List of NHL franchise post-season droughts

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These are lists of active and all-time NHL team post-season, post-season series win, Stanley Cup Final and Stanley Cup droughts up to and including the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Those teams which have never made it in team history are listed by the season that they entered the league, either as a new team or when they merged into the NHL from the WHA. These lists do not include the canceled 2004–05 NHL season.

Longest active droughts[change | change source]

Post-season appearance droughts[change | change source]

A post-season appearance drought is continued by not making the NHL playoffs after the regular season. Since the first round of the playoffs consists of 8 series (16 teams) and there are 30 teams in the NHL, there will always be 14 teams that did not make the most recent playoffs on this list.

The other 16 teams – Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, Washington Capitals – all made the post-season for the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Further information: List of NHL franchise post-season appearance streaks
Team Last appearance in post-season Post-season drought
Edmonton Oilers 2005–06 7 seasons
Winnipeg Jets 2006–07 6 seasons1
Dallas Stars 2007–08 5 seasons
Calgary Flames 2008–09 4 seasons
Carolina Hurricanes 2008–09 4 seasons
Columbus Blue Jackets 2008–09 4 seasons
Colorado Avalanche 2009–10 3 seasons
Buffalo Sabres 2010–11 2 seasons
Tampa Bay Lightning 2010–11 2 seasons
Florida Panthers 2011–12 1 season
Nashville Predators 2011–12 1 season
New Jersey Devils 2011–12 1 season
Philadelphia Flyers 2011–12 1 season
Phoenix Coyotes 2011–12 1 season
1 includes 4 seasons for Atlanta Thrashers (2007–08 through to 2010–11) + 2 seasons for Winnipeg Jets (2011–12 through to 2012–13)

Post-season series win droughts[change | change source]

A post-season series win drought is continued either by not making the playoffs in a season or by making the playoffs in a season but subsequently losing the first round series. Since the first round of the NHL playoffs consist of 8 series (16 teams), there will always be 22 teams in this list – the 14 teams that do not make the post-season plus the 8 teams that lose their first round series.

The other 8 teams – Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks – all won a post-season series in the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Team Last post-season
series win
Subsequent post-season
series losses
Post-season
series win drought
New York Islanders 1992–93 6 : 1993–94, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2006–07, 2012–13 19 seasons
Florida Panthers 1995–96 3 : 1996–97, 1999–2000, 2011–12 16 seasons
Winnipeg Jets never (inception of franchise in 1999–2000) 1 : 2006–07 13 seasons1
Columbus Blue Jackets never (inception of franchise in 2000–01) 1 : 2008–09 12 seasons
Minnesota Wild 2002–03 3 : 2006–07, 2007–08, 2012–13 09 seasons
Calgary Flames 2003–04 4 : 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09 08 seasons
Toronto Maple Leafs 2003–04 1 : 2012–13 08 seasons
Edmonton Oilers 2005–06 07 seasons
Buffalo Sabres 2006–07 2 : 2009–10, 2010–11 06 seasons
Colorado Avalanche 2007–08 1 : 2009–10 05 seasons
Dallas Stars 2007–08 05 seasons
Anaheim Ducks 2008–09 2 : 2010–11, 2012–13 04 seasons
Carolina Hurricanes 2008–09 04 seasons
Montreal Canadiens 2009–10 2 : 2010–11, 2012–13 03 seasons
Tampa Bay Lightning 2010–11 02 seasons
Vancouver Canucks 2010–11 2 : 2011–12, 2012–13 02 seasons
Nashville Predators 2011–12 01 season
New Jersey Devils 2011–12 01 season
Philadelphia Flyers 2011–12 01 season
Phoenix Coyotes 2011–12 01 season
St. Louis Blues 2011–12 1 : 2012–13 01 season
Washington Capitals 2011–12 1 : 2012–13 01 season
1 includes 11 seasons for Atlanta Thrashers (1999–2000 through to 2010–11) + 2 seasons for Winnipeg Jets (2011–12 through to 2012–13)

Stanley Cup Final droughts[change | change source]

This is a list of the team and the number of seasons since they have reached the Stanley Cup Final. This list does not include the two teams that made the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins.

