Central Division (NHL)

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The NHL's Central Division was formed in 1993 as part of the Western Conference in a league realignment, the predecessor of which was the Norris Division.

Division lineups[change | change source]

1993–1996[change | change source]

Changes from the 1992–93 season[change | change source]

  • The Central Division is formed as the result of NHL realignment
  • The Minnesota North Stars move to Dallas, Texas, and become the Dallas Stars
  • The Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, and Toronto Maple Leafs come from the Norris Division
  • The Winnipeg Jets come from the Smythe Division

1996–1998[change | change source]

  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Dallas Stars
  • Detroit Red Wings
  • Phoenix Coyotes
  • St. Louis Blues
  • Toronto Maple Leafs

Changes from the 1995–96 season[change | change source]

  • The Winnipeg Jets move to Phoenix, Arizona, to become the Phoenix Coyotes

1998–2000[change | change source]

Changes from the 1997–98 season[change | change source]

  • The Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes move to the Pacific Division
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs move to the Northeast Division
  • The Nashville Predators are added as an expansion team

2000–2013[change | change source]

Changes from the 1999–2000 season[change | change source]

  • The Columbus Blue Jackets are added as an expansion team

2013–Present[change | change source]

Changes from the 2012–13 season[change | change source]

Division Champions[change | change source]

Season results[change | change source]

Season 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th
1993–94 Detroit (100) Toronto (98) Dallas (97) St. Louis (91) Chicago (87) Winnipeg (57)
1994–95 Detroit (70) St. Louis (61) Chicago (53) Toronto (50) Dallas (42) Winnipeg (39)
1995–96 Detroit (131) Chicago (94) Toronto (80) St. Louis (80) Winnipeg (78) Dallas (66)
1996–97 Dallas (104) Detroit (94) Phoenix (83) St. Louis (83) Chicago (81) Toronto (68)
1997–98 Dallas (109) Detroit (103) St. Louis (98) Phoenix (82) Chicago (73) Toronto (69)
1998–99 Detroit (93) St. Louis (87) Chicago (70) Nashville (63)
1999–2000 St. Louis (114) Detroit (108) Chicago (78) Nashville (70)
2000–01 Detroit (111) St. Louis (103) Nashville (80) Chicago (71) Columbus (71)
2001–02 Detroit (116) St. Louis (98) Chicago (96) Nashville (69) Columbus (57)
2002–03 Detroit (110) St. Louis (99) Chicago (79) Nashville (74) Columbus (69)
2003–04 Detroit (109) St. Louis (91) Nashville (91) Columbus (62) Chicago (59)
2004–05 No season due to 2004–05 NHL lockout
2005–06 Detroit (124) Nashville (106) Columbus (74) Chicago (65) St. Louis (57)
2006–07 Detroit (113) Nashville (110) St. Louis (81) Columbus (73) Chicago (71)
2007–08 Detroit (115) Nashville (91) Chicago (88) Columbus (80) St. Louis (79)
2008–09 Detroit (112) Chicago (104) St. Louis (92) Columbus (92) Nashville (88)
2009–10 Chicago (112) Detroit (102) Nashville (100) St. Louis (90) Columbus (79)
2010–11 Detroit (104) Nashville (99) Chicago (97) St. Louis (87) Columbus (81)
2011–12 St. Louis (109) Nashville (104) Detroit (102) Chicago (101) Columbus (65)
2012–13 Chicago (77) St. Louis (60) Detroit (56) Columbus (55) Nashville (41)
2013–14 Colorado (112) St. Louis (111) Chicago (107) Minnesota (98) Dallas (91) Nashville (88) Winnipeg (84)
2014–15 St. Louis (109) Nashville (104) Chicago (102) Minnesota (100) Winnipeg (99) Dallas (92) Colorado (90)
2015–16 Dallas (109) St. Louis (107) Chicago (103) Nashville (96) Minnesota (87) Colorado (82) Winnipeg (78)
2016–17 Chicago (109) Minnesota (106) St. Louis (99) Nashville (94) Winnipeg (87) Dallas (79) Colorado (48)
2017–18 Nashville (117) Winnipeg (114) Minnesota (101) Colorado (95) St. Louis (94) Dallas (92) Chicago (78)
  • Green background denotes qualified for playoffs

Stanley Cup winners produced[change | change source]

  1. 1997—Detroit Red Wings
  2. 1998—Detroit Red Wings
  3. 2002—Detroit Red Wings
  4. 2008—Detroit Red Wings
  5. 2010—Chicago Blackhawks
  6. 2013—Chicago Blackhawks
  7. 2015—Chicago Blackhawks

Presidents' Trophy winners produced[change | change source]

  1. 1995—Detroit Red Wings
  2. 1996—Detroit Red Wings
  3. 1998—Dallas Stars
  4. 2000—St. Louis Blues
  5. 2002—Detroit Red Wings
  6. 2004—Detroit Red Wings
  7. 2006—Detroit Red Wings
  8. 2008—Detroit Red Wings
  9. 2013—Chicago Blackhawks
  10. 2018—Nashville Predators

Central Division titles won by team[change | change source]

Team Number of Championships Won Last Year Won
Detroit Red Wings 13 2011
Chicago Blackhawks 3 2017
Dallas Stars 3 2016
St. Louis Blues 3 2015
Colorado Avalanche 1 2014
Nashville Predators 1 2018
Minnesota Wild 0
Winnipeg Jets 0
Columbus Blue Jackets 0
Toronto Maple Leafs 0
Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix Coyotes 0

Teams in bold are currently in the division.

References[change | change source]