Northwest Division (NHL)

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Northwest Division
Conference Western Conference
League National Hockey League
Sport Ice Hockey
Formerly Smythe Division
Inaugural season 1998–99 season
No. of teams 5
Ceased 2013
Replaced by Central Division and Pacific Division
Most titles Vancouver Canucks (7)

The NHL's Northwest Division was formed in 1998 as part of the Western Conference due to expansion. The teams in the Pacific Division were split up, with the Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Edmonton Oilers, and the Vancouver Canucks becoming the newly formed Northwest Division. The Minnesota Wild joined the division in 2000 as an expansion team. Like the Pacific Division, the Northwest Division is also a descendant of the former Smythe Division, as three of its Canadian teams played in that division from 19811993.

The Northwest Division lasted for 14 seasons (not including the cancelled 2004–05 season) until 2013. During that time, it had the greatest distances between teams in the entire NHL.

Division lineups[edit]

1998–2000[edit]

  • Calgary Flames
  • Colorado Avalanche
  • Edmonton Oilers
  • Vancouver Canucks

Changes from the 1997–98 season[edit]

  • All teams come from the Pacific Division

2000–2013[edit]

  • Calgary Flames
  • Colorado Avalanche
  • Edmonton Oilers
  • Minnesota Wild
  • Vancouver Canucks

Changes from the 1999–2000 season[edit]

  • The Minnesota Wild were added as an expansion team

2013 realignment[edit]

The Northwest Division was dissolved as the league realigned into two conferences with two divisions each. The division's Canadian teams (the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, and Vancouver Canucks) were moved back to the Pacific Division, while the division's American teams (the Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild) joined the Central Division.

Division Champions[edit]

Year Winner Points Seed Playoffs
1999 Colorado Avalanche 98 #2 Lost Western Conference Final to Dallas, 4–3
2000 Colorado Avalanche 96 #3 Lost Western Conference Final to Dallas, 4–3
2001 Colorado Avalanche 118 #1 Won Stanley Cup Final vs. New Jersey, 4–3
2002 Colorado Avalanche 99 #2 Lost Western Conference Final to Detroit. 4–3
2003 Colorado Avalanche 105 #3 Lost Western Conference Quarter Final to Minnesota, 4–3
2004 Vancouver Canucks 101 #3 Lost Western Conference Quarter Final to Calgary, 4–3
2005 None
2006 Calgary Flames 103 #3 Lost Western Conference Quarter Final to Anaheim, 4–3
2007 Vancouver Canucks 105 #3 Lost Western Conference Semifinals to Anaheim, 4–1
2008 Minnesota Wild 97 #3 Lost Western Conference Quarter Final to Colorado, 4–2
2009 Vancouver Canucks 100 #3 Lost Western Conference Semifinals to Chicago, 4–2
2010 Vancouver Canucks 103 #3 Lost Western Conference Semifinals to Chicago, 4–2
2011 Vancouver Canucks 117 #1 Lost Stanley Cup Final to Boston, 4–3
2012 Vancouver Canucks 111 #1 Lost Western Conference Quarter Final to Los Angeles, 4–1
2013 Vancouver Canucks 59 #3 Lost Western Conference Quarter Final to San Jose, 4–0

Season results[edit]

Season 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
1998–99 Colorado (98) Edmonton (78) Calgary (72) Vancouver (58)
1999–2000 Colorado (96) Edmonton (88) Vancouver (83) Calgary (77)
2000–01 Colorado (118) Edmonton (93) Vancouver (90) Calgary (73) Minnesota (68)
2001–02 Colorado (99) Vancouver (94) Edmonton (92) Calgary (79) Minnesota (73)
2002–03 Colorado (105) Vancouver (104) Minnesota (95) Edmonton (92) Calgary (75)
2003–04 Vancouver (101) Colorado (100) Calgary (94) Edmonton (89) Minnesota (83)
2004–05 No season due to 2004–05 NHL lockout
2005–06 Calgary (103) Colorado (95) Edmonton (95) Vancouver (92) Minnesota (84)
2006–07 Vancouver (105) Minnesota (104) Calgary (96) Colorado (95) Edmonton (71)
2007–08 Minnesota (98) Colorado (95) Calgary (94) Edmonton (88) Vancouver (88)
2008–09 Vancouver (100) Calgary (98) Minnesota (89) Edmonton (85) Colorado (69)
2009–10 Vancouver (103) Colorado (95) Calgary (90) Minnesota (84) Edmonton (62)
2010–11 Vancouver (117) Calgary (94) Minnesota (86) Colorado (68) Edmonton (62)
2011–12 Vancouver (111) Calgary (90) Colorado (88) Minnesota (81) Edmonton (74)
2012–13 Vancouver (59) Minnesota (55) Edmonton (45) Calgary (42) Colorado (39)
  • Green background denotes qualified for playoffs

Stanley Cup winners produced[edit]

  1. 2001 – Colorado Avalanche

Presidents' Trophy winners produced[edit]

  1. 2001 – Colorado Avalanche
  2. 2011 – Vancouver Canucks
  3. 2012 – Vancouver Canucks

Northwest Division titles won by team[edit]

Team Number of Championships Won Last Year Won
Vancouver Canucks 7 2013
Colorado Avalanche 5 2003
Calgary Flames 1 2006
Minnesota Wild 1 2008
Edmonton Oilers 0

References[edit]