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Professional Hockey League; A Fictional History: 1989 Off-Season

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1 hour ago, eick74 said:

I like Breakers as well. Only negative to the name is that it was used for a USFL team.

 

I also think Surf is a good name but then again, I don't know how big surfing is in Miami.

 

Two pirate theme names to consider:

Miami Marauders

Florida Freebooters

But not for any teams in Florida...also, no fewer than three NBA team names are used in this league, so as long as no major hockey teams use it, HawkFan89 sounds cool with it.

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Maybe Sailfish, or Swordfish? Maybe Manatees? Or Miami/Florida Tropics? 

 

 

Breakers is is still one of the better options though, I'm not sure how many Breakers Miami even gets

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6 minutes ago, CodeG said:

Maybe Sailfish, or Swordfish? Maybe Manatees? Or Miami/Florida Tropics? 

 

 

Breakers is is still one of the better options though, I'm not sure how many Breakers Miami even gets

While it sounds good, that's geographically incorrect for Miami, or anywhere in Florida. We're not that far south :P

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Thanks everyone for the name suggestions. I've decided I'll likely use an animal name as that seemed to be one of the big trends in the late 80s-early 90s. It would also fit the vision I have for this team the best. I'm currently debating between Stingrays, Mantas, and Leatherbacks (thanks Darknes for the suggestion). 

 

I'm hoping to post the 1987-88 season very soon, just finishing the write up. Thanks again everybody!

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With Miami's hispanic population, what about Tortugas? Spanish for turtle, so the Leatherbacks idea gets carried over.

For Kansas City, what if you went with Scythes? Ties into the wheat production of the midwest, and gives you a chance to do something with a Grim Reaper, potentially.

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1987-88 Regular Season

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MacDonald.pngLike its predecessor, the 1987-88 season was about milestones. Danny Stevenson and Stuart Holly both joined the 700-goal club, while David Appleby spent most of the first half of the year chasing Gilbert Giroux for fourth on the all-time points list. Appleby tied Giroux on November 8 just before going into an out-of-character four-game scoring drought. The superstar forward admitted he was starting to feel the pressure. “I just need to break this thing so I’ll stop thinking about it” said Appleby. “I know It’s getting to me and that’s affecting my game, but it’s coming, I know its coming.” It finally came on November 19 against the Denver Bulls when Appleby’s pass to Niklas Ekberg found the back of the net, giving Appleby 1602 career points, good enough for fourth place all-time. Appleby finished with 98 points on the year, just four points shy of scoring champion Vladimir Gaganov as the Spirits once again clinched first overall in the league. In the wake of their inspiring 1987 playoff run, the Nova Scotia Claymores also enjoyed a big year from Dave Mack, who scored 42 goals, as well as brilliant goaltending once again from Brent MacDonald, who took home the Whyte Trophy while the Claymores finished first in the Eastern Conference and second overall in the league.

 

After a series of off-season moves, the Long Island Concordes enjoyed the first 100-point season in their history and had many of their fans dreaming of a Lewis Cup parade across Long Island. “It’s taken us just over a decade but I think we finally have all the right pieces in place to get the job done” said head coach Cam Norton. Long Island’s success was mostly attributed to a huge year from captain Stuart Burns, who finished fourth on PHL scoring with 91 points. In their first season under Jacques Corbet, the Pittsburgh Stingers slid just slightly in the standings, finishing third in the Eastern Conference. Danny Stevenson led the team in scoring for the 16th year in a row, while Nate Carroll, who had changed his mind about retirement, also played some of his best hockey, scoring 74 points. Rookie coach Gary Shantz guided the Bulldogs to a 6th place finish in his first season in Boston, while his predecessor, Bill Truman, managed to find work as the GM of the new Kansas City franchise. In Quebec, the Nationale found themselves back in the playoffs for the first time since 1983 thanks to a big performance from goaltender John Gage. The battle of Quebec also heated up again on January 8 when the Vincent Ducharme and the Royale visited. With Montreal up 3-0 late in the third period, rugged Nationale winger Troy Dowdy threw Ducharme violently into the boards from behind, sidelining him for ten games. Dowdy was suspended for three games but returned to the lineup in time to face the Royale again on February 16 in Montreal. Dowdy took on Silvain Landry in a spirited second period fight before the main event took place between heavyweights Roy Priest of Quebec and Ron Borden of Montreal. Royale head coach Don Shelburne was quick to slam the Nationale and their head coach, JP Boisvert; “That’s just the kind of gutless play I expect from them, a team that wouldn’t matter anyway if not for their goaltending.” Boisvert was quick to respond; “It’s a little ironic to hear him talk about gutless when he’s built a career on tanking seasons and joining teams that were pre-built for him.” Commentator Ben Williams summed it up best; “Boy I hope these two teams meet in the playoffs.”

