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Professional Hockey League; A Fictional History: 2004-05 Regular Season

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1 hour ago, TargetToad said:

I love how pathetic the southern division is.🤣 Also, you might aswell have moved the Claymores from Nova Scotia to Uruguay when they left for New Orleans. #Sound2India2006

That, or just contract the damn team

Ahhhheeemmmm. Sound2India? 

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On 7/7/2018 at 7:52 PM, ChicagoOakland said:

I know they're a product of the times, but those Switzerland jerseys are a...

 

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I agree. I really didn't like how the Swiss unis turned out. They were a last-minute addition to the tournament so the jerseys were a little rushed.

 

On 7/2/2018 at 3:18 PM, Jimmy Lethal said:

Britain's white jerseys are the best of the bunch here, no question. Shame they suck.

On 7/7/2018 at 8:57 PM, Cardsblues02 said:

So if I had to pick my favorite uniform in the entire series, that white British uniform would by 1 far and away.

 

Britain has always been one of my favorite countries to design uniforms for and I also really like the current ones. Unfortunately for them, all countries will be switching to a new template for 2008 (which will also be a good thing for some other teams). I would say Britain's 08 uniforms are not quite as good as the 00-04 ones but will still be the best in that tournament so far. Hopefully the team will do a little better on the ice.

 

On 7/7/2018 at 5:32 PM, RedfieldNick said:

Anything on the table to bring the team total to 12 for the 2008 Challenge?

 

The tourney will expand to 12 teams either in '08 or '12. It will partly depend on which countries have PHL content by then. In all likelihood, Denmark will return along with either Norway or one of the former Soviet countries like Latvia or Ukraine.

 

20 hours ago, TargetToad said:

I love how pathetic the southern division is.🤣 Also, you might aswell have moved the Claymores from Nova Scotia to Uruguay when they left for New Orleans. #Sound2India2006

That, or just contract the damn team

 

Yeah the Sound never should have gone to New Orleans but for realism I am glad it happened (despite losing my hometown team of course). Every league has that one dumpster fire franchise after all. Now that the team is almost certainly headed to Houston, hopefully things will start to look up for them.

 

I've finished updating the rosters so I'm hoping to begin the '04-05 sim tomorrow (the PHL actually played the 2004-05 season, unlike a certain other league). Thank you all for your patience!

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Am I the only one who hopes a Kazakh player breaks into the league a la Nik Antropov or Evgeni Nabokov and then all of a sudden Kazakhstan is in a WHC?

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Personally it is nice to see Kazakhstan in the WHC. Because in real life at least they play in the highest ice hockey tier and why not here? Besides that, there would be a country predominantly populated in Asia in the WHC which will be a bonus.

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On 7/9/2018 at 11:57 PM, RedfieldNick said:

Am I the only one who hopes a Kazakh player breaks into the league a la Nik Antropov or Evgeni Nabokov and then all of a sudden Kazakhstan is in a WHC?

 

On 7/10/2018 at 1:14 AM, Goran The Man said:

Personally it is nice to see Kazakhstan in the WHC. Because in real life at least they play in the highest ice hockey tier and why not here? Besides that, there would be a country predominantly populated in Asia in the WHC which will be a bonus.

 

The other thing about Kazakhstan is the uniforms would be fun to design. I always liked their unusual colour scheme, especially since so many hockey countries use some combination of red, white, and/or blue.

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2004-05 Regular Season

 

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QGoNqKi.pngOctober 8, 2004, seven Months after being traded for the first time, Brad McNair began his first full season in Milwaukee. McNair gave Choppers fans a lot to be excited about right away when he lit up the Chicago Shamrocks in the home opener, scoring four goals in a 6-3 win. The native of Cornerbrook, Newfoundland enjoyed a career season in 2004-05, winning the Cleveland Cup with 109 points including 52 goals. McNair switched from center to right wing, where he flourished playing alongside team captain Brent Zahorsky and Milwaukee finished first place in the Western Conference. After spending nearly five seasons in a very messy situation in New Orleans, McNair finally found himself on a contending team. “It’s been a lot of fun this year” said McNair. “I really believe this team has what it takes to win right now.”

