The National Hockey League (NHL) is a professional hockey leauge with teams across Canada and the United States. Comprised of 30 teams, divided into 2 Conferences and six Divisions each of 5 teams, the NHL teams play for the Championship: the Stanley Cup. The teams play 82 game seasons, and the top 16 teams (3 top teams from each division plus the next 5 teams from the Conference) from the Regular Season advance to a playoff phase where a best of seven series are played between the seeded teams.
Canadian and American players make up the majority of the players in the NHL, however many skilled players have been brought into the league from Europe, making it a premier place for playing hockey. The large number of Canadian players and the large support for the sport of hockey make the NHL a popular draw in Canada, with playoff hockey actually drawing more viewers in Canada than in the United States.
List of Teams