Found August 06, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
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I've been trying to avoid flooding KK members and guests with Gretzky stories, but this one is a good read... from Luke Fox of Sportsnet, We take a look at how 99’s move south impacted not only the game of hockey and L.A. sports, but altered the NHL at large and influenced everything from the Canadian Football League to Saturday-morning cartoon viewing. Tripled the number of NHL teams in California. After Wayne Gretzky joined L.A. in 1988, the San Jose Sharks (1991) and Anaheim Mighty Ducks (1993) joined in relatively quick succession. The Trade has been credited with contributing to the NHL’s Sun Belt expansion in the States. Florida landed two clubs, the Lightning in ’92 and the Panthers ’93; Minnesota’s North Stars chopped off their first name and dropped south to Dallas in ’93; and Phoenix acquired the Winnipeg Jets franchise in ’96. Begat Bettman… and all that entails. Following the success of the Gretzky in L.A., the NHL made McNall chairman of the board...
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