The National Hockey League
Established: 1917
No Season 2004-2005 due to owner lockout of players

36 Total Franchises
30 Current Franchises
0 Suspended Franchises (04-05 season)
6 Defunct Franshises
0 Future Franchises
12 Franchise Movements
19 Franchise Name Changes

National Hockey League Franchise History

NHL Champions

1 Montreal Canadiens (1917-2004; 05-present)
2 Toronto Arenas (1917-1919)
          Toronto St. Pat's (1919-1926)
        Toronto Maple Leafs (1926-2004; 05-present)
3 Ottawa Senators (1917-1931; 1932-1934)
          St. Louis Eagles (1934-1935)
4 Montreal Wanderers (1917-1918)
5 Quebec Bulldogs (1919-1920)
          Hamilton Tigers (1920-1925)
          New York Americans (1925-1941)
          Brooklyn Americans (1941-1942)
6 Boston Bruins (1924-2004; 05-present)
7 Montreal Maroons (1924-1938)
8 Pittsburgh Pirates (1925-1930)
          Philadelphia Quakers (1930-1931)
9 New York Rangers (1926-2004; 05-present)
10 Chicago Black Hawks (1926-2004; 05-present)
11 Detroit Cougars (1926-1930)
          Detroit Falcons (1930-1932)
        Detroit Red Wings (1932-2004; 05-present)
12 Los Angeles Kings (1967-2004; 05-present)
13 Minnesota North Stars(1967-1993)
       Dallas Stars (1993-2004; 05-present)
14 Oakland Seals (1967-1970)
          California Golden Seals (1970-1976)
          Cleveland Barons (1976-1978)
15 Philadelphia Flyers (1967-2004; 05-present)
16 Pittsburgh Penguins (1967-2004; 05-present)
17 St. Louis Blues (1967-2004; 05-present)
18 Buffalo Sabres (1970-2004; 05-present)
19 Vancouver Canucks (1970-2004; 05-present)
20 Atlanta Flames (1970-1981)
       Calgary Flames (1982-2004; 05-present)
21 New York Islanders (1972-2004; 05-present)
22 Kansas City Scouts(1974-1976)
          Colorado Rockies (1976-1982)
        New Jersey Devils (1982-2004; 05-present)
23 Washington Capitals (1974-2004; 05-present)
24 Edmonton Oilers (1979-2004; 05-present)
25 Hartford Whalers(1979-1997)
        Carolina Hurricanes (1997-2004; 05-present)
26 Quebec Nordiques(1979-1995)
       Colorado Avalanche (1995-2004; 05-present)
27 Winnipeg Jets (1979-1996)
       Phoenix Coyotes (1996-2004; 05-present)
28 San Jose Sharks (1991-2004; 05-present)
29 Ottawa Senators (1992-2004; 05-present)
30 Tampa Bay Lightning (1992-2004; 05-present)
31 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1993-2004; 05-present)
32 Florida Panthers (1993-2004; 05-present)
33 Nashville Predators (1998-2004; 05-present)
34 Atlanta Thrashers (1999-2004; 05-present)
35 Columbus Blue Jackets (2000-2004; 05-present)
36 Minnesota Wild (2000-2004; 05-present)
1978-Cleveland Barons and Minnesota 
North Stars merge operations 
and continue play in Minnesota
See Also Stanley Cup
Champion
Runner-Up
2005 No Season Played Owner lockout
2004
Tampa Bay Lightning
Calgary Flames
2003
New Jersey Devils
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
2002
Detroit Red Wings
Carolina  Hurricanes
2001
Colorado Avalanche
New Jersey Devils
2000
New Jersey Devils
Dallas Stars
1999
Dallas Stars
Buffalo Sabres
1998
Detroit Red Wings
Washington Capitals
1997
Detroit Red Wings
Philadelphia Flyers
1996
Colorado Avalanche
Florida Panthers
1995
New Jersey Devils
Detroit Red Wings
