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  1. I've updated the last post to include other uniform updates including two new alternates.
  2. Not really aside from city and regional traditions, for example the Stingers wearing black and gold like other Pittsburgh teams in real life. Other than that there has only been incidental similarities.
  3. My original plan was actually to simply have an alternate logo as a tribute to Oakland but leave the team as "California". I even considered calling them the Bay Nuggets at one point. Ultimately I went with Oakland because it just sounds better than the other two and I decided to go without a secondary logo because I felt the primary was strong enough to stand on it's own. I could maybe see an Oakland-themed third jersey in the future though. That's actually how I feel about leaving the 90s. Unfortunately, the 2000s won't be pretty at times. A lot of the 90s looks will be butchered by piping and darker colors before we start bringing back the classic looks at the end of the decade. I agree though about the Nuggets original logo. I could see the original colors (red, blue, gold) returning someday but if the "N" logo does return, it will only be as an alternate. I just realized I didn't post the other uniform changes, so I'll make another post with those. There are two new third jerseys coming out and one team promoting their alternate to full-time use but the Nuggets are the only major rebrand this season. I'll try to have those up tomorrow. Thanks guys!
  4. Oakland Nuggets Unveil New Look On June 27, 2000, the newly relocated Oakland Nuggets unveiled their new look for the 2000-01 season. The new logo features a pick axe breaking through a gold nugget in the team's new color scheme of Navy, Steel Blue, and Gold. The uniforms have a very traditional look compared to the previous ones, featuring a laced collar. "We really wanted to go for a dynamic look" said team president and co-owner Bill Pyke. "The jerseys are more conservative in order to give our new logo more visibility." Team captain Kevin Hoyle, a member of the team since the red, blue and yellow days, offered his opinion as well. "I like them, I just hope we can win some hockey games in them." The Nuggets will open their inaugural season at the new Allico Center on October 10, 2000. In addition to the Nuggets' new look, three other teams made minor changes to their uniforms. The Miami Stingrays retired their teal road uniforms, promoting the popular black third jerseys to full-time road use, while the Winnipeg Pioneers and Carolina Raiders both unveiled alternate uniforms.
  5. Yes, there is already a plan in motion to have the first outdoor game possibly as soon as the 2001-02 season.
  6. 1. Likely not until the 2001 off-season. The names and possibly wordmarks and colors will be ready this off-season, maybe the logo for one team, but I doubt I'll be able to finish them in time for 2000. The next post will be the newly relocated Oakland Nuggets new logo and uniform, and it's a pretty drastic change. That should be up by the end of this week. 2. Dallas may never change their logo, unless there's enough demand for it. Denver on the other hand will be one of a handful of teams to go retro by the late 2000s. The plan is for the Bulls to switch back to red and green and bring back a more modern version of the 70s and 80s logo. This will probably not happen for about a decade or so though. GM Doug Kelly is probably on borrowed time at this point. He has made some very questionable moves that have gotten this franchise in a very bad spot, most notably trading a first rounder for goaltender Ron Buckner, who retired two years later and never really did much in Denver. I think it would be cool to do some game covers, I just haven't found a way to work it into the story. Maybe I could create a page on the blog to include something like that. I might also be able to work the licensing into off-season news or something. we'll see what happens. That is the plan but it will take some time. Entering the 2000s, the navy Bulls are very much on trend right now, but the retro trend is coming. You will eventually see the Bulls back in red and green as well as some other familiar looks. New Orleans will almost certainly move at some point, but it won't happen as easily as you might think. The Sound could be the PHL's answer to the real-life Coyotes. Darryl Byrd is a stubborn man and is determined to make "his" markets work. The question will really be how long are the owners willing to put up with Byrd. A new commissioner would more than likely allow the Sound to leave for a stronger hockey market.
  7. basically any character introduced in the expansion council can be included in the story at any time, but that's not a guarantee. Characters who are directly involved with hockey (i.e. coaches, commentators, etc.) will always have the best chance of being included in the narrative. One character that was featured in the most recent finals was CBC play-by-play man Graham Helm, who was La Sainte-Flanelle Du Nord's character. I have a few more that I've noted who will be introduced at some point too.
