Sidney Crosby is one of the most storied NHL players of all-time. He’s a part of the storied Triple Gold club, he’s got three Stanley Cup rings, and all the accolades in the NHL to show he’s one of the best to ever do it.
But his NHL career almost didn’t happen in thanks to an attempt to revive a long lost hockey league.
It started in 2003 when two men — Allan Howell and Dr. Nick Vaccaro — decided to revive the World Hockey Association that got snuffed out by the NHL in 1979. The pair brought on Bobby Hull to commission the league, and off they went their first attempt at running the league.
Howell and Vaccaro had plans to have 12 teams play in the inaugural 2004-05 season with each team having a $10-million salary cap, with an exception for one marquee player.
The plan was to capitalize on an impending lockout and bring more hockey to the table.
“Right now, the number of (NHL) players that are under contract past 2004 you can probably count on your hands and feet,” Howell told The Canadian Press’ Pierre LeBrun in July 2003. & …
Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation