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Professional Hockey League; A Fictional History: 1997 Off-Season

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hawkfan89    540
On 8/13/2017 at 9:28 PM, Cardsblues02 said:

Personally, I would like another committee to select the next (2?) expansion teams, I think it adds a fun element. But I'm sure you will make the right decision. 

 

If there is a selection committee, VOTE HOUSTON! 

 

I've decided that there will be a committee for the next expansion, however, I still haven't decided if the committee will select one or both teams.

 

On 8/13/2017 at 9:29 PM, nick_crenshaw82 said:

Do your expansion councils involve fan created characters like in Veras' AFA and if yes can we still create a character even if you don't do a council this time.

 

They do and it runs very similar to the AFA expansion council. I'll post the guidelines when the time comes.

 

On 8/13/2017 at 9:36 PM, RightGuard said:

Personally, I wanna see more Western teams join the league, preferably in Salt Lake City, Portland, a second Los Angeles team, and a Phoenix one (though most of you are probably against it). Also, how come Saskatchewan hasn't gotten a team?

 

Saskatchewan came closest to getting a team at the PHL/GHL merger. The GHL's Saskatoon Reapers were in the running to become a PHL team at the merger but ultimately couldn't meet the requirements. Unfortunately, I can't see Saskatchewan getting a team anytime soon, especially at a time when Ottawa and Halifax just lost theirs and Quebec seems to be on the brink, but you never know.

 

17 hours ago, Cardsblues02 said:

Offseason going to be up soon? 

 

Yes, and I apologize for the delay. With a baby in the house it can get pretty busy and it's hard to consistently find time to work on this project, especially since I want to continue to put as much detail into it as I have been. There is also a lot of work to do for this particular off-season with the Raiders branding, two new looks for Vancouver and Washington, and of course the upcoming World Hockey Challenge which is also expanding by two teams. I've devoted my attention to the off-season post for now so I'll have that up soon, then hopefully I'll have Carolina finished shortly after that.

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hawkfan89    540

1996 Off-Season

 

 

1996 Entry Draft

 

The 1996 PHL draft was projected to be a very strong one, not unlike the draft a decade earlier. Russian phenom Sergei Gulinov was projected to go first overall after a 112-point season playing pro in Russia. Sure enough, the Cleveland Cosmos took Gulinov with the first pick, hoping the playmaker would mesh nicely with fellow countryman Alexei Stepanov. “Watch out for the Cosmos” said one commentator. “They’re still a few years away but they’ll be a very fun team to watch someday.” With the second pick, the New Orleans Sound picked big center Kris Whittle from the US National team. At number three, the Dallas Desperadoes, needing a goalie, opted to trade down, giving Detroit the next pick. The Mustangs nabbed their new franchise player, Russian sensation Andrei Alexeev at number three, while the Desperadoes selected Alexei Rolonov as their future franchise goalie. Other interesting picks included Washington pick Geoff Collier, son of former Pioneers defenseman Kent Collier, and Minnesota’s Brendan Marlo, who, if he cracks the Lumberjacks’ lineup, will be the shortest player in PHL history at just 5’ 5”.

 

1.      CLE – Sergei Gulinov, F, RUS

2.      NOS – Kris Whittle, F, USA

3.      DET (From DAL) – Andrei Alexeev, F, RUS

4.      SEA – Maxime Chabot, F, CAN

5.      CAR – Shane Dutton, F, CAN

6.      LI – Riley Gardiner, D, GB

7.      STL – Shawn Marchinski, F, CAN

8.      DAL (from DET) – Alexei Rolonov, G, RUS

9.      MIL – Alex Marin, F, USA

10.   WPG – Sergei Bobkov, D, RUS

11.   PHI – Jared Baxter, F, CAN

12.   VAN – Jason Quint, D, CAN

13.   MIA – Trey Bellows, D, USA

14.   QUE – Marcel Gamache, D, CAN

15.   DEN -- Cam Richardson, F, USA

16.   BOS – Mikeal Larsson, F, SWE

17.   EDM – Patrick Gill, D, CAN

18.   PIT – Alexis Holzer, F, GER

19.   WSH – Geoff Collier, F, CAN

20.   CAL – Dominik Kovac, D, CZE

21.   CGY – Tim Brown, F, USA

22.   MIN – Brendan Marlo, F, CAN

23.   KC – Timmo Virtanen, F, FIN

24.   MTL – Todd Paterson, F, CAN

25.   LA – Petr Slavik, F, SLV

26.   NYC – Joel McDonald, F, CAN

27.   TOR – Joe Murdock, F, CAN

28.   CHI – Ben Kerrrigan, G, USA

 

