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Is It Time to Split Up the NHL?

Published by on May 19, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

The National Hockey League was founded in Canada in 1917, re-organized from the wreckage of the National Hockey Association, founded in 1910.

From surviving the 1917-18 with only three teams, the league struggled, fighting off proposed rival leagues, changing team ownership and relocation. The league found stability, starting in 1924 by expanding to the United States.

The expansion to the United States enabled it to defeat rival competition and become the sole elite league in Canada, cornering the market on elite hockey players by the late 1920s. This expansion to the States, and access to American money, enabled it to continue to today, virtually unchallenged in North America.

But is this model of NHL, a ...

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