Team Last appearance
in Stanley Cup Final
Stanley Cup
Final drought
Toronto Maple Leafs 1966–67 46 seasons
St. Louis Blues 1969–70 42 seasons
Phoenix Coyotes never (franchise entered the NHL in 1979–80) 33 seasons1
New York Islanders 1983–84 28 seasons
San Jose Sharks never (inception of franchise in 1991–92) 21 seasons
Montreal Canadiens 1992–93 19 seasons
New York Rangers 1993–94 18 seasons
Florida Panthers 1995–96 16 seasons
Nashville Predators never (inception of franchise in 1998–99) 14 seasons
Washington Capitals 1997–98 14 seasons
Buffalo Sabres 1998–99 13 seasons
Winnipeg Jets never (inception of franchise in 1999–2000) 13 seasons2
Columbus Blue Jackets never (inception of franchise in 2000–01) 12 seasons
Dallas Stars 1999–2000 12 seasons
Minnesota Wild never (inception of franchise in 2000–01) 12 seasons
Colorado Avalanche 2000–01 11 seasons
Calgary Flames 2003–04 08 seasons
Tampa Bay Lightning 2003–04 08 seasons
Carolina Hurricanes 2005–06 07 seasons
Edmonton Oilers 2005–06 07 seasons
Anaheim Ducks 2006–07 06 seasons
Ottawa Senators 2006–07 06 seasons
Detroit Red Wings 2008–09 04 seasons
Pittsburgh Penguins 2008–09 04 seasons
Philadelphia Flyers 2009–10 03 seasons
Vancouver Canucks 2010–11 02 seasons
Los Angeles Kings 2011–12 01 season
New Jersey Devils 2011–12 01 season
1 includes 17 seasons for Winnipeg Jets (1979–80 through to 1995–96) + 16 seasons for Phoenix Coyotes (1996–97 through to 2012–13)
2 includes 11 seasons for Atlanta Thrashers (1999–2000 through to 2010–11) + 2 seasons for Winnipeg Jets (2011–12 through to 2012–13)

Stanley Cup droughts[change | change source]

This is a list of the teams and the number of seasons since they have won the Stanley Cup. This list does not include the 2013 Stanley Cup champion, the Chicago Blackhawks.

Team Last Stanley Cup Subsequent Stanley Cup
Final losses
Stanley Cup
drought
Toronto Maple Leafs 1966–67 46 seasons
St. Louis Blues never (inception of franchise in 1967–68) 3 : 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70 45 seasons
Buffalo Sabres never (inception of franchise in 1970–71) 2 : 1974–75, 1998–99 42 seasons
Vancouver Canucks never (inception of franchise in 1970–71) 3 : 1981–82, 1993–94, 2010–11 42 seasons
Washington Capitals never (inception of franchise in 1974–75) 1 : 1997–98 38 seasons
Philadelphia Flyers 1974–75 6 : 1975–76, 1979–80, 1984–85, 1986–87, 1996–97, 2009–10 38 seasons
Phoenix Coyotes never (franchise entered the NHL in 1979–80) 33 seasons1
New York Islanders 1982–83 1 : 1983–84 29 seasons
Calgary Flames 1988–89 1 : 2003–04 23 seasons
Edmonton Oilers 1989–90 1 : 2005–06 22 seasons
San Jose Sharks never (inception of franchise in 1991–92) 21 seasons
Ottawa Senators never (inception of franchise in 1992–93) 1 : 2006–07 20 seasons
Montreal Canadiens 1992–93 19 seasons
Florida Panthers never (inception of franchise in 1993–94) 1 : 1995–96 19 seasons
New York Rangers 1993–94 18 seasons
Nashville Predators never (inception of franchise in 1998–99) 14 seasons
Dallas Stars 1998–99 1 : 1999–2000 13 seasons
Winnipeg Jets never (inception of franchise in 1999–2000) 13 seasons2
Minnesota Wild never (inception of franchise in 2000–01) 12 seasons
Columbus Blue Jackets never (inception of franchise in 2000–01) 12 seasons
Colorado Avalanche 2000–01 11 seasons
New Jersey Devils 2002–03 1 : 2011-12 09 seasons
Tampa Bay Lightning 2003–04 08 seasons
Carolina Hurricanes 2005–06 07 seasons
Anaheim Ducks 2006–07 06 seasons
Detroit Red Wings 2007–08 1 : 2008–09 05 seasons
Pittsburgh Penguins 2008–09 04 seasons
Boston Bruins 2010–11 1 : 2012–13 02 seasons
Los Angeles Kings 2011–12 01 season
1 includes 17 seasons for Winnipeg Jets (1979–80 through to 1995–96) + 16 seasons for Phoenix Coyotes (1996–97 through to 2012–13)
2 includes 11 seasons for Atlanta Thrashers (1999–2000 through to 2010–11) + 2 seasons for Winnipeg Jets (2011–12 and 2012–13)

