Can You Identify the NHL Team If We Give You Three of Its Franchise Legends?


By: Gavin Thagard

7 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Unlike the NBA, the NHL relies more on brand than individual star power, but that doesn't mean that teams in the league aren't appreciative of the stars who pass through. If you're currently a fan, you'll probably recognize some of those stars like Connor McDavid, Victor Hedman and Nathan MacKinnon. One day, these players will be considered legends for their respective franchises, and perhaps, they will even have their jerseys retired. They're not quite there yet, though, at least not like the other legends in this quiz.

What does it take to become a franchise legend for an NHL team? Of course, it's easy to name the stars who rack up the most goals or performed in crucial moments, helping their team earn playoff victories on their way to Stanley Cup championships. But it's also about the players who keep fans interested during the down years, when those fans would otherwise tune out. They give a team and a city hope for the future and the possibilities that come with it. 

Are you prepared to see if you can identify all 31 NHL teams based on the legends who passed through the doors? From teams who started when the league was founded to more recent additions, this quiz covers them all. 

Before you get started, make sure you lace your skates up tight, because this quiz could get a little tough by the end.

Can you identify the NHL fanbase that has had the pleasure of watching Alexander Ovechkin, Rod Langway and Nicklas Backstrom play for their team?

After 44 years of struggling to even reach the Stanley Cup Finals, the Washington Capitals finally won a championship in 2018. The Capitals dominated the Finals over the Vegas Golden Knights, finishing the series in only five games.


How well do you know the team that can call Steve Yzerman, Gordie Howe and Nicklas Lidstrom franchise legends?

A member of the "Original Six" teams of the NHL, the Detroit Red Wings have been one of the most successful franchises in league history. The team currently has 11 Stanley Cup championships and are a perennial playoff contender, rarely sitting out when the postseason comes around.


Are you familiar with the franchise that had two brothers in Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin along with the Russian Pavel Bure play for it?

It's rare for any professional team to have brothers on the same roster and even rarer for them to have identical brothers who are both stars like Daniel and Henrik Sedin on the Vancouver Canucks. These brothers played 18 seasons with the Canucks, each starting and ending their careers the same year.


What NHL team have Mario Lemieux, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin spent their entire careers with?

The Pittsburgh Penguins have relied heavily in recent years on Sidney Crosby, who has established himself as a franchise legend despite still playing for the team. The Penguins have won three championships behind the play of Crosby, who has been rewarded with a slew of awards.


Do you know what franchise Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau have starred for in recent years?

The San Jose Sharks have received one Presidents' Trophy since the team was added as an expansion franchise in 1991. The Presidents' Trophy is awarded to the team that scores the most points in the regular season.


Mike Richter, Mark Messier and Brian Leetch all helped which team win the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals?

The 1994 Stanley Cup Finals pitted the New York Rangers against the Vancouver Canucks. The series was an even match that went seven games with the Canucks almost making a comeback from being down 3-1 in the series before the Rangers finished the job in Game Seven.


Though Georges Vezina is the one with a trophy named after him, do you know what franchise also had Bill Durnan and Jean Beliveau play for it?

With 23 Stanley Cups under their belt since joining the NHL in 1917, no team in the league has won more championships than the Montreal Canadiens. However, the club has gone over 25 years without a title, winning their last Stanley Cup in 1993.


What NHL team had these three brilliant scorers: Jarome Iginla, Al MacInnis and Theo Fleury?

The "Battle of Alberta" pits the Calgary Flames against their Alberta neighbor, the Edmonton Oilers. When it comes to wins, the Flames have the advantage in the regular season, but the Oilers have more playoff victories.


Select the team that Erik Cole, Ron Francis and Rod Brind'Amour turned into a championship contender in the early 2000s?

After failing to reach the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2004, the Carolina Hurricanes made a run to the championship in the 2004-05 season, defeating the Edmonton Oilers to win the only title in franchise history. They would return to missing the playoffs the next season.


Have you kept up enough with hockey to name the team where Brett Hull, Bernie Federko and Brian Sutter suited up?

Facing off against the Boston Bruins, the St. Louis Blues won the first Stanley Cup in team history in 2019. Founded in 1967, the Blues had gone 52 years without an appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals, let alone a title.


Fans of what franchise got to watch Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis and Nikita Kucherov take the ice?

The Tampa Bay Lightning not only made the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2019 but also earned the Presidents' Trophy after scoring a league-best 128 points. However, the team lost in the first round to the Columbus Blue Jackets.


Pick out the team that had three star left handers in Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg and Patrick Roy?

