Why did the NHL only have 6 teams? The Americans suspended operations in the fall of 1942, leaving the NHL with just six teams. Despite various outside efforts to initiate expansion after the war, including attempted revivals of the Maroons and Americans franchises, the league’s membership would remain at six teams for the next 25 seasons.
Who are the original 8 hockey teams? The “original” hockey teams — the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers — were the six teams that comprised the NHL from 1942 to 1967.
When did the NHL go from 6 to 12 teams? The 1967 National Hockey League (NHL) expansion added six new franchises for the 1967–68 season, doubling the size of the league to 12 teams.
Who played for all 6 original NHL teams? Victor Ivan Lynn (January 26, 1925 – December 6, 2010) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He played in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1943 to 1954. He is notable as the only player in NHL history to play for all of the Original Six teams.