There are currently 31 hockey teams in the NHL. 24 of those are from the United States and the remaining 7 are from Canada.
Canadian NHL Teams
The following is a list of Canada’s NHL teams.
- Toronto Maple Leafs
- Montreal Canadiens
- Ottawa Senators
- Winnipeg Jets
- Edmonton Oilers
- Calgary Flames
- Vancouver Canucks
All 31 teams compete for the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, the Stanley Cup, every year.
The NHL came into play after the shut down of the National Hockey Association which had originally started in 1909.
Toronto Maple Leafs
This team is part of the Atlantic Division which is part of the Eastern Conference. Larry Tanenbaum is the current chairman of this club. The Toronto Maple Leafs formed in 1917.
This club holds the title of being the oldest NHL hockey franchise. They were formed in 1909 and were one of the first teams to be part of the original National Hockey Association.
Although there were several teams that made up the NHL, Ottawa holds a very impressive history. They were recognized for their eleven wins of the famed Stanley Cup between the years of 1917 to 1934.
This team is part of the Western Conference. Originally they can from Atlanta. There they were known as the Thrashers. During the first five years that they played, they did not do well in the sport.
This team started out playing in the World Hockey Association. Then in 1979, they were accepted into the NHL.
Founded in 1972 as the Atlanta Flames, this team relocated to Calgary, Canada in 1980 to become the Calgary Flames we know today.
Originally part of the Pacific Coast Hockey League, the Canucks were founded in 1945 and played in the PCHL until 1952. From there, Vancouver went on to play in the Western Hockey League. It wasn’t until 1970 that the Canucks joined the NHL.