Who was the 30th NHL team? 2000: With the addition of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild, the League reaches 30 teams. The Wild, who play in St. Paul, Minn., bring the NHL back to Minnesota seven years after the North Stars depart for Dallas.
What are the original 8 NHL teams? 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 are the newest NHL teams? The newest additions to the league are the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017 and the Seattle Kraken in 2021. The league has also relocated several franchises, most recently in 2011 when the former Atlanta Thrashers became the second and current incarnation of the Winnipeg Jets.
When did the NHL expand from 6 teams? The first NHL expansion occurred a full 50 years after the league was created, but the 1967 NHL expansion definitely lived up to the motto, “Go big or go home.” After the expansion, the NHL had doubled in size — from six to 12 teams — and established a solid presence across the U.S.