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

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3 hours ago, wentvoltage123 said:

Bring on the 90s uniforms!

Waiting for the inevitable fecal matter storm or beautiful jerseys that await the Long Island Concordes...hopefully an alternate of either orange or blue (depending on which color is in the main set).

 

Speaking of the 1990s Concordes I'm really hoping they pull a Rangers and don't change really that much and create arguably the greatest alternate uniform in the league.

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Are you going to update the team info/uniforms pages whenever a team gets a new look? Because I checked to see if Minnesota's was and it hasn't yet.

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11 hours ago, New York's Greatest said:

Speaking of the 1990s Concordes I'm really hoping they pull a Rangers and don't change really that much and create arguably the greatest alternate uniform in the league.

 

The Concordes need to change pretty much everything. The striping on their current uniforms is... giving me bad Edge flashbacks. Maybe some uneven diagonal striping, like the Mighty Ducks or Capitals? Oh, and an orange alt, of course.

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20 hours ago, RightGuard said:

Are you going to update the team info/uniforms pages whenever a team gets a new look? Because I checked to see if Minnesota's was and it hasn't yet.

 

I'll be updating those pages once I get the off-season posted. I typically just post new logos or uniforms on here first to make sure everyone likes them before updating it everywhere else. This way it's easier if I do need to make changes.

 

10 hours ago, Jimmy Lethal said:

 

The Concordes need to change pretty much everything. The striping on their current uniforms is... giving me bad Edge flashbacks. Maybe some uneven diagonal striping, like the Mighty Ducks or Capitals? Oh, and an orange alt, of course.

 

The Concordes will be one of the teams getting a full-fledged rebrand probably in about 4-5 seasons. They will probably also be one of the first to introduce an alternate.

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Cool Logo Lewis Cup

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1 hour ago, hawkfan89 said:

The Concordes will be one of the teams getting a full-fledged rebrand probably in about 4-5 seasons. They will probably also be one of the first to introduce an alternate.

Yay and oh boy...

 

12 hours ago, Jimmy Lethal said:

 

The Concordes need to change pretty much everything. The striping on their current uniforms is... giving me bad Edge flashbacks. Maybe some uneven diagonal striping, like the Mighty Ducks or Capitals? Oh, and an orange alt, of course.

I can see diagonal striping 100% just hopefully it's also incorporated into the sleeves.

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Something like the old Mighty Ducks jersey would be perfect for Long Island.

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1990 Off-Season

http://phlnetwork.blogspot.ca/

 

 

1990 Entry Draft

 

The first entry draft of the 1990s was not an overly strong one, but that’s not to say the talent wasn’t there. LA won the draft lottery and therefore held the first pick. The Wizards decided to pass on junior scoring champion Brad Lowry to select talented offensive defenseman Kyle Bennett. Ottawa took American college goaltender Kevin Stroud with the third pick. At number four, Quebec selected Rostislav Stransky, the highest Czech player ever selected. The 20-year-old Stransky already had experience playing against pros in the 1988 World Hockey Classic. Amidst all the uncertainty surrounding the future of communism in Eastern Europe, teams became bolder about selecting Soviet talent. 21-year-old Igor Travkin, another WHC veteran, was selected seventh by Washington, while 18-year-old Soviet phenom Sergei Vetrov was selected 22nd by Montreal.

 

1.      LA – Kyle Bennett, D, CAN

2.      MIA – Brad Lowry, F, CAN

3.      OTT – Kevin Stroud, G, USA

4.      QUE – Rostislav Stransky, F, CZE

5.      DEN – Chris Falkner, F, CAN

6.      KC – Brett Delaney, F, CAN

7.      WSH – Igor Travkin, F, USSR

8.      CGY – Brendan Dwyer, D, USA

9.      NYC – Lukas Edstrom, D, SWE

10.   CAL – Alpo Viitanen, F, FIN

11.   WPG – Trevor Nolen, F, CAN

12.   TOR – Tory Partridge, F, CAN

13.   CHI – Jay Peak, F, CHI

14.   DET – Johan Persson, F, SWE

15.   MIN – Christian Grayson, G, USA

16.   PIT – Dwayne Berube, F, CAN

17.   VAN – Corey Glass, D, CAN

18.   NS – Blair Schmitt, F, CAN

19.   BOS – Greg Wilson, F, USA

20.   EDM – Carl Leblanc, D, CAN

21.   PHI – Travis Smith, F, USA

22.   MTL – Sergei Vetrov, F, USSR

23.   MIL – Aki Mikkola, D, FIN

24.   SEA – Chris Clarkson, F, CAN

25.   STL – Brent Rawlings, D, CAN

26.   LI – Steve Millard, D, USA

 

