Central Division (NHL)

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Central Division
Conference Western Conference
League National Hockey League
Sport Ice Hockey
Formerly Norris Division
Inaugural season 1993–94 season
No. of teams
Most recent champion(s) (1st title)
Most titles (13)

The NHL's Central Division was formed in 1993 as part of the Western Conference in a league realignment. Its predecessor was the Norris Division. As part of the 2013 realignment, the Central Division expanded into 7 teams. It is also one of two successors to the Northwest Division. Three of its teams—Minnesota, Nashville, and Winnipeg (as the Atlanta Thrashers) — joined the NHL in the league's last phase of expansion between 1998 and 2000. The fourth team in that group, the Columbus Blue Jackets, are no longer part of the Central Division.

Division lineups[edit]

1993–1996[edit]

Changes from the 1992–1993 season[edit]

  • The Central Division is formed as the result of NHL realignment
  • The Minnesota North Stars move to Dallas, Texas, and become the Dallas Stars
  • The Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, and Toronto Maple Leafs come from the Norris Division
  • The Winnipeg Jets come from the Smythe Division
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning move from the former Norris Division to the Atlantic Division

1996–1998[edit]

  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Dallas Stars
  • Detroit Red Wings
  • Phoenix Coyotes
  • St. Louis Blues
  • Toronto Maple Leafs

Changes from the 1995–1996 season[edit]

  • The Winnipeg Jets move to Phoenix, Arizona, to become the Phoenix Coyotes

1998–2000[edit]

  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Detroit Red Wings
  • Nashville Predators
  • St. Louis Blues

Changes from the 1997–1998 season[edit]

  • The Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes move to the Pacific Division
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs move to the Northeast Division
  • The Nashville Predators are added as an expansion team

2000–2013[edit]

Changes from the 1999–2000 season[edit]

  • The Columbus Blue Jackets are added as an expansion team

2013–Present[edit]

  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Colorado Avalanche
  • Dallas Stars
  • Minnesota Wild
  • Nashville Predators
  • St. Louis Blues
  • Winnipeg Jets

Changes from the 2012–2013 season[edit]

  • The Northwest Division is dissolved due to NHL realignment
  • The Detroit Red Wings move to the Atlantic Division
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets move to the Metropolitan Division
  • The Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild come from the Northwest Division
  • The Dallas Stars come from the Pacific Division
  • The Winnipeg Jets come from the Southeast Division

Division Champions[edit]

Season results[edit]

Season 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th
1993–94 Detroit (100) Toronto (98) Dallas (97) St. Louis (91) Chicago (87) Winnipeg (57)
1994–95 Detroit (70) St. Louis (61) Chicago (53) Toronto (50) Dallas (42) Winnipeg (39)
1995–96 Detroit (131) Chicago (94) Toronto (80) St. Louis (80) Winnipeg (78) Dallas (66)
1996–97 Dallas (104) Detroit (94) Phoenix (83) St. Louis (83) Chicago (81) Toronto (68)
1997–98 Dallas (109) Detroit (103) St. Louis (98) Phoenix (82) Chicago (73) Toronto (69)
1998–99 Detroit (93) St. Louis (87) Chicago (70) Nashville (63)
1999–2000 St. Louis (114) Detroit (108) Chicago (78) Nashville (70)
2000–01 Detroit (111) St. Louis (103) Nashville (80) Chicago (71) Columbus (71)
2001–02 Detroit (116) St. Louis (98) Chicago (96) Nashville (69) Columbus (57)
2002–03 Detroit (110) St. Louis (99) Chicago (79) Nashville (74) Columbus (69)
2003–04 Detroit (109) St. Louis (91) Nashville (91) Columbus (62) Chicago (59)
2004–05 No season due to 2004–05 NHL lockout
2005–06 Detroit (124) Nashville (106) Columbus (74) Chicago (65) St. Louis (57)
2006–07 Detroit (113) Nashville (110) St. Louis (81) Columbus (73) Chicago (71)
2007–08 Detroit (115) Nashville (91) Chicago (88) Columbus (80) St. Louis (79)
2008–09 Detroit (112) Chicago (104) St. Louis (92) Columbus (92) Nashville (88)
2009–10 Chicago (112) Detroit (102) Nashville (100) St. Louis (90) Columbus (79)
2010–11 Detroit (104) Nashville (99) Chicago (97) St. Louis (87) Columbus (81)
2011–12 St. Louis (109) Nashville (104) Detroit (102) Chicago (101) Columbus (65)
2012–13 Chicago (77) St. Louis (60) Detroit (56) Columbus (55) Nashville (41)
2013–14 Colorado (112) St. Louis (111) Chicago (107) Minnesota (98) Dallas (91) Nashville (88) Winnipeg (84)
  • Green background denotes qualified for playoffs

Stanley Cup winners produced[edit]

  1. 1997—Detroit Red Wings
  2. 1998—Detroit Red Wings
  3. 2002—Detroit Red Wings
  4. 2008—Detroit Red Wings
  5. 2010—Chicago Blackhawks
  6. 2013—Chicago Blackhawks

Presidents' Trophy winners produced[edit]

  1. 1995—Detroit Red Wings
  2. 1996—Detroit Red Wings
  3. 1998—Dallas Stars
  4. 2000—St. Louis Blues
  5. 2002—Detroit Red Wings
  6. 2004—Detroit Red Wings
  7. 2006—Detroit Red Wings
  8. 2008—Detroit Red Wings
  9. 2013—Chicago Blackhawks

Central Division titles won by team[edit]

Team Number of Championships Won Last Year Won
Detroit Red Wings 13 2011
Chicago Blackhawks 2 2013
Dallas Stars 2 1998
St. Louis Blues 2 2012
Colorado Avalanche 1 2014
Minnesota Wild 0
Nashville Predators 0
Winnipeg Jets 0
Columbus Blue Jackets 0
Phoenix Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets 0

Teams in bold are currently in the division.

References[edit]