Closest approaches without winning[change | change source]

Team Conference Quarter-Final Appearances1 Conference Semi-Final Appearances2 Conference Final Appearances3 Stanley Cup Final Appearances Fewest Wins Short of Stanley Cup
Vancouver Canucks 25 11 3 3 01 win short : 1993–94, 2010–11
Buffalo Sabres 27 15 6 2 02 wins short : 1974–75, 1998–99
Ottawa Senators 14 6 2 1 03 wins short : 2006–07
St. Louis Blues 30 22 6 3 04 wins short : 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70
Florida Panthers 4 1 1 1 04 wins short : 1995–96
Washington Capitals 24 10 2 1 04 wins short : 1997–98
San Jose Sharks 16 11 3 06 wins short : 2003–04
Phoenix Coyotes4 19 3 1 07 wins short : 2011–12
Minnesota Wild 3 1 1 08 wins short : 2002–03
Nashville Predators 7 2 10 wins short : 2010–11
Winnipeg Jets5 1 16 wins short : 2006–07
Columbus Blue Jackets 1 16 wins short : 2008–09
1 includes Preliminary Rounds from 1974–75 through to 1980–81 and Division Semi-Finals from 1981–82 through to 1993–94
2 includes Quarter-Finals from 1967–68 through to 1980–81 and Division Finals from 1981–82 through to 1993–94
3 includes Semi-Finals up to and including 1980–81
4 includes 17 seasons for Winnipeg Jets (1979–80 through to 1995–96) + 16 seasons for Phoenix Coyotes (1996–97 through to 2012–13)
5 includes 11 seasons for Atlanta Thrashers (1999–2000 through to 2010–11) + 2 seasons for Winnipeg Jets (2012–13)

Longest all-time droughts[change | change source]

Post-season appearance droughts[change | change source]

