For sure.The Great Depression led to hockeys so called "golden era" being the Original Six era.It obviously played a huge role in the NHL, as did WWII.BQ: I don't think any of them would still be around today. The Senators would likely go the route of the (old) Jets and the Nordiques not folding in the 30's but later. The Eagles were a clear failure, and I don't the Pirates or Quakers would still be around. As you said, the Americans folded because of the war more than the Depression. That leaves the Maroons. I think they would have survived, but there would have been more tensions in Montreal between the English and the French as a result. I think these tensions would have settled throughout the years, and the Maroons would still be around.
I venture to guess that Ottawa and the Maroons would have remained had there not been a Great Depression. But who's to say that all those relocations wouldn't have occurred?The Maroons would have benefitted by the proposed sale/move of the Habs to a Cleveland businessman back around that time. But hey, its just a guess.I doubt the Quakers could have survived to this day because hockey just wasn't a sell when they moved here, and had they stayed in Pittsburgh I think the same thing was apparent since they really did move. The Americans are a team that I'm on the fence about because they should have survived in the largest market but still managed to fold.But it gets complicated too. See, the Depression affected the ticket buyer as much as the owner of the franchise. Not to mention how hostile the Rangers were to the Amerks when it came to sharing the original MSG.Its interesting that there is a parallel between this premise and the current state of affairs the NHL operates in as it applies to the argument that many cold region fans try to use to justify the movement of teams to where they "supposedly belong" because of the weather.The economy stinks and many a disillusioned fan interprets that as meaning hockey doesn't belong where the gate struggles. While some markets take more time to develope than others, the one thing they all share is this bad economy. When times become golden again, I'm willing to re-visit this subject with anyone who claims Canada should have a team in every neighborhood.
Yes, but the Americans didn't have the best owners aside from the issues caused by WW2. With the Maroons I think the thing was that Anglos came around to supporting the Habs alongside their Francophone fans.
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But things would have been greatly different. If it weren't for the Great Depression FDR would have been kicked out after two terms and the New Deal wouldn't have have been needed. The FDIC wouldn't have been saving people's mortgages for the last '60 years and the TVA wouldn't be generating electricity. Social Insurance wouldn't exist and the Kennedy's would be on the throne of the USA. Differences in the NHL wouldn't matter. It would be still a quiet Canadian Hockey League and Don Cherry would be the Commissioner.