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Professional Hockey League; A Fictional History: 1995 Off-Season

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I could see Toronto having a wordmark/logo where Toronto is shaped like an indycar (or some other race car). The first T would be the rear wing and the 1st and final O are the wheels.

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After reading some of the feedback, I've made a few tweaks to two of the logos. For Toronto's primary, I've changed the center circle to more of a triangular shape and I've shrunk the R a little bit to try to fix the "inner tube" look. For LA, I adjusted the map of California to make it look more like a map and less like, well...

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Yeah, those are both huge upgrades.  Well done.

 

I love the Wizards wordmark.  It's very Disney, though.  Is there a reason for that, or am I imagining things?

 

13 hours ago, Red Comet said:

 

Done. Yeah, It's real disturbing and because I've been desensitized to a lot of it, I forget that a lot of people haven't. Sorry about that.

Ha, I was actually joking.  I mean, yes, reading the description was slightly uncomfortable, but I thought it was an apt, and funny, comparison.

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4 hours ago, Veras said:

Yeah, those are both huge upgrades.  Well done.

 

I love the Wizards wordmark.  It's very Disney, though.  Is there a reason for that, or am I imagining things?

 

Ha, I was actually joking.  I mean, yes, reading the description was slightly uncomfortable, but I thought it was an apt, and funny, comparison.

 

It wasn't intentional but I can see it too now that you mention it. The jerseys sort of have a similar vibe. I think it's the stars.

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I never got to comment on the logos, but man I'm so glad Los Angeles and Toronto updated their looks. I'm pretty sure most of the GHL teams hadn't updated their logos until the 90s came along (with a few exceptions). Also, marked improvements on those updates. It's kinda weird that there's a California team yet the Wizards have a secondary featuring the state itself. Holding out for Detroit and St. Louis to upgrade.

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My first response to the new uniforms "Oh the sheer 90sness of it all! so cheesy yet so awesome at the same time!" I'm loving LA and Toronto's new looks, The Racers were due for a new look. Though I'm not quite sold on Edmonton's new look. But overall, terrific job.

 

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On 7/20/2017 at 1:31 PM, Darknes said:

Is it just me or do I see a lot of Quebec in those new Toronto Unis

 

I can see that, especially with the darker shades of blue. I may lighten it up a little again in the future just to keep the teams from looking too similar.

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1995 Entry Draft

 

After drafting sixth in their first draft, the Dallas Desperadoes were more than happy to win the lottery and pick number one in 1995. The Desperadoes made a surprising move, passing on the two top forwards in the draft to select defenseman Jean-Pierre Balanger. After taking center AJ Vernon in 1994, the Desperadoes now had a potential top-tier D-man. With the number two pick, Detroit took Swedish star Mikael Forsberg, who had been the youngest player in Swedish league history to score 50 goals in a season with 64. “Along with Igor (Kharitonov), we hope that someday Mikael can be one of the faces of our team” said GM Bob Gill. The Cleveland Cosmos also got another talented forward in Eric White at number three, while struggling Canadian franchises Winnipeg and Ottawa once again hoped their picks, Brendon Dawson for the Pioneers and Mike Hudson for the Beavers, would turn their fortunes around. Just before the ninth pick, a trade was announced. Ottawa had traded one of their younger stars, Todd Becker, to St. Louis in exchange for the ninth pick. The Beavers used the pick to select defenseman Olli Koistinen, who they hoped would become their franchise defenseman. Although the draft lacked a true generational talent, most of the remaining players in the first round were projected to at least be PHL regulars.

 

 

1.      DAL – Jean-Pierre Balanger, D, CAN

2.      DET – Mikael Forsberg, F, SWE

3.      CLE – Eric White, F, CAN

4.      WPG – Brendon Dawson, F, CAN

5.      OTT – Mike Hudson, F, CAN

6.      MIL – Matt Darwin, G, USA

7.      PIT – Oleg Popov, D, RUS

8.      LI – Ryan Shelton, F, USA

9.      OTT (From STL) – Olli Koistinen, D, FIN

10.   SEA – Scott Sherwood, F, CAN

11.   VAN – Sergei Zolotov, F, RUS

12.   NOS – Owen Fisher, D, USA

13.   DEN – Alex Leblanc, F, CAN

14.   EDM – Riley Whitt, D, CAN

15.   CAL – Trevor Reuben, F, USA

16.   WSH – Jordan O’Reilly, D, USA

17.   MIA – Gordon Quincey, D, CAN

18.   QUE – Marc Ledoux, F, CAN

19.   KC – Nils Sundstrom, F, SWE

20.   PHI – Andrew Cox, F, USA

21.   BOS – Chris Woods, D, CAN

22.   MIN – Jarkko Nurmi, G, FIN

23.   CGY – Todd Clayton, F, CAN

24.   MTL – Patrice Tessier, D, CAN

25.   NYC – Ben Coffin, F, CAN

26.   TOR – Trent Cameron, G, CAN

27.   CLE (From LA) – Chris Ballard, F, USA

28.   DAL (From CHI) – Glenn Holland, D, USA

 

