This is a list of seasons of the National Hockey League (NHL), a professional ice hockey league, since its inception in 1917. The list also includes the seasons of the National Hockey Association (NHA), the predecessor organization of the NHL, which had several teams that would continue play in the NHL.
Only two franchises, Montreal and Toronto, still exist from the founding of the league. The Quebec Bulldogs, which suspended after the last NHA season, returned to play in the third NHL season, although they were considered founding members of the NHL. The team would be moved by the league to Hamilton, and eventually dissolved by the league in 1925. The original Ottawa Senators would continue in the league until 1935, where, after one season in St. Louis as the St. Louis Eagles, the franchise was dissolved by the league. The current Ottawa Senators franchise does recognize the history of the original Senators (through retired numbers and a heritage jersey).
The list is sub-divided using the same eras as the series of articles on the History of the National Hockey League.
Like predecessor leagues, the champion of the NHA league since its founding was the team with the best regular season record, with a playoff only used if more than one team had the best win-loss record. This changed in 1917 with the invention of the split-season, whereby the champion became the winner of the annual playoff. The NHL continued the split-season and playoff format upon the winding up of the NHA organization. Except for the 1919–20 season, where there was no playoff because Ottawa won both halves of the season, the champion of the NHL has been the playoff champion.
The NHA champion was awarded the O'Brien Cup. This was continued by the NHL. Until 1927, the NHL champion was awarded the O'Brien Cup, supplemented by the Prince of Wales Trophy, starting in 1925. To win the Stanley Cup, the NHL champion had to play off in a "world's series" with the champion of the Pacific Coast or Western hockey leagues. After 1927, the NHL playoff champion was awarded the Stanley Cup, while the O'Brien Cup and Prince of Wales Trophy were reused as division championship and playoff runner-up awards.
Hockey seasons traditionally started in January and ended in March until the 1910–11 season which was the first to start before the new year. The 1911–12 season saw the elimination of the rover position, reducing number of skaters per side to six. The 1916–17 season saw the introduction of the split schedule, an innovation attributed to Toronto NHA owner Eddie Livingstone. To symbolize the league championship, the NHA champion was awarded the O'Brien Cup, donated by the O'Brien family, owners of silver mines (being the source of the silver in the trophy), owners of several of the NHA franchises, and original owner of the Montreal Canadiens.
|Season||Final [4a, b, c]||No. of
(begin reg. season)
(incl. NHA playoffs)
|1910||1910||7||12||January 5||March 15||Montreal Wanderers (11–1–0)||Montreal Wanderers|
|1910–11||1911||5||16||December 31||March 10||Ottawa Hockey Club (13–3–0)||Ottawa Hockey Club|
|1911–12||1912||4||18||December 30||March 5||Quebec Bulldogs (10–8–0)||Quebec Bulldogs|
|1912–13||1913||6||20||December 25||March 5||Quebec Bulldogs (16–4–0)||Quebec Bulldogs|
|1913–14||1914||6||20||December 27||March 11||Toronto Blueshirts, Montreal Canadiens (13–7–0)||Toronto Blueshirts|
|1914–15||1915||6||20||December 26||March 13||Ottawa Senators (14–6–0)||Vancouver Millionaires |
|1915–16||1916||5||24||December 18||March 18||Montreal Canadiens (16–7–1)||Montreal Canadiens|
|1916–17||1917||6/4 ||20||December 27||March 10||Montreal Canadiens (7–3–0) (1st half)
Ottawa Senators (8–2–0) (2nd half)
|Montreal Canadiens |
^ 1. All champion teams are also Stanley Cup champions unless marked.
^ 2. The league did not use tiebreakers to determine the top record. The two teams played off to determine the championship.
^ 3. Toronto and Battalion did not participate in the second half.
^ 4a. No Finals prior to 1914; Stanley Cup awarded to league winners and defended on a challenge basis.
^ 4b. Finals in 1915 and 1916 contested between top two teams of regular season.
^ 4c. Finals from 1917 through 1921 contested between qualifier from first half-season and qualifier from second half-season.
The NHL started with three of the six NHA clubs (Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers and Ottawa Senators) and a Toronto franchise run by the Toronto Arena Co., which leased the players of the Toronto Blueshirts. Almost immediately after starting the season, the Wanderers folded, leaving three teams to complete the season. The same three teams returned for 1918–19 before Quebec 'returned' for 1919–20, moving to Hamilton the following year. The same four-team configuration lasted until 1924–25 when the Montreal Maroons and the Boston Bruins joined the league. Expansion into other cities followed, lasting until the 1930s, when several teams folded.
