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01-16-2013, 11:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
Military and the NHL go back to Conn Smythe and WWII, Rememberance Day and so forth.... Then you have the origins of the Memorial Cup - remembering OHA players who died in WWI. Also Clarence Campbell, long time president of the NHL had a military background, Nuremberg trials.
Indeed. You also had Major Frederic McLaughlin in Chicago, who during WW1 had been a Commander of the 333rd Machine Gun Battalion, and who had outbid Big Jim Norris for the franchise. McLaughlin's Division was apparently known as the Blackhawks due to its roots in Illinois, named after Chief Black Hawk, a legendary Native American & Warrior from the region.

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