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  1. Boston's window for another title is slowly closing now. Craig Bush is now 33 and the rest of the core is roughly the same age. They'll probably have another year or two to go for it before they'll have to decide if it's time to rebuild. Even if the late 90s - early 00s are a bit rough in Boston they do have a management team in place that is capable of turning things around fairly quickly. Those are all good markets and will certainly be considered. One thing I'd really like dor the next expansion is to put a team in a city that has no sports teams in real life. Even a place like Norfolk, VA, or Birmingham, AB. I haven't. It would be cool but just too much work to come up with anything more than names for them in addition to running the PHL itself. I'd say go with teal and orange but either one works. I probably will update Cleveland's wordmark at some point, I just haven't had the time recently, especially with all the other logos coming out at the same time.
  2. Yes, you're right about the Concordes stripe. I'll fix that tomorrow. Thanks! I did test it with double digit numbers and it actually does work though it doesn't look quite as good. St. Louis probably won't use theirs very long as they too are slated for an update to their whole look in another couple of years. Thanks for the comments everybody! This is by far the most fun decade to design jerseys for and there's still a lot more on the way in the coming seasons! I'm hoping to have the 1994 off-season up soon and then we can 94-95 underway!
  3. 1994-95 Uniform Updates The look of the PHL continued it's rapid transformation in 1994. Three teams made changes to their identities, with two of those teams introducing entirely new logos and uniforms. The Long Island Concordes were the first team to unveil their new look. The new primary logo features a much more detailed jet than it's predecessor in the new team colors of teal, purple, orange, and black. The secondary logo features a set of pilot wings stylized to look like a seagull. The team will wear teal uniforms on the road and white at home with both jerseys featuring a sublimated design on the bottom that resembles jets flying through the air. "We felt it was time to update our look and we really wanted a look that connects well with our community and our fanbase" said team owner Ed Jeffreys. The Pittsburgh Stingers also overhauled their look, abandoning the basic, overhead image of a bee used since their GHL days for a more dynamic and aggressive logo featuring a bee brandishing a hockey stick. The team retains their classic color scheme of black, gold and white, but made significant changes to the design of their jerseys. The Milwaukee Choppers made the fewest changes to their look, slightly adjusting the shade of orange while adding a silver and black outline to the primary logo. The team also added a secondary logo featuring a skull placed inside a flaming shield similar to the one used in the team's main logo. The biggest changes were made to the uniforms, with a large dose of silver now added to accompany the black and orange, while the waist stripes have been made to resemble the lines on a highway. Finally, the league made a fairly big announcement in July, 1994. A new program would allow teams to introduce new alternate or "third" jerseys beginning in the 1994-95 season in addition to their standard home and away uniforms. The jerseys could be worn 1-5 times each season and would provide teams with an opportunity to experiment with new designs. Any team that has not made significant changes to their uniform for at least two full seasons can introduce a third jersey. The first five teams unveiled alternates in 1994. The Boston Bulldogs will wear a red jersey that had been considered as their new away jersey when the team made changes in 1991, The St. Louis Spirits will wear a second white jersey featuring the gateway arch with their primary logo appearing to fly through it, The California Nuggets unveiled a new teal jersey featuring a wrap-around logo design around the chest, Minnesota will use a black uniform featuring a 3D-looking version of their classic saw logo with a sublimated tree design at the waist, and finally, Kansas City will wear blue jerseys with their tornado logo appearing to stir up "debris". "These uniforms are definitely not like anything PHL fans have seen before" said the league's director of marketing Jim Rudd. "This is an opportunity for our teams to think outside the box a little bit and I think the fans will really enjoy it."
  4. I think Portland could make an attempt to land a franchise in the next expansion. The only knock on Portland is the presence of two teams in the region already (Seattle and Vancouver). The league may also want to add two Eastern teams next time to balance the league a bit better so that a relocated New Orleans team can move to the Central division and Chicago can stay in the Central as well. We'll see what happens.
  5. The Stingers and Concordes have both completely overhauled their looks and Milwaukee will have updated jerseys with a new secondary logo. Also, the first five third jerseys will be coming out this off-season with Boston, Minnesota, California, KC, and St. Louis as the first subjects. These will all be unveiled in my next post, possibly tomorrow. Nova Scotia's fate will be announced in the off-season post. They are all but guaranteed to move at this point but complications with the arena in New Orleans have created an interesting development. Stay tuned..