 

In the Western Conference, St. Louis and Seattle once again ruled their divisions, but Milwaukee made a strong push, finishing just six points shy of their first conference title. The “Bulldozer Line” of Bruce Gratton, Travis Curry, and Mike Flemming proved to be one of the deadliest combinations in hockey, combining for 223 points, while Scott Daffney’s effort in net was nothing short of spectacular. Edmonton returned to the post-season while LA dropped back out, and Chicago, despite a record-breaking year from Vladimir Gaganov, dropped down to seventh place in the Western Conference. The Winnipeg Pioneers, with the PHL’s only all-Canadian roster, scratched and clawed their way to fifth place despite losing star goalie Pascal Renaud to Long Island in the off-season. The gritty Pioneers now faced a first-round matchup not for the faint of heart, against the hard-hitting Edmonton Northern Lights. “We’ve been playing that way all year” said Pioneers captain Adam Hanson. “That’s how the game should be played, fast and tough. We can’t wait to get this series going.”

 

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That Brent MacDonald mask looks badass! And I like the new format.

 

Alright, cheering for St. Louis for 2 more years, then I hate them!

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I love that a guy with the last name "Truman" is going to be associated with the Kansas City PHL Franchise. Nice touch! Let's go Claymores!

 

As far as series, I'm predicting this:

 

West:

 

(1) STL beats (8) MIN in 4

(2) SEA beats (7) CHI in 4

(6) VAN beats (3) MIL in 7

(4) EDM beats (5) WIN in 6

 

(4) EDM beats (1) STL in 7

(2) SEA beats (6) VAN in 6

 

(2) SEA beats (4) EDM in 5

 

East:

 

(1) NVS beats (8) QUE in 6

(2) LI beats (7) DET in 4

(3) PIT beats (6) BOS in 7

(5) MON beats (4) PHI in 6

 

(1) NVS beats (5) MON in 7

(2) LI beats (3) PIT in 6

 

(1) NVS beats (2) LI in 7

 

Lewis Cup Finals

 

Nova Scotia beats Seattle in 7

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Start it up, roll it out, LET'S GO CHOPS!

Start it up, roll it out, LET'S GO CHOPS!

Seriously, though, I am excited for their playoff run, first their opening series against Vancouver, then a possible second-round rivalry series against the Shamrocks...then the possibility of us FINALLY knocking off the Spirits!

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12 minutes ago, Red Comet said:

I love that a guy with the last name "Truman" is going to be associated with the Kansas City PHL Franchise. Nice touch! Let's go Claymores!

 

As far as series, I'm predicting this:

 

West:

 

(1) STL beats (8) MIN in 4

(2) SEA beats (7) CHI in 4

(6) VAN beats (3) MIL in 7

(4) EDM beats (5) WIN in 6

 

(4) EDM beats (1) STL in 7

(2) SEA beats (6) VAN in 6

 

(2) SEA beats (4) EDM in 5

 

East:

 

(1) NVS beats (8) QUE in 6

(2) LI beats (7) DET in 4

(3) PIT beats (6) BOS in 7

(5) MON beats (4) PHI in 6

 

(1) NVS beats (5) MON in 7

(2) LI beats (3) PIT in 6

 

(1) NVS beats (2) LI in 7

 

Lewis Cup Finals

 

Nova Scotia beats Seattle in 7

Close except LI's gonna win

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Yes, a decade's long dream, that definitely plays in the minds of all Concordes fans every season, Lets make it a reality Concordes, lets do it for Strong Island!

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LETS GO 'MORES

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Oh wow, the Wizards really fell the hell off. Poor Holly just wasting away his twilight years (year?) on a garbage team.

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The new template looks good though a darker gray for the text would be more legible.

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The way Calgary's been mired in the basement for years makes me think they're one of the teams heading south. 

 

If we're still voting for names, I like the Miami Stingrays (Girlfriend vote) and I'm sticking with Kansas City Tornadoes.

 

C'mon Nova Scotia! Do it again, but with a better ending!

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8 minutes ago, NeoAC said:

The way Calgary's been mired in the basement for years makes me think they're one of the teams heading south. 

 

If we're still voting for names, I like the Miami Stingrays (Girlfriend vote) and I'm sticking with Kansas City Tornadoes.

 

C'mon Nova Scotia! Do it again, but with a better ending!

That would really suck if they did...Calgary and Edmonton seem to be markets that are co-dependent on each other (if one folds or never gets started, the other seems to be doomed), and I don't want to see the game leave one of more promising metro areas.

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13 minutes ago, NeoAC said:

The way Calgary's been mired in the basement for years makes me think they're one of the teams heading south. 

 

If we're still voting for names, I like the Miami Stingrays (Girlfriend vote) and I'm sticking with Kansas City Tornadoes.

 

C'mon Nova Scotia! Do it again, but with a better ending!

 

Calgary has a situation like the Green Bay Packers in that the team is community-owned. You'd have to have someone try to purchase 50% and one shares to move them and I don't quite see that happening. My guess is that we're going to see Quebec move and Nova Scotia will definitely move unless they get a new arena deal worked out. And even then it wouldn't be a guarantee since Atlantic Canada's economy collapsed in the early 90's with the fishing moratorium. 

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1988 Playoffs

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Entering their first round series against the very average Vancouver Bighorns, the Milwaukee Choppers were a very confident group. With fifteen points separating the two teams, the Chops were the overwhelming favorite. Needless to say, hockey fans everywhere were stunned when the Bighorns won game one at the Milwaukee Arena 6-1. Brushing it off as a fluke, the Choppers recovered with a 4-2 win in game two, before Vancouver won games 3 & 4 in overtime to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. After their best regular season in franchise history, the Choppers season was now on the brink. “We haven’t really faced adversity like this all year, well here it is now and we have to find a way to respond” said captain Bruce Gratton. The Choppers did respond in game five with a big 3-2 win, before forcing game seven with a 5-2 victory. Game seven was a tight one, with the two teams tied through two periods. With less than one minute left, Travis Curry suddenly tipped an Olivier Meloche point shot into the net to give the Choppers the lead. Vancouver pressed hard but could not solve Scott Daffney. Gratton scored the empty-netter as the Milwaukee Choppers pulled off the comeback and advanced to the second round. Meanwhile, the Edmonton Northern Lights’ series with the Winnipeg Pioneers proved to be one of the most physical series played in a long time. The home team won every game as Edmonton advanced in seven games. In other Western Conference action, David Appleby and the Spirits defeated Minnesota in five games, while Vladimir Gaganov continued his scoring prowess from the regular season, leading the Chicago Shamrocks in a stunning six-game upset over Seattle.

 

In the Eastern Conference, Pittsburgh once again had their sights set on winning their second championship. The first two games against Boston predictably went in Pittsburgh’s favor, with the Stingers winning 5-3 and 4-3 to take a 2-0 series lead. After the Bulldogs won their first game at home, Pittsburgh jumped to a 3-1 series lead. Determined to prove themselves as an elite team, the Bulldogs managed to win two tight games to force the series to game seven. Game seven was all Pittsburgh in the first period as the Stingers took a 2-0 lead in the first period. But Boston never gave up. Craig Bush scored twice to tie the game, before Danny Stevenson once again put the Stingers ahead 3-2. Nate Carroll restored Pittsburgh’s two-goal lead before Jason Luna and Aaron Goodwin each scored to tie the game once again and send it into overtime. Nineteen seconds into overtime, Bush completed the hat-trick to stun the Pittsburgh crowd and complete the upset. The devastating loss was especially tough to take for Nate Carroll, who had played his final PHL game. The Pittsburgh crowd gave Carroll a standing ovation as he skated off the ice with his teammates.

 

In other Eastern Conference action, Montreal gave the Philadelphia Redshirts a good scare, taking a 2-1 series lead before the Redshirts, led by captain Gary Johnson, ultimately won the series 4-2. Brent MacDonald continued his brilliant play in Nova Scotia as the Claymores defeated the Quebec Nationale in five games.

