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The NHL's Northwest Division was formed in 1998 as part of the Western Conference due to expansion. The teams in the Pacific Division were split up, with the Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Edmonton Oilers, and the Vancouver Canucks becoming the newly formed Northwest Division. The Minnesota Wild joined the division in 2000 as an expansion team. Like the Pacific Division, the Northwest Division is also a descendant of the former Smythe Division, as three of its Canadian teams played in that division from 1981 to 1993.

Northwest Division
ConferenceWestern Conference
LeagueNational Hockey League
SportIce hockey
FormerlySmythe Division
Founded1998
Ceased2013
Replaced byCentral Division and Pacific Division
Teams
No. of teams5
Championships
Most Northwest Division titlesVancouver Canucks (7)

The Northwest Division existed for 14 seasons (not including the cancelled 2004–05 season) until 2013. During that time, it had the greatest distances between teams in the entire NHL.

Contents

Division lineupsEdit

1998–2000Edit

Changes from the 1997–98 seasonEdit

  • The Northwest Division is formed as a result of NHL realignment
  • The Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks come from the Pacific Division

2000–2013Edit

  • Calgary Flames
  • Colorado Avalanche
  • Edmonton Oilers
  • Minnesota Wild
  • Vancouver Canucks

Changes from the 1999–2000 seasonEdit

  • The Minnesota Wild are added as an expansion team

After the 2012–13 seasonEdit

The Northwest Division was dissolved as the league realigned into two conferences with two divisions each. The division's Canadian teams (the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, and Vancouver Canucks) were moved back to the Pacific Division, while the division's American teams (the Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild) joined the Central Division.

Division championsEdit

Season resultsEdit

Season 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
1998–99 Colorado (98) Edmonton (78) Calgary (72) Vancouver (58)
1999–2000 Colorado (96) Edmonton (88) Vancouver (83) Calgary (77)
2000–01 Colorado (118)‡† Edmonton (93) Vancouver (90) Calgary (73) Minnesota (68)
2001–02 Colorado (99) Vancouver (94) Edmonton (92) Calgary (79) Minnesota (73)
2002–03 Colorado (105) Vancouver (104) Minnesota (95) Edmonton (92) Calgary (75)
2003–04 Vancouver (101) Colorado (100) Calgary (94) Edmonton (89) Minnesota (83)
2004–05 No season due to 2004–05 NHL lockout
2005–06 Calgary (103) Colorado (95) Edmonton (95) Vancouver (92) Minnesota (84)
2006–07 Vancouver (105) Minnesota (104) Calgary (96) Colorado (95) Edmonton (71)
2007–08 Minnesota (98) Colorado (95) Calgary (94) Edmonton (88) Vancouver (88)
2008–09 Vancouver (100) Calgary (98) Minnesota (89) Edmonton (85) Colorado (69)
2009–10 Vancouver (103) Colorado (95) Calgary (90) Minnesota (84) Edmonton (62)
2010–11 Vancouver (117) Calgary (94) Minnesota (86) Colorado (68) Edmonton (62)
2011–12 Vancouver (111) Calgary (90) Colorado (88) Minnesota (81) Edmonton (74)
2012–13 Vancouver (59) Minnesota (55) Edmonton (45) Calgary (42) Colorado (39)

Stanley Cup winners producedEdit

Presidents' Trophy winners producedEdit

Northwest Division titles won by teamEdit

ReferencesEdit