National Hockey League

The National Hockey League (NHL; French: Ligue nationale de hockey—LNH; Scots: Naitional Hockey League) is a professional ice hockey league componed o 31 member clubs: 24 in the Unitit States an 7 in Canadae.

National Hockey League
Ligue nationale de hockey (French)
05 NHL Shield.svg
SportIce hockey
FoonditNovember 26, 1917 (103 years ago),
Montreal, Quebec, Canadae
Inaugural saison1917–18
CommissionerGary Bettman
No. o teams31[1]
KintrasCanadae (7 teams)
Unitit States (23 teams)
HeidquartersNew York Ceety, New York, U.S.
ContinentNorth America
Maist recent
Tampa Bay Lightning (2 teetle)
Maist teetlesMontreal Canadiens (25)[nb 1]
TV pairtner(s)


  1. While the Montreal Canadiens hae 24 Stanley Cup wins in thair history, the Stanley Cup haesna always been the NHL championship trophy. Prior tae 1926, it wis an inter-league championship. The Canadiens won ane Stanley Cup championship prior tae the formation of the NHL (in 1916 as a member o the National Hockey Association), an 23 Stanley Cups as a member o the NHL. Montreal an aa won the NHL championship on twa occasions whaur thay didna win the Stanley Cup: in 1918–19 when the Spanish flu cancelled the Stanley Cup finals against the Seattle Metropolitans o Pacific Coast Hockey Association an in 1924–25 when thay lost in the Stanley Cup finals tae the Western Canada Hockey League's Victoria Cougars. Thus, the team haes a tot o 25 NHL championships.
  2. As Rogers Media is the sole national rightsholder in Canada, Rogers sub-licensed some games to the CBC and TVA Sports.
  1. "Rosters, Arena Information, and Aerial Maps – – Teams". National Hockey League. Retrieved 8 Juin 2018.