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Appendix A

NHL expansion and goal statistics.

A1

Year of expansion

Number of teams added or removed

Total Number of Teams in NHL

1967-68

6 teams added

12

1970-71

2 teams added

14

1972-73

2 teams added

16

1974-75

2 teams added

18

1978-79

1 team removed

17

1979-80

4 teams added

21

1991-92

1 team added

22

1992-93

2 teams added

24

1993-94

2 teams added

26

1998-99

1 team added

27

A2

Note: For convenience purposes, the year is represented by when the season started. (i.e. 1946 represents the 1946-47 season.) This notation will be used for all data and graphs.

Year

Teams

Games

Goals

Goals/Game

1946

6

60

1138

6.32

1947

6

60

1054

5.86

1948

6

60

978

5.43

1949

6

70

1148

5.47

1950

6

70

1139

5.42

1951

6

70

1090

5.19

1952

6

70

1006

4.79

1953

6

70

1009

4.80

1954

6

70

1059

5.04

1955

6

70

1064

5.07

1956

6

70

1130

5.38

1957

6

70

1175

5.60

1958

6

70

1217

5.80

1959

6

70

1238

5.90

1960

6

70

1261

6.00

1961

6

70

1264

6.02

1962

6

70

1249

5.95

1963

6

70

1166

5.55

1964

6

70

1208

5.75

1965

6

70

1277

6.08

1966

6

70

1252

5.96

1967

12

74

2476

5.58

1968

12

76

2718

5.96

1969

12

76

2649

5.81

1970

14

78

3409

6.24

1971

14

78

3348

6.13

1972

16

78

4088

6.55

1973

15

78

3783

6.47

1974

18

80

4932

6.85

1975

18

80

4913

6.82

1976

18

80

4783

6.64

1977

18

80

4747

6.59

1978

17

80

4757

7.00

1979

21

80

5902

7.03

1980

21

80

6447

7.68

1981

21

80

6741

8.03

1982

21

80

6493

7.73

1983

21

80

6627

7.89

1984

21

80

6530

7.77

1985

21

80

6667

7.94

1986

21

80

6165

7.34

1987

21

80

6237

7.43

1988

21

80

6286

7.48

1989

21

80

6189

7.37

1990

21

80

5805

6.91

1991

22

80

6123

6.96

1992

24

84

7299

7.24

1993

26

84

6982

6.39

1994

26

48

3727

5.97

1995

26

82

6701

6.29

1996

26

82

6213

5.83

1997

26

82

5602

5.26

1998

27

82

5830

5.27

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