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  1. It does, the tournament runs in late August/early September, just like the real-life World Cup of Hockey/Canada Cup always did. Since the PHL is one of the entities that oversees the tourney, it's unlikely that it's players would ever stop going.
  2. 1996 World Hockey Challenge The 1996 World Hockey Challenge once again had a very different look than previous iterations. The Soviet Union, who played the 1992 tournament as the Commonwealth of Independent States, now entered as Team Russia. The Russian team, with a lineup full of young talent, was seen as one of the favorites to win the tournament as Vladimir Gaganov returned to the team for the first time since the inaugural tournament in 1976. Canada, after a devastating loss in ’92, entered the tournament as the primary favorites to win it all. Led by Vincent Ducharme, the Canadian team was the deepest in the tournament, while the defending champion Americans, led by reigning Lewis Cup champion Jason Crowley, hoped to prove their upset over their Northern Neighbors in 1992 was no fluke. For the first time ever, the tournament would feature ten teams. Czechoslovakia had split into two countries, Czech Republic and Slovakia. Both nations would be represented in the tournament while Denmark, led by young Washington star Jakob Olsen, entered the WHC for the first time. The Danes predictably struggled in their first tournament, but still managed a win against Germany in their second-last game. Both the Germans and the British went without a win in the round robin, disqualifying them from the playoff round. The three teams expected to contend for the championship all managed to survive the round robin without a loss. The Americans skated to a perfect 4-0-0 record as Jason Crowley led the team in scoring, while Bradley Pope and Christian Grayson were both spectacular in net. The race for first place in pool A turned into a dogfight, as Canada and Russia entered their final round-robin game against each other both with undefeated records. Russian star Igor Zharkov led the round-robin in scoring, while Canadian goaltender, Zharkov’s Washington teammate Jake Borman was easily the top goaltender with two shutouts as Canada had only allowed one goal in their first three games. The teams played each other hard in one of the most exciting games in the tournament’s history. Borman and 19-year-old Russian goalie Alexei Rolonov both played the game of their lives, as the teams skated to a 2-2 tie. The Russians took first place on the basis they had more goals. In the playoff round, the Americans finally had their first scare when Slovakia opened the scoring in their quarterfinal matchup. After Rostislav Stransky scored to make it 1-0, the Americans simply couldn’t solve 33-year-old PHL veteran Jaroslav Danek. Heading into the third period, the Slovaks still led 1-0. Danek still would not yield to the Americans until midway through the period, when Travis Watson finally found a hole and tied the game. Just minutes later, a Randy Fernandez slap shot gave team USA the lead. Mike Bidden sealed the win with an empty-netter and the Americans advanced to the semifinals. The Canadians also survived a quarterfinal scare against Sweden. The game was scoreless throughout regulation and went into overtime, where Martin Vannier finally scored to send team Canada to the semis. An upset over Finland sent the Czech Republic to the semis to face USA, while Russia routed Denmark 9-1 to earn another showdown with Canada. The rematch between Canada and Russia was the most watched hockey game in Canada since the famous 1980 final between the same teams. It looked good for the Canadians early on, as Ducharme scored just minutes in. After nearly two full periods of a tense 1-0 game, grinder Tory Partridge made it 2-0 for Canada. With the Americans having beaten the Czechs to advance, it looked like it would be a North American rematch in the final. However, a different Russian team showed up for the third period. Gaganov scored six minutes into the third, then Igor Kharitanov tied it. The Moscow arena erupted while the living rooms and bars across Canada went silent. Borman and Rolonov both played very well into overtime, where Kharitanov scored again to win it for Russia. For the first time in the history of World Hockey Challenge, Canada failed to reach the championship game. The building was packed for the final showdown between the host team Russia, and the defending champions, team USA. Both teams came out hitting and just two minutes in, American defenseman Scott Drayton hammered Russian star Alexei Yolkin, knocking him out of the game. Minutes later, Crowley scored to give the Americans a 1-0 lead. The Russians now had to find a way to overcome the deficit without one of their top players. The Russians attacked hard, but Christian Grayson always had an answer. Finally, veteran Alexander Orlov beat Grayson to tie the game. The tie would last through most of the third period, as both Igor Zharkov and Craig Bush hit the posts late in the third, Finally, Oleg Markov stunned Grayson with a slapshot from the blueline for the winner with just 11 seconds left. The clock ticked down as the Russian players piled off the bench and began celebrating. Even the fans began to pour onto the ice to celebrate with their heroes. Igor Zharkov had proven himself as one of the most dominating young players in the game, leading the tournament in scoring and claiming MVP honours. After a very eventful start to the decade, the Russians where World Champions for the second time in WHC history.
