Patrick Division

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Patrick Division
Conference Campbell Conference (1974–1981)
Wales Conference (1981–1993)
League National Hockey League
Sport Ice Hockey
Founded 1974
Ceased 1993
Replaced by Atlantic Division
Most titles Philadelphia Flyers (8)

The Patrick Division of the National Hockey League (NHL) was formed in 1974 as part of the Clarence Campbell Conference. The division moved to the Prince of Wales Conference in 1981. The division existed for 19 seasons until 1993. It was named in honor of Lester Patrick. It is the forerunner of the original Atlantic Division, which in 2013 evolved into the Metropolitan Division.

Division lineups[edit]


Changes from the 1973–1974 season[edit]

  • The Patrick Division is formed as a result of NHL realignment
  • The New York Islanders and New York Rangers come from the Eastern Division
  • The Atlanta Flames and Philadelphia Flyers come from the Western Division


Changes from the 1978–1979 season[edit]

  • The Washington Capitals move in from the Norris Division, making the division similar to the NFC East in the National Football League in that it also had teams in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, and one team a much larger distance away (Dallas in the NFL, Atlanta in the NHL).


  • Calgary Flames
  • New York Islanders
  • New York Rangers
  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • Washington Capitals

Changes from the 1979–1980 season[edit]

  • The Atlanta Flames move to Calgary, Alberta, to become the Calgary Flames


  • New York Islanders
  • New York Rangers
  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Washington Capitals

Changes from the 1980–1981 season[edit]

  • The Patrick Division switches from the Clarence Campbell Conference to the Prince of Wales Conference
  • The Calgary Flames move to the Smythe Division
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins move in from the Norris Division


  • New Jersey Devils
  • New York Islanders
  • New York Rangers
  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Washington Capitals

Changes from the 1981–1982 season[edit]

  • The Colorado Rockies move to East Rutherford, New Jersey, to become the New Jersey Devils and move in from the Smythe Division

After the 1992–1993 season[edit]

The league was reformatted into two conferences with two divisions each:


Regular season Division Champions[edit]

Playoff Division Champions[edit]

Stanley Cup winners produced[edit]

  1. 1975—Philadelphia Flyers
  2. 1980—New York Islanders
  3. 1981—New York Islanders
  4. 1982—New York Islanders
  5. 1983—New York Islanders
  6. 1991—Pittsburgh Penguins
  7. 1992—Pittsburgh Penguins

Presidents' Trophy winners produced[edit]

  1. 1992—New York Rangers
  2. 1993—Pittsburgh Penguins

Patrick Division Titles Won by Team[edit]

Team Number of Championships Won Last Year Won
Philadelphia Flyers 8 1987
New York Islanders 6 1988
New York Rangers 2 1992
Pittsburgh Penguins 2 1993
Washington Capitals 1 1989