Waiting in a long line, in traffic, or waiting back for results, it doesn’t matter it sucks. So waiting another twenty-two days for the NHL to break their expansion silence should be easy right? Well its not. Twenty-two days doesn’t seem like a lot, but it is when you’ve been waiting for almost two years or for some, a lifetime. Consider me the impatient kid in the back seat of a mini-Van on an NHL family road trip. Playing I-Spy, or the license plate game, or road kill bingo, I’ll do anything to get my mind off the wait. Every time I ask Gary Bettman “Are we there yet?” He snarls and looks in the rear view mirror and says “go ask Bill Daly.” See, you can never get a straight answer.
Since June 22nd, 2016 could be very historical for the NHL, and more importantly Nevada, I decided to look up other historical events that happened on June 22nd. Now not all of them are good, but history happens for a reason… and you know we love a good timeline.
June 22, 168 BC: The Third Macedonian War was ended after King Perseus surrendered. Quite like King Ovechkin surrendering in OT of Game six vs the Penguins.
June 22, 1680: Ebenezer Erskine was born. Who doesn’t love Ebenezer?
June 22, 1774: The British pass the Quebec Act, setting out rules of governance for the colony of Quebec in British North America. Bettman may have another Quebec Act on June, 22nd. But I doubt it.
June 22nd, 1870: US Congress created the United States Department of Justice. Just in case you needed the $800 Question on Jeopardy.
June 22nd, 1889: The Louisville Colonels baseball team of the American Association set a major league record with their 26th consecutive loss. Wow they sucked.
June 22nd, 1980: The universe begins, Ilya Bryzgolav was born.
June 22nd, 1981: Using the phrase “You cannot be serious,” tennis great John McEnroe erupted at Wimbledon umpire Edward James during a first round match. McEnroe defeated Tom Gullikson. Poor Tom.
June 22nd, 1983: NHL institutes a 5 minute sudden death overtime period. It took sixty-six years to institute?
June 22nd, 1986: The controversial Hand of God goal by Diego Maradona in the quarterfinals of the 1986 FIFA World Cup match between Argentina and England. It was pretty obvious.
June 22nd, 1991: NHL adopts instant-replay & tenth of second clock in final minute. FIFA could’ve used instant-replay for Maradona’s goal.
June 22nd, 1991: The Quebec Nordiques select Eric Lindros with the first overall pick in the NHL Draft. To which Lindros then said “Bleep you Quebec.”
June 22nd-ish, 1997: NHL announces it will add Nashville in 1998, Atlanta in 1999 & Minneapolis-St Paul & Columbus, Ohio in 2000. Now we’re talking.
June 22nd, 1998: The 75th National Marbles Tournament began in Wildwood, NJ. Of course it did.
June 22nd, 2012: Fernie Flaman, Canadian Hall of Fame NHL player, dies at 85. We miss you Fern.
June 22nd, 2013: Blackhawks beat the Bruins 3-1 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Sorry Dana.
**June 22nd, 2016: NHL Announces Bill Foley and Las Vegas awarded a new franchise. CAN’T WAIT!!!
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