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the National Hockey League

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The National Hockey League is a professional ice hockey league composed of 31 member clubs: 24 in the United States and 7 in Canada.

Ice Hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, usually in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points.

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Headquartered in New York City, the NHL is considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world, and one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.

New York is a state in the Northeastern United States and is the 27th-most extensive, fourth-most populous, and seventh-most densely populated U.S. state.

The City of New York, often called New York City, New York, or simply The City, is the most populous city in the United States.

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The Stanley Cup, the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, is awarded annually to the league playoff champion at the end of each season.

The playoffs, play-offs, postseason and/or finals of a sports league are a competition played after the regular season by the top competitors to determine the league champion or a similar accolade.

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The National Hockey League was organized on November 26, 1917, in Montreal, Quebec after the suspension of operations of its predecessor organization, the National Hockey Association, which had been founded in 1909 in Renfrew, Ontario.

A Queen's Counsel, or King's Counsel during the reign of a King, is an eminent lawyer who is appointed by the Queen on the nomination of the Lord Chancellor to be one of "Her Majesty's Counsel learned in the law."

The National Hockey Association, officially the National Hockey Association of Canada Limited, was a professional ice hockey organization with teams in Ontario and Quebec, Canada.

Quebec is the second-most populous province in Canada and the only one to have a predominantly French-speaking population, with French as the sole provincial official language.

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The NHL immediately took the NHA's place as one of the leagues that contested for the Stanley Cup in an annual interleague competition before a series of league mergers and folds left the NHL as the only league left competing for the Stanley Cup in 1926.

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At its inception, the NHL had four teams—all in Canada, thus the adjective "National" in the league's name.

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The league expanded to the United States in 1924, when the Boston Bruins joined, and has since consisted of American and Canadian teams.

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After a labour-management dispute that led to the cancellation of the entire 2004–05 season, the league resumed play under a new collective agreement that included a salary cap.

A collective agreement or collective bargaining agreement is a special type of commercial agreement, usually as one negotiated "collectively" between management and trades unions.

In professional sports, a salary cap is an agreement or rule that places a limit on the amount of money that a team can spend on players' salaries.

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In 2009, the NHL enjoyed record highs in terms of sponsorships, attendance, and television audiences.

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The league draws many highly skilled players from all over the world and currently has players from approximately 20 different countries.

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Canadians have historically constituted the majority of the players in the league, with an increasing percentage of American and European players in recent seasons.

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