NHL Hockey Teams List

The NHL Teams

The National Hockey League is a professional hockey organization headquartered in New York City.

The NHL was founded in 1917 and consisted of six teams, labeled the Original Six. There have been several expansions, most notably in 1967 when six more teams joined the league raising the total to 12. Since then, the league has expanded to a total of 31 teams, five of which being located in Canada.

The teams are separated in two different ways, by conferences and by divisions. There are two conferences, the east and the west.

The eastern conference has 15 teams in it and the western conference has 16 teams in it.

Within each conference are two separate divisions.

The Eastern Conference has the Metropolitan and Atlantic Divisions, each with eight teams in it.

The Western Conference has the Central Division with seven teams, and Pacific Division with eight teams.

NHL Teams By Conference

EASTERN CONFERENCE

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Boston Bruins

Anaheim Ducks

Buffalo Sabres

Arizona Coyotes

Carolina Hurricanes

Calgary Flames

Columbus Blue Jackets

Chicago Blackhawks

Detroit Red Wings

Colorado Avalanche

Florida Panthers

Dallas Stars

Montreal Canadiens

Edmonton Oilers

New Jersey Devils

Los Angeles Kings

New York Islanders

Minnesota Wild

New York Rangers

Nashville Predators

Ottawa Senators

San Jose Sharks

Philadelphia Flyers

St. Louis Blues

Pittsburgh Penguins

Vancouver Canucks

Tampa Bay Lightning

Vegas Golden Knights

Toronto Maple Leafs

Winnipeg Jets

Washington Capitals

NHL Teams By Division

METROPOLITAN

ATLANTIC

PACIFIC

CENTRAL

Carolina Hurricanes

Boston Bruins

Anaheim Ducks

Chicago Blackhawks

Columbus Blue Jackets

Buffalo Sabres

Arizona Coyotes

Colorado Avalanche

New Jersey Devils

Detroit Red Wings

Calgary Flames

Dallas Stars

New York Islanders

Florida Panthers

Edmonton Oilers

Minnesota Wild

New York Rangers

Montreal Canadiens

Los Angeles Kings

Nashville Predators

Philadelphia Flyers

Ottawa Senators

San Jose Sharks

St. Louis Blues

Pittsburgh Penguins

Tampa Bay Lightning

Vancouver Canucks

Winnipeg Jets

Washington Capitals

Toronto Maple Leafs

Vegas Golden Knights

Anaheim Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks were founded in 1993 and were named after the movie "The Mighty Ducks" as the original owners were from the Disney Company. Notable players to have played for the Ducks include Paul Kariya, Teemu Selanne, Corey Perry, and current stars Ryan Getzlaf and John Gibson. The Ducks won their first and only Stanley Cup in 2007 on the backs of captain Scott Niedermayer and goaltender Jean Sebastien-Giguere, beating the Ottawa Senators in five games.

Arizona Coyotes

The Arizona Coyotes were established in 1972 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The team played 23 full seasons as the Winnipeg Jets before relocating to Glendale, Arizona and changing its name prior to the start of the 1996 season. The Arizona Coyotes currently compete in the Pacific Division of the NHL's Western Conference.

Boston Bruins

The Boston Bruins are one of the most well-known franchises in NHL history and are part of the "Original Six." The Bruins have had many legendary players in their history including Bobby Orr, Willie O'Ree, Ray Bourque, Phil Esposito, and current legends Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara. They have won six Stanley Cup championships including their most recent win in 2011 when they beat the Vancouver Canucks in seven games. The Bruins have been known to be one of the tougher teams in the history of the NHL and are often called "The Big Bad Bruins."

Buffalo Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres were established in 1970 as an expansion team from the NHL. Notable players for the Sabres include Ryan Miller, Rob Ray and Dominik Hasek.

Calgary Flames

The Calgary Flames were established in 1972 in Atlanta, Georgia. The team played seven full seasons as the Atlanta Flames before relocating to Calgary, Alberta (located in Canada)prior to the start of the 1995 season. The Calgary Flames currently compete in the Pacific Division of the NHL's Western Conference.

Carolina Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes franchise started out in Hartford, Connecticut as the England Whalers in 1972. They were originally members of the World Hockey Association (WHA) but eventually merged into the NHL in 1979. The Whalers didn't fare too well in the NHL, never making it past the second round of the playoffs.

Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks were established in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois. The team has kept the same name since its inception, which is derived from the "Black Hawk Division" for which former owner Federic McLaughlin served during the first World War. The Chicago Blackhawks currently competes in the Central Division of the NHL's Western Conference.

Colorado Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche were established in 1972 in Quebec City, Quebec (located in Canada). The team played 22 full seasons as the Quebec Nordiques before relocating to Denver, Colorado and changing its name prior to the start of the 1995 season. The Colorado Avalanche currently compete in the Central Division of the NHL's Western Conference.

