Why Sam Pollock wasn't nostalgic about the six-team NHL
Former Habs GM remembered when teams struggled to make playoffs, even in the old format
He was at the helm of the Montreal Canadiens for 14 years, and the team won nine Stanley Cups under his watch in the 1960s and '70s.
In February of 1979, Pollock was a guest on CBC's Front Page Challenge. And he was asked about how the game had changed and whether, in his view, the game had been watered down when the league expanded beyond the original six teams.
Back then, Pollock said Boston and New York each — and sometimes both — went through a period where they failed to reach the playoffs consistently in the six-team format.
"It was very much like a four-team league," said Pollock. "I like to always feel the good ol' days are right now."