History of the NHL

The National Hockey League was first started in 1917 and only had five teams: the Montreal Canadiens, the Montreal Wanderers, the Ottawa Senators, the Quebec Bulldogs, and the Toronto Arenas.

The Stanley Cup, however, came to be when it was donated by Lord Stanley to Canada's amateur hockey leagues in 1892. The first team to hoist the Stanley Cup were the winners of the championship series between the National Hockey Association (NHA) and the Pacific Coast League (PCL) in 1914.

During World War II, the NHA ceased all operations and was replaced after the war with the five elite Canadian teams that would form the NHL and play against the PCL teams for the championship.

In 1926, the PCL was no more and the 10 remaining NHL teams were divided into two conferences the West and the East.