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  1. Sure can! It probably won't be unveiled until the summer of 1994 so just send me a reminder if I forget.
  2. I think some do but I can't remember. These slogans are mostly thought up by fans/readers. Basically anyone who has a favorite team can make up a slogan for their team. I think they'll become more common by the late 2000s - early 2010s when social media becomes a big part of the game too.
  3. It's tough to say which team will be successful faster. Both teams are right on the brink of reaching the playoffs, with a very good chance for both to make it in '94. Long term, I think the Twisters are set up for more success as they are set at every position. Miami may benefit from a weak division in the late 90s, as Long Island, Pittsburgh, and possibly Philly could have some tough years ahead. And yes, Edmonton/Philly would be a very interesting final. Unfortunately, you're right. There will be more on the Claymores situation this off-season but it looks like their time in Halifax is nearing the end. The team's lease at Barrington Arena expires in 1994, but they may last until '95 if a new location isn't finalized. It looks like New Orleans is the most likely destination at this point but we'll see what happens.
  4. Thank you! and yes I trace over photos of real-life players, then make a few modifications. For example, this season's pic of Jari Pukki is actually taken from a pic of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Edmonton Oilers. Toronto's Uniforms are light blue with navy and white trim.
  5. I must've forgot to change the divisions from last year's standings, thanks for the heads up!
  6. 1992-93 Regular Season 1992-93 marked year two of the “Russian Invasion” in the PHL, as players from the former Soviet Union dominated the league. Chicago once again benifited enormously from their Russian trio, as Vladimir Gaganov, Alexander Orlov, and Vladimir Kozakov all made up the top three in team scoring as the Shamrocks finished atop the League with 108 points, while Gaganov finished second in league scoring. In Washington, rookie Igor Zharkov took the league by storm, finishing fifth in league scoring and taking home the Garfield Trophy for rookie of the year as Washinton returned to the post-season with an eighth place finish. As dominant as the Russians around the league were, however, the most dominant performance in the league came from a player hailing from another European country. 32-year-old Finnish defenseman Jari Pukki enjoyed the best season of his career, earning an incredible 87 assists while adding 27 goals to finish third in league scoring, the highest ever for a PHL defenseman. Pukki’s end-to-end rush had been thrilling PHL fans for nearly 15 years, but now playing in sports-mad Boston, Pukki was finally earning the recognition he had deserved, taking home top defenseman honours, as well as the Veteran’s Cup for league MVP. Montreal returned to the top of the Eastern Conference standings in 1993, thanks mostly to Vincent Ducharme’s league-leading 122 points, while veteran playmaker Trevor Ramsey earned 63 assists setting up the superstar forward. “He’s just so much fun to play with” said the former Calgary Wrangler Ramsey about Ducharme. “I don’t even have to look, he knows exactly where to be, I just have to put the puck there and he does the rest.” A classic rivalry was revived in ’92-93, as the Toronto Racers also continued their rise to prominence. Alexei Yolkin ignited the Racers’ offence, with Randy Fernandez proving to be an enormous threat from the blueline, especially on the powerplay. Fernandez was coming off a huge performance for the American team in the 1992 World Hockey Challenge and he carried it over to the regular season. When the Racers met the Royale for the first time in 1992, fans were treated to a performance for the ages by two superstars, as Yolkin and Ducharme each scored hat-tricks in a 5-4 Toronto victory. Despite Ducharme’s performance, the Royale were embarrassed by the loss and when the teams met again on December 12 in Montreal, tension boiled over as Montreal’s Ron Borden and Toronto’s Tory Partridge dropped the gloves just three minutes in for what would the first of two fights between the two. Toronto managed to win again, as the Royale were simply unable to find room on the ice with Toronto’s hard-nosed, tight-checking play. Ultimately, the Racers won the season series and finished fifth, surrendering fourth place to Detroit on the final day of the season. Elsewhere in the East, The New York Civics were dealt a devastating blow when superstar forward Aaron Duplacy went down with a season-ending separated shoulder in the middle of a tight playoff race in late February. The Civics had held the final playoff spot throughout most of the year with Washington and Miami in close pursuit. After Duplacy’s injury, New York lost their grip on the coveted eighth spot and ultimately fell out of the post-season picture, as did Miami, despite their first 30-win season in franchise history. While star defenseman Theo Sprouse enjoyed a big first year in the Windy City, his former team, the Long Island Concordes, missed him terribly on their blueline. Just three years removed from their first Lewis Cup, Long Island dropped to seventh place and actually found themselves battling for their playoff lives right into the month of April. In the Western Conference, the Minnesota Lumberjacks continued their climb up the standings as Jason Crowley finally began to establish himself as one of the premier players in the game. Though his scoring totals were not as impressive as that of Gaganov or Ducharme, Crowley’s ability and willingness to do everything from dropping the gloves to scoring a big goal when it was needed made the Lumberjacks one of the most difficult teams to play against. Crowley gave Minnesota a true franchise player for the first time since legends Guy Dupont and Bobby Sorel had left in the early 80s and the Lumberjacks took fourth place in the west. The Calgary Wranglers hit a bump in the road late in the year when Sergei Krayev went down with a fractured wrist. However the Wranglers still managed to get into the playoffs as Shannon Micheals and Jay Lydon both stepped up to lead the offence while Ron Tatum was spectacular in net. In Kansas City, it looked like Twisters fans could finally witness playoff hockey for the first time as the team’s young core, led by Scott Drayton and Travis Watson, proved more than capable of competing with anyone in the league. Entering the final day of the season, The Twisters were tied with state rivals St. Louis for the final playoff spot. Age had finally caught up with David Appleby and the Spirits, who were in danger of missing the post-season since the mid-70s. In the final game, however, it was experience, especially in a desperate situation, that won out. Niklas Ekberg broke a 2-2 tie late in the third period, before Appleby hit the empty net as St. Louis ended the Twisters’ playoff hopes to claim the final spot. For St. Louis, the win served as a reminder to the league that they still knew how to win, even if they were no longer as fast or as strong as they had been. For Kansas City, the heartbreaking loss simply meant they were a good team, just not quite ready to take the next step. “It’s certainly a bitter pill to swallow” said head coach Kevin Haysbert. “I think we’re close though. We don’t just want to make the playoffs, we want to win a championship and I think we have a group here that can do just that, we just have a little more growing up to do.”
  7. Thanks everyone! There really is nothing like being a Dad. Ha! love this, I think the Northern Lights would've loved it too..
  8. Sorry for the delay everybody, My wife finally gave birth to our son on Saturday! Needless to say, it's been a pretty hectic few days. Mother and Baby are doing well and '92-93 has been simulated, I'll just need to do the write-up either today or tomorrow. Thanks for you patience guys!
  9. A tie seems unlikely now but if it did happen Asteroids would be the name
  10. So the poll is up now, sorry for the delay. I'll list the three names here and why I've chosen them. Please vote in the poll though, the link is below, the poll is in the upper left hand corner. https://phlnetwork.blogspot.ca/ Rock/Rock 'n Roll - Perfect 90s-style name, great homage to the Rock 'n Roll hall of fame, one of the things the city is best known for. Metal - Another good one because it both pays homage to the R 'n R hall of fame as well but also gives a slight nod to Cleveland's industrial tradition. Cosmos - As someone mentioned, there are a LOT of famous astronauts from Ohio (including Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon), and name would lend itself to some really cool logo possibilities. The poll will be open until Saturday night. Thanks everyone who suggested names, and in advance to everyone who votes!
  11. Just so you guys know, I'll be setting up the poll to vote on the Cleveland franchise's name tomorrow morning. I've finally chosen a name for Dallas that I think works really well, that will be revealed along with Cleveland's name in the 1993 off-season. Thanks everyone for your name suggestions!
  12. Fixed. I had put the flags in the wrong position according to the seedings. When I corrected it, I forgot to change the score. Thanks for the heads up!
  13. 1992 World Hockey Challenge After several changes to the political landscape, the 1992 World Hockey Challenge had a very different look from previous tournaments. With the Soviet Union having broken up, the team would now compete as the Commonwealth of Independent States, while a unified German team would compete for the first time. The Germans would not fare much better, however, losing all three of their Round Robin games. With ongoing political uncertainty in the former Soviet Union, the CIS team was unable to recruit a few of their star players. Vladimir Gaganov declined the opportunity to return to the National team, while Sergei Krayev and Alexander Orlov also declined to play. Wanting to help his chances of making the PHL in his rookie season, 18-year-old Igor Zharkov did commit to playing in the Tournament and would be heavily counted on to lead the Russian attack. The team predictably looked strong against Great Britain, defeating them 7-1 with Zharkov scoring two goals. In their second game against Finland, Zharkov’s goal early on gave CIS a 1-0 lead, before Jari Pukki rushed the puck up the ice and tied the game. Antero Parvainen played incredibly throughout the rest of the game as did CIS goaltender Alexei Teryoshin in what turned out to be a 1-1 tie. Facing the Americans in the final game of the Round Robin, the CIS team needed a win, while Team USA was looking to complete a perfect record heading into the Medal Round. The Americans, backstopped by brilliant goaltending from Ron Buckner, had yet to allow a goal in the tournament, while Jason Crowley had three goals in the first two games. The Americans got off to a strong start with goals coming from Craig Davidson and Matt Pope. Dimitri Kronin brought CIS within a goal and Teryoshin held the team in the game until goals from Crowley and Craig Bush put the game out of reach as the Americans took first place in Group B. In group A, Team Canada once again dominated the rest of the field. Vincent Ducharme led the tournament in scoring with eight goals in three games, including hat-tricks against Germany and Czechoslovakia. Only Sweden gave the Canadians any considerable resistance in their second game, holding them to a 2-2 tie until Stuart Burns scored early in the third period, ultimately giving Canada the win. A 5-1 win over the Czechs in their final game secured top spot in Group A, while Sweden managed to salvage a second-place finish after a surprisingly tough battle with Germany. In the Medal Round, Canada continued their dominance against Great Britain, jumping ahead to a 5-0 lead. In the third period, a goal from Harry Hayes put the British on the board, before Brett Caldwell’s point shot brought them within three goals. Finally, Hayes hit the post with three minutes left. Brent MacDonald was forced to make a few big stops during the last two and a half minutes but the Canadians held on for the win. In one of the other Quarterfinal matchups, Finland met Sweden in an all-Scandinavian battle. The teams were tied 3-3 after regulation as the game headed to overtime. Just minutes into the extra frame, Swedish forward Tomas Axelsson had a big opportunity at the side of the net, but Parvainen was able to get across the crease in time to make the stop. With the game still tied after overtime, a shootout would commence. After each team had shot three times, the shootout remained scoreless. Roni Laukanen was up next for Finland and made no mistake, beating Victor Malmsten to give the Fins the lead. Ulf Linden tied it, meaning if Malmsten could stop the next shot, the Swedes would have a chance to win. Pasi Villanen shot next for Finland, beating Malmsten to give Finland the lead again and Antero Parvainen a chance to win the game. Magnus Swedberg would shoot next for Sweden. Swedberg attempted to deke his Philadelphia teammate, but Parvainen was a step ahead of him, stopping him with his glove. Finland was moving on to the Semifinals. In Group B, The Americans routed Germany 11-1, while Czechoslovakia defeated the CIS team 4-2. The Americans and Czechs were tied 3-3 in the dying minutes of the game, when Gary Johnson, playing competitive hockey for the final time, broke the tie with a point shot that found its way to the net. Craig Bush sealed the win with an empty net goal to send the Americans to the final game for the first time. Canada defeated Finland 4-1 in the other semifinal to set up a North American showdown for the World Challenge Cup. In the championship game, 23,100 packed into the CanaDome in Winnipeg to see hockey’s two superpowers face off for the world title. David Appleby opened the scoring for Canada, then Jonathan Stafford made it 2-0. The Americans needed a boost, so coach Gary Shantz called a timeout. It seemed to work as Team USA began to apply the pressure. MacDonald made several big saves until finally, early in the third period, Stuart Burns put USA on the board. Minutes later, Jason Crowley tied the game with a hard wrist shot from the high slot. The pressure was now on Canada. Late in the third period, Adam Lawless nearly gave the Canadians another lead but was stopped cold by Ron Buckner. The game went into overtime where just eleven seconds in, Tommy McGuire beat MacDonald to complete the comeback and give the United States their first-ever world title. Jason Crowley was named tournament MVP, while Gary Johnson, who previously had never won any kind of league or world title at the professional level, was able to retire a champion.
  14. Thanks everyone for the name suggestions! Basically the way I'll do it for Cleveland is I'll pick three names and put them in a poll. The Poll will be hosted on the blog since I don't believe polls are permitted on the concepts boards. The name with the most votes wins. Here's some basic guidelines for any further names; - Names of real-life NHL teams that lasted longer than ten years, or existed beyond 1960 will not be used (names of early franchises like the Tigers, Americans, Pirates, etc are acceptable). - Names of current or recent NBA teams will not be used. Honestly, this is a pretty casual process. Until the polls it's not really based on votes. I'll be deciding the top three based mostly on what kind of logos I could come up with for them. For Dallas, the process is even less formal, i'll be looking more for suggestions than actually holding any sort of competition. I've actually already started working on a possible logo featuring a cow skull but I'm not really sure what to name it. The idea I initially had was "Renegades" but I'd like to see what you guys have in mind too. Next up will be the 1992 World Hockey Challenge, which is being simulated now. Thanks guys!
  15. I'll try to provide that for you as we go, Just remind me with each one. Generally you can just go by whatever colours appear to be the most dominant on the uniform. As for the alignment, the east will be pretty simple, Cleveland will simply be inserted into the Northeast Division. I haven't yet decided what to do for Dallas. I think they'll play in the Central and either Denver or Winnipeg will move to the Pacific. I believe Denver is the westernmost team currently in the Central, but Winnipeg could work too with all the other western Canadian teams playing in the Pacific.