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Encyclopedia > Eastern Conference (NHL)
Eastern Conference logo, circa 2006
French version of the Eastern Conference logo

The Eastern Conference is one of two conferences in the National Hockey League (NHL) used to divide teams. Its counterpart is the Western Conference. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 250 × 181 pixelsFull resolution (250 × 181 pixel, file size: 15 KB, MIME type: image/png) Eastern Conference (NHL) logo Low resolution, PNG version converted from the GIF posted at http://www. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 250 × 181 pixelsFull resolution (250 × 181 pixel, file size: 15 KB, MIME type: image/png) Eastern Conference (NHL) logo Low resolution, PNG version converted from the GIF posted at http://www. ... The modernized NHL shield logo was introduced for the 2005-06 season. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 250 × 205 pixelsFull resolution (250 × 205 pixel, file size: 16 KB, MIME type: image/png) Eastern Conference (NHL) logo, French version Low resolution, PNG version converted from the GIF posted at http://www. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 250 × 205 pixelsFull resolution (250 × 205 pixel, file size: 16 KB, MIME type: image/png) Eastern Conference (NHL) logo, French version Low resolution, PNG version converted from the GIF posted at http://www. ... “NHL” redirects here. ... The Western Conference is one of two conferences in the National Hockey League used to divide teams. ...


Previously known as the Prince of Wales Conference (or Wales Conference for short), it was created in 1974 when the NHL realigned its teams into two conferences and four divisions. Because the new conferences and divisions had little to do with North American geography, geographical references were removed. The conference was instead named for the Prince of Wales Trophy, which was given to the conference's annual champion. The Prince of Wales Feathers. This Heraldic badge of the Heir Apparent is derived from the ostrich feathers borne by Edward, the Black Prince. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1974-75 NHL season was the 58th season of the National Hockey League. ... Prince of Wales Trophy on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Prince of Wales Trophy, or simply the Wales Trophy, is a National Hockey League trophy awarded to the Eastern Conference playoff champions. ...


The conferences and divisions were re-aligned in 1981 to better reflect the geographical locations of the teams, but the existing names were retained with the Wales Conference becoming the conference for the NHL's Eastern North America teams. The names of conferences and divisions were changed in 1993 to reflect their geographic locations. Then-new NHL commissioner Gary Bettman made the change to help non-hockey fans better understand the game, as the National Basketball Association, National Football League, and Major League Baseball all use geographic-based names for their conferences and divisions. However, the move angered purists and older hockey fans, who felt the change removed any touch of the history of the league. Critics also noted that baseball and football fans wouldn't be confused by divisions being named after major figures like Roberto Clemente or Walter Payton. The trophy awarded to the conference champion, the Prince of Wales Trophy, retains some connection to the heritage of the league. The classic NHL shield logo The 1981-82 NHL season was the 65th season of the National Hockey League. ... The 1993-94 NHL season was the 77th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the worlds premier mens basketball league. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Roberto Clemente Walker (August 18, 1934 – December 31, 1972) was a Major League Baseball right fielder and right-handed batter. ... Walter Jerry Payton (July 25, 1954 – November 1, 1999) was an American football running back for the Chicago Bears. ...

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Divisions

Prior to the 1993 realignment, the Wales Conference consisted of the Adams Division and the Patrick Division. Currently, the Eastern Conference comprises 15 teams in three divisions: Atlantic, Northeast, and Southeast. The NHLs Adams Division was formed in 1974 as part of the Prince of Wales Conference. ... The NHLs Patrick Division was formed in 1974 as part of the Clarence Campbell Conference. ... The NHLs Atlantic Division was formed in 1993 as part of the Eastern Conference in a league realignment. ... The NHLs Northeast Division was formed in 1993 as part of the Eastern Conference in a league realignment, the predecessor of which was the Adams Division. ... The NHLs Southeast Division was formed in 1998 as part of the Eastern Conference due to expansion. ...

Atlantic

Northeast The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ... The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based in Uniondale, New York, a hamlet located on Long Island. ... The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City, New York, U.S.A.. Playing their home games at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers are one of the oldest teams in the National Hockey League, and are part of the group of teams referred... The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The Pittsburgh Penguins are a professional ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ...

Southeast The Boston Bruins are a professional ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Buffalo Sabres are a professional ice hockey team based in Buffalo, New York. ... The Montreal Canadiens are a professional ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... The Ottawa Senators are a professional ice hockey team, based in Ottawa, Ontario. ... The Toronto Maple Leafs are a professional ice hockey team based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ...

The Atlanta Thrashers are a professional ice hockey team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... The Carolina Hurricanes are a National Hockey League team in Raleigh, North Carolina. ... The Florida Panthers are a professional ice hockey team who play in the Ft. ... The Tampa Bay Lightning is a professional ice hockey team based in Tampa, Florida. ... The Washington Capitals are a professional ice hockey team based in Washington, D.C.. They play in the National Hockey League (NHL). ...

Champions

Eastern Conference champion

The Eastern Conference champion, winner of the Prince of Wales Trophy, faces the Western Conference champion every year in the final round of the playoffs to determine the winner of the Stanley Cup. Note: For Wales Conference champions 1974-75 to 1992-93, see Prince of Wales Trophy. The Western Conference is one of two conferences in the National Hockey League used to divide teams. ... The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... Prince of Wales Trophy on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Prince of Wales Trophy, or simply the Wales Trophy, is a National Hockey League trophy awarded to the Eastern Conference playoff champions. ...

The 1993-94 NHL season was the 77th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City, New York, U.S.A.. Playing their home games at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers are one of the oldest teams in the National Hockey League, and are part of the group of teams referred... The 1994-95 NHL season was the 78th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ... The 1995-96 NHL season was the 79th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The Florida Panthers are a professional ice hockey team who play in the Ft. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1996-97 NHL season was the 80th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The 1997-98 NHL season was the 81st regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The Washington Capitals are a professional ice hockey team based in Washington, D.C.. They play in the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The 1998-99 NHL season was the 82nd regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The Buffalo Sabres are a professional ice hockey team based in Buffalo, New York. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1999-00 NHL season was the 83rd regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ... The 2000-01 NHL season was the 84th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ... The 2001-02 NHL season was the 85th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The Carolina Hurricanes are a National Hockey League team in Raleigh, North Carolina. ... The 2002-03 NHL season was the 86th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ... The 2003-04 NHL season was the 87th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The Tampa Bay Lightning is a professional ice hockey team based in Tampa, Florida. ... The 2004-05 NHL season would have been the 88th regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The modernized NHL shield logo was introduced for the 2005-06 season. ... The Carolina Hurricanes are a National Hockey League team in Raleigh, North Carolina. ... The 2006-07 NHL season is the 89th regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The Buffalo Sabres are a professional ice hockey team based in Buffalo, New York. ...

Stanley Cup champions


 
 

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