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  1. A while ago, I was thinking about Minnesota's hockey history and it got me thinking. What if there was an amateur hockey league in the state that started when the game first began to get popular in the state? A league made up of everyday people who just love the game. Any city can have a team as long as they have a minimum of 10 skaters and 2 goalies, all players must be over the age of 18 and can not have played for money at any point in the past. This is a contact league, but fighting is not allowed. Some teams are actual teams from the past or fictional teams from movies and such. Some cities will be better at different points in history, depending on events that take place in that time and population rises and falls. This is going to be the largest project I have ever worked on and it will take a long time to complete, I will simulate seasons using a random generator. I will be designing logos and uniforms for teams that are accurate to the time period. Ideas for teams, logos, and uniforms will be welcomed. The league is made up of smaller leagues that play each other in the regular season, the top teams from each league after the regular season move on to the playoffs where they can play teams from other leagues and play for the Kellogg Cup. Current Year: 1927/28 Current Team Logos: Maps of Team Locations: Kellogg Cup: The trophy teams compete for in the MAHL playoffs, donated to the league by Frank B. Kellogg after becoming a Senator for the state of Minnesota in 1916. Winning teams names are permanently etched into the cup next to the year they won. List Of Champions: 1916 - St. Paul Victorias 1917 - Eveleth Rangers 1918 - Ely Hockey Club 1919 - Ely Black Bears 1920 - Twin Cities Vulcans 1921 - Duluth Hornets 1922 - South St. Paul Mavericks 1923 - Minneapolis Millers 1924 - Virginia Royals 1925 - Ely Black Bears 1926 - Cloquet Broncos 1927 - Virginia Royals 1928 - Duluth Voyageurs
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    Minnesota Amateur Hockey League - 1928 Finals

    Game 1: It is a tight defensive game, neither team wants to give an inch and risk giving the other momentum in the series. The game is scoreless after 2 periods, it isn't until Voyageur center Guy Martin beats the Vulcans goalie with 2:16 left on the clock that the game sees its first, and only, goal. Game 2: In another defensive battle, the Vulcans are lucky enough to break through in the second period. Le Bleus pull the goalie with 2 minutes left to try and tie the game. They get so close to tying it in the last minute when one rings one off the pipe, only to deflect right to a Vulcan who sends it down into the empty net. Game 3: With the series tied at one apiece and now in Minneapolis, the Vulcans used their home ice advantage to win another close game 2-1. Game 4: The Voyageurs need a win to stay alive and they did just that, putting up 2 goals in the first period and then playing shut down defense, they won the game and sent the series to a final game 5 back in Duluth. Game 5: Both teams knew they needed a win here, and both gave it everything they could to do so. The offense was on display in this game ,when one team would score, the other would tie it up. This was all game until it went to overtime. Only 3 minutes into the first overtime period, the Vulcans got called for a tripping penalty. Not long after that, Duluth's Martin buried a one timer, winning the Kellogg Cup for the Duluth Voyageurs!
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    Minnesota Amateur Hockey League - 1928 Finals

    Knockout Round: Ely defeats the inexperienced Flames. The Timberwolves avenge last years knockout round loss to the Broncos. South St. Paul destroys the Saints to meet their old rivals, the Vulcans. In a battle of youth, the Reds are victorious against the Victorias. Second Round: Virginia wins a hard fought series against the Black Bears 2 games to 1. The Voyageurs continue to show the league they mean business as they beat Two Harbors and advance to the semi finals. The Vulcans again beat the Mavericks in this one sided rivalry, this time in a sweep. Gaining momentum from their first round win, the young Eveleth Reds upset the Hornets and advance. Semi Finals: Duluth is determined to get back in the finals after last years disappointment, to get there though they need to get through the top regular season team. And they did just that, winning the series 2-1. The Vulcans are hungry for their second Kellogg Cup and show off their skills by sweeping the hot Reds and advancing to another finals appearance. Will the Voyageurs redeem themselves from last year? Or will the Vulcans win their second Kellogg Cup?
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    Minnesota Amateur Hockey League - 1928 Finals

    The 1927/28 regular season concluded, here are the highlights. Iron Range Hockey League: Virginia won the league again. Ely climbed back to the second spot in the league. The Eveleth Reds gained more experience and just barely got third behind Ely. The Chisholm Flames finished fourth and claimed a playoff birth. An aging Rangers team is starting to show their age as they began to slip behind the league this year. Hibbing and Soudan were in the basement of the league, but both are beginning to look up. Lake Superior Hockey League: An all Duluth top two as the Voyageurs win the league with the Hornets in a close second place. The Two Harbors Timberwolves surprised many with how much they improved in a year, even passing the Cloquet Broncos. Superior had a tough year, having to deal with constant injuries to their top players. Twin Cities Hockey League: The Twin Cities Vulcans finished the season on top of the Twin Cities for a third straight year, South St. Paul finished just one win behind. Rounding out the top 4 we have the St. Paul's; Victorias and Saints. The Millers had a disappointing season, finishing below .500 and missing the playoffs again. And of course at the bottom we have the Stillwater Athletics, the rented mules of the league.
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    Minnesota Amateur Hockey League - 1928 Finals

    Prior to the 1927-28 season, the South St. Paul Mavericks decided to add a new logo to their uniforms. The reason for the change was coach Peter Johnson's wife Linda not liking the gothic lettering saying it was "ugly and hard to read" so he gave her a pencil and paper and let her sketch out a logo that she found more fitting. They decided on a red bull head to fit in with the meat packing industry in the city. The rest of the uniform remains unchanged. This is the first change for South St. Paul's history.
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    Minnesota Amateur Hockey League - 1928 Finals

    Thank you, and the jersey template is one I made based on one from vintagemnhockey.com, here is the original image
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    High school football posters

    With the football season starting I decided to start a new series where I make posters for my high schools upcoming football games, this may evolve into other sports as time goes on but for now I'm sticking to football. These designs will be posted by my schools super fan twitter page for the game days. For the first home game of the season I decided to keep it simple with the team helmets facing one another. At the top is the phrase "Let them eat cake" which is a reference to the city of Edina being known for having money and being a generally snobby area that the rest of the state loves to hate, and they have gotten the nickname "Cake eaters" for this reason. The background features a US flag because the students will be wearing red white and blue. The bottom has details about where the game will be played and when with the Rosemount football slogan at the bottom. It's a pretty simple design to start with but I plan on doing more intricate designs for future weeks. Let me know what you think!
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    High school football posters

    Thank you, and I completely agree about the lack of creativity high school teams have. Looking back, literally every team in this thread either has a logo or uniform that is a complete ripoff of a college or professional team. I'm currently working on a logo set that I plan on submitting to Rosemount when I'm done, hopefully it could lead to us having a unique identity.
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    High school football posters

    And finally here is the last game of the season against the Shakopee Sabres. This is my personal favorite poster of the bunch and I think it really shows how much my design abilities have changed in a year. This poster is a close up of a Rosemount player, in the reflection of his visor are the Irish running out on to the field. In the background there are the superfans faded white with the team saying in the top right corner in white. Let me know what you think! Now that I have posted all of these I'll be going back to my other series, the Minnesota Amateur Hockey League, feel free to check it out if you want!
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    High school football posters

    The next poster is for the game against Lakeville South, it is our Homecoming game. I split the background into 3 parts; the top part is the team running onto the field, the middle is the student section or Super Fans, and the bottom is a Rosemount player diving to block a punt. The foreground lists who is playing and when, as well as that it is homecoming, but my favorite part of this one is the Super Fans flag that can be seen at every Rosemount football game in the stands or running around the field after touchdowns. Up next we have the poster for senior night which is against Burnsville. I tried for something simple like the one against Eastview, this time though I split the poster in half. One side is blue and the player is wearing Irish gear, the other side is white and wearing Burnsville's uniform; I really like how this one turned out.
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    High school football posters

    This year the pink out game is against Eagan, so I knew I had to make that a big part of this poster. The design is just some simple striping on the sides in the school colors with the school's logos at the bottom corners. The striping has a football leather pattern for texture. In between the striping there is a picture from last years game with a Rosemount player stiff arming a Wildcat, and in front of that there is a pink breast cancer ribbon. Let me know what you think!
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    High school football posters

    The first new design is in our game against Eastview. I tried to make the poster simple to allow the player and the letters to pop. The design is a player in Rosemount gear with the team's slogan "The Power of One" bold in front. The background is a faded thunderstorm over a football field. I chose a thunderstorm because Eastview's nickname is the Lightning, I thought it would be a good way to tie in the opponent without it being too obvious.
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    High school football posters

