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

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Long Island Lost!!!!!

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42 minutes ago, RedfieldNick said:

Long Island Lost!!!!!

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Is Steve okay? He doesn't look okay...

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Read the white print, dude.

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The Chops remind me of the Avalanche, and to lesser extant Ravens and Hurricanes

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5 hours ago, New York's Greatest said:

I'll tell you when it's ready 

 

anyways Burnsie said it best, "We'll be back"

 

@hawkfan89 kudos on including Newsday in the story. (For those who don't know Newsday is the largest local paper on Long Island)

 

I'm going to try to try to include local references more often in the storylines, I think it helps the realism. Glad you liked it!

 

2 hours ago, CodeG said:

The Chops remind me of the Avalanche, and to lesser extant Ravens and Hurricanes

 

There is definitely a similarity there as the team's stint in Dallas was really nothing short of a nightmare, and then they moved just as they finally reached that brink of becoming a great team. Interestingly, the Metros' team rating during their last two years in Dallas was actually quite high, it just never seemed to translate into results until after the move.

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17 hours ago, RedfieldNick said:

Read the white print, dude.

I know what it says, it just looks like something else

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PHL50.pngAt the conclusion of the 1988 Lewis Cup Finals, the PHL unveiled a new logo to celebrate it's 50th anniversary. League executives including Commissioner Alan Garcia and Deputy Commissioner Darryl Byrd were on hand to talk about the league's anniversary celebration. "This is a big year for PHL hockey" said Garcia, who has been the league's Commissioner/President since 1966. "In five decades, we've seen this league grow from a regional organization of nine clubs to a major league featuring 26 franchises. We have a lot to celebrate. Lots of great players, great teams, and great moments." The 50th anniversary logo will be worn on every team uniform this season.

In addition to the new logo, nine PHL teams also unveiled special retro jerseys they will wear for select games throughout the season. These uniforms will be matched against each other whenever possible, meaning the PHL will feature some color vs color games for the first time since the 1950s.

 

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Toronto, New York, Philadelphia, and Boston will all wear jerseys based on what they wore when the PHL was formed in 1939, Montreal will wear their Maroon and White uniforms used during the 1940s, Quebec and Nova Scotia will wear their original uniforms from the 1950s, and Denver will wear new jerseys that will pay tribute to their original home in Buffalo. The Bulls also made a surprise announcement that the uniforms will specifically be worn in two regular season games played in Buffalo. "We made the decision to go to Buffalo for two game this year as a way of acknowledging our original fanbase" said owner Mark Kirkpatrick.

 

The 1988-89 season will open on October 11, 1988. Special ceremonies will precede each opening game

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Awesome to see Chicago in the plain white sweater again. 

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Chicago is not wearing the green jerseys they wore from 39 to 52, but going with the white jersey that they were so reluctant to add. Kind of odd.

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I forgot to include the explanation behind the Shamrocks' sweater choice. The original Green one was not really different enough from what they currently wear to warrant making a retro version, initially the team was actually just going to go without one. The plain white one was brought back by Fred Garfield Jr as a tribute to his father, who created the plain white "Chicago" sweaters as a form of protest against the league's new mandate of home and away uniforms. The sweater, along with the story behind it, became legendary among Chicago fans. Some fans didn't even want the team to switch to a proper white one two years later. The team will probably wear it for two games this season, the standard number for most of the retro jerseys.

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10 hours ago, hawkfan89 said:

PHL50.pngAt the conclusion of the 1988 Lewis Cup Finals, the PHL unveiled a new logo to celebrate it's 50th anniversary. League executives including Commissioner Alan Garcia and Deputy Commissioner Darryl Byrd were on hand to talk about the league's anniversary celebration. "This is a big year for PHL hockey" said Garcia, who has been the league's Commissioner/President since 1966. "In five decades, we've seen this league grow from a regional organization of nine clubs to a major league featuring 26 franchises. We have a lot to celebrate. Lots of great players, great teams, and great moments." The 50th anniversary logo will be worn on every team uniform this season.

In addition to the new logo, nine PHL teams also unveiled special retro jerseys they will wear for select games throughout the season. These uniforms will be matched against each other whenever possible, meaning the PHL will feature some color vs color games for the first time since the 1950s.

 

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Toronto, New York, Philadelphia, and Boston will all wear jerseys based on what they wore when the PHL was formed in 1939, Montreal will wear their Maroon and White uniforms used during the 1940s, Quebec and Nova Scotia will wear their original uniforms from the 1950s, and Denver will wear new jerseys that will pay tribute to their original home in Buffalo. The Bulls also made a surprise announcement that the uniforms will specifically be worn in two regular season games played in Buffalo. "We made the decision to go to Buffalo for two game this year as a way of acknowledging our original fanbase" said owner Mark Kirkpatrick.

 

The 1988-89 season will open on October 11, 1988. Special ceremonies will precede each opening game

Hoo boy. That's gonna go over well in Buffalo. They should've done the colored jerseys for throwbacks, because it's going to sound like they're away at their fiercest rivals! (Whoever that happens to be - the Nuggets, perhaps?)

