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NHL preview: With the league entering its second century, questions surrounding the future are more expansive

NHL preview: With the league entering its second century, questions surrounding the future are more expansive

The NHL will begin its second century with a franchise in Las Vegas, its marketing sights set on China, and its players unhappy that they can’t compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

None of those concepts would have made sense to the men who gathered at the Windsor Hotel in Montreal on Nov. 26, 1917 and created the five-team National Hockey League as an alternative to the National Hockey Assn. The representatives of the Montreal Wanderers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators and Quebec Bulldogs who attended that meeting — which led to inaugural games on Dec. 19, 1917 — could never have imagined the NHL would spread across Canada and the United States to encompass 31...

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