Another post, another Blue Jays inspired “off-topic” topic. The city of Toronto has not won a post-season series since the Maple Leafs (you know its long when they are mentioned) won their Conference Quaterfinal way back in 2004. Since then neither the Leafs, Blue Jays or Raptors have won a playoff series. In fact, there have been way more non-playoff seasons for their teams than anyone cares to count. There are 14 metropolitan areas in North America that have the three major sports where series are played during the playoffs (MLB, NBA & NHL). This streak is by far the longest of any of these markets. The next closest is Denver, who’s last playoff series victory came in 2009 via the Nuggets.
I have included a list listing all markets with these three leagues with the last time one of their teams won a playoff series. Since this list only includes series, any playoff round that is single game elimination (NFL, CFL & MLB Wild Card) is excluded from this list. So, it goes without saying the Patriots Super Bowl championship is deflated from the records (sorry, bad joke). In the interest of leveling the playing field, I sub divided the markets with two teams in each league into sub-markets. New York is divided into city (Knicks, Rangers & Yankees) and Long Island (Islanders, Mets & Nets) as Brooklyn & Queens are technically on Long Island. Also, Los Angeles is divided into LA1 (Dodgers, Kings & Lakers) and LA2 (Angels, Clippers & Ducks).
Here is the last of last playoff series victories by metropolitan area:
City Teams Last Series Win
Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, White Sox 2015 (Cubs)
San Francisco Athletics, Giants, Sharks, Warriors 2015 (Warriors)
New York (City) Knicks, Rangers, Yankees 2015 (Rangers)
Los Angeles 2 Angels, Clippers, Ducks 2015 (Ducks)
Washington Capitals, Nationals, Wizards 2015 (Capitals)
Minneapolis Tiberwolves, Twins, Wild 2015 (Wild)
Los Angeles 1 Dodgers, Kings, Lakers 2014 (Kings)
Miami Heat, Marlins, Panthers 2014 (Heat)
New York (Island) Islanders, Mets, Nets 2014 (Nets)
Boston Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox 2014 (Bruins)
Detroit Pistons, Red Wings, Tigers 2013 (Tigers)
Phoenix Coyotes, Diamondbacks, Suns 2012 (Coyotes)
Philadelphia 76ers, Flyers, Phillies 2012 (76ers)
Dallas Mavericks, Rangers, Stars 2011 (Rangers)
Denver Avalanche, Nuggets, Rockies 2009 (Nuggets)
Toronto Blue Jays, Maple Leafs, Raptors 2004 (Maple Leafs)
Once the Division Series is over, this list wil be out of date as either Toronto/Dallas and Long Island/Los Angeles 1 will move to the top of the list.