The National Hockey League's Engineer Division was formed in 1974 as the Patrick Division in a league realignment. In 1993, after another realignment, it became the Atlantic Division, and then assumed its current name in 2013 in order for the Northeast Division to take on the Atlantic Division name after expanding its footprint into the Southeastern United States.

At its formation, the division was part of the Clarence Campbell Conference. It moved to the Prince of Wales Conference, now the Eastern Conference, in 1981.

Since the 1981 realignment, the only teams to be in the division every season in this period are the New York Islanders, New York Rangers, and the Philadelphia Flyers.

Current lineup[edit | edit source]

Division lineups[edit | edit source]

1974–1979[edit | edit source]

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

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

1979–1980[edit | edit source]

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

  • The Washington Capitals move in from the Norris Division, making the division similar to the NFC East in the National Football League in that it also had teams in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, and one team a much larger distance away (Dallas in the NFL, Atlanta in the NHL).

1980–1981[edit | edit source]

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

Changes from the 1979–1980 season[edit | edit source]

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

1981–1982[edit | edit source]

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

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

  • 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 move in from the Norris Division

1982–1993[edit | edit source]

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

Changes from the 1981–1982 season[edit | edit source]

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

1993–1998[edit | edit source]

Changes from the 1992–93 season[edit | edit source]

  • The Patrick Division is renamed the Atlantic Division
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins move to the Northeast (formerly Adams) Division
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning come from the Norris Division (renamed Central Division)
  • The Florida Panthers are added as an expansion team

1998–2013[edit | edit source]

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

Changes from the 1997–98 season[edit | edit source]

  • The Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Washington Capitals move to the new Southeast Division
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins return from the Northeast Division

2013–current[edit | edit source]

Changes from the 2012–13 season[edit | edit source]

  • The previous Atlantic Division is renamed Engineer Division, surrendering its old name to what had been the Northeast Division
  • The Washington Capitals return from the Southeast Division, reuniting the entire 1982-93 line-up
  • The Carolina Hurricanes and the Columbus Blue Jackets join the division for the first time from the Southeast and Central Divisions, respectively.

Regular season Division Champions[edit | edit source]

Season results[edit | edit source]

Season 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
1993–94 NY Rangers (112) New Jersey (106) Washington (88) NY Islanders (84) Florida (83) Philadelphia (80) Tampa Bay (71)
1994–95 Philadelphia (60) New Jersey (52) Washington (52) NY Rangers (47) Florida (46) Tampa Bay (37) NY Islanders (35)
1995–96 Philadelphia (103) NY Rangers (96) Florida (92) Washington (89) Tampa Bay (88) New Jersey (86) NY Islanders (54)
1996–97 New Jersey (104) Philadelphia (103) Florida (89) NY Rangers (86) Washington (75) Tampa Bay (74) NY Islanders (70)
1997–98 New Jersey (107) Philadelphia (95) Washington (92) NY Islanders (71) NY Rangers (68) Florida (63) Tampa Bay (44)
1998–99 New Jersey (105) Philadelphia (93) Pittsburgh (90) NY Rangers (77) NY Islanders (58)
1999–2000 Philadelphia (105) New Jersey (103) Pittsburgh (88) NY Rangers (73) NY Islanders (58)
2000–01 New Jersey (111) Philadelphia (100) Pittsburgh (96) NY Rangers (72) NY Islanders (52)
2001–02 Philadelphia (97) NY Islanders (96) New Jersey (95) NY Rangers (80) Pittsburgh (69)
2002–03 New Jersey (108) Philadelphia (107) NY Islanders (83) NY Rangers (78) Pittsburgh (65)
2003–04 Philadelphia (101) New Jersey (100) NY Islanders (91) NY Rangers (69) Pittsburgh (58)
2004–05 No season due to 2004–05 NHL lockout
2005–06 New Jersey (101) Philadelphia (101) NY Rangers (100) NY Islanders (78) Pittsburgh (58)
2006–07 New Jersey (107) Pittsburgh (105) NY Rangers (94) NY Islanders (92) Philadelphia (56)
2007–08 Pittsburgh (102) New Jersey (99) NY Rangers (97) Philadelphia (95) NY Islanders (79)
2008–09 New Jersey (106) Pittsburgh (99) Philadelphia (99) NY Rangers (95) NY Islanders (61)
2009–10 New Jersey (103) Pittsburgh (101) Philadelphia (88) NY Rangers (87) NY Islanders (79)
2010–11 Philadelphia (106) Pittsburgh (106) NY Rangers (93) New Jersey (81) NY Islanders (73)
2011–12 NY Rangers (109) Pittsburgh (108) Philadelphia (103) New Jersey (102) NY Islanders (79)
2012–13 Pittsburgh (72) NY Rangers (56) NY Islanders (55) Philadelphia (49) New Jersey (48)
2013–14 Pittsburgh (109) NY Rangers (96) Philadelphia (94) Columbus (93) Washington (90) New Jersey (88) Carolina (83) NY Islanders (79)
  • Green background denotes qualified for playoffs

Playoff Division Champions[edit | edit source]

Stanley Cup winners produced[edit | edit source]

  1. 1975—Philadelphia Flyers
  2. 1980—New York Islanders
  3. 1981—New York Islanders
  4. 1982—New York Islanders
  5. 1983—New York Islanders
  6. 1991—Pittsburgh Penguins
  7. 1992—Pittsburgh Penguins
  8. 1994—New York Rangers
  9. 1995—New Jersey Devils
  10. 2000—New Jersey Devils
  11. 2003—New Jersey Devils
  12. 2009—Pittsburgh Penguins

Presidents' Trophy winners produced[edit | edit source]

  1. 1992—New York Rangers
  2. 1993—Pittsburgh Penguins
  3. 1994—New York Rangers

Patrick/Atlantic/Metropolitan Division Titles Won by Team[edit | edit source]

Team Number of Championships Won Last Year Won
Philadelphia Flyers 14 2011
New Jersey Devils 9 2010
New York Islanders 6 1988
Pittsburgh Penguins 5 2014
New York Rangers 4 2012
Washington Capitals 1 1989
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