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Encyclopedia > 1967 NHL Expansion

The National Hockey League added six new franchises for the 1967-68 NHL season, doubling the size of the league. This marked the first change in the composition of the league since 1942, when the New York Americans folded. The six teams added were the: The modernized NHL shield logo debuted in 2005, replacing the orange and black shield, which had been used since the leagues inception. ... The 1967-68 NHL season was the 51st regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The 1942-43 season was the 25th National Hockey League (NHL) season. ... The New York Americans was a NHL hockey team, the third expansion team in league history and the second to play in the United States. ...

For many years after the shakeout caused by the Depression and World War II, the NHL owners staunchly resisted applications to expand from the so-called "Original Six" clubs (Boston, Montreal, Toronto, New York, Detroit and Chicago). Groups representing Philadelphia (which had secured rights to the long-dormant Montreal Maroons franchise), Los Angeles and the AHL Cleveland Barons were each in their turn given conflicting requirements that seemed by contemporary observers designed to disqualify the bids, and it was widely understood that the existing NHL owners wanted no encroachments upon their profits. The Oakland Seals were a team in the National Hockey League. ... The Oakland Seals were a team in the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The Los Angeles Kings are a National Hockey League team based in Los Angeles, California, USA. Founded: 1967 Arena: Staples Center Former Home Arenas: Long Beach Sports Arena (part of 1967), Los Angeles Sports Arena (part of 1967); The Forum (1967-1999) Uniform colors: Purple, black, and silver Logo design... The Minnesota North Stars were a team in the National Hockey League between 1967 and 1993. ... The Dallas Stars are a National Hockey League (NHL) team based in Dallas, Texas. ... The Philadelphia Flyers are a National Hockey League (NHL) team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The Pittsburgh Penguins are a National Hockey League (NHL) team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... The St. ... Dorothea Langes Migrant Mother depicts destitute pea pickers in California, centering on Florence Owens Thompson, a mother of seven children, age thirty-two, in Nipomo, California, March 1936. ... Combatants Allied Powers Axis Powers Commanders {{{commander1}}} {{{commander2}}} Strength {{{strength1}}} {{{strength2}}} Casualties 17 million military deaths 7 million military deaths {{{notes}}} World War II, also known as the Second World War (sometimes WW2 or WWII or World War Two), was a mid-20th century conflict that engulfed much of the... The Original Six is the term used by fans of ice hockey to refer to the six National Hockey League teams that existed from the 1942-43 season through to before the leagues expansion in 1967. ... The Boston Bruins are a National Hockey League (NHL) team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Montreal Canadiens are the oldest established National Hockey League franchise, and one of the most successful in all of North American sports history. ... The Toronto Maple Leafs are a National Hockey League (NHL) team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... The New York Rangers (NYR) are a National Hockey League (NHL) team based in New York City, New York. ... The Detroit Red Wings are a National Hockey League (NHL) team based in Detroit, Michigan, USA. // Facts Founded: 1926 Formerly known as: Cougars 1926-1930, Falcons 1930-1932 Home arena: Joe Louis Arena Former Home Arenas: Windsor Arena (1926-27); Detroit Olympia (1927-1979) Uniform colors: Red and white. ... The Chicago Blackhawks are a National Hockey League team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... The Montreal Maroons were a professional ice hockey team from Montreal, Quebec. ... This logo is being used to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the AHLs founding. ... The Cleveland Barons were an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. ...

By the mid-Sixties, however, fears of a competing league taking hold on the West Coast, and desires for a new TV contract in the US, much like the ones Major League Baseball and the National Football League received, wore down the opposition. All the new franchises, except for the Pennsylvania ones, were outside the Northeastern grid of the Original Six, and locations were chosen specifically to broaden the appeal of the league. Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... The Original Six is the term used by fans of ice hockey to refer to the six National Hockey League teams that existed from the 1942-43 season through to before the leagues expansion in 1967. ...

Many were upset over the expansion. Canadian fans were irate that no Canadian teams were added, even though Vancouver put forward a bid (Baltimore was also a favorite that did not receive a slot). Politics took a hand in the selections; Vancouver's strong bid reportedly fell to Montreal's and Toronto's lack of desire to share CBC TV money with another Canadian club, and the powerful Chicago owner's support was reputedly contingent on the creation of a St. Louis team -- no formal bid had actually been received from St. Louis -- to buy out the St. Louis Arena, which the Black Hawks owned. Members of Parliament Libby Davies, Ujjal Dosanjh, David Emerson, Hedy Fry, Stephen Owen Members of the Legislative Assembly Gordon Campbell, David Chudnovsky, Adrian Dix, Colin Hansen, Jenny Kwan, Lorne Mayencourt, Wally Oppal, Gregor Robertson, Shane Simpson, Carole Taylor Mayor Sam Sullivan City Manager Judy Rogers Governing Body Vancouver City Council... This article is about the city in the US state of Maryland. ...

Furthermore, many traditionalists did not like the idea of expansion, claiming it would dilute the talent in the league. Even proponents of expansion worried at the idea of immediately doubling the NHL's size, instead of easing teams in gradually (as had major league baseball).

Most experts agreed that the new owners paid a heavy price to join the league: expansion fees were high (around $2 million US, a very hefty sum then), players in the very strict expansion draft were a hefty $50,000, and most teams had no hope of competing in the near future. One advantage of the expansion, however, was that the teams were all lumped into the newly-formed West Division, and after the playoffs, one of the expansion teams got to play in the Stanley Cup finals. The Stanley Cup on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame. ...

The new teams offered a big change to the league. After seeing virtually the same red/blue/black uniforms for over 20 years, purple, green, sky blue, and orange were introduced. Players on the expansion teams were obviously outclassed by the older teams, and some games were not pretty.

The Blues, featuring legends Glenn Hall, Jacques Plante, and future coaching legend Scotty Bowman, were definitely the class of the group, and was the first expansion team to make it to the finals. They would repeat as the West Division's representative twice, being swept all three times they made it. The Flyers would be the first team from the expansion group to win the Cup in 1974. Glenn Hall (known as Mr. ... Jacques Plante Joseph Jacques Plante (Born January 17, 1929 in Shawinigan Falls, Québec; died February 27, 1986) was a Canadian ice hockey player. ... William Scott Scotty Bowman (born September 18, 1933 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a former National Hockey League head coach, considered among the greatest coaches in NHL history. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1973-74 NHL season was the 57th season of the National Hockey League. ...

The expansion of 1967 was the end of an era, and the beginning of a new one. The six owners of the NHL, who had ruled the game with an iron fist, now had new company, with "radical" ideas for league growth: there would be further expansions in 1970, 1972 and 1974. The expansion, Bobby Orr's record contract, and the World Hockey Association forever changed the landscape of the North American professional game. Robert Gordon Bobby Orr, O.C. (born March 20, 1948 in Parry Sound, Ontario) is a retired Canadian ice hockey player, widely regarded as the greatest defenseman of all time, and arguably - according to many hockey authorities, the greatest player of them all. ... World Hockey Association logo The World Hockey Association (French: Association Mondiale de Hockey) was a professional ice hockey league in North America from 1972 to 1979. ...

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