We owe our existence to our enemies.
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03-08-2012, 01:05 PM
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Nashville, TN
The history of the NHL is chock full of such examples of enemies begetting enemies... Another such example within our division is that of the Blackhawks being responsible for the Blues initial existence:
St. Louis was the last of the expansion teams to officially gain entry into the league, chosen over Baltimore at the insistence of the Chicago Black Hawks. At the time, the Black Hawks were (and still are) owned by the influential Wirtz family of Chicago, which also owned the then-decrepit St. Louis Arena. The Wirtzes sought to unload the Arena, which had not been well-maintained since the 1940s, and thus pressed the NHL to give St. Louis (which had never even submitted a formal expansion bid) a franchise over Baltimore.
As much as Blues fans hate the Blackhawks, it's funny to think that they would have never existed w/out the Wirtzes!!! I guess we can all blame that on them too!!
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