Significant Dates in Professional Hockey History

 

Date Description
1917-11-26 NHL is formed with charter franchises Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators, Quebec Bulldogs (elected not to operate a team until 19-20 season), and Toronto Arenas
1917-12 Montreal Wanderers withdrew from NHL
middle of 1918-19 season Toronto Arenas withdrew from NHL
1919-10-01 Toronto Arenas reorganized under new ownership and re-joined NHL as Toronto St. Patricks
prior to 1920-21 season Quebec Bulldogs moved to Hamilton and renamed Tigers
1924-10-11 NHL expansion franchises granted to Boston (Bruins) and Montreal (Maroons)
1925-09-22 NHL dropped Hamilton Tigers franchise and their players were assigned to a new franchise, the New York Americans
prior to 1925-26 season Pittsburgh Pirates joined NHL
prior to 1926-27 season Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Cougars joined NHL
1926-05-15 NHL franchises granted to Detroit (Cougars) and New York (Rangers)
during 1926-27 season St. Patricks renamed Maple Leafs
1930-10-18 Pittsburgh Pirates moved to Philadelphia and renamed Quakers
prior to 1930-31 season Detroit Cougars renamed Falcons
prior to 1931-32 season Ottawa Senators and Philadelphia Quakers folded
prior to 1932-33 season Ottawa Senators re-joined NHL
1932-10-05 Detroit Falcons renamed Red Wings
1934-05-13 Ottawa Senators moved to St. Louis and renamed Eagles
1935-10-15 St. Louis Eagles franchise purchased by NHL and suspended operations
1935-10-15 NHL dispersal draft (St. Louis Eagles)
1963-06-05 1963 NHL amateur draft
1964-06-11 1964 NHL amateur draft
1965-04-27 1965 NHL amateur draft
1966-04-25 1966 NHL amateur draft
1967-06-05 NHL expansion franchises awarded to California (Seals), Los Angeles (Kings), Minnesota (North Stars), Philadelphia (Flyers), Pittsburgh (Penguins), St. Louis (Blues)
1967-06-06 NHL expansion draft (California Seals, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota North Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Louis Blues)
1967-06-07 1967 NHL amateur draft
1967-11-06 California Seals renamed Oakland Seals (date per answers.com, date 1967-12-08 per www.sealshockey.com)
1968-06-13 1968 NHL amateur draft
1969-06-12 1969 NHL amateur draft
1970-05-22 NHL expansion franchises awarded to Buffalo (Sabres) and Vancouver (Canucks)
1970-06-11 1970 NHL amateur draft
1970-07-01 Oakland Seals renamed California Golden Seals (date approximate)
1971-06-10 1971 NHL amateur draft
1971-08-01 WHA charter franchise awarded to Minnesota (Fighting Saints)
1971-11-09 NHL expansion franchise awarded to Atlanta (Flames) and New York (Islanders) to begin play in 1972-73 season
1971-11-01 Winnepeg Jets admitted to WHA
1972-02-12 — 1972-02-13 WHA General Player Draft
1972-06-06 NHL expansion draft (Atlanta Flames and New York Islanders)
1972-06-08 NHL expansion franchises awarded to Kansas City (Scouts) and Washington (Capitals) to begin play in 1974-75 season
1972-06-08 1972 NHL amateur draft
1973-05 New York Raiders (WHA) renamed Golden Blades
1973-05-15 1973 NHL amateur draft
1973-09-14 Indiapolis Racers (WHA) awarded WHA franchise to begin play in 1974-75
1974-04-30 New Jersey Knights (WHA) moved to San Diego and renamed Mariners
1974-05-28 1974 NHL amateur draft
1974-06-12 expansion draft for Kansas City Scouts and Washington Capitals
1975-01-18 Michigan Stags (WHA) folded
1975-01-25 remains of Michigan Stags (WHA) moved to Baltimore and named Blades (WHA)
1975-05-19 Denver Spurs (WHA) granted an expansion franchise to begin play in 1975-76 season
1975-05 Chicago Cougars (WHA) folded
1975-06-18 Baltimore Blades (WHA) folded
1975-06-19 WHA dispersal draft of Baltimore Blades (WHA) and Chicago Cougars (WHA) players
1976-02-27 Minnesota Fighting Saints (WHA) folded
1976-07-15 Kansas City Scouts moved to Colorado and renamed Rockies
