Ask McFartnuggets: “Why is it Called The National Hockey League if Two Countries Participate?”

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Dear McFartnuggets: 
Why the hell is it called the National Hockey League if Canada and America are both involved? What nation are they referring to? Shouldn’t it be called the Binational Hockey League? -- Molly from Houston, Texas

Dear Molly:
Well, technically the nationhat t the league’s title refers to is Canada since the league was founded in Montreal, Queben in 1917. Then they entered the United States and added the Boston Bruins in 1924. I think because Canada and America are so close no one’s that bothered by the name National Hockey League. They could call it the World Hockey League, but that doesn’t have the same ring to it, neither does Major League Hockey. They had their chance to rename the league to something accurate decades ago, but they didn’t feel like and now there’s too much history to change things now. The league founders probably realized all the money was in America so they expanded there so it would be treated like an American league. If Americans realized it was basically the Canadian Hockey League maybe ratings would go down. Also, the “Binational Hockey League” just sounds weird. You’re either American or Canadian, this whole “Bi” business is a load of malarky.

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