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  1. Technically, Montreal is older, but there is debate about whether their first decade counts as the team was associated with McGill University and did not play as an independent hockey club until 1911.
  2. Before I finish simulating the next season, there's a logo I forgot to unveil. The Philadelphia Redshirts are celebrating their centennial anniversary this season. Here's the logo, I've posted a story with it on the blog: Redshirts Prepare For Centennial Celebration
  3. Boston may suffer a bit for a few years. Nokavich could prove to be their new franchise player and Scott Rose and Mikael Larsson are solid young players as well. What they need to do now is rebuild their defense. Steve Mathis is currently their top defenseman but after him it's pretty thin. It will take a few years but Boston will be back. Oakland will undergo a rebrand, but I'm not sure yet if it will happen right away. I'm not entirely satisfied with the new logo, but the uniforms and new colour scheme look good. Not sure how good their chances are but I felt they should get a shot since they are a four-sport town in real life. Could give some cool naming options too. I actually did start a list of awards a while back but never really finished it. Here's what I had and I will add to it and maybe include award winners each season. League MVP: Ridley Memorial Trophy, named after Ben Ridley, a former star defenseman who was killed while serving in WW2. Top Goaltender: Whyte Trophy, named after James Whyte, the former Buffalo goaltender who many believe could've become the greatest of all-time. Scoring Champion: Cleveland Cup. The trophy went unnamed until 1975 when it was named after the late Skippy Cleveland, the all-time leading PHL scorer at the time. Top Defenseman: Cooper Award, named after Tommy Cooper, one of the greatest defenseman in league history who was also the first black player in PHL history. I haven't come up with a name for the playoff MVP yet or any other awards. I'll see what I can do and I am also open to suggestions for names.
  4. 1998 Off-Season 1998 Entry Draft The 1998 Entry Draft was historical for a few reasons. Fewer Canadians were selected in the first round than ever before in the PHL draft. Only nine were picked, while Americans outnumbered their Northern neighbors in the first round for the first time ever. Mikael Malmberg was selected first overall out of the Swedish Elite League. Malmberg, a late 1979 birthday, was able to play pro a year early. Big forward Kyle Mathis went second to Edmonton, his hometown team, while Plattsburgh, NY native and former high school star Darren Reid was selected third by New Orleans. Other interesting pics included Anders Almgren, whose father was one of the greatest coaches in Swedish Elite league history, and goaltender Mark Davis, selected 26th by Toronto. Davis had suffered two broken legs at age 13 and was told he would never play competitive sports again. After two years of intense rehab, Davis returned in time to dominate in high school, then play a year in the NCAA, where he shot up the draft rankings. 1. DEN – Mikael Malmberg, D, SWE 2. EDM – Kyle Mathis, F, CAN 3. NOS – Darren Reid, F, USA 4. BOS – Igor Nokavich, D, RUS 5. DAL – Shawn Marchinski, F, CAN 6. MIL – Riko Nokalainen, F, FIN 7. VAN – Pascal Lemaire, F, CAN 8. CGY – Justin Timmins, F, CAN 9. LI – Trevor Keller, F, USA 10. CHI (From MIA) – Alan Morrow, D, USA 11. QUE – Todd McDonald, F, CAN 12. DET – Kevin Smith, D, USA 13. KC – Paul Hrlac, F, CZE 14. STL – Anders Almgren, F, SWE 15. PHI – Brett Zink, D, CAN 16. WPG – Joni Kita, F, FIN 17. CAR – Chris May, D, CAN 18. SEA – Sergei Kruev, F, RUS 19. PIT – Adam Tanzer, F, GER 20. CLE – Ryan Hardy, G, USA 21. LA – Patrick Gaines, F, USA 22. MTL – Jean Pierre Cote, D, CAN 23. WSH – Luke Moyer, D, CAN 24. MIN – Jozef Banik, F, SVK 25. CAL – Ted Brown, D, USA 26. TOR – Mark Davis, G, USA 27. NYC – Alexei Bobarov, F, RUS 28. CHI – Jared Young, F, USA Notable Retirements: Niklas Ekberg, F, STL, 1979-1998 Though he was largely overshadowed by David Appleby and Grant Millen, Ekberg still played an important depth role in the St. Louis dynasty of the 1980s, even scoring the winning goals in the 1984 and 86 finals. After other key parts of the dynasty left during the 1990s, Ekberg remained in St. Louis for the remainder of his career, seriving as an important leader and mentor to the younger players on the team. Jakob Martensson, G, PIT, DEN, 1982-1998 Martensson backstopped one of the more powerful franchises through the 1980s. The Pittsburgh Stingers appeared in four Lewis Cup finals through the decade and won it all in 1985 with Martensson playing an important role each time. In 1996, Martensson left Pittsburgh and signed with