 

Notable Retirements:

 

David Appleby, F, STL, 1974-1995

Over a spectacular 21-year career, David Appleby established himself as likely the greatest player ever to play the game. He is the only player in PHL history to score over 1000 goals with 1035 and the only one to pass 2000 points with 2218. Appleby arrived in St. Louis just five years after the PHL/GHL merger when the team was still a perennial basement dweller on the verge of relocation. In only his second season, Appleby led St. Louis to their first-ever PHL playoff berth while scoring 55 goals. By the 1980s, the Spirits had become a powerhouse, eventually winning five Lewis Cup titles between 1982 and 1991 with Appleby leading the way. The Pro Hockey Hall of Fame announced it will waive the traditional three-year waiting period to induct Appleby right away.

 

Bruce Gratton, F, DAL/MIL, 1975-1995

After winning only twelve games in their inaugural season, the Dallas Metros selected Bruce Gratton with the first overall pick in 1975. For the following decade, the team struggled mightily in Dallas both on and off the ice before finally relocating to Milwaukee in 1985. It was in Milwaukee that Gratton and the rest of the team finally matured into a contender, eventually winning back-to-back Lewis Cups in 1988 and ’89 as well as a third finals appearance in 1992. Gratton retires as the franchise’s all-time leading scorer.

 

Jake Fairbanks, F, SEA, QUE, 1975-1995

Along with Pete Holloway, Jake Fairbanks was one of the faces of the Seattle Grey Wolves franchise throughout the late 1970s and the 1980s. The duo led Seattle to several Western Conference Finals appearances, but only one Lewis Cup Finals appearance, which they lost in 1985. In 1991, Fairbanks left Seattle and joined the Quebec Nationale. He would play four years in Quebec before retiring.

 

Paul Needham, D, STL, 1976-1995

Though he was not as celebrated as teammates David Appleby and Grant Millen, Paul Needham played a huge role in the Spirits’ dynasty, serving as the team’s defensive backbone. Needham had offensive ability as well and proved to be a valuable powerplay quarterback over the course of his 19-year career.

 

Scott Daffney, G, DAL/MIL, 1980-1995

Scott Daffney proved to be the difference maker when he arrived in Dallas in 1980. Soon after he entered the league, the Metros finally began making the playoffs consistently. After a relocation to Milwaukee in 1985, the team became a contender as Daffney backstopped them to two consecutive championships in 1988 and 1989.

 

Hannes Rehnquist, MTL, 1977-1995

Rehnquist surprised everyone when he cracked the lineup of a stacked Montreal team in 1977. However it didn’t take long for the native of Malmo, Sweden to prove he belonged. Rehnquist easily won fans over with his smooth skating and passing. After some tough seasons in Montreal in the 1980s, Rehnquist became an important veteran presence on the blueline as the team once again became a powerhouse in the 1990s. Rehnquist finally hoisted the Lewis Cup in 1992, then again in 1995 before retiring.

 

 

 

Notable Trades

 

Boston trades F Kyle Boone to Chicago in exchange for D Steve Mathis.

In the blockbuster trade of the year, two young stars and recent Lewis Cup champions are swapped for one another. Boston addresses their need on the blueline by adding top-tier defenseman Mathis, while the Shamrocks add another superstar weapon up front in Boone.

 

Dallas trades D Reijo Rantala to Chicago in exchange for 1st round pick.

Chicago completes their load-up by adding a veteran defenseman to replace Mathis, while Dallas adds a second pick in the first round to continue building. The Shamrocks now enter 1995-96 with one of the greatest teams on paper ever assembled in the PHL.

 

Ottawa trades F Todd Becker to St. Louis in exchange for 1st round pick and G Anti Paavola

Unable to afford Becker’s contract extension, the Beavers are forced to trade their budding star to the Spirits, where he is expected to take Appleby’s place. In return, Ottawa gets a solid backup goalie who will push Kevin Stroud for the number one job, and second top-ten pick.

 

 

 

Key Free Agents

 

Dave Mack (NS) signs five-year deal with Kansas City worth $6 Million/year.mack.png.943ea1912bc4e63ba42b2ba6a3ce871f.png

The biggest free agent signing of the summer. Mack’s presence immediately turns the Twisters into a top-tier contender as he becomes the league’s highest-paid player.

