The Many Faces of the Game Today

© Steve Babineau-Dave Sandford-Doug MacLellan/Hockey Hall of Fame

Introduction

Once hockey became firmly entrenched in the fabric of Canadian sport, it was only a matter of time before professional leagues surfaced. Many purportedly Amateur teams were blurring the lines between professional and Amateur by using money and "bonuses" to lure top players to their teams. A catalyst for professional hockey in Canada came from the South, where pro teams were established in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Massachusetts and lured away many of the top Canadians. In Canada, many top teams were being hit with suspensions, effectively losing their Amateur status for having paid players on their rosters. These conditions led to the obvious result of professional leagues being formed in Canada.

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