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Reasoning Behind The Division Names

from Paul Grant of ESPN,

So, why wasn't the idea of using legends' names considered? 

"It was considered, but dismissed rather quickly," (Bill) Daly wrote. "I don't think there was any strong feeling that we needed to move away from geographic descriptors and orientations, which makes it easier for the fans to follow. Also, while it's the nature of any exclusive list, I'm not sure assigning division names to four all-time great players is fair to the all-time great players who would necessarily be excluded in that process." 

Fair point. Do you go heavy with the older guys, with the chance of alienating the younger or newer generation of fans, or do you go heavy with the newer names, thereby risking ticking off the older generation and/or fans who appreciate the game's history? Does a mix of both come off as compromised or forced (is Roy better than Sawchuk?)? Which four players would be considered the best? And how do you objectively make a decision about including players when so many of them still have connections to the game? 

But surely something would have been better than dumping "Northeast" in favor of "Metropolitan."


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It’s easy. You use the names from when conferences and divisions were named. Problem solved. I would argue to drop the Prince of Wales for something else named after an early league developer, or of course, the Lord who meant something to hockey, maybe someone who donated some kind of bowl or something. But I would rather find an old league builder.

Posted by teldar on 07/19/13 at 04:22 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

geographic descriptors and orientations, which makes it easier for the fans to follow

So easy. The Metropolitan division, for instance, has:

-London Fog
-Beijing Pandas
-Sao Paulo Protesters
-Los Angeles Dudes (of Anaheim)
-Mexico City Aztecs

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 07/19/13 at 04:51 PM ET


Wasn’t the Metroplitans the name of a Cup winner from Seattle? The “regional” names certainly are confusing if you know anything about hockey.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 07/19/13 at 04:58 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

Wasn’t the Metroplitans the name of a Cup winner from Seattle?

You are correct; and in 1917 which would appear to be in your wheelhouse!

They were the first American cup winning team.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 07/19/13 at 08:00 PM ET

RhymeTimeWingsDings's avatar

metropolitan just reminds me of ice cream.  ice cream with layers that are delish to eat.

Posted by RhymeTimeWingsDings on 07/19/13 at 10:36 PM ET


I’m thinking they might’ve been trying to sell the rights to the Conference names :

Like the Bank of America Division, the Quicken Loans division, the Dell Division, and the Oracle division.  IMO, it’s just a matter of time.  If there’s a buck in it, the owners will take it and run. 

Idiot.  Dismissed rather quickly.  F.U.  take pride in knowing that there were those who blazed a trail for your sport dbag.  Bill Daly is a complete moron just like his boss.  Yzerman for commish 2015…think about it.  Seriously.

IMO, MLB should take a page out of this book and rename their divisions Ruth, Cobb,and Ryan in the East, and Mays, Aaron and Koufax in the West.  Rotate the names every 10 years or so.  So that each team’s best of the best players are represented.  Obviously, the first switch should be to the Williams (Ted) division. etc.etc.  They could even make commemorative jerseys for the occasion.  I’m sure they’d sell thousands.

Posted by zombietroy on 07/20/13 at 01:12 AM ET

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