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Who started the National Hockey League?

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12/05/2011

The NHL was founded by J. Ambrose O'Brien (Montreal Canadiens); James Strachan (Montreal Wanderers); Tommy Gorman, Ted Dey and Martin Rosenthal (Ottawa Senators); and Mike Quinn (Quebec Bulldogs). They invited the Toronto Arena Company (who eventually became the Maple Leafs) to also ice a team since the Quebec franchise was financially unable to start playing in the 1917-18 season.