The National Hockey League is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The NHL was established on November 26, 1917, and has been providing hockey fans with excitement and entertainment for years. There have been many great players and moments in NHL history, and the league looks forward to many more years of success.
The NHL was founded on November 26, 1917 in Montreal
The league was established on November 26, 1917 at the Windsor Hotel in Montreal after the suspension of operations of its predecessor organization, the National Hockey Association (NHA), which had been founded in 1909. The NHA began play with four teams, and it saw ten different teams come and go by its end. Following a dispute between Eddie Livingstone, owner of the Toronto Shamrocks in the NHA, and representatives of the Montreal Canadiens Hockey Club, Livingstone was granted an NHA franchise in November 1917.
The first games were played on December 19, 1917
The first games were played on December 19, 1917. The games were between the Montreal Canadiens and the Montreal Wanderers. In honor of this historic event, every year on December 19th an NHL team wears replica jerseys from that era to pay homage to the players who have been a part of NHL history.
The NHL originally consisted of four teams – the Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Arenas, and Hamilton Tigers
The NHL originally consisted of four teams – the Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Arenas and Hamilton Tigers. In its first season, 1917-18, the league had four teams play a 24 game schedule. The Wanderers won the first championship with a 10-7 record in games.
In 1918 the NHL was divided into two divisions
In 1918 the NHL was divided into two divisions. It continued this way until 1924 when it returned to four team divisions. The winners of each division faced off to determine the league champion.
The Boston Bruins joined the NHL in 1924 and the New York Rangers in 1926
The Boston Bruins joined the NHL in 1924 and the New York Rangers in 1926. In November of 1926, Conn Smythe bought the Toronto St. Patrick’s team and renamed them to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Today there are 31 teams in the NHL
The league has grown from 4 teams to 31 in its 100 year history. Today there are 31 teams in the NHL. The league has grown from 4 teams to 31 in its 100 year history. It currently consists of two divisions, both with 7 teams each. This allows for a total of 16 playoff spots in which 8 can participate in the postseason. The Cup is awarded annually to the winning team at the end of every postseason.
The Stanley Cup is awarded to the winning team at the end of each season
The Stanley Cup is awarded to the winning team at the end of each season. The NHL playoffs are a month long event where teams compete for the chance to win the Stanley Cup. The playoffs are made up of 16 teams, 8 from each division. The first round is a best-of-seven series, followed by the second round (conference semifinals) and third round (conference finals). The fourth round is the Stanley Cup Finals, where the two remaining teams compete for the championship.
who wore it best nhl
The NHL has had many great players over the years, and it can be tough to decide who wore their jersey best. Some of the top contenders include Wayne Gretzky, Sidney Crosby, Bobby Orr and Patrick Kane. All of these players have had incredible careers and made a significant impact on the NHL. They are all sure to be remembered for years to come.