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This is a list of teams that once played in the National Hockey League but no longer exist. This includes franchises which have relocated to different cities. The years of operation only reflect the time in which that team was in the NHL; it does not take into account any time in which the franchise operated in another league (such as the World Hockey Association).
Defunct teams before the Original Six Era
| Ottawa Senators|
|1917-1934||St. Louis Eagles|
|Quebec Bulldogs||1919-1920||Hamilton Tigers|
|Hamilton Tigers||1920-1925||New York Americans|
|New York Americans||1925-1942|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||1925-1930||Philadelphia Quakers|
|St. Louis Eagles||1934-1935|
Relocated teams after 1967 expansion
|California Golden Seals||1967-1976||Cleveland Barons|
|Kansas City Scouts||1974-1976||Colorado Rockies|
|Cleveland Barons||1976-1978||merged with Minnesota North Stars|
|Atlanta Flames||1972-1980||Calgary Flames|
|Colorado Rockies||1976-1982||New Jersey Devils|
|Minnesota North Stars||1967-1993||Dallas Stars|
|Quebec Nordiques||1979-1995||Colorado Avalanche|
|Winnipeg Jets||1979-1996||Phoenix Coyotes|
|Hartford Whalers||1979-1997||Carolina Hurricanes|
|Atlanta Thrashers||1999-2011||Winnipeg Jets|