The National Hockey League is a sports league for North American ice hockey teams. The competition was founded in the early years of the 20th century in Montreal, Canada. The league started after the National Hockey Association was suspended. The suspension was as a result of disputes that couldn’t be resolved.
The hockey league grew as time went by. In 1924, it expanded its activities in the United States borders. Two years later, the competition had attracted ten teams from The Great Lakes Region, the North-eastern United States and in Ontario, Quebec. At the time, the ancient league was the main challenger in the Stanley Cup.
Over the years, the league has experienced some encounters that have negatively affected it. One of them was the Great Depression which was an economic depression all over the world. The other was World War II. These two happenings resulted in a reduction in the number of competing teams from ten to six.
The Original Six Era
This was a period after the World War and the economic depression when only six teams were left. This era lasted from 1942 to 1967. During this time, there emerged a great hockey player by the name Maurice Richard- the first player to manage 50 goals in a single season. This was in the 1944-1945 season. The player had a lot of fans and after ten years, there was a Richard Riot that was as a result of him assaulting a linesman. The end of the original-six era was marked by a double increase of the teams to twelve.
The present age of the National Hockey League started in 1992. In 1992, there were 22 teams that have increased to 31 today. 24 teams are from the United States and seven from Canada. The competition is expected to host thirty-two teams by 2021.