- Pacific Division (NHL)
National Hockey League's Pacific Division is one of three divisions that make up the Western Conference. It was formed in 1993 as part league realignment. The Pacific Division is the successor of the Smythe Division, though of the current teams, only the Los Angeles Kingsand San Jose Sharksplayed in the Smythe division.
The Pacific Division is centered around the Southwestern
United States, with three teams based in California, one in Arizonaand one in Texas.
Dallas Starshave the most Pacific Division titles, with five. Three Stanley Cupwinners have come from the Pacific Division: the Stars in 1999, the Colorado Avalanchein 1996, and the Anaheim Ducksin 2007.
Los Angeles Kings
San Jose Sharks
In addition to the Ducks, the Pacific featured the
Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharksand Vancouver Canucks.
The Pacific was expanded to seven teams in 1995 with the relocation of the
Quebec Nordiquesto Denver, Coloradoas the Colorado Avalanche. The Avs won the division title all three years they were in the Pacific, along with becoming the first Stanley Cupchampion to represent the Pacific in 1996.
In 1998, the NHL once again realigned, moving to a six division format. As a result, the Flames, Avalanche, Oilers and Canucks were split off into their own division, the Northwest Division. At the same time, the
Winnipeg Jetsrelocated to Phoenix, Arizonato become the Phoenix Coyotes. Finally, the Dallas Starsmoved in from the Central Division, giving the Pacific the alignment it retains to this day.
*Green background denotes qualified for playoffs
tanley Cup Winners produced
#1996 - Colorado Avalanche
#1999 - Dallas Stars
#2007 - Anaheim Ducks
Pacific Division Titles Won By Team
NHL Eastern Division
NHL Western Division
Atlantic Division (NHL)
Central Division (NHL)
Northeast Division (NHL)
Northwest Division (NHL)
Southeast Division (NHL)
* [http://www.nhl.com/history/index.html NHL History]
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