National Hockey League Championship History

The National Hockey League was started in 1917 after team owners suspended the National Hockey Association and formed the NHL to oust one of the owners. The league spent the first quarter of the century battling the other two major leagues; Pacific Coast Hockey Association and Western Canada Hockey League, for the Stanley Cup, eventually emerging as the major players and completing a deal with the Stanley Cup trustees to gain full control of the cup in 1947. Around the same time, the Great Depression and World War II broke the league down from ten to six teams which are titled to this day, The Original Six; Bruins, Blackhawks, Redwings, Canadiens, Rangers, and Maple Leafs. In 1967 the league expanded, doubling the amount of teams to 12, then in 1974, they added 6 more to compete with the World Hockey Association, eventually the WHA ceased operations in 1979 and NHL absorbed 4 of their teams as well. Currently there are 30 teams in the NHL split into 2 conferences; Eastern and Western, consisting of 2 divisions each; Atlantic/Metropolitan for the East and Central/Pacific for the West.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
METROPOLITAN DIVISION
CENTRAL DIVISION
PACIFIC DIVISION

Below, you will find a calendar of key NHL events for the year, followed by each team with their division, title history, origin, and key accomplishments as well as a link in their name to their respective sites.

  • JUNE; Stanley Cup is awarded and draft process starts for the next season
  • JULY; Free agency begins
  • AUGUST; Rookie Camp starts
  • SEPTEMBER; Training Camp starts
  • OCT-MARCH; Regular season
  • APRIL; Regular season ends, playoffs start. 
  • MAY; Playoffs/Finals

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ATLANTIC

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BOSTON BRUINS

Bruins were established in 1924 and made their debut as the first American team in the NHL. Owner Charles Adams picked the colors to match his Bookside Stores and then wanted something that equated to strength and power for a team, selecting Bruins. 

  • 6 time Stanley Cup champions; 1929, 1939, 1941, 1970, 1972, 2011
  • 2 time President’s Trophy winners; 1990, 2014
  • 19 Stanley Cup Final appearances; 1927, 1929, 1930, 1939, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1953, 1957, 1958,  1970, 1972, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1988, 1990, 2011, 2013
  • 15 Conference final appearances; 1969, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2011, 2013
  • 28 division titles; 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1933, 1935, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1990, 1991, 1993, 2002, 2004, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014

BUFFALO SABRES

Sabres were established in 1970, the name was picked from a contest since team officials were looking for a fresh name not being used anywhere in the pros and something different than buffalo/bison variations used by other teams in the city of Buffalo.

  • 1 time President’s Trophy winners; 2007
  • 2 Stanley Cup Final appearances; 1975, 1999
  • 6 Conference final appearances; 1975, 1980, 1998, 1999, 2006, 2007
  • 6 division titles; 1975, 1980, 1981, 1997, 2007, 2010

DETROIT REDWINGS

Redwings were established in 1926 as the Detroit Cougars. In 1930 they became the Falcons, then in 1932 their new owner James Norris renamed it Redwings after a team Norris played for in his youth; Winged Wheelers. 

  • 11 time Stanley Cup champions; 1936, 1937, 1943, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2008
  • 6 time President’s Trophy winners; 1995, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008
  • 24 Stanley Cup Final appearances; 1934, 1936, 1937, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1945, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2008, 2009
  • 10 Conference final appearances; 1987, 1988, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • 10 division titles; 1934, 1936, 1937, 1943, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1965, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001,  2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011

FLORIDA PANTHERS

Panthers were established in 1993 as a new expansion team to the Miami area. The team was named after the endangered Florida Panthers that roam the everglades of Florida.

  • 1 Stanley Cup Final appearances; 1996
  • 1 Conference final appearances; 1996
  • 2 division titles; 2012, 2016

MONTREAL CANADIENS

Canadiens were established in 1910 as a member of the NHA, being one of the first to join NHL in the beginning. Canadiens is French for Canadians.

