1. National Hockey League (NHL) - North America
The National Hockey League (NHL) is a professional ice hockey league considered the premier and most prestigious in the world. It was founded on November 26, 1917, in Montreal, Canada.
Currently, the NHL consists of 32 teams, with 24 teams based in the United States and 8 teams in Canada.
It is divided into the Eastern and Western Conferences further segregated into two divisions.
The league's championship trophy is the Stanley Cup, one of the oldest and most prestigious trophies in professional sports.
The regular season typically consists of 82 games for each team. The top teams from each division qualify for the playoffs, culminating in the Stanley Cup Finals.
The NHL has produced legendary players and personalities who have left a lasting impact on the sport. Iconic figures in the league's history include Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Bobby Orr, and many others.
Playing a central role in the world of ice hockey, the league has set the standard for professional competition and showcased the sport's skill and excitement at the highest level.