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The Best of Hockey History

The Best of Hockey History

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

NHL Era Essays

1942-43 ORIGINAL SIX

Newsmakers & Top Headlines 1 NHL continues despite severity of WWII As the Second World War continues, 80 NHLers are serving in the armed services and rosters are reduced by up to 14 players per team. There are concerns the season may be cancelled, but NHL president Frank Calder announces the U.S. and Canadian governments feel hockey should continue “in the interest of public morale.” His final major act as president comes Nov. 21 when he announces the 10-minute overtime period has been scrapped because of wartime travel restrictions. 2 Loss of Brooklyn leaves NHL with Original Six Brooklyn manager Red Dutton and NHL president Frank Calder are at odds in September as the NHL drops Dutton’s Americans, which the league has operated since 1936. “The Brooklyn Americans haven’t quit the NHL – we’ve…

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NHL Era Essays

1956-57 PLAYER UNREST

Newsmakers & Top Headlines 1 Lindsay attempts to organize players A group of players led by the Detroit’s Ted Lindsay, Montreal’s Doug Harvey and Toronto’s Jim Thomson and Tod Sloan begin the process of unionizing the players, revealing plans to form a labor association. The idea does not sit well with Toronto GM Conn Smythe, who labels his captain Thomson “a traitor and a quisling.” Smythe trades Thomson and Sloan to Chicago. Detroit GM Jack Adams also dislikes the idea and ships fan favorite and team leader Lindsay and goalie Glenn Hall to Chicago. 2 Powerful Habs force power play rules The potent power play of the Stanley Cup-champion Montreal Canadiens leads to a rule change that allows penalized players to return to the ice immediately after the opponent scores. Previously, teams spent the…