The National Hockey League, aka the NHL, was started in 1917 in Montreal, Canada ultimately replacing the NHA, and is now headquartered in New York. City. There are a total of 30 franchise teams, 7 of which are located in Canada and the remaining 23 in the United States. The National Hockey League started with six teams, The Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings, and Toronoto Maple Leaves. The NHL’s current commissioner is Gary Bettman. At the end of each season, the league champions are awarded the oldest professional sports trophy in American, The Stanley Cup. The Montreal Canadiens possess the most Stanley Cup titles to date with 24 titles total. While a majority of players are usually from Canada, there has been a recent increase in players from Europe and the US due to the league’s constant expansion.