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The National Hockey League currently has 30 teams divided into two conferences.

Each conference has three divisions and each division has 5 teams. This grouping
of the league began with the 2000-2001 season. Season structure: each team plays 82 regular season games: 41 games at home and 41 away.

Teams play 32 games within their division (8 games against each of their four
divisional opponents), 40 games against non-divisional, conference opponents
(4 games against each of the 10 other teams) and 10 inter-conference games,
1 game against each team in two of the three divisions in the opposite conference.

The two divisions from the opposite conference which each team plays against will
be rotated every year.

Points are awarded for each game as follows: Two points are awarded for a win
(regulation, overtime or shootout). One point for losing in overtime or a shootout.
Zero points for a loss in regulation.

At the end of the usual season, the team that finishes with the most points in each division is crowned the division champion.

NHL Hockey Team Facts

Detroit Red Wings

Six of Gordie Howe's ten All-Star Game goals were scored on the power play. Howe played in a record twenty-three All-Star Games, all but one with the Detroit Red Wings. The other was with Hartford.

New York Rangers

In 1928, only their second year in existence,the New York Rangers became the first American-based NHL team to win the Stanley Cup.

Toronto Maple Leafs

The oldest goalie to ever appear in a playoff game was Johnny Bower at the age of forty-four years, four months, and thirty eight days.

Edmonton Oilers

The 1983-84 Oilers set the all-time NHL season scoring record with 446 goals, which averaged at 5.58 goals per game.

Chicago Blackhawks

The last game in old Chicago Stadium was played in 1994 when the Toronto Maple Leafs eliminated the Blackhawks by winning Game 6 of the Western Conference Quarter-Finals, 1-0. The Blackhawks moved to the United Center the next season.

Montreal Canadians

In 1980, Montreal's chance to win its fifth straight Stanley Cup was shattered the North Stars defeated them 3-2 in Game 7 of their Quarter-Finals series.

  • The first skates consisted of blades attached to shoes, and the sticks were made from tree branches.
  • The first goalie equiptment was actually cricket equiptment.
  • The first shin guards were made from players stuffing newspapers or magazines in their pants.
  • Dave Ritchie scored the first NHL goal on Dec. 19, 1917.
  • The Toronto Arenas were the first NHL team to with the Cup.
  • The first radio broadcast of an NHL game was from Foster Hewitt on March 22, 1923. He used a telephone to broadcast the game between Kitchner and Toronto Parkdale.
  • The Boston Bruins beat the Montreal Maroons 2-1 at the Boston Arena on Dec. 1, 1924 in the first NHL game ever played in the United States.
  • On May 26, 1926 the New York Rangers were created, in addition the league said that Chicago and Detroit would get teams the following November increasing the league to 10 teams.
  • Montreal Maroons goalie Clint Benedict on Feb. 20, 1930 became the first goal to wear a mask in an NHL game. It was only temporary and they did not become popular until Jacques Plante supported one in the 1950's.
  • The Detroit Redwings were introduced, they were previously known as the Cougers and Falcons
  • On Feb. 25, 1940 the NHL match between the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens was broadcasted from fixed camera to 300 TV recievers in the city.
  • On Sept. 11, 1943 the Hockey Hall of Fame was created in Toronto.
  • On March 10, 1955 the Zamboni is introduced in a game in Montreal.
  • On Jan. 23, 1956 Jean Beliveau became the first hockey player to make the cover of Sports Illustrated
  • Bobby Hull of the Chicago Blackhawks became the first player to score more than 50 goals, this came on March 12, 1966. His son, Brett Hull accomplished the same feat, but did it in less than 50 games for the St. Louis Blues in 1991.
  • On May 2, 1967 Toronto beat Montreal 3-1 in Game 6 of the Finals to become the 1967 Stanley Cup Champions in the last Stanley Cup series between two "Original Six" teams.
  • On June 5, 1967 the Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota North Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, Oakland Seals and St. Louis Blues officially received their NHL franchises.
  • On May 22, 1970 the Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks were officially granted NHL franchises for the 1970-71 season.
  • On Nov. 9, 1971 the NHL announced it had granted a franchise to Atlanta to start play in 1972-73. On Dec. 31, 1971, a new franchise was awarded to the New York Islanders.
  • On May 19, 1974 the Philadelphia Flyers became the first post-'67 expansion team to win the Stanley Cup, beating the Bruins 1-0 in Game 6 of the Finals. The Flyers would again win Lord Stanley's silver chalice the following season.
  • On June 11, 1974 the Kansas City Scouts and Washington Capitals officially received their NHL franchises. Before the start of the 1976-77 season, the Scouts moved to Denver to become the Colorado Rockies and later the New Jersey Devils.
  • The league passed a rule in 1979 requiring all players who came into the league from that point on to wear a helmet.
  • On June 22, 1979 former WHA teams the Edmonton Oilers, Hartford Whalers, Quebec Nordiques and Winnipeg Jets joined the NHL, as it expanded to 21 teams.
  • On Feb. 24, 1982 Wayne Gretzky scored his 77th goal of the season to break the NHL record of 76 held by Phil Esposito. Gretzky finished with a hat trick in a 6-3 win at Buffalo and went on to score 92 goals for the season. On March 25, Gretzky scored two goals and two assists to become the first player in NHL history to score 200 points in one season. He finished the year with 212 points.
  • On dec. 19, 1984 Buffalo's Scotty Bowman became the winningest coach in NHL history with career victory No. 691 in the Sabres' 6-3 win at Chicago. Bowman surpassed Dick Irvin, who had won 690 games with the Maple Leafs, Canadiens and Black Hawks from 1930 and 1956.
  • On May 9, 1990 The NHL approved the sale of the Minnesota North Stars by George and Gordon Gund in exchange for their being granted the rights to a Bay Area team that would begin play in Oct. 1991. Thus, the San Jose Sharks were born.
  • On Dec. 16, 1991 the Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators were officially granted membership in the NHL. The teams would play their first NHL games 10 months later.
  • On June 25, 1997 the NHL officially approved expansion to 30 teams by the year 2000 with the announcement of new clubs in Atlanta, Columbus, Minnesota and Nashville. The Nashville Predators entered the League in 1998-99, with the Atlanta Thrashers coming on board in 1999-2000. The Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets begin play in 2000-01.
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