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

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hawkfan89    540

The Twisters are still a relatively young team. Mack and Swedberg are nearing retirement, but the rest of the core, Drayton, Delaney, Watson, Lind, etc. are all still in their 20s so they should be in contention right into the 2000s. The only thing that could shorten their window a little would be a salary cap, which could potentially be introduced next season.

 

By the way, there's been a change of plans for new uniforms this off-season. I don't quite have Seattle done yet so I'm going with St. Louis and Winnipeg and putting off the Wolves for 1998-99. I'll try to have those up in a day or two.

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PackMan    78

WAIT, WHAT? Ok, that's fine, I'm sure the spirit of Skippy Cleveland is very pleased right now.

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Off by a game. At least the 90's have been mostly kind to New York State, wish it was Long Island getting another Cup in the decade but at least the 2000's should be good for Strong Island... I hope...

 

 Also I feel like for the Civics to win it they always have to go through some sort of devastating or tragic deus ex machina such as Skippy Cleveland's death and the injury of Jason Wyley that pulls the team together and allows them to win it all...granted that's what usually happens in sports with varying degrees of success 

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hawkfan89    540

Pioneers, Spirits Unveil New Uniforms

Just a few weeks after the 1997 playoffs came to an end, two more teams revealed new looks for the 1997-98 season. The St. Louis Spirits and Winnipeg Pioneers both introduced all-new jerseys, but unlike most teams in recent years, simply updated their classic logos rather than reinvent them completely.

The Spirits maintained the basics of their logo while modernizing it and updating the color scheme to navy, red, silver, and white. There are also two new alternate logos, one that appears on the sleeve of the jerseys and one that may appear on a third jersey someday. "We really didn't want to change too much" said GM Toby Griffith. "The Spirits have a rich tradition and we wanted to keep the brand instantly recognizable yet modern."

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The Winnipeg Pioneers also made some changes to their uniforms. The original logo from 1966 remains, the only alteration being a tan-colored outline, but the uniforms have been changed drastically for the first time in the team's 33-year history. The striped "coonskin" design on the sleeves is now gone, but a design has been added along the waist meant to resemble a log fence. In addition to the uniform changes, a new alternate mark has been added featuring a covered wagon with a stylized "W". "We're excited about this new look" said GM Jacques Fortune, who had begun working on the new look when he was hired in the spring of 1996. "We tried different logos and even different colors but ultimately decided to stick with what was familiar and just tweak it. Personally, I think it works well."

 

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Meanwhile, the third jersey trend continued in 1997, as four teams introduced alternate looks. Cleveland's third jersey got the most attention from fans, featuring a constellation of an electric guitar on a black backdrop, a tribute to the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame, located near the team's arena. The Minnesota Lumberjacks unveiled their second alternate jersey a year after discarding the black one. This one is green with white tree designs on each side and the team's classic logo on the front. The jersey also features collar laces, something not seen on a PHL jersey since the early '80s. New York's alternate is black featuring the Manhattan skyline and the team's "NYC" alternate logo, while the Los Angeles Wizards will wear a "Colossuem Blue"  third Jersey with a sublimated pattern and an alternate logo reminiscent of the team's original logo.

 

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hawkfan89    540

I have a bonus uniform this time. My wife also created an alternate jersey for Minnesota and wanted me to post it. It's a little out there to say the least...

 

                                                                                       

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JD1500    1

FIrst off, please keep up this incredibly detailed league!  I was glad to see the Civics finally come through; I thought I had read something wrong when they won the Cup because the inept group of New York teams I support never win anything.  I'm glad to add the Civics to the group to offset the inevitable malaise of the rest.

 

Love the jersey updates, especially St. Louis'.  Very tasteful update for them...

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Red Comet    35

Love the Cosmos and Wizards third jerseys.Could see the Wizards third becoming the main road jersey in a few years.

 

I think your wife's design for the Lumberjacks might fit in well in the mid-2000's as a "Lumberjack Appreciation Night" jersey.

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Magic Dynasty    436
2 hours ago, hawkfan89 said:

I have a bonus uniform this time. My wife also created an alternate jersey for Minnesota and wanted me to post it. It's a little out there to say the least...

 

                                                                                       

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This would actually have a chance to be an all-time great if the pattern was sublimated.

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"Colosseum Blue" might be the most underrated part of this series thus far :lol:. Loving the jerseys too, especially the Cosmos, which is out-of-this-world (pun absolutely intended). I think your wife did a great job on the plaid jersey, but it feels a bit overbearing; maybe if there was a yoke or some stripes or something to break it up and add a little extra flavor, it could be added to their set in a few years.

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Jimmy Lethal    242

The Civics might have the best BFBS jersey I've ever seen. Gives me a real "city that never sleeps" vibe.

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ChicagoOakland    372

Those green 'Jacks jerseys though! Fantastic! I can see those taking over the blues one day...and if the Jacks don't put the lace collar on all their unis they're missing out. That "flannel" alternate is pretty great too haha.

Also, I'm glad the Pioneers are staying with their old P. I have a real place in my heart for '70s-style graphic design.

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Spanna65    145

Hope the Spirits go back to theIr original loom in the 2000s.

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17 hours ago, hawkfan89 said:

I have a bonus uniform this time. My wife also created an alternate jersey for Minnesota and wanted me to post it. It's a little out there to say the least...

 

                                                                                       

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Tartan and Minnesota - that's what you call interesting! It may not see the field next season but it will be legendary!

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