In the first article in this series, we looked at the NHL’s 1967 expansion, when the league doubled in size. 1970 brought the addition of two new NHL teams, and the divisions were shuffled. The Chicago Black Hawks (the name change came in 1986) moved over to the West, making space in the East division for the new boys. 1970 Vancouver Canucks The history of the Vancouver Canucks effectively starts in 1945, but ice hockey in BC’s largest city goes back much further than that. The Millionaires (later renamed The Maroons) represented Vancouver in the PCHA and WCHL for 15 years, and in that timeRead More →

Last time, we looked at the most exciting and entertaining teams to watch, now we’ll be looking at the most frustrating. There’s a big difference between being frustrating and just bad. The Arizona Coyotes generally get out-played in every way. That’s just expected now. The same goes for the Colorado Avalanche who are having… let’s call it a ‘difficult phase’. Their seasons may effectively be over, but there are other teams who should be better. Today we’ll be looking at those. Embed from Getty Images Carolina Hurricanes For reasons I haven’t quite figured out, I watch a lot of Hurricanes games, and they always makeRead More →

What makes a team exciting to watch? Is it the way the team controls the puck? Frustrating their opposition? Or is it the way a team passes and skates, running circles around the other team. The opposite can also be true, teams don’t have to on fire to be entertaining, a strong defensive performance or cat-like goalie can be just as much fun to watch. Here are three teams that I love watching, and a few honourable mentions. Pittsburgh Penguins So far this season, the Pens are the daddies of entertaining hockey. When the Commish said he wanted to see more goals; Pittsburgh obliged andRead More →

For a quarter of a century, the NHL was a six team league. As the 1960s rumbled on, the NHL and the ‘original six’ teams decided (or relented, depending on how you look at it) that it was time to expand. Next year the NHL expands again as the Las Vegas Desert, Black, Silver, Something Knights will join, the first expansion team in 16 years. So, ahead of that,¬†we’ll be taking a look at the teams that have joined the league over the years. With the addition of the six new teams, the league was split into the East and West divisions. The East consistedRead More →