 

Jeff Brackley (MIN) signs four-year deal with Pittsburgh worth $1 Million/year.

With Christian Grayson taking over as the ‘Jack’s number one goaltender, Brackley will now try to take the starter’s job from respected veteran Jacob Martensson in Pittsburgh.

 

Antero Parvainen (PHI) signs one-year deal with Milwaukee worth $1 Million/year.

With 1995-96 likely his final PHL season, Parvainen leaves Philly (and the threat of backup Pierre Noel) after 15 seasons in the hopes of starting for the Choppers.

 

Filip Holmgren (OTT) signs one-year deal with Denver worth $900,000/year.

Wanting to finish his career with a chance to win a championship, Holmgren leaves the dormant Beavers after 18 years in Ottawa.

 

Kevin Trainor (CHI) signs three-year with New Orleans worth $1.5 Million/year.

With Mack gone, Trainor comes in to provide veteran leadership to a team facing big changes in a new location.

 

 

 

News

 

Only a month after the PHL said goodbye to the Nova Scotia Claymores, it appeared that their 1959 expansion cousins, the Ottawa Beavers, would meet a similar fate. In May, the Ottawa municipal government voted against funding a new arena for the team. As much as the government fully recognized the importance of the Beavers in the community, the concern was not only the arena cost but the rapidly rising cost of player salaries. There simply was not enough money. David Marriott, who had expressed interest in buying the franchise, ultimately decided against it. “It simply wouldn’t make sense at this time” said Marriott. “If there’s no arena or money for one, I can’t see this team surviving much longer in this market.” League commissioner Darryl Byrd stated that he wanted the team’s arena situation figured out by the following summer.

 

In other arena news, The Vancouver Bighorns hoped to move into their new home by the fall of 1996. Construction had begun in early 1995. “We’re excited to enter a new era in our history” said owner Donald Smythe. “My son will soon take over the team, we’ll have a new arena next year, we’ll have a new logo next year, and hopefully we’ll be able to win a championship very soon.”

 

Vancouver wasn’t the only team about to move to a new arena. In June, the Chicago Shamrocks broke ground for their new arena, which they hoped would be open in time for the start of the 1997-98 season. The Shamrocks have been playing in the Lincoln Sports Arena in downtown Chicago since their inception in 1930.

 

There were a few coaching changes around the league in 1995. Philadelphia fired head coach Kurt Hopkins after seven seasons, replacing him with former Lumberjacks defenseman Clint Allen, while Toronto made a big move after yet another playoff disappointment, firing longtime head coach Dave Mills and replacing him with widely respected junior coach Bob Lacey.

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I'd like to see Ottawa move to Charlotte or Nashville. If Byrd wants to go south, he can do so near my jurisdiction. Also LA's secondary on their uni is still the "sock".

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Haven't read this series in a while, but wow, it has changed from when I last saw it. All the new updates look great for the time period. What teams are looking to change their logos/jerseys in the upcoming seasons? I'd also just like to point out the coincidence that the Ottawa Beavers and Ottawa Senators both have players named Mike Hoffman.

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Hold up, Mike Hoffman in Ottawa? Well, isn't that ironic.

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3 hours ago, RightGuard said:

I'd like to see Ottawa move to Charlotte or Nashville. If Byrd wants to go south, he can do so near my jurisdiction. Also LA's secondary on their uni is still the "sock".

 

Charlotte seems to be the strongest possibility right now. Atlanta and Norfolk are contenders too. Good catch on LA, I fixed it in the current uniforms section.

 

1 hour ago, RedfieldNick said:

Hold up, Mike Hoffman in Ottawa? Well, isn't that ironic.

1 hour ago, NoE38 said:

Haven't read this series in a while, but wow, it has changed from when I last saw it. All the new updates look great for the time period. What teams are looking to change their logos/jerseys in the upcoming seasons? I'd also just like to point out the coincidence that the Ottawa Beavers and Ottawa Senators both have players named Mike Hoffman.

 

Washington and Vancouver are up for rebrands next season, as well as a possible Ottawa relocation. After that I have new looks coming for St. Louis, Seattle, and a jersey update for Winnipeg although I'm not sure what order those will appear in yet. there will also be a lot more third jerseys in the coming seasons.

 

As for Mike Hoffman, wow, that is really weird. I use a random name generator for pretty much all the draft picks every year. The fact that that name was generated for Ottawa is crazy. I decided to change it, but that is strange. It reminds me of when I used the Sens for NHL 16 (not my favorite team, just wanted to see what I could do with them) and I drafted Logan Brown, who eventually became my top center. Then the real-life Senators drafted him that spring. Very strange.

 

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Any chance for Louisville to snag the Beavers?

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