11 Facts About NHL

1. At the time of its inception, the NHL was made up of five franchises: the Canadiens and the Wanderers, the Ottawa Senators, the Quebec Bulldogs and the Toronto Arenas.

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2. The NHL has grown a lot since its inception in 1917.

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3. The NHL became the strongest league in North America and in 1926 took permanent possession of the Stanley Cup, a trophy representing world supremacy in ice hockey.

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4. In 1972, the NHL faced competition from the newly formed World Hockey Association.

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5. The NHL adopted the NHA's constitution, its rules, playing with six men to a side rather than the then-traditional seven and the NHA's split-season schedule.

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6. Wayne Gretzky holds 61 NHL records, the most by far of any player.

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7. The NHL estimates that half of its fan base roots for teams in outside markets.

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8. The NHL divides the 31 teams into two conferences: the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference.

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9. The NHL draws many highly skilled players from all over the world and currently has players from approximately 20 countries.

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10. In 2009, the NHL enjoyed record highs in terms of sponsorships, attendance, and television audiences.

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11. The NHL added six new teams to double its size at the 1967 NHL expansion.

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