Expansion and Realignment Part 2

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For Part 2 of my expansion and realignment series, I looked at naming conventions for the Conferences and Divisions within the league – as well as the regular season schedule. 

 Hockey has been around in one form or another since the late 1800s.  The AHAC began in 1886, and the game evolved with the NHL eventually taking a stronghold in the 1917 season.  History is what this game is about, and therefore, I wanted to take a little bit of that history and put it back into the game.  It is in that spirit that I return some original names to the divisions and Conferences. 

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Topics: Clarence Campbell, Expansion, Gordie Howe, Mario Lemiux, NHL, Prince Of Wales, Realignment, Regular Season, Stanley Cup, Wayne Gretzky

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  • lonewolf3388

    Since the “traditionalists” have always grumbled about the “loser point” I’ve thought about the three point regulation win too, but I feel as soon as it goes to OT it should be two for win and one for lose. My reasoning is that being tied after 60 minutes has always gotten a team one point in the pre-OT days so the old timers (like me) should be happy

  • http://www.sabrenoise.com Tim Redinger


    I thought about that too…but I would rather see teams play in overtime like they needed to get the point instead of holding out hopes for the skills competition that follows.

    I am not one to condone the shootout, I think its a gimmick, but I couldnt see putting ties back into the sport, and the season is too long for teams to play until completion.

  • lonewolf3388

    Just my feeling, Tim, but I think they play so wide open in OT because both teams have one point in their pocket and nothing to lose. Just a second point to gain so it tends to be all out. To me if it’s all or nothing you see them playing more to not lose than to win just to get to that shootout point.

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