Nobody loves hockey more than the Canadians. In this article, we will be exploring a list of Canadian hockey teams. With a population of 34 million people and seven NHL clubs, Canada could easily sustain more! For reference, California has a population of 39 million people and three NHL clubs.
So, who are the NHL clubs from Canada? Canada is home to seven NHL franchises. The seven clubs are Montreal Canadians (1917), Toronto Maple Leafs (1917), Vancouver Canucks (1970), Edmonton Oilers (1979), Calgary Flames (1980), Ottawa Senators (1992), and Winnipeg Jets (1992), in order of their debut NHL season (2011).
Let’s take a deeper look at each of the seven clubs, as well as some of the key events, players, retired jerseys, and Stanley Cups they’ve won. You’ll also notice that there’s one thing that no Canadian team has accomplished since 1993.
List of Canadian hockey teams:
1. Montreal Canadiens
- Founded in 1909 as a member of the National Hockey League; joined the NHL in 1917. Bell in the Center 21.273.
- 23 Stanley Cups
- 55 people have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.
- Numbers that have been retired: Jacques Plantes (1), Doug Harvey (2), Emile Bouchard (3), Jean Beliveau (4), Bernie Geoffrion (5), Guy Lapointe (5), Howie Morenz (7), Maurice Richard (9), Guy Lafleur (10), Dickie Moore (12), YvanCournoyer (12), Henri Richard (16), Elmer Lach (16), Serge Savard (18), Larry Robinson (19), Bob Gainey (23) (33)
- Appearances in the NHL Playoffs: 83
- Leaders in Franchise Scoring: Guy Lafleur has 1,246 points and Maurice Richard has 544 goals. Guy Lafleur 728 assists
Highlights and the Canadiens’ Current Situation
Montreal is the epicenter of the hockey universe: it is where the game was conceived, where the first team games and tournaments were held, and where the NHL was formed in 1917.
They’ve also won the most Stanley Cups (by a long shot) with 24. They are the most successful hockey team in history, and passing them will be difficult.With the Canadiens’ long history, the fans have a strong bond, and the Bell Center on a Saturday night is the place to be if you want to watch hockey.
The Montreal Canadiens’ current situation isn’t exactly spectacular. They have soon fallen on hard feet after making a stunning run to the Stanley Cup finals in 2021. They’ve lost a lot of their greatest players to injury, and they’ve fallen to the bottom of the NHL standings.The team is in full rebuild mode, and getting back to respectability will likely take 3-5 years.
2. Calgary Flames
- The Atlanta Flames were founded in 1972, and their debut season in Calgary was in 1973. 1980-81
- Scotiabank Arena Saddledome 19,289
- Stanley Cups: 1989 and 1990
- Lanny McDonald, Joe Mullen, Grant Fuhr, Al MacInnis, Brett Hull, Doug Gilmour, Joe Nieuwendyk, Sergei Makarov, and Martin St. Louis are among the Hall of Famers.
- Lanny McDonald (9), JaromeIginla (12), and Mike Vernon G (retired).
- 29 appearances in the NHL playoffs
- Leaders in Franchise Scoring: JaromeIginla has a total of 1095 points, 525 goals, and 609 assists.
Highlights and the Flames’ Current Situation
The Flames’ greatest achievement is certainly winning the Stanley Cup in 1989. The victory was highlighted by Hall of Famer Lanny McDonald playing his final game in the NHL and exiting on top after scoring a game-winning goal.
Since 1989, since 1989, since 1989, since 1989, since 1989, since 1989, since 1989, (insert cricket sounds here). Apart from their Stanley Cup run in 2004, which ended in a 7-game loss to the Lightning, and JaromeIginla, there hasn’t been much to celebrate about.
The Flames have only won one postseason series in the previous years (apart from 2004). That’s correct, only one playoff series.
In 2022, the Flames have a strong squad, and who knows, they may even double their playoff victory series from one to two!
3. Winnipeg Jets
- Founded in the year 1999 (as Atlanta Thrashers) Bell MTS Place, Bell MTS Place, Bell MTS Place, Bell MTS Place, Bell MTS Place, Bell MTS Place, Bell MTS Place,
- Hall of Famers: 0 Stanley Cups
- Numbers that have been retired: 0
- 4 appearances in the NHL Playoffs
- IlyaKovalchuk (615 points), IlyaKovalchuk (328 goals), and Blake Wheeler (390 assists) lead the franchise in scoring.