the Denver Bulls, where he would finish his career. Magnus Swedberg, F, PHI, TOR, KC, 1982-1998 One of the most talented European players in PHL history, Magnus Swedberg played a big role on all three teams he played for. Swedberg helped Philadelphia to a Lewis Cup finals appearance in 1989, but never returned to the championship, playing nine more seasons in Toronto and Kansas City before retiring. Notable Trades Chicago trades D Theo Sprouse to Miami in exchange for 1st round pick. The Shamrocks make the first in a slew of cap-related trades over the summer. Sprouse’s departure gets Chicago under the new salary cap while the Stingrays hope his arrival in Florida will mean a return to the playoffs. Washington trades F Maxime Trepanier to Calgary in exchange for D Ben Parsons. Parsons’ entry-level cap hit is more manageable for the Generals than Trepanier’s $2 Million. Trepanier will give the Wranglers some much-needed depth. Los Angeles trades F Gustav Mattsen to Philadelphia in exchange for F Owen Betts. In another cap move, the Wizards are forced to part ways with one of their star forwards. Betts adds size and grit to the LA offense, while Mattsen brings speed and a natural scoring ability to Philly. Seattle trades D Olle Ragnarsson to Dallas in exchange for D Luke Ferguson. In a last-minute move to get under the cap, the Wolves move Ragnarsson to Dallas at the conclusion of the pre-season. Ragnarsson is expected to significantly improve the Desperadoes defense. Key Free Agents AJ Vernon signs new 10-year deal with Dallas worth $8 Million/year. Igor Zharkov signs new 6-year deal with Washington worth $7 Million/year. AJ Devries signs new 12-year deal with Vancouver worth $6 Million/year. Jeremy Kitchen (NYC) signs 4-year deal with Kansas City worth $5 Million/year. The Twisters replace Magnus Swedberg with star veteran Kitchen, who was forced out of New York when the Civics couldn’t afford to re-sign him. Ali Leino (CAL) signs 7-year deal with Calgary worth $5 Million/year. The Wranglers continue to improve their roster with the addition of Leino, who will be looked at as a leader on the Calgary blueline. Scott Whitmore (TOR) signs 3-year deal with Washington worth $4 Million/year. Whitmore is released by the Racers, and will now face immense pressure in Washington after the Generals had to move key pieces to fit Whitmore under the cap. News The biggest news item in 1998 was the announcement of six cities applying for expansion. Houston, Phoenix, Portland, Atlanta, Tampa, and Baltimore would all be reviewed by an expansion committee beginning in the summer of 1999. Byrd stated that preferably, one western city and one eastern city would be chosen. Among the rejected cities were Las Vegas, San Antonio, Anaheim, Orlando, Memphis, Newark, and Ottawa, where a new arena will finally be built in 2002. Tampa expressed interest at the last minute but submitted a bid that was too impressive for Byrd to turn down. “I believe any of these six markets would serve our league well” said Byrd. “We’ll let the expansion committee decide it from here.” In California the Nuggets finally secured a new arena in the Bay area. The team announced it would be relocating to Oakland in time for the 2000-01 season. The city of Oakland agreed to pay for 60 percent of the construction costs with several conditions, most notably that the team be renamed the Oakland Nuggets. In other arena news two teams announced plans for new buildings. Los Angeles Wizards President Stuart Holly announced plans for a new arena to be built across the parking lot from Inglewood Colosseum. The arena would open in the spring of 2001 with the Wizards moving in in time for the 2001-02 season. The St. Louis Spirits also secured financing for a new arena with the hope it would be built in time for 2001-02. When the 1998-99 schedule was released, the league announced six regular season games to take place in Europe early in the regular season. The Toronto Racers and Chicago Shamrocks would play two games in Moscow, the Montreal Royale would play the New York Civics twice in Stockholm, and the Los Angeles Wizards and Minnesota Lumberjacks would play two games in Prague. “These games will play a big role in expanding our global footprint” said commissioner Darryl Byrd. There was also sad news out of Minnesota, as Bobby Sorel, the legendary Lumberjacks goaltender, was diagnosed with Cancer. In July, doctors determined that Sorel was terminally ill and likely had less than two years to live. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Bobby and his family during this time. Bobby has meant a lot to this organization and this community over the years.” said Lumberjacks owner Gil McCarthy. Sorel stated that he would continue as the team’s goaltending coach as long as he could.
