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By Bob Dole
The industrious island has proved itself worthy of U.S. inclusion
Topic - Patrick Division
The Patrick Division of the National Hockey League (NHL) was formed in 1974 as part of the Clarence Campbell Conference. The division moved to the Prince of Wales Conference in 1981. The division existed for 19 seasons until 1993. It was named in honor of Lester Patrick. It is the forerunner of the NHL's Atlantic Division. - Source: Wikipedia
Jaromir Jagr became the seventh player to score 700 NHL goals, reaching the mark in the second period on Saturday in the New Jersey Devils' game against the New York Islanders.
Almost a quarter of the way through the 2013-14 season, things haven't worked out as expected. Most of the teams in the new eight-team Metropolitan Division have spent the first seven weeks of the season floundering.
Beginning in 2013-14, the Caps will be in a yet-to-be-named division with the Penguins, Flyers, Rangers, Devils, Hurricanes, New York Islanders and Columbus Blue Jackets.
It's uncertain whether the radical, four-conference format that owners tried to implement for this season will remain the plan. The NHL Players' Association withheld consent on that because of concerns about travel and uneven odds to make the playoffs.
It appears a Patrick Division reunion will have to wait at least another year.
Robin Taylor grew up a Washington Capitals fan but didn't attend her first game at the Capital Centre until 1994. That was technically a year after the Patrick Division ended, but the same rivals were there in the new "Atlantic" Division, so plenty of hatred built up for the Flyers, Penguins, Rangers, Devils and Islanders until the realignment in 1999 that put the Caps with the Hurricanes, Thrashers, Panthers and Lightning.
Growing up a Washington Capitals fan, Jeff Halpern remembers the Patrick Division fondly.