  8. I don't have a definite plan yet, I will likely do some kind of real-time simulation with weekly updates. Whatever I do, it will probably be pretty simple, and it will probably be exclusively on the blog as I would want to respect these boards as concept boards and not use it for stats and season updates. I would still post new logos & graphics on here though. I still have to figure out how I'll simulate individual games, I've considered using the game Franchise Hockey Manager. We'll see what happens, it will still take 1.5-2 years to reach present day so there's a lot of time to figure it out. On another note, here's the Twisters sig that was requested by Red Comet. The player featured is KC captain Scott Drayton.
  9. I also like the top left. The black mouth is intimidating enough without the teeth and I feel like the lack of teeth adds to the logo's uniqueness.
  10. Long Island is still probably another couple of years away from being a consistent playoff team again. 1999 was a bit of a fluke I think. They do have some good young players and they'll have a lottery pick this year too so the future is getting brighter. Thanks! I actually had a lot of fun with this one. To be honest, I was glad to have two new teams in the finals, it's much easier to come up with interesting storylines. Yeah it's hard to believe we're into the 21st century. Even harder to believe that at least a couple of current (2017) players have probably already been introduced.
  11. 2000 Lewis Cup Finals There was no shortage of motivation for either participant entering the 2000 Lewis Cup Finals. The Washington Generals had a history of incredible runs ending in disappointment. In the early 80s, the Generals lost two consecutive finals, while more recently, in 1998, they lost again to the Minnesota Lumberjacks. “I was in the building for all three losses” said 62-year-old Martin Ryan, a Generals fan since the first season. “I don’t intend to see them lose again.” For the Twisters, it a beloved veteran player without a championship that gave them all the motivation they needed. Dave Mack had played 20 seasons in the PHL with Nova Scotia and Kansas City. He played in two finals in 1987 and ’97 but had never won a cup. Not only were the fans in Kansas City cheering him on, fans across Atlantic Canada, and specifically Nova Scotia also cheered on their hometown hero. Game one in Washington was hard-hitting right from the start as both teams tried to establish themselves early. “You usually don’t see physical play like this at the start of the final, these teams are both showing us how much they want it” said CBC play-by-play man Graham Helm. The Twisters would draw first blood, winning game one 4-2. Washington would then even it up again in game two thanks to two goals from Igor Zharkov. Jason Lind was the hero for Kansas City in game three, as the veteran goaltender earned a shutout to give his team a 2-1 series lead at home. Washington now felt the pressure. Desperate to avoid heading home down 3-1, the Generals came out hitting once again in game four. Their physical play would cost them, as captain Rob Wentzel went down awkwardly after hitting KC defenseman Brady Kyle in the second period. Wentzel left the game and did not return while the Twisters took the game 3-1 to lead the series by the same score. “We have to find a way to score goals” said Washington head coach Doug Sharp. The Generals took their coach’s words to heart in game five, with the Lewis Cup in their building. Wentzel still suffered from a lower body injury but played anyway, scoring Washington’s second goal. The game was tied 2-2 when Dave Mack gave the Twisters the lead. As the minutes wound down, the commentators talked about the possibility that Mack could have the cup winner in his final game. Then, with just 1:34 left in regulation, Brant Brown deflected Justin Hill’s point shot into the net to tie the game. The Twisters were devastated at being so close, and were unable to recover in time for overtime. Just 22 seconds into the extra period, Geoff Collier scored for Washington to send the series back to Kansas City for game six. The KC Sportsplex was packed for game six. The last time the Lewis Cup had been in the building, The fans had to watch the New York Civics carry it around the ice. Now their team had an opportunity to win it all at home. Washington, meanwhile, was determined to spoil the party. Four minutes into the game, Scott Whitmore gave the Generals a 1-0 lead. The lead held until the third period and it looked like the series could go to a seventh game, when JC Girard, another Twister veteran potentially playing his final game, beat Jake Borman to tie it up. Only a minute after Girard’s goal, Brett Delaney, who had been Kansas City’s best player throughout the playoffs, gave the Twisters the lead. With just over a minute left, Washington pulled Borman, desperate to tie the game. After Lind was forced to make a few big saves to preserve the lead, Travis Watson found himself on a 2-on-1 with Dave Mack heading for the empty net. Watson slid the puck to Mack, who sealed the win and the championship with 18 seconds left. The Twisters spilled off the bench and mobbed Mack while the officials scrambled to get things back in order so they could play the final seconds. When the puck finally dropped, the crowd counted down the last ten seconds as the Twisters celebrated a second time. Delaney was named playoff MVP, while captain Scott Drayton immediately handed the cup to Mack, who took it for a lap with tears running down his face. “I can’t imagine a better way to end my playing career” said Mack, confirming his retirement. In only eleven seasons, the Twisters had gone from lowly expansion team to Lewis Cup champions.
  12. They changed them in an effort to change their luck on the road. It worked in game six so they just continued wearing them. By the way, I just noticed an error, game six of that series says 1-0 Milwaukee, it's supposed to be 3-1 Minnesota. I'll fix it when I'm at my computer.
  13. Yes, the Hamilton Kings won three cups in the 1940s and 50s. I think this is the closest thing we've had to two Lewis Cup "virgins" since 1985, when Pittsburgh and Seattle met. Sure thing. If they win would you like the championship displayed in some way?
  14. 2000 Playoffs Appearing in the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, the Dallas Desperados really did not expect to get very far. Dallas had finished 26 points behind their opponent, the Los Angeles Wizards, and even their own fans were just happy to be there. “Realistically, this team will be lucky to win a game” said analyst Kevin Williams. After dropping the first two games in Los Angeles, the Desperados did indeed earn their first playoff win in game three thanks to a big third-period goal from Kyle Clark in front of an excited sell-out crowd. In game four, AJ Vernon was the hero in overtime when he beat Jim Cochran from a tough angle to tie the series at 2-2. Heading back home, the Wizards now felt the pressure. “We just need to stick to our game and we’ll be fine” said Adam Lawless. Cochran’s shutout in game five was exactly the response needed for LA, as the Wizards now had a chance to take the series in Dallas. Game six was a tight one, with LA severely outplaying the Desperados through two periods, but goaltender Alexei Rolonov kept turning them away. Finally, rookie Antti Pulkkinen scored on a breakaway to give Dallas the lead. Rolonov continued to shut the door as the Desperados held on to force a game seven in Los Angeles. The Wizards once again stepped up their game in game seven, as Viktor Skogg scored twice in a 4-1 LA win. Despite losing the series, the Desperados had pushed the Wizards farther than anyone had anticipated, and in the process, created a buzz throughout the city. “I think what we accomplished here was huge for this franchise” said veteran Jeff Jones. Elsewhere in the Western Conference, the Kansas City Twisters had to overcome an early deficit against the Seattle Grey Wolves, but Brett Delaney turned in one of the most dominating performances ever in a playoff series, scoring 12 points in seven games as the Twisters outlasted Seattle in seven games, while Minnesota spoiled Milwaukee’s return to the post-season in six games, and Chicago defeated California in five to end the Nuggets’ time at the Golden State Coliseum. In the Eastern Conference, the New York Civics were a confident team entering their first-round matchup against Detroit, a team making their first playoff appearance since 1992. But the Mustangs quickly shattered that confidence with two big wins at Broadway House to take an unexpected 2-0 series lead. Back in Detroit, the Civics scored early in game three, only to give up three fast goals early in the third period as the Mustangs won the game 3-1 to take a chokehold on the series. “We didn’t expect to be in this position” said captain Aaron Duplacy. “No team has ever come back from 3-0 before but that doesn’t mean we can’t be the first one.” In game four, Duplacy backed up his words with a two-goal performance in a 2-1 New York victory to salvage the series. The Civics were still alive and had a chance to extend it to six when game five went to overtime. Through two extra periods in game five, goaltenders Jason Wyley and Jeff Pelton turned the contest into a goaltending duel. Early in the third overtime, Andrei Alexeev finally ended the marathon when he knocked in a rebound to complete the upset for Detroit. It was the first playoff series victory for the Mustangs since 1989. In other Eastern Conference action, Washington took six games to eliminate Carolina, Philadelphia upset Toronto in five games, while the