It's a biscuit in the basket! In the world of ice hockey, most of the players have one goal - literally, getting the puck into the net. Can you score the goal in this quiz? 93% of people can't match these NHL teams with their city. Can you?
What is now known as the National Hockey League (NHL) was first formed in 1909 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Known as the National Hockey Association, the NHA originally consisted of 7 teams from the provinces of Quebec and Ontario. The league would then go on to expand and bring in their first American team, the Boston Bruins, in 1924.
Since then, the league has grown to 31 teams, 24 of which are in the United States and the other seven spread out within the provinces of Canada. Unlike the other professional sports, many states are missing ice hockey representation in the league. While California has three teams, much of the northwestern, mid-east, and southern states are left with none.
While the NHL representation isn't all over the United States and Canada, that doesn't stop their fans from being some of the most passionate out there. Are you one of them? From repping the Sharks to the Oilers to the Rangers, can you match these NHL teams to their city?
Can you score a goal with this quiz or will you be left in the penalty box until the end?
Let's find out!
Playing from the Capital One Arena in Washington DC, the Capitals were established in 1974, forming part of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the NHL. To date, the Capitals have yet to win the prestigious Stanley Cup but boast three Presidents Trophies, all coming in the last eight years. They have also claimed 10 division and one conference championship.
The Boston Bruins hail from Boston, Massachusetts. They play in the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League and were established in 1924. The Bruins have won the Stanley Cup on six occasions and also have four conference championships, 25 division championships and two Presidents Trophies to their name. One of their most famous players was Ray Bourque who played for the team between 1979 and 2000. His number 77 was retired in 2001.
One of the oldest hockey franchises in the United States, the Detroit Red Wings started out life as the Detroit Cougars between 1926 and 1930. After that, they became the Detroit Falcons for two years before a final name change to the Red Wings in 1932. The Red Wings were one of the original six teams at the formation of the NHL and currently play in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. Detroit has an incredible record with 11 Stanley Cup victories, six President Trophies, six conference championships and 19 division championships. Steve Yzerman is perhaps the franchises greatest player, leading them to three Stanley Cup victories in his 20 years as captain. Fans of the Red Wings have a tradition where an octopus is placed on the ice as good luck before playoff games. This first began in 1952.
One of the original six franchises of the NHL, the Maple Leafs are also one of the most successful. They were founded in 1917 as the Toronto Arenas and won the Stanley Cup in their first year. In 1919, their name changed to the Toronto St. Patricks with another Stanley Cup victory following in 1921/1922. In 1927 they became the Maple Leafs. In their current guise, the team has won an additional 11 Stanley Cups. The last came in the 1966/1967 season. They have also won five divisional championships. All Maple Leaf home games are played at the Air Canada Centre.
One of the original six franchises at the formation of the NHL, the New York Rangers were formed in 1926 and are currently one of three ice hockey teams in the city. They were the first US-based franchise to win the coveted Stanley Cup and have done so on four occasions in total. They have also won three Presidents Trophies, two conference and 8 division championships. The Rangers play in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the NHL.
Founded in 2000, the Wild play in the Central Division of the Western Conference of the NHL. At present, their only major achievement is when they were crowned divisional champions in the 2007/2008 season. They currently play out of the Xcel Energy Center and are owned by Craig Leipold.
The Nashville Predators joined the NHL in 1998 as an expansion team. They currently play in the Central Division of the Western Conference, calling Bridgestone Arena their home. To date, the Predators have managed only one conference championship as any form of trophy success. They achieved this in the 2016/2017 season. Predators fans give their team a standing ovation during the final TV timeout of home games. This 'Standing O' as it is known has quickly become a tradition since 2008. Fans also throw a catfish on the ice before the game to bring their team luck.
Based in San Jose, California, the Sharks formed in 1991 and entered into the Pacific Divison of the Western Conference of the NHL. Although they have yet to win a Stanley Cup, the Sharks have claimed one Presidents Trophy, one conference and six division championships. Their home games are noted for the team's entrance into the arena through a massive 17-foot shark mouth.