  6. Expansion Draft Results The PHL held an expansion draft on June 20 to fill the rosters of the Dallas Desperadoes and the Cleveland Cosmos. Each existing team was allowed to protect one goalie, three defensemen, and four forwards from their twelve-man roster. Teams also had the option of protecting two goalies, as long as they made a second defenseman available. Kansas City and Miami, the league's most recent expansion teams, were each allowed to protect two extra players. Once a team lost on player, they could not lose any more. The draft went twelve rounds, with goalies selected first, defensemen next, followed by forwards. Cleveland was awarded the first pick and used it to select goaltender Jim Cochran from Winnipeg. Dallas then used the second pick to take Jimmy Goren from Nova Scotia. With the fourth pick, the Cosmos selected St. Louis goaltender Jaroslav Danek, the man who had backstopped the Spirits to a dynasty in the 1980s. Cleveland mainly focused on veteran players who had been successful in the past and in addition to Danek also filled their roster with other big names such as Ottawa captain Joe Fletcher and Toronto's Rex Hull. Dallas also made some very interesting picks, including Reijo Rantala, who had also been selected in the 1989 expansion draft by Kansas City, and defenseman Olivier Meloche, who would likely become the only player in PHL history to play for both Dallas franchises. The Desperadoes also selected tough defenseman Brent McGill from New York. McGill will not play Dallas' first six games as he will be serving the remainder of a 20-game suspension received during the Civics' first-round series with Long Island. Overall, experts felt that both teams were a little weaker after the expansion draft then the 1989 expansion teams. Though Cleveland appeared to be the stronger team on paper, Dallas seemed more focused on their future, selecting mainly younger players. "While Cosmos GM Bill Kelly boldly predicted a playoff appearance, Desperadoes GM Ross Becker tried to be realistic. "To be candid, I don't expect us to be a very good team at first" said Becker. "We want to build a team that can bring a championship to Dallas, not just make the playoffs. It's going to take a lot of hard work and patience but I think we got off to a good start today." G - Jimmy Goren (NS)G - Dan Pilford (MTL)D - Brent McGill (NY)D - Wesley Cole (CHI)D - Olivier Meloche (MIL)D - Reijo Rantala (CAL)F - Scott Crook (DEN)F - Patrick Garnier (CGY)F - Ken Peters (BOS)F - Grant Sibley (WSH)F - Mike Wheeler (LI)F - Jeff Jones (VAN) G - Jim Cochran (WPG)G - Jaroslav Danek (STL)D - Justin Brand (DET)D - Jeff Whittle (LA)D - Brett Caldwell (SEA)D - Svell Pahlsson (EDM)F - Elliott Reese (PHI)F - Patrice Labrecque (QUE)F - Risto Ratianen (PIT)F - Hindrik Hjertsson (MIN)F - Joe Fletcher (OTT)F - Rex Hull (TOR)
  7. Oh I can only imagine what people would say about the Cosmos logo, especially after about 15-20 years haha. Cleveland will definitely tone things down a lot in about a decade or so. As for Dallas, I think this time it'll work out much better. The Metros probably came too soon for the market but despite all their problems actually still had a decent following, including a young boy named Randy Fernandez who is now a star defenseman with Toronto. I think the city is definitely ready now, and though they will probably tone the uniforms down a bit in the 2000s, I could see them keeping the logo intact even until present-day.
  8. I did make a list of cities a while back but I've gotten pretty slack with it, it's probably due for an update. Here's the list from 1980 when I first created the two minor leagues, teams and cities that have been added or changed since then are in bold; Pacific Hockey Association (PHA, founded in 1980) Bakersfield Sharks – LA Wizards Portland Wildcats – California Nuggets Everett Black Bears – Seattle Grey Wolves Victoria Monarchs – Vancouver Bighorns Houston Saturns – Milwaukee Choppers Lethbridge Wranglers – Calgary Wranglers Red Deer Desperadoes – Edmonton Northern Lights Brandon Prairie Dogs – Winnipeg Pioneers Salt Lake City - Kansas City Twisters Can/Am Hockey League (CAHL, founded in 1954) Hartford Bulldogs – Boston Bulldogs Windsor Wings – Detroit Mustangs Brooklyn Civics – New York Civics Indianapolis Speed – Chicago Shamrocks Toronto Junior Racers – Toronto Racers Trois Riveres Couronnes – Montreal Royale Cape Breton Highlanders – Nova Scotia Claymores Hull Castors – Ottawa Beavers Rochester Warriors – Denver Bulls Kansas City Falcons – St. Louis Spirits Springfield Tigers – Long Island Concordes Scranton Miners – Pittsburgh Stingers Hershey Keystones – Philadelphia Redshirts Norfolk Warships – Washington Generals Cincinnati Eagles – Minnesota Lumberjacks Laval Blanc et Bleu – Quebec Nationale Prince Edward Island - Miami Stingrays After this season, I'll make more updates to the list, including names for SLC and PEI, as well as Dallas and Cleveland's farm teams. Some of the original teams on this list will be moved or renamed too.
  9. Cleveland will play in the Northeast Division and Dallas will play in the Central while Denver moves to the Pacific. The Claymores' fate will be announced in the off-season post. It's all but guaranteed they will be moving to New Orleans, in which case they will likely just stay in the Northeast until the next expansion or relocation. There will be another expansion coming around 2000 and Ottawa could be heading south even before then (more on that in the off-season as well) so those events should give a New Orleans team an opportunity to move into a more appropriate division. I would say the two main colors are purple and black, however, in excel I personally will be using Silver text over pruple just because it's easier to read. Thanks man! and I never thought of doing video game covers before but that would be cool. I'm a huge fan of the EA NHL series myself. It would be fun deciding who the cover boy would be each year and even seeing if the "cover curse" applies to PHL players too
  10. Dallas, Cleveland Unveil Uniforms The two expansion teams set to begin play in the 1994-95 season took another big step towards their first season just days after the Lewis Cup Finals ended. The Dallas Desperadoes and Cleveland Cosmos both unveiled their inaugural logos and uniforms on June 10, 1994.The Desperadoes' primary logo features a cow skull stylized to resemble a goalie mask placed over a gold star, while the alternate mark, which will be worn on the left leg of the pants rather than the shoulder, features a pair of revolvers crossed over a map of Texas. The team colors of black, gold, orange and white were unveiled last year and are a sort of tribute to the city's former team, the Dallas Metros. The Home uniform will be white, trimmed with black, gold, and orange, while the road uniform will be black. The Cleveland Cosmos, whose name was selected through a "name the team" contest, will wear one of the most unusual-looking jerseys ever to see PHL ice. The "out of this world" primary logo features a planet with the team name appearing to form a ring around it and an asteroid striking it. The uniforms feature the team colors of purple, silver, and black with purple serving as the main color for the road jersey and white as the home uniform. both uniforms feature a starry sky pattern sublimated onto the bottom of the jersey with stripes styled to look like a streaking asteroid running down both arms. "It's certainly very different"said GM Bill Kelly, who himself was no stranger to wild expansion team uniforms. Kelly played goal for the neon green-clad Edmonton Northern Lights in their first season in 1976-77. "It definitely reminds me of my time in Edmonton in the late 70s" he said. We didn't have a wonderful team but those blue and green sweaters certainly got us noticed. Hopefully fans will like these sweaters, but more importantly, I hope we can give them a winning team to watch too."
  11. Thanks! I'm glad you've been enjoying it. Concerning the Claymores, I have to admit as a Halifax native that this city never could've supported a pro team in the 90s. There is a chance the team could return around the late 00s - early 10s, but I won't decide that yet. I can say that unless they have enormous success in New Orleans, similar to the Wizards in the 70s, they almost certainly won't be there permanently, especially after Katrina, which will likely have a pretty big impact on the team. The biggest factors in this universe for Halifax to get their team back are the arena and potential ownership. If they can get a new building, there is definitely a strong enough fanbase to support the team (keep in mind Halifax itself is small, but the area relatively close to it adds up to about 1 million, and the entire Maritime region has always supported the Claymores). One big hurtle would be ownership. In real life, the problem with Halifax is not so much that there aren't enough people to support a team, there may not be enough money in the area. Someone with money and influence would have to step up to make it work and there just aren't many people with that kind of wealth here. Of course again, all the maritime provinces have supported this team so it could even be someone from New Brunswick or PEI, or even from somewhere else in Canada sees potential in the market. Yes, PHL Hockey '94 was a big hit and to this day is considered a classic. Here's both Chicago sigs updated to include the '94 cup and a couple of star players from the current era, Vladimir Gaganov and Vladimir Kozakov.
  12. 1994 Lewis Cup Finals Heading into the 1994 Lewis Cup Finals, Vincent Ducharme was playing the best hockey of his career after scoring nine goals in the Eastern Conference Finals. Meanwhile, the Chicago Shamrocks were coming off one of the most successful seasons for any team in PHL history. On their way to the Finals, the Shamrocks lost only two games in the entire playoffs. Ducharme continued his strong play in game one, scoring twice in a 4-1 Montreal win in Chicago. The Shamrocks responded with a win in game two, thanks to an early third period goal from Vladimir Kozakov. Chicago hung on for a 4-2 win to tie the series. In Montreal for game three, the teams battled to a 2-2 tie and the game went into overtime. Halfway through the overtime, JC Girard’s shot beat Chicago goaltender John Gage and appeared to go into the net before Gage grabbed it with his glove. Officials reviewed the play and ruled that the puck never crossed the line and the game went on. With just three minutes left in the first overtime, Ducharme entered the Chicago zone and released a slapshot on net. The puck dipped and beat Gage to give Montreal a 3-2 win. Unable to get a step ahead of the Royale, the Shamrocks were desperate for a win in game four. “We know we can beat them, we just need to keep our game simple” said Theo Sprouse. The Shamrocks committed to tighter defensive play in game four, stifling the Royale as they only managed two shots in the first period. Meanwhile, Vladimir Gaganov scored twice to give Chicago a 2-0 lead. Martin Vannier scored early in the second just before Kevin Trainor made it 4-0. Frustration took over for Montreal, as several scrums broke out near the end of the second period. Montreal managed to score once in the third period but it was too little too late, as Chicago won the game 5-1. Game five would be pivotal, with the winner getting an opportunity to claim the title. It would be a high scoring affair, as the teams were tied 3-3 with time winding down in the third. With just six minutes left, Sergei Vetrov gave the Royale the lead. Chicago entered desperation mode once again, pulling Gage with a minute to go. Martin Vannier failed to beat Jonathan Bouret, but Vladimir Kozakov banged in the rebound and the game was tied. It appeared that the game would go into overtime when suddenly, Kozakov stripped Montreal defenseman Evan Flowers of the puck and got on a breakaway. Kozakov beat Bouret with a deke to give Chicago the lead. Montreal scrambled to try to tie it but it was too late. The Shamrocks now led the series 3-2 and had a chance to claim the championship. With the Lewis Cup in the building for game six, the burning question was whether or not the Royale could rebound from the devastating loss in game five. The question would soon be answered when Ducharme and Sylvain Landry each scored to make it 2-0 for Montreal. Gaganov scored late in the second period, closing the gap to a goal. Montreal then had a chance to increase the lead to two goals once again when Trevor Ramsey hit the post on a breakaway. Chicago withstood intense pressure from Montreal to extend the lead until Ted McDougal tied the game with just four minutes left. The game would go into overtime, where Chicago hoped to repeat their dramatic OT Cup victory from 1983. However Montreal would ensure that would not happen this time when 19-year veteran Ron Borden scored midway through the extra frame, forcing a game seven back in Chicago. “This series has been one for the ages, we all knew it had to go to seven” said commentator Don Gillis just prior to the deciding game. 62-year-old Lincoln Sports Arena was as loud as it had ever been on June 6, 1994, the night of game seven. As the game began, both teams were clearly tense. No goals were scored in the first period, but there were some close calls. Valdimir Gaganov had a golden opportunity with a wide open net but fanned on the shot and it went wide. With just seconds left in the first period, Trevor Ramsey had a breakaway chance for Montreal. He beat Gage but failed to score as the puck went off the crossbar. Montreal would finally strike first, eight minutes into the second period when Ducharme took a pass in the slot from Ramsey and deked Theo Sprouse before beating John Gage to give the Royale the lead. Montreal would nurse the lead through the rest of the period despite constant pressure from the Shamrocks. Early in the third, Chicago finally broke the deadlock when Alexander Orlov tied the game. Chicago continued to press, but Bouret met every challenge. The 20-year-old from Granby, Quebec had been absolutely brilliant throughout most of the series and now seemed almost unbeatable. Finally with seven minutes to go in regulation, Gaganov found himself on a 2-on-1 alongside Martin Vannier. Gaganov slipped Vannier the puck and Vannier immediately redirected it into the gaping net as the crowd erupted. Chicago now held the lead. Montreal made a push, pulling Bouret in a desperate attempt to tie the game. JC Girard nearly tied it with a wide open net and just 38 seconds left but just missed. Finally, Ted McDougall got the puck in the open and dumped it toward the empty Montreal net. The puck rolled into the net with just nine seconds to go, sealing the victory for Chicago. As the crowd counted out the final seconds, the Shamrocks poured off the bench. Vladimir Gaganov, the first-ever European player to captain his team to a championship, accepted the Cup from Darryl Byrd and immediately handed it off to Emmett Blake, a 20-year veteran playing in his final game. For Don Saleski, who had served as Coach/GM since 1969, the win was his second at the helm of the franchise. The 66-year-old was expected to retire, but insisted he would be back the following year to defend the title. “We’re just getting going, I would be insane to quit now” said Saleski.
  13. So I re-simulated the MTL/TOR series, this time giving the Racers home ice advantage. The result was almost the same, Montreal still won in six. I still included parts of the story including Ducharme's consecutive hat-tricks. I'm hoping to have the finals up shortly.
  14. That was an error, I'll fix that up before I do the finals.
  15. 1994 Playoffs The first round of the 1994 playoffs was full of rivalry matchups, perhaps the most intriguing of which was the “Subway Series” between the New York Civics and the Long Island Concordes. It would be the first time the two teams ever met in the post-season and the series promised to be an instant classic. 22300 packed into Broadway House for game one, the first playoff game in the arena, and the home fans were treated to a 4-2 win for the Civics. Long Island won game two in double overtime thanks to a goal from Doug Lyons to tie the series. Things began to finally get tense in game three on the Island. Pushing and shoving around the nets followed nearly every whistle, at one point culminating in two fights. The action even spilled into the stands as security was forced to break up a few altercations between fans as Long Island won to take an unexpected lead in the series. The violence in the crowd worsened in game four after Long Island’s Ashton Nichol and Brandon Fox teamed up on Civic’s star Jeremy Kitchen, tackling him to the ice. This led to a line brawl when Lamar Jackson, Brent McGill and Dennis Aguilar jumped in to defend Kitchen. When some Civics fans began yelling at the Long Island fans, calling the Concordes “thugs”, a full scale brawl broke across two sections of the arena. The game was stopped and NYPD was called in to assist the helpless security guards. As many as 19 people were arrested, while eight were taken to hospital with minor injuries. When the game finally resumed over an hour later, New York hung on for a 4-2 win. After the game, the league issued a strong warning that both teams would face discipline if the violence continued. Unfortunately there was another incident at the start of game five in Manhattan when more fights broke out at the gate just before the game started. Both teams were fined $10,000 and warned that the fines would be worse next time. However the increased security at both arenas did nothing to calm the tension on the ice. Game five was a physical affair that the Civics won 3-1, but there was an ugly incident toward the end of the game when New York defenseman Brent McGill sucker-punched Long Island’s Bruce Evans in front of the net, knocking him out. McGill was ejected from the game while Evans had to be stretchered off the ice. When Evans was revealed to have a severe concussion and a small spinal fracture, McGill was handed on of the most severe suspensions in PHL history at 20 games, likely the remainder of the playoffs. Evans would miss the remainder of the playoffs but was expected to recover in time for the next season. Long Island would win a tight game six, forcing a game seven back in Manhattan. Game seven fully lived up to the hype it received, going to double overtime where Clark Pratt finally ended it for the Civics, sending them to round two. Unlike the Civics and Concordes, the Boston Bulldogs and Philadelphia Redshirts did have decades of history with eachother, and 1994 was no different than the previous meetings with fights and scrums breaking out throughout the series. The Redshirts never really showed up for the series, narrowly avoiding a sweep in game four with a 4-2 win before the Bulldogs finished them off in game five to advance. Though not as violent as the other two series, Montreal and Quebec also had their share of hostilities in a tough six-game series that went to the heavily favored Royale. In other Eastern Conference action, the Washington Generals gave Toronto all they could handle before finally succumbing to the Racers in six games. With fewer rivalry matchups, the first round was not nearly as eventful in the Western Conference. The Kansas City Twisters made their playoff debut, facing the heavily favoured Calgary Wranglers. After dropping the first game, the Twisters bounced back with a big win in game two to steal home-ice advantage. A capacity crowd packed the KC Sportsplex for game three, the first playoff game ever played in Kansas City and the Twisters rode the loud crowd presence to a 4-2 win and a series lead. Calgary was desperate, knowing they had to win game four or their very successful season would be in jeopardy. Head coach Bruce Ricketts decided to sit goaltender Ron Tatum, who had struggled mightily in the first three games, in favour of Darren Beauport for game four. The decision proved to be a good one as Beauport played very well as the game was tied at the end of regulation. However, just minutes into overtime, Wranglers defenseman Drew Morgan turned the puck over to Travis Watson. Watson deked Beauport and beat him on the left side as the Kansas City crowd erupted. The Twisters now led the series 3-1 and had a chance to complete the upset in Calgary in game five. Beauport played well again in game five, stopping 32 shots as the game went into overtime. This time the game turned into a marathon as one extra period turned into two, then three. Less than five minutes into overtime number three, Twisters captain Scott Drayton blasted a shot from the point that found its way through traffic and into the net. The crowd exploded again as the Twisters scrambled off the bench and mobbed Drayton. The Twisters had pulled off the biggest upset of the playoffs. In other Western Conference action, Chicago defeated Milwaukee in five very physical games. The Shamrocks lost Vladimir Gaganov in game three when Choppers defenseman Ray Decker took him out with a devastating hit. Gaganov suffered a mild concussion and missed the rest of the series, but was optimistic about returning in the second round. Meanwhile, Minnesota beat LA in six games, while Vancouver upset Edmonton in a four-game sweep. Coming off the upset over the Northern Lights, the Bighorns entered their second-round series with Minnesota full of confidence. Vancouver jumped to a 3-0 series lead, going into game four with an opportunity to pull off a second-straight sweep. Game four was a tight one, as Jason Crowley’s late-third period goal gave the Lumberjacks a 2-1 win. Minnesota would win game five as well, before Vancouver finally finished off their second-straight upset and advanced to the Western Conference Finals. Chicago, with Gaganov back in the lineup, ended any hopes of a Cinderella run in KC with a four-game sweep of the Twisters. The Toronto Racers ran into immediate trouble against the defending champion Boston Bulldogs. Boston jumped ahead to a 2-0 series lead with Kevin Washer appearing to be nearly unbeatable in the Boston goal. Now needing to win at least two games in Boston, the Racers’ backs were against the wall heading into game three. Magnus Swedberg scored twice in a 4-3 Toronto win, followed by another dominating win in game four to tie the series. Heading home with all the momentum now going their way, the Racers now had an opportunity to take the series lead. Marc Brunelle scored in overtime to give the Racers the win and a chance to close out the series in Boston. The Racers came back from a 2-0 deficit in game six, earning another 3-2 win and advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second year in a row. The Montreal Royale also faced an uphill battle in their series against New York. It seemed that the Royale were playing the whole series from behind. After coming back from a 2-0 deficit, the Royale’s struggles in the Big Apple continued in game five, as New York once again took the series lead. A big 2-0 victory at home sent the series to game seven, where the their Broadway woes finally came to an end in a 5-3 win. The Royale continued to play from behind in the Eastern Conference Finals, as Toronto jumped ahead to a 2-0 series lead at home. Back in Montreal for game three, Montreal needed a big win to avoid a 3-0 hole. Game three would be a close one, as the teams were tied 1-1 through two periods before Sergei Vetrov scored to give Montreal the lead. JC Girard scored with just two minutes left to seal the win and put the Royale back in the series. needing another victory in game four, Vincent Ducharme stepped up big, scoring a hat-trick in a 4-2 Montreal win. Two nights later in Toronto, Ducharme became the first player in PHL history to score back-to-back hat-tricks in the playoffs as the Royale won 5-1 to take a 3-2 series lead and an opportunity to win the series at home. The Racers never really got into game six, as Ducharme scored again along with Vetrov , Trevor Ramsey, and Jarkko Vesa as Montreal won 4-1 to take the series and return to the Lewis Cup Finals. The Royale would face the Chicago Shamrocks in the Finals, who were coming off a five-game win over Vancouver and hoping to end their dominating season with a sixth championship. The 1993 final was a battle between two of the league’s most physical teams, the 1994 final would be the opposite, played between two fast and offensively gifted teams, both with a rich history. It would be the first time in 20 years that two of the PHL’s original clubs would battle for the ultimate prize.