How many NHL teams were there originally?
Who were the original 12 NHL teams?
Twelve teams (1967–70)
|East Division||West Division|
|New York Rangers||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||St. Louis Blues|
Who were the original 4 NHL teams? So, who were the original 4 teams? When the NHL had its inaugural season in 1917 there were four teams: Montreal Wanderers, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Arenas, and the Ottawa Senators. The NHL did have a fifth franchise, the Quebec Bulldogs, however it was an inactive franchise and did not play any games.
What were the first hockey teams ever? The National Hockey League was formed. The original teams were the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators and Toronto Arenas. Two games, two Montreal teams: On this, the first day of NHL play in history, the Montreal Wanderers played the Toronto Arenas on Wanderers’ home ice.