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Atlantic Division (NHL)

Atlantic Division
Conference Eastern Conference
League National Hockey League
Sport Ice Hockey
Formerly Patrick Division
Inaugural season 1993–94 season
No. of teams
Most recent champion(s) (1st title)
Most titles (9)

The National Hockey League has used the name Atlantic Division for two distinct groups of teams.

The original Atlantic Division, the predecessor of which was the Patrick Division, was formed in 1993 as part of the Eastern Conference in a league realignment.

As part of a 2013 realignment, the entirety of the former Atlantic Division was realigned into the Metropolitan Division. The Atlantic Division name was assigned to a new division comprising the entirety of the former Northeast Division plus the Florida Panthers and the Tampa Bay Lightning from the now-dissolved Southeast Division, and the Detroit Red Wings, who moved from the Central Division of the Western Conference.

Contents

  • Division lineups 1
    • 1993–1998 1.1
      • Changes from the 1992–93 season 1.1.1
    • 1998–2013 1.2
      • Changes from the 1997–98 season 1.2.1
    • 2013–Present 1.3
      • Changes from the 2012–13 season 1.3.1
  • Division champions 2

Division lineups

1993–1998

Changes from the 1992–93 season

  • The Atlantic Division is formed as a result of NHL realignment
  • The New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, and Washington Capitals come from the Patrick Division
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning come from the Norris Division
  • The Florida Panthers are added as an expansion team

1998–2013

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

Changes from the 1997–98 season

  • The Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Washington Capitals move to the new Southeast Division
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins come from the Northeast Division

2013–Present

  • Boston Bruins
  • Buffalo Sabres
  • Detroit Red Wings
  • Florida Panthers
  • Montreal Canadiens
  • Ottawa Senators
  • Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Toronto Maple Leafs

Changes from the 2012–13 season

  • The Northeast and Southeast Divisions are dissolved due to NHL realignment
  • The New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, and Pittsburgh Penguins move to the Metropolitan Division
  • The Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, and Toronto Maple Leafs come from the Northeast Division
  • The Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning come from the Southeast Division
  • The Detroit Red Wings come from the Central Division

Division champions

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