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03-19-2013, 02:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
An orderly expansion of 2 teams in each 1953-54, 1960-61, 1967-68 would have produced the same 12 team NHL with support from the hockey boom in Canada. As it was the NHL went against the trend, sacrificing pro leagues and franchises in Canada - QHL and EPHL, some WHL for the USA(AHL/CPHL/WHL/ etc). This alternative would have produced a younger,balanced AHL by 1970..
Yes, absolutely. Graduated Expansion rather than the headstrong gluttonous approach taken in 67, followed by yet more gorging throughout the 70's, 80's & 90's, 00's. Furthermore, and though necessitated for very good legal reasons, much was lost with the introduction of the Universal Draft in 63, as the 06'r's now had an excuse to divest themselves entirely (not that what they had been doing was anything to be terribly proud of but still, it was at least something, a start) of any and all responsibility to actually develop & support amateur, Junior & to a lesser extent Senior hockey in Canada & the US.

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