What were the original 8 NHL teams? Here’s a brief history of expansion in the NHL: 1942: With the demise of the Brooklyn Americans, the NHL’s Original Six era begins. The Boston Bruins, Chicago Black Hawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs make up the League for the next 25 seasons.
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|
How many teams were in the NHL in 1917?
Who were the original 4 NHL teams? The “original” hockey teams — the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers — were the six teams that comprised the NHL from 1942 to 1967.