    Hello again everyone, I've decided to take a quick break from my Minnesota Amateur Hockey League series in sports fan-fiction to bring this series back with designs for the upcoming season. The designs I posted here last year got seen by the Rosemount High School Football Boosters who contacted me about making posters to hang up in the school for the upcoming season. I reused the basic design that I used last year for the two of the ones this year and I will put them in this post. The first poster is almost an exact copy of last years game against Edina. Only I don't know what "color out" it will be so I left that out of all the posters. The only real differences between this one and last years are the background and location. Not too much to say about this one, IMO this is the weakest of the ones that I made for this year. So this is out of order but I wanted to get the ones I did last year out of the way. This is a redo of the one I made for the game against Eagan last year, this time it is against Farmington. It is a split poster, half in Rosemount's Navy and half in Farmington's orange. There is a player in both sides in the uniforms of either team. The phrase "No Luck Needed" is on the front, this is a play on our nickname, the Irish. Let me know what you think, I will post the designs I made that are new for this year shortly!
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    The History Of The Midwest Hockey League

    I'm really looking forward to this
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    Minnesota Amateur Hockey League - 1928 Finals

    Game 1: The Duluth Voyageurs head to Virginia riding a wave of upsets, they keep the momentum going as they take game one. Game 2: The Royals regroup after game 1 and tighten up defensively, not allowing a goal while netting 2 themselves. Game 3: With the series tied at one apiece it headed to Duluth where the Royals knew they needed to get game one or they had a good chance at losing the next one, because once Duluth gets rolling they're tough to stop. Virginia ended up just barely getting a win with an overtime goal. Game 4: The Voyageurs gave it everything they had but in the end Virginia was just the better team. Duluth's luck had run out and the Virginia Royals are your 1927 Kellogg Cup Champions! Thoughts and feedback are appreciated and encouraged.
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    Minnesota Amateur Hockey League - 1928 Finals

    Knockout Round: The Victorias show the Saints why they've missed the playoffs the last few years by embarrassing them 4-0. In a major upset, the Eveleth Rangers knock off the Black Bears in Ely. The Broncos easily pass the rookie Timberwolves. South St. Paul gets upset by the Voyageurs from Duluth in a game in South St. Paul. Second Round: The Vulcans fall behind in the series but are able to crawl their way back and win the series 2-1. Virginia does what Ely tried and failed to do which is shut down the Rangers attack, in doing so they sweep the red white and blue and advance to the semi finals. The Broncos played with the intensity of last playoffs as they upset the top ranked Hornets. Eveleth's young guns showed us just how much more they need to learn before they can be considered a serious threat as they lose the series to the Voyageurs. Semi Finals: The Royals fell behind in the series after game one but were able to gain momentum after a clutch 3-1 victory at home in game 2. Virginia would ride that momentum to another Kellogg Cup finals appearance. Le Bleu continued their string of upsets, this time against the defending champions. Will the Royals win their second Kellogg Cup? Or will the Voyageurs incredible playoff run continue? Thoughts and feedback are appreciated and encouraged.
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    Minnesota Amateur Hockey League - 1928 Finals

    The 1926/27 regular season came to an end with a lot of things to talk about. Iron Range Hockey League: The Ely Black Bears fell out of first place after back to back years there. The Virginia Royals finished in first place with a record of 21-2-1. The Reds young core led them to a second place finish, led by the strong goaltending of young star Joseph "the Flounder" Brimsek. The Rangers claimed the last playoff spot leaving Chisholm, Hibbing, and the lowly Soudan Miners out yet again. Lake Superior Hockey League: A surprise run in the second half of the season saw the Duluth Hornets back on top of the Lake Superior League. Following close behind were the Broncos, who have to play in the knockout round of the playoffs for the first time. The Voyageurs finished above 500 and made the playoffs but there was nothing significant that occurred this year. The Timberwolves finished fourth in their first season, passing the Superior Lakers who will miss the playoffs for the first time. Twin Cities Hockey League: The only number one seed from last year to remain at the top are the Twin Cities Vulcans, who finished well above the rest of the pack. The up and coming Victorias edged out South St. Paul to claim the second place spot. In major news; the Minneapolis Millers have missed the playoffs for the first time since the MAHL began. an aged Millers team was unable to keep up with the competition this season as they just missed the fourth playoff spot to the St. Paul Saints. Thoughts and feedback are appreciated and encouraged.
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    MLB by NIKE

    You can't really go wrong with either of those, but I would definitely say go with the number from the lighter blue jersey.
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    Minnesota Amateur Hockey League - 1928 Finals