The new NHL did not have a championship trophy at first. The O'Brien Cup was revived in November 1921, and served as the league championship trophy until 1927. The new Prince of Wales Trophy, donated in 1925, was also given to the league champion until 1927. Henceforth, the trophies were designated for divisional championships, and the Stanley Cup became the de facto league championship trophy.
(incl. NHL playoffs)
|1||1917–18||1918 ||1918||4/3||22||December 19||March 13||Montreal Canadiens (10–4–0) (1st half)
Toronto Hockey Club (5–3–0) (2nd half)
|Toronto Hockey Club|
|2||1918–19||1919||1919||3||18||December 19||March 6||Montreal Canadiens (7–3–0) (1st half)
Ottawa Senators (7–1–0) (2nd half)
|Montreal Canadiens |
|3||1919–20||1920||1920||4||24||December 23||March 10 ||Ottawa Senators (9–3–0) (1st half)
Ottawa Senators (10–2–0) (2nd half)
|4||1920–21||1921||1921||4||24||December 22||March 15||Ottawa Senators (8–2–0) (1st half)
Toronto St. Pats (10–4–0) (2nd half)
|5||1921–22||1922||1922||4||24||December 17||March 13||Ottawa Senators (14–8–2)||Toronto St. Pats|
|6||1922–23||1923||1923||4||24||December 16||March 9||Ottawa Senators (14–9–1)||Ottawa Senators|
|7||1923–24||1924||1924||4||24||December 15||March 11||Ottawa Senators (16–8–0)||Montreal Canadiens|
|8||1924–25||1925||1925||6||30||November 29||March 13||Hamilton Tigers (19–10–1)||Montreal Canadiens |
|9||1925–26||1926||1926||7||36||November 28||March 27||Ottawa Senators (24–8–4)||Montreal Maroons|
|10||1926–27||1927||1927||10||44||November 18||April 13||Ottawa Senators (30–10–4)||Ottawa Senators|
|11||1927–28||1928||1928||10||44||November 15||April 14||Montreal Canadiens (26–11–7)||New York Rangers|
|12||1928–29||1929||1929||10||44||November 15||March 29||Montreal Canadiens (22–7–15)||Boston Bruins|
|13||1929–30||1930||1930||10||44||November 14||April 3||Boston Bruins (38–5–1)||Montreal Canadiens|
|14||1930–31||1931||1931||10||44||November 11||April 14||Boston Bruins (28–10–6)||Montreal Canadiens|
|15||1931–32||1932||1932||8||48||November 12||April 9||Montreal Canadiens (25–16–7)||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|16||1932–33||1933||1933||9||48||November 10||April 13||Boston Bruins (25–15–8)||New York Rangers|
|17||1933–34||1934||1934||9||48||November 9||April 10||Toronto Maple Leafs (26–13–9)||Chicago Black Hawks|
|18||1934–35||1935||1935||9||48||November 8||April 9||Toronto Maple Leafs (30–14–4)||Montreal Maroons|
|19||1935–36||1936||1936||8||48||November 7||April 11||Detroit Red Wings (24–16–8)||Detroit Red Wings|
|20||1936–37||1937||1937||8||48||November 5||April 15||Detroit Red Wings (25–14–9)||Detroit Red Wings|
|21||1937–38||1938||1938||8||48||November 4||April 12||Boston Bruins (30–11–7)||Chicago Black Hawks|
|22||1938–39||1939||1939||7||48||November 3||April 16||Boston Bruins (36–10–2)||Boston Bruins|
|23||1939–40||1940||1940||7||48||November 2||April 13||Boston Bruins (31–12–5)||New York Rangers|
|24||1940–41||1941||1941||7||48||November 3||April 12||Boston Bruins (27–8–13)||Boston Bruins|
|25||1941–42||1942||1942||7||48||November 1||April 18||New York Rangers (29–17–2)||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|^ 1.||All champion teams are also Stanley Cup champions unless marked.|
|^ 4c.||Finals from 1917 through 1921 contested between qualifier from first half-season and qualifier from second half-season.|
|^ 5.||Wanderers withdrew after six games (four completed, two forfeited).|
|^ 6.||The Quebec Bulldogs started play.|
|^ 7.||No playoffs.|
|^ 8.||The Montreal Maroons and Boston Bruins started play.|
|^ 9.||The New York Americans and Pittsburgh Pirates started play. Hamilton Tigers dissolved.|
|^ 10.||The Chicago Black Hawks, Detroit Cougars and New York Rangers started play.|
|^ 11.||The Ottawa Senators and Philadelphia Quakers suspended operations for the season.|
|^ 12.||The Ottawa Senators resumed play.|
|^ 13.||The St. Louis Eagles were dissolved.|
|^ 14.||The Montreal Maroons were dissolved.|
Prior to the 1942–43 season, the New York Americans suspended operations. This reduced the number of teams to six, starting the 'Original Six' era. During the Original Six era, the NHL played in a single six-team division. Each season, four of the six teams qualified for the playoffs to determine the Stanley Cup and NHL champion.
