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Is the 50 mile rule fair to the original six NHL teams or is it just an advantage for the Maple Leafs? - Parkers Legacy

Is the 50 mile rule fair to the original six NHL teams or is it just an advantage for the Maple Leafs?

Was the 50 mile NHL rule fair to all the original six NHL teams during that time or was it just an unfair advantage for the Canadiens and Maple Leafs

Since four of the original six teams were non-Canadian and youth hockey was far better developed in Canada, it disadvantaged the American NHL teams to a degree.

Teams did not have the resources to send their employed scouts to look at players in remote areas, and they would have had to build a network of people living in the remote areas.

Not really because there is immense talent within 50 miles of Montreal and Toronto, but they did get first dibs on many great players like the rocket with Montreal.

When Ontario had the second best players in the world, 40% of the players in Ontario were from Quebec, which was 50 miles from Montreal.

50 miles from Detroit and you have Windsor (Ontario) and arguably the best american players in Michigan, 50 miles from Boston and New York, and you have a lot of people, but arguably the best players play in the region.

The rule gave Toronto and Montreal an unfair advantage and is why in the 30 years before expansion, those 3 were generally in the playoffs just about every year.

It was done deliberately.

Hockey was seen as a Canadian game and the 2 teams that wanted it felt they deserved the first chance at the local talent pool.

The money the Leafs and Habs poured into the local hockey associations created the talent and the 2 biggest US teams could have done the same and had a better outcome.