  • 24 time Stanley Cup champions; 1916, 1924, 1930, 1931, 1944, 1946, 1953, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1986, 1993
  • 35 Stanley Cup Final appearances; 1914, 1916, 1917 ,1919, 1924, 1925, 1930, 1931, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1986, 1989, 1993
  • 15 Conference final appearances; 1968, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1993, 2010, 2014
  • 37 division titles; 1918, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1937, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1992, 2008, 2013, 2015, 2017

OTTAWA SENATORS

Senators were established in 1992 as a new expansion team but named after the original Senators that moved in 1934, which were named Senators because Ottawa is the capital of Canada and because of the Canadian Senate.

  • 1 time President’s Trophy winners; 2003
  • 1 Stanley Cup Final appearances; 2007
  • 2 Conference final appearances; 2003, 2007
  • 4 division titles; 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING 

Lightning were established in 1992, bringing NHL to the sunshine state for the first time. They were named Lightning because Tampa is considered the lightning capital of the world, or at least in North America, to some.

  • 1 time Stanley Cup champions; 2004
  • 2 Stanley Cup Final appearances; 2004, 2015
  • 4 Conference final appearances; 2004, 2011, 2015, 2016
  • 2 division titles; 2003, 2004

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

Maple Leafs were established in 1917 as the Arenas, changing to the St. Patricks in 1919, and eventually the Maple Leafs in 1927. Before all that they were the Blueshirts, though not recognized by the NHL (1912-1917). Owner Conn Smythe changed the name to Maple Leafs because he liked the name from an old team he scouted and the link it had to Canada’s National symbol.

  • 14 time Stanley Cup champions; 1914, 1918, 1922, 1932, 1942, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967
  • 22 Stanley Cup Final appearances; 1914, 1918, 1922, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1942, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967
  • 5 Conference final appearances; 1978, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2002
  • 8 division titles; 1914, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1938, 1948, 1963, 2000

METROPOLITAN

CAROLINA HURRICANES

Hurricanes were established in 1997 but they were formerly the New England Whalers of the WHA from 1972-1979 and then the Hartford Whalers from 1980-1997 before becoming the Hurricanes, named after the violent wind and heavy rainstorms that frequent the Carolinas.

  • 1 time Stanley Cup champions; 2006
  • 2 Stanley Cup Final appearances; 2002, 2006
  • 3 Conference final appearances; 2002, 2006, 2009
  • 4 division titles; 1987, 1999, 2002, 2006

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

Blue Jackets were established in 2000 as a new expansion team. They were named to pay homage to Ohio’s contributions to American history, primarily that during the Civil War where Ohio provided more Union soldiers than any other state and Columbus was where the blue jackets they wore were manufactured.

  • No key accomplishments to date outside of a couple playoff appearances.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS

Devils were established in 1982 but played as the Kansas City Scouts from 1974-1976 and the Colorado Rockies from 1976-1982 before becoming the Devils, getting their name from a legend dating back to 1735 where a woman that dabbled in sorcery gave birth to a creature that reportedly had features of a snake, bat, kangaroo, horse and a man. Legend has it that same creature still roams the woods of New Jersey to this day and is still referred to as the Jersey Devil. 

  • 3 time Stanley Cup champions; 1995, 2000, 2003
  • 5 Stanley Cup Final appearances; 1995, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2012
  • 7 Conference final appearances; 1988, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2012
  • 9 division titles; 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

Islanders were established in 1972 as a new expansion team and got their name because they played on Long Island in New York. 

