Time lapse shows NHL expansion and contraction

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, Last Updated: 12:10 PM ET

This video literally put the NHL on the map.

For those looking to brush up on hockey history, check out this YouTube clip, posted by Ann Frazier, that shows the league’s transformation since its inaugural season in 1917.

Beginning with four teams – the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Hockey Club – the video goes year by year until present day.

The four-team, 1917 edition featured a 14-game schedule, although the Wanderers only played a handful of games after their arena burned down.

Of course there are some other highlights – the Boston Bruins joining the league as the first U.S.-based club in 1924 being the first big one.

The league largely remained in the northeastern portion of North America until the St. Louis Eagles briefly popped up in the U.S. heartland in 1934.

Then the Original Six era arrived during the 1940s, 50s and 60s, with the league staying relatively the same.

Expansion west is marked by the California Seals and the L.A. Kings arriving in 1967, along with four other teams that doubled the size of the NHL.

In 1979, another major change occured with the addition of the Edmonton Oilers, Winnipeg Jets, New England Whalers and Quebec Nordiques.

The league gradually expanded over the next three decades to arrive at 30 teams, the number of clubs the NHL sports today.


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