January 28th, 2013, 06:53 PM #1
League Format Changing
Why did the NHL change it's league format in the mid-nineties? I know it used to be different with the Campbell Conference and the other conference, but why did they change it? To be like the NBA?
January 29th, 2013, 10:41 AM #2
Bingo. Bettman was David Stern's stooge in the NBA before coming over the the NHL.
Originally Posted by Mr.Hockey 2.0
January 31st, 2013, 11:02 AM #3
It's a little more complicated than that. It's more about the NHL expanding and changing the divisions/conferences to make more sense as far as travel goes. It doesn't make sense for a team like the Kings to travel all the way to Toronto a few times a year. They divided the teams up into geographically based divisions to cut down on travel time/expenses as well as to foster local rivalries. It's not like baseball where they have enough teams equally spread out all over North America to have two non geographically based conferences/leagues divided up into small geographically based divisions.
Originally Posted by mitchrock