Friday, May 20, 2011

Just Where, Exactly, Is Winnipeg? And What About Re-Alignment For the NHL?'s in the southern part of the Province of Manitoba, which is smack-dab in the middle of the country just north of North Dakota and Minnesota.

The closest NHL city to Winnipeg is Minnesota/St. Paul (Wild) 385 miles south. To the west Edmonton and Calgary are about 745 miles away. (Mileage from distance from Winnipeg, Manitoba)

Some other cities in the Western Conference:
  • Chicago--718 miles
  • Colorado--801
  • St. Louis--846
  • Detroit--849
With Atlanta vacating the NHL's Southeast division, what does the league do with realignment?

Well, to fill the hole in the Southeast Division, the natural choice would be for the Nashville Predators to head there. Getting out of a division that features Detroit and Chicago would certainly be a bonus, but the Southeast isn't exactly a cake-walk anymore with Washington and, now, Tampa Bay providing formidable foes.

The division would look like this:
  • Carolina
  • Florida
  • Nashville
  • Tampa Bay
  • Washington

It would be easy to just plug Winnipeg in the Western Conference, Central Division, but using the map above, a bit more realignment could be used.

The Dallas Stars head to the Central Division:
  • Chicago
  • Columbus
  • Dallas
  • Detroit
  • St. Louis
That leaves a hole in the Pacific, which will be filled by Colorado with the division looking like this:
  • Anaheim
  • Colorado
  • Los Angeles
  • Phoenix
  • San Jose'
Finally, the Northwest Division would look like this:
  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • Minnesota
  • Vancouver
  • Winnipeg
Sorry, Atlanta. If the move goes through (which is very likely,) I feel for the hockey fans.

That being said, welcome back Winnipeg. Good luck, you have your hands full trying to make it in today's NHL. Just ask the team that's heading your way, they just lost tens of millions of dollars over the last few years.


  1. Hi, this is Bill from I would appreciate it if you credited my map (which first appeared here, ( ) and which you used and which you chopped off half of my signature-credit (that was pretty rude) - and put a link in to my site. That would be only fair, right?

  2. sure, bill...I'd like to thank bill of for his map...the use of this map, and the cropping, was not intended to be rude in any way...much ablidged, bill