National Hockey League

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The National Hockey League (NHL; Ligue nationale de hockey—LNH) is a professional ice hockey league in North America, currently comprising 31 teams: 24 in the United States and 7 in Canada.wikipedia
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Stanley Cup

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The Stanley Cup, the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, is awarded annually to the league playoff champion at the end of each season.
The Stanley Cup (La Coupe Stanley) is the championship trophy awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL) playoff winner.

Major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada

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The NHL is considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world, and one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.
The four leagues universally included in the definition are Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Football League (NFL), and the National Hockey League (NHL).

Boston Bruins

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The league expanded to the United States in 1924, when the Boston Bruins joined, and has since consisted of American and Canadian teams.
They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Original Six

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From 1942 to 1967, the league had only six teams, collectively (if not contemporaneously) nicknamed the "Original Six".
The Original Six is the group of six teams that made up the National Hockey League (NHL) for the 25 seasons between the 1942–43 season and the 1967 NHL expansion.

2004–05 NHL lockout

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After a labour-management dispute that led to the cancellation of the entire 2004–05 season, the league resumed play in 2005–06 under a new collective agreement that included a salary cap.
The 2004–05 NHL lockout was a labor lockout that resulted in the cancellation of the National Hockey League (NHL) season, which would have been its 88th season of play.

2008–09 NHL season

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In 2009, the NHL enjoyed record highs in terms of sponsorships, attendance, and television audiences.
The 2008–09 NHL season was the 92nd season of operation (91st season of play) of the National Hockey League (NHL).

St. Louis Blues

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The current NHL champions are the St. Louis Blues, who defeated the Boston Bruins four games to three in the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals.
They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).

2019 Stanley Cup Finals

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The current NHL champions are the St. Louis Blues, who defeated the Boston Bruins four games to three in the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals.
The 2019 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 2018–19 season and the culmination of the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Ice hockey

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The National Hockey League (NHL; Ligue nationale de hockey—LNH) is a professional ice hockey league in North America, currently comprising 31 teams: 24 in the United States and 7 in Canada.
North America's National Hockey League (NHL) is the highest level for men's ice hockey and the strongest professional ice hockey league in the world.

NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement

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After a labour-management dispute that led to the cancellation of the entire 2004–05 season, the league resumed play in 2005–06 under a new collective agreement that included a salary cap.
The NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is the basic contract between the National Hockey League (NHL) team owners and the NHL Players' Association (NHLPA), designed to be arrived at through the typical labour-management negotiations of collective bargaining.

2004–05 NHL season

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After a labour-management dispute that led to the cancellation of the entire 2004–05 season, the league resumed play in 2005–06 under a new collective agreement that included a salary cap.
The 2004–05 NHL season was the National Hockey League's 88th season of operation.

National Hockey Association

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The National Hockey League was organized on November 26, 1917, at the Windsor Hotel in Montreal after the suspension of operations of its predecessor organization, the National Hockey Association (NHA), which had been founded in 1909 in Renfrew, Ontario.
It is the direct predecessor to today's National Hockey League (NHL).

Salary cap

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After a labour-management dispute that led to the cancellation of the entire 2004–05 season, the league resumed play in 2005–06 under a new collective agreement that included a salary cap.
A salary cap existed in the early days of the National Hockey League (NHL).

International Ice Hockey Federation

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The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) considers the Stanley Cup to be one of the "most important championships available to the sport".
Although the IIHF governs international competitions, the IIHF has no authority on hockey in North America or the rules of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Montreal Canadiens

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But by the NHA's eighth season, a series of disputes with Toronto Blueshirts owner Eddie Livingstone led team owners of the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators, and Quebec Bulldogs to hold a meeting to discuss the league's future.
They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Ottawa Senators (original)

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But by the NHA's eighth season, a series of disputes with Toronto Blueshirts owner Eddie Livingstone led team owners of the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators, and Quebec Bulldogs to hold a meeting to discuss the league's future.
The club was the first hockey club in Ontario, a founding member of the National Hockey League (NHL) and played in the NHL from 1917 until 1934.

Quebec Bulldogs

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But by the NHA's eighth season, a series of disputes with Toronto Blueshirts owner Eddie Livingstone led team owners of the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators, and Quebec Bulldogs to hold a meeting to discuss the league's future.
The club would play in the National Hockey Association (the forerunner to the NHL) and the National Hockey League.

Toronto Maple Leafs

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The league refused and declared the Canadiens the league champion after they defeated the Toronto St. Patricks (formerly the Arenas) in the semi-final.
They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Renfrew, Ontario

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The National Hockey League was organized on November 26, 1917, at the Windsor Hotel in Montreal after the suspension of operations of its predecessor organization, the National Hockey Association (NHA), which had been founded in 1909 in Renfrew, Ontario.
Renfrew is also known historically for its role in the formation of the National Hockey League.

Frank Calder

Frank Calder was chosen as its first president, serving until his death in 1943.
He is most notable for serving as the first president of the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1917 until his death in 1943.

Toronto Arenas

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The Bulldogs were unable to play, and the remaining owners created a new team in Toronto, the Arenas, to compete with the Canadiens, Wanderers and Senators.
The Toronto Arenas or Torontos were a professional men's ice hockey team that played in the first two seasons of the National Hockey League (NHL).

1924–25 NHL season

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The Hamilton Tigers, won the regular season title in 1924–25 but refused to play in the championship series unless they were given a C$200 bonus.
The 1924–25 NHL season was the eighth season of the National Hockey League.

Montreal Wanderers

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But by the NHA's eighth season, a series of disputes with Toronto Blueshirts owner Eddie Livingstone led team owners of the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators, and Quebec Bulldogs to hold a meeting to discuss the league's future.
The team played in the Federal Amateur Hockey League (FAHL), the Eastern Canada Amateur Hockey Association (ECAHA), the National Hockey Association (NHA) and briefly the National Hockey League (NHL).

1918 Stanley Cup Finals

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Toronto won the first NHL title, and then defeated the Vancouver Millionaires of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA) for the 1918 Stanley Cup.
The 1918 Stanley Cup Finals was contested by the National Hockey League (NHL) champion Toronto and the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA) champion Vancouver Millionaires.

New York Rangers

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The New York Rangers were added in 1926.
They are members of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).