defending champion Royale took out Pittsburgh in five games. After defeating the Racers in five games, The Redshirts moved on to face the Vincent Ducharme and the defending champion Montreal Royale. Powered by Brendan Carnes’ two goals, the Redshirts stunned the Royale in game one with a 3-2 victory. The Royale bounced back, however, taking games two and three before the Redshirts tied the series with a 4-3 overtime win in game four. The Royale suffered a devastating loss in game four, as Ducharme suffered a knee injury on a hit from Alex Leblanc. Though it was a clean hit, Montreal still hinted that they would go after Leblanc. Game five went into overtime once again, with Jared Baxter proving to be the hero for Philadelphia, giving them a 3-2 series lead and a chance to complete the upset at home in game six. With his team facing elimination in game six, Ducharme attempted to return to the lineup, but only played seven minutes before having to call it a night. Baxter, Leblanc, Jeff Waters, and Jonathan Stafford all scored while Ben Kerrigan made 49 saves in a 4-1 Philadelphia win to send the Redshirts to the Eastern Conference Finals to face the Washington Generals after the Generals defeated the Detroit Mustangs in six games. In the west, the Kansas City Twisters faced their Midwest rivals, the first-place Chicago Shamrocks. Kansas City went right to work, jumping to a 3-1 series lead after the first four games. With their season on the line in game five, Chicago made a change in net, swapping out Dan Pilford for rookie Jake Likens. Likens played admirably in goal but the Shamrocks once again could not come up with enough offence. The Twisters won 3-1 to advance to the Western Conference Finals. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Lumberjacks faced the Los Angeles Wizards. Viktor Skogg suffered an concussion early in game one and the Wizards managed only four goals all series, as the Lumberjacks headed to the West final for the fourth time in five years. The Western Conference Finals would be a showdown for the ages, as the Kansas City Twisters met the Minnesota Lumberjacks. Minnesota, the favorites to win the series, took the first two games at home with Jason Crowley continuing his career year with four goals in the two games. In Kansas City, the Twisters also took advantage of home ice, winning game three in overtime, then taking game four in a 5-0 blowout. In game five, Brett Delaney was at it again for the Twisters, scoring a hat-trick while Jason Lind made 38 saves as the Twisters found themselves just one win from the Lewis Cup Finals. With their backs against the wall for game six, the Lumberjacks once again leaned on their captain. Crowley scored twice as Minnesota forced a game seven at home. Game seven was a classic. Lind and Christian Grayson both made save after save as the game remained scoreless after three periods. Late in the third, Jeremy Kitchen took a penalty, giving Minnesota a powerplay. Lind was forced to make nine big saves including a nearly impossible glove save on Brendan Marlo as the Twisters killed the penalty. The game went to double overtime, where Dave Mack, likely playing in his final PHL season, finally ended the game for Kansas City, sending them to the Lewis Cup Finals for the second time in franchise history. The Twisters would face the Washington Generals, who ended Philadelphia’s magical run in six games. Jake Borman was spectacular in net, while star forwards Igor Zharkov and Rob Wentzel carried the offence. It would be Washington’s second time in the Championship round in three years. “I think this team has grown up a lot and I think we’ll be ready for it this time” said Wentzel.
  15. Hey guys, just letting you know I'm still alive. Unfortunately computer problems have kept me from finishing the playoffs for the last few days. everything seems to be working now so I was able to finish the simulation. I'm hoping to finish the write up at some point today.