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Hey guys, the regular season has been simulated and I've begun the playoff simulation. I just need to do the writeup for the regular season and I should be able to post that by at least Monday, if not sometime this weekend. In the meantime, I have three more logos I completely forgot to unveil.

 

Edmonton and Long Island are both celebrating their 20th anniversary in 1996, while the Boston Bulldogs are celebrating their 75th as a franchise, dating back to 18 years before the creation of the PHL.

 

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Nothing really special about the logos, I usually keep anniversary logos as simple as possible. the only thing to point out is the eight spikes on the dog collar on Boston's logo, representing their eight Lewis Cups.

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I think the 2 and 0 on Edmonton need to be a touch thicker, personally. I just feel there's too much black, and that would alleviate that.

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Long Islands is beautiful! Love how the whole island is shown and isn't cut off at Nassau County like one unnamed LI professional ice hockey team does 

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On 7/29/2017 at 0:22 PM, Dan O'Mac said:

I think the 2 and 0 on Edmonton need to be a touch thicker, personally. I just feel there's too much black, and that would alleviate that.

 

Is this better? I agree it was a lot of black.

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On 7/29/2017 at 4:58 PM, New York's Greatest said:

Long Islands is beautiful! Love how the whole island is shown and isn't cut off at Nassau County like one unnamed LI professional ice hockey team does 

 

Thanks! and yeah, I personally never really liked the Islanders logo that much. I feel like their best logo is the simple "NY" logo on the black jersey.

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2 hours ago, hawkfan89 said:

 

Thanks! and yeah, I personally never really liked the Islanders logo that much. I feel like their best logo is the simple "NY" logo on the black jersey.

Yeah I agree though the Gordon's fisherman has a special place in my heart.

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I like that anniversary patch for the Northern Lights a lot more with the bolder font.

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1995-96 Regular Season

 

 

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The Washington GeneralsBorman.png.3fc1db1694b2f1ce8c4598cfd90394d7.png entered 1995-96 with high hopes. The team had just squeezed into the post-season throughout the early 90s and with loads of young talent like Igor Zharkov and Tomas Axelsson, the Generals hoped to finally prove themselves as an elite team in the Eastern Conference. Zharkov and Axelsson certainly played well, but it was goaltenter Jake Borman who blew everyone away with a breakout performance. Borman’s play proved to be record-setting, as the 26-year-old earned 14 shutouts, a PHL record, and 40 of the team’s 41 wins. After his eighth shutout, Borman earned the nickname “Mr. Donut” and the Generals began a promotion where if he earned a shutout, 100 fans would receive a dozen donuts. “This year has been incredible, I feel like we’ve really clicked as a team” said Borman. “As for my play, I have to give credit to my teammates, they’ve played very well and made my job easier.” The Generals finished fourth in the Eastern Conference, their highest finish in over a decade.

 

 

Another team that enjoyed a breakout in ’95-’96 was the Pittsburgh Stingers, who finally returned to the playoffs for the first time since 1990. Veteran goaltender Jeff Brackley, acquired from Minnesota in the summer, played very well in goal, eventually convincing GM Sam Greer to trade longtime starter Jacob Martensson to Denver in February. Forward Brendan Bittner truly became an elite PHL player in 1995-96. The 6’3”, 228-pound power forward finished third in league scoring with 48 goals and 67 assists while adding 179 penalty minutes. Bittner’s right wing, Chris Cassidy, also enjoyed a strong sophomore year with 32 goals. It was not all good news in the state of Pennsylvania, however. The aging Philadelphia Redshirts, just a year after a thrilling run to the Eastern Conference Finals, missed the post-season for the first time since 1983. The Redshirts’ plummet caused many fans to question the team’s decision over the summer to fire Kurt Hopkins. New coach Clint Allen could hardly be blamed for the disappointing season, however. The Redshirts suffered a slew of injuries in March while in a battle with Miami for the final playoff spot, the worst coming when Jonathan Stafford went down with a sprained ankle and missed two weeks. The Stingrays ultimately finished six points ahead and claimed the final playoff spot.

 

Once again, the East was dominated by Toronto, New York, and Montreal. The Racers once again finished first in the conference, thanks to a big year from Alexei Yolkin, who scored 47 goals. The New York Civics also enjoyed another strong year, winning the Atlantic Division with Aaron Duplacy and Jeremy Kitchen leading the way offensively while Lamar Jackson’s steady play on the blueline earned him defenseman of the year honours. The defending champion Montreal Royale fell to third place, failing to win the Northeast Division in a year when Vincent Ducharme was sidelined for twelve games with a concussion.