Joe Sakic, Patrick Roy and Peter Forsberg were all on both of the championship teams for the Colorado Avalanche, who won titles in 1996 and 2001. Sakic was named the MVP of the '96 series, and Roy won the series MVP in '01.


Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza and Marian Hossa all gave which team part of their careers?

The current Ottawa Senators are a replacement for the original team which played in the city from 1883 until 1934. The original Senators won more pre-NHL Stanley Cups than any team during that era.


Tony Esposito, Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull all had their numbers retired by which franchise?

Having not won a championship since 1961, the Chicago Blackhawks were struggling to find fans when Rocky Wirtz inherited the franchise from his father in 2007. He quickly turned the team around, winning three titles within a decade.


Can you identify the NHL team that saw Ray Bourque, Bobby Orr and Johnny Bucyk hit the ice for them?

The Boston Bruins play alongside the Boston Celtics of the NBA in TD Garden. Both franchises have been residents of the Garden since the stadium finished construction in 1995. Prior to the move, the Bruins' home was the Boston Garden, a stadium they had occupied since 1928.


This team had "The Great One" in Wayne Gretzky along with Mark Messier and Jari Kurri. Who are they?

The Edmonton Oilers dominated the '80s with Wayne Gretzky on their roster, winning four Stanley Cups behind the skill of "The Great One." However, Gretzky was traded not long after the Oilers won the title in 1988, ending his career in Edmonton.


You'll be hard pressed to find better defensemen than Scott Stevens, Ken Daneyko and Scott Niedermayer, who all played for which franchise?

The franchise that would eventually become the New Jersey Devils was located in two different cities before finally arriving in New Jersey in 1982. Prior to New Jersey, the franchise also resided in Colorado and Missouri.


George Armstrong, Frank Mahovlich and Borje Salming made scoring look easy while playing for which NHL franchise?

The Toronto Maple Leafs had a stint from 1919 until 1927 when they were named the Toronto St. Patricks. The name change came after the Arena Company went bankrupt and was forced to sell the team.


The NHL franchise that saw legends Billy Harris, Pat LaFontaine and Mike Bossy pass through its doors started in 1972. Which team is it?

At the beginning of the 1980s, the New York Islanders dominated the NHL, winning four straight Stanley Cups between 1980 and 1983. They made a push for the championship in 1984 but lost a devastating series to the Edmonton Oilers.


Though they have an extremely short history, do you know the team that has William Karlsson, Jon Marchessault and Marc-Andre Fleury entertaining fans?

Founded in 2017, the Vegas Golden Knights quickly established a championship contender, making the playoffs in their first year as an expansion team. Only a season later, the Knights were in the Stanley Cup Finals.


Dominik Hasek was an all around offensive threat, Rick Martin could keep anyone from scoring and Phil Housley was a sniper when it came to making goals for what NHL franchise?

The Buffalo Sabres began their history in 1970 playing inside of Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, which they left in 1996 to take residence in KeyBank Center. The team hasn't had much success in either arena and are still looking for their first title.


Cam Neely, Phil Esposito and Milt Schmidt were three of the best forward line players for which franchise?

One of the "Original Six" teams in the NHL, the Boston Bruins have a celebrated history with six Stanley Cups under their belt. The team won its latest title in 2011 by defeating the Vancouver Canucks in seven games.


This NHL team found success with stars like Dominik Hasek, Red Kelly and Terry Sawchuk. Who are they?

Named the Detroit Cougars when they were founded in 1926, the franchise changed its name to the Detroit Falcons in 1930. The name was changed once more in 1932 after it was purchased by James Norris, who wanted to give it a closer association to "Motor City" in Detroit.


You would probably include Bobby Clarke, Bill Barber and Mark Howe if you were putting together an all-time roster for which team?

The Philadelphia Flyers have a fierce rivalry with the New York Rangers, which really began when the Flyers defeated the Rangers in the 1974 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The teams have met a total of 11 times in the playoffs with the Flyers holding six victories in those meetings.


Dustin Brown played the most games, but Marcel Dionne and Luc Robitaille are all over the career leaderboards for which NHL franchise?

After reaching the Stanley Cup Finals in 1993, the Los Angeles Kings struggled with financial problems and were purchased by new ownership. It took the team nearly two decades to recover, but they finally won a championship in 2012.


How well do you know the NHL franchise that had major stars in Teemu Selanne, Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger?

Founded by The Walt Disney Company, the Anaheim Ducks are named after the 1992 film "The Mighty Ducks." The film was about a youth league hockey team that overcomes many obstacles to win the state hockey championship.