     Active franchise streak is highlighted

Team Previous post-season appearance Next post-season appearance Post-season drought
Florida Panthers 1999–2000 2011–12 10 seasons
California Golden Seals / Cleveland Barons / Minnesota North Stars 1969–70 1979–80 09 seasons1
Colorado Rockies / New Jersey Devils 1977–78 1987–88 09 seasons2
Boston Bruins 1958–59 1967–68 08 seasons
Washington Capitals never (inception of franchise in 1974–75) 1982–83 08 seasons
Detroit Red Wings 1969–70 1977–78 07 seasons
New York Islanders 1993–94 2001–02 07 seasons
Calgary Flames 1995–96 2003–04 07 seasons
New York Rangers 1996–97 2005–06 07 seasons
Columbus Blue Jackets never (inception of franchise in 2000–01) 2008–09 07 seasons
Toronto Maple Leafs 2003–04 2012–13 07 seasons
Edmonton Oilers 2005–06 07 seasons
New York Americans3 1928–29 1935–36 06 seasons
Chicago Black Hawks 1945–46 1952–53 06 seasons
Pittsburgh Penguins 1981–82 1988–89 06 seasons
Hartford Whalers / Carolina Hurricanes 1991–92 1998–99 06 seasons4
Tampa Bay Lightning 1995–96 2002–03 06 seasons
Atlanta Thrashers never (inception of franchise in 1999–2000) 2006–07 06 seasons
Los Angeles Kings 2001–02 2009–10 06 seasons
Phoenix Coyotes 2001–02 2009–10 06 seasons
Atlanta Thrashers / Winnipeg Jets 2006–07 06 seasons5
1 includes 6 seasons for California Golden Seals (1970–71 through to 1975–76) + 2 seasons for Cleveland Barons (1976–77, 1977–78) + 1 season for Minnesota North Stars (1978–79)
2 includes 4 seasons for Colorado Rockies (1978–79 through to 1981–82) + 5 seasons for New Jersey Devils (1982–83 through to 1986–87)
3 no longer an active NHL franchise. Officially ceased operations 1946.
4 includes 5 seasons for Hartford Whalers (1992–93 through to 1996–97) + 1 season for Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98)
5 includes 4 seasons for Atlanta Thrashers (2007–08 through to 2010–11) + 2 seasons for Winnipeg Jets (2011–12 through to 2012–13)

Post-season series win droughts[change | change source]

     Active franchise streak is highlighted

Team Previous post-season
series win
Intervening post-season
series losses
Next post-season
series win
Post-season
series win drought
Winnipeg Jets / Phoenix Coyotes 1986–87 12 : 1987–88, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2001–02, 2009–10, 2010–11 2011–12 23 seasons1
New York Rangers 1949–50 08 : 1955–56, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1961–62, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70 1970–71 20 seasons
New York Islanders 1992–93 06 : 1993–94, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2006–07, 2012–13 19 seasons
Chicago Black Hawks 1943–44 04 : 1945–46, 1952–53, 1958–59, 1959–60 1960–61 16 seasons
Florida Panthers 1995–96 03 : 1996–97, 1999–2000, 2011–12 16 seasons
Hartford Whalers / Carolina Hurricanes 1985–86 08 : 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1998–99, 2000–01 2001–02 15 seasons2
Calgary Flames 1988–89 06 : 1989–90, 1990–91, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96 2003–04 14 seasons
Kansas City Scouts / Colorado Rockies / New Jersey Devils never (inception of franchise in 1974–75) 01 : 1977–78 1987–88 13 seasons3
Atlanta Thrashers / Winnipeg Jets never (inception of franchise in 1999–2000) 01 : 2006–07 13 seasons4
Montreal Canadiens 1930–31 10 : 1931–32, 1932–33, 1933–34, 1934–35, 1936–37, 1937–38, 1938–39, 1940–41, 1941–42, 1942–43 1943–44 12 seasons
California Golden Seals / Cleveland Barons / Minnesota North Stars never (inception of franchise in 1967–68) 02 : 1968–69, 1969–70 1979–80 12 seasons5
Columbus Blue Jackets never (inception of franchise in 2000–01) 01 : 2008–09 12 seasons
Detroit Red Wings 1965–66 01 : 1969–70 1977–78 11 seasons
Vancouver Canucks never (inception of franchise in 1970–71) 05 : 1974–75, 1975–76, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81 1981–82 11 seasons
Chicago Blackhawks 1995–96 02 : 1996–97, 2001–02 2008–09 11 seasons
Nashville Predators never (inception of franchise in 1998–99) 05 : 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2009–10 2010–11 11 seasons
New York Americans never (inception of franchise in 1925–26) 01 : 1928–29 1935–36 10 seasons
Boston Bruins 1957–58 02 : 1958–59, 1967–68 1968–69 10 seasons
Tampa Bay Lightning never (inception of franchise in 1992–93) 01 : 1995–96 2002–03 10 seasons
1 includes 9 seasons of the Winnipeg Jets (1987–88 through to 1995–96) + 14 seasons of the Phoenix Coyotes (1996–97 through to 2010–11)
2 includes 11 seasons of the Hartford Whalers (1986–87 through to 1996–97) + 4 season of the Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98 through to 2000–01)
3 includes 2 seasons of the Kansas City Scouts (1974–75, 1975–76) + 6 seasons for Colorado Rockies (1976–77 through to 1981–82) + 5 seasons of the New Jersey Devils (1982–83 through to 1986–87)
4 includes 12 seasons for Atlanta Thrashers (1999–2000 through to 2010–11) + 2 seasons for Winnipeg Jets (2011–12 through to 2012–13)
5 includes 9 seasons of the California Seals, Oakland Seals, California Golden Seals (1967–68 through to 1975–76) + 2 seasons of the Cleveland Barons (1976–77, 1977–78) + 1 season of the Minnesota North Stars (1978–79)

