NHL to Expand 2 teams in Canada - THN
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10-18-2012, 12:01 PM
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Montreal will never see 2 teams again. In the first season of the NHL they had the Wanderers' and Canadiens and in the 30's they had the Maroons, but
neither team succeeded.
Since Toronto has taken over as the largest city in Canada they're the only city that would be considered for a second team. Quebec will get another team eventually in Quebec City, but not Montreal.
Neither team really failed either. The Wanderers folded because their arena burned down and the Maroons because of the Great Depression. The league actually promised that the Maroons franchise would be revived when the economy improved but reneged on that promise in the early 1940's.
At this point in time, with no franchise in any other major sport and a population of 4 million, Montreal would probably be capable of supporting another franchise, from a strictly economic point-of-view. That said, I do agree Montreal is unlikely to ever get a second team back. It simply is not the same city as it was.
Montreal, back then, was the centre of everything. The city could quite possibly had been the second most important city on the continent, behind New York. At the turn of the 20th century, it was estimated that 70% of all wealth in Canada was centred in the rich neighbourhoods in the west-end of Montreal's downtown. The city had more skyscrapers than any other city in the world other than New York and Boston. The Bank of Montreal, into the 1910's and '20's, was as large in assets and transactions as any American bank. The city's decline started in the 1930's with the Great Depression and hit rock bottom in the 1970's as the independence movement led the majority of major corporations to move their head offices to Toronto.
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