NHL hockey is a popular sport in Canada, and there are several teams located across the country. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the top NHL hockey teams in Canada and what makes them so successful.
The Ottawa Senators, Winnipeg Jets Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers all joined the NHL in the 1970s expansion. The Vancouver Canucks joined the league in 1970 as part of an expansion that brought the league to 14 teams.
All seven Canadian teams have had success at various points in their history, and there is always intense competition when they play each other. Watching a game between two Canadian teams is always an exciting experience.
NHL Teams in Canada
As of the 2019-20 NHL season there are seven Canadian teams in the National Hockey League (NHL). They are the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers Montreal Canadiens Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets.
The Montreal Canadiens
The Montreal Canadiens are a professional ice Hockey Team based in Montreal, Quebec. They are members of the National Hockey League (NHL) and are one of the Original Six teams that made up the league. The Canadiens were founded in 1909 as a charter member of the NHL. They are the longest continuously operating professional Ice Hockey team in North America and the only existing NHL club to predate the founding of the NHL. The Canadiens have won more Stanley Cup championships than any other franchise; they have 24 championship titles, tied with the Edmonton Oilers for second most behind only the New York Rangers’ 27 titles.
The Toronto Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs are a professional ice Hockey Team based in Toronto. They compete in the National Hockey League (NHL) as a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference The club is owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, which also owns the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Toronto Raptors and the Canadian Football League’s (CFL) Toronto Argonauts. They are one of the Original Six teams of the NHL. The Maple Leafs’ broadcasting rights are split between CBC Television (under the brand Hockey Night in Canada), Sportsnet, and TSN.
The Calgary Flames
The Calgary Flames are a professional Ice hockey team based in Calgary, Alberta. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The club is owned by Nolan Ryan and they are coached by Geoff Ward. The Flames entered the NHL in 1980 as an expansion team, where they won their first Stanley Cup championship in 1989.
The Edmonton Oilers
Based in Edmonton, Alberta, the Oilers are a professional ice hockey team that compete in the National Hockey League (NHL). They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference and were founded in 1971 as one of the 12 teams that formed the NHL Expansion The Oilers played their first NHL game against the Atlanta Flames on October 10, 1972. The team has won five Stanley Cup Championships (1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990), and are currently owned by Darryl Katz. As of June 2018, the Oilers have made 24 playoff appearances out of 47 seasons in the NHL.
The Vancouver Canucks
The Vancouver Canucks are a professional Hockey team based in Vancouver, British Columbia. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Canucks play their home games at Rogers Arena, located in downtown Vancouver. The team is currently owned by Aquilini Investment Group.
The Canucks joined the NHL in 1970 as an expansion team along with the Buffalo Sabres In its NHL history the team has won one conference championship (1981), three division championships (1993, 1994, 2011), two Presidents’ Trophies (2010, 2011), and one Stanley Cup (2011).
The Ottawa Senators
The Ottawa Senators are a professional Ice Hockey team based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Senators play their home games at the 18,652-seat Canadian Tire Centre which opened in 1996. The original Ottawa Senators, founded in 1883, had a famed history including winning 11 Stanley Cups and playing in the NHL from 1917 until 1934. The NHL returned to Ottawa in 1992 with the expansion Ottawa Senators, who have reached the Stanley Cup Finals once in 2007. They have been diagnosed as one of Canada’s five NHL teams to win the Stanley Cup since 1993.
The Winnipeg Jets
The Winnipeg Jets are a professional ice hockey team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The team is owned by True North Sports & Entertainment and plays its home games at Bell MTS Place.
In conclusion, there are seven NHL teams in Canada, the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs Ottawa Senators, Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks. Each team has a long and storied history, and is beloved by fans across the country. While there are rivalries between some of the teams, Canadians generally support all of their hometown heroes.