Who will be the next NHL expansion team? 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.
Are any NHL teams relocating? Seven active NHL teams are a product of relocation (Calgary Flames, New Jersey Devils, Dallas Stars, Colorado Avalanche, Phoenix Coyotes, Carolina Hurricanes, Winnipeg Jets).
What are the newest teams in the NHL?
- 2000: With the addition of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild, the League reaches 30 teams.
- 2016: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announces the addition of a franchise in Las Vegas that will begin play in the 2017-18 season, bringing the NHL to 31 teams.
How many NHL teams will there be in 2022?