 

The Choppers barely edged out the Dallas Desperados for first place. Dallas held the top spot heading into the final week of the year, before Milwaukee won the last two games of the season to tie the Desperados in points, giving the Choppers the title as they had more wins. It was a disappointment for the Desperados, who had enjoyed a strong year despite some injuries to key players.

 

The Western Conference was a tight race, with Seattle, Minnesota, Edmonton, and Kansas City all fighting for home ice advantage in the playoffs. But one of the most surprising stories of the year was the Denver Bulls, who climbed back in to post-season for the first time since 1996. The Bulls return to the playoffs was largely due to the spectacular play of Martin Barker in net. Barker was a finalist for the Whyte Trophy with six shutouts, while Justin Pratt contributed with 86 points. It had been a long time for the franchise, as attendance was beginning to suffer and the team was losing money. But by season’s end, the Western Airlines Center was full every night. “We’ve put a lot of work into this in the six years I’ve been here” said head coach Jacques Colette. “This is a big step. It’s exciting in this building for the first time in a while.”

 

In the Eastern Conference, the Long Island Concordes hoped to make the jump from emerging threat to true contender. In November, the Concordes made a blockbuster trade, sending longtime star Bruce Evans to the Edmonton Northern Lights in exchange for superstar Ilya Rusakivich. Rusakivich was holding out on the Northern Lights, who did not want to overspend with Kris Nazarenko nearing the end of his contract. Rusakivich immediately inked a massive, ten-year, $100 Million deal with the Concordes. The Concordes did not regret their new acquisition either. Rusakivich played very well on a line with countryman Ilya Severov, scoring 56 goals to lead the league. Long Island finished fourth, earning home-ice advantage for the first time since 1991.

 

Philadelphia and Toronto ruled the Eastern Conference once again, while the Boston Bulldogs, led by captain Brendan Marlo, broke 100 points to take third place. The Miami Stingrays won the South Division, yet finished in seventh place due to new league rules which guaranteed division winners only a playoff spot. After a decent performance for Canada at the World Hockey Challenge, Eric Moon followed up with his best regular season performance since he won the scoring title in 2001-02. Moon scored 33 goals and added 42 assists for 75 points. In Montreal, the Royale’s 18 year playoff streak finally came to an end. The Royale spent the latter half of the season in a tight race with Detroit, Carolina, and Cleveland but ultimately fell to 11th place, five points out of the final playoff spot. At the trade deadline, realizing their post-season hopes could be slim, the Royale dealt veteran Aaron Duplacy to the Minnesota Lumberjacks, hoping to give him a chance at one more championship.

 

The Eastern Conference playoff race would come down to the final day of the season. Detroit face Toronto, needing either a win or a Carolina loss to get in. Carolina beat Miami, meaning it was do or die for the Mustangs. Eric Woods proved to be the hero, scoring twice in a big 4-2 win as Detroit clinched the final playoff spot.

 

The last day of the season was also special for another reason. Minnesota faced Milwaukee and both teams had already clinched playoff spots, yet the game garnered attention anyway as longtime Lumberjacks captain Jason Crowley entered the game with 699 career goals. Late in the second period, Crowley beat Choppers goaltender Brad O’Donnell to become the seventh player in PHL history - and the first US-born player – to score 700 goals. Crowley was given a 10-minute standing ovation and even the rival Choppers congratulated him for the milestone. “I honestly never imagined doing this. It’s an amazing feeling.” Said Crowley, who had hinted at retirement during the season. “It’s been an honour to play in this league for so long.”

 

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I've been silently been following this series for a long time now, I just wanted to say how influential this has been to me. It made me want to start my own series. Well anyways, keep up the good work @hawkfan89 PS go Jacks!

