For a quarter century six teams now known as the NHL Original 6 battled head to head starting in 1942. Those teams are the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and the Toronto Maple Leafs. After this era, the league entered an expansion period starting in the 1967-68 season.
But the “Original 6” rivalries remain, and hockey fans from these cities cherish the competition between these teams that laid the groundwork for what the National Hockey League is today. With the holiday season coming up, here’s a gift basket of items that your favorite hockey fans might appreciate as they attend NHL hockey games this season.
This “vintage-inspired sign” makes a bold statement in your man cave or office. It’s 16×16 inches and weighs three pounds. $52.47 through Amazon.
It features the logos of all six teams, and the dates of the era in which they competed.
This soft banner features beautiful embroidered logos from the Original 6 teams. It measures 2.5 feet long, and eight inches wide, and weighs just 1.5 pounds. Consequently, it’s a wonderful way to display your affection for these teams. Features the logos, in order, of the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks.
And, as a bonus, it’s priced at a reasonable $24.01.
Here’s a warm way to demonstrate your love of the Original 6 teams. This cuffed knit hat with pom is colorful, comfortable and stylish. And it features the logos of all Original 6 teams, and an old-style NHL logo. At $26, it’s bound to be a hit with any fan who likes true hockey weather.
Demonstrate your pride and knowledge about the NHL Original 6 with this hoodie from ’47. With team names and logos, you’ll impress your hockey friends and keep warm. It’s a good investment at $69.90.
In “The Original Six,” author Lew Freedman takes readers on a trip down memory lane, not only introducing the NHL’s humble beginnings, but how far the game has actually come. He tells the history and stories of the teams that represent the heart and soul of the NHL. A great history lesson at only $15.99.
Get this print of the Original 6 venues. You’ll be repping your love for the sport and its great venues. The print features Madison Square Garden, Olympia, Chicago Stadium, Boston Garden, Forum and Maple Leaf Gardens. It comes fully assembled with gold metal frame and glass cover. A splash of two colors is applied to each venue, representing principle team colors from each team’s history.
This embroidered adidas flex hat features NHL graphics, celebrating the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and Toronto Maple Leafs. A terrific holiday gift for $25.99.