Stanley Cup Final droughts[change | change source]

     Active franchise streak is highlighted

Team Previous Stanley Cup Final Next Stanley Cup Final Stanley Cup Final drought
Toronto Maple Leafs 1966–67 45 seasons
St. Louis Blues 1969–70 42 seasons
Winnipeg Jets / Phoenix Coyotes never (franchise entered the NHL in 1979–80) 33 seasons1
Detroit Red Wings 1965–66 1994–95 28 seasons
New York Islanders 1983–84 28 seasons
Los Angeles Kings never (inception of franchise in 1967–68) 1992–93 25 seasons
Buffalo Sabres 1974–75 1998–99 23 seasons
Pittsburgh Penguins never (inception of franchise in 1967–68) 1990–91 23 seasons
Washington Capitals never (inception of franchise in 1974–75) 1997–98 23 seasons
Hartford Whalers / Carolina Hurricanes never (franchise entered the NHL in 1979–80) 2001–02 22 seasons2
New York Rangers 1949–50 1971–72 21 seasons
San Jose Sharks never (inception of franchise in 1991–92) 21 seasons
Kansas City Scouts / Colorado Rockies / New Jersey Devils never (inception of franchise in 1974–75) 1994–95 20 seasons3
Boston Bruins 1989–90 2010–11 19 seasons
Montreal Canadiens 1992–93 19 seasons
Chicago Black Hawks4 1972–73 1991–92 18 seasons
New York Rangers 1993–94 18 seasons
Los Angeles Kings 1992–93 2011–12 17 seasons
Chicago Black Hawks 1943–44 1960–61 16 seasons
Chicago Blackhawks 1991–92 2009–10 16 seasons
Florida Panthers 1995–96 16 seasons
Quebec Nordiques never (franchise entered the NHL in 1979–80) 1995–965 16 seasons
1 includes 17 seasons for Winnipeg Jets (1979–80 through to 1995–96) + 16 seasons for Phoenix Coyotes (1996–97 through to 2012–13)
2 includes 18 seasons for Hartford Whalers (1979–80 through to 1996–97) + 4 seasons for Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98 through to 2000–01)
3 includes 2 seasons for Kansas City Scouts (1974–75, 1975–76) + 6 seasons for Colorado Rockies (1976–77 through to 1981–82) + 12 seasons for New Jersey Devils (1982–83 through to 1993–94)
4 the name of the team was Black Hawks for a majority of the drought (13 of the 18 seasons) before being renamed to Blackhawks in 1986
5 note that the although the Quebec Nordiques never made the Stanley Cup Finals during their entire 16 NHL season existence (1979–80 through to 1994–95), after the franchise relocated to Denver to become the Colorado Avalanche, they won the Stanley Cup in their first season, 1995–96

Stanley Cup droughts[change | change source]

