Northeast Division (NHL)

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Northeast Division
Conference Eastern Conference
League National Hockey League
Sport Ice Hockey
Formerly Adams Division
Inaugural season 1993–94 season
No. of teams 5
Ceased 2013
Replaced by Atlantic Division
Most titles Boston Bruins (5)

The NHL's Northeast Division was formed in 1993 as part of the Eastern Conference in a league realignment. Its predecessor was the Adams Division. The Northeast Division lasted for 19 seasons (not including the cancelled 2004–05 season) until the 2013 league realignment.

Although none of its members won the Stanley Cup following the realignment until the Boston Bruins' title in 2011, its members accounted for a combined 43 Stanley Cup championships (24 by Montreal, 13 by Toronto and 6 by Boston), which was the most championships of any division in the NHL prior to 2013. In 2012, the Boston Bruins became the first team to win consecutive division titles.

Division lineups[edit]

Changes from the 1992–1993 season[edit]

  • The Northeast Division is formed as a result of NHL realignment
  • The Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Hartford Whalers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, and Quebec Nordiques come from the Adams Division
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins come from the Patrick Division

1993–1995[edit]

Changes starting 1995–1996 season[edit]

1995–1997[edit]

  • Boston Bruins
  • Buffalo Sabres
  • Hartford Whalers
  • Montreal Canadiens
  • Ottawa Senators
  • Pittsburgh Penguins

Changes starting 1997–1998 season[edit]

1997–1998[edit]

  • Boston Bruins
  • Buffalo Sabres
  • Carolina Hurricanes
  • Montreal Canadiens
  • Ottawa Senators
  • Pittsburgh Penguins

Changes starting 1998–1999 season[edit]

1998–2013[edit]

  • Boston Bruins
  • Buffalo Sabres
  • Montreal Canadiens
  • Ottawa Senators
  • Toronto Maple Leafs

2013 realignment[edit]

The Northeast Division was dissolved as the league realigned into two conferences with two divisions each. All five teams were moved into the Atlantic Division with the Southeast Division's Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers, while the Detroit Red Wings switched conferences to join.

Division Champions[edit]

Season results[edit]

Season 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th
1993–94 Pittsburgh (101) Boston (97) Montreal (96) Buffalo (95) Quebec (76) Hartford (63) Ottawa (37)
1994–95 Quebec (65) Pittsburgh (61) Boston (57) Buffalo (51) Hartford (43) Montreal (43) Ottawa (23)
1995–96 Pittsburgh (102) Boston (91) Montreal (90) Hartford (77) Buffalo (72) Ottawa (41)
1996–97 Buffalo (92) Pittsburgh (84) Ottawa (77) Montreal (77) Hartford (75) Boston (61)
1997–98 Pittsburgh (98) Boston (91) Buffalo (89) Montreal (87) Ottawa (83) Carolina (74)
1998–99 Ottawa (103) Toronto (97) Boston (91) Buffalo (91) Montreal (75)
1999–2000 Toronto (100) Ottawa (95) Buffalo (85) Montreal (83) Boston (73)
2000–01 Ottawa (109) Buffalo (98) Toronto (90) Boston (88) Montreal (70)
2001–02 Boston (101) Toronto (100) Ottawa (94) Montreal (87) Buffalo (82)
2002–03 Ottawa (113) Toronto (98) Boston (87) Montreal (77) Buffalo (72)
2003–04 Boston (104) Toronto (103) Ottawa (102) Montreal (93) Buffalo (85)
2004–05 No season due to 2004–05 NHL lockout
2005–06 Ottawa (113) Buffalo (110) Montreal (93) Toronto (90) Boston (74)
2006–07 Buffalo (113) Ottawa (105) Toronto (91) Montreal (90) Boston (76)
2007–08 Montreal (104) Ottawa (94) Boston (94) Buffalo (90) Toronto (83)
2008–09 Boston (116) Montreal (93) Buffalo (91) Ottawa (83) Toronto (81)
2009–10 Buffalo (100) Ottawa (94) Boston (91) Montreal (88) Toronto (74)
2010–11 Boston (103) Montreal (96) Buffalo (96) Toronto (85) Ottawa (74)
2011–12 Boston (102) Ottawa (92) Buffalo (89) Toronto (80) Montreal (78)
2012–13 Montreal (63) Boston (62) Toronto (57) Ottawa (56) Buffalo (48)
  • Green background denotes qualified for playoffs

Stanley Cup winners produced[edit]

  1. 2011—Boston Bruins

Presidents' Trophy winners produced[edit]

  1. 2003—Ottawa Senators
  2. 2007—Buffalo Sabres

Northeast Division titles won by team[edit]

Team Number of Championships Won Last Year Won
Boston Bruins 5 2012
Ottawa Senators 4 2006
Pittsburgh Penguins 3 1998
Buffalo Sabres 3 2010
Montreal Canadiens 2 2013
Quebec Nordiques 1 1995
Toronto Maple Leafs 1 2000
Hartford Whalers 0

References[edit]