Why all the hubbub about the original six teams, these days? Seriously. Think about it. There are 30 teams in the NHL, yet fans, sports journalists, etc. seem to go nearly orgasmic about the original six teams. To me, this doesn't make sense. You don't hear anyone waxing romantic about the original eight National League baseball teams. Nor about the original eight American League baseball teams. I seriously doubt that more than a handful of people can even name the original NFL and old AFL teams. Yet, hockey people simply won't let go of the overly romanticized original six (Oh, and they really aren't the "original" six. Go check out the info on Wikipedia.) idea. It doesn't make sense.
Now, here's why I say that. I'm 53 years-old, the upper age bracket for just about everything. I first became interested in hockey when my father got tickets from his union to one of the first San Francisco Seals games back in October of 1967. You know, the year the NHL doubled in size from six to twelve teams. I was all of seven years-old. That means legions of hockey fans have been born after the initial expansion of the league. Without googling it, I can't even name all six "original" six teams. Yeah, Montreal, the Rangers, Maple Leafs and Bruins. But that's where I falter.
To me, all this romanticizing about the so-called original six teams is a waste of time. So, what's the big deal?