|26||1942–43||1943||1943||50||October 31||April 8||Detroit Red Wings (25–14–11)||Detroit Red Wings|
|27||1943–44||1944||1944||50||October 30||April 13||Montreal Canadiens (38–5–7)||Montreal Canadiens|
|28||1944–45||1945||1945||50||October 28||April 22||Montreal Canadiens (38–8–4)||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|29||1945–46||1946||1946||50||October 24||April 9||Montreal Canadiens (28–17–5)||Montreal Canadiens|
|30||1946–47||1947||1947||60||October 16||April 19||Montreal Canadiens (34–16–10)||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|31||1947–48||1948||1948||60||October 15||April 14||Toronto Maple Leafs (32–15–13)||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|32||1948–49||1949||1949||60||October 13||April 16||Detroit Red Wings (34–19–7)||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|33||1949–50||1950||1950||70||October 12||April 23||Detroit Red Wings (37–19–14)||Detroit Red Wings|
|34||1950–51||1951||1951||70||October 11||April 21||Detroit Red Wings (44–13–13)||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|35||1951–52||1952||1952||70||October 11||April 15||Detroit Red Wings (44–14–12)||Detroit Red Wings|
|36||1952–53||1953||1953||70||October 9||April 16||Detroit Red Wings (36–16–18)||Montreal Canadiens|
|37||1953–54||1954||1954||70||October 8||April 16||Detroit Red Wings (37–19–14)||Detroit Red Wings|
|38||1954–55||1955||1955||70||October 7||April 14||Detroit Red Wings (42–11–11)||Detroit Red Wings|
|39||1955–56||1956||1956||70||October 6||April 10||Montreal Canadiens (45–15–10)||Montreal Canadiens|
|40||1956–57||1957||1957||70||October 11||April 16||Detroit Red Wings (38–20–12)||Montreal Canadiens|
|41||1957–58||1958||1958||70||October 8||April 20||Montreal Canadiens (43–17–10)||Montreal Canadiens|
|42||1958–59||1959||1959||70||October 8||April 18||Montreal Canadiens (39–18–13)||Montreal Canadiens|
|43||1959–60||1960||1960||70||October 7||April 14||Montreal Canadiens (40–18–12)||Montreal Canadiens|
|44||1960–61||1961||1961||70||October 5||April 16||Montreal Canadiens (41–19–10)||Chicago Black Hawks|
|45||1961–62||1962||1962||70||October 11||April 22||Montreal Canadiens (42–14–14)||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|46||1962–63||1963||1963||70||October 12||April 18||Toronto Maple Leafs (35–23–12)||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|47||1963–64||1964||1964||70||October 8||April 25||Montreal Canadiens (36–21–13)||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|48||1964–65||1965||1965||70||October 12||May 1||Detroit Red Wings (40–23–7)||Montreal Canadiens|
|49||1965–66||1966||1966||70||October 23||May 5||Montreal Canadiens (41–21–8)||Montreal Canadiens|
|50||1966–67||1967||1967||70||October 19||May 2||Chicago Black Hawks (41–17–12)||Toronto Maple Leafs|
Since 1967, the league re-organized several times as it grew. In 1967, the league played in two divisions, with the playoff winner of each division playing off for the NHL championship. As the league grew the league changed its championship format to allow cross-over seeding, then changed to a division-based championship, leading to conference-based championship, with conference champions playing off for the Stanley Cup. In 1985, the Presidents' Trophy was inaugurated to reward the team with the top regular season record, irrespective of division or conference.
