It wasn't until the 1970-71 season, when the Canucks & Sabres were added, that the NHL started to balance the divisions by moving the Black Hawks to the West. (Chicago promptly won the West by a country mile the next 2 seasons)
In the offseason, when the Nordiques moved to Denver and became the Colorado Avalanche, they immediately became my favorite western conference team because my uncle had moved out to CO when I was a kid in the early 90s and he was a massive hockey fan who became an Avs season ticket holder the second they went on sale (he still is) and he bought my brothers and me Avs gear cuz they weren’t really a Rangers rival.
When they won the Cup their first year out west, my brothers and I (not to mention my Uncle) were all pretty psyched.
as to quote Greta Thurnberg,
"HOW DARE YOU"
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