brodeur backstopped their stunning drive to the Stanley Cup final in 1981, where they lost to the New York Islanders.
The comparison to the Pirates is because MLB's Pittsburgh Pirates are currently battling to tie our illustrious record, looking at their own 15 straight years of suckage. If they achieve this, they will be joined by a few other 'star' teams. In addition to the Canucks, there is the NFL's top loser (14 years): the 1983-96 Tampa Bay Buccaneers; and the NBA's 1983-98 Kansas City/Sacramento Kings.Only 4 teams in professional sports history have ever had 15 consecutive losing years. Quite the exclusive club.The NHL's current longest losing streak is the Columbus Blue Jackets at 6 years, so they've still got a long way to go before they can steal our record.Damn.

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