  5. Interesting you should ask, 1998-99 will be the first time that the PHL will play games in Europe. Expansion outside of North America is unlikely for at least the next 20 years though.
  6. Thanks man! I really do appreciate that, especially since one of the goals of this project was to improve my skills. I think the accountability that comes with posting on these boards has definitely helped me raise my standards. I'm glad you're enjoying my work! With the realignment, I really wanted to make the Pacific Division a truly "Pacific" division, so the Alberta teams joined the North Division. It's still a little awkward with Denver in there but depending on who gets the expansion team in the west, Denver could move back to the central. The main reason I did not name the South Division the "Southeast" Division was because of New Orleans. The Sound would probably make more sense in the Central Division, but with at least one of the expansion teams likely headed to the Western Conference, It will probably work better to keep them in the East for now.
  7. 1998 Realignment In the summer of 1998, the PHL finally underwent a divisional realignment to properly accommodate franchise relocation and expansion through 1990s as well as future expansion. In the new configuration, each conference will now feature three divisions. Four divisions will include five teams while two will include four teams. The Western Conference will feature the North Division, Pacific Division, and Central Division, while the Eastern Conference will feature the Northeast Division, the Atlantic Division, and the South Division.
  8. Yes, there will be some more tertiary marks coming. Typically they're introduced when a new alternate comes out.
  9. I completely forgot about the caveman thing. Dang it now I miss the Beavers! Thanks guys! I think the black works well for now. I can see them keeping at least some black permanently even when they eventually return to a more classic look.
  10. 2001-02 is the target season for the two new teams to start. The bids will be announced this off-season, the expansion committee will take place in the summer of 1999, the cities will likely be announced just prior to the 1999-00 season. That will give the winning cities two years to come up with names and logos. Also, realignment will happen this off-season. I've already settled on the new divisions, I just need to finish the graphic.
  11. Haha that was a last-minute addition after all the talk of them being this league's Thrashers. We'll see what happens, these next two or three seasons will be critical for this team.
  12. Grey Wolves, Twisters Unveil New Uniforms Since taking over as General Manager of the Seattle Grey Wolves in 1991, Bobby Vail had always wanted to update the team's look. The opportunity finally came in 1998 as Seattle unveiled a new logo and new uniforms for the first time in franchise history. The new logo features a snarling wolf while the uniforms retain the Grey and Green color scheme with Black added. "The new look is definitely more aggressive and intimidating, I think it suits the group we have very well" said Vail. Kansas City also updated their uniforms as part of their tenth anniversary celebration. The logo remains similar to the original with the colors rearranged and the text removed. The uniforms have been updated to feature a unique striping pattern on each shoulder meant to resemble a tornado. The Twisters also unveiled a tenth anniversary logo, which will be worn on the front corner of the jersey. The Miami Stingrays also unveiled their tenth anniversary logo, which will also be worn on the front corner of the uniform. Finally, three more teams unveiled third jerseys for the 1998-99. The Toronto Racers, Dallas Desperadoes, and Edmonton Northern Lights all added alternate uniforms. Meanwhile, the California Nuggets retired their black road uniforms, making their popular teal alternates the new road jerseys.
  13. The Wolves are another team that will more than likely go back to the classic look eventually, probably around the early 2010s. Thanks man! the 90s have been one of my favorite decades to design uniforms for. I'm glad you're enjoying the series!
  14. Dallas is not doing great financially, but the difference is their current owner, Clint Love, is one of the wealthiest men in the United States so he can basically keep the team afloat on his own. Whether or not he'll always want to is the big question. Right now he is committed to making it work in Dallas but they'll need to make a push for the playoffs very soon. I'm fairly happy with Seattle's new look. The colours will be mostly the same with black added. Besides the colours though it will be a completely different look. KC is only making slight changes to the logo and getting updated jerseys in part to mark their 10th anniversary. Colours will remain the same except for a larger emphasis on blue. The basic look won't be all that different though.
  15. I think realignment will come right after the Grey Wolves and Twisters unveil their new uniforms, just before the off-season post. This way I can use Seattle's new logo in the graphic. There will be more on expansion in the off-season news including an updated list of cities. Minnesota has a very good chance to really become the next great dynasty. Their core will be in their prime for at least another five to seven years (Crowley is still only 30, Vana is only 28), and, unlike some other top-tier teams, like Chicago and New York, the Jacks' payroll is relatively low so they won't have to make too many adjustments to get under the cap.