The Chicago Blackhaws defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 overtime victory in game six to win the city’s first Stanley Cup in nearly 50 years; the last one coming in 1961. Patrick Kane scored the final goal and Jonathan Toews won the MVP award With the victory, the Blackhawks ended one of Chicago’s longest championship droughts. While five decades without a championship is a long time, it is not the longest streak of championship futility by a long shot. Here is a list of current and past championship droughts for the other sports teams in Chicago.
Chicago Cubs (1908 – Present):
The Chicago Cubs have not won a world series title since 1908, the current longest drought in baseball. The Cubs had a chance to end their futility in 2003 in the National League Championship Series (NLCS). Chicago lead the best of seven series 3-1 before collapsing in the final three games against the Florida Marlins dashing their hopes of an appearance in the Fall Classic. The Cubs have been to the playoffs twice since then in 2007 and 2008 but both were appearances were short lived as they were swept in the first round. 101 years and still counting
Chicago Bears: (1986 – Present)
The last Superbowl championship for this club came in 1986 as the Bears pummeled the New England Patriots 46-10 in Superbowl XX. Despite the talent the team featured of Jim McMahon, Walter, Payton and others, Chicago never made it back to the big game for another two decades. In the 2006-2007 season, the Bears surprised everyone going 13-3 and advancing to the Superbowl against Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts. While Devin Hester would score on the game’s opening kickoff, the Bears had little else to celebrate during the game as the Colts defeated the Bears 29-17. The Bears have missed the playoffs in every season since.
Chicago Bulls (1967 – 1991):
The early Chicago Bulls’ teams were very talented, especially when it came to defense. These teams featured stars such as Norm Van Lier, Jerry Sloan, Bob Love and Artis Gilmore. Despite the toughness and gritty attitude that defined these teams, the Bulls did not win a title until their 25th year in the league (1990-1991). The Bulls would end the franchise’s championship drought defeating the Lakers 4-1 in the Finals. It would be the first of six titles for the Bulls during the 1990’s. It has been twelve years since the last time the Bulls were in the Finals and they only have one playoff series victory to speak of during that time span.
Chicago White Sox (1918 – 2005):
The Chicago White Sox ended their 88 year drought back in 2005 during one of the best seasons of the franchise. The Sox won the AL Central Division with a record of 99-63 and their playoff record was just as impressive at 11-1; including a sweep of the Houston Astros in the World Series. The While Sox have only made it to the post-season once since (2008). Their appearance would be short lived as they were eliminated by Tampa Bay 3-1 in the divisional round of the playoffs.
The Blackhaws are a relatively young team and if they can keep the core of their team intact, they could possibly become one of the dominant teams in the NHL. For now though, I think it’s safe to say that the team as well as its fans just want to enjoy this win and live in the moment rather than worrying about a possible Dynasty in the making.
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