How old is the NHL?
The history of the NHL
The National Hockey League (NHL) is a professional ice Hockey League in North America, currently comprising 31 teams: 24 in the United States and seven in Canada. Founded in 1917, the NHL is the oldest professional Ice hockey league in the world. The Stanley Cup the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, is awarded annually to the league playoff champion at the end of each season.
The founding of the NHL
The National Hockey League (NHL) is a professional ice hockey league founded in 1917. The NHL is the oldest Professional Hockey League in the world, and consists of 30 teams from the United States and Canada.
The first NHL season
The National Hockey League (NHL) is a professional ice hockey league in North America, currently comprising 31 teams: 24 in the United States and 7 in Canada. The NHL is considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world, and one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.
The Stanley Cup the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, is awarded annually to the league playoff champion at the end of each season. The first Stanley Cup was awarded in 1893 to Montreal HC; the most recent Stanley Cup champions are the Washington Capitals who won their first championship in 2018.
The NHL traces its origins back to 1909, when several professional hockey clubs were founded in Eastern Canada. In 1917, these clubs formed the NHL, which initially consisted of five teams: Montreal Canadiens Toronto Maple Leafs Ottawa Senators, Quebec Bulldogs, and Hamilton Tigers. The first NHL season took place in 1917-18, with each team playing 20 games.
The first Stanley Cup
The first Stanley Cup was introduced in 1893 by Sir Frederick Arthur Stanley, Lord Stanley of Preston, the Governor General of Canada. The Cup was originally awarded to the top amateur Hockey Team in Canada and was known as the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup. In 1910, the Cup was awarded to the top professional team in Canada and it became known as the National Hockey Association (NHA) Championship. In 1926, the National Hockey League (NHL) was formed and the Stanley Cup became the League Championship trophy.
The first NHL teams
The first NHL Teams were the Montreal Canadiens Montreal Wanderers, Ottowa Senators, and the Toronto Arenas. These four teams were all founded in 1917. The inaugural season of the NHL was in 1917-1918.
The first NHL players
The National Hockey League was founded on November 26, 1917, with the temporary suspension of the NHLPA. The first NHL players were Replacement Players. These were players who were signed to replace the star players who had gone on strike. The first NHL game was played on December 19, 1917.
The first NHL All-Star Game
The first NHL All-Star Game was played on October 13, 1947, just two and a half weeks into the 1947-48 NHL season It was held at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, home of the Maple Leafs who were also the host team. The game pitted a team of All-Stars against the defending Stanley Cup champion Toronto Maple Leafs The game was played in two 20-minute halves with a running clock and ended in a 2-1 victory for the All-Stars.
The first NHL playoffs
While it is impossible to know exactly when the playoffs began, it is safe to say that the first NHL playoffs were held in 1918. The Stanley Cup which is the most coveted prize in Professional Hockey was first awarded in 1893. The Stanley Cup playoffs are a best-of-seven series between the top teams in each conference.