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The National Hockey League has come a long way since it’s National Hockey Association days with all four ice hockey teams being located in Canada which explains the “National” part of the name.

The National Hockey league started out  with more teams but is now known as the Original Six consisting of the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Redwings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs.

NHL expansion began with the addition of six more teams all placed in the United States with the Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota North Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, California Seals and St. Louis Blues.

While the head offices for the NHL are in New York City, the hockey hall of fame is located in Toronto, Canada as hockey remains Canada’s national past-time. The two oldest teams in the NHL that have played for the Stanley Cup are the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs which started out under the name Toronto Blue Shirts and Toronto St. Patricks before becoming the Maple Leafs.

For Canadians watching hockey, Coaches Corner with Don Cherry on Hockey Night in Canada is not only a staple but somewhat of an institution over the years.

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