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The National Hockey League (NHL; French: Ligue nationale de hockey—LNH) is a professional ice hockey league composed of 30 member clubs: 23 in the United States and 7 in Canada. Headquartered in New York City, the NHL is widely considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world, and one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. The Stanley Cup, the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, is awarded annually to the league playoff champion at the end of each season.

The National Hockey League was organized on November 26, 1917, in Montreal, Quebec, after the suspension of operations of its predecessor organization, the National Hockey Association (NHA), which had been founded in 1909 in Renfrew Ontario. It started with four teams (all based in Canada) and, through a series of expansions, contractions and relocations, is now composed of 30 active franchises. The "nation" referred to by the league's name was Canada, although the league has now been binational since 1924 when its first team in the United States, the Boston Bruins, began play. After a labour-management dispute that led to the cancellation of the entire 2004–05 season, the league resumed play under a new collective agreement that included a salary cap. In 2009, the NHL enjoyed record highs in terms of sponsorships, attendance, and television audiences.

The league draws many highly skilled players from all over the world and currently has players from approximately 20 different countries. Canadians have historically constituted the majority of the players in the league, with a dramatically increasing percentage of American and European players in recent seasons.

TeamsEdit

Division Team City/Area Arena Outdoor Arena Flagship TV station Flagship radio station
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division Boston Bruins Boston, Massachusetts TD Garden Gillette Stadium (Foxborough) NESN WBZ-FM, WZLX
Fenway Park
Buffalo Sabres Buffalo, New York First Niagara Center Ralph Wilson Stadium (Orchard Park) Sabres Hockey Network WGR
Detroit Red Wings Detroit, Michigan Joe Louis Arena Michigan Stadium (Ann Arbor) Fox Sports Detroit WXYT-FM
Florida Panthers Sunrise, Florida BB&T Center Fox Sports Florida WQAM, WNMA
Montreal Canadiens Montreal, Quebec Bell Centre Sportsnet East, CityTV Montreal, RDS CKGM, CHMP-FM
Ottawa Senators Ottawa, Ontario Canadian Tire Centre TSN5, RDS, RDS2 CFGO, CKOF-FM
Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay, Florida Amalie Arena Sun Sports, WTOG WFLA
Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto, Ontario Air Canada Centre TSN4, Sportsnet Ontario CJCL, CHUM
Metropolitan Division Carolina Hurricanes Raleigh, North Carolina PNC Arena Fox Sports Carolinas WCMC-FM
Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus, Ohio Nationwide Arena Fox Sports Ohio WBNS-FM
New Jersey Devils Newark, New Jersey Prudential Center Yankee Stadium MSG+, MSG Network, WCBS-TV WFAN-AM, WFAN-FM,
New York Islanders New York City, New York Barclays Center MSG+ WRHU-FM, WRCN-FM
New York Rangers Madison Square Garden MSG Network, MSG+ WEPN-FM, WOR-AM
Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wells Fargo Center Citizens Bank Park Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, Comcast Network Philadelphia WPEN, WMMR
Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Consol Energy Center Heinz Field Root Sports Pittsburgh WXDX
Washington Capitals Washington, D.C. Verizon Center Nationals Park Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic WFED, WJFK
Western Conference
Pacific Division Anaheim Ducks Anaheim, California Honda Center Fox Sports West, Prime Ticket, KDOC-TV KLAA
Arizona Coyotes Glendale, Arizona Gila River Arena Fox Sports Arizona KTAR, KMVP
Calgary Flames Calgary, Alberta

Scotiabank Saddledome

McMahon Stadium Sportsnet West, Sportsnet Flames CFAC
Edmonton Oilers Edmonton, Alberta Rexall Place Commonwealth Stadium Sportsnet West, Sportsnet Oilers CHED
Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles, California Staples Center Dodger Stadium Fox Sports West, Prime Ticket, KCOP-TV KABC
San Jose Sharks San Jose, California SAP Center at San Jose Levi's Stadium (Santa Clara) Comcast SportsNet California KUFX
Vancouver Canucks Vancouver, British Columbia Rogers Arena BC Place Sportsnet Pacific, Sportsnet Canucks CKST
Central Division Chicago Blackhawks Chicago, Illinois United Center Wringley Field Comcast SportsNet Chicago, WGN-TV WGN Radio
Soldier Field
Colorado Avalanche Denver, Colorado Pepsi Center Coors Field Altitude KKFN, KRWZ
Dallas Stars Dallas, Texas American Airlines Center Fox Sports Southwest, KTXA KTCK
Minnesota Wild St. Paul, Minnesota Xcel Energy Center TCF Bank Stadium (Minneapolis) Fox Sports North KFXN-FM
Nashville Predators Nashville, Tennessee Bridgestone Arena Fox Sports Tennessee WPRT-FM
St. Louis Blues St. Louis, Missouri Scottrade Center Fox Sports Midwest KMOX, KYKY
Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg, Manitoba MTS Centre TSN3 CFRW

International GamesEdit

Team City/Country Arena
Adler Mannheim Mannheim, Germany SAP Arena
Düsseldorf EG Düsseldorf, Germany Eisstadion an der Brehmstraße
Malmö Redhawks Malmö, Sweden Malmö Arena
HC Sparta Prague Prague, Czech Republic O2 Arena
Hamburg Freezers Hamburg, Germany O2 World
Jokerit Helsinki Helsinki, Finland Hartwall Areena
SC Bern Bern, Switzerland PostFinance-Arena
Frölunda HC Gothenburg, Sweden Scandinavium
Eisbären Berlin Berlin, Germany O2 World
HC Slovan Bratislava Bratislava, Slovakia Ondrej Nepela Arena
- London, United Kingdom The O2 Arena
- Paris, France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
- Stockholm, Sweden Ericsson Globe
- Cologne, Germany Lanxess Arena
- Tokyo, Japan Yoyogi Arena

BroadcastEdit

Country Networks
Canada CBC Television, CityTV, Sportsnet, TVA Sports, NHL Centre Ice, NHL Network
United States NBC, NBCSN, NHL Center Ice, NHL Network
United Kingdom Premier Sports
Europe & Middle East (except the UK and Scandinavia) ESPN America
Australia Fox Sports
Norway, Finland, Denmark Viasat Sport
Sweden Viasat Hockey
Czech Republic FandaTV, NovaSport
Portugal SportTV
Mexico, Central America, Dominican Republic SKY Mexico
New Zealand Sky Sport
Brazil ESPN International

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