  3. Petr Slavik is the first player to be picked out of Slovakia, but technically there have already been players from what is now Slovakia. Cosmos goaltender Jaroslav Danek, who was best known as the Spirits' goalie in the latter half of their dynasty, as well as Quebec star Rostislav Stransky are both from the part of Czechislovakia now known as Slovakia and both will join Slavik on the Slovakian team in the '96 WHC. As for Boston's pick, Mikael Larsson is definitely a solid prospect. Due to his late birthday, he was able to play pro for a few games in Sweden in '95-96 so he already has some experience playing against men. Portland has a baseball team and a basketball team in this universe. The PHL has been hesitant about Portland only because there are already two teams in the Pacific Northwest. Portland is far enough from those cities that it could still work though so you never know. I never liked text on the waist stripe of jerseys before (LA Kings c. 1999-2010) but I feel like it works here just because the flag stripe looked so empty without it. I'm glad you like it! The Bucaneers definitely helped inspire the design. For the secondary, I originally had the skull and swords on a waving black flag but felt it looked too much like the Bucs so I removed the flag. I think it worked out for the better. As for realignment, I think that will come after the CBA is negotiated. As awkward as it sounds, both Carolina and New Orleans will likely have to remain in the Northeast possibly for up to two more seasons, especially if part (or all for that matter) of 1997-98 is cancelled. I think what will end up happening is the league will go to six divisions, similar to the NHL around the same time. Absolutely. My next task is to simulate and post the WHC but after that I'll try to make that for you before the season. Just PM me with the specifics of what you want. Thanks! I'm glad you like it. I want to apologize in advance because the older posts unfortunately have had all the images removed (thanks photobucket). I am slowly working to fix it though. Thanks! I wasn't sure about the uniforms at first but I'm glad to hear that people like them. Also, Houston's chances of landing a franchise are pretty good so you might even have two favorite teams by decade's end! Thanks for the feedback everybody! The 1996 World Hockey Challenge will be up next.
  4. Carolina Raiders Unveil Identity The newly relocated Carolina Raiders finally ended weeks of speculation when they unveiled their logo and uniforms for their inaugural season in Charlotte. The logo features a skull wearing a pirate hat in the team colors of black, red, and white, a scheme carried over from when the team played in Ottawa. The road jersey is black with silver and red trim and a pirate flag design featuring the team name on the bottom, while the home whites mirror the same style. "Given the faced-paced situation we're in, we didn't have a great deal of time to come up with a design. All things considered, I think it looks good and I think the fans will like it" said Raiders owner John Millbrook.
  5. The Carolinas apparently were frequently visited by pirates in colonial times. The name "Pirates" is already used by NCAA teams in the state so the team went with Raiders instead. New Orleans owner Sam Bendt encouraged a group of colleagues in Tennessee to apply for a franchise. In this universe, Nashville already has both a basketball team and a baseball team while Memphis does not yet have a pro sports franchise so it seemed like a good fit to the group. With the addition of Burns and Tyler, the Racers are going all out with a veteran team. Burns stands a very good chance of lifting the cup one more time. The Cosmonauts of Cleveland, I like it. This year's draft was very heavy on European talent, which is good because the World Hockey Challenge will serve as a nice preview of some of the young players before the season starts. By the way I am almost finished now with the Raiders and it should be up sometime tomorrow. Thanks guys!