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1988 Off-Season

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1988 Entry Draft

 

 

The 1988 PHL Draft was quite a strong one for Canadian players. Fifteen players selected in the first round were Canadian, including the number one pick, Shannon Micheals, a big, talented power forward from Toronto. Micheals was selected by the Calgary Wranglers, giving them a true franchise player to base their rebuild around. Ottawa passed on the projected number two pick, Gustav Mattsen, to select 50-goal junior star Todd Becker. Mattsen went to the LA Wizards. One of the most interesting picks in the draft was Lamar Jackson, selected fifth by the New York Civics. Jackson was originally from a tough neighborhood in Harlem, and grew up watching the Civics, until his mother moved the family to Queens to get her sons away from street life, where both excelled at multiple sports. Jackson eventually chose to pursue a hockey career and moved to Quebec to play junior, where he got PHL scouts’ attention as a punishing, but skilled defenseman. Other interesting picks included Detroit’s Patrick Fletcher, whose father was a sports columnist in Minnesota for twenty years, and Seattle’s Mike Powell, a two-sport athlete who was also drafted into the Professional Baseball League.

 

1.      CGY – Shannon Micheals, F, CAN

2.      OTT – Todd Becker, F, CAN

3.      LA – Gustav Mattsen, F, SWE

4.      CAL – Bradley Pope, G, USA

5.      NYC – Lamar Jackson, D, USA

6.      DEN – Kaino Rippola, F, FIN

7.      TOR – Ty McInnis, D, CAN

8.      WSH – Rob Wentzel, F, CAN

9.      QUE – Scott Miller, D, CAN

10.   MIN – Matt Cunningham, D, CAN

11.   DET – Patrick Fletcher, F, USA

12.   BOS – Kyle Boone, F, USA

13.   CHI – Martin Vannier, F, CAN

14.   VAN – Niklas Asplund, G, SWE

15.   WPG – Jason Driscoll, F, CAN

16.   MTL – Patrick Garnier, F, CAN

17.   EDM – Marshal Jackson, F, CAN

18.   PHI – Jonathan Perry, D, USA

19.   PIT – Scott Lindsey, F, CAN

20.   LI (From Milwaukee) –  Greg Powers, G, CAN

21.   SEA – Mike Powell, F, USA

22.   LI – Craig Moody, D, CAN

23.   NS – Adam Cote, D, CAN

24.   STL – Stephan Millet, D, CAN

 

 

Notable Retirements:

 

 

Cliff Lyle – DET, MIL, 1969-1988

 

As a relatively young player, Lyle played a somewhat limited role in Detroit’s dynasty in the early ‘70s, until the 1973-74 season, when he was arguably the Mustangs’ best player as the team skated to their fourth Cup in six seasons. In the years following the dynasty, Lyle served as the Mustangs captain, until a 1985 trade sent him to the Milwaukee Choppers. Lyle won his fifth Lewis Cup in 1988 with the Choppers.

 

 

Nate Carroll – PIT, 1971 – 1988

 

Both talented and tough-as-nails, Nate Carroll served as the perfect wingman for Danny Stevenson over his 17-year career in Pittsburgh. Along with Stevenson and Dave Breedon, Carroll helped for one of the deadliest lines in hockey as Pittsburgh appeared in the Lewis Cup Finals four times in the 1980s, winning it in 1985.

 

 

Emmett Hudson – MTL, 1969 – 1988

 

A horrific eye injury nearly ended Emmett Hudson’s career in 1977, but the winger would bounce back in the following years. In 1980-81, Hudson enjoyed his best season ever, scoring 128 points. In his final years in a Montreal jersey, Hudson served as a valuable mentor to young phenom Vincent Ducharme.

 

 

Eddie Gibbs – NS, CHI, 1970 – 1988

 

From 1970 to 1981, gritty Eddie Gibbs served as one of the most popular players in Nova Scotia Claymores history during some lean years for the franchise. In 1981, Gibbs was dealt to the Chicago Shamrocks, where he played a big role in the Shamrocks emotional 1983 Lewis Cup victory.

 

 

Sheldon Hopkins – LA, 1970 - 1988

 

Although he was somewhat overshadowed by one of the greatest duos in PHL history, Sheldon Hopkins was still a very important figure in the LA dynasty of the early 70s. Anchoring the Wizards’ checking line throughout the dynasty years, Hopkins eventually replaced legend Gilbert Giroux as the third wheel to Stuart Holly and Ray Fowler on LA’s top line in the latter half of his career.

 

Todd Beirness – TOR, 1969 – 1988

 

One of the more underrated players in PHL history, Todd Beirness was a fan favorite in Toronto for nearly two decades, serving as the Racers’ captain in the second half of his career. Beirness captained the Racers to a Lewis Cup Finals appearance in 1979.