Jets Highlights and Current Situation
The Winnipeg Jets as they are now are the second iteration of the Winnipeg Jets.The Winnipeg Jets’ initial incarnation ran from 1972 to 1996, and they began in the WHA before being incorporated into the NHL in 1979. The Jets moved to Phoenix in 1996 and are now known as the Arizona Coyotes.
The Arizona Coyotes own those Jets, their records, and their history, and they have no link or connection with the present Winnipeg Jets.
The current Winnipeg Jets were founded in Atlanta in 1999 as the Thrashes before migrating to Winnipeg in 2011 to become the Jets.
The Jets in this incarnation have all of the records and history that were established with Atlanta in the first place.The present Jets have never won a Stanley Cup or even advanced to the Stanley Cup playoffs. They’ve had above-average teams in recent years, but they haven’t quite achieved Stanley Cup contender level yet.
4. Toronto Maple Leafs
- The year it was founded was 1917. (previously St. Patrick’s and Arenas)
- Scotiabank Arena is the name of the venue. 18,819
- 13 Stanley Cups
- 61 people have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.
- Numbers that have been retired: Turk Broda (1), Johnny Bower (1), Hap Day (4), Red Kelly (4), Bill Barilko (5), Ace Bailey (6), King Clancy (7), Tim Horton (7), Charlie Conacher (9), Ted Kennedy (9), Syl Apps (10), George Armstrong (10), Mats Sundin (13), Dave Keon (14), BorjeSalming (21) Frank Mahovlich (27), Darryl Sittler (27), Doug Gilmour (27), Doug Gilmour (93)
- Appearances in the NHL Playoffs: 68
- Franchise Evaluation Mats Sundin (987 points), Mats Sundin 420 goals, and BorjeSalming 620 assists are the team leaders.
The Maple Leafs’ Highlights and Current Situation
Toronto Maple Leafs is one of the Original 4 teams who made up the NHL when it was founded in 1917. They’ve won several Stanley Cups. They’ve won 13 of them.The problem is that they haven’t won a Stanley Cup since 1967. At 54 years and counting, they have the longest Stanley Cup drought of any NHL franchise. There were only six clubs in the NHL when they last won.
They have a strong team right now, led by superstar Auston Matthews. The primary issue is that they compete in a highly competitive division. To proceed to the Stanley Cup finals, they must defeat one (probably two) of the following teams: Tampa Bay (winners of the last two Stanley Cups), Boston, or Florida.However, in the last 54 years, this is unquestionably one of, if not the best, Leaf’s teams.
5. Vancouver Canucks
- In 1970, the company was founded.
- Rogers Arena is the name of the venue. 18,910
- 0 Stanley Cups
- Igor Larionov, Mark Messier, Cam Neely, PavelBure, and Mats Sundin are among the Hall of Famers.
- PavelBure (10), Stan Smyl (12), Trevor Linden (16), Markus Naslund (16), PavelBure (10), Stan Smyl (12), PavelBure (12), PavelBure (12), PavelBure (12), PavelBure (12), PavelBure (12), Pavel (19)
- 27 appearances in the NHL playoffs
- Leaders in Franchise Scoring: Points: Henrik Sedin (1,070 points) Henrik Sedin has 830 assists to Daniel Sedin’s 393 goals.
Canucks Highlights and Current Situation
Fans in Vancouver are fervent. They have a long and illustrious history, but one of the highlights isn’t a Stanley Cup. They are one of just 11 teams in NHL history that have never won the Cup.They’ve advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals three times, losing both times in Game 7!
They’ve had several fantastic players walk through their doors – Trevor Linden, Daniel and Hendrik Sedin, Marcus Naslund – but have yet to assemble a championship squad.The current Canucks are a club in the middle of the pack. They have several promising young players (Quinn Hughes, Elias Pettersson), but they need to improve their defense and depth.
6. Ottawa Senators
- The company was founded in 1992. (No relation to Ottawa Senators of 1917-34)
- Canadian Tire Centre is the venue. 19,153
- 0 Stanley Cups
- Dominik Hasek is a member of the Hall of Fame.
