NHL Timeline & Abbreviations

start with the 1917-18 season teams: 
Montreal CanadiensOttawa Senators
Montreal WanderersToronto Arenas
 
1917-18Montreal Wanderers disbanded due to their arena burning down
  
1919-20Toronto Arenas became Toronto St Patricks
1919-20Quebec Bulldogs began play
1920-21Quebec Bulldogs became Hamilton Tigers
1924-25Boston Bruins and Montreal Maroons began play
1925-26Hamilton Tigers became New York Americans
1925-26Pittsburgh Pirates began play
1927-28Toronto St Patricks became Toronto Maple Leafs
  
1929-30Detroit Cougars became Detroit Falcons
1930-31Pittsburgh Pirates became Philadelphia Quakers
1931-32Philadelphia Quakers disbanded
1932-33Detroit Falcons became Detroit Red Wings
1934-35Ottawa Senators (1st) became St Louis Eagles
1935-36St Louis Eagles disbanded
1938-39Combined two divisions into one
1938-39Montreal Maroons disbanded
  
1941-42New York Americans became Brooklyn Americans
1942-43Brooklyn Americans disbanded
  
1967-68Split into an Eastern and a Western division
1967-68Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings began play
1967-68St Louis Blues and Minnesota North Stars began play
1967-68Pittsburgh Penguins and Oakland Seals began play
  
1970-71Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks began play
1970-71Oakland Seals became California Golden Seals
1972-73Atlanta Flames and New York Islanders began play
1974-75Kansas City Scouts and Washington Capitals began play
1976-77Kansas City Scouts became Colorado Rockies
1976-77California Golden Seals became Cleveland Barons
1978-79Cleveland Barons merged with and became Minnesota North Stars
  
1979-80Edmonton Oilers and Hartford Whalers began play (WHA)
1979-80Quebec Nordiques and Winnipeg Jets (1st) began play (WHA)
1980-81Atlanta Flames became Calgary Flames
1982-83Colorado Rockies became New Jersey Devils
1986-87Changed division semifinals from best 3-of-5 to best 4-of-7
  
1991-92San Jose Sharks began play
1992-93Ottawa Senators and Tampa Bay Lightning began play
1993-94Renamed divisions, conferences; playoffs now top 8 in each conf
1993-94Minnesota North Stars became Dallas Stars
1993-94Anaheim Mighty Ducks and Florida Panthers began play
1995-96Quebec Nordiques became Colorado Avalanche
1996-97Winnipeg Jets became Phoenix Coyotes
1997-98Hartford Whalers became Carolina Hurricanes
1998-99Nashville Predators began play
  
1999-00Atlanta Thrashers began play
2000-01Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets begin play
2006-07Anaheim Mighty Ducks became Anaheim Ducks
 
2011-12Atlanta Thrashers became Winnipeg Jets
2014-15Phoenix Coyotes became Arizona Coyotes
 