  • 4 time Stanley Cup champions; 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983
  • 5 Stanley Cup Final appearances; 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984
  • 10 Conference final appearances; 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1993
  • 6 division titles; 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1988

NEW YORK RANGERS

Rangers were established in 1926 and got their name from a play on words of founder and promoter Tex Rickard. They were regarded as Tex’s Rangers

  • 4 time Stanley Cup champions; 1928, 1933, 1940, 1994
  • 3 time President’s Trophy winners; 1992, 1994, 2015
  • 11 Stanley Cup Final appearances; 1928, 1929, 1932, 1933, 1937, 1940, 1950, 1972 ,1979, 1994, 2014
  • 11 Conference final appearances; 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1986, 1994, 1997, 2012, 2014, 2015
  • 8 division titles; 1927, 1932, 1942, 1990, 1992, 1994, 2012, 2015

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

Flyers were established in 1967 and got their name from a name the team contest, although it was spelled differently than the winning version of the name; Fliers

  • 2 time Stanley Cup champions; 1974, 1975
  • 8 Stanley Cup Final appearances; 1974, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1985, 1987, 1997, 2010
  • 15 Conference final appearances; 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2010
  • 16 division titles; 1968, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2011

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

Penguins were established in 1967 as a new expansion team and since their new home was given the nickname of “The Igloo” (Civic Arena) because of its resemblance to them, it was only fitting for them to be called the Penguins.

  • 5 time Stanley Cup champions; 1991, 1992, 2009, 2016, 2017
  • 1 time President’s Trophy winners; 1992
  • 6 Stanley Cup Final appearances; 1991, 1992, 2008, 2009, 2016, 2017
  • 10 Conference final appearances; 1970, 1991, 1992, 1996, 2001, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2016, 2017
  • 8 division titles; 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2008, 2013, 2014

WASHINGTON CAPITALS

Capitals were established in 1974 as a new expansion team and got their name because their new home was in the Capital of the United States Of America, Washington D.C.

  • 3 time President’s Trophy winners; 2010, 2016, 2017
  • 1 Stanley Cup Final appearances; 1998
  • 2 Conference final appearances; 1990, 1998
  • 10 division titles; 1989, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017

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CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

Blackhawks were formed in 1926 but formerly played as the Portland Rosebuds for the WHL. Owner Frederic McLaughlin named them in honor of the military unit he served with in the U.S. Army.

  • 6 time Stanley Cup champions; 1934, 1938, 1961, 2010, 2013, 2015
  • 2 time President’s Trophy winners; 1991, 2013
  • 13 Stanley Cup Final appearances; 1931, 1934, 1938, 1944, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1971, 1973, 1992, 2010, 2013, 2015
  • 18 Conference final appearances; 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1995, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • 16 division titles; 1967, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1993, 2010, 2013

COLORADO AVALANCHE

Avalanche were established in 1995 but played formerly as the Quebec Nordiques with the WHA from 1972-1979 and with NHL from 1979-1995. Their name was selected because the Rocky Mountains, located in Colorado are prone to Avalanches, a powerful natural force of nature in which snow rolls down the mountain destroying everything in its path.

  • 2 time Stanley Cup champions; 1996, 2001
  • 2 time President’s Trophy winners; 1997, 2001
  • 2 Stanley Cup Final appearances; 1996, 2001
  • 8 Conference final appearances; 1982, 1985, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
  • 11 division titles; 1986, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2014

DALLAS STARS

Stars were established in 1993 but formerly played as Minnesota North Stars from 1967-1993. They were named North Stars in honor of Minnesota’s state motto but upon the move to Dallas, they shortened it to Stars.

  • 1 time Stanley Cup champions; 1999
  • 2 time President’s Trophy winners; 1998, 1999
  • 4 Stanley Cup Final appearances; 1981, 1991, 1999, 2000
  • 10 Conference final appearances; 1968, 1971, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1991, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2008
  • 9 division titles; 1982, 1984, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2016

MINNESOTA WILD

Wild were established in 2000 as a new expansion team and were named Wild in reference to Wilderness, and Minnesota’s majestic wildlife.

  • 1 Conference final appearances; 2003
  • 1 division titles; 2008

NASHVILLE PREDATORS

Predators were established in 1998 as a new expansion team. The name and logo pays tribute to the fossils found in 1971 when construction workers came across the bones of a saber-toothed tiger.