Columbus Blue Jackets

The Columbus Blue Jackets were created as an expansion team as a part of the NHL in 2000. They are located in Columbus Ohio and play their home games at Nationwide Arena. They are a member of The Eastern Conference and Metropolitan Division.

Notable Blue Jackets forwards include Rick Nash, Artemi Panerin and Cam Atkinson. On the defensive side of things, their best players have been defenseman Seth Jones and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. It is interesting to note that most of these players come from the more recent Blue Jackets teams, maybe suggesting they will break out of their extended postseason slump.

Dallas Stars

The Dallas Stars were founded in 1967 in Bloomington, Minnesota and were known as the Minnesota North Stars. They were incorporated into the NHL as a part of a six-team expansion. In 1993, the franchise relocated itself to where it is presently in Dallas Texas. The Stars are a member of the western conference and central division. The team plays its home games in Dallas at American Airlines Arena.

Some famous players to have suited for the team include current superstar forwards Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, franchise point leader Mike Modano, and defensemen Sergei Zubov.

Detroit Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings were established in 1926 in Detroit and are one of the oldest teams in the NHL. They have remained in Detroit Michigan ever since then, and are currently playing their home games at Little Caesars Arena. The Red Wings are a member of the Eastern Conference, and Atlantic Division. Their team colors are red and white, and their logo is a wheel that has a wing extending from it.

The most famous player to play for The Detroit Red Wings was hockey legend Gordie Howe. He played for over forty years. Other notable players include the Russian Five, and modern players: Pavel Datsyuk, Jimmy Howard, and Dylan Larkin.

Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers are an NHL team playing in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference. The Oilers were created in 1971 and were part of the World Hockey Association (WHA) before joining the NHL in 1979.

Florida Panthers

The Florida Panthers are an NHL team that play in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. The Panthers were founded in 1993 as an expansion team from the NHL.

Los Angeles Kings

The Los Angeles Kings are an NHL team, established in 1967 as an expansion team for the West Division. The team started off by making the postseason during their first two seasons, though they did not attain a winning record either year. After a few years of poor performances, the Kings became solid competitors within the league. Behind stars like Marcel Dionne, Wayne Gretzky, and Rogie Vachon, they became a competitive team that would consistently make it to the postseason. After a drought in the early 2000s, the team went on to win two Stanley Cups in three years (2012 and 2014). Some of the most famous players to have suited up for the Kings include Wayne Gretzky, Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar.

Minnesota Wild

The Minnesota Wild were established in 2000 as one of two expansion teams granted from the NHL. The team got off to a very slow start, only making the postseason 3 times in their first 11 seasons. The team then went on a 6-season streak of making the playoffs, though they never made it very far. Head coach Bruce Boudreau is now entering his fourth season with the team, having led them to 3 seasons of winning records thus far. Some notable players for the Wild include Andrew Brunette, Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu.

Montreal Canadiens

The Montreal Canadiens were established in 1909, making them the oldest franchise in the NHL. The team has won the most Stanley Cup Championships in NHL history, with 24 total trophies. The team has consistently been in Stanley Cup-contention, only missing the playoffs 18 times in the team's very long and storied history. A few of the many notable Canadiens players include Patrick Roy, Larry Robinson, Maurice Richard and Guy Lafleur.

Nashville Predators

The Nashville Predators joined the NHL in 1998 as an expansion team in the Western Conference. Since the franchise is newer than most, they have only ever had two head coaches: Barry Trotz (1998-2014) and Peter Laviolette (2014-Present). Though the team got off to a slow start in their early years, they have since become a consistent force in the postseason. The team has made it to the Stanley Cup Finals only once and have never won the title. A few famous players to suit up for the team include Mike Fisher, David Legwand, Shea Weber and Pekka Rinne.

New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils were first founded in 1974 in Kansas City, Missouri and were originally known as the Kansas City Scouts. After two seasons in Kansas City, with only 27 wins and 110 losses, the team moved to Denver, Colorado and became known as the Colorado Rockies. Finally, after stagnation and more unsuccessful seasons, in 1982, the team moved to their current home in Newark. The team's name was chosen by fans and is named after the Jersey Devil, a made-up creature said to roam the New Jersey Pine Barrens in the southern part of the state. Some notable Devils players include Martin Brodeur, Scott Niedermayer and Scott Stevens.

New York Islanders

The New York Islanders were established in 1972, originally intended only as a team to block a rival hockey league from creating a team on Long Island. The Islanders played in Uniondale, New York for 42 seasons before relocating to Brooklyn in 2015. Some of the team's notable players have included Bryan Trottier, Mike Bossy and Billy Smith.

