National Hockey League

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The National Hockey League is a major professional men's ice hockey league in the United States of America and Canada. The league was founded in 1917-18 with four teams (five franchises) in Canada, a dominion of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. The league expanded to the United States of America in 1924-25. Canada's sovereign was renamed the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland the day prior to the ending of 1926-27. Canada became fully independent during the 1981-82 postseason. The league has since expanded to include 32 teams in the United States of America and Canada (and has also played games in the Bundesrepublik Deutschland or Federal Republic of Germany, the Česká republika or Czech Republic, the Konungariket Sverige or Kingdom of Sweden, the Nippon-koku or "State of" Japan, the Suomen tasavalta or Republic of Finland, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) and is conditionally set to expand to 33 teams in 2027-28.

Current Teams

Conference Division Team Venue Municipality
Eastern Conference Atlantic Division Boston Bruins TD Garden Boston
Buffalo Sabres KeyBank Center Buffalo, New York
Canadiens de Montréal Centre Bell Montréal
Detroit Red Wings Little Caesars Arena Detroit
Florida Panthers Amerant Bank Arena Sunrise, Florida
Ottawa Senators Canadian Tire Centre Ottawa, Ontario
Tampa Bay Lightning AMALIE Arena Tampa, Florida
Toronto Maple Leafs Scotiabank Arena Old Toronto, Toronto
Metropolitan Division Carolina Hurricanes PNC Arena Raleigh, North Carolina
Columbus Blue Jackets Nationwide Arena Columbus, Ohio
New Jersey Devils Prudential Center Newark, New Jersey
New York Islanders UBS Arena Elmont, New York
New York Rangers Madison Square Garden Manhattan, New York
Philadelphia Flyers Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia
Pittsburgh Penguins PPG Paints Arena Pittsburgh
Washington Capitals Capital One Arena Washington
Western Conference Central Division Chicago Blackhawks United Center Chicago
Colorado Avalanche Ball Arena Denver
Dallas Stars American Airlines Center Dallas
Minnesota Wild Xcel Energy Center St. Paul, Minnesota
Nashville Predators Bridgestone Arena Nashville, Tennessee
St. Louis Blues Enterprise Center St. Louis
Utah Hockey Club Delta Center Salt Lake City
Winnipeg Jets Canada Life Centre Winnipeg, Manitoba
Pacific Division Anaheim Ducks Honda Center Anaheim, California
Calgary Flames Scotiabank Saddledome Calgary, Alberta
Edmonton Oilers Rogers Place Edmonton, Alberta
Los Angeles Kings Crypto.com Arena Los Angeles
San Jose Sharks SAP Center at San Jose San José, California
Seattle Kraken Climate Pledge Arena Seattle
Vancouver Canucks Rogers Arena Vancouver, British Columbia
Vegas Golden Knights T-Mobile Arena Paradise, Nevada
2027-28 Expansion Arizona Coyotes Phoenix

