• Image of Prince of Wales Conference - Old Time Hockey Conference Series tee by Backpage Press
  • Image of Prince of Wales Conference - Old Time Hockey Conference Series tee by Backpage Press
  • Image of Prince of Wales Conference - Old Time Hockey Conference Series tee by Backpage Press
  • Image of Prince of Wales 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 a trophy introduced in 1925, honoring Price Edward, Prince of Wales. The Prince of Wales Conference, or Wales Conference for short, was in existence from 1974-1993, and was originally comprised of the Adams and Patrick Division. It is now named The Eastern Conference, since it contains the eastern-most teams in North America. 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.

Wales Conference Teams:

Adams Division
▪ Boston Bruins
▪ Buffalo Sabres
▪ Hartford Whalers
▪ Montreal Canadiens
▪ Ottawa Senators
▪ Quebec Nordiques

Patrick Division
▪ New Jersey Devils
▪ New York Islanders
▪ New York Rangers
▪ Philadelphia Flyers
▪ Pittsburgh Penguins
▪ Washington Capitals

* This design is printed with specially mixed red/orange duel cured ink on "Lake Blue" 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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