I recently came across this headline at SI.com “Defunct Teams Should Get In on Expansion Celebration”. In it Allan Muir writes that while the Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Louis Blues, Philadelphia Flyers and L.A. Kings have special logos and plans to commemorate their 50 years (Where has the time gone?) in the N.H.L., the other two teams that started but did not make it should be recalled as well.
The Minnesota North Stars and Oakland Seals played important roles – they should not be forgotten.
For that matter, however, we hope others are not forgotten next year either. After all in addition to it being 50 years since the “Second Six” started play, it is also the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Hockey League.
We suppose that we will be hearing a lot about the “Original Six” (in addition to the “Second Six”), but there are other teams would like remembered a celebrated.
First coming to mind are a some pre-War (World War II) teams that mattered: New York Americans, Montreal Maroons and the original Ottawa Sernators. There is much history in those teams, though they did not last that long. There are also Hamilton Tigers and Quebec Bulldogs who were impactful and mattered to earlier fans. Then there are teams that were in the NHL only for a blink of an eye – the likes of the St. Louis Eagles, The Philadelphia Pirates and Philadelphia Quakers.
And, in the “modern era” (post-1967), in addition to the Seals (California Golden Seals) and North Stars, there are also the Nordiques, Kansas City Scouts, Colorado Rockies, Cleveland Barons, Atlanta Flames and Atlanta Thrashers. The are part of hockey history too.
So, bring on the celebration. Along with Lord Stanley, Bobby Clarke, Glenn Hall, Mario Lemieux and Jack Kent Cooke,may well also be able to toast the Amerks, Sens, Tigers and more.