The  Gaston Division of the National Hockey League (NHL) was formed in 1974 as the Smythe Division in a league realignment. The division assumed its current name in 1993.

When the division first formed, it was mainly based in the Midwestern United States, with only one team in Western North America. Subsequent realignments made sure the division contained the NHL's western-most teams.

Since the 1981 realignment, the only team to be in the division every year is the Los Angeles Kings.

Current lineup[edit | edit source]

Division lineups[edit | edit source]

1974–1976[edit | edit source]

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

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

1976–1978[edit | edit source]

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

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

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

1978–1979[edit | edit source]

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

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

  • 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, leaving the Norris as the only division with five teams, and the other three divisions with four teams each.

1979–1981[edit | edit source]

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

1981–1982[edit | edit source]

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

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

1982–1991[edit | edit source]

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

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

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

1991–1993[edit | edit source]

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

Changes from the 1990–1991 season[edit | edit source]

  • The San Jose Sharks are added as an expansion team

1993–1995[edit | edit source]

  • Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
  • Calgary Flames
  • Edmonton Oilers
  • Los Angeles Kings
  • San Jose Sharks
  • Vancouver Canucks

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

  • The Smythe Division is renamed the Pacific Division
  • The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim are added as an expansion team
  • The Winnipeg Jets return to the Central (formerly Norris) Division

1995–1998[edit | edit source]

  • Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
  • Calgary Flames
  • Colorado Avalanche
  • Edmonton Oilers
  • Los Angeles Kings
  • San Jose Sharks
  • Vancouver Canucks

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

1998–2006[edit | edit source]

  • Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
  • Dallas Stars
  • Los Angeles Kings
  • Phoenix Coyotes
  • San Jose Sharks

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

  • The Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Edmonton Oilers, and Vancouver Canucks move to the new Northwest Division, later joined by the Minnesota Wild
  • The Phoenix Coyotes, formerly the Winnipeg Jets, return from the Central Division
  • The Dallas Stars join the Pacific Division for the first time from the Central Division

2006–2013[edit | edit source]

  • Anaheim Ducks
  • Dallas Stars
  • Los Angeles Kings
  • Phoenix Coyotes
  • San Jose Sharks

Changes from the 2005–06 season[edit | edit source]

  • The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim change their name to the Anaheim Ducks

2013–2014[edit | edit source]

  • Anaheim Ducks
  • Calgary Flames
  • Edmonton Oilers
  • Los Angeles Kings
  • Phoenix Coyotes
  • San Jose Sharks
  • Vancouver Canucks

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

  • The Northwest Division is dissolved due to the NHL realignment
  • The Dallas Stars return to the Central Division.
  • The Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, and Vancouver Canucks return from the Northwest Division.

2014–present[edit | edit source]

  • Anaheim Ducks
  • Arizona Coyotes
  • Calgary Flames
  • Edmonton Oilers
  • Los Angeles Kings
  • San Jose Sharks
  • Vancouver Canucks

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

  • The Phoenix Coyotes change their name to the Arizona Coyotes

Division Champions[edit | edit source]

Playoff Division Champions[edit | edit source]

Season results[edit | edit source]

Season 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th
1993–94 Calgary (97) Vancouver (85) San Jose (82) Anaheim (71) Los Angeles (66) Edmonton (64)
1994–95 Calgary (55) Vancouver (48) San Jose (42) Los Angeles (41) Edmonton (38) Anaheim (37)
1995–96 Colorado (104) Calgary (79) Vancouver (79) Anaheim (78) Edmonton (68) Los Angeles (66) San Jose (47)
1996–97 Colorado (107) Anaheim (85) Edmonton (81) Vancouver (77) Calgary (73) Los Angeles (67) San Jose (62)
1997–98 Colorado (95) Los Angeles (87) Edmonton (80) San Jose (78) Calgary (67) Anaheim (65) Vancouver (64)
1998–99 Dallas (114) Phoenix (90) Anaheim (83) San Jose (80) Los Angeles (69)
1999–2000 Dallas (102) Los Angeles (94) Phoenix (90) San Jose (87) Anaheim (83)
2000–01 Dallas (106) San Jose (95) Los Angeles (92) Phoenix (90) Anaheim (66)
2001–02 San Jose (99) Phoenix (95) Los Angeles (95) Dallas (90) Anaheim (69)
2002–03 Dallas (111) Anaheim (95) Los Angeles (78) Phoenix (78) San Jose (73)
2003–04 San Jose (104) Dallas (97) Los Angeles (81) Anaheim (76) Phoenix (68)
2004–05 No season due to 2004–05 NHL lockout
2005–06 Dallas (112) San Jose (99) Anaheim (98) Los Angeles (89) Phoenix (81)
2006–07 Anaheim (110) San Jose (107) Dallas (107) Los Angeles (68) Phoenix (67)
2007–08 San Jose (108) Anaheim (102) Dallas (97) Phoenix (83) Los Angeles (71)
2008–09 San Jose (117) Anaheim (91) Dallas (83) Phoenix (79) Los Angeles (79)
2009–10 San Jose (113) Phoenix (107) Los Angeles (101) Anaheim (89) Dallas (88)
2010–11 San Jose (105) Anaheim (99) Phoenix (99) Los Angeles (98) Dallas (95)
2011–12 Phoenix (97) San Jose (96) Los Angeles (95) Dallas (89) Anaheim (80)
2012–13 Anaheim (66) Los Angeles (59) San Jose (57) Phoenix (51) Dallas (48)
2013–14 Anaheim (116) San Jose (111) Los Angeles (100) Phoenix (89) Vancouver (83) Calgary (77) Edmonton (67)
  • Green background denotes qualified for playoffs

Stanley Cup winners produced[edit | edit source]

  1. 1984—Edmonton Oilers
  2. 1985—Edmonton Oilers
  3. 1987—Edmonton Oilers
  4. 1988—Edmonton Oilers
  5. 1989—Calgary Flames
  6. 1990—Edmonton Oilers
  7. 1996—Colorado Avalanche
  8. 1999—Dallas Stars
  9. 2007—Anaheim Ducks
  10. 2012—Los Angeles Kings
  11. 2014—Los Angeles Kings

Presidents' Trophy winners produced[edit | edit source]

  1. 1986—Edmonton Oilers
  2. 1987—Edmonton Oilers
  3. 1988—Calgary Flames
  4. 1989—Calgary Flames
  5. 1997—Colorado Avalanche
  6. 1999—Dallas Stars
  7. 2009—San Jose Sharks

Smythe/Pacific Division titles won by team[edit | edit source]

Team Number of Championships Won Last Year Won
Edmonton Oilers 6 1987
San Jose Sharks 6 2011
Calgary Flames 5 1995
Dallas Stars 5 2006
Chicago Black Hawks 4 1980
Anaheim Ducks 3 2014
Colorado Avalanche 3 1998
Vancouver Canucks 3 1981
St. Louis Blues 2 1981
Los Angeles Kings 1 1991
Phoenix Coyotes 1 2012

*Teams that are in bold are currently in the division.

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