When was the first expansion team in the NHL? 1991: A new era of NHL expansion began with the addition of the San Jose Sharks, bringing the League to 22 teams.
Who were the first six NHL expansion teams? For many years after the shakeout caused by the Depression and World War II, the NHL owners staunchly resisted applications to expand beyond the so-called “Original Six” clubs (Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Black Hawks).
Who were the original 8 teams in the NHL? The Original Six era of the National Hockey League (NHL) began in 1942 with the demise of the Brooklyn Americans, reducing the league to six teams: Boston Bruins, Chicago Black Hawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and Toronto Maple Leafs.
Who were the second six NHL teams? However, it would be early in 1966 that the league determined the six new acceptable cities which would be awarded an NHL team. These “Second Six” of the NHL were comprised of the Minnesota North Stars, Oakland Seals, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, Philadelphia Flyers, and Pittsburgh Penguins.