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NHL Teams By Year of League Entry

One of the oldest sports leagues in North America, the National Hockey League boasts a robust and storied history. Said history is replete with teams that have endured the test of time or have just begun to write their history. Can you name all current 32 teams by the year they joined the NHL? To keep you from merely guessing teams, the yellow box is in effect.
Teams are sorted by the year they officially entered the league, then by city name. Some franchises played in other leagues prior to joining the NHL, but for this quiz, they are listed by the year they began playing in the NHL.
Some active franchises relocated and/or were renamed since joining the league. These teams can be guessed by either their original name or their current name, and are sorted by their current name. Their original cities and/or names will appear in brackets once guessed.
One team pays homage to a former franchise that no longer exists by using the same name. Despite this similarity, they are separate franchises.
Only active franchises are included, meaning that defunct franchises such as the California Golden Seals are not included.
Quiz by ElCanuck
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Last updated: February 14, 2022
First submittedFebruary 12, 2022
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Year
Answer
1917
Montreal Canadiens
1917
Toronto Maple Leafs (The Arenas)
1924
Boston Bruins
1926
Chicago Blackhawks
1926
Detroit Red Wings (The Cougars)
1926
New York Rangers
1967
Dallas Stars (Minnesota North Stars)
1967
Los Angeles Kings
1967
Philadelphia Flyers
1967
Pittsburgh Penguins
1967
St. Louis Blues
1970
Buffalo Sabres
1970
Vancouver Canucks
1972
Calgary Flames (Atlanta Flames)
1972
New York Islanders
1974
New Jersey Devils (Kansas City Scouts)
Year
Answer
1974
Washington Capitals
1979
Arizona Coyotes (Winnipeg Jets)
1979
Carolina Hurricanes (Hartford Whalers)
1979
Colorado Avalanche (Quebec Nordiques)
1979
Edmonton Oilers
1991
San Jose Sharks
1992
Ottawa Senators
1992
Tampa Bay Lightning
1993
Anaheim Ducks (The Mighty Ducks)
1993
Florida Panthers
1998
Nashville Predators
1999
Winnipeg Jets (Atlanta Thrashers)
2000
Columbus Blue Jackets
2000
Minnesota Wild
2017
Vegas Golden Knights
2021
Seattle Kraken
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