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Just threw this together this morning. A little something to pass the time, I suppose, while news is light. It's a cool way to get an overall geographical look at the NHL. If you guys like it, no reason we can't do other leagues.
By the way, I recommend zooming in for a good look around the northeast. Lots of teams clumped together up there. Also, Terrain view reduces the clutter of roads and things.
- Never considered how remote the Stars and Avalanche are.
- Do the Devils walk to Madison Square Garden when they play the Rangers?
- Southernmost team: Florida Panthers
- Northernmost team: Edmonton Oilers
- Westernmost team: Vancouver Canucks
- Easternmost team: Boston Bruins
Share any observations of your own in the comments. Or feel free to tell me this map was a waste of time. Just remember that aside from this, not much else to report lately.
NHL Heritage Map 1967
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That's what I keep hearing from you guys. So here's what the NHL looked like after the first expansion in 1967. It's part of our NHL Heritage Map series, which will also include maps from 1974, 1979, 1993 and 1997 — all key transformational years for the league.
And of course I'll get to all the minor leagues as well. ECHL is up next. Then maybe CHL? — and by that I mean Canadian Hockey League. All 60 teams in one map. Whatever you guys choose.
NHL Heritage Map 1974
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Here is the second in a series of five NHL Heritage maps. This is what the league looked like in 1974-75 season.
I chose '74 because it was the culminating year of a handful of expansions. After the first big expansion of 1967, Buffalo and Vancouver were added to the map in 1970 along with Long Island and Atlanta in '72. Then Kansas City and Washington joined the NHL in 1974 — bringing us to a total 18 teams.
Up next is 1979 when the WHA folded and a few teams found their way into the NHL.
NHL Heritage Map 1979
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Today we travel back to 1979 for the newest NHL Heritage Map. Take a good look at the logos of the NHL in the 1979-80 season.
I selected 1979 because it was year that saw the NHL expand by taking on teams from the failed WHA. The Quebec Nordiques, Winnipeg Jets, Edmonton Oilers and New England (now called Hartford) Whalers managed to survive the storm and increased the size of the NHL to 21 teams.
So what else changed in the five years between the '74 and '79 maps? Not much. The Kansas City Scouts moved to Denver in 1976 and became the Colorado Rockies. In 1978, the Vancouver Canucks got a new logo, something they would make a habit out of over the years, and the California Seals franchise, known as the Cleveland Barons beginning in 1976, ceased to exist.
For the next Heritage Map, we'll jump ahead 14 years to 1993.