Map

Franchise Histories

Franchise Start End Team Start End
Canadiens de Montréal 1917-18 Canadiens de Montréal 2005-06
Suspended operations 2004-05
Canadiens de Montréal 1917-18 2003-04
From National Hockey Association of Canada
Montreal Wanderers 1917-18 Mid-season 1917-18 Montreal Wanderers 1917-18 Mid-season 1917-18
From National Hockey Association of Canada
St. Louis Eagles 1917-18 1934-35 St. Louis Eagles 1934-35
Ottawa Senators 1932-33 1933-34
Suspended operations 1931-32
Ottawa Senators 1917-18 1930-31
From National Hockey Association of Canada
Toronto Maple Leafs 1917-18 Toronto Maple Leafs 2005-06
Suspended operations 2004-05
Toronto Maple Leafs Mid-season 1926-27 2003-04
Toronto St. Pats 1919-20 Mid-season 1926-27
Suspended operations Mid-season 1918-19 1918-19
Toronto Arenas 1918-19 Mid-season 1918-19
Toronto Blueshirts 1917-18
From National Hockey Association of Canada
Brooklyn Americans 1919-20 1941-42 Brooklyn Americans 1941-42 1941-42
New York Americans 1925-26 1940-41
New York Hamilton Tigers 1925-26 DNP
Hamilton Tigers 1920-21 1924-25
Bulldogs de Québec 1919-20 1919-20
Resumed operations from National Hockey Association of Canada
Boston Bruins 1924-25 Boston Bruins 2005-06
Suspended operations 2004-05
Boston Bruins 1924-25 2003-04
Montreal Maroons 1924-25 1937-38 Philadelphia NHL team 1947-48 DNP
Suspended operations 1938-39 1946-47
Montreal Maroons 1924-25 1937-38
Philadelphia Quakers 1925-26 1930-31 Philadelphia Quakers 1930-31
Pittsburgh Pirates 1925-26 1929-30
Chicago Blackhawks 1926-27 Chicago Blackhawks 2005-06
Suspended operations 2004-05
Chicago Blackhawks Mid-season 1985-86 2003-04
Chicago Black Hawks 1950-51 Mid-season 1985-86
Chicago Blackhawks 1926-27 1949-50
Formerly Portland Rosebuds from Western Hockey League
Detroit Red Wings 1926-27 Detroit Red Wings 2005-06
Suspended operations 2004-05
Detroit Red Wings 1932-33 2003-04
Detroit Shamrocks 1932-33 DNP
Detroit Falcons 1930-31 1931-32
Detroit Cougars 1926-27 1929-30
Formerly Victoria Cougars from Western Hockey League
New York Rangers 1926-27 New York Rangers 2005-06
Suspended operations 2004-05
New York Rangers 1926-27 2003-04
Dallas Stars 1967-68 Dallas Stars 2005-06
Suspended operations 2004-05
Dallas Stars 1993-94 2003-04
Minnesota North Stars 1967-68 1992-93
Los Angeles Kings 1967-68 Los Angeles Kings 2005-06
Suspended operations 2004-05
Los Angeles Kings 1967-68 2003-04
Philadelphia Flyers 1967-68 Philadelphia Flyers 2005-06
Suspended operations 2004-05
Philadelphia Flyers 1967-68 2003-04
Pittsburgh Penguins 1967-68 Pittsburgh Penguins 2005-06
Suspended operations 2004-05
Pittsburgh Penguins 1967-68 2003-04
San Jose Sharks 1967-68 San Jose Sharks 2005-06
Suspended operations 2004-05
San Jose Sharks 1991-92 2003-04
Temporarily merged into Minnesota North Stars 1978-79 1990-91
Cleveland Barons 1976-77 1977-78
California Golden Seals Mid-season 1970-71 1975-76
Bay Area Seals 1970-71 Mid-season 1970-71
Oakland Seals Mid-season 1967-68 1969-70
California Seals 1967-68 Mid-season 1967-68