Although they were founded in 1945 as part of the Pacific Coast Hockey League, the Canucks only entered the NHL in 1970 where they formed part of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference. The Canucks have had some success over the years, but a Stanley Cup has eluded them. They have won the Presidents Trophy on two occasions and were crowned divisional champions 10 times and conference champs three times.
The Anaheim Ducks hail from Anaheim, California. They play in the Western Conference of the NHL and were formed in 1993. They were originally owned by Disney and named The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. After a difficult start, they reached the playoffs for the first time in 1997. Their first Stanley Cup playoff came in 2002/2003 and saw them lose to the New Jersey Devils. In 2006, Disney sold the team who then became the Anaheim Ducks. They eventually won the Stanley Cup in 2007 and also have two conference and six division championship wins.
The NHL franchise now known as the Colorado Avalanche first formed as the Quebec Nordiques in 1972. They played in the now-defunct World Hockey Association until 1979 and then joined the NHL that same year. A geographical and name change to the Colorado Avalanche took place in 1995. This franchise plays in the Central Division of the Western Conference of the NHL. The Avalanche are an extremely successful franchise with two Stanley Cup wins, two Presidents Trophies, two conference championships and nine divisional championships. The Avalanche hold the NHL record for the most consecutive stadium sell-outs - 487!
Formed in 1967 as part of an NHL expansion, the LA Kings play in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference. The Kings boast two Stanley Cup wins, three conference and one divisional championship. The Kings have a massive rivalry with the Anaheim Ducks. In 1988, Wayne Gretzky joined the Kings from the Edmonton Oilers which helped raise the team's profile significantly.
Founded as an expansion team in 1993, the Florida Panthers play in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the NHL. Within three years, they registered their first (and only) Stanley Cup appearance but lost to the Colorado Avalanche. They have won a conference championship as well as two divisional championships.
The New York Islanders can boast four consecutive Stanley Cup wins from 1979 to 1982. The team was formed in 1972 and play in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the NHL. Other achievements for the Islanders include six conference and six divisional championships. The franchise was also famous for their Ice Girls who skated during TV ad breaks and other breaks in play. A mixed team of both males and females currently skate during these breaks.
Formed during the NHL expansion of 1967, the St. Louis Blues play out of Scottrade Center in St Louis, Missouri. They are currently part of the Central Division of the Western Conference. Nine times division champions, the Blues have yet to win a Stanley Cup although, in the 1999/2000 season, they won their first and only Presidents Trophy. The St. Louis Blues, who are great rivals of the Chicago Blackhawks, are named after a song by W.C. Handy.
The newest team in the NHL, the Vegas Golden Knights were established in 2017. They currently play in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference and call T-Mobile Arena home.
An extremely popular NHL franchise, the Flyers first formed in Philadelphia in 1967 when the NHL was expanded to 12 teams. They have managed two Stanley Cup wins, eight conference and 16 divisional championships in their history. They currently form part of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the NHL. The name 'Flyers' was chosen from over 25,000 suggestions from the public.
Established in 1992, the Ottawa Senators are the second team to play under the name. The other, however, was first called the Ottawa Hockey Club changing their name to the Senators in the early 1900s. That club ran from 1883 to 1934. The current Senators play in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the NHL, winning one Presidents Trophy as well as four division and one conference championship.
Starting out in 1972 in the World Hockey Association as the Alberta Oilers, the franchise became the Edmonton Oilers a year later and moved into the NHL in 1979. They currently are in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference. In the '80s, the Oilers were a force to be reckoned with, winning five Stanley Cups in seven years between 1983 and 1990 with NHL legend Wayne Gretzky as the catalyst. They also boast two Presidents Trophy wins, seven conference and nine divisional championships.
Playing in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the NHL, the Columbus Blue Jackets are a relatively new franchise and were formed in 2000 as the NHL expanded with teams added in Atlanta, Georgia, St Paul, Minnesota and Nashville, Tennessee as well. A competition was held to name the team with two names a possibility at the end - the Blue Jackets and Justice, with the former chosen thanks to Ohio's link to the American Civil War. To date, the Blue Jackets have not won any conference or division titles. A cannon is fired in the Nationwide Arena (their home venue) whenever the Blue Jackets score a home goal or record a home victory.