New York Rangers

The New York Rangers are one of the oldest teams in the NHL, conceived in 1926 as an expansion team. The team is one of the "original six" of the NHL, since they have been part of the league since 1942, and have always played in Madison Square Garden, since two seaparate ones have existed in New York City's history. The team was very successful from the start, being the first American NHL team to win the Stanley Cup and only missing the playoffs 3 times in their first 18 seasons. Some notable Rangers include Henrik Lundqvist, Brian Leetch and Mark Messier.

Ottawa Senators

The Ottawa Senators play in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. The Senators were added to the NHL in 1992 as an expansion team, along with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Philadelphia Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers are a hockey team that was created in 1967 as part of a pack of expansion teams granted by the NHL. They have remained in Philadelphia Pennsylvania throughout their entire history, currently playing their home games at Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers are a member of The Eastern Conference and The Metropolitan Division.

Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins were established in 1967 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The team has kept the same name since its inception, which is derived from the "Big Igloo" nickname that many fans used to refer to the team's home arena at the time. The Pittsburgh Penguins currently compete in the Metropolitan Division of the NHL's Eastern Conference.

San Jose Sharks

The San Jose Sharks were established in 1991 as an expansion team from the NHL. They have been there ever since, and continue forward with a strong fanbase and a long history of success, having made the playoffs 14 out of the last 15 seasons.

St. Louis Blues

The St. Louis Blues were established in 1967 as an expansion team granted from the NHL. They were the oldest active NHL team to have never won a Stanley Cup title, until they won this past year. They miraculously turned their season around after being dead last in the whole league in January, and ended up winning the Cup.

Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning were established as an expansion team in 1992, joining the NHL's Eastern Conference. The team has won one Stanley Cup (in 2004) but has yet to find any long-lasting success within the league. During their 2018-19 season, the team tied the league's record for wins in a season at 62, but they were upset in the first round of the postseason by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Some notable Lightning players include Martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman.

Toronto Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs were created in 1917 and first went by the name of the Arenas. In 1919, they changed their team name to the St. Pats. Finally, in 1927, the team name was officially changed to the Maple Leafs (Leafs for short).

Vancouver Canucks

The Vancouver Canucks were established in 1970 in Vancouver, British Columbia (located in Canada). The team has kept the same name since its inception, which is derived from a famous Canadian cartoon character that made several comic appearances during the World War II time period. The Vancouver Canucks currently compete in the Pacific Division of the NHL's Western Conference.

Vegas Golden Knights

The Vegas Golden Knights are a professional team in the NHL, based in Las Vegas, NV. They play in the NHL's Western Conference and Pacific Division. The Golden Knights are the sole professional sports franchise in the 5 major sport leagues in Las Vegas. The team is also the newest team in the NHL, the team's ownership was granted the expansion rights in 2016, and the team started its operations won year later, playing their first season in 2017-18. Speaking of ownership, the Vegas Golden Knights have a split ownership; Bill Foley and the Maloof Family are the franchise's owners since its foundation. The Maloof Family had owned professional sport franchises in the past, they owned the NBA's Sacramento Kings for a long time, while Foley grew up in Canada passionate about hockey. Both parties took a risk when entering a non-traditional market such as Las Vegas, where there is no ice nor any sports franchises prior to the Knights. Fortunately, the risk paid off, and the Golden Knights have a solid fan base in Las Vegas.

Washington Capitals

The Washington Capitals are a professional hockey team in the NHL, based in Washington D.C.. The Capitals play in the Eastern Conference, which they have won it twice since the team's creation, in 1974. The last time the Capitals made it to the Stanley Cup Finals was in 2018, in which the team defeated the Vegas Golden Knights to win their first NHL championship ever. Since 1999 the team is owned by Ted Leonsis, a DC area businessman who also owns several other local sport teams. Although Leonsis has had some polemic moments throughout his time as the team's owner, he absolutely transformed the Washington Capitals, and much of their success is due to his ownership of the team.

Winnipeg Jets

The Winnipeg Jets were first established in 1999 in Atlanta, GA and were known as the Atlanta Thrashers. True North bought the team in 2011 and relocated the franchise to Winnipeg. They named the team after the original Jets that played in Winnipeg from 1972 to 1996 which moved to Phoenix. The Jets have enjoyed some breakout young players and had some recent success but still have never won a Stanley Cup.

FAQ

What are the teams in the Atlantic Division of the NHL?

The Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Toronto Maple Leafs are in the NHL Atlantic Division.

What are the teams in the Metropolitan Division of the NHL?

The Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, and the Washington Capitals are in the NHL Metropolitan Division.

What are the teams in the Central Division of the NHL?

The Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues, and the Winnipeg Jets are in the NHL Central Division.

What are the teams in the Pacific Division of the NHL?

The Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks, and Vegas Golden Knights are in the NHL Pacific Division.