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Norris Division

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Covid-19
League  National Hockey League
Founded  1974
Replaced by  Central Division
Sport  Ice hockey
Ceased  1993
Conference  Wales Conference (1974-1981) Campbell Conference (1981–1993)

The NHL's Norris Division was formed in 1974 as part of the Prince of Wales Conference. When the NHL realigned into geographic divisions in 1981, the division moved to the Clarence Campbell Conference, where it comprised the league's Great Lakes and Midwest teams, with the Detroit Red Wings being the only member to remain from the previous season. The division existed for 19 seasons until 1993. The division was named in honour of James E. Norris, longtime owner of the Red Wings. It is the fore-runner of the NHL's Central Division. Intense rivalries developed between its constituent teams, which through the 1980s were noted for enforcer-heavy squads that had poor performances - qualifying for the playoffs with .500 points percentages, and achieving no Stanley Cup titles or appearances in the finals - but great local popularity.

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As part of his shtick, ESPN's Chris Berman often refers to the National Football League's NFC North division (previously the NFC Central division) as the Norris Division or "NFC Norris" since the two divisions included teams from three of the same cities: Chicago, Detroit, and Minneapolis–St. Paul. The Tampa Bay Area was also briefly represented in both divisions simultaneously, during the 1992–93 NHL season.

1974–1979

  • Detroit Red Wings
  • Los Angeles Kings
  • Montreal Canadiens
  • Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Washington Capitals
  • Changes from the 1973–74 season

  • The Norris Division is formed as a result of NHL realignment
  • The Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens come from the East Division
  • The Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins come from the West Division
  • The Washington Capitals are added as an expansion team
  • 1979–1981

  • Detroit Red Wings
  • Hartford Whalers
  • Los Angeles Kings
  • Montreal Canadiens
  • Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Changes from the 1978–79 season

  • The Hartford Whalers are granted entry into the NHL from the World Hockey Association (WHA)
  • The Washington Capitals move to the Patrick Division
  • 1981–1982

  • Chicago Black Hawks
  • Detroit Red Wings
  • Minnesota North Stars
  • St. Louis Blues
  • Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Winnipeg Jets
  • Changes from the 1980–81 season

  • The Norris Division switches from the Prince of Wales Conference to the Clarence Campbell Conference
  • The Hartford Whalers and Montreal Canadiens move to the Adams Division
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins move to the Patrick Division
  • The Los Angeles Kings move to the Smythe Division
  • The Minnesota North Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs come from the Adams Division
  • The Chicago Black Hawks, St. Louis Blues, and Winnipeg Jets come from the Smythe Division
  • 1982–1986

  • Chicago Black Hawks
  • Detroit Red Wings
  • Minnesota North Stars
  • St. Louis Blues
  • Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Changes from the 1981–82 season

  • The Winnipeg Jets move back to the Smythe Division
  • 1986–1992

  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Detroit Red Wings
  • Minnesota North Stars
  • St. Louis Blues
  • Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Changes from the 1985–86 season

  • Chicago changes their nickname from the Black Hawks to the Blackhawks
  • 1992–1993

  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Detroit Red Wings
  • Minnesota North Stars
  • St. Louis Blues
  • Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Changes from the 1991–92 season

  • The Tampa Bay Lightning are added as an expansion team
  • After the 1992–93 season

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

  • Eastern Conference
  • Atlantic Division
  • Northeast Division
  • Western Conference
  • Central Division
  • Pacific Division
  • Regular Season Division Champions

  • 1975—Montreal Canadiens (47–14–19, 113 pts)
  • 1976—Montreal Canadiens (58–11–11, 127 pts)
  • 1977—Montreal Canadiens (60–8–12, 132 pts)
  • 1978—Montreal Canadiens (59–10–11, 129 pts)
  • 1979—Montreal Canadiens (52–17–11, 115 pts)
  • 1980—Montreal Canadiens (47–20–13, 107 pts)
  • 1981—Montreal Canadiens (45–22–13, 103 pts)
  • 1982—Minnesota North Stars (37–23–20, 94 pts)
  • 1983—Chicago Black Hawks (47–23–10, 104 pts)
  • 1984—Minnesota North Stars (39–31–10, 88 pts)
  • 1985—St. Louis Blues (37–31–12, 86 pts)
  • 1986—Chicago Black Hawks (39–33–8, 86 pts)
  • 1987—St. Louis Blues (32–33–15, 79 pts)
  • 1988—Detroit Red Wings (41–28–11, 93 pts)
  • 1989—Detroit Red Wings (34–34–12, 80 pts)
  • 1990—Chicago Blackhawks (41–33–6, 88 pts)
  • 1991—Chicago Blackhawks (49–23–8, 106 pts)
  • 1992—Detroit Red Wings (43–25–12, 98 pts)
  • 1993—Chicago Blackhawks (47–25–12, 106 pts)
  • Season results

  • Green background denotes qualified for playoffs
  • Playoff Division Champions

  • 1982—Chicago Black Hawks
  • 1983—Chicago Black Hawks
  • 1984—Minnesota North Stars
  • 1985—Chicago Black Hawks
  • 1986—St. Louis Blues
  • 1987—Detroit Red Wings
  • 1988—Detroit Red Wings
  • 1989—Chicago Blackhawks
  • 1990—Chicago Blackhawks
  • 1991—Minnesota North Stars
  • 1992—Chicago Blackhawks
  • 1993—Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Stanley Cup winners produced

    1. 1976—Montreal Canadiens
    2. 1977—Montreal Canadiens
    3. 1978—Montreal Canadiens
    4. 1979—Montreal Canadiens

    Presidents' Trophy winners produced

    1. 1991—Chicago Blackhawks

    References

    Norris Division Wikipedia


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