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First off: this series is amazing. It's incredible how much effort shows in these write ups and uniforms and what not. However, I have to say, the Raiders do not feel like a Carolina team at all. The name makes sense, I understand where it comes from, but I have to suggest adding Carolina/Panthers blue. A red/black team doesn't shout "Charlotte" to me, but a blue/black would. Especially since this is around the time the Panthers made it to the Super Bowl in 2003, so the FO might want to have some kind of association.

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11 hours ago, QueenCitySwarm said:

First off: this series is amazing. It's incredible how much effort shows in these write ups and uniforms and what not. However, I have to say, the Raiders do not feel like a Carolina team at all. The name makes sense, I understand where it comes from, but I have to suggest adding Carolina/Panthers blue. A red/black team doesn't shout "Charlotte" to me, but a blue/black would. Especially since this is around the time the Panthers made it to the Super Bowl in 2003, so the FO might want to have some kind of association.

Well I mean to be fair they do have the same or at least very similar colors as the IRL Hurricanes. Although now that you mention it im not sure if thats a good thing.

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Wow, I can't believe we're already nearly at the end of Jason Crowley's road.

It's going to be a sad day when he hangs up the skates...

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Here’s to hoping Milwaukee can make a run this postseason!!🍻🍻

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16 hours ago, QueenCitySwarm said:

First off: this series is amazing. It's incredible how much effort shows in these write ups and uniforms and what not. However, I have to say, the Raiders do not feel like a Carolina team at all. The name makes sense, I understand where it comes from, but I have to suggest adding Carolina/Panthers blue. A red/black team doesn't shout "Charlotte" to me, but a blue/black would. Especially since this is around the time the Panthers made it to the Super Bowl in 2003, so the FO might want to have some kind of association.

I always thought the PHL shared the same canon with the AFA, although if the eventual Charlotte AFA team was both successful and wore teal/blue & black like the IRL Panthers, then the a raiders uni/color change would be warrented

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The AFA and PHL don’t exist in the same universe. And Charlotte’s USFA franchise wears red, white, and grey. If they’re successful (and the USFA collapses), it’s likely that a potential AFA franchise would mimic the Cyborg look.

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On 7/17/2018 at 7:14 PM, Section30 said:

I've been silently been following this series for a long time now, I just wanted to say how influential this has been to me. It made me want to start my own series. Well anyways, keep up the good work @hawkfan89 PS go Jacks!

Thanks man, I'm glad you're enjoying it! Your series is cool, I love the concept. I've actually considered doing something similar sometime for Atlantic Canada but for junior hockey.

 

On 7/17/2018 at 10:18 PM, Cardinal said:

YES! Finally long Island can realy do some damage! 🛫

It's taken a while but Long Island is finally in contention again. I'm really looking forward to that LI/NY series myself.

 

On 7/17/2018 at 11:12 PM, QueenCitySwarm said:

First off: this series is amazing. It's incredible how much effort shows in these write ups and uniforms and what not. However, I have to say, the Raiders do not feel like a Carolina team at all. The name makes sense, I understand where it comes from, but I have to suggest adding Carolina/Panthers blue. A red/black team doesn't shout "Charlotte" to me, but a blue/black would. Especially since this is around the time the Panthers made it to the Super Bowl in 2003, so the FO might want to have some kind of association.

Several colour schemes were considered for the Raiders, I settled on carrying over the Black and Red from Ottawa because it just looked the most aggressive. A change could be possible in the future. I will say of all the new uniforms for 2005-06, the Raiders are one of my favorites. It's not a huge overhaul but I think it looks pretty good. Glad you're enjoying the series!

 

On 7/18/2018 at 10:57 AM, ChicagoOakland said:

Wow, I can't believe we're already nearly at the end of Jason Crowley's road.

It's going to be a sad day when he hangs up the skates...

Crowley's contract is up after '05-06, at which point he will almost certainly retire, but if Minnesota wins this year, there's a good chance this will be it for him. I'm sure he will not leave the PHL story entirely, however.

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