NHL, one of the four major professional sports leagues in America has been through a sin curve when one thinks of its popularity. With its comparison amongst the other big names like NFL and NBA, NHL has fallen a bit short in popularity.
The organizers of this famous ice hockey show are trying their best by changing the rules and building a young brand around it to bring the old craze back. The 60-minute drama has always been dominated by the Canadian players with Stanley Cup being the most eye-catching annual show.
Montreal Canadiens have won the Stanley Cup a humongous 24 times, and their domination over the game can be proved by the fact that they are only next to the New York Yankees of MLB when it comes to the fan following and popularity index among all the pro leagues.
However there are certain things that are always hidden from the normal population, but you need to know them. Here are some of them.
While general population might curse World War I for this, but the real reason was something else. A not so friendly debate between the NHA and one of their proprietors, Eddie Livingstone of the Toronto Shamrocks led to this untimely feud.
You must have killed me for writing this until 2014. But post that, the NHL declared they were upgrading the way they do the draft and this brought in all the failing that proved to be even worse than that in NBA.
Winning the fan voting, lesser did we knew that Coyotes will exchange Scott to the Canadiens, who'll immediately downgrade him to the small time which will stop him from starring in All-Stars.
It was claimed in 2004 that one out of each three players in the NHL were taking some type of game enhancer and then too, NHL holds only one test of steroids for players.
In only 8 years of existence, the Russian KHL has turned into the second biggest hockey group in the world, working 30 groups in nine nations. The worse part? They have persuaded the International Ice Hockey Federation that KHL is far far better than NHL as it is shifting the European abilities to North America. WTF!
From reason behind the bankruptcy of Coyotes to many others, secrets have always been kept as secrets violating the right to information.
Panthers lost a massive amount of cash and also according to an ESPN report, the 2015-16 season failed to gather audience participation.
Yes, the mercilessness has overpowered the players' mind at times and it is only increasing.
Bill Dwyer, an owner himself wanted to kill Alec Connell and he went on to do justice to his ill-plannings with mobsters but Alec luckily evaded (which is another story).
Ruffians Oleg captured Tverdovsky's guardians and asked for $200,000 from Tverdovsky or else, they were all set to execute the families.
Should I make you remember the messages between Colin Campbell, Senior Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations and the NHL authorities in 2010? I think that case was infamous enough to show that dark face of the NHL's governing body.
Fox Sports forced the NHL in the 90s to grow to 30 markets. This came into news only recently a couple of years ago and this ain't a positive news.
In 2012, FORBES threw the report that as many as 18 teams were on a losing side when it comes to making a profit out of the league. This counts to be around 80% of the total teams and this shows a lot about the mishap.
Banana tossing on Simmonds in 2011 is still not forgotten by many. Prejudice has kept its feet firm in the NHL and I hope this changes soon.
While people are busy talking about the usage of steroids by the players of NHL, they forget to take into notice that pain killers' usage also has taken a great leap. Ian Laperrière in 2011 opened up to Sports Illustrated about this. But we can understand this right?