The community-based NHL


What if the National Hockey League was organized with players playing for their home state/province/country? Who would prevail?


By Kevin Kurtt
Let’s Play Hockey Editor

Let’s say, just for the heck of it, that NHL teams are organized with players playing for their home American state, Canadian province or European country instead of for a professional franchise. And let’s say, just for fun, that teams in the NHL consist of a total of six players – a starting lineup of three forwards, two defensemen and one goalie.

Who would prevail in this scaled-down, community-based NHL?


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Question of the Week

What state/province/European country would win in a community-based NHL?

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