  6. 1996 Off-Season 1996 Entry Draft The 1996 PHL draft was projected to be a very strong one, not unlike the draft a decade earlier. Russian phenom Sergei Gulinov was projected to go first overall after a 112-point season playing pro in Russia. Sure enough, the Cleveland Cosmos took Gulinov with the first pick, hoping the playmaker would mesh nicely with fellow countryman Alexei Stepanov. “Watch out for the Cosmos” said one commentator. “They’re still a few years away but they’ll be a very fun team to watch someday.” With the second pick, the New Orleans Sound picked big center Kris Whittle from the US National team. At number three, the Dallas Desperadoes, needing a goalie, opted to trade down, giving Detroit the next pick. The Mustangs nabbed their new franchise player, Russian sensation Andrei Alexeev at number three, while the Desperadoes selected Alexei Rolonov as their future franchise goalie. Other interesting picks included Washington pick Geoff Collier, son of former Pioneers defenseman Kent Collier, and Minnesota’s Brendan Marlo, who, if he cracks the Lumberjacks’ lineup, will be the shortest player in PHL history at just 5’ 5”. 1. CLE – Sergei Gulinov, F, RUS 2. NOS – Kris Whittle, F, USA 3. DET (From DAL) – Andrei Alexeev, F, RUS 4. SEA – Maxime Chabot, F, CAN 5. CAR – Shane Dutton, F, CAN 6. LI – Riley Gardiner, D, GB 7. STL – Shawn Marchinski, F, CAN 8. DAL (from DET) – Alexei Rolonov, G, RUS 9. MIL – Alex Marin, F, USA 10. WPG – Sergei Bobkov, D, RUS 11. PHI – Jared Baxter, F, CAN 12. VAN – Jason Quint, D, CAN 13. MIA – Trey Bellows, D, USA 14. QUE – Marcel Gamache, D, CAN 15. DEN -- Cam Richardson, F, USA 16. BOS – Mikeal Larsson, F, SWE 17. EDM – Patrick Gill, D, CAN 18. PIT – Alexis Holzer, F, GER 19. WSH – Geoff Collier, F, CAN 20. CAL – Dominik Kovac, D, CZE 21. CGY – Tim Brown, F, USA 22. MIN – Brendan Marlo, F, CAN 23. KC – Timmo Virtanen, F, FIN 24. MTL – Todd Paterson, F, CAN 25. LA – Petr Slavik, F, SLV 26. NYC – Joel McDonald, F, CAN 27. TOR – Joe Murdock, F, CAN 28. CHI – Ben Kerrrigan, G, USA Notable Retirements: Ron Buckner, G, PIT, BOS, DEN, 1983-1996 Drafted late by Pittsburgh in 1980, Ron Buckner never played a game for the Stingers, spending the first two seasons of his career with their minor-league team in Scranton, PA. In 1983 he finally got his big break when the Boston Bulldogs acquired him and gave him the starters’ job. Over the following 11 seasons with the ‘Dogs, Buckner never missed the post-season, eventually backstopping Boston to two division titles in 1991 and ’92. In 1992-93, Buckner played his final season as the Bulldogs’ starter, eventually giving up the number one job to Kevin Washer during the playoffs. Boston went on to win the Lewis Cup that year with Buckner playing the backup role and in 1993-94, he was traded to Denver, where he regained number one status. Buckner would play two more full seasons with the Bulls before retiring. Theo Gill, F, PHI, 1979-1996 When Theo Gill was selected second-overall by the Winnipeg Pioneers in 1979, it was hoped that he would eventually become the franchise player the Pioneers had been hoping for. Though Gill’s play over the following decade was strong, the Pioneers struggled to add additional talent and during Gill’s ten seasons in Winnipeg, the Pioneers won only two playoff rounds. In 1989, Gill signed with Philadelphia, where he got as far as the Eastern Conference Finals in 1995. Antero Parvainen, G, PHI, MIL, 1980-1996 In 1980, Antero Parvainen became the first goaltender in PHL history to be selected first overall. Projected to be Philadelphia’s first great goaltender since David Zimmer, Parvainen did not disappoint. In his first season, Parvainen backstopped the Redshirts into the playoffs after a three-year absence. In the strike-shortened 1984-85 season, he led Philly to first overall in the league and ultimately to the Eastern Conference Finals, where the team was eliminated in the infamous “Ghost Game”. In 1989, Parvainen and the Redshirts finally reached the Lewis Cup Finals, where they lost to the Milwaukee Choppers. Despite his strong play in the 1995 playoffs, Parvainen was not resigned by the Redshirts and spent his final PHL season in Milwaukee, sharing the goaltending duties with rookie Matt Darwin. Glen Childs, F, EDM, 1976-1996 Childs was the first draft pick in the history of the Edmonton Northern Lights and retires as the last remaining original player from the team’s inaugural season. Though he never quite lived up to his high draft billing, Childs proved to be a steady, hard-working winger, eventually helping Edmonton to an appearance in the Lewis Cup finals in 1993, where they lost to the Boston Bulldogs. Olivier Meloche, DAL/MIL, DAL, 1980-1996 The son of first-generation PHL star Didier Meloche, Olivier Meloche joined the Dallas Metros in 1980 and was an instant fan-favorite with his smooth skating and skilled hands. Meloche’s popularity followed him to Milwaukee when the team relocated in 1985, where he played a valuable role in the Choppers’ back-to-back championships in the late ‘80s. In 1994, Meloche returned to Dallas to finish his career, this time as a member of the expansion Dallas Desperadoes. Rex Hull, F, TOR, 1978-1996 Despite his lack of skill, Rex Hull’s toughness made him one of the most popular players ever to don the double