 

In the second round of the playoffs, Chicago, fresh off their thrilling upset, would move on to face the St. Louis Spirits. David Appleby’s hat-trick in game one led the Spirits to a 6-2 victory, while Grant Millen proved to be the hero in game two, scoring the winner in overtime for a 5-4 win. In Chicago for game three, Appleby and Gaganov each had two goals in a high scoring affair as the Spirits took a commanding 3-0 series lead with an 8-6 victory. It was not all good news for the Spirits, however, as Appleby was knocked out of the game late in the third period with a separated shoulder after a hard hit from Dusty Hedley. With Appleby out of the lineup, the Spirits struggled to find chemistry in game four and the Shamrocks won 5-4 thanks to a big third period goal from Graham Boswell. Grant Millen put the Spirits on his back in game five, scoring two goals and adding an assist in a 4-3 St. Louis victory that propelled them to the Western Conference Finals once again. The Spirits’ opponent in the Western Final would be a familiar foe, the Milwaukee Choppers, who defeated the Edmonton Northern Lights in a hard-fought five game series.

 

In the Eastern Conference, Boston ran out of gas against the Nova Scotia Claymores as Nova Scotia won in five games, while Long Island faced the Philadelphia Redshirts in a tough seven-game series. The series was tied 2-2 after the first four games. Long Island pulled ahead 3-2 in game five thanks to a huge effort in net from goaltender Pascal Renaud. In game six, Gary Johnson became the first defenseman in PHL history to score a hat-trick in the post-season as the Redshirts forced game seven in Long Island. Game seven would result in yet another heartbreaking end for the Redshirts as former California Nugget Alan Chadwick’s late-third period goal gave the Concordes a 3-2 win to send them to the Eastern Conference Finals.

 

Long Island hoped to carry the momentum into the Eastern Conference Finals against Nova Scotia, but struggled early on as Nova Scotia won the first two games at home to take a 2-0 series lead at home. The Claymores were charging through the playoffs and it looked as if Russel Buchanan’s promise of a return to the Lewis Cup Finals might actually come true. The Concordes came out strong in game three, ultimately winning 4-2. Game four went into overtime and Nova Scotia was determined to get a big 3-1 series lead heading home. With only forty seconds left in the first overtime, Dave Mack hit the post on a breakaway just seconds before Harry Hayes just missed a wide open net. The Concordes pushed but could not solve Brent MacDonald throughout the second period until finally, Prince Edward Island native Doug Macintyre scored to give Long Island the win and tie the series. Game five also went into overtime and once again, Macintyre proved to be the hero as the Concordes pulled ahead in the series 3-2. The Claymores had had a 2-0 series lead and now faced elimination. Game six  looked like it might go to OT as well as the teams were deadlocked 2-2. Then, with just three minutes left, Stuart Burns beat MacDonald to give the Concordes a 3-2 lead. The stunned Claymores tried hard to tie the game, but Theo Sprouse finally sealed the game with an empty-net goal as Long Island advanced to the Lewis Cup Finals for the second time in their history.

 

In the Western Conference Finals, the Milwaukee Choppers faced the Mighty St. Louis Spirits, playing without David Appleby who was still out with a shoulder injury. Bruce Gratton scored twice as the Choppers won game one 6-2, then Grant Millen once again took the Spirits on his back, carrying the team to a 6-4 win in game two. Mike Fleming won game three for the Choppers in overtime, then set up Tony Knight for the winner in game four as Milwaukee found themselves just one win away from their first-ever appearance in the Lewis Cup Finals. In game five, St. Louis received a surprise, David Appleby would return to the lineup. Despite intense pain in his shoulder, Appleby scored twice in a 5-3 St. Louis win, then scored a hat-trick in a 6-5 win in game six to extend the series to a seventh game in St. Louis. Prior to game seven, David Appleby needed a trainer to tie his skates with the pain in his shoulder. That did not stop him from assisting on a Niklas Ekberg goal to open the game. It would not be enough, however, as Gratton, Terry Hawkins, and Travis Curry each scored to eliminate the Spirits and send the Choppers to their first-ever Lewis Cup Finals, just three years after relocating to Milwaukee.

 

Round 1

 

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Round 2

 

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Round 3

 

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You have Seattle loosing to Chicago in the first but they are playing Milwaukee in the second round still :)

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