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The NHL's Norris Division was formed in 1974 as part of the Prince of Wales Conference. The division moved to the Clarence Campbell Conference in 1981. The division existed for 19 seasons until 1993. The division was named in honor of James E. Norris. It is the fore-runner of the NHL's Central Division. It was often referred to as the Chuck Norris Division because of the intense rivalries between it constituent teams, especially the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings, led to many games becoming bloodbaths- fights, bench-clearing brawls and stick fouls.


Division lineupsEdit

1974–1979Edit

Changes from the 1973–1974 seasonEdit
  • The Norris Division is formed as a result of NHL realignment
  • The Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens come from the Eastern Division
  • The Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins come from the Western Division
  • The Washington Capitals were added as an expansion team

1979–1981Edit

  • Detroit Red Wings
  • Hartford Whalers
  • Los Angeles Kings
  • Montreal Canadiens
  • Pittsburgh Penguins
Changes from the 1978–1979 seasonEdit
  • The Hartford Whalers were granted entry into the NHL from the World Hockey Association (WHA)
  • The Washington Capitals move to the Patrick Division

1981–1982Edit

Changes from the 1980–1981 seasonEdit
  • The Norris Division switches from the Prince of Wales Conference to the Clarence Campbell Conference
  • The Hartford Whalers and Montreal Canadiens move to the Adams Division
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins move to the Patrick Division
  • The Los Angeles Kings move to the Smythe Division
  • The Minnesota North Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs move in from the Adams Division
  • The Chicago Black Hawks, St. Louis Blues, and Winnipeg Jets move in from the Smythe Division

1982–1986Edit

  • Chicago Black Hawks
  • Detroit Red Wings
  • Minnesota North Stars
  • St. Louis Blues
  • Toronto Maple Leafs
Changes from the 1981–1982 seasonEdit

1986–1992Edit

  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Detroit Red Wings
  • Minnesota North Stars
  • St. Louis Blues
  • Toronto Maple Leafs
Changes from the 1985–1986 seasonEdit
  • Chicago changes their nickname from the Black Hawks to the Blackhawks

1992–1993Edit

  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Detroit Red Wings
  • Minnesota North Stars
  • St. Louis Blues
  • Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Toronto Maple Leafs
Changes from the 1991–1992 seasonEdit
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning were added as an expansion team

After the 1992–1993 seasonEdit

The league was reformatted into two conferences with two divisions each:

Regular Season Division ChampionsEdit

Playoff Division ChampionsEdit

From the 1981–82 season until 1992–93, the playoff champion of the Norris Division met the playoff champion of the Smythe Division in the Campbell Conference Finals. The Norris champions lost the first ten of these conference finals as well as the last one, winning only in 1991 and 1992 (where in both cases they lost the Stanley Cup Final).

Stanley Cup Winners producedEdit

  1. 1976 - Montreal Canadiens
  2. 1977 - Montreal Canadiens
  3. 1978 - Montreal Canadiens
  4. 1979 - Montreal Canadiens

Norris Division Titles Won By TeamEdit

Team Number of Championships Won Last Year Won
Montreal Canadiens 7 1981
Chicago Blackhawks 5 1993
Detroit Red Wings 3 1992
Minnesota North Stars 2 1984
St. Louis Blues 2 1987

See alsoEdit



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