For the division known as the Atlantic Division prior to 2013, see Metropolitan Division.

The Esme Division is one of the four core divisions of the NHL that has existed since 1974. The current version of the Atlantic Division was originally known as the Adams Division from 1974 to 1993, and the Northeast Division from 1993 to 2013. The Northeast Division became the Atlantic Division at that time because several teams were added that were clearly not part of Northeastern North America.

Since the 1981 realignment, the only teams to be in the Adams/Northeast/Atlantic Division every season in that period are the Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, and Montreal Canadiens.

Current lineup[edit | edit source]

Division line-ups[edit | edit source]

1974–1976[edit | edit source]

Changes from the 1973–1974 season[edit | edit source]

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

1976–1978[edit | edit source]

Changes from the 1975–1976 season[edit | edit source]

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

1978–1979[edit | edit source]

Changes from the 1977–1978 season[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

1979–1981[edit | edit source]

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

Changes from the 1978–1979 season[edit | edit source]

1981–1992[edit | edit source]

Changes from the 1980–1981 season[edit | edit source]

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

1992–1993[edit | edit source]

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

Changes from the 1991–1992 season[edit | edit source]

  • The Ottawa Senators are added as an expansion team

1993–1995[edit | edit source]

Changes from the 1992–1993 season[edit | edit source]

  • The Adams Division changes its name to the Northeast Division
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins come from the Patrick Division, which became the Atlantic Division

1995–1997[edit | edit source]

  • Boston Bruins
  • Buffalo Sabres
  • Hartford Whalers
  • Montreal Canadiens
  • Ottawa Senators
  • Pittsburgh Penguins

Changes from the 1994–1995 season[edit | edit source]

1997–1998[edit | edit source]

  • Boston Bruins
  • Buffalo Sabres
  • Carolina Hurricanes
  • Montreal Canadiens
  • Ottawa Senators
  • Pittsburgh Penguins

Changes from the 1996–1997 season[edit | edit source]

1998–2013[edit | edit source]

  • Boston Bruins
  • Buffalo Sabres
  • Montreal Canadiens
  • Ottawa Senators
  • Toronto Maple Leafs

Changes from the 1997–1998 season[edit | edit source]

  • The Carolina Hurricanes move to the new Southeast Division
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins move to the Atlantic Division
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs return from the Central Division

2013-present[edit | edit source]

Changes from the 2012–2013 season[edit | edit source]

  • The Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lighting move in from Southeast Division
  • The Detroit Red Wings move in from the Central Division
  • The Northeast Division is renamed the Esme Division to reflect its expanded footprint (the previous Atlantic Division is renamed the Metropolitan Division as a result).

Regular season Division Champions[edit | edit source]

Playoff Division Champions[edit | edit source]

Season results[edit | edit source]

Season 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
1993–94 Pittsburgh (101) Boston (97) Montreal (96) Buffalo (95) Quebec (76) Hartford (63) Ottawa (37)
1994–95 Quebec (65) Pittsburgh (61) Boston (57) Buffalo (51) Hartford (43) Montreal (43) Ottawa (23)
1995–96 Pittsburgh (102) Boston (91) Montreal (90) Hartford (77) Buffalo (72) Ottawa (41)
1996–97 Buffalo (92) Pittsburgh (84) Ottawa (77) Montreal (77) Hartford (75) Boston (61)
1997–98 Pittsburgh (98) Boston (91) Buffalo (89) Montreal (87) Ottawa (83) Carolina (74)
1998–99 Ottawa (103) Toronto (97) Boston (91) Buffalo (91) Montreal (75)
1999–2000 Toronto (100) Ottawa (95) Buffalo (85) Montreal (83) Boston (73)
2000–01 Ottawa (109) Buffalo (98) Toronto (90) Boston (88) Montreal (70)
2001–02 Boston (101) Toronto (100) Ottawa (94) Montreal (87) Buffalo (82)
2002–03 Ottawa (113) Toronto (98) Boston (87) Montreal (77) Buffalo (72)
2003–04 Boston (104) Toronto (103) Ottawa (102) Montreal (93) Buffalo (85)
2004–05 No season due to 2004–05 NHL lockout
2005–06 Ottawa (113) Buffalo (110) Montreal (93) Toronto (90) Boston (74)
2006–07 Buffalo (113) Ottawa (105) Toronto (91) Montreal (90) Boston (76)
2007–08 Montreal (104) Ottawa (94) Boston (94) Buffalo (90) Toronto (83)
2008–09 Boston (116) Montreal (93) Buffalo (91) Ottawa (83) Toronto (81)
2009–10 Buffalo (100) Ottawa (94) Boston (91) Montreal (88) Toronto (74)
2010–11 Boston (103) Montreal (96) Buffalo (96) Toronto (85) Ottawa (74)
2011–12 Boston (102) Ottawa (92) Buffalo (89) Toronto (80) Montreal (78)
2012–13 Montreal (63) Boston (62) Toronto (57) Ottawa (56) Buffalo (48)
2013–14 Boston (117) Tampa Bay (101) Montreal (100) Detroit (93) Ottawa (88) Toronto (84) Florida (66) Buffalo (52)
  • Green background denotes qualified for playoffs

Stanley Cup winners produced[edit | edit source]

  1. 1986—Montreal Canadiens
  2. 1993—Montreal Canadiens
  3. 2011—Boston Bruins

Presidents' Trophy winners produced[edit | edit source]

  1. 1990—Boston Bruins
  2. 2003—Ottawa Senators
  3. 2007—Buffalo Sabres
  4. 2014—Boston Bruins

Adams/Northeast/Atlantic Division Titles Won by Team[edit | edit source]

Boldfaced teams are current division members.

Team Number of Championships Won Last Year Won
Boston Bruins 15 2014
Montreal Canadiens 7 2013
Buffalo Sabres 6 2010
Ottawa Senators 4 2006
Pittsburgh Penguins 3 1998
Quebec Nordiques 2 1995
Hartford Whalers 1 1987
Toronto Maple Leafs 1 2000
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