Smythe Division

The NHL's Smythe Division was formed in 1974 as part of the Clarence Campbell Conference. The division existed for 19 seasons until 1993. It was named in honour of Conn Smythe, who was a longtime owner, general manager, and head coach in the league. It is the forerunner of the NHL's Northwest Division and Pacific Division.

Smythe Division
ConferenceClarence Campbell Conference
LeagueNational Hockey League
SportIce hockey
Replaced byPacific Division
Most Smythe Division titlesEdmonton Oilers (6)

Division lineups


Changes from the 1973–74 season

  • The Smythe Division is formed as a result of NHL realignment
  • The Vancouver Canucks come from the East Division
  • The Chicago Black Hawks, Minnesota North Stars, and St. Louis Blues come from the West Division
  • The Kansas City Scouts are added as an expansion team


  • Chicago Black Hawks
  • Colorado Rockies
  • Minnesota North Stars
  • St. Louis Blues
  • Vancouver Canucks

Changes from the 1975–76 season

  • The Kansas City Scouts move to Denver, Colorado, to become the Colorado Rockies


  • Chicago Black Hawks
  • Colorado Rockies
  • St. Louis Blues
  • Vancouver Canucks

Changes from the 1977–78 season

  • The Minnesota North Stars merge with the Cleveland Barons. The new franchise continues as the Minnesota North Stars but assumes the Barons' place in the Adams Division


Changes from the 1978–79 season


Changes from the 1980–81 season

  • The Chicago Black Hawks, St. Louis Blues, and Winnipeg Jets move to the Norris Division
  • The Calgary Flames come from the Patrick Division
  • The Los Angeles Kings come from the Norris Division


  • Calgary Flames
  • Edmonton Oilers
  • Los Angeles Kings
  • Vancouver Canucks
  • Winnipeg Jets

Changes from the 1981–82 season

  • The Colorado Rockies move to the Patrick Division as the New Jersey Devils
  • The Winnipeg Jets come from the Norris Division


  • Calgary Flames
  • Edmonton Oilers
  • Los Angeles Kings
  • San Jose Sharks
  • Vancouver Canucks
  • Winnipeg Jets

Changes from the 1990–91 season

  • The San Jose Sharks 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
1974–75Vancouver (86)St. Louis (84)Chicago (82)Minnesota (53)Kansas City (41)
1975–76Chicago (82)Vancouver (81)St. Louis (72)Minnesota (47)Kansas City (36)
1976–77St. Louis (73)Minnesota (64)Chicago (63)Vancouver (63)Colorado (54)
1977–78Chicago (83)Colorado (59)Vancouver (57)St. Louis (53)Minnesota (45)
1978–79Chicago (73)Vancouver (63)St. Louis (48)Colorado (42)
1979–80Chicago (87)St. Louis (80)Vancouver (70)Edmonton (69)Winnipeg (51)Colorado (51)
1980–81St. Louis (107)Chicago (78)Vancouver (76)Edmonton (74)Colorado (57)Winnipeg (32)
1981–82Edmonton (111)Vancouver (77)Calgary (75)Los Angeles (63)Colorado (49)
1982–83Edmonton (106)Calgary (78)Vancouver (75)Winnipeg (74)Los Angeles (66)
1983–84Edmonton (119)Calgary (82)Vancouver (73)Winnipeg (73)Los Angeles (59)
1984–85Edmonton (109)Winnipeg (96)Calgary (94)Los Angeles (82)Vancouver (59)
1985–86Edmonton (119)Calgary (89)Winnipeg (59)Vancouver (59)Los Angeles (54)
1986–87Edmonton (106)Calgary (95)Winnipeg (88)Los Angeles (70)Vancouver (66)
1987–88Calgary (105)Edmonton (99)Winnipeg (77)Los Angeles (68)Vancouver (59)
1988–89Calgary (117)Los Angeles (91)Edmonton (84)Vancouver (74)Winnipeg (64)
1989–90Calgary (99)Edmonton (90)Winnipeg (85)Los Angeles (75)Vancouver (64)
1990–91Los Angeles (102)Calgary (100)Edmonton (80)Vancouver (65)Winnipeg (63)
1991–92Vancouver (96)Los Angeles (84)Edmonton (82)Winnipeg (81)Calgary (74)San Jose (39)
1992–93Vancouver (101)Calgary (97)Los Angeles (88)Winnipeg (87)Edmonton (60)San Jose (24)
  • Green background denotes qualified for playoffs

Playoff Division champions

Stanley Cup winners produced

Presidents' Trophy winners produced

Smythe Division titles won by team

TeamWinsLast win
Edmonton Oilers61987
Chicago Black Hawks41980
Vancouver Canucks31993
Calgary Flames31990
St. Louis Blues21981
Los Angeles Kings11991
Kansas City Scouts/Colorado Rockies0
Minnesota North Stars0
San Jose Sharks0
Winnipeg Jets0


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