The National Hockey League, as it exists today, was formed in November of 1917 after a meeting between representatives of the National Hockey Association in Montreal's Windsor Hotel. The owners of the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers[?], Ottawa Senators, Quebec Bulldogs[?], and Toronto Arenas decided to form a new league in order to exclude Edward J. Livingston, owner of the NHA Toronto Blueshirts[?] franchise from being involved in their future hockey operations.
The decision to form the NHL nearly proved to be a disastrous one. The new league faced stiff competition from a number of other leagues including the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA) and the International Hockey League (IHL) and the talent pool was decimated by World War I. Prior to the start of the 1917-18 season, the Quebec Bulldogs dropped out of the league, and early in the season, Montreal Wanderers were forced to disband. The remaining three teams completed the inaugural season, with Toronto winning the league championship, then beating the Vancouver Millionaires of the PHCL in a best of five series to claim the Stanley Cup.
Some of the NHL's most prestigious trophies and awards:
Five years after retirement, players are eligible to be voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
|New Jersey Devils||Boston Bruins||Atlanta Thrashers|
|New York Islanders||Buffalo Sabres||Carolina Hurricanes|
|New York Rangers||Montreal Canadiens||Florida Panthers|
|Philadelphia Flyers||Ottawa Senators||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||Toronto Maple Leafs||Washington Capitals|
|Chicago Blackhawks||Calgary Flames||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||Colorado Avalanche||Dallas Stars|
|Detroit Red Wings||Edmonton Oilers||Los Angeles Kings|
|Nashville Predators||Minnesota Wild||Phoenix Coyotes|
|St. Louis Blues||Vancouver Canucks||San Jose Sharks|