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04-18-2013, 06:09 PM
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Originally Posted by tarheelhockey View Post
Interesting that, a full 15 years after the war, the Governors were just beginning to feel that the talent pool had been replenished. I've never heard that particular rationale for keeping the league at 6 teams for so long.
Ya thats creative. Fact is, it was a closed shop & they didnt want to expand/share & spread the wealth. It was the new generation of owners coming in late 50's early 60's in New York & Toronto combined with the rise of television, places like Cleveland threatening anti-trust, the spectre of a joint AHL/WHL amalgamation that potentially could usurp the NHL's role as the preeminent league in North America amongst other factors that precipitated expansion. That they'd use the "talent pool isnt deep enough" excuse does strike one as being amusingly disingenuous yes?

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