blue. Hull led the Racers in penalty minutes every year from 1978 until he finally surrendered the title to Tory Partridge in 1994. Hull was selected by the Cleveland Cosmos in the 1994 expansion draft, but was immediately re-acquired by the Racers so he could finish his career where he was supposed to, in Toronto. Notable Trades Toronto trades F Tory Partridge to Vancouver in exchange for F Joe Tyler and F Brad Kyle. As promised, the Racers begin to shake up their lineup in an attempt to pursue a title. Tyler leaves Vancouver after 17 seasons while the Bighorns land a top-tier power forward in Partridge. New Orleans trades G Brent MacDonald to Los Angeles in exchange for F Aaron Pogue. The Wizards solidify their goaltending with the addition of MacDonald, while New Orleans adds a solid prospect in Pogue. Dallas, Detroit swap 1st round picks, Desperadoes acquire D Luke Ferguson. Dallas moves down in the draft to select goaltender Alexei Rolonov, Detroit gives up Ferguson to move up to third pick. Key Free Agents Vincent Ducharme signs new 10-year deal with Montreal worth $10 Million/year. With the new contract, Ducharme becomes the highest-paid player in PHL history. The deal all but ensures he will retire with the Royale. Jason Crowley signs new 9-year deal with Minnesota worth $8 Million/year. Crowley becomes the second-richest player in league history with a deal that will see him earn over $10 Million if the Lumberjacks return to the Lewis Cup Finals. Stuart Burns (LI) signs three-year deal with Toronto worth $7 Million/year. The Racers win the Stuart Burns sweepstakes as the 35-year-old Mississauga native returns home to try to win a championship after 17 seasons on Long Island. Grant Sibley (DAL) signs five-year deal with New York worth $5 Million/year. After two productive years in Dallas, Sibley earns a big contract and a chance to win a championship with the Civics. Kim Brodie (DET) signs four-year deal with Long Island worth $4 Million/year. The Concordes sign ten-year veteran Brodie to replace Stuart Burns. Trevor Ramsey (MTL) signs three-year deal with Carolina worth $4 Million/year. Ramsey leaves Montreal to serve as a veteran presence in Charlotte. News At the start of the 1995-96 season, the Professional Hockey Players Association and the PHL began negotiations for a new collective agreement. Talks did not progress much during the regular season and in May, both sides agreed to exercise one year of their option for a two year extension. The deadline was set at September 1, 1997 for both sides to come to an agreement to avoid a work stoppage. “We agreed to extend the agreement for another year in order to focus on negotiations.” Said commissioner Darryl Byrd. With player salaries skyrocketing, Byrd and the owners want to institute a salary cap to control spending and level the playing field. Meanwhile, the players wanted a lower minimum age for unrestricted free agency, increases in benefits and pension, and most of all, a financial structure that would not include a salary cap. After a hard round of negotiations in July, things looked ominous. “We’re not there yet, this could be a long road” said PHPA president Brian Hunt. Between negotiations, Darryl Byrd began conversations with potential franchise owners. Though he had yet to make a formal announcement regarding expansion, Byrd had indicated that he would like to expand to thirty teams around the year 2000. “We’ve had some good talks, but no decisions will be made until we get the new contract in place” said Byrd. Houston, Atlanta, Portland, and Memphis are rumoured to be the main cities seeking a franchise. One city looking for a team thought they had one at one point in 1996. Byrd, believing Olivia Poulette would be forced to sell the financially struggling Quebec Nationale, had told Atlanta that they might have an opportunity to acquire the Nationale and move them to Georgia. At the time, the Nats were in the process of a Cinderella run that brought the city together and convinced the local government to assist Poulette in financing a new arena. The new building would likely not be completed until the 2000-01 season, but Byrd insisted a new arena would need to be completed by the end of 1998, a nearly impossible deadline. In August, Byrd made a deal with the city of Atlanta that would give them the franchise if a new arena could not be secured by the deadline. Poulette responded with a lawsuit against Byrd and the PHL for interfering with her business when there was in fact a building on the way. Finally, a settlement was reached. Byrd extended his deadline to 2000, meaning the Nationale would at least survive into the new Millennium. In other news the Ottawa Beavers officially relocated to Charlotte, NC in May after an owner’s vote to ratify the move. The Beavers will now be known as the Carolina Raiders with a logo expected to be unveiled just prior to the start of the season. The Raiders will play in the new Cube Center in downtown Charlotte, which was built in 1994. The Raiders also cleaned out their front office, hiring all new staff. Former USA National Team coach and head scout Bill Powell was hired as the team’s General Manager, while Kurt Hopkins was hired as the new Head Coach a year after being fired from Philadelphia. Meanwhile, the Winnipeg Pioneers also overhauled their front office, firing Head Coach Bruce Winter and GM Bob Garnett and replacing them with Craig Neilson and Jacques Fortune respectively. Neilson served as an executive with the Canadian Hockey Association for 13 years from 1983 to 1996, while Fortune coached the Denver Bulls form 1982-1992.
