Who were the 8 original 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 were the original 4 NHL teams? The four teams that began the inaugural NHL season were the Montreal Canadiens, the Montreal Wanderers, the original Ottawa Senators, and the Toronto Arenas.
How many NHL teams are there in history? The original Senators had played in the NHL from 1917-34. The Lightning are the first NHL franchise in Florida. 1993: The League adds its 25th and 26th teams, the Florida Panthers (based in Miami) and Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. 1998: The Nashville Predators join the NHL, bringing the number of teams to 27.
When were the NHL teams founded? National Hockey League (NHL), organization of professional ice hockey teams in North America, formed in 1917 by four Canadian teams, to which the first U.S. team, the Boston Bruins, was added in 1924.