1994
New York Rangers
Vancouver Canucks
1993
Montreal Canadiens
Los Angeles Kings
1992
Pittsburgh Penguins
Chicago Blackhawks
1991
Pittsburgh Penguins
Minnesota North Stars
1990
Edmonton Oilers
Boston Bruins
1989
Calgary Flames
Montreal Canadiens
1988
Edmonton Oilers
Boston Bruins
1987
Edmonton Oilers
Philadelphia Flyers
1986
Montreal Canadiens
Calgary Flames
1985
Edmonton Oilers
Philadelphia Flyers
1984
Edmonton Oilers
New York Islanders
1983
New York Islanders
Edmonton Oilers
1982
New York Islanders
Vancouver Canucks
1981
New York Islanders
Minnesota North Stars
1980
New York Islanders
Philadelphia Flyers
1979
Montreal Canadiens
New York Rangers
1978
Montreal Canadiens
Boston Bruins
1977
Montreal Canadiens
Boston Bruins
1976
Montreal Canadiens
Philadelphia Flyers
1975
Philadelphia Flyers
Buffalo Sabres
1974
Philadelphia Flyers
Boston Bruins
1973
Montreal Canadiens
Chicago Blackhawks
1972
Boston Bruins
New York Rangers
1971
Montreal Canadiens
Chicago Blackhawks
1970
Boston Bruins
St. Louis Blues
1969
Montreal Canadiens
St. Louis Blues
1968
Montreal Canadiens
St. Louis Blues
1967
Toronto Maple Leafs
Montreal Canadiens
1966
Montreal Canadiens
Detroit Red Wings
1965
Montreal Canadiens
Chicago Blackhawks
1964
Toronto Maple Leafs
Detroit Red Wings
1963
Toronto Maple Leafs
Detroit Red Wings
1962
Toronto Maple Leafs
Chicago Blackhawks
1961
Chicago Black Hawks
Detroit Red Wings
1960
Montreal Canadiens
Toronto Maple Leafs
1959
Montreal Canadiens
Toronto Maple Leafs
1958
Montreal Canadiens
Boston Bruins
1957
Montreal Canadiens
Boston Bruins
1956
Montreal Canadiens
Detroit Red Wings
1955
Detroit Red Wings
Montreal Canadiens
1954
Detroit Red Wings
Montreal Canadiens
1953
Montreal Canadiens
Boston Bruins
1952
Detroit Red Wings
Montreal Canadiens
1951
Toronto Maple Leafs
Montreal Canadiens
1950
Detroit Red Wings
New York Rangers
1949
Toronto Maple Leafs
Detroit Red Wings
1948
Toronto Maple Leafs
Detroit Red Wings
1947
Toronto Maple Leafs
Montreal Canadiens
1946
Montreal Canadiens
Boston Bruins
1945
Toronto Maple Leafs
Detroit Red Wings
1944
Montreal Canadiens
Chicago Black Hawks
1943
Detroit Red Wings
Boston Bruins
1942
Toronto Maple Leafs
Detroit Red Wings
1941
Boston Bruins
Detroit Red Wings
1940
New York Rangers
Toronto Maple Leafs
1939
Boston Bruins
Toronto Maple Leafs
1938
Chicago Black Hawks
Toronto Maple Leafs
1937
Detroit Red Wings
New York Rangers
1936
Detroit Red Wings
Toronto Maple Leafs
1935
Montreal Maroons
Toronto Maple Leafs
1934
Chicago Black Hawks
Detroit Red Wings
1933
New York Rangers
Toronto Maple Leafs
1932
Toronto Maple Leafs
New York Rangers
1931
Montreal Canadiens
Chicago Black Hawks
1930
Montreal Canadiens
Boston Bruins
1929
Boston Bruins
New York Rangers
1928
New York Rangers
Montreal Maroons
1927
Ottawa Senators
Boston Bruins
1926
Montreal Maroons
Ottawa Senators
1925
Montreal Canadiens
Hamilton Tigers
1924
Montreal Canadiens
Ottawa Seantors
1923
Ottawa Senators
Montreal Canadiens
1922
Toronto St. Patís
Ottawa Senators
1921
Ottawa Senators
Toronto St. Pat's
1920
Ottawa Senators
Montreal Canadiens
1919
Montreal Canadiens
Ottawa Senators
1918
Toronto Arenas
Montreal Canadiens
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