A Visual History of the NHL (Updated for 2020!)

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Oct 2nd, 2020
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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.

2019/20 Update

We’ve just updated it for the 2019–20 season, which just recently ended 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 2019–20 regular season and playoff data
• The Cup victory charts updated (Tampa/Florida gets Cup #2!)
• Playoff format for Covid-induced “bubble” playoffs
• “Salary Cap” era signified
• The Kraken gets mentioned for the first time!
• The size of the infographic is widened to accommodate new information
• Various small errors corrected

If you’re having any issues with the download, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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 2020-21 Stanley Cup champion is crowned. And then another one in June 2022, June 2023, 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.

If you’re having any issues with the download, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

One Response to “A Visual History of the NHL (Updated for 2020!)”

  1. Rondell McKay says:

    This is awesome. Hope there isnt a catch other than you guys having my email address.

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