The NHL has sold naming rights to its four new divisions for the upcoming season, the league announced Tuesday.
The Scotia NHL North Division, Honda NHL West Division, Discover NHL Central Division and the MassMutual NHL East Division will serve as the official names of the new groups for the 56-game season, which begins on Jan. 13.
ESPN reported that the sponsored divisions are expected to remain for just this season. The realigned divisions are due to COVID-19 travel concerns and restrictions, particularly at the United States-Canadian border.
The Scotia NHL North Division will feature the all-Canadian grouping of the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets.
Each team in the Scotia NHL North Division will play every other club in its group nine or 10 times. The teams slotted into the other divisions will play every other club in its respective group on eight occasions.
The Honda NHL West Division will consist of the Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues and Vegas Golden Knights.
The Discover NHL Central Division will feature the Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators and reigning Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning.
The MassMutual NHL East Division will consist of the Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals.