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  1. I usually don't update those until I've had feedback on the logo and uniforms, that way if there's changes that need to be made, I only have to change it in one place. They're up now: http://phlnetwork.blogspot.ca/p/team-information.html
  2. I may leave that for the community to decide. There probably won't be an expansion committee this time as it seems like Dallas and Cleveland are likely shoo-ins. Instead, I'll probably hold a "name the team" competition for one or possibly both teams. Boston chose to keep their roster intact and allow the chemistry to develop. They may make a move at the trade deadline though.
  3. 1991 Off-Season http://phlnetwork.blogspot.ca/ 1991 Entry Draft After a tough season, the Winnipeg Pioneers held the first overall pick in the PHL draft for the first time in franchise history. The Pioneers finally got a true franchise player when they selected Dan Crow, a superstar in the Ontario Junior league who had scored 58 goals in 1990-91. The Miami Stingrays finally had their franchise defenseman after selecting Edmonton native Brad Little with the second pick. Little won defenseman of the year honours in the Canadian Junior Hockey League at only 17 in 1990-91. The California Nuggets added to their European nucleus with the selection of Finnish winger Teppo Saari to round out the top three. As Communism continued to fall apart, several Eastern European players were selected, including three Soviet players, Stanislav Zykov went to Minnesota, Vladimir Kozakov was selected by Chicago, and Ilya Severov was the last player picked by the California Nuggets, while Czech forward David Havel was selected by Toronto. 1. Winnipeg – Dan Crow, F, CAN 2. Miami – Brad Little, D, CAN 3. California – Teppo Saari, F, FIN 4. Ottawa – Jean Francois Belanger, D, CAN 5. Washington – Justin Hill, D, USA 6. Kansas City - Travis Watson, F, USA 7. Denver – Alexander Simard, D, CAN 8. Calgary – Jonas Andersson, F, SWE 9. Pittsburgh – Brendan Bittner, F, CAN 10. Quebec – Anders Henriksson, F, SWE 11. LA – Luke Webb, D, USA 12. New York – Ryan Cobb, F, CAN 13. Detroit – Igor Kharitonov, F, USSR 14. Nova Scotia – Teemu Nurminen, D, FIN 15. Minnesota – Stanislav Zykov, F, USSR 16. Chicago – Vladimir Kozakov, F, USSR 17. Vancouver – Trevor Kerwick, D, CAN 18. Toronto – David Havel, F, CZE 19. Seattle – Jason Whitaker, F, CAN 20. Philadelphia – Jay Lydon, D, CAN 21. Milwaukee – Brent Zahorsky, D, CAN 22. Long Island – Niklas Jonsson, F, SWE 23. Edmonton - Elliott Reese, F, CAN 24. Boston – Jeffery Kaiser, F, CAN 25. St. Louis – Ryan McCarthy, F, CAN 26. California (from Montreal), Ilya Severov, F, USSR Notable Retirements: Grant Millen – STL, 1973-1991 Playing alongside the greatest scorer in PHL history, Grant Millen forged a reputation of his own as one of the league’s genius playmakers. Millen played most of his 18-year career on hockey’s most dominant line with David Appleby and Niklas Ekberg. Together the three superstars led the St. Louis Spirits to five Lewis Cups in a nine year span. Millen retires as the Spirits’ second leading scorer all-time, behind only Appleby. Alan Chadwick – CAL, LI, 1973-1991 Alan Chadwick played most of his 18-year career with the Nuggets, helping lead them to a Lewis Cup victory in 1980 and eventually serving as their captain. In 1987, Chadwick was traded to the Long Island Concordes, where in 1990, he won his second championship. Terry Wolfe – STL, 1972-1991 Another key piece of the St. Louis dynasty, Terry Wolfe was a steady presence on the Spirits’ blueline for nearly two decades. Wolfe was selected seventh overall by the Spirits in 1972 and a decade later, helped lead St. Louis to their first of what would be five Lewis Cups in nine seasons. Clint Allen – MIN, 1973-1991 The son of PHL legend George Allen, Clint Allen played a valuable role in the Lumberjacks 1979 Lewis Cup victory, playing alongside Guy Dupont. In the latter years of his career, Allen served as a mentor to younger Lumberjacks Jason Crowley and Pavel Vana and played a key role in Minnesota’s surprising run to the finals in 1990. Craig Tucker – HAM/WSH, MIA, 1970-1991 Selected second overall by Hamilton in the 1970 draft, Tucker retires as the final PHL player to have played for the Kings in Hamilton. Tucker played 19 years with the Kings/Generals franchise before signing with the expansion Miami Stingrays in 1989, where he played the final two years of his career. Toby Griffin – STL, 1971-1991 Griffin was yet another important part of the St. Louis Spirits’ depth on the blueline during their dynasty years in the 1980s. Notable Trades Philadelphia trades F Alexei Yolkin to Toronto in exchange for F Jonathan Stafford. Redshirts captain Gary Johnson will likely retire at the conclusion of the 1991-92 season, so the Redshirts are desperate to make a run. With continued uncertainty about the future of the Soviet Union, It may be a while before Yolkin can come to North America so the Redshirts sent him to Toronto in exchange for an established star in Stafford. Quebec trades G John Gage to Chicago in exchange for F Graham Boswell. The Nationale add to their forward depth. Patrick Lemoine is expected to take on the goaltending duties, so Quebec could afford to part with Gage. Chicago finally gets the number one goaltender they need, at the cost of one of their most popular players. California trades D Evan Flowers to Montreal in exchange for 26th overall draft pick. Montreal strengthens their defense while the Nuggets continue their rebuild, using the pick to select Soviet forward Ilya Severov. Key Free Agents Pete Holloway (SEA) signs 3-year deal with Milwaukee worth $2 Million/year. The Choppers get a veteran star as Holloway leaves Seattle for a chance to win his first Lewis Cup. Dawson Robb (MIA) signs 2-year deal with Long Island worth $1 Million/year. Robb joins his fourth team, adding veteran experience to the Concordes’ blueline. Pascal Renaud (LI) signs 3-year deal with Quebec worth $1.5/year. In a surprising move, Renaud leaves Long Island to sign with his hometown team, leaving 20-year-old Jeff Pickard as the number one goaltender on the Island. Brett Zimmer (WSH) signs 4-year deal with Minnesota worth $900,000. Zimmer, looking for his first championship, gives the Lumberjacks some defensive depth. News The first major announcement of the 1991 off-season came when the Boston Bulldogs announced that plans for a new 20,000 downtown arena had been approved and construction would begin in the spring of 1992. The Bulldogs and the PBL’s Boston Muskets would move into the new building by the 1994-95 season. In other arena news, the Nova Scotia Claymores approached the city of Halifax about funding for a new arena. Owner Jim MacDonald still hoped to find a buyer who would keep the team in Nova Scotia and hoped securing the funding for a new facility would make the team more attractive to any potential buyer. It was a long shot and the city was more than a little hesitant about giving financial support to a franchise with such an uncertain future. By late July, Darryl Byrd advised MacDonald to widen his search for both a new owner and a new building to include other markets. Cleveland made a big step during the summer of 1991 towards acquiring a PHL franchise. The city finally approved David Farber’s 18,000 seat arena, meaning construction would begin in early 1992. “This is a huge step in the right direction for the city of Cleveland” said Byrd. “The fact that there will now be a tangible building changes everything.” Meanwhile, Clint Love also said he was close to securing the approval he needed to build a 20,000-seat arena in Dallas as he continued to lobby for a PHL franchise of his own. The other cities rumoured to be bidding for expansion franchises include Atlanta, Cincinnati, New Orleans, and Houston. Byrd has yet to make an official announcement on when the next expansion will take place or if and when he plans to assemble an expansion committee as his predecessor did to decide which cities will be admitted. In other news Seattle overhauled their front office, firing both GM Bob Creelman and Head Coach Grant Dunlop. Former Grey Wolves Winger Bruce Dickenson was named Head Coach, while former Detroit Mustang Bobby Vail was named GM. Quebec also fired head coach Jean-Pierre Boisvert, replacing him with former Ottawa coach Jacques Colette.
  4. Since there's a lot of speculation I can confirm that the Nuggets will be one of the teams rebranding in 1992, and when I say rebrand, I mean a whole new logo and a completely new colour scheme. To be honest, the Nuggets identity has always been my least favorite so personally I'm excited about this one. The real story is that when I created new uniforms for the Bulldogs for 1967, I actually just forgot to copy the logo to the left side. I went to correct it and then decided I actually like the way it looked. I also felt like it was a cool quirk that a team like Boston with their history and character might have. I never really came up with an actual fictional reason for it though, its just something the team has always had and there's some mystery to it.
  5. Bulldogs Unveil New Look http://phlnetwork.blogspot.ca/ The Boston Bulldogs will open the 1991-92 season with an updated look. The classic color scheme of Black, Red, and White will remain, as will the same basic dog face found on all the previous uniforms in the team's history, but with a few changes. The Dog's face has been updated to look more aggressive and intimidating. Changes have also been made to the striping design on the uniforms. The secondary "pawprint" logo has also been updated, but will still appear only on the right shoulder of the jerseys, as per team tradition. "We felt we could use an update, this new look is sleek and intimidating and I think it reflects our hockey club very well" said GM Bob Canton. Though Boston is the only team making changes in 1991, it has been reported that two teams will make major changes to their identities in the summer of 1992.
  6. The Bulldogs are one of the biggest contenders entering the 1991-92 season. Even in '91, they were expected to make a serious run but just came up short. Speaking of the Bulldogs...
  7. Don't worry everyone, St. Louis is as good as done now. There's a mass retirement coming up and even Appleby may be nearing the end. Also, once the salary cap comes along (much earlier than it did in the NHL) you'll see a lot more parity in the league. A team like the Spirits simply won't be able to stay together by the end of this decade.
  8. 1991 Lewis Cup Finals http://phlnetwork.blogspot.ca/ The PHL’s past met its future in the 1991 Lewis Cup Finals. The St. Louis Spirits, led by David Appleby, now statistically the greatest player in PHL history, were seeking their fifth Lewis Cup in a decade. The Montreal Royale, led by young superstar Vincent Ducharme, were seeking the third championship in their history and the first since 1968. Game one in Montreal was close. St. Louis gained the lead early and despite the Royale continuously tying the game, the Spirits always retook the lead. St. Louis held a 4-3 lead with only 13 seconds left in the game when Sylvain Landry tied it once again. Goaltenders Victor Malmsten and Jaroslav Danek then put on the performance of a lifetime, forcing the game into triple overtime. With only 33 seconds left in the third OT, Adam Lawless scored to give St. Louis the win and a 1-0 series lead. Game two was another close one, with Montreal once again pressing for the tying goal in the final minutes down a goal. With just 19 seconds left, Ducharme was sprung on a breakaway. The Montreal crowd rose to their feet and began to roar as Ducharme got closer to the net. He deked Danek, attempting to squeeze the puck past him on the far left side. Somehow, Danek stretched out his pad and stopped Ducharme cold. Seconds later, Grant Millen put the puck in the empty net to seal the win for St. Louis and give them a 2-0 lead in the series. Heading to St. Louis for game three, things did not look good for Montreal. After losing the first two games at home, the Royale now had to win at least two in St. Louis. Game three looked good, as Montreal jumped to a 3-0 lead on the strength of a Ducharme hat-trick. As the second period began, the Spirits began to push. David Appleby scored twice in 28 seconds to bring the Spirits within one. Ducharme completed the hat-trick to give Montreal a 4-2 lead late in the second period, before Niklas Ekberg responded quickly to once again make it a one-goal game. Montreal pressed hard to regain their two-goal lead, but Danek met every challenge. Finally, with less than two minutes left, 20-year veteran defenseman Toby Griffin scored to tie the game. Five minutes into overtime, Appleby completed a hat-trick of his own to give St. Louis a commanding 3-0 series lead. The showdown everyone had been anticipating between Appleby and Ducharme had arrived and the veteran Appleby clearly had the upper hand. With the Cup in the arena for game four, Montreal was in pure survival mode. St. Louis opened the scoring on a goal from Lawless, before Montreal responded with a goal from JC Girard. Just moments later, Grant Millen gave St. Louis a 2-1 lead before Appleby made it 3-1. It appeared the Spirits had the Cup in their grasp. Late in the second period, Roy Jones took a roughing penalty, giving Montreal a powerplay. The Royale wasted no time, with Ducharme scoring to bring the game within one. Back in the game, Montreal was not prepared to give up. Trevor Ramsey scored his first goal of the series to tie the game. It looked like the game would go to OT once again. With just 1:18 left in the third period, Montreal defenseman Hannes Rehnquist gave Montreal the lead with a hard shot from the point. St. Louis pushed for the tying goal but Sylvain Landry scored the empty-netter to secure the win for Montreal and push the series to a game five back home. The Royale now had a chance to get back into the series with a win on home ice. Ducharme opened the scoring. Just three minutes later, Girard made it 2-0. It looked like the series was headed to a sixth game as the first period closed and the second began. Suddenly, Appleby hit Lawless with a long pass, springing him on a breakaway. Lawless deked Malmsten and scored. The crowd was silent, as if they knew what was about to happen. Appleby and Ekberg each scored just minutes later to give the Spirits a 3-2 lead. In the third period, things finally unraveled for Montreal, as Appleby scored his second of the game, Kevin Cummins scored his first of the playoffs, and Grant Millen scored what would ultimately be his final PHL goal. The aging Spirits took home their fifth Lewis Cup in less than a decade with a 6-3 win. Grant Millen and Terry Wolfe both announced their retirement during the celebration, while Toby Griffin stated he too was unsure if he would be back. For Montreal, the loss was disappointing, but there was no question the Royale had a very special player in Ducharme, who had scored some huge goals for the team and was a valuable leader throughout the post-season. Ducharme and Appleby had indeed provided a battle for the ages and though Ducharme and the Royale were clearly the better team on paper, Appleby and the veteran Spirits simply knew how to win, even against an arguably superior opponent. Despite the loss, Don Shelburne felt the Royale had made some important strides and learned some valuable lessons during the run. “Our team really grew up this spring” said Shelburne. “Sometimes you have to lose to learn how to win. I have full confidence this is a championship team, the next step is to finish the job.”
  9. 1991 Playoffs http://phlnetwork.blogspot.ca/ Almost a year after their surprising trip to the finals in the spring of 1990, the Minnesota Lumberjacks were determined to make up for a mediocre regular season with another deep run in the playoffs. Facing Edmonton in the first round was a daunting challenge and the Northern Lights wasted no time taking a 3-1 series lead. Game four got nasty when Dwight Ingram violently threw Pavel Vana into the glass. A line brawl ensued with Clint Allen and Jason Crowley both trying to reach Ingram. Vana had a concussion and would miss game five, as would Ingram, who was suspended for two games. The hit seemed to spark the Lumberjacks, who won game five in overtime on a goal from Jacob Lundholm. Despite missing Vana once again for game six, the ‘Jacks managed a 2-0 win to force game seven. Both Vana and Ingram returned for game seven in Edmonton, which also went to overtime. Eight minutes into the extra period, Gary Clayton scored for Edmonton, putting an end to Minnesota’s comeback bid. In other Western Conference action, the LA Wizards gave the St. Louis Spirits quite a scare, taking a 3-2 series lead before the Spirits stormed back to win in seven with David Appleby and Adam Lawless leading the way. Milwaukee dispatched the Chicago Shamrocks in six games, while Vancouver upset their Pacific Northwest rivals Seattle in a four-game sweep. In the Eastern Conference, Boston played from behind early in their series against the Detroit Mustangs, losing game one at home then falling behind 2-1. Desperately needing a win in game four, Jason Luna provided the overtime winner as the Bulldogs tied the series. The would not look back, winning game five 4-0 and taking game six 4-1 to take the series. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Redshirts faced a tough series of their own against the Toronto Racers. The teams were tied 2-2 heading into game five with the home team winning every game. Game five would be tight, with the teams tied 3-3 heading towards what appeared to be a sure overtime when suddenly, Magnus Swedberg beat Tom Branson to give Philly a stunning 4-3 lead with 21 seconds left. The lead would hold as the Redshirts won game five to take a 3-2 series lead. Game six did go to overtime, where Gary Johnson’s point shot found the back of the net to send the Redshirts to the second round. In other action New York’s return to the post-season proved to be short-lived, as Vincent Ducharme and the Montreal Royale ousted the Civics in five games, while the defending champion Concordes swept the Nova Scotia Claymores in four straight. For the fifth time in six season the Long Island Concordes would face the Boston Bulldogs in a playoff series. Boston had won three of the four matchups with Long Island winning the latest series a year earlier. The Concordes’ chances of beating their increasingly bitter rivals again looked very good when they found themselves ahead three games to two in what turned out to be an extremely physical series. Game six would be no different, as Long Island had an opportunity to close out the series at home. After the Concordes opened the scoring in game six, Boston went on to score four unanswered goals to send the series to a seventh and deciding game. As game six wound down, several fights broke out as tension between the two rivals finally boiled over. “We just wanted to play the right way and they insisted on mugging our guys every chance they got. It’s disappointing a team is allowed to play that way” said Long Island coach Cam Norton. Boston coach Gary Shantz was quick to respond; “If they were playing the ‘right’ way you’d think they would’ve won.” Game seven was close, tied 3-3 through two periods. Early in the third, Craig Bush gave Boston the lead with a scrappy goal in front of the net. Pascal Renaud protested, along with Norton and the rest of the Concordes, claiming he was interfered with. Nevertheless, the goal stood and minutes later, Kyle Boone added another one to give Boston a 5-3 win, sending them to the Eastern Conference finals. “I’m very disappointed” said Norton after game seven. “I guess this league just really didn’t want another repeat. It amazes me that we get officiating like this at this level.” Shantz once again responded; “I can’t believe that idiot’s name is on the cup.” Montreal continued to roll, sweeping Philadelphia in four straight. Vincent Durcharme once again led the way, scoring six goals in the series including a hat-trick in game four. St. Louis defeated Vancouver in five games with Adam Lawless continuing his strong play, playing on a line with Appleby and Grant Millen. Edmonton faced another uphill climb facing Milwaukee in round two. After Edmonton won game one, the Choppers won the next three straight to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. Facing elimination in game five, Edmonton needed a big game from their best players. Glen Childs, Dwight Ingram, and Gary Clayton each scored in a 3-2 win, extending the series. The Choppers were on their heels in game six, not wanting to return to Edmonton for a seventh game. Despite a two-goal effort from Travis Curry, the game went into overtime, tied 4-4. After Northern Lights’ goaltender Wes Simmons made several big saves to maintain the tie before rookie winger Joey Hamilton scored the winner to force the series to game seven. Edmonton won game seven 4-2 to complete the comeback and advance to the Western Conference Finals to face St. Louis. The Northern Lights’ magic seemed to have finally run out in the Western Conference Finals, where they quickly found themselves down 3-1 to the St. Louis Spirits. In a must-win game five, former Washington General Tommy McGuire scored twice while Neil Nichols added another as Edmonton jumped to a 3-0 lead. In the third period, however, David Appleby showed yet another glimpse of his greatness, scoring a hat-trick to single-handedly bring the Spirits back and tie the game. Victory seemed certain for the Spirits heading into overtime, until Joey Hamilton struck again just two minutes into the extra frame to salvage the win for Edmonton. The thrilling win would prove to be too little too late, as a four-point effort from Adam Lawless in game six would help the Spirits to a decisive 5-2 win, and a trip to the Lewis Cup Finals for the fifth time in ten seasons. The Spirits would have to wait until the following day to find out who they would face in their quest for number five, as the Montreal Royale led the Boston Bulldogs three games to two. Boston was in a similar position to Edmonton, coming off a big win in game five to prolong the series after facing a 3-1 deficit. Game six would be a wild one. Jari Pukki opened the scoring for Boston, rushing from end-to-end and beating almost everyone on the ice before flipping the puck over Victor Malmsten’s glove. Toward the end of the first period, Montreal responded with two quick goals from Ducharme and Trevor Ramsey to take the lead. That lead would only last until halfway through the second, when Jason Luna tied it with a beautiful backhand shot that went top shelf. Just over a minute into the third period, young enforcer Kyle Boone tipped a Dale Knight point shot to give Boston their second lead of the game. The Bulldogs valiantly held on to the lead entering the final moments of the game, with Ron Buckner making several spectacular stops, mostly with his glove. With just 23 seconds left, JC Girard finally beat Buckner with a hard wrist shot to tie the game and send it to overtime, where Ducharme quickly ended the contest with a wrister of his own. It was a coming-of-age moment for Ducharme and the Royale, as they jumped off the bench and mobbed their veteran goalie Malmsten in celebration. Five years after drafting Ducharme and six years after hiring Don Shelburne, the Royale would finally play for their first Lewis Cup in 23 years.
  10. Welcome aboard! you're just in time, the '91 playoffs are on the way
  11. I like it, Purple and Orange is a very underrated colour scheme, and the logo is a big upgrade. Looks good.
  12. He defected to the US but he's now playing in Canada. Krayev and Gaganov did meet towards the end of the season and each registered a point. It was actually their first-ever meeting on the ice as Krayev was only 13 when Gaganov defected. There promises to be many more battles between the two as Krayev is every bit as dangerous with the puck as Gaganov.
  13. A Claymores move to Texas is unlikely as they will be staying in Halifax at least until their lease expires in 1994. By then Dallas could very well have an expansion team on the way. Cleveland is also a front-runner for expansion so the most likely cities to get the Claymores would be Atlanta, Houston, Cincinnati (unlikely if Cleveland gets a team) and New Orleans, who's interest in the PHL developed when Miami got their team. This is a tough one for me as a Halifax native and lifelong resident. I'd love to keep the Claymores alive but I also know it would've been economically impossible for a major league team to survive here in the 90s. There is a possibility of the team returning someday, along with whichever other Canadian team(s) is forced to relocate. Yes it should be a classic, those teams had some great series against eachother in the past and this one promises to be no different. Boston probably has their best chance to win the Lewis Cup in two decades while Detroit is determined to return to greatness again as well.
  14. 1990-91 Regular Season http://phlnetwork.blogspot.ca/ In the fall of 1990, the eyes of the hockey world were on David Appleby as he drew closer to Skippy Cleveland for the all-time PHL points record. Entering a home-and-home series with Kansas City on November 2, Appleby sat just one point away from the record. The first game was in Kansas City and as the clock wound down, the Spirits’ captain remained without a point. Finally, with just 43 seconds left, Appleby assisted on a Niklas Ekberg goal to tie the record as St. Louis skated to a 2-0 win. Two nights later in St. Louis, Appleby was determined to surpass Cleveland in front of the home crowd. They wouldn’t have to wait long, as Appleby beat goaltender Chris Withrow just three minutes in to give St. Louis a 1-0 lead. Appleby was now officially the PHL’s all-time leading scorer. The game was stopped temporarily while Appleby was honored by commissioner Darryl Byrd and Rob Cleveland, Skippy’s oldest son, who congratulated Appleby on behalf of his late father. “My father always said records are made to be broken and I know he would be very happy to see such a great player break his record tonight” said Cleveland. Appleby finished the year with 84 points, his lowest total since the mid-1970s, but nonetheless led St. Louis to first place in the Western Conference. In Montreal, Vincent Ducharme and the Royale enjoyed their best season yet, winning the Eastern Conference title and first place overall in the league with 108 points. Ducharme also won the scoring crown for the first time in his career with 112 points including 58 goals while Don Shelburne was named coach of the year. Boston also had their best regular season in years, winning the Atlantic Division with 107 points. The addition of star defenseman Jari Pukki paid dividends for the Bulldogs, as Pukki scored 103 points, the most for a defenseman all year while Ron Buckner enjoyed a career year, finishing as a finalist for the Whyte Trophy, awarded to the league’s best goaltender. The defending champion Concordes had another strong season, finishing third in the East as Stuart Burns once again led the team in scoring with 92 points while Pascal Renaud won his first career Whyte trophy. The Toronto Racers followed up their return to the post-season in 1990 with a big 90-point season in ’91. Defenseman Randy Fernandez became the first defenseman in franchise history to lead the Racers in scoring. With his booming slapshot, the 6’10” defenseman excelled as a powerplay quarterback. Racers freshman Tory Partridge earned rookie of the year honors with 47 goals while also proving to be a physical force playing alongside longtime enforcer Rex Hull. Elsewhere in the East, Miami endured another tough year, while Pittsburgh dropped out of the post-season picture for the first time in 14 years. The New York Civics finally returned to the playoffs for the first time since 1982 as Aaron Duplacy, Jeremy Kitchen, and Lamar Jackson all enjoyed breakout years. There was, however, one dark moment early in the season when Lamar Jackson was suspended for six games after jumping into the Pittsburgh bench to fight Stingers forward Scott Lindsay after Lindsay had crosschecked him in a scrum in front of the bench. “He’s a good kid but he’ll need to learn to control his emotions. That comes with experience and discipline” said Civics coach Bruce Irvine. 1990-91 was the season of the enforcer out west, as heavyweight showcases were frequent. Vancouver tough guy Cedric Thibault proved himself as one of the most feared fighters in the league after more than holding his own against seasoned pugilists like Rex Hull, Shayne Boggs, and Roy Jones. One of the most anticipated fights took place in February when Edmonton’s Dwight Ingram knocked out Bighorns’ star forward Brett Townsend with a clean but devastating hit. “I think there’s no choice but to respond” said Thibault. “This is why I’m here and when we go to Edmonton, I need to do my job and make sure they get the message.” The next meeting came on March 1 and there was not an empty seat in the house as everyone eagerly awaited the promised tilt. It finally came in the third period. With Thibault already on the ice, Edmonton coach Rick Camford tapped Ingram on the shoulder and the hulking defenseman lined up beside his rival as the crowd began to roar. Before the puck even hit the ice, Thibault and Ingram immediately dropped their gloves, removed their elbow pads as the roar from the crowd grew louder. They sized eachother up for a few seconds, then held nothing back for nearly a minute and a half. Though Ingram appeared to have the victory by a slim margin, Thibault had held his own against one of the most intimidating players in the game. While Thibault helped his Bighorns to a fifth place finish – and a first-round date with their Pacific Northwest rivals Seattle, Ingram and the Northern Lights continued to crash and bruise their way to a Pacific Division title. It was a tough season in Winnipeg, the lowlight being when star defenseman Dwayne Gibbons was arrested for a DUI in November. Gibbons, who had battled addiction throughout his career was forced to check into rehab and he would not return to the club until March. Just weeks after Gibbons’ arrest, winger Mike Wheeler was sidelined with a knee injury and also missed most of the season. The Pioneers fell all the way to last place in the PHL with a horrific 23 wins. “This was a year I think we’d all like to forget” said head coach Bruce Winter. In Calgary, the Wranglers received a big surprise in January, when Sergei Krayev snuck away from the Soviet National team while playing in a tour across the United States. Krayev quickly signed with the Wranglers and was in their lineup by mid-February. The Soviet superstar gave Calgary a huge boost, taking them from the league basement into a neck-and-neck battle with LA for the final playoff spot. After playing their final game of the season, Calgary held the final seed. A California win over LA would ensure the Wranglers would stay in eighth place. However, the Wizards, who had reaped the benefits of a 109 point season from Viktor Skogg, returned to the post-season after a decisive 7-0 win to close out an eventful regular season for themselves and the PHL.
  15. Thanks man! I really enjoy writing the history page, it's fun remembering the earlier parts of the project. There will be a uniform history section at some point, I've actually already started it for a few teams. It might take some time to get it finished but it will be there eventually. It is fun to see the evolution of sports uniforms. one of my favorite sites (besides sportslogos.net of course) is nhluniforms.com. I've used this both as a resource and just to look at for fun for many years, I'd love to set up something similar to this for the PHL eventually. As far as ownership is concerned, most of these teams are pretty secure. Nova Scotia is obviously in the most trouble as they not only desperately need a new arena, but Jim MacDonald, the team's original owner since 1959, is now 74 and his family may no longer have the money to keep the team afloat. Ottawa owner Terry Goren's commitment to the Beavers has been called into question, as there has clearly been little to no effort to improve the team. Ottawa fans are beginning to get very restless and so will Byrd, who has very little patience for stagnant franchises. Ottawa's survival will depend on Goren's willingness to either build a new facility himself, or sell the team to someone who will. Quebec's ownership is pretty solid as the Poulette family has been very hands-on over the years, there are questions about how they will afford a new building, however. Besides that, it should be pretty simple for Boston, Toronto, and Vancouver to get new arenas, and like the post said, new buildings are already on the way for New York, Chicago, and Denver so those teams are safe for the long haul.