- Frank Finnigan (8), Daniel Alfredsson (11), and Chris Phillips have retired numbers (4)
- 16 appearances in the NHL Playoffs Franchise Scoring Leaders: Daniel Alfredsson has 1,108 points on the season, with 426 goals and 682 assists.
Senators’ Highlights and Current Situation
The Ottawa Senators have won 11 Stanley Cups, but not this year’s team. The Ottawa Senators were founded before the NHL, became a member of the league, and then folded in 1934 after a one-year move to St. Louis.
According to both them and the NHL, this present edition of the Ottawa Senators has no relationship with those Ottawa Senators.This version of the Ottawa Senators joined the league in 1996, and their best season was when they won the Stanley Cup in 2007. They had a squad capable of winning the Stanley Cup at the time, but they never put it together.
The current Ottawa Senators are in the midst of a rebuilding process. They are, however, on their way up. Although they are currently one of the poorest teams in the league, they have collected enough talent that they should be a regular playoff club in 3-5 years.
7. Edmonton Oilers
- In 1971, the company was established. WHA from 1972 to 1979; inaugural NHL season in 1979-80.
- Rogers Place has a capacity of 18,500 people.
- Five Stanley Cups were won in 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, and 1990.
- Glenn Anderson, Paul Coffey, Grant Fuhr, Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, Mark Messier, Adam Oates, Jacques Plante, Chris Pronger, and Norm Ullman are all members of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
- Al Hamilton (3), Paul Coffey (7), Glenn Anderson (9), Mark Messier (11), JariKuri (17), Grant Fuhr (31) and Wayne Gretzky (32) are retired numbers (99)
- NHL Playoff Appearances: 21
- Leaders in Franchise Scoring: Wayne Gretzky has 1773 points, 626 goals, and 1147 assists in his career.
Oilers Highlights and Current Situation
The 1980s were Edmonton’s golden years. They had Wayne Gretzky and a slew of other Hall of Famers on hand, including Mark Messier, Grant Fuhr, and Paul Coffey. The Oilers of the 1980s were arguably the best NHL team ever assembled. They won five Stanley Cups throughout that period, including one in 1990.
Since 1990, since 1990, since 1990, since 1990, since 1990, since 1990, since 1990, (insert cricket sounds here). They’ve struggled and had minimal success, much like their rival Calgary Flames. They had a Stanley Cup run in 2006 but were eliminated by the Carolina Hurricanes in game 7 of the final.
They had four first-round draft picks in the previous decade because they were so awful. Connor McDavid, the best player on the planet, was one of those choices.
They have struggled to establish themselves as a playoff club, let alone a Stanley Cup contender, despite possessing Connor McDavid. If they can surround McDavid and their other superstar, Leon Draisaitl, with a better supporting cast, they should be able to recapture some of their golden days.
All Canadian Teams’ Pain
The fact that no Canadian club has won the Stanley Cup since 1993 is a source of frustration for all of them. Yes, in 1993, the Montreal Canadiens were the last club to win the Stanley Cup!
Every year when the Stanley Cup playoffs begin, this is a hot topic in Canada: can a Canadian team finally win the cup this year?
List of NHL clubs from Canada that have ceased to exist
These are Canadian clubs that have competed in the NHL but are no longer in existence. There is a second Ottawa Senators team, as well as a Winnipeg Jets team.
From 1917 through 1934, the Ottawa Senators were the founding team. The only thing the new Ottawa Senators have in common with the previous version is the team name, and neither the team nor the NHL considers new records or Stanley Cups to have carried over.
The Winnipeg Jets were renamed the Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes after they relocated from Winnipeg. When the Atlanta Thrashers relocated to Winnipeg in 2011, Winnipeg once again had an NHL team. The Jets were renamed after the city of Winnipeg. The two Jets teams are not affiliated in any way.
Before joining the NHL, the Senators, Nordiques, and Jets competed in other leagues. The dates listed below are when they first joined the NHL.
- Senators of Ottawa (1917-1934) the team was renamed the St. Louis Eagles after the Quebec Nordiques disbanded (1979-1995)
- The Colorado Avalanche relocated to become the Colorado Avalanche.
- Tigers of Hamilton (1920-25) Contracts with players were sold to the New York Americans.
- Winnipeg Jets are a team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba (1979-1996) The Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes has relocated.