  • 1 Stanley Cup Final appearances; 2017
  • 1 Conference final appearances;  2017

ST. LOUIS BLUES

Blues were established in 1967 and got their name from W.C. Handy’s song of the same name since owner Sid Salamon was a huge fan and singing the blues was the spirit of St. Louis

  • 1 time President’s Trophy winners; 2000
  • 3 Stanley Cup Final appearances; 1968, 1969, 1970
  • 7 Conference final appearances; 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1986, 2001, 2016
  • 9 division titles; 1969, 1970, 1977, 1981, 1985, 1987, 2000, 2012, 2015

WINNIPEG JETS

Jets were established in 2011 but formerly played as Atlanta Thrashers from 1999-2011 and were named after the original Winnipeg Jets team that played from 1979-1996 then moved to Phoenix to become the Coyotes.

  • 1 division titles; 2007

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ANAHEIM DUCKS

Ducks were established in 1993 by the Disney Corporation after a successful hockey-themed kids movie, The Mighty Ducks was made. They held the name Mighty Ducks of Anaheim from 1993-2006 then dropped it down to just Anaheim Ducks.

  • 1 time Stanley Cup champions; 2007
  • 2 Stanley Cup Final appearances; 2003, 2007
  • 4 Conference final appearances; 2003, 2006, 2007, 2017
  • 6 division titles; 2007, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

ARIZONA COYOTES

Coyotes were established in 1996 but were formerly the Winnipeg Jets from 1972-1979 in the WHA and then from 1979-1996 with NHL. They were called the Phoenix Coyotes from 1996-2014 then just to Arizona. The name was chosen from a name the team contest where Coyotes was selected since the coyote is a predatory canine that roams the Southwestern Desert.

  • 1 Conference final appearances; 2012
  • 1 division titles; 2012

CALGARY FLAMES

Flames were established in 1980 but played formerly as the Atlanta Flames from 1972-1980. They were given the name in honor of the famous fire of Atlanta during the Civil War in 1864 that destroyed the city. Upon moving to Calgary, the name was retained in honor of the city’s oil industry. 

  • 1 time Stanley Cup champions; 1989
    • 2 time President’s Trophy winners; 1988, 1989
  • 3 Stanley Cup Final appearances; 1986, 1989, 2004
  • 4 Conference final appearances; 1981, 1986, 1989, 2004
  • 6 division titles; 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 2006

EDMONTON OILERS

Oilers were established in 1979 but played formerly as Alberta Oilers. They were named in honor of Canada’s oil industry, Edmonton is the leading source.

  • 5 time Stanley Cup champions; 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990
  • 2 time President’s Trophy winners; 1986, 1987
  • 7 Stanley Cup Final appearances; 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 2006
  • 9 Conference final appearances; 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2006
  • 6 division titles; 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987

LOS ANGELES KINGS

Kings were established in 1967 and were given the name because founder Jack Kent Cooke wanted a name of royalty. 

  • 2 time Stanley Cup champions; 2012, 2014
  • 3 Stanley Cup Final appearances; 1993, 2012, 2014
  • 5 Conference final appearances; 1969, 1993, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • 1 division titles; 1991

SAN JOSE SHARKS

Sharks were established in 1991 and got their name through a name the team contest in which Sharks were picked because there are multiple varieties of sharks that live in the Pacific Ocean as well as several shark research facilities in the area. the Bay Area alone is referred to as Red Triangle due to the large shark population.

  • 1 time President’s Trophy winners; 2009
  • 1 Stanley Cup Final appearances; 2016
  • 4 Conference final appearances; 2004, 2010, 2011, 2016
  • 6 division titles; 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

VANCOUVER CANUCKS

Canucks were established in 1970 and named after a Canadian folk hero, Johnny Canuck, who was a great logger, skater and hockey player.

  • 2 time President’s Trophy winners; 2011, 2012
  • 3 Stanley Cup Final appearances; 1982, 1994, 2011
  • 3 Conference final appearances; 1982, 1994, 2011
  • 10 division titles; 1975, 1992, 1993, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
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