Southeast Division (NHL)

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Southeast Division
Conference Eastern Conference
League National Hockey League
Sport Ice Hockey
Inaugural season 1998–99 season
No. of teams 5
Ceased 2013
Replaced by Atlantic Division and Metropolitan Division
Most titles Washington Capitals (7)

The NHL's Southeast Division was formed in 1998 as part of the Eastern Conference due to expansion. The division lasted for 14 seasons (not including the cancelled 2004–05 season) until 2013. The division was intended to group teams primarily in the Southeastern United States. Its original members were the Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Washington Capitals. The expansion Atlanta Thrashers joined the division in 1999. The Thrashers' relocation to Winnipeg in 2011 to become the Winnipeg Jets spurred talks for what became a league realignment in 2013; the Jets still played in the Southeast during the division's final two seasons.

Division lineups[edit]

1998–1999[edit]

  • Carolina Hurricanes
  • Florida Panthers
  • Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Washington Capitals

Changes from the 1997–98 season[edit]

  • The Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Washington Capitals come from the Atlantic Division
  • The Carolina Hurricanes come from the Northeast Division

1999–2011[edit]

  • Atlanta Thrashers
  • Carolina Hurricanes
  • Florida Panthers
  • Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Washington Capitals

Changes from the 1998–99 season[edit]

  • The Atlanta Thrashers are added as an expansion team

2011–2013[edit]

  • Carolina Hurricanes
  • Florida Panthers
  • Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Washington Capitals
  • Winnipeg Jets

Changes from the 2010–11 season[edit]

  • The Atlanta Thrashers announce a move to Winnipeg, Manitoba, and are renamed the Jets. The franchise remains in the Southeast Division for the 2011–12 and 2012–13 seasons.

2013 realignment[edit]

The NHL dissolved the Southeast Division as the league realigned into two conferences with two divisions each. The Winnipeg Jets moved to the Western Conference and the Central Division. The Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning were placed into the Atlantic Division. The Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals were placed in the newly formed Metropolitan Division.

Division Champions[edit]

Season results[edit]

Season 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
1998–99 Carolina (86) Florida (78) Washington (68) Tampa Bay (47)
1999–2000 Washington (102) Florida (98) Carolina (84) Tampa Bay (54) Atlanta (39)
2000–01 Washington (96) Carolina (88) Florida (66) Atlanta (60) Tampa Bay (59)
2001–02 Carolina (91) Washington (85) Tampa Bay (69) Florida (60) Atlanta (54)
2002–03 Tampa Bay (93) Washington (92) Atlanta (74) Florida (70) Carolina (61)
2003–04 Tampa Bay (106) Atlanta (78) Carolina (76) Florida (75) Washington (59)
2004–05 No season due to 2004–05 NHL lockout
2005–06 Carolina (112) Tampa Bay (92) Atlanta (90) Florida (85) Washington (70)
2006–07 Atlanta (97) Tampa Bay (93) Carolina (88) Florida (86) Washington (70)
2007–08 Washington (94) Carolina (92) Florida (85) Atlanta (76) Tampa Bay (71)
2008–09 Washington (108) Carolina (97) Florida (93) Atlanta (76) Tampa Bay (66)
2009–10 Washington (121) Atlanta (83) Carolina (80) Tampa Bay (80) Florida (77)
2010–11 Washington (107) Tampa Bay (103) Carolina (91) Atlanta (80) Florida (72)
2011–12 Florida (94) Washington (92) Tampa Bay (84) Winnipeg (84) Carolina (82)
2012–13 Washington (57) Winnipeg (51) Carolina (42) Tampa Bay (40) Florida (36)

Stanley Cup winners produced[edit]

  1. 2004—Tampa Bay Lightning
  2. 2006—Carolina Hurricanes

Presidents' Trophy winners produced[edit]

  1. 2010—Washington Capitals

Southeast Division titles won by team[edit]

Team Number of Championships Won Last Year Won
Washington Capitals 7 2013
Carolina Hurricanes 3 2006
Tampa Bay Lightning 2 2004
Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets 1 2007
Florida Panthers 1 2012

References[edit]