The Worst Team In NHL History
We mentioned how terrible the New York Rangers of the 1943-44 season were, losing a single game to the Detroit Red Wings in what would be the largest margin of victory in an NHL game. That horrendous team won 6 games over the course of their 50 game season, for a winning percentage of 12%. That sounds terrible doesn’t it?
Well, not so fast!
In the inaugural season for the NHL’s Washington Capitals, 1974-75, the team managed just 8 wins over an 80 game schedule, for a dismal winning percentage of just 10%! Their 8-67-5 record is currently the worst of any team in the history of the National Hockey League.
Ron Low was the starting goaltender for the Capitals that season and the franchise had high hopes for the netminder as he racked up an impressive 1.82 GAA during the pre-season. Low was the goalie between the pipes for all 8 wins, while amassing a 5.45 GAA in 48 appearances.
The Capitals’ other goalie, Michel Belhumeur, came over from the Philadelphia Flyers via the expansion draft. Belhumeur played in 35 games that season but could not manage to pull off a victory. This distinction lands him in the NHL record books for the most games played in one season by a goaltender without a win. Interestingly, Belhumeur played the next season with the Capitals as well. He didn’t manage a win in that year either and never played in the National Hockey League again.