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List of abbreviations used in other pages:
Anaheim AnaAnaheim Ducks (1993-94 - present)
Arizona AriArizona Coyotes (2014-15 - present)
Atl Flames AtFAtlanta Flames (1972-73 - 1979-80)
Atlanta AtlAtlanta Trashers (1999-00 - 2010-11)
Boston BosBoston Bruins (1925-26 - present)
Brooklyn BknBrooklyn Americans (1941-1942)
Buffalo BufBuffalo Sabres (1970-71 - present)
Calgary CgyCalgary Flames (1980-81 - present)
California ClfCalifornia Golden Seals (1970-71 - 1975-76)
Carolina CarCarolina Hurricanes (1997-98 - present)
Chicago ChiChicago Blackhawks (1926-27 - present)
Cleveland CleCleveland Barons (1976-77 - 1977-78)
Col Rockies CoRColorado Rockies (1976-77 - 1981-82)
Colorado ColColorado Avalanche (1995-96 - present)
Columbus CbsColumbus Blue Jackets (2000-01 - present)
Dallas DalDallas Stars (1993-94 - present)
Det Cougars DtCDetroit Cougars (1926-27 - 1929-30)
Det Falcons DtFDetroit Falcons (1930-31 - 1931-32)
Detroit DetDetroit Red Wings (1932-33 - present)
Edmonton EdmEdmonton Oilers (1979-80 - present)
Florida FloFlorida Panthers (1993-94 - present)
Hamilton HamHamilton Tigers (1920-21 - 1924-25)
Hartford HarHartford Whalers (1979-80 - 1996-97)
Kansas City KC Kansas City Scouts (1974-75 - 1975-76)
Los Angeles LA Los Angeles Kings (1967-68 - present)
Minnesota MinMinnesota Wild (2000-01 - present)
Min N Stars MNSMinnesota North Stars (1967-68 - 1992-93)
Montreal MtlMontreal Canadiens (1917-18 - present)
Mtl Maroons MtMMontreal Maroons (1924-25 - 1937-38)
Mtl Wanderers MtWMontreal Wanderers (1917-18)
Nashville NshNashville Predators (1998-99 - present)
New Jersey NJ New Jersey Devils (1982-83 - present)
NY AmericansNYANew York Americans (1925-26 - 1940-41)
NY IslandersNYINew York Islanders (1972-73 - present)
NY Rangers NYRNew York Rangers (1926-27 - present)
Oakland OakOakland Seals (1967-68 - 1969-70)
PhiladelphiaPhiPhiladelphia Flyers (1967-68 - present)
Phi Quakers PhQPhiladelphia Quakers (1930-31)
Phoenix PhoPhoenix Coyotes (1996-97 - 2013-14)
Pittsburgh PitPittsburgh Penguins (1967-68 - present)
Pit Pirates PiPPittsburgh Pirates (1925-26 - 1929-30)
Ottawa OttOttawa Senators (1992-93 - present)
Ott SenatorsOtSOttawa Senators (1917-18 - 1930-31, 1932-33 - 1933-34)
Quebec QueQuebec Nordiques (1979-80 - 1994-95)
Que BulldogsQuBQuebec Bulldogs (1919-20)
St Louis StLSt Louis Blues (1967-68 - present)
StL Eagles StESt Louis Eagles (1934-35)
San Jose SJ San Jose Sharks (1991-92 - present)
Tampa Bay TB Tampa Bay Lightning (1992-93 - present)
Toronto TorToronto Maple Leafs (1926-27 - present)
Tor Arenas TrAToronto Arenas (1917-18 - 1918-19)
Tor St Pats TrSToronto St Pats (1919-20 - 1925-26)
Vancouver VanVancouver Canucks (1970-71 - present)
Washington WshWashington Capitals (1974-75 - present)
Win Jets WiJWinnipeg Jets (1st) (1979-80 - 1995-96)
Winnipeg WinWinnipeg Jets (2011-12 - present)
 
List of abbreviations used in franchise histories:
Cam = Campbell Conference (1974-75 - 1992-1993)
Wal = Wales Conference (1974-75 - 1992-1993)
Pat = Patrick Division (1974-75 - 1992-1993)
Ada = Adams Division (1974-75 - 1992-1993)
Nor = Norris Division (1974-75 - 1992-1993)
Smy = Smythe Division (1974-75 - 1992-1993)
Eas = Eastern Conference (1993-94 - present)
Wes = Western Conference (1993-94 - present)
Atl = Atlantic Division (1993-94 - present)
Nte = Northeast Division (1993-94 - present)
Cen = Central Division (1993-94 - present)
Pac = Pacific Division (1993-94 - present)
 
List of abbreviations used in playoff games:
Psmi/Pfin = Patrick Division Semifinal/Final (1981-82 - 1992-1993)
Asmi/Afin = Adams Division Semifinal/Final (1981-82 - 1992-1993)
Rsmi/Rfin = noRris Division Semifinal/Final (1981-82 - 1992-1993)
Ssmi/Sfin = Smythe Division Semifinal/Final (1981-82 - 1992-1993)
Lfin = waLes Conference Final (1981-82 - 1992-1993)
Cfin = Campbell Conference Final (1981-82 - 1992-1993)
Efin = Eastern Div Final (1967-68 - 1969-70) Conf Final (1993-94 - present)
Wfin = Western Div Final (1967-68 - 1967-70) Conf Final (1993-94 - present)
N1st = NHL 1st Round (1926-27 - 1941-42, 1974-75 - 1980-81)
Nqua = NHL Quarterfinal (1974-75 - 1980-81)
Nsmi = NHL Semifinal (1926-27 - 1980-81)
Nfin = NHL Final (all years)