A Visual History of the NHL (Updated for 2019!)

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Jun 19th, 2019

On December 19, 1917, the Montreal Wanderers faced off against the Toronto HC (Arenas) at Montreal Arena in front of a crowd of 700 people in the very first game played in the National Hockey League. And now, almost 100 years later, millions (billions?) of fans have seen the league grow from as little as 3, to now 31 teams, soon to be 32.

And we at HbD love the complex and ups-and-downs the league has endured to become the best league for the most beautiful sport in the world. So, we’ve created an infographic celebrating the 100+ year history of the NHL, showcasing the history of every single franchise, packing in as much information we could fit, so that you have a complete visual representation of the entire history of the League.

It’s massive, it’s awe-inspiring, it took hours upon hours of research and design, and it’s all yours for free.

2018/19 Update

We’ve just updated it for the 2018–19 season, which just ended last week of course. If you already submitted your email before, you should have an email waiting for you with a link to download the new version. If not, you can submit your email again below.

Updates include:

• All the 2018-19 regular season and playoff data
• The Cup victory charts updated (Welcome to the club Missouri!)
• Various small errors corrected

Here’s the entire (updated) timeline in a lo-resolution form, to give you a sense of it’s awesome vastness…

It includes franchise logo history, franchise playoff successes and droughts, franchise jersey colours, league standings for every year, league re-alignments, franchise movements, playoff formats, Cup championships by team, by country and by state/province…and more. The cleverest among you can figure out who played who in each round of the playoffs every single year. Everything you need to know about the history of the League is in this infographic. And it’s free.

Well, almost free. The only thing it will cost you is your email. Why? Because (and this is important) we’re going to keep updating this bad boy every single year and send you a new one. Every. Single. Year. We just updated it for the playoffs that finished yesterday, and you’ll get another one next June, after the 2019-20 Stanley Cup champion is crowned. And then another one in June 2021, June 2022, etc, etc. That’s why we need your email.

Yes, you’ll be on our mailing list, and we’ll send some other emails about Hockey By Design content and specials, but we won’t spam you and we won’t share your email with anyone (we’re not jerks). You’ll receive, at most, 2 or 3 emails a month. A small price for this awesomeness.

And, we have to give massive stick taps to Chris Creamer’s Sportslogos.net, whose has been a constant invaluable resource for this site, and especially for this project (you’ll see a credit to them on the infographic as well).

Here’s some more screenshots of sections of the infographic (click to enlarge)…

So, you want it? Just enter your email below and you’ll get it.

3 Responses to “A Visual History of the NHL (Updated for 2019!)”

  1. info says:

    Meanwhile, in an interesting move that other NHL teams could learn from, the Hurricanes have posted their full game-by-game uniform schedule for the entire season. It shows the 15 games when they ll wear their black alternate uni (mostly for Friday home games), the one instance they ll wear white at home (on Oct. 12, when they host the Blue Jackets), and the one time they ll be wearing their green Hartford Whalers throwbacks (on Jan. 11, when they host the Kings). Additional info here .

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