|League||National Hockey League|
|Formerly||Pacific Division, Central Division (2020)|
|Replaced by||Campbell Conference (1974)|
|Last champion(s)||Colorado Avalanche (1st title) (2021)|
|Most titles||Chicago Black Hawks (3)|
The West Division of the National Hockey League existed from 1967 until 1974 when the league realigned into two conferences of two divisions each. The division was reformed for the 2020-21 NHL season (and branded as the Honda West Division for sponsorship reasons) due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 1967 the NHL doubled in size, going from six teams to twelve. The Original Six, as the pre-1967 teams became retroactively known, were grouped into the East Division, while the expansion teams were placed into the West Division. This was done in order to keep teams of similar competitive strength in the same division, regardless of geographic distance, and to ensure playoff revenue for the new franchises.
When the NHL expanded again in 1970, the two new teams, the Vancouver Canucks and Buffalo Sabres, were placed into the stronger East Division. In an effort to create more balanced competition, the Chicago Black Hawks were transferred into the West Division. When the NHL expanded again in 1972, each division was given one of the expansion clubs, with the New York Islanders joining the East Division and the Atlanta Flames joining the West Division.
By 1974, another two teams (the Washington Capitals and Kansas City Scouts) entered the league, and the league underwent a major overhaul. The East and West Divisions were renamed the Prince of Wales and Clarence Campbell Conferences, respectively, composed of nine teams each. The conferences were further divided into two divisions: the Norris and Adams Divisions for the Wales Conference; the Patrick and Smythe Divisions for the Campbell Conference. Because the Conferences were not composed based on geography, the league opted to name the conferences and divisions after notable persons associated with the NHL.
The East and West Divisions were re-formed for the 2020-21 season as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic which forced the NHL to radically re-structure the League and to temporarily abolish the conferences. All eight West Division teams were members of the Western Conference in the 2019-20 season.
|1||p – Colorado Avalanche||56||39||13||4||35||197||133||+64||82|
|2||x – Vegas Golden Knights||56||40||14||2||30||191||124||+67||82|
|3||x – Minnesota Wild||56||35||16||5||27||181||160||+21||75|
|4||x – St. Louis Blues||56||27||20||9||19||169||170||−1||63|
|5||e – Arizona Coyotes||56||24||26||6||19||153||176||−23||54|
|6||e – Los Angeles Kings||56||21||28||7||19||143||170||−27||49|
|7||e – San Jose Sharks||56||21||28||7||15||151||199||−48||49|
|8||e – Anaheim Ducks||56||17||30||9||11||126||179||−53||43|
The league was reformatted into two conferences with two divisions each. The California Golden Seals moved to the Adams Division. The Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins moved to the Norris Division. The Atlanta Flames and Philadelphia Flyers moved to the Patrick Division, while the Chicago Black Hawks, Minnesota North Stars, and St. Louis Blues moved to the Smythe Division.
|1967-68||Philadelphia (73)||Los Angeles (72)||St. Louis (70)||Minnesota (69)||Pittsburgh (67)||Oakland (47)|
|1968-69||St. Louis (88)||Oakland (69)||Philadelphia (61)||Los Angeles (58)||Pittsburgh (51)||Minnesota (51)|
|1969-70||St. Louis (86)||Pittsburgh (64)||Minnesota (60)||Oakland (58)||Philadelphia (58)||Los Angeles (38)|
|1970-71||Chicago (107)||St. Louis (87)||Philadelphia (73)||Minnesota (72)||Los Angeles (63)||Pittsburgh (62)||California (45)|
|1971-72||Chicago (107)||Minnesota (86)||St. Louis (67)||Pittsburgh (66)||Philadelphia (66)||California (60)||Los Angeles (49)|
|1972-73||Chicago (93)||Philadelphia (85)||Minnesota (85)||St. Louis (76)||Pittsburgh (73)||Los Angeles (73)||Atlanta (65)||California (48)|
|1973-74||Philadelphia (112)||Chicago (105)||Los Angeles (78)||Atlanta (74)||Pittsburgh (65)||St. Louis (64)||Minnesota (63)||California (36)|
|Division not used from 1974-2020|
|2020-21||Colorado (82)||Vegas (82)||Minnesota (75)||St. Louis (63)||Arizona (54)||Los Angeles (49)||San Jose (49)||Anaheim (43)|
Teams in bold were in the division in its most recent season.
|St. Louis Blues||2||1970|
|Oakland Seals / California Golden Seals||0||--|
|Los Angeles Kings||0||--|
|Minnesota North Stars||0||--|
|San Jose Sharks||0||--|
|Vegas Golden Knights||0||--|