The NHL franchise now known as the Carolina Hurricanes started out life in 1972 as the New England Whalers in the World Hockey Association. From 1979 to 1997 they were known as the Hartford Whalers and played in the NHL. They became the Carolina Hurricanes in 1997 and currently play out of Raleigh, North Carolina. They have won the Stanley Cup once (in 2005/2006) and have claimed two conference and three division championships. They currently play in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the NHL.
Established in 1970, the Buffalo Sabres play in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in the NHL. Although they have never won a Stanley Cup, they won the Presidents Trophy in 2006/2007 and have claimed three conference championships and six division championships in their history. They have been coached for the last 20 seasons by Lindy Ruff.
The Arizona Coyotes hail from Glendale, Arizona. They play in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League and were founded in 1972 as the Winnipeg Jets, which they stayed until 1996. From 1996 to 2013, they were known as the Phoenix Coyotes, becoming the Arizona Coyotes in 2013. They have never won a Stanely Cup, although were division champions in 2011/2012 while based in Phoenix.
Formed as the Minnesota North Stars in 1967, this NHL franchise became the Dallas Stars in 1993. Currently, they play in the Central Division of the Western Conference of the NHL. For a team with a relatively short history in their current setup, the Stars have performed incredibly well. They boast two Stanley Cups, two President Trophies, two conference championships and eight division championships. Perhaps their greatest player is Mike Modano who played 557 games for both the North Stars and Dallas Stars from 1989 to 2010.
Formed in 1926, as the Chicago Black Hawks, this NHL team play in the Central Division of the Western Conference. They were one of the original six teams at the formation of the NHL. They have also been extremely successful with six Stanley Cup wins, two Presidents Trophies, four conference championships and 16 divisional championships. The name change to Chicago Blackhawks (from Black Hawks) took place in 1986. The Blackhawks started the tradition of blowing a horn whenever they scored a goal at home.
Founded as the Kansas City Scouts in 1974, this NHL franchise changed to the Colorado Rockies from 1976 to 1982 and finally, the New Jersey Devils from 1982 onwards. They play in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference. The Devils have won the Stanley Cup on three occasions and also have five conference and nine divisional championships. Perhaps their most famous player is Martin Pierre Brodeur, a goaltender who played for the Devils from 1990 to 2014.
Since their inception in 1909, the Canadiens have won the Stanley Cup on no less than 24 occasions but not since the 1992/1993 season. Add eight conference championships and 24 divisional titles and you have one of the most successful teams in NHL history. They currently play in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the NHL.
Starting life as the Atlanta Thrashers in 1999, the franchise moved to Winnipeg in 2011 and was renamed the Jets. The Jets play in the Central Division of the Western Conference with Bell MTS Place as their home arena. They have yet to win any significant titles.
Playing in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the NHL, the Tampa Bay Lightning formed in 1992 and are often referred to by their fans as the Bolts. The Lightning had an extremely strong side in the early 2000s and captured a conference championship, two division championships and their only Stanley Cup win. A further conference championship has since followed. All home games are played at the Amalie Arena.
Currently one of the best teams in the NHL, the Pittsburgh Penguins have won the Stanley Cup on five occasions, most recently in the 2015/2016 and the 2016/2017 season. Formed in 1967, the Penguins were part of the NHL expansion which doubled teams from six to twelve. Other than their Stanley Cup victories, the Penguins have also one President Trophy as well as six conference and eight divisional championships. Their greatest ever player is Mario Lemieux who managed 690 goals and 1,033 assists. The Penguins play in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference.
In the late '80s, the Calgary Flames were one of the strongest teams in the NHL. In fact, in the 1988/1989 season, they won both the Stanley Cup and the Presidents Trophy (their second in a row). The Flames were formed in 1972 in Atlanta before moving to Calgary in 1980. They currently play in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the NHL. Their mascot, Harvey the Hound, who was introduced in 1983, was the first mascot in the NHL.