 

Notable Retirements:

 

Ron Buckner, G, PIT, BOS, DEN, 1983-1996

Drafted late by Pittsburgh in 1980, Ron Buckner never played a game for the Stingers, spending the first two seasons of his career with their minor-league team in Scranton, PA. In 1983 he finally got his big break when the Boston Bulldogs acquired him and gave him the starters’ job. Over the following 11 seasons with the ‘Dogs, Buckner never missed the post-season, eventually backstopping Boston to two division titles in 1991 and ’92. In 1992-93, Buckner played his final season as the Bulldogs’ starter, eventually giving up the number one job to Kevin Washer during the playoffs. Boston went on to win the Lewis Cup that year with Buckner playing the backup role and in 1993-94, he was traded to Denver, where he regained number one status. Buckner would play two more full seasons with the Bulls before retiring.

 

Theo Gill, F, PHI, 1979-1996

When Theo Gill was selected second-overall by the Winnipeg Pioneers in 1979, it was hoped that he would eventually become the franchise player the Pioneers had been hoping for. Though Gill’s play over the following decade was strong, the Pioneers struggled to add additional talent and during Gill’s ten seasons in Winnipeg, the Pioneers won only two playoff rounds. In 1989, Gill signed with Philadelphia, where he got as far as the Eastern Conference Finals in 1995.

 

Antero Parvainen, G, PHI, MIL, 1980-1996

In 1980, Antero Parvainen became the first goaltender in PHL history to be selected first overall. Projected to be Philadelphia’s first great goaltender since David Zimmer, Parvainen did not disappoint. In his first season, Parvainen backstopped the Redshirts into the playoffs after a three-year absence. In the strike-shortened 1984-85 season, he led Philly to first overall in the league and ultimately to the Eastern Conference Finals, where the team was eliminated in the infamous “Ghost Game”. In 1989, Parvainen and the Redshirts finally reached the Lewis Cup Finals, where they lost to the Milwaukee Choppers. Despite his strong play in the 1995 playoffs, Parvainen was not resigned by the Redshirts and spent his final PHL season in Milwaukee, sharing the goaltending duties with rookie Matt Darwin.

 

Glen Childs, F, EDM, 1976-1996

Childs was the first draft pick in the history of the Edmonton Northern Lights and retires as the last remaining original player from the team’s inaugural season. Though he never quite lived up to his high draft billing, Childs proved to be a steady, hard-working winger, eventually helping Edmonton to an appearance in the Lewis Cup finals in 1993, where they lost to the Boston Bulldogs.

 

Olivier Meloche, DAL/MIL, DAL, 1980-1996

The son of first-generation PHL star Didier Meloche, Olivier Meloche joined the Dallas Metros in 1980 and was an instant fan-favorite with his smooth skating and skilled hands. Meloche’s popularity followed him to Milwaukee when the team relocated in 1985, where he played a valuable role in the Choppers’ back-to-back championships in the late ‘80s. In 1994, Meloche returned to Dallas to finish his career, this time as a member of the expansion Dallas Desperadoes.

 

Rex Hull, F, TOR, 1978-1996

Despite his lack of skill, Rex Hull’s toughness made him one of the most popular players ever to don the double blue. Hull led the Racers in penalty minutes every year from 1978 until he finally surrendered the title to Tory Partridge in 1994. Hull was selected by the Cleveland Cosmos in the 1994 expansion draft, but was immediately re-acquired by the Racers so he could finish his career where he was supposed to, in Toronto.

 

 

Notable Trades

 

Toronto trades F Tory Partridge to Vancouver in exchange for F Joe Tyler and F Brad Kyle.

As promised, the Racers begin to shake up their lineup in an attempt to pursue a title. Tyler leaves Vancouver after 17 seasons while the Bighorns land a top-tier power forward in Partridge.

 

New Orleans trades G Brent MacDonald to Los Angeles in exchange for F Aaron Pogue.

The Wizards solidify their goaltending with the addition of MacDonald, while New Orleans adds a solid prospect in Pogue.

 

Dallas, Detroit swap 1st round picks, Desperadoes acquire D Luke Ferguson.

Dallas moves down in the draft to select goaltender Alexei Rolonov, Detroit gives up Ferguson to move up to third pick.

 

 

Key Free Agents

 

Vincent Ducharme signs new 10-year deal with Montreal worth $10 Million/year.

