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Adams Division

Adams Division
Conference Prince of Wales Conference
League National Hockey League
Sport Ice Hockey
Inaugural season 1974–75 season
Ceased 1993
Replaced by Northeast Division
Most titles Boston Bruins (9)

The NHL's Adams Division was formed in 1974 as part of the Prince of Wales Conference. The division existed for 19 seasons until 1993. It was named in honour of Charles Francis Adams, the founder of the Boston Bruins. It is the forerunner of the NHL's Northeast Division.


  • Division lineups 1
    • 1974–1976 1.1
      • Changes from the 1973–74 season 1.1.1
    • 1976–1978 1.2
      • Changes from the 1975–76 season 1.2.1
    • 1978–1979 1.3
      • Changes from the 1977–78 season 1.3.1
    • 1979–1981 1.4
      • Changes from the 1978–79 season 1.4.1
    • 1981–1992 1.5
      • Changes from the 1980–81 season 1.5.1
    • 1992–1993 1.6
      • Changes from the 1991–92 season 1.6.1
    • After the 1992–93 season 1.7
    • Timeline 1.8
  • Regular season Division Champions 2
  • Playoff Division Champions 3
  • Stanley Cup winners produced 4
  • Presidents' Trophy winners produced 5
  • Adams Division Titles Won by Team 6
  • References 7

Division lineups


Changes from the 1973–74 season

  • The Adams Division is formed as a result of NHL realignment
  • The Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, and Toronto Maple Leafs come from the Eastern Division
  • The California Golden Seals come from the Western Division


Changes from the 1975–76 season

  • The California Golden Seals moved to Richfield, Ohio, to become the Cleveland Barons


Changes from the 1977–78 season

  • The Cleveland Barons merge with the Minnesota North Stars. The merged franchise continues as the Minnesota North Stars, but leaves the Smythe Division to assume the Barons' place in the Adams Division to prevent the Adams from dropping to only three teams.


  • Boston Bruins
  • Buffalo Sabres
  • Minnesota North Stars
  • Quebec Nordiques
  • Toronto Maple Leafs

Changes from the 1978–79 season


Changes from the 1980–81 season

  • The Minnesota North Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs move to the Norris Division
  • The Hartford Whalers and Montreal Canadiens come from the Norris Division


  • Boston Bruins
  • Buffalo Sabres
  • Hartford Whalers
  • Montreal Canadiens
  • Ottawa Senators
  • Quebec Nordiques

Changes from the 1991–92 season

  • The Ottawa Senators are added as an expansion team

After the 1992–93 season

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


Regular season Division Champions

Playoff Division Champions

Stanley Cup winners produced

  1. 1986—Montreal Canadiens
  2. 1993—Montreal Canadiens

Presidents' Trophy winners produced

  1. 1990—Boston Bruins

Adams Division Titles Won by Team

Team Number of Championships Won Last Year Won
Boston Bruins 9 1993
Montreal Canadiens 5 1992
Buffalo Sabres 3 1981
Hartford Whalers 1 1987
Quebec Nordiques 1 1986


  • NHL History
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