  7. I've decided that there will be a committee for the next expansion, however, I still haven't decided if the committee will select one or both teams. They do and it runs very similar to the AFA expansion council. I'll post the guidelines when the time comes. Saskatchewan came closest to getting a team at the PHL/GHL merger. The GHL's Saskatoon Reapers were in the running to become a PHL team at the merger but ultimately couldn't meet the requirements. Unfortunately, I can't see Saskatchewan getting a team anytime soon, especially at a time when Ottawa and Halifax just lost theirs and Quebec seems to be on the brink, but you never know. Yes, and I apologize for the delay. With a baby in the house it can get pretty busy and it's hard to consistently find time to work on this project, especially since I want to continue to put as much detail into it as I have been. There is also a lot of work to do for this particular off-season with the Raiders branding, two new looks for Vancouver and Washington, and of course the upcoming World Hockey Challenge which is also expanding by two teams. I've devoted my attention to the off-season post for now so I'll have that up soon, then hopefully I'll have Carolina finished shortly after that.
  8. I'm a little torn because I want to do another expansion committee and probably will again at some point, but this time around, like last time, there seems to be two fairly obvious choices. I think it will happen again but there won't be very many city options. The cities in the running for expansion will be included in the off-season news.
  9. So it will take some time to finish the off-season post as well as the Raiders uniforms but I hope to have at least one of those posted by either tomorrow or Monday. In the meantime, here's the updated all-star uniforms for 1997. The biggest change is the colour vs colour concept, which I realize would probably be a confusing disaster with these particular uniforms. These unis will make their only appearance at the 1997 all-star game. There's a whole new concept coming for '98.
  10. Carolina will carry the red and black color scheme over from Ottawa but with a couple of new twists. Silver will be added and the uniforms will be an inversion of the Beavers, with a black jersey and red pants. I've also settled on the name Raiders, it's simple and recognizable and goes with the Pirate theme well. I had planned on using Pirates but forgot about the East Carolina Pirates of the NCAA. In terms of creating a new identity, that's a great question. I would say it depends on the team. Sometimes it's a struggle coming up with an appropriate name, sometimes it's coming up with a logo for the name, though that hasn't usually been the case because I usually name the teams after coming up with a few logo ideas. It's been difficult in the 90s to rebrand some teams though because I came up with the name with the intention of using a certain logo, then the logo became dated and it was difficult to come up with an era-appropriate logo that still represented a team name from a different time. This was the case with the Quebec Nationale, for example. Another hurtle can be coming up with a team name that's original, but recognizable too. For some teams, the name follows a fairly common theme for sports team names and it's hard to come up with a logo that does not in some way resemble an existing real-life team logo. The Pittsburgh Stingers are the best example of this. I worked for a few days on a new Stingers logo for 1994 only to realize a striking similarity to the Charlotte Hornets alternate logo. For the first time ever, I'm going to show an unreleased logo for comparison. I corrected the logo to make it less similar but by that point it began to look out of place for the mid-90s. I ultimately decided to use the more cartoonish logo I had previously created and save the newer one for the 2000s (so the logo you see above is a very slight hint of what is coming for the Stingers). Finally, for some teams the execution of the logo is the biggest hurtle. I've found the 90s to be very challenging because the logos are so intricate, you almost have to be a comic book artist to make them look right. In the 60s and 70s, it's quite easy. The original Lumberjacks logo took less than ten minutes to design from scratch, as of Tuesday I had been picking away at the Bighorns' new identity almost since Christmas. The Northern Lights were another team that took a while and a lot of different logo concepts before I settled on something I liked, and too be honest, it's still not my favorite identity in the league, I just knew the old logo would never survive longer than it did. So that's my long-winded answer. Overall this project has been a fun challenge and has really forced me to think outside the box a lot. At some point I do plan to do a write up on the blog about the real-life history of the project and hopefully share more about the whole process. I'd love to share more unused artwork as well if that's something people want to see.