With the new contract, Ducharme becomes the highest-paid player in PHL history. The deal all but ensures he will retire with the Royale.

 

Jason Crowley signs new 9-year deal with Minnesota worth $8 Million/year.

Crowley becomes the second-richest player in league history with a deal that will see him earn over $10 Million if the Lumberjacks return to the Lewis Cup Finals.

 

Stuart Burns (LI) signs three-year deal with Toronto worth $7 Million/year.Burns.png.d7a0737e92d5d9eb22a9244a582bd781.png

The Racers win the Stuart Burns sweepstakes as the 35-year-old Mississauga native returns home to try to win a championship after 17 seasons on Long Island.

 

Grant Sibley (DAL) signs five-year deal with New York worth $5 Million/year.

After two productive years in Dallas, Sibley earns a big contract and a chance to win a championship with the Civics.

 

Kim Brodie (DET) signs four-year deal with Long Island worth $4 Million/year.

The Concordes sign ten-year veteran Brodie to replace Stuart Burns.

 

Trevor Ramsey (MTL) signs three-year deal with Carolina worth $4 Million/year.

Ramsey leaves Montreal to serve as a veteran presence in Charlotte.

 

 

News

 

At the start of the 1995-96 season, the Professional Hockey Players Association and the PHL began negotiations for a new collective agreement. Talks did not progress much during the regular season and in May, both sides agreed to exercise one year of their option for a two year extension. The deadline was set at September 1, 1997 for both sides to come to an agreement to avoid a work stoppage. “We agreed to extend the agreement for another year in order to focus on negotiations.” Said commissioner Darryl Byrd. With player salaries skyrocketing, Byrd and the owners want to institute a salary cap to control spending and level the playing field. Meanwhile, the players wanted a lower minimum age for unrestricted free agency, increases in benefits and pension, and most of all, a financial structure that would not include a salary cap. After a hard round of negotiations in July, things looked ominous. “We’re not there yet, this could be a long road” said PHPA president Brian Hunt.

 

Between negotiations, Darryl Byrd began conversations with potential franchise owners. Though he had yet to make a formal announcement regarding expansion, Byrd had indicated that he would like to expand to thirty teams around the year 2000. “We’ve had some good talks, but no decisions will be made until we get the new contract in place” said Byrd. Houston, Atlanta, Portland, and Memphis are rumoured to be the main cities seeking a franchise.

 

One city looking for a team thought they had one at one point in 1996. Byrd, believing Olivia Poulette would be forced to sell the financially struggling Quebec Nationale, had told Atlanta that they might have an opportunity to acquire the Nationale and move them to Georgia. At the time, the Nats were in the process of a Cinderella run that brought the city together and convinced the local government to assist Poulette in financing a new arena. The new building would likely not be completed until the 2000-01 season, but Byrd insisted a new arena would need to be completed by the end of 1998, a nearly impossible deadline. In August, Byrd made a deal with the city of Atlanta that would give them the franchise if a new arena could not be secured by the deadline. Poulette responded with a lawsuit against Byrd and the PHL for interfering with her business when there was in fact a building on the way. Finally, a settlement was reached. Byrd extended his deadline to 2000, meaning the Nationale would at least survive into the new Millennium.

 

In other news the Ottawa Beavers officially relocated to Charlotte, NC in May after an owner’s vote to ratify the move. The Beavers will now be known as the Carolina Raiders with a logo expected to be unveiled just prior to the start of the season. The Raiders will play in the new Cube Center in downtown Charlotte, which was built in 1994. The Raiders also cleaned out their front office, hiring all new staff. Former USA National Team coach and head scout Bill Powell was hired as the team’s General Manager, while Kurt Hopkins was hired as the new Head Coach a year after being fired from Philadelphia. Meanwhile, the Winnipeg Pioneers also overhauled their front office, firing Head Coach Bruce Winter and GM Bob Garnett and replacing them with Craig Neilson and Jacques Fortune respectively. Neilson served as an executive with the Canadian Hockey Association for 13 years from 1983 to 1996, while Fortune coached the Denver Bulls form 1982-1992.

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Jimmy Lethal    242

...wait, Raiders? What's the origin of that name?

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Dan O'Mac    194
1 hour ago, Jimmy Lethal said:

...wait, Raiders? What's the origin of that name?

He stated he wanted to do something pirate-themed, I believe he stated that the Carolina's had a piracy problem at one point.