1976-07-15 California Golden Seals moved to Cleveland and renamed Barons
1977-01-17 Minnesota Fighting Saints (WHA) folded
1977-04-06 Phoenix Roadrunners (WHA) folded
1977-06-14 1977 NHL amateur draft
1977-05-31 Calgary Cowboys (WHA) folded
1978-06-15 Cleveland Barons - Minnesota North Stars merger/dispersal draft
1979-06-22 Four former WHA teams (Edmonton Oilers, Hartford Whalers, Quebec Nordiques and Winnipeg Jets) admitted to NHL
1979-08-09 1979 NHL entry draft
1980-06-11 1980 NHL entry draft
1980-06-24 Atlanta Flames moved to Calgary
1981-06-10 1981 NHL entry draft
1982-05-27 Colorado Rockies moved to New Jersey and renamed Devils
1982-06-09 1982 NHL entry draft
1983-06-08 1983 NHL entry draft
1984-06-09 1984 NHL entry draft
1985-06-15 1985 NHL entry draft
1986-06-21 1986 NHL entry draft
1987-06-13 1987 NHL entry draft
1988-06-11 1988 NHL entry draft
1989-06-17 1989 NHL entry draft
1990-05-09 NHL expansion franchise awarded to San Jose (Sharks)
1990-06-16 1990 NHL entry draft
1990-12-07 NHL expansion franchises awarded to Ottawa (Senators) and Tampa Bay (Lightning) to begin play in 1992-93 season
1991-05-30 NHL dispersal draft (Sharks drafted players from North Stars per agreement) and expansion draft (Sharks and North Stars drafted players from all other NHL teams)
1991-06-22 1991 NHL entry draft
1992-06-20 1992 NHL entry draft
1992-12-10 NHL expansion franchise awareded to Anaheim (Mighty Ducks) and Florida (Panthers) to begin play in 1993-94 season
1993-06-09 Minnesota North Stars franchise moved to Dallas and renamed Stars
1993-06-24 NHL expansion draft (Mighty Ducks and Panthers)
1993-06-26 1993 NHL entry draft
1994-06-28 1994 NHL entry draft
1996-01-19 Winnipeg Jets relocation to Phoenix approved by NHL
1995-06-21 Quebec Nordiques moved to Colorado and renamed Avalanche
1996-06-22 1996 NHL entry draft
1996-07-01 Winnipeg/Phoenix Jets renamed Coyotes
1997-06-21 1997 NHL entry draft
1997-06-25 Hartford Whalers franchise moved to Carolina and renamed Hurricanes
1997-06-25 NHL expansion franchises granted to Atlanta (Thrashers), Columbus (Blue Jackets), Minnesota (Wild), and Nashville (Predators)
1998-06-26 1998 NHL expansion draft (Nashville Predators)
1998-06-27 1998 NHL entry draft
1999-06-25 NHL expansion draft (Atlanta Thrashers)
1999-06-26 1999 NHL entry draft
2000-06-23 NHL expansion draft (Columbus Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild)
2000-06-24 — 2000-06-25 2000 NHL entry draft
2001-06-23 — 2001-06-24 2001 NHL entry draft
2002-06-22 — 2002-06-23 2002 NHL entry draft
2003-06-21 — 2003-06-22 2003 NHL entry draft
2004-06-26 — 2004-06-27 2004 NHL entry draft
2005-07-30 2005 NHL entry draft
2006-06-22 Mighty Ducks renamed Ducks
2006-06-24 2006 NHL entry draft
2007-06-22 — 2007-06-23 2007 NHL entry draft
2008-06-20 — 2008-06-21 2008 NHL entry draft (round 1 on day 1, rounds 2-7 on day 2)
2009-06-27 — 2009-06-28 2009 NHL entry draft (round 1 on day 1, rounds 2-7 on day 2)
2010-06-25 — 2010-06-26 2010 NHL entry draft (round 1 on day 1, rounds 2-7 on day 2)
2011-05-31 Atlanta Thrashers moved to Winnipeg
2011-06-24 — 2011-06-25 2011 NHL entry draft (round 1 on day 1, rounds 2-7 on day 2)
2012-06-22 — 2012-06-23 2012 NHL entry draft (round 1 on day 1, rounds 2-7 on day 2)
2013-06-30 2013 NHL entry draft (round 1 on day 1, rounds 2-7 on day 2)
2014-06-27 — 2014-06-28 2014 NHL entry draft (round 1 on day 1, rounds 2-7 on day 2)
2015-06-26 — 2015-06-27 2015 NHL entry draft (round 1 on day 1, rounds 2-7 on day 2)
2016-06-22 Las Vegas expansion franchise approved to begin play in 2017-18 season
2016-06-24 — 2016-06-25 2016 NHL entry draft (round 1 on day 1, rounds 2-7 on day 2)
2017-06-18 — 2017-06-20 NHL expansion draft (Las Vegas franchise)
2017-06-23 — 2017-06-24 2017 NHL entry draft (round 1 on day 1, rounds 2-7 on day 2)