|51||1967–68||1968||1968||12||74||October 11||May 11||Montreal Canadiens (42–22–10)||Montreal Canadiens|
|52||1968–69||1969||1969||12||76||October 11||May 4||Montreal Canadiens (46–19–11)||Montreal Canadiens|
|53||1969–70||1970||1970||12||76||October 11||May 10||Chicago Black Hawks (45–22–9)||Boston Bruins|
|54||1970–71||1971||1971||14||78||October 9||May 18||Boston Bruins (57–14–7)||Montreal Canadiens|
|55||1971–72||1972||1972||14||78||October 8||May 11||Boston Bruins (54–13–11)||Boston Bruins|
|56||1972–73||1973||1973||16||78||October 7||May 10||Montreal Canadiens (52–10–16)||Montreal Canadiens|
|57||1973–74||1974||1974||16||78||October 10||May 19||Boston Bruins (52–17–9)||Philadelphia Flyers|
|58||1974–75||1975||1975||18||80||October 9||May 27||Philadelphia Flyers (51–18–11)||Philadelphia Flyers|
|59||1975–76||1976||1976||18||80||October 7||May 16||Montreal Canadiens (58–11–11)||Montreal Canadiens|
|60||1976–77||1977||1977||18||80||October 5||May 14||Montreal Canadiens (60–8–12)||Montreal Canadiens|
|61||1977–78||1978||1978||18||80||October 12||May 25||Montreal Canadiens (59–10–11)||Montreal Canadiens|
|62||1978–79||1979||1979||17||80||October 11||May 21||New York Islanders (51–15–14)||Montreal Canadiens|
|63||1979–80||1980||1980||21||80||October 9||May 24||Philadelphia Flyers (48–12–20)||New York Islanders|
|64||1980–81||1981||1981||21||80||October 9||May 21||New York Islanders (48–18–14)||New York Islanders|
|65||1981–82||1982||1982||21||80||October 6||May 16||New York Islanders (54–16–10)||New York Islanders|
|66||1982–83||1983||1983||21||80||October 5||May 17||Boston Bruins (50–20–10)||New York Islanders|
|67||1983–84||1984||1984||21||80||October 4||May 19||Edmonton Oilers (57–18–5)||Edmonton Oilers|
|68||1984–85||1985||1985||21||80||October 11||May 30||Philadelphia Flyers (53–20–7)||Edmonton Oilers|
|69||1985–86||1986||1986||21||80||October 10||May 24||Edmonton Oilers (56–17–7)||Montreal Canadiens|
|70||1986–87||1987||1987||21||80||October 9||May 31||Edmonton Oilers (50–24–6)||Edmonton Oilers|
|71||1987–88||1988||1988||21||80||October 8||May 26||Calgary Flames (48–23–9)||Edmonton Oilers|
|72||1988–89||1989||1989||21||80||October 6||May 25||Calgary Flames (54–17–9)||Calgary Flames|
|73||1989–90||1990||1990||21||80||October 5||May 24||Boston Bruins (46–25–9)||Edmonton Oilers|
|74||1990–91||1991||1991||21||80||October 4||May 25||Chicago Blackhawks (49–23–8)||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|75||1991–92||1992||1992||22||80||October 3||June 1||New York Rangers (50–25–5)||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|^ 15.||The California Seals, Los Angeles Kings, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota North Stars and St. Louis Blues started play.|
|^ 16.||The Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks started play.|
|^ 17.||The Atlanta Flames and New York Islanders started play.|
|^ 18.||The Kansas City Scouts and Washington Capitals started play.|
|^ 19.||The California Gold Seals relocated to Ohio, renamed Cleveland Barons. Kansas City Scouts relocated to Colorado, renamed Colorado Rockies.|
|^ 20.||The Cleveland Barons merge with the Minnesota North Stars.|
|^ 21.||The Edmonton Oilers, Hartford Whalers, Quebec Nordiques and Winnipeg Jets (1972–96) join the NHL.|
|^ 22.||The Colorado Rockies relocated to New Jersey, renamed New Jersey Devils.|
|^ 23.||The San Jose Sharks started play.|
In 1993, coinciding with the naming of Gary Bettman as commissioner, the league re-organized into the Eastern and Western Conferences, with two divisions each, organized along geographical lines. The playoff format was changed to provide conference champions without divisional playoff champions. A new round of expansion began. By 2000–01, the number of teams increased to 30 and the number of divisions increased to six. This era has seen three seasons where the seasons were changed due to labour disputes between the NHL and the players' union. The 1994–95 and 2012–13 seasons were shortened to 48 intraconference games, and the 2004–05 season's games were cancelled entirely. According to the 2011 NHL Guide and Record Book, the NHL includes the 2004–05 season in its count of seasons. For example, the 2011 NHL Guide lists the Tampa Bay Lightning as entering their 19th 'NHL Season', although a count of the Lightning's seasons of play would determine the 2010–11 season to be their 18th season of play.