St. Louis Blues 1967-68 St. Louis Blues 2005-06
Suspended operations 2004-05
St. Louis Blues 1983-84 2003-04
Suspended operations 1983-84 DNP
St. Louis Blues 1967-68 1982-83
Buffalo Sabres 1970-71 Buffalo Sabres 2005-06
Suspended operations 2004-05
Buffalo Sabres 1970-71 2003-04
Vancouver Canucks 1970-71 Vancouver Canucks 2005-06
Suspended operations 2004-05
Vancouver Canucks 1970-71 2003-04
Calgary Flames 1972-73 Calgary Flames 2005-06
Suspended operations 2004-05
Calgary Flames 1980-81 2003-04
Atlanta Flames 1972-73 1979-80
New York Islanders 1972-73 New York Islanders 2005-06
Suspended operations 2004-05
New York Islanders 1972-73 2003-04
New Jersey Devils 1974-75 New Jersey Devils 2005-06
Suspended operations 2004-05
New Jersey Devils 1982-83 2003-04
Colorado Rockies 1976-77 1981-82
Kansas City Scouts 1974-75 1975-76
Washington Capitals 1974-75 Washington Capitals 2005-06
Suspended operations 2004-05
Washington Capitals 1974-75 2003-04
Denver Spurs 1976-77 DNP To World Hockey Association
Denver Spurs 1976-77 DNP
Seattle Totems 1976-77 DNP Seattle Totems 1976-77 DNP
Carolina Hurricanes 1979-80 Carolina Hurricanes 2005-06
Suspended operations 2004-05
Carolina Hurricanes 1997-98 2003-04
Hartford Whalers 1979-80 1996-97
Formerly New England Whalers from World Hockey Association
Colorado Avalanche 1979-80 Colorado Avalanche 2005-06
Suspended operations 2004-05
Colorado Avalanche 1995-96 2003-04
Nordiques de Québec 1979-80 1995
From World Hockey Association
Edmonton Oilers 1979-80 Edmonton Oilers 2005-06
Suspended operations 2004-05
Edmonton Oilers 1979-80 2003-04
From World Hockey Association
Utah Hockey Club 1979-80 Utah Hockey Club 2024-25
Arizona Coyotes 2014-15 2023-24
Phoenix Coyotes 2005-06 2013-14
Suspended operations 2004-05
Phoenix Coyotes 1996-97 2003-04
Winnipeg Jets 1979-80 1995-96
From World Hockey Association
Ottawa Senators 1992-93 Ottawa Senators 2005-06
Suspended operations 2004-05
Ottawa Senators 1992-93 2003-04
Tampa Bay Lightning 1992-93 Tampa Bay Lightning 2005-06
Suspended operations 2004-05
Tampa Bay Lightning 1992-93 2003-04
Anaheim Ducks 1993-94 Anaheim Ducks 2006-07
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 2005-06
Suspended operations 2004-05
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 1993-94 2003-04
Florida Panthers 1993-94 Florida Panthers 2005-06
Suspended operations 2004-05
Florida Panthers 1993-94 2003-04
Nashville Predators 1998-99 Nashville Predators 2005-06
Suspended operations 2004-05
Nashville Predators 1998-99 2003-04
Winnipeg Jets 1999-2000 Winnipeg Jets 2011-12
Atlanta Thrashers 2005-06 2010-11
Suspended operations 2004-05
Atlanta Thrashers 1999-2000 2003-04
Columbus Blue Jackets 2000-01 Columbus Blue Jackets 2005-06
Suspended operations 2004-05
Columbus Blue Jackets 2000-01 2003-04
Minnesota Wild 2000-01 Minnesota Wild 2005-06
Suspended operations 2004-05
Minnesota Wild 2000-01 2003-04
Vegas Golden Knights 2017-18 Vegas Golden Knights 2017-18
Seattle Kraken 2021-22 Seattle Kraken 2021-22
Arizona Coyotes 2027-28 Arizona Coyotes 2027-28

