North America and the Globalization of the NHL
According to Google, Ice hockey, is defined as a fast contact sport played on an ice rink between two teams of six skaters, who attempt to drive a small rubber disk (the puck) into the opposing goal with hooked or angled sticks. It developed in Canada in the 19th century. There are many different forms of Hockey including, roller, field, and deck Hockey. Lacrosse is Canada’s official summer sport and hockey is their official winter sport. The National Hockey League (NHL) is an association that operates a major professional ice hockey league. It was founded in 1917 after the cease of operations of its predecessor league known as the National Hockey Association. In 1917 the NHL had only contained 4 teams. After many years and a series of expansions it is now comprised of 30 different teams. 7 of which are based out of Canada and the remaining 23 based out of major U.S. cities. The main headquarters of the NHL are located in New York City. The NHL is considered the most premium ice hockey league in the world with the most skilled and highly talented players from about 20 different countries. Historically, Canadians constituted the majority of players, yet over the past few decades, through globalization and marketability of the sport, the percentages of european players has grown astronomically. Before the 1980’s the NHL was dominated by domestic players. This trend was evident in the hockey leagues in other regions of the world. Sweden in particular had a league called the Swedish Elite League which was comprised of all Scandinavian players, as well as in the USSR where all the players in the Russian Super League were of Russian descent players. These leagues are now no longer lacking the diversity they once were since the emergence of popularity of the NHL. The European revolution so to speak was headed by a man named Borje Salming who was a Swede and also the first successful non-American player...
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