Wednesday, June 1, 2011
How are we going to stop the loss of NHL Teams in America?
When the WHA and the NHL merged in 1979, (the last day of the Carter Administration) there were 6 Canadian based Hockey Teams and 15 American based Hockey teams. In short, 71% of all NHL teams were based in The United States. As an aside, the New York Islanders beat the Philadelphia Flyers for the Stanley Cup that year. Over the years, between the end of the Carter and the beginning of the Obama Administrations, the Quebec Nordiques moved to Colorado, The Winnipeg Jets moved to Phoenix, the Atlanta Flames moved to Calgary Alberta and Ottawa obtained a team. So at the beginning of the Obama Administration, there were 6 NHL teams based in Canada. Meanwhile, during this same time period, new NHL hockey teams such as the San Jose Sharks, Nashville Predators and the Columbus Blue Jackets came out of the wood-work, to help expand the League to 30 Teams. In the 2007-08 NHL season, (the last season during the Bush years) 24 of the 30 NHL teams were based in the United States or 80% (up from 71%.) The Detroit Red Wings beat the Pittsburgh Penguins for the Stanley Cup that year.
It appears that Mr. Obama’s Socialistic policies are not helping our national interests within the NHL. While I realize that Hockey is not as popular in America as Baseball, Football or Basketball, this is still very disturbing. I am rather interested to hear how each of the GOP candidates plans to deal with this problem. I look forward to solutions to reverse this negative trend.