Opposing teams found it hard to score on which NHL squad with Pekka Rinne, Shea Weber or Kimmo Timonen on the ice?

The Nashville Predators have played in the same arena, Bridgestone Arena, since their inaugural season in 1998. The only other professional team to take up residence in Bridgestone Arena was the Nashville Kats of the AFL, though the team is no longer in operation.


Rick Nash is the all-time leader in goals, Rostislav Klesla was the first-ever draft pick and Sergei Bobrovsky was an award-winning goalie for which NHL team?

The Columbus Blue Jackets have yet to make it to the Eastern Conference Finals, though they can blame it on being a relatively new franchise. In 2019, the team finally won its first playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning only to lose in the next round against the Boston Bruins.


Do you remember what NHL club had the famous "Punch Line" with legends Elmer Lach, Maurice Richards and Toe Blake?

Beginning play in 1909, the Montreal Canadiens have operated longer than any continuously running ice hockey team in the world. They are also the only team currently in the NHL to have started before the league was founded.


Denis Potvin, Billy Smith and Bryan Trottier were all part of which club's dynasty in the '80s?

After the New York Islanders decline in the mid-1980s, the team wouldn't recover until the 1992-93 season, where they reached the Conference Finals. To get there, they had to defeat a heavily favored Pittsburgh Penguins team in the second round, which ended after an overtime goal in Game Seven.


Dave Keon, Syl Apps and Ted Kennedy made names for themselves on the ice while playing for which NHL team?

Started in 1917 as the Toronto Arenas, the team received its current name ten years later under the ownership of Conn Smythe. The Toronto-based franchise was dominant from the start, winning the inaugural Stanley Cup in 1918.


Are you familiar with the team that can call Dale Hawerchuk, Ulf Nilsson and Phil Housley franchise legends?

Beginning in Atlanta as the Thrashers in 1999, the franchise that would become the Jets made the move to Winnipeg in 2011 after finding no success and little fan support in Atlanta. The Jets did finally make the Western Conference Finals in 2018 before losing to the Vegas Golden Knights.


Identify the NHL team that's had three top level goalies in Ed Belfour, Marty Turco and Kari Lehtonen defending the net?

The Dallas Stars went to back-to-back Stanley Cup Finals in 1999 and 2000, winning the first of those appearances but losing the second. The 1999 Stanley Cup Finals gave the Stars the only title in franchise history.


Can you identify the team where Max Bentley, Denis Savard and Chris Chelios made names for themselves?

The Chicago Blackhawks received their name from an infantry division that served in WWI who were nicknamed the "Blackhawk Division." The division, of course, got their name from the well known Native American leader Black Hawk, who was a member of the Sauk tribe.


When putting together an all-time roster, what team would choose Keith Tkachuk, Jeremy Roenick and Shane Doan as their forwards?

The Arizona Coyotes have been playing in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference. However, the team is waiting to move to the Central Division in 2021 when a new expansion joins the league.


The '60s saw legends like Jean Ratelle, Andy Bathgate and Rod Gilbert play for what NHL franchise?

The New York Rangers play home games in the historic Madison Square Garden, located in Manhattan. The Garden has hosted numerous sporting events, most notably the "Fight of the Century" between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier and three different WrestleManias.


Select the team that had a clutch scorer in Glenn Anderson, a determined goalie in Grant Fuhr and a gifted skater in Paul Coffey?

Though the Edmonton Oilers were founded in 1972, the team didn't actually join the NHL until 1979. Prior to that, they were a member of the World Hockey Association, which was in operation from the start of the franchise until they left.


Name the NHL team that had these three franchise legends: Marian Gaborik, Andrew Brunette and Mikko Koivu.

Since appearing in the Western Conference Finals in 2003, the Minnesota Wild have struggled in the playoffs. Franchise players have had some individual success, but the Wild have rarely made it past the first round.


Have you been a big enough hockey fan to pick out the team that Tom Barrasso, Rick Kehoe and Ron Francis starred on?

One Pittsburgh Penguin player who had a ton of potential but never got to become a franchise legend was Michel Briere. During his rookie season, Briere was in a car accident that put him into a coma and ended his life a year later. His number was later retired by the team.


Are you familiar with the NHL team that can call Olli Jokinen, Nathan Horton and Robert Svehla franchise legends?

The Florida Panthers haven't had much playoff success, but the club did reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 1996, only a few seasons after they were founded. However, since 1996, the team has yet to advance past the first round.


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