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02-27-2013, 02:36 PM
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Originally Posted by cbcwpg View Post
Since everyone has an opinion, I'm for naming the divisions after 4 people (IMO) who changed the game...

Bobby Orr - changed the way defense was played forever. Greatest of all time.

Jacques Plante - invented the goalie mask and became the 1st goalie to regularly play the puck outside the net.

Stan Mikita - the father of the curved stick ( some dispute this claim ). Changed goal scoring and allowed for higher velocity shots. You think goal scoring is down today... imagine what it would be like if the NHL was still using straight sticks.

Borje Salming - The 1st great European in the NHL. His playing here helped to diminish stereotypes and set the stage for more Swedes and all Europeans to come the NHL, and as a result the influence of the European skill game took hockey from the goon hockey to a more skilled game.
So, I guess to be fair, the group containing Montreal, Toronto, and Boston would have to be named the Makita division. That way, all three of those teams and Chicago would be playing in divisions not named for their "great" player.

But heck, when we had the dead owner divisions, Toronto never got to be in the Smythe division.

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