One Of These Things (Is Not Like The Others)

The NHL released the new names of the four divisions today and they are-Atlantic, Central, Pacific, and…METROPOLITAN.

I get the thought. Three of the teams in the Metropolitan Division play in the NYC Metropolitan area. Philadelphia and Washington are “Metropolises”. Charlotte, Columbus and Pittsburgh are certainly cities, but the name just doesn’t work with the other three. If you are going to use geographical names for the divisions, you need to do it for all of them.

The problem is, the NHL created a bit of a geography nightmare with their realignment. They took a bunch of teams from the Northeast and slapped them together with Detroit and two teams in Florida. So, Ottawa, Detroit, Toronto and Montreal, places where the Atlantic Ocean is only a rumor, are now part of the Atlantic Division.

And we are left with the awful Metropolitan Division. I don’t understand why they didn’t just go with the old names of Patrick, Adams, Norris and Smythe. Maybe its because nobody really knows the history behind those names? Fine, let’s update them to the Gretzky, Lemieux, Roy and Messier divisions, or something like that. Really anything would be better than what the NHL has come up with.

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  • blmeanie  On July 19, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    I trade Bourque for Messier and you got a deal.


    Gretzky, Orr, Howe, and Roy…done.

    • nysportsfanatic  On July 19, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      Messier has 6 cups to Bourque’s one. There is no contest there.

      I thought about Howe and Orr, but I was thinking of the modern fan. Sadly, I don’t think a lot of fans know who Orr and Howe are.

      • blmeanie  On July 20, 2013 at 6:42 pm

        Messing with you on Messier, although you can argue that some of his cups and certainly his stats were on the coattails…

        hockeyreference places Bourque ahead of Messier all time btw

        We both went with Roy over Brodeur, interesting.

      • nysportsfanatic  On July 20, 2013 at 8:35 pm

        What does hockey reference base that on?

        And yes, we both should probably show Brodeur more love, but personally, I can’t stand him!!

    • nysportsfanatic  On July 19, 2013 at 6:09 pm

      You know, Scottie Bowman should probably get a division named after him.

  • blmeanie  On July 20, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    It was based on readers voting 🙂

  • Greg  On August 2, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Peter, is currently unreachable. Also, the last time I tried to send email to, I received an failure message (user unreachable; this was after the move to the new web hosting service).

    • nysportsfanatic  On August 2, 2013 at 11:38 am


      Thanks for letting me know. Apparently, our host provider is down (Bluehost). If you want to see some people having a bad day, check out their twitter feed. As of right now, there is no update for when it will be back, sorry about that.

      That email went away when we ported over to the new site. I think you have my other one? If not, tell me and I will send it to you.

  • Greg  On August 2, 2013 at 5:18 pm


    No I do not have the other one.

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