|76||1992–93||1993||1993||24||84||October 6||June 9||Pittsburgh Penguins (56–21–7)||Montreal Canadiens|
|77||1993–94||1994||1994||26||84||October 5||June 14||New York Rangers (52–24–8)||New York Rangers|
|78||1994–95||1995||1995||26||48||January 20||June 24||Detroit Red Wings (33–11–4)||New Jersey Devils|
|79||1995–96||1996||1996||26||82||October 6||June 10||Detroit Red Wings (62–13–7)||Colorado Avalanche|
|80||1996–97||1997||1997||26||82||October 4||June 7||Colorado Avalanche (49–24–9)||Detroit Red Wings|
|81||1997–98||1998||1998||26||82||October 1||June 16||Dallas Stars (49–22–11)||Detroit Red Wings|
|82||1998–99||1999||1999||27||82||October 9||June 19||Dallas Stars (51–19–12)||Dallas Stars|
|83||1999–00||2000||2000||28||82||October 1||June 10||St. Louis Blues (51–19–11–1)||New Jersey Devils|
|84||2000–01||2001||2001||30||82||October 4||June 9||Colorado Avalanche (52–16–10–4)||Colorado Avalanche|
|85||2001–02||2002||2002||30||82||October 3||June 13||Detroit Red Wings (51–17–10–4)||Detroit Red Wings|
|86||2002–03||2003||2003||30||82||October 9||June 9||Ottawa Senators (52–21–8–1)||New Jersey Devils|
|87||2003–04||2004||2004||30||82||October 8||June 7||Detroit Red Wings (48–21–11–2)||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|88||2004–05||Season not played due to lockout|
|89||2005–06||2006||2006||30||82||October 5||June 19||Detroit Red Wings (58–16–8)||Carolina Hurricanes|
|90||2006–07||2007||2007||30||82||October 4||June 6||Buffalo Sabres (53–22–7)||Anaheim Ducks|
|91||2007–08||2008||2008||30||82||September 29||June 4||Detroit Red Wings (54–21–7)||Detroit Red Wings|
|92||2008–09||2009||2009||30||82||October 4||June 12||San Jose Sharks (53–18–11)||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|93||2009–10||2010||2010||30||82||October 1||June 9||Washington Capitals (54–15–13)||Chicago Blackhawks|
|94||2010–11||2011||2011||30||82||October 7||June 15||Vancouver Canucks (54–19–9)||Boston Bruins|
|95||2011–12||2012||2012||30||82||October 6||June 11||Vancouver Canucks (51–22–9)||Los Angeles Kings|
|96||2012–13||2013||2013||30||48||January 19||June 24||Chicago Blackhawks (36–7–5)||Chicago Blackhawks|
|97||2013–14||2014||2014||30||82||October 1||June 13||Boston Bruins (54–19–9)||Los Angeles Kings|
|98||2014–15||2015||2015||30||82||October 8||June 15||New York Rangers (53–22–7)||Chicago Blackhawks|
|99||2015–16||2016||2016||30||82||October 7||June 12||Washington Capitals (56–18–8)||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|100||2016–17||2017||2017||30||82||October 12||June 11||Washington Capitals (55–19–8)||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|101||2017–18||2018||2018||31||82||October 4||June 7||Nashville Predators (53–18–11)||Washington Capitals|
|102||2018–19||2019||2019||31||82||October 3||TBD||Tampa Bay Lightning (62-16-4)||TBD|
|^ 24. Ottawa Senators and Tampa Bay Lightning started play.|
|^ 25. Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and Florida Panthers started play. Minnesota North Stars relocated to Texas, renamed Dallas Stars.|
|^ 26. Season shortened due to lockout.|
|^ 27. Winnipeg Jets (1972–96) relocated to Arizona, July 1996, renamed Phoenix Coyotes.|
|^ 28. Nashville Predators started play.|
|^ 29. Atlanta Thrashers started play.|
|^ 30. Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild started play.|
|^ 31. Atlanta Thrashers relocated to Winnipeg, May 2011, renamed Winnipeg Jets.|
|^ 32. Season shortened due to lockout. Last season to have 5 teams per division.|
|^ 33. Vegas Golden Knights started play.|
This table lists the number of times that NHL/NHA teams had the top record in the regular season. (This list does not count Stanley Cup/League Champion wins.) The Presidents' Trophy is the current award for the team with the best regular season record, which began being awarded starting with the 1985–86 NHL season. From 1938 to 1967 the Prince of Wales Trophy was the award for the team with the best record in the regular season. Following the expansion of 1967–68 no award was giving until the inception of the Presidents' Trophy.
