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Encyclopedia > Western Conference (NHL)

The Western Conference is one of two conferences in the National Hockey League used to divide teams. Its counterpart is the Eastern Conference. It was created in 1993 to realign the teams to better fit their geographic locations. Prior to the name change, the conference was known as the Campbell Conference. 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. The trophy awarded to the conference champion, the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl, retains some connection to the heritage of the league. The modernized NHL shield logo debuted in 2005, replacing the orange and black shield, which had been used since the leagues inception. ... The Eastern Conference is one of two conferences in the National Hockey League used to divide teams. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1993-94 NHL season was the 77th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Former name for the Western Conference of the National Hockey League. ... Gary Bruce Bettman (born on June 2, 1952 in Queens, New York) has served as commissioner of the National Hockey League since February 1, 1993. ... The National Basketball Association, more commonly referred to as the NBA, is the worlds premier mens professional basketball league and one of the major professional sports leagues of North America. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... The Clarence S. Campbell Bowl, or the Campbell Trophy, is a National Hockey League trophy awarded to the Western Conference playoff champions. ...

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Divisions

The Western Conference is comprised of 15 teams in three divisions: Central, Northwest, and Pacific. The NHLs Central Division was formed in 1993 as part of the Western Conference in a league realignment. ... The NHLs Northwest Division was formed in 1998 as part of the Western Conference due to expansion. ... The NHLs Pacific Division was formed in 1993 as part of the Western Conference in a league realignment. ...


Central

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Northwest

The Calgary Flames are a National Hockey League (NHL) team based in Calgary, Alberta. ... The Colorado Avalanche are a National Hockey League team based in Denver, Colorado. ... The Edmonton Oilers are a National Hockey League team based in Edmonton, Alberta. ... The Minnesota Wild are a National Hockey League team based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. ... The Vancouver Canucks are a professional National Hockey League (NHL) ice hockey team based in Vancouver, British Columbia. ...

Pacific

The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, commonly referred to as the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, are a National Hockey League (NHL) team based in Anaheim, California. ... The Dallas Stars are a National Hockey League (NHL) team based in Dallas, Texas. ... The Los Angeles Kings are a National Hockey League team based in Los Angeles, California, USA. // Facts Founded: 1967 Arena: Staples Center Former Home Arenas: Long Beach Sports Arena (part of 1967), Los Angeles Sports Arena (part of 1967); The Forum (1967-1999) Uniform colors: Purple, black, and silver Logo... The Phoenix Coyotes are a National Hockey League team based in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale. ... The San Jose Sharks are a National Hockey League team based in San Jose, California. ...

Champions

The Western Conference champion faces the Eastern Conference champion every year in the final round of the playoffs to determine the winner of the Stanley Cup. The Stanley Cup on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame. ...

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