Atlantic Division (NHL)

Atlantic Division
Conference Eastern Conference
League National Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Formerly Adams Division
Founded 1993
No. of teams 8
Most Atlantic Division titles Boston Bruins (6)

The NHL's Atlantic Division was formed in 1993 as part of the Eastern Conference in a league realignment. Its predecessor was the Adams Division. It was known as the Northeast Division for its first 19 seasons (not including the cancelled 2004–05 season) until the 2013 league realignment, when it adopted its current name and then added three teams. This division is not to be confused with the old Atlantic Division (1993–2013), as that is now known as the Metropolitan Division.

The Atlantic has been the weakest division since the 1993 realignment in terms of combined Stanley Cups (the 2010–11 Boston Bruins remain the only Cup champion to come from the division). In 2012, the Bruins became the first team in the division to win consecutive division titles.

Division lineups


Changes from the 1992–93 season

  • The Northeast Division is formed as a result of NHL realignment
  • The Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Hartford Whalers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, and Quebec Nordiques come from the Adams Division
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins come from the Patrick Division


  • Boston Bruins
  • Buffalo Sabres
  • Hartford Whalers
  • Montreal Canadiens
  • Ottawa Senators
  • Pittsburgh Penguins

Changes from the 1994–95 season


  • Boston Bruins
  • Buffalo Sabres
  • Carolina Hurricanes
  • Montreal Canadiens
  • Ottawa Senators
  • Pittsburgh Penguins

Changes from the 1996–97 season


Changes from the 1997–98 season


Changes from the 2012–13 season

  • The Northeast Division becomes the Atlantic Division (taking the Metropolitan Division’s old name) as the league realigns from six divisions to four, keeping the divisions split between the East and West
  • The Detroit Red Wings come from the Central Division
  • The Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning come from the Southeast Division

Division Champions

Season results

Season 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
1993–94Pittsburgh (101)Boston (97)Montreal (96)Buffalo (95)Quebec (76)Hartford (63)Ottawa (37)
1994–95Quebec (65)Pittsburgh (61)Boston (57)Buffalo (51)Hartford (43)Montreal (43)Ottawa (23)
1995–96Pittsburgh (102)Boston (91)Montreal (90)Hartford (77)Buffalo (72)Ottawa (41)
1996–97Buffalo (92)Pittsburgh (84)Ottawa (77)Montreal (77)Hartford (75)Boston (61)
1997–98Pittsburgh (98)Boston (91)Buffalo (89)Montreal (87)Ottawa (83)Carolina (74)
1998–99Ottawa (103)Toronto (97)Boston (91)Buffalo (91)Montreal (75)
1999–2000Toronto (100)Ottawa (95)Buffalo (85)Montreal (83)Boston (73)
2000–01Ottawa (109)Buffalo (98)Toronto (90)Boston (88)Montreal (70)
2001–02Boston (101)Toronto (100)Ottawa (94)Montreal (87)Buffalo (82)
2002–03Ottawa (113)Toronto (98)Boston (87)Montreal (77)Buffalo (72)
2003–04Boston (104)Toronto (103)Ottawa (102)Montreal (93)Buffalo (85)
2004–05No season due to 2004–05 NHL lockout
2005–06Ottawa (113)Buffalo (110)Montreal (93)Toronto (90)Boston (74)
2006–07Buffalo (113)Ottawa (105)Toronto (91)Montreal (90)Boston (76)
2007–08Montreal (104)Ottawa (94)Boston (94)Buffalo (90)Toronto (83)
2008–09Boston (116)Montreal (93)Buffalo (91)Ottawa (83)Toronto (81)
2009–10Buffalo (100)Ottawa (94)Boston (91)Montreal (88)Toronto (74)
2010–11Boston (103)Montreal (96)Buffalo (96)Toronto (85)Ottawa (74)
2011–12Boston (102)Ottawa (92)Buffalo (89)Toronto (80)Montreal (78)
2012–13Montreal (63)Boston (62)Toronto (57)Ottawa (56)Buffalo (48)
2013–14Boston (117)Tampa Bay (101)Montreal (100)Detroit (93)Ottawa (88)Toronto (84)Florida (66)Buffalo (52)
2014–15Montreal (110)Tampa Bay (108)Detroit (100)Ottawa (99)Boston (96)Florida (91)Toronto (68)Buffalo (54)
2015–16Florida (103)Tampa Bay (97)Detroit (93)Boston (93)Ottawa (85)Montreal (82)Buffalo (81)Toronto (69)
2016–17Montreal (103)Ottawa (98)Boston (95)Toronto (95)Tampa Bay (94)Florida (81)Detroit (79)Buffalo (78)
2017–18Tampa Bay (113)Boston (112)Toronto (105)Florida (96)Detroit (73)Montreal (71)Ottawa (67)Buffalo (62)

Stanley Cup winners produced

  1. 2011—Boston Bruins

Presidents' Trophy winners produced

  1. 2003—Ottawa Senators
  2. 2007—Buffalo Sabres
  3. 2014—Boston Bruins

Atlantic Division titles won by team

Team Number of Championships Won Last Year Won
Boston Bruins 6 2014
Montreal Canadiens 4 2017
Ottawa Senators 4 2006
Buffalo Sabres 3 2010
Pittsburgh Penguins 3 1998
Florida Panthers 1 2016
Quebec Nordiques 1 1995
Tampa Bay Lightning 1 2018
Toronto Maple Leafs 1 2000
Detroit Red Wings 0
Hartford Whalers 0

Teams in bold are currently in the division


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