NHL Expansion / Relocation Timeline

1917

  • Montreal Canadiens enter league
  • Montreal Wanderers enter league (fold in mid-season)
  • Ottawa Senators enter league
  • Quebec Bulldogs enter league (but do not play)
  • Toronto Arenas enter league

1919

  • Quebec Bulldogs begin play
  • Toronto Arenas withdraw from league

1920

  • Quebec Bulldogs relocate and become the Hamilton Tigers
  • Toronto Arenas reorganize and return to league as the Toronto St. Patricks

1924

  • Boston Bruins enter league
  • Montreal Maroons enter league

1925

  • Hamilton Tigers relocate and become the New York Americans
  • Pittsburgh Pirates enter league

1926

  • Chicago Black Hawks enter league
  • Detroit Cougars enter league
  • New York Rangers enter league

1927

  • Toronto St. Patricks are renamed the Toronto Maple Leafs (February 14, 1927, in mid-season)

1930

  • Detroit Cougars are renamed the Detroit Falcons
  • Pittsburgh Pirates relocate and become the Philadelphia Quakers

1931

  • Ottawa Senators suspend operations
  • Philadelphia Quakers suspend operations

1932

  • Detroit Falcons are renamed the Detroit Red Wings
  • Ottawa Senators return to play

1934

  • Ottawa Senators relocate and become the St. Louis Eagles

1935

  • St. Louis Eagles fold

1936

  • Philadelphia Quakers fold

1938

  • Montreal Maroons fold

1941

  • New York Americans are renamed the Brooklyn Americans

1942

  • Brooklyn Americans fold

1967

  • California Seals enter league (are renamed the Oakland Seals on December 8, 1967, in mid-season)
  • Los Angeles Kings enter league
  • Minnesota North Stars enter league
  • Philadelphia Flyers enter league
  • Pitsburgh Penguins enter league
  • St. Louis Blues enter league

1970

  • Buffalo Sabres enter league
  • Oakland Seals are renamed the California Golden Seals
  • Vancouver Canucks enter league

1972

  • Atlanta Flames enter league
  • New York Islanders enter league

1974

  • Kansas City Scouts enter league
  • Washington Capitals enter league

1976

  • California Seals relocate and become the Cleveland Barons
  • Kansas City Scouts relocate and become the Colorado Rockies

1978

  • Cleveland Barons merge with Minnesota North Stars

1979

  • Edmonton Oilers join NHL from WHA
  • Hartford Whalers join NHL from WHA
  • Quebec Nordiques join NHL from WHA
  • Winnipeg Jets join NHL from WHA

1980

  • Atlanta Flames relocate and become the Calgary Flames

1982

  • Colorado Rockies relocate and become the New Jersey Devils

1986

  • Chicago Black Hawks are renamed the Chicago Blackhawks

1991

  • San Jose Sharks enter league

1992

  • Ottawa Senators enter league
  • Tampa Bay Lightning enter league

1993

  • Mighty Ducks of Anaheim enter league
  • Minnesota North Stars relocate and become the Dallas Stars
  • Florida Panthers enter league

1995

  • Quebec Nordiques relocate and become the Colorado Avalanche

1996

  • Winnipeg Jets relocate and become the Phoenix Coyotes

1997

  • Hartford Whalers relocate and become the Carolina Hurricanes

1998

  • Nashville Predators enter league

1999

  • Atlanta Thrashers enter league

2000

  • Columbus Blue Jackets enter league
  • Minnesota Wild enter league

2006

  • Mighty Ducks of Anaheim are renamed the Anaheim Ducks

2011

  • Atlanta Thrashers relocate and become the Winnipeg Jets
 

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