     Active franchise streak is highlighted

Team Previous Stanley Cup Intervening Stanley Cup
Final losses
Next Stanley Cup Stanley Cup drought
New York Rangers 1939–40 3 : 1949–50, 1971–72, 1978–79 1993–94 53 seasons1
Chicago Black Hawks2 1960–61 5 : 1961–62, 1964–65, 1970–71, 1972–73, 1991–92 2009–10 47 seasons
Toronto Maple Leafs 1966–67 46 seasons
St. Louis Blues never (inception of franchise in 1967–68) 3 : 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70 45 seasons
Los Angeles Kings never (inception of franchise in 1967–68) 1 : 1992–93 2011–12 43 seasons
Buffalo Sabres never (inception of franchise in 1970–71) 2 : 1974–75, 1998–99 42 seasons
Vancouver Canucks never (inception of franchise in 1970–71) 3 : 1981–82, 1993–94, 2010–11 42 seasons
Detroit Red Wings 1954–55 6 : 1955–56, 1960–61, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1994–95 1996–97 41 seasons
Washington Capitals never (inception of franchise in 1974–75) 1 : 1997–98 38 seasons
Boston Bruins 1971–72 5 : 1973–74, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1987–88, 1989–90 2010–11 37 seasons
Philadelphia Flyers 1974–75 6 : 1975–76, 1979–80, 1984–85, 1986–87, 1996–97, 2009–10 37 seasons
Winnipeg Jets / Phoenix Coyotes never3 (franchise entered the NHL in 1979–80) 33 seasons4
Minnesota North Stars / Dallas Stars never (inception of franchise in 1967–68) 2 : 1980–81, 1990–91 1998–99 31 seasons5
New York Islanders 1982–83 1 : 1983–84 29 seasons
Boston Bruins 1940–41 5 : 1942–43, 1945–46, 1952–53, 1956–57, 1957–58 1969–70 28 seasons
Hartford Whalers / Carolina Hurricanes never (franchise entered the NHL in 1979–80) 1 : 2001–02 2005–06 25 seasons6
1 it is common to refer to the duration of the New York Rangers' record Stanley Cup drought as 54 "years" as the length of time between Stanley Cup wins (1940 to 1994) as it is easily calculated and understood. However, in the measuring of post-season consecutive streaks and droughts the use of "seasons" is more appropriate.
2 the name of the team was Black Hawks for a majority of the drought (25 of the 47 seasons) before being renamed to Blackhawks in 1986
3 the Winnipeg Jets were the defending Avco World Trophy champions of the WHA when the franchise entered the NHL for the 1979–80 NHL season.
4 includes 17 seasons for Winnipeg Jets (1979–80 through to 1995–96) + 16 seasons for Phoenix Coyotes (1996–97 through to 2012–13).
5 includes 26 seasons for Minnesota North Stars (1967–68 through to 1992–93) + 5 seasons for Dallas Stars (1993–94 through to 1997–98)
6 includes 18 seasons for Hartford Whalers (1979–80 through to 1996–97) + 7 seasons for Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98 through to 2003–04)

Cities/regions awaiting first Stanley Cup[change | change source]

This list only includes cities/regions currently hosting an NHL franchise.

City/Region Seasons waiting Stanley Cup
Final appearances
Current NHL team
St. Louis 461 1967–682, 1968–692, 1969–702 St. Louis Blues
Buffalo 420 1974–75, 1998–99 Buffalo Sabres
Minneapolis–Saint Paul 383 1980–814, 1990–914 Minnesota Wild
Washington, D.C. 380 1997–98 Washington Capitals
San Francisco Bay Area 305 never San Jose Sharks
South Florida 190 1995–96 Florida Panthers
Phoenix 160 never Phoenix Coyotes
Nashville 140 never Nashville Predators
Columbus 120 never Columbus Blue Jackets
1 includes 1 season of the St. Louis Eagles (1934–35) + 45 seasons of the St. Louis Blues (1967–68 through to 2011–12)
2 all three Stanley Cup Final appearances by the St. Louis Blues
3 includes 26 seasons of the Minnesota North Stars (1967–68 through to 1992–93) + 12 seasons of the Minnesota Wild (2000–01 through to 2011–12)
4 both Stanley Cup Final appearances by the Minnesota North Stars
5 includes 9 seasons of the California Seals, Oakland Seals, California Golden Seals franchise (1967–68 through to 1975–76) + 21 seasons of the San Jose Sharks (1991–92 through to 2011–12)

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