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The National Hockey League has a long and rich history. Click on the team logos to get historical overviews of all thirty of its current franchises.

Eastern Conference
Atlanta Thrashers
Atlanta Thrashers
- The Atlanta Thrashers joined the NHL in 1999 and play out of the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia ...
Boston Bruins
Boston Bruins
- The Boston Bruins are one of the "original six" NHL franchises and currently play out of the Fleet Center in Boston, Massachussets ...
Buffalo Sabres
Buffalo Sabres
- The Buffalo Sabres entered the NHL in 1970 and play in the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York ...
Carolina Hurricanes
Carolina Hurricanes
- The Hurricanes joined the NHL as the Hartford Whalers in 1979, moved to South Carolina in 1997 playing in the Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena ...
Florida Panthers
Florida Panthers
- The Panthers are one of the younger NHL teams, having joined in 1994 and playing out of the National Car Rental Center in Miami, Florida ...
Montreal Canadiens
Montreal Canadiens
- An original six team that is by far the most successful NHL franchise to date, plays in the Bell Center in Montreal, Quebec ...
New Jersey Devils
New Jersey Devils
- The team was founded as the Kansas City Scouts in 1974 and finally moved to East Rutherford, New Jersey in 1983 ...
New York Islanders
New York Islanders
- The Islanders joined the NHL in 1972 and play out of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York ...
New York Rangers
New York Rangers
- The Rangers were one of the original six NHL teams, they began play in 1926 and call Madison Square Gardens home ...
Ottawa Senators
Ottawa Senators
- After an almost 70 year absense from the league, the Senators returned to the NHL in 1992 and play out of the Corel Center ...
Philadelphia Flyers
Philadephia Flyers
- The Flyers were part of the initial NHL expansion in 1967 and play in the First Union Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ...
Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins
- Pittsburgh was one of the six teams added when the NHL doubled in size in 1967. They call Mellon Arena home ...
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay Lightning
- Tampa was awarded an NHL franchise in 1991, began play in 1992 and call the Ice Palace in Tampa Florida ...
Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs
- An original NHL franchise, the Leafs were founded in 1917 and currently play out of the Air Canada Center ...
Washington Capitals
Washington Capitals
- The Capitals entered the league in 1974 and currently play out of the downtown Washington, DC based MCI Center ...


Western Conference

Anaheim Mighty Ducks
Anaheim Mighty Ducks
- A team whose name was chosen from the Disney movie The Mighty Ducks, the NHL club was formed in 1992 ...
Calgary Flames
Calgary Flames
- The Flames began play in 1972 out of Atlanta, but moved north to Calgary in 1980 and play in the Pengrowth Saddledome ...
Chicago Blackhawks
Chicago Blackhawks
- An original six team founded in 1926, the Blackhawks currently play out of the United Center in Chicago, Illinois ...
Colorado Avalanche
Colorado Avalanche
- The franchise began in 1972 as a WHA team, joined the NHL in 1979 as the Quebec Nordiques and moved to Denver, Colorado ...
Columbus Blue Jackets
Columbus Blue Jackets
- The Blue Jackets are one of the younger NHL teams, entering the league in 2000 and playing out of the Nationwide Arena ...
Dallas Stars
Dallas Stars
- Between 1967-93 they played in Minnesota as the North Stars, before moving to Dallas, Texas and playing in the American Airlines Center ...
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Red Wings
- An original six team, the Red Wings began NHL play in 1926 and currently call Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan home ...
Edmonton Oilers
Edmonton Oilers
- The Oilers moved to the NHL from the WHA in 1979 and play at the Skyreach Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada ...
Los Angeles Kings
Los Angeles Kings
- The Kings were part of the original NHL expansion in 1967 and call the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California home ...
Minnesota Wild
Minnesota Wild
- Professional hockey returned to Minnesota in 2000 as the Wild began play at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul ...
Nashville Predators
Nashville Predators
- The Preds entered the NHL as an expansion franchise in 1998 and call the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville ...
Phoenix Coyotes
Phoenix Coyotes
- The Coyotes were formed in 1997 when the Winnipeg Jets moved to Phoenix, Arizona. Their home rink is the America West Arena ...
St. Louis Blues
St. Louis Blues
- The Blues joined the NHL as an expansion franchise in 1967 and play at the Savvis Center in St. Louis, Missouri ...
San Jose Sharks
San Jose Sharks
- The Sharks were founded in 1991 and call the HP Pavillion in San Jose, California home ...
Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver Canucks
- The Canucks franchise was formed in 1970 and the team plays at the General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia ...
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