• Image of Clarence Campbell Conference - Old Time Hockey Conference Series tee by Backpage Press
  • Image of Clarence Campbell Conference - Old Time Hockey Conference Series tee by Backpage Press
  • Image of Clarence Campbell Conference - Old Time Hockey Conference Series tee by Backpage Press
  • Image of Clarence Campbell Conference - Old Time Hockey Conference Series tee by Backpage Press

Do you remember when the NHL had a unique tie to their own history by using the names of the sport’s forefathers to represent the conferences, divisions, and trophies? Well, the trophy names have stuck, but the conferences and divisions did not fair as well during an unpopular commissioner’s attempt to simplify the sport to the hockey layperson, mimicking the style of other popular sports leagues. In contrast, there are many NHL players, management, media types, and knowledgeable fans that would like to see the classic conference & division names come back, and obviously don’t need our descriptive terms “dumbed down” geographically. In the meantime, we can try and get the attention of NHL brass with this shirt, as well as celebrate old time hockey, while we hope for change.

This NHL Conference was named after former professional referee, World War II Vet, and 3rd President of the National Hockey League, Clarence Campbell. The Campbell Conference was in existence from 1974-1993, and is now named The Western Conference, since it contains the western most teams in North America. It was originally comprised of the Smyth and Norris Division. In 1994, then-new Commissioner Gary Bettman made this soul-robbing name change to help non-hockey fans better understand the game by using geographic-based names for the conferences and divisions.

Campbell Conference Teams:

Smyth Division
▪ Calgary Flames
▪ Edmonton Oilers
▪ Los Angeles Kings
▪ San Jose Sharks
▪ Vancouver Canucks
▪ Winnipeg Jets

Norris Division
▪ Chicago Blackhawks
▪ Detroit Red Wings
▪ Minnesota North Stars
▪ St. Louis Blues
▪ Tampa Bay Lightning
▪ Toronto Maple Leafs

* This design is printed with specially mixed red/orange duel cured ink on "Smoke" color Anvil 980 ring spun cotton tees. These tees are incredibly soft, comfortable, and flexible. They have a sliming cut, but not enough that it throws off the sizing. Bottom line, these tees will be among your go-to favorite tees.
For more detailed information, including sizing, check them out at Anvils website:
http://www.anvilknitwear.com/Product-Catalogs/Tees/980

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