Patrick Division

The Patrick Division is a former division of the National Hockey League (NHL). It was formed in 1974 as part of the Clarence Campbell Conference. The division moved to the Prince of Wales Conference in 1981. The division existed for 19 seasons until 1993. It was named in honor of Lester Patrick, player and longtime coach of the New York Rangers, who was a developer of ice hockey. It is the forerunner of the old Atlantic Division, which later became the Metropolitan Division in 2013.

Patrick Division
ConferenceCampbell Conference (1974–1981)
Wales Conference (1981–1993)
LeagueNational Hockey League
SportIce hockey
Replaced by19932013 Atlantic Division
Most Patrick Division titlesPhiladelphia Flyers (8)

Division lineups


Changes from the 1973–74 season

  • The Patrick Division is formed as a result of NHL realignment
  • The New York Islanders and New York Rangers come from the East Division
  • The Atlanta Flames and Philadelphia Flyers come from the West Division


Changes from the 1978–79 season


  • Calgary Flames
  • New York Islanders
  • New York Rangers
  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • Washington Capitals

Changes from the 1979–80 season

  • The Atlanta Flames move to Calgary, Alberta, to become the Calgary Flames


  • New York Islanders
  • New York Rangers
  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Washington Capitals

Changes from the 1980–81 season

  • The Patrick Division switches from the Clarence Campbell Conference to the Prince of Wales Conference
  • The Calgary Flames move to the Smythe Division
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins come from the Norris Division


  • New Jersey Devils
  • New York Islanders
  • New York Rangers
  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Washington Capitals

Changes from the 1981–82 season

  • The Colorado Rockies move to East Rutherford, New Jersey, to become the New Jersey Devils
  • The New Jersey Devils come from the Smythe Division

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
1974–75Philadelphia (113)NY Rangers (88)NY Islanders (88)Atlanta (83)
1975–76Philadelphia (118)NY Islanders (101)Atlanta (82)NY Rangers (67)
1976–77Philadelphia (112)NY Islanders (106)Atlanta (80)NY Rangers (72)
1977–78NY Islanders (111)Philadelphia (105)Atlanta (87)NY Rangers (73)
1978–79NY Islanders (116)Philadelphia (95)NY Rangers (91)Atlanta (90)
1979–80Philadelphia (116)NY Islanders (91)NY Rangers (86)Atlanta (83)Washington (67)
1980–81NY Islanders (110)Philadelphia (97)Calgary (92)NY Rangers (74)Washington (70)
1981–82NY Islanders (118)NY Rangers (92)Philadelphia (87)Pittsburgh (75)Washington (65)
1982–83Philadelphia (106)NY Islanders (96)Washington (94)NY Rangers (80)New Jersey (48)Pittsburgh (45)
1983–84NY Islanders (104)Washington (101)Philadelphia (98)NY Rangers (93)New Jersey (41)Pittsburgh (38)
1984–85Philadelphia (113)Washington (101)NY Islanders (86)NY Rangers (62)New Jersey (54)Pittsburgh (53)
1985–86Philadelphia (110)Washington (107)NY Islanders (90)NY Rangers (78)Pittsburgh (76)New Jersey (59)
1986–87Philadelphia (100)Washington (86)NY Islanders (82)NY Rangers (76)Pittsburgh (72)New Jersey (64)
1987–88NY Islanders (88)Philadelphia (85)Washington (85)New Jersey (82)NY Rangers (82)Pittsburgh (81)
1988–89Washington (92)Pittsburgh (87)NY Rangers (82)Philadelphia (80)New Jersey (66)NY Islanders (61)
1989–90NY Rangers (85)New Jersey (83)Washington (78)NY Islanders (73)Pittsburgh (72)Philadelphia (71)
1990–91Pittsburgh (88)NY Rangers (85)Washington (81)New Jersey (79)Philadelphia (76)NY Islanders (60)
1991–92NY Rangers (105)Washington (98)Pittsburgh (87)New Jersey (87)NY Islanders (79)Philadelphia (75)
1992–93Pittsburgh (119)Washington (93)NY Islanders (87)New Jersey (87)Philadelphia (83)NY Rangers (79)
  • Green background denotes qualified for playoffs

Playoff Division champions

Stanley Cup winners produced

Presidents' Trophy winners produced

Patrick Division titles won by team

TeamWinsLast win
Philadelphia Flyers81987
New York Islanders61988
New York Rangers21992
Pittsburgh Penguins21993
Washington Capitals11989
Atlanta/Calgary Flames0
New Jersey Devils0


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