  11. That's what I'm thinking, maybe even a once-a-year military tribute jersey or something.
  12. It's just for aesthetics. I wanted to do a pattern on the bottom and collar similar to the original Vancouver Grizzlies uniforms and it seemed like using some form of text would be the best way to make it work, particularly on the collar. The same "V" logo that appears on the Inuksuk logo appears at the center of the pattern if you look closely.
  13. So after reading some of the feedback, I decided to make some changes to the Generals uniforms, most notably removing the camo pattern. What do you guys think?
  14. Thanks, glad you like them! Honestly the Bighorns logo was probably one of the most difficult to design in this entire project. I actually started work on it over a year ago when they switched to the "V" logo but could not get it to look right until just now. The gradient look is supposed to be a subtle nod to the Canucks. Some of the original teams, Montreal, Chicago, and Philly won't change at all probably right up until now. Detroit has a very slight logo update coming in the early 2000s but for the most part will stay the same. Winnipeg will have updated jerseys likely in time for 1998-99 but the logo will stay completely unchanged. Aside from third jerseys, the crazy, over the top uniforms will probably slow down now. St. Louis and Seattle are up next year and both are pretty tame, the Spirits' new look is really just an update to what they currently have. eventually you will see some teams return to the classic looks too. Yeah I don't see those jerseys lasting very long for Washington, in fact they may even change again before the decade is out, similar to the Islanders' fishsticks unis.
  15. Generals, Bighorns Unveil New Logos Two more teams unveiled new logos and uniforms in the summer of 1996. In a decade that has already seen many rebrands for PHL clubs the Washington Generals and Vancouver Bighorns are the latest teams to overhaul their look. The Generals' new logo features the head of an eagle wearing an olive green beret, while the uniforms further enhance the Army theme with a camouflage design on the shoulders and arms. The arms also feature the team's new secondary logo, based on the US Army logo on one side and a chevron logo on the other side. "I think the jerseys are pretty cool, I love the camo pattern" said forward Rob Wentzel. "It's a great look, It'll feel like we're going into battle" said goaltender Jake Borman. In Vancouver, the Bighorns revealed the first primary logo in modern franchise history to actually feature a Bighorn Sheep. The logo is a ram's head with a scowl on its face, ready to charge. The secondary mark features an inuksuk-style hockey player with a stick and helmet. The basic theme of the rebrand is based in Pacific indigenous art. The uniforms feature the teams updated color scheme of brick red, black, and orange with a black gradient effect on both jerseys. "We really wanted a uniform that plays into the culture of Vancouver and British Columbia" said David Smythe, the son of Bighorns owner Donald Smythe. David Smythe oversaw the entire rebrand and will soon take over control of the franchise. The logo change will coincide with the teams' move into a new downtown arena in October, 1996. In other uniform news, the Boston Bulldogs will officially make their popular red alternate jerseys the primary road jerseys in 1996-97, while the black uniforms will remain as the team's alternate. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Lumberjacks will retire their black alternates, worn since the 1994-95 season. And finally, three teams unveiled new alternates for 1996. Long Island will wear orange jerseys with a new front-view logo, Quebec will introduce a new black uniform with the "fleur-de-goalie" logo on the front, while Pittsburgh's new alternate will feature the team's insect head secondary logo on a gold jersey with a honeycomb pattern.