 

Notable Retirements:

 

Danny Stevenson – PIT, 1970-1990

Danny Stevenson served as the face of the Stingers franchise for the first two decades of the team’s PHL existence. Stevenson and the Stingers got off to a slow start, almost annually finishing in the league basement until 1978, when Stevenson scored 91 goals in a breakout year, leading the Stingers to a division championship and a trip to the Lewis Cup Finals, where they lost to the LA Wizards. Stevenson would lead Pittsburgh to the finals twice more in the 1980s before leading the team to their first and only championship in 1985. Danny Stevenson retires as Pittsburgh’s all-time leading scorer and the PHL’s 5th all-time leading scorer with 1660 career points.

 

Don Newman – CHI, 1968-1990

In a career that spanned four decades, Don Newman was the unquestioned leader of the Shamrocks franchise. Drafted in the first-ever PHL draft in 1968, Newman began to lead the Shamrocks deeper and deeper into the playoffs until finally, they found themselves in the Lewis Cup Finals, where Newman assisted on what was forever known as “The Goal” scored by rookie Graham Boswell to win the Cup. Newman retires as Chicago’s all-time points leader with 1416 points.

 

Brian Hunt – DEN, 1968-1990

Brain Hunt bears the distinction of being the first player ever selected in the PHL amateur draft. For the following 22 years, Hunt served as the face of the Bulls franchise. Just three years into his career, the team relocated from Buffalo to Denver. Hunt played a big role in promoting the game in Denver, becoming a fan-favorite with his hard-working play and quiet leadership. Though best known for his years in Colorado, Hunt retires as the final PHL player to have played for the Bulls in Buffalo.

 

Dennis Yates – CAL, 1972-1990

Dennis Yates played a key role for California for nearly two decades. He was an important piece in the Nuggets’ 1980 Lewis Cup run and retires as the all-time leader in games played for the franchise.

 

 

Notable Trades

 

California trades D Jari Pukki to Boston in exchange for D Ricky Meyer.

Boston adds a star defenseman do strengthen their blueline, while Meyer brings youth to the Nuggets’ blueline.

 

Edmonton trades F Marshall Jackson to Washington in exchange for F Tommy McGuire.

The Northern Lights acquire a solid veteran in McGuire, Washington continues their rebuild, adding gritty young power forward Marshall Jackson.

 

 

Key Free Agents

 

Vladimir Gaganov signs new 10-year deal with Chicago worth $4 Million/year.

Gaganov’s unprecedented deal makes him the highest paid player in the game and all but ensures he will be a Shamrock right into the new millennium.

 

Dave Mack signs new 5-year deal with Nova Scotia worth $2 Million/year.

The Claymores lock up their captain until 1995, making him among the league’s richest players.

 

Dennis Aguilar (PIT) signs 3-year deal with Detroit worth $1.5 Million/year.

Aguilar is on the move again, this time signing with the Mustangs. The 35-year-old brings veteran leadership to a relatively young Mustangs team.

 

Roland Webb (EDM) signs 3-year deal with Denver worth $.5 Million/year.

Webb will likely finish his career in Denver, where the Bulls hope he can be a valuable mentor to their young core.

 

Doug Lyons (NS) signs 4-year deal with Long Island worth $1.2 Million/year.

 

The Claymores could not afford to bring back Lyons after signing the Mack deal, so Lyons now joins the defending Lewis Cup champions, hoping to help strengthen their defense.

 

 

News

 

On June 1, 1990, Darryl Byrd officially became the second commissioner in PHL history, and it’s fourth leader as long time President/commissioner Alan Garcia retired. Byrd’s first act as commissioner was to address the ownership situation in California. Byrd worked closely with owner James Coleman to find an owner who would keep the team in the San Francisco bay area. On September 2, Byrd and Coleman were finally successful. Two wealthy investors, Neal Gantt and Bill Pike, agreed to buy the team and keep them in San Francisco.

