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12-20-2012, 04:21 PM
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Originally Posted by DoyleG View Post

A professional WHL existed during the time before the 1967 Expansion.

The Canucks name came from a team in the same league.
WHL existed a a pro league from 1925 - 1926, then from 1952 - 1974.

It was the second iteration that some analysts believe convinced the National Hockey League to expand for the 1967-68 season out of the fear the WHL might become a major rival.

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