Seasons

1910s 1917-18 1918-19 1919-20
1920s 1920-21 1921-22 1922-23 1923-24 1924-25 1925-26 1926-27 1927-28 1928-29 1929-30
1930s 1930-31 1931-32 1932-33 1933-34 1934-35 1935-36 1936-37 1937-38 1938-39 1939-40
1940s 1940-41 1941-42 1942-43 1943-44 1944-45 1945-46 1946-47 1947-48 1948-49 1949-50
1950s 1950-51 1951-52 1952-53 1953-54 1954-55 1955-56 1956-57 1957-58 1958-59 1959-60
1960s 1960-61 1961-62 1962-63 1963-64 1964-65 1965-66 1966-67 1967-68 1968-69 1969-70
1970s 1970-71 1971-72 1972-73 1973-74 1974-75 1975-76 1976-77 1977-78 1978-79 1979-80
1980s 1980-81 1981-82 1982-83 1983-84 1984-85 1985-86 1986-87 1987-88 1988-89 1989-90
1990s 1990-91 1991-92 1992-93 1993-94 1995 1995-96 1996-97 1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000
2000s 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
2010s 2010-11 2011-12 2013 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
2020s 2021 2021-22 2022-23

Champions

League (Postseason) Champions

Franchise Team Championships Total Team Franchise Total
Canadiens de Montréal Canadiens de Montréal 1918-19, 1923-24, 1924-25, 1929-30, 1930-31, 1943-44, 1945-46, 1952-53, 1955-56, 1956-57, 1957-58, 1958-59, 1959-60, 1964-65, 1965-66, 1967-68, 1968-69, 1970-71, 1972-73, 1975-76, 1976-77, 1977-78, 1978-79, 1985-86, 1992-93 25 25
Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Blueshirts 1917-18 One 13
Toronto St. Pats 1921-22 One
Toronto Maple Leafs 1931-32, 1941-42, 1944-45, 1946-47, 1947-48, 1948-49, 1950-51, 1961-62, 1962-63, 1963-64, 1966-67 11
Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 1935-36, 1936-37, 1942-43, 1949-50, 1951-52, 1953-54, 1954-55, 1996-97, 1997-98, 2001-02, 2007-08 11 11
Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 1928-29, 1938-39, 1940-41, 1969-70, 1971-72, 2010-11 Six Six
Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 1933-34, 1937-38 Three Six
Chicago Black Hawks 1960-61 One
Chicago Blackhawks 2009-10, 2013, 2014-15 Three
Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 1983-84, 1984-85, 1986-87, 1987-88, 1989-90 Five Five
Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 1990-91, 1991-92, 2008-09, 2015-16, 2016-17 Five Five
New York Islanders New York Islanders 1979-80, 1980-81, 1981-82, 1982-83 Four Four
New York Rangers New York Rangers 1927-28, 1932-33, 1939-40, 1993-94 Four Four
St. Louis Eagles Ottawa Senators 1919-20, 1920-21, 1922-23, 1926-27 Four Four
Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 1995-96, 2000-01, 2021-22 Three Three
New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 1995, 1999-2000, 2002-03 Three Three
Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 2003-04, 2019-20, 2021 Three Three
Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 2011-12, 2013-14 Two Two
Montreal Maroons Montreal Maroons 1925-26, 1934-35 Two Two
Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 1973-74, 1974-75 Two Two
Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 2006-07 One One
Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 1988-89 One One
Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 2005-06 One One
Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 1998-99 One One
St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 2018-19 One One
Vegas Golden Knights Vegas Golden Knights 2022-23 One One
Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 2017-18 One One

Presidents' Trophy Champions

Franchise Team Championships Total Team Franchise Total
Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 1995, 1995-96, 2001-02, 2003-04, 2005-06, 2007-08 Six Six
Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 1989-90, 2013-14, 2019-20, 2022-23 Four Four
Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 1996-97, 2000-01, 2021 Three Three
New York Rangers New York Rangers 1991-92, 1993-94, 2014-15 Three Three
Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 2009-10, 2015-16, 2016-17 Three Three
Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 1987-88, 1988-89 Two Two
Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 1990-91, 2013 Two Two
Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 1997-98, 1998-99 Two Two
Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 1985-86, 1986-87 Two Two
Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 2010-11, 2011-12 Two Two
Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 2006-07 One One
Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 2021-22 One One
Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 2017-18 One One
Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 2002-03 One One
Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 1992-93 One One
San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 2008-09 One One
St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 1999-2000 One One
Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 2018-19 One One

All-Star Game

The National Hockey League All-Star Game is the league's all-star game. The league originally hosted all-star games as part of tributes to specific players or situations intermittently. The Ace Bailey Benefit Game was played in 1933-34, the Howie Morenz Memorial Game in 1937-38, and the Babe Siebert Memorial Game in 1939-40. The game has been held mostly regularly since 1947-48. In 1978-79, the league instead hosted a Challenge Cup series against the Soviet Union national ice hockey team. In 1986-87 the league instead hosted a Rendez-vous '87 series against the Soviet Union national ice hockey team. In 1995 the game was cancelled due to a lockout. In 2004-05 the entire season including the game was cancelled due to a lockout. In 2005-06 the game was cancelled due to the Winter Olympics. In 2009-10 the game was not scheduled due to the Winter Olympics. In 2013 the game was cancelled due to a lockout. In 2013-14 the game was not scheduled due to the Winter Olympics. In 2021 the game was cancelled due to the league's COVID-19 response. In 2024-25 the league instead plans to host a NHL 4 Nations Face-Off tournament.