 

The Nuggets were secure, but the same could not be said for the Nova Scotia Claymores. The Claymores’ lease at the old Barrington Arena would be up in 1994 and the new commissioner insisted the team secure a new building by 1994. “To be frank, buildings like the one in Halifax are simply no longer suitable for PHL hockey moving forward” said Byrd. In an address to the league in July, Byrd named Nova Scotia, Denver, Boston, Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, Quebec as teams in need of new buildings. New York and Chicago already had new arenas on the way, and two days after the address, the Bulls announced a new downtown Denver arena would be completed by the fall of 1993. “Preferably, I would like to see new buildings in these Cities by the year 2000” said Byrd.

 

Byrd also continued talks about expansion with potential owners who were interested in acquiring franchises. Billionaire Clint Love continued to push for a new franchise in Dallas. Love had briefly courted the league about purchasing the Nuggets, but was turned away due to his admitted intent to relocate the team to Dallas.

 

In August, Winnipeg was announced as the host for the 1992 Word Hockey Challenge. It will be the first time the tournament is played in Canada since the first event in 1976.

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I hope Wilson and Pukki  help us delve deeper into the playoffs

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Awesome write up, it's so easy to get invested when there's so much attention to detail.

Just out of curiosity, will there be a page on the blog where we can easily see the logo/uniform history of each team? I'd love to see how each team evolved over the years.

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What is the ownership status of the teams that Commissioner Byrd called out for needing arena upgrades?

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2 hours ago, ChicagoOakland said:

Awesome write up, it's so easy to get invested when there's so much attention to detail.

Just out of curiosity, will there be a page on the blog where we can easily see the logo/uniform history of each team? I'd love to see how each team evolved over the years.

 

Thanks man! I really enjoy writing the history page, it's fun remembering the earlier parts of the project. There will be a uniform history section at some point, I've actually already started it for a few teams. It might take some time to get it finished but it will be there eventually. It is fun to see the evolution of sports uniforms. one of my favorite sites (besides sportslogos.net of course) is nhluniforms.com. I've used this both as a resource and just to look at for fun for many years, I'd love to set up something similar to this for the PHL eventually.

 

1 hour ago, eick74 said:

What is the ownership status of the teams that Commissioner Byrd called out for needing arena upgrades?

 

As far as ownership is concerned, most of these teams are pretty secure. Nova Scotia is obviously in the most trouble as they not only desperately need a new arena, but Jim MacDonald, the team's original owner since 1959, is now 74 and his family may no longer have the money to keep the team afloat. Ottawa owner Terry Goren's commitment to the Beavers has been called into question, as there has clearly been little to no effort to improve the team. Ottawa fans are beginning to get very restless and so will Byrd, who has very little patience for stagnant franchises. Ottawa's survival will depend on Goren's willingness to either build a new facility himself, or sell the team to someone who will. Quebec's ownership is pretty solid as the Poulette family has been very hands-on over the years, there are questions about how they will afford a new building, however. Besides that, it should be pretty simple for Boston, Toronto, and Vancouver to get new arenas, and like the post said, new buildings are already on the way for New York, Chicago, and Denver so those teams are safe for the long haul.

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I was curious, kind of feel like the Claymores might be relocating to Dallas in the near future.

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I could really see Nova Scotia go for a community ownership model one day, considering they're sort of small town and therefore are probably better orientated with fans.

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1 hour ago, eick74 said:

I was curious, kind of feel like the Claymores might be relocating to Dallas in the near future.

That doesn't sound like a far-fetched idea. It'd be funny to see the small-market teams move southward, just like what the NHL did in the '90s.

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On 4/10/2017 at 6:19 PM, Spanna65 said:

I could really see Nova Scotia go for a community ownership model one day, considering they're sort of small town and therefore are probably better orientated with fans.

I just don't see it as a likely option in for a team in the 90's.

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I was bracing for the loss of the Claymores, but please don't send them to Dallas. Anywhere but Dallas. I followed the Nordiques to Colorado, but I don't know if I can do that with Texas...

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1 hour ago, NeoAC said:

I was bracing for the loss of the Claymores, but please don't send them to Dallas. Anywhere but Dallas. I followed the Nordiques to Colorado, but I don't know if I can do that with Texas...

 

It depends if somebody can come along and make the MacDonald family a better offer than Mr. Love (who I imagine is kind of an amalgamation of Jerry Jones and Mark Cuban).

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