American Division (NHL)

The NHL's American Division was formed after expansion in 1926. The division existed for 12 seasons until 1938.

American Division
LeagueNational Hockey League
SportIce hockey
Most titlesBoston Bruins (7)

During its run as a separate division, the American Division was the slightly more successful of the league's two divisions. American Division teams won seven Stanley Cup championships compared with five won by the Canadian Division and contested three intra-divisional Finals under the cross-over playoff format then in use, compared to only one such Finals between two Canadian Division teams.

Division lineupsEdit


  • Boston Bruins
  • Chicago Black Hawks
  • Detroit Cougars
  • New York Rangers
  • Pittsburgh Pirates

Changes from the 1925–26 seasonEdit

  • The American Division is formed as the result of NHL realignment.
  • The Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Pirates join the American Division.
  • The Chicago Black Hawks, Detroit Cougars and New York Rangers are admitted as expansion teams. (The Black Hawks and Cougars acquired the contracts of the Portland Rosebuds and Victoria Cougars, respectively, from the disbanding Western Hockey League however the league does not consider the Chicago and Detroit franchises to be continuations of the defunct WHL teams.)


  • Boston Bruins
  • Chicago Black Hawks
  • Detroit Falcons
  • New York Rangers
  • Philadelphia Quakers

Changes from the 1929–30 seasonEdit

  • The Detroit Cougars change their name to the Detroit Falcons
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to become the Philadelphia Quakers


Changes from the 1930–31 seasonEdit

  • The Philadelphia Quakers folded due to financial problems


Changes from 1932–33 seasonEdit

  • The Detroit Falcons change their name to the Detroit Red Wings

After the 1937–38 seasonEdit

The league collapsed into one single table, reverting to the format of the 1925–26 season, after the Montreal Maroons folded in 1938.

Division championsEdit

Stanley Cup winners producedEdit

See alsoEdit