    The 1926/27 season sees a new expansion team in the Lake Superior League, the Two Harbors Timberwolves. The Wolves will be the fifth team in their league and will be a contender right away. The teams colors are red and black and their logo is a wolf head. They only have one jersey and it is black with two thick stripes on the sleeves representing the towns name, two harbors, and it also features a red stripe at the bottom of the jersey and on the shoulders. There was also a team that changed their look a bit this year, the Millers. They ditched their black and gold for the black and orange of the baseball Millers. Minneapolis also adjusted their M, making it slimmer and more similar to the baseball team's logo.
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    Minnesota Amateur Hockey League - 1928 Finals

    The Flames are a team that will likely stay mostly the same throughout this history, but will adjust their look slightly throughout With the Rangers becoming a force yet again, along with a strong young core of Reds, I would expect a few more meetings between these two to increase the rivalry. I wish I could say that there is a light at the end of the tunnel for both teams, but that just isn't the case. The Miners have a chance at improving in the Iron Range in the next few years with the mining industry improving in Soudan, it also helps that safety regulations will be getting better so less players will be lost to work related injuries. However, the Miners are not likely to become a dominant team just because of how small the team is compared to some of the other teams in their league. The Athletics on the other hand, are not likely to improve at all. Being the smallest city in the Twin Cities Hockey League, with a steeply declining population, the A's are likely to be a bottom dweller for quite a while.
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    Minnesota Amateur Hockey League - 1928 Finals

    Game 1: Cloquet came out aggressive, firing everything on net. This tactic worked as they won the game 3-2 on the road. Game 2: Ely needed to win this game to stay alive, and they did just that. Scoring the one goal of the game 6 minutes into the second period and playing shut down D allowed the Black Bears to tie the series up and 1 apiece. Game 3: At home in front of a packed house, the Broncos overwhelmed Ely with their offensive attack, putting up 4 goals to take back the series lead. Game 4: The atmosphere for game 4 was crazy, you could feel how much Bronco fans wanted the cup. Luckily for them their boys did just that. Winning the game 2-0 and clinching their first Kellogg Cup on home ice.
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    Minnesota Amateur Hockey League - 1928 Finals

    Knockout Round: The playoff experience of the Rangers helped them win and advance against a young Reds team. The Mavericks easily defeat the aging Millers on their way to playing the hated Vulcans. The Voyageurs learned from last year and didn't allow back to back upsets from Superior. An up and coming Victorias team beat the Hornets in the wildcard bracket. Second Round: Ely looks determined to go back to back yet again as they beat the Rangers 2 games to 1. The Vulcans easily sweep the South St. Paul Mavericks to meet Ely in the next round in a rematch of last years finals. Cloquet shows they are a force to be dealt with as they sweep Duluth. Virginia leans on their experience and edges out a series win against the St. Paul Victorias. Semi Finals: The Ely Black Bears remind the Vulcans why they won last year by completely dominating the series and advancing to another finals. The Cloquet Broncos keep proving they are the real deal after beating the Royals, they now have a date with Ely in the Kellogg Cup Finals. The finals will feature the defending champs from Ely, and the challengers from Cloquet. Will the Black Bears go back to back yet again, or will the Broncos get their first Kellogg Cup?
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    Minnesota Amateur Hockey League - 1928 Finals

    After the 1925/26 season there were a couple of surprises, but overall things stayed mostly the same. There were no changes at all in the Lake Superior League. In the Iron Range, the story was all about the surprise run from the Reds, a team who has been a bottom dweller the last few years but jumped to finish third in the league this season. Down in the Cities there wasn't much that changed, the main takeaways would be the rise of a young Victorias teams, and the decline of the Mighty Millers.
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    Minnesota Amateur Hockey League - 1928 Finals

    Before the 1925/26 season only one team made adjustments to their look. The Chisholm Flames dropped their text only "logo" for a flaming C. (This was hard for me, trying to make a flaming C that wasn't like Calgary, but I think it turned out pretty good). They also added a maroon jersey to match their gold, as well as adjusting the striping to fit the new logo. Let me know what you think, CC is appreciated.
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    Minnesota Amateur Hockey League - 1928 Finals

    Game 1: The Black Bears veteran core stayed calm under the pressure of game one and led the team to an easy 4-1 victory. Game 2: Ely continued to roll, shutting down Tscheda and the Vulcans and winning game 2. Game 3: Feeling their shot at a championship slip, the Vulcans gave it everything they had and were able to squeak out a 4-3 win and stay alive.\ Game 4: The Vulcans fed off the momentum from their previous win and yet again squeaked out a win against the Black Bears. Game 5: With the series back in Ely, the city was buzzing and hoping for another Cup win. The sell out crowd was not let down as their Black Bears dominated the game from start to finish, winning the game 2-1 as well as their third Kellogg Cup!