John Ziegler, NHL president who oversaw merger, dies at 84
John Ziegler Jr., the NHL president who oversaw the merger with the World Hockey Association and was eventually ousted following labour unrest and a players' strike in 1992, has died. He was 84.
John Ziegler Jr., the NHL president who oversaw the merger with the World Hockey Association and was eventually ousted following
The NHL confirmed Ziegler's death in a statement by Commissioner Gary Bettman. Ziegler was living in Florida. The cause of death was not immediately known.
Ziegler was the NHL's fourth president, succeeding Clarence Campbell in 1977 and serving 15 years. Two years after he became president, the NHL merged with the WHA. It added four teams from the upstart league, including the Edmonton Oilers.
Bettman lauded Ziegler for helping the NHL become an international league by increasing the number of European players and opening the door for Russians to compete in North America. Under Ziegler, the NHL expanded into San Jose in 1991.
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Ziegler was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1987.
Ziegler was from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and broke into the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings in 1959.
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