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Toronto Stratus

Win or lose, fans love Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the National Hockey League hockey teams known as the "Original Six" since the franchise survived through the Great Depression until the 1967 expansion. Unfortunately, they currently hold the dubious distinction of having the longest active Stanley Cup drought, having won their most recent Stanley Cup in 1967. To their credit, however, the franchise has won the Stanley Cup more than any other NHL (except the Montreal Canadiens) with 13 victories (even though two Cups were won under a different nickname than "Maple Leafs").

The 2001-02 team was named one of the Most Hated Teams of All Time by SportsIllustrated.com for being "a team of enforcers, including Darcy Tucker, who drew the ire of the NHL after hip-checking (Michael Peca of New York Islanders) into the boards in Game 5 of the first round of the playoffs, tearing Peca's ACL and MCL and knocking him out for the rest of the playoffs." The Leafs lost the Eastern Conference finals to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Unfortunately for their fans, the Toronto Maple Leafs have not made an appearance in the Stanley Cup play-offs since 2004.

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