Adams Division

The NHL's Adams Division was formed in 1974 as part of the Prince of Wales Conference. The division existed for 19 seasons until 1993. It was named in honour of Charles Francis Adams, the founder of the Boston Bruins. It is the forerunner of the NHL's Northeast Division, which later became the Atlantic Division.

Adams Division
ConferenceWales Conference
LeagueNational Hockey League
SportIce hockey
Replaced byNortheast Division
Most Adams Division titlesBoston Bruins (9)

Division lineups


Changes from the 1973–74 season

  • The Adams Division is formed as a result of NHL realignment
  • The Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, and Toronto Maple Leafs come from the East Division
  • The California Golden Seals come from the West Division


Changes from the 1975–76 season

  • The California Golden Seals moved to Richfield, Ohio, to become the Cleveland Barons


Changes from the 1977–78 season

  • The Cleveland Barons merge with the Minnesota North Stars. The merged franchise continues as the Minnesota North Stars, but leaves the Smythe Division to assume the Barons' place in the Adams Division to prevent the Adams from dropping to only three teams.


  • Boston Bruins
  • Buffalo Sabres
  • Minnesota North Stars
  • Quebec Nordiques
  • Toronto Maple Leafs

Changes from the 1978–79 season


Changes from the 1980–81 season

  • The Minnesota North Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs move to the Norris Division
  • The Hartford Whalers and Montreal Canadiens come from the Norris Division


  • Boston Bruins
  • Buffalo Sabres
  • Hartford Whalers
  • Montreal Canadiens
  • Ottawa Senators
  • Quebec Nordiques

Changes from the 1991–92 season

  • The Ottawa Senators are added as an expansion team

After the 1992–93 season

The league was reformatted into two conferences with two divisions each:

Regular season Division champions

Season results

Season 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
1974–75Buffalo (113)Boston (94)Toronto (78)California (51)
1975–76Boston (113)Buffalo (105)Toronto (83)California (65)
1976–77Boston (106)Buffalo (104)Toronto (81)Cleveland (63)
1977–78Boston (113)Buffalo (105)Toronto (92)Cleveland (57)
1978–79Boston (100)Buffalo (88)Toronto (81)Minnesota (68)
1979–80Buffalo (110)Boston (105)Minnesota (88)Toronto (75)Quebec (61)
1980–81Buffalo (99)Boston (87)Minnesota (87)Quebec (78)Toronto (71)
1981–82Montreal (109)Boston (96)Buffalo (93)Quebec (82)Hartford (60)
1982–83Boston (110)Montreal (98)Buffalo (89)Quebec (80)Hartford (45)
1983–84Boston (104)Buffalo (103)Quebec (94)Montreal (75)Hartford (66)
1984–85Montreal (94)Quebec (91)Buffalo (90)Boston (82)Hartford (69)
1985–86Quebec (92)Montreal (87)Boston (86)Hartford (84)Buffalo (80)
1986–87Hartford (93)Montreal (92)Boston (85)Quebec (72)Buffalo (64)
1987–88Montreal (103)Boston (94)Buffalo (85)Hartford (77)Quebec (69)
1988–89Montreal (115)Boston (88)Buffalo (83)Hartford (79)Quebec (61)
1989–90Boston (101)Buffalo (98)Montreal (93)Hartford (85)Quebec (31)
1990–91Boston (100)Montreal (89)Buffalo (81)Hartford (73)Quebec (46)
1991–92Montreal (93)Boston (84)Buffalo (74)Hartford (65)Quebec (52)
1992–93Boston (109)Quebec (104)Montreal (102)Buffalo (86)Hartford (58)Ottawa (24)
  • Green background denotes qualified for playoffs

Playoff Division champions

Stanley Cup winners produced

Presidents' Trophy winners produced

Adams Division titles won by team

TeamWinsLast win
Boston Bruins91993
Montreal Canadiens51992
Buffalo Sabres31981
Hartford Whalers11987
Quebec Nordiques11986
California Golden Seals/Cleveland Barons0
Minnesota North Stars0
Ottawa Senators0
Toronto Maple Leafs0


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