|23||Montreal Canadiens ^||1977–78|
|18||Detroit Red Wings||2007–08|
|9||Ottawa Senators (original) ^||1927–28|
|6||Toronto Maple Leafs||1962–63|
|4||New York Rangers||2014–15|
|3||New York Islanders||1981–82|
|2||Quebec Bulldogs (NHA)||1912–13|
|1||Montreal Wanderers (NHA)||1910|
|1||San Jose Sharks||2008–09|
|1||St. Louis Blues||1999–00|
|1||Toronto Blueshirts (NHA)||1913–14|
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The World Hockey Association (WHA) operated for seven seasons from 1972 until 1979.
The WHA ceased operations after the 1978–79 season. As part of the NHL-WHA merger, four WHA franchises moved to the National Hockey League for the 1979–80 NHL season: Edmonton, New England (renamed Hartford Whalers), Quebec, and Winnipeg. The other two WHA-enfranchised teams, Birmingham and Cincinnati, folded.List of pre-NHL seasons
Prior to the first season of the National Hockey League (NHL), which commenced on December 19, 1917, there had been many seasons of ice hockey played by various amateur and professional leagues, often held contemporaneously, going back to the 1880s, to which the NHL can trace its roots. Below is a list of pre-NHL seasons by ice hockey leagues that are precursors of the National Hockey League.Montreal Wanderers
The Montreal Wanderers were an amateur, and later professional, men's ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The team played in the Federal Amateur Hockey League (FAHL), the Eastern Canada Amateur Hockey Association (ECAHA), the National Hockey Association (NHA) and briefly the National Hockey League (NHL). The Wanderers were four-time Stanley Cup winners. Prior to the formation of the NHL, the "Redbands" were one of the most successful teams in hockey.New York Americans
The New York Americans, colloquially known as the Amerks, were a professional ice hockey team based in New York City, New York from 1925 to 1942. They were the third expansion team in the history of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the second to play in the United States. The team never won the Stanley Cup, but reached the semifinals twice. While it was the first team in New York City, it was eclipsed by the second, the New York Rangers, which arrived in 1926 under the ownership of the Amerks' landlord, Madison Square Garden. The team operated as the Brooklyn Americans during the 1941–42 season before suspending operations in 1942 due to World War II and long-standing financial difficulties. The demise of the club marked the beginning of the NHL's Original Six era from 1942 to 1967, though the Amerks' franchise was not formally canceled until 1946.
The team's overall regular season record was 255–402–127.Pittsburgh Pirates (NHL)
The Pittsburgh Pirates were an American professional ice hockey team in the National Hockey League (NHL), based in Pittsburgh from 1925–26 to 1929–30. The nickname comes from the baseball team also based in the city. For the 1930–31 season, the team moved to Philadelphia, and played one season as the Philadelphia Quakers.Quebec Bulldogs
The Quebec Bulldogs were a men's senior-level ice hockey team based in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The team was officially known as the Quebec Hockey Club, and later as the Quebec Athletic Club. One of the first organized ice hockey clubs, the club debuted in 1878 with the opening of the Quebec Skating Rink. The club continued as an amateur team through various leagues, eventually becoming professional in 1908. The club would play in the National Hockey Association (the forerunner to the NHL) and the National Hockey League. In 1920, the team moved to Hamilton, Ontario and became the Hamilton Tigers.Ron Andruff
Ronald Nicholas Andruff (born July 10, 1953 in Port Alberni, British Columbia and raised in Chemainus, British Columbia) is a Canadian hockey player.Vegas Golden Knights
The Vegas Golden Knights are a professional ice hockey team based in the Las Vegas metropolitan area that began play in the 2017–18 NHL season. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The team is owned by Black Knight Sports & Entertainment, a consortium led by Bill Foley and the Maloof family. The team plays its home games at T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada.
The 2004–05 season was cancelled due to a lockout.