Montreal Wanderers NHL History

The NHL is 100 years old, and in that century many teams have come and gone. Some are still about, others have merged or relocated. Some however, are no more, and exist only in record books and Hall of Fame displays. These teams may have fallen by the wayside, but they also paved the way for many of today’s teams and the NHL we all know and love. This article is about them. Quebec Bulldogs/Hamilton Tigers The Quebec Bulldogs were one of the four teams involved in founding the NHL, although they would not play in its first two seasons. The team itself dates backRead More →

In the early 90s, the NHL continued its program of expansion, both in size and geography. Previous markets in the Bay Area and Ontario became targets, and the long sought after potential fanbases were also finally tapped. Unlike many expansions, the three teams below are still going strong, and still in their original cities. While this expansion hasn’t seen the same cup success as the 1972 expansion (two teams & four Stanley Cups), the Tampa Bay Lightning are well on their way to building to building a dynasty. San Jose Sharks Since the Cleveland Barons folded in 1978, there had been an odd number of teamsRead More →

The introduction of bye-weeks to the NHL schedule has drawn a lot of criticism from just about everyone, everywhere. The theory is straightforward enough; NHL teams play a lot of games in a short period of time, so adding a week off part way through give players a break, and a chance to recuperate.  In practice though, the season isn’t then a week longer, so teams play more games over a shorter window as the schedule has to be condensed to fit into the existing time constraints. View this post on Instagram Chop A post shared by Auston Matthews (@austonmatthews) on Jan 9, 2017 at 1:36pmRead More →

There are currently 12 teams in the NHL that have never lifted the Stanley Cup; the Arizona Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, Ottawa Senators, San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets. Before anyone mentions the Millionaires; wins by previous teams in those cities don’t count. The Millionaires folded a whole two decades before the Canucks were founded. Some teams are just bad, while others can dominate a regular season but fall apart in the playoffs. Here’s my top five current NHL teams never to win the Stanley Cup. Don’t feel bad ifRead More →

Claude Julien was the fourth head coach to be fired during the 2016-17 season, this led podcast co-host Carl to ask the following question: In general, does firing a coach mid-season make things better? Mid-season firings are part of sport but the NHL’s GMs seem to drop head coaches with alarming regularity. Since the start of the 2013-14 season, 15 coaches have lost their job mid-season. Specifically Claude Noel, Kevin Dineen, Ron Rolston, Peter Laviolette, Randy Carlyle, Peter DeBoer, Dallas Eakins, Paul MacLean, Mike Yeo, Mike Johnston, Todd Richards, Gerard Gallant, Jack Capuano, Ken Hitchcock and Claude Julien. There’s a perception that bringing in aRead More →

Yesterday was National Women & Girls in Sports Day* so here’s a quick guide to the NHWL and why you should be watching it. Currently playing its second season; The NWHL is North America’s first professional Women’s hockey league.  The National Women’s Hockey League was formed in 2015 and is the first to pay its players and it operates a salary cap system.  The teams compete for the Isobel Cup, appropriately named after Lady Isobel Gathorne-Hardy, daughter of Lord Stanley. The league held an entry draft in 2015 and many of the league’s players have represented their countries at Olympic and other levels. In 2016Read More →