That Was Then In 1995, Canada had a national population of just over 29 million people. To put it in perspective, that would place them in between California and Texas for total population. Why is this significant? Because 1995 was the last time Canada was at full strength with eight, count 'em eight, NHL teams. In case you forgot what that looked like, I've provided a link of the final standings here. In a league that had only 26 teams at the time, 30 percent hailed from north of the border. Think about that for a moment. That's roughly the equivalent of Texas alone having eight such franchises today. This ain't college football and having 10 division-one schools just doesn't mean the same thing. Northeast division: Ottawa Senators, Quebec Nordiques, Montreal Canadiens Central: Winnipeg ...
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