Northwest Division (NHL)

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Northwest Division
Conference Western Conference
League National Hockey League
Sport Ice Hockey
Formerly Smythe Division
Inaugural season 1998–99 season
No. of teams 5
Ceased 2013
Replaced by Central Division and Pacific Division
Most titles Vancouver Canucks (7)

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 expansion team Minnesota Wild joined in 2000. 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 19811993.

The Northwest Division lasted 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.

Division lineups

1998–2000 (as Northwest Division)

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

Changes from the 1997–1998 season

  • All teams move in from the Pacific Division

2000–2013

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

Changes from the 1998–1999 season

  • The Minnesota Wild were announced as an expansion team to play their first game in the 2000–2001 season.

2013 realignment

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 Champions

Year Winner Points Seed Playoffs
1999 Colorado Avalanche 98 #2 Lost Western Conference Final to Dallas, 4–3
2000 Colorado Avalanche 96 #3 Lost Western Conference Final to Dallas, 4–3
2001 Colorado Avalanche 118 #1 Won Stanley Cup Final vs. New Jersey, 4–3
2002 Colorado Avalanche 99 #2 Lost Western Conference Final to Detroit. 4–3
2003 Colorado Avalanche 105 #3 Lost Western Conference Quarter Final to Minnesota, 4–3
2004 Vancouver Canucks 101 #3 Lost Western Conference Quarter Final to Calgary, 4–3
2005 None
2006 Calgary Flames 103 #3 Lost Western Conference Quarter Final to Anaheim, 4–3
2007 Vancouver Canucks 105 #3 Lost Western Conference Semifinals to Anaheim, 4–1
2008 Minnesota Wild 97 #3 Lost Western Conference Quarter Final to Colorado, 4–2
2009 Vancouver Canucks 100 #3 Lost Western Conference Semifinals to Chicago, 4–2
2010 Vancouver Canucks 103 #3 Lost Western Conference Semifinals to Chicago, 4–2
2011 Vancouver Canucks 117 #1 Lost Stanley Cup Final to Boston, 4–3
2012 Vancouver Canucks 111 #1 Lost Western Conference Quarter Final to Los Angeles, 4–1
2013 Vancouver Canucks 59 #3 Lost Western Conference Quarter Final to San Jose, 4–0

Other playoff teams produced

Year Winner Points Points Back Seed Playoffs
1999 Edmonton Oilers 78 points 20 #8 Lost Western Conference Quarter Final to Dallas, 4–0
2000 Edmonton Oilers 88 points 8 #7 Lost Western Conference Quarter Final to Dallas, 4–1
2001 Edmonton Oilers 93 points 25 #6 Lost Western Conference Quarter Final to Dallas, 4–2
– - – - Vancouver Canucks 90 points 28 #8 Lost Western Conference Quarter Final to Colorado, 4–0
2002 Vancouver Canucks 94 points 5 #8 Lost Western Conference Quarter Final to Detroit, 4–2
2003 Vancouver Canucks 104 points 1 #4 Lost Western Conference Semi-Final to Minnesota, 4–3
– - – - Minnesota Wild 95 points 10 #6 Lost Western Conference Final to Anaheim, 4–0
– - – - Edmonton Oilers 92 points 13 #8 Lost Western Conference Quarter Final to Dallas, 4–2
2004 Colorado Avalanche 100 points 1 #4 Lost Western Conference Semi-Final to San Jose, 4–2
– - – - Calgary Flames 94 points 8 #6 Lost Stanley Cup Final to Tampa Bay, 4–3
2006 Colorado Avalanche 95 points 8 #7 Lost Western Conference Semi-Final to Anaheim, 4–0
– - – - Edmonton Oilers 95 points 8 #8 Lost Stanley Cup Final to Carolina, 4–3
2007 Minnesota Wild 104 points 1 #7 Lost Western Conference Quarter-Final to Anaheim, 4–1
– - – - Calgary Flames 96 points 9 #8 Lost Western Conference Quarter-Final to Detroit, 4–2
2008 Colorado Avalanche 95 points 3 #6 Lost Western Conference Semi-Final to Detroit, 4–0
– - – - Calgary Flames 94 points 4 #7 Lost Western Conference Quarter-Final to San Jose, 4–3
2009 Calgary Flames 98 points 2 #5 Lost Western Conference Quarter-Final to Chicago, 4–2
2010 Colorado Avalanche 95 points 8 #8 Lost Western Conference Quarter-Final to San Jose, 4–2
2011 None None
2012 None None
2013 Minnesota Wild 55 points 4 #8 Lost Western Conference Quarterfinal to Chicago, 4-1

Stanley Cup winners produced

  1. 2001 – Colorado Avalanche

Presidents' Trophy winners produced

  1. 2001 – Colorado Avalanche
  2. 2011 – Vancouver Canucks
  3. 2012 – Vancouver Canucks

Northwest Division titles won by team

Team Number of Championships Won Last Year Won
Vancouver Canucks 7 2013
Colorado Avalanche 5 2003
Calgary Flames 1 2006
Minnesota Wild 1 2008
Edmonton Oilers 0

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