Are there 32 teams in the NHL? Today there are 32 NHL teams divided into 4 divisions. Each team plays 82 games in the regular season before the best 16 teams progress to the Stanley Cup playoffs.
What NHL team is 32? On April 30, 2021, the franchise paid the final installment of the $650 million expansion fee, making the Seattle Kraken the 32nd team of the NHL.
When did the NHL have 32 teams? The NHL added six new teams to double its size at the 1967 NHL expansion. The league then increased to 18 teams by 1974 and 21 teams in 1979. Between 1991 and 2000 the NHL further expanded to 30 teams. It added its 31st and 32nd teams in 2017 and 2021, respectively.
Will the NHL expand past 32 teams? In 2018, the NHL Board of Governors awarded a franchise to Seattle. The team, as yet unnamed, will play its first season in 2021-22, bringing the league to 32 teams.