National Hockey League Origins

The Birth of the National Hockey League

The formation of the National Hockey League was not a big deal in the life of Canada in 1917. When a group of owners gathered to arrange it in the Windsor Hotel in Montreal November 22, Elmer Ferguson was the lone reporter sitting waiting for news. The first man to emerge from behind closed doors of the meeting was Frank Calder. Ferguson hollered after him, “Hey Frank, what happened in there?” “Not too much Fergie,” replied Calder.