 

 

 

Notable Trades

 

 

Long Island trades G Ron Tatum to Calgary in exchange for F Don Taylor.

 

The Concordes add another veteran in preparation for another run, Calgary finally gets their future franchise goalie.

 

Long Island trades D Jim Ward to Milwaukee in exchange for 20th overall pick.

 

The Concordes continue their busy summer with their second trade, sending their top prospect for a draft pick used on goaltender Greg Power. Milwaukee gets a talented young defenseman to replace Cliff Lyle.

 

St. Louis trades F Pierre Dubois to California in exchange for D Ken Gilbert.

 

The Spirits add a veteran, big-name defenseman while California adds to their impressive list of prospects.

 

 

Key Free Agents

 

 

Marcus Renberg (VAN) signs 5-year deal with Minnesota worth $.9 Million/year.

 

The ‘Jacks add another veteran star to anchor their defense.

 

Dawson Robb (LA) signs 3-year deal with Boston worth $.8 Million/year.

 

Boston adds much needed defensive depth.

 

Gerry Stokes (WSH) signs 1-year deal with Montreal worth $.7 Million/year.

 

The 20-year veteran Stokes decides against retirement, instead signing with the emerging Royale to help mentor Vincent Ducharme.

 

News

 

The news everyone was waiting for in 1988 finally came on July 18, when the PHL’s two newest expansion teams revealed their names and colors. The Kansas City franchise would be known as the Kansas City Twisters, with the colors Black, “Electric” Blue, Silver, and White. The Miami franchise would be named the Miami Stingrays, with a very bold color scheme of Teal, “Hot Pink”, Silver, Black, and White. While the Stingrays’ logo would not be ready until the 1989 off-season, Kansas City owner Ken Milliken said the Twisters’ logo would be unveiled just prior to the 1988-89 season.   KANSAS CITY.png     MIAMI.png

In other franchise news, California Nuggets owner James Coleman announced his plans to sell the franchise. At age 76, Coleman has owned the Nuggets since they were one of the original six franchises in the GHL. Coleman already sold the Professional Basketball League franchise in San Francisco and hopes to sell the Nuggets to someone who will keep the team in the Bay area.

 

In coaching news, Philadelphia released head coach David Zimmer, replacing him with another former Redshirt, Kurt Hopkins. Zimmer quickly found another job, however, as first ever head coach/GM of the expansion Miami Stingrays. The Redshirts stated that Zimmer would still be included in the 50th anniversary celebration on opening night. “It was a tough decision to let Dave go” said GM Bill Craswell. “The time came that we just had to make a change. That being said, there’s no question what Dave means to this franchise and its history and we still want to acknowledge that.”

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LOVIN' the names for KC and MIA's teams...the color schemes are so late-80s/early-90s and tie in well to the communities as well.

 

Hope the Nuggets can stay in the Bay too...here begins the PHL using Cleveland as a leverage city.

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7 minutes ago, MBurmy said:

LOVIN' the names for KC and MIA's teams...the color schemes are so late-80s/early-90s and tie in well to the communities as well.

 

Hope the Nuggets can stay in the Bay too...here begins the PHL using Cleveland as a leverage city.

 

Thanks! we'll see how the logos turn out. I'm just putting the finishing touches on KC, it should be ready to post by mid-week, of course there's also the World Tournament this off-season too, which might delay it a bit (a couple of new unis coming for that too btw).

 

I think the Nuggets will almost definitely stay in the Bay area, if anything, there might be a move to San Jose or Oakland, but yes, Cleveland will definitely make a push.

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I hope Michael Prince can be a player to buy the Nuggets...

I absolutely love KC's look and nickname. I've never been a fan of all lower case lettering, but Miami's color scheme and nickname are on point too.

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TWIST IT UP KC!!!!!!

 

Also, how can Long Island trade to themselves?

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I'm imagining that the Twisters are going to install a tornado siren as their goal horn when those start showing up. Looking forward to cheering them on, though. But, I'm really looking forward to seeing how Miami's uniforms look. The pink would make me think Miami even without the city name in the text.

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30 minutes ago, RedfieldNick said:

TWIST IT UP KC!!!!!!

 

Also, how can Long Island trade to themselves?

Ha! good catch, fixed.

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I'm getting a real Magic vibe from both the Twisters and Stingrays. Both are from the same year, and I noticed these similarities:

KC: "Electric" blue, black, silver, white. Those are also the exact terms that the Magic used when they unveiled their colors. 

Miami: As someone stated already, the Magic were really the "intro to the 90s" team in the NBA. The Stingrays definitely seem like that team now, and I love the overall wackiness of the wordmark. 

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Not sure if agree with that trade between LI-Milwaukee...but anyways... I love the vibe from Miami! Really cool woodmark as well. 

 

As for KC, twisters are cool name the woodmark is awesome, but the colors aren't my cup of tea because they feel a little too obvious for a KC team but that's my opinion. Also the silver "Kansas City" could be darkened a little, it's a tad bit hard to see on the white background

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