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Jimmy Lethal    242
5 hours ago, Dan O'Mac said:

He stated he wanted to do something pirate-themed, I believe he stated that the Carolina's had a piracy problem at one point.

 

Well, yes, I get that part, but Charlotte is nowhere near the coast. I think something racing-themed would be better.

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Cardsblues02    84
2 hours ago, Jimmy Lethal said:

 

Well, yes, I get that part, but Charlotte is nowhere near the coast. I think something racing-themed would be better.

I think if any team tried a racing theme, Toronto would shut it down quickly. 

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10 hours ago, hawkfan89 said:

Russian phenom Sergei Gulinov was projected to go first overall after a 112-point season playing pro in Russia. Sure enough, the Cleveland Cosmos took Gulinov with the first pick, hoping the playmaker would mesh nicely with fellow countryman Alexei Stepanov.

So we have the Russian Connection in Chicago and now we have the Cosmonauts in Cleveland. Interesting.

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MBurmy    428
8 hours ago, Jimmy Lethal said:

 

Well, yes, I get that part, but Charlotte is nowhere near the coast. I think something racing-themed would be better.

That's why the team is called the "Carolina" Raiders...representing all of North and South Carolina.

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hawkfan89    540
On 8/16/2017 at 2:21 PM, Jimmy Lethal said:

...wait, Raiders? What's the origin of that name?

 

The Carolinas apparently were frequently visited by pirates in colonial times. The name "Pirates" is already used by NCAA teams in the state so the team went with Raiders instead.

 

23 hours ago, Cardsblues02 said:

Memphis? Huh...interesting place to have an expansion bid. Cant wait to see Raiders logos! 

 

New Orleans owner Sam Bendt encouraged a group of colleagues in Tennessee to apply for a franchise. In this universe, Nashville already has both a basketball team and a baseball team while Memphis does not yet have a pro sports franchise so it seemed like a good fit to the group.

 

13 hours ago, Cardinal said:

I'm rooting for Burns to win 1 more in Toronto. As long as they don't beat Long Island on the way.

 

With the addition of Burns and Tyler, the Racers are going all out with a veteran team. Burns stands a very good chance of lifting the cup one more time.

 

17 hours ago, ItDoesntMatter said:

So we have the Russian Connection in Chicago and now we have the Cosmonauts in Cleveland. Interesting.

 

The Cosmonauts of Cleveland, I like it. This year's draft was very heavy on European talent, which is good because the World Hockey Challenge will serve as a nice preview of some of the young players before the season starts.

 

By the way I am almost finished now with the Raiders and it should be up sometime tomorrow. Thanks guys!

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Darknes    133

I noticed we had our first Slovakian player selected, plus there was a Brit in the top 10 picks.

Also what's the feeling on Boston's pick?

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Cardsblues02    84

Can't wait to see what is in store for the Raiders! I guess Memphis isn't really a strange choice. Id take a team in Memphis over Atlanta any day. Still, I think Houston needs its PHL team...

 

In this universe, does Portland have any major sports teams? That could be a factor in expansion two years or so down the road.

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hawkfan89    540

Carolina Raiders Unveil Identity

 

The newly relocated Carolina Raiders finally ended weeks of speculation when they unveiled their logo and uniforms for their inaugural season in Charlotte. The logo features a skull wearing a pirate hat in the team colors of black, red, and white, a scheme carried over from when the team played in Ottawa. The road jersey is black with silver and red trim and a pirate flag design featuring the team name on the bottom, while the home whites mirror the same style. "Given the faced-paced situation we're in, we didn't have a great deal of time to come up with a design. All things considered, I think it looks good and I think the fans will like it" said Raiders owner John Millbrook.

 

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PackMan    78

What can I say: it's beautiful. I'm not so sure on the flag thing but it's spectacular. I'm getting some serious Bucs and Canes vibes right now...

 

(EDIT: When's the next realignment?)

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RightGuard    8

Alright, now that the Raiders unveiled their look, could I get a banner for the team?

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I don't really follow this thread that much, I mostly just follow the AFA. But the logos you got going on are awesome! The Raiders look awesome! Keep up the great work. I'm gonna have to start reading this from the beginning.

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Cardsblues02    84

I have followed the PHL since the 1976-77 season, and just recently joined this site specifically so I could post here. And of all the uniforms that you have created, I think these are the best. The flag is awesome and the logos are outstanding, especially the alternate. I have wanted a PHL franchise in Houston, but I HAVE to cheer for a team with those unis. 

 

Go Raiders!!!! 

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