- Jun 18, 2010
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Discuss anything about the most prestigious hockey league, the National Hockey League.
The NHL was founded in 1917, and in the first 2 seasons, the Montreal Canadiens grabbed the title. Due to expansions several times, the NHL has turned into a monster league, counting 30 franchises today. The latest expansion was in 2000, when the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Minnesota Wild were added.
The NHL is divided into 2 conferences of 15 teams, Eastern and Western conference. Within the conference there are 3 divisions of 5 teams.
A team plays every team within their division (inter-Division) 6 times.
They play every other conference team 4 times.
From the other conference they play 3 opponents twice, the other 12 only once.