 

Just six months after their emotional departure from Halifax, the Claymores began their new life in New Orleans. The Sound won their first game against Miami, but ultimately won only 26 games. Dave Mack, who had long served as the captain in Nova Scotia, had departed for Kansas City in the off-season and the Sound struggled to find offense. The lone bright spot was young goaltender Victor Holmqvist, who won the first seven starts of his career.

 

The Western Conference again belonged to the Chicago Shamrocks, who won 54 games. Vladimir Gaganov led the team in scoring, while Kyle Boone proved to be a valuable addition, adding 44 goals of his own. Once again it was the Los Angeles Wizards chasing the Shamrocks. Viktor Skogg won the league scoring title for the first time in his career, while Jim Cochran was spectacular in goal. Minnesota also enjoyed another strong season thanks to a 51-goal season from Jason Crowley. Crowley also further endeared himself to the Minnesota fans in a tough game in Edmonton January 5th. Northern Lights’ defenseman Dwayne Ingram laid out Pavel Vana with a devastating hit, forcing Vana out of the game. Late in the third period, Crowley fought Ingram to a draw, to the delight of the Lumberjacks fans back home. When the ‘Jacks returned to the Minneapolis Arena, Crowley received a standing ovation.

 

Dallas and Cleveland, the league’s most recent expansion teams, didn’t fare much better in their second season than in their first. Cleveland won just won more game, though Alexei Stepanov showed huge promise. In Dallas, the Desperadoes finished with a nearly identical record to their first year, but continued to win over the fans in Texas. AJ Vernon proved to be a fan favorite, thrilling fans with his hard-nosed play, while rookie Jean-Pierre Balanger dazzled everyone with his rushing style. “We’re getting there, slowly but surely. We just need to continue to be patient” said GM Ross Becker.

 

In Ottawa, the Beavers struggles finally caught up to them. The team was faced with bankruptcy by January and by early February, Terry Goren was forced to sell the team to the PHL. The league wasted no time finding a buyer. On March 31, Darryl Byrd announced he had sold the team to a group of investors from Charlotte, NC. The lead investor, John Millbrook, immediately announced the group’s intention to move the team to Charlotte in time for the 1996-97 season. The owners of the 27 other clubs would need to ratify the move but it appeared that the Beavers were one their last legs. April 6 was their final home game against Toronto, and like the Claymores a year earlier, the team was given an emotional send off from the home crowd. “We want to thank all of you for your support over the years” said team captain Kevin Drake. “Ottawa has the best fans in the PHL and I know there will be a team here again someday.”

 

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Um, shouldn't Boston be in the Northeast Division and NOLA in the Atlantic?

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20 minutes ago, PackMan said:

Um, shouldn't Boston be in the Northeast Division and NOLA in the Atlantic?

 

The divisions were left alone for this season to see how the Ottawa situation would play out. With the Beavers on their way to Carolina, there will likely be a realignment of some kind in the off-season.

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Alright, Charlotte! My vote goes to something Revolutionary War-themed. Maybe the Carolina Cannons?

 

Also, I'm starting to feel like you're glossing over the Western Conference a lot in these season summaries. Kansas City were the fourth-best team in the entire league and didn't even get mentioned once.

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It'll be neat to see what the Beavers' new identity will be. Who knows if they'll go with Carolina or Charlotte as their location name. It'll be difficult coming up with a nickname that's not related to royalty or stock cars if you ask me. Speaking of which, I noticed the Wranglers' alt is absent from the uni page, and New Orleans and Boston are in the Atlantic and Northeast on the thread's front page with the standings having them in their old divisions.

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Personally, being from South Carolina, I'd like to see both states represented with Carolina. I'd love to see something naval themed, perhaps wrapping in some pirate imagery too. Maybe Carolina Mauraders/Privateers/Rovers/Ravagers.

 

Love the anniversary logos by the way. Small touches like the eight spikes for the Bulldogs are great. 

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Great, both 1959 expansion teams are going to the south. Well at least the Shamrocks are on top again. Let's go two cups in three years boys!

 

For Charlotte/Carolina, maybe go with Aces/Flyers/Pilots or some sort of aviation themed name to honor the first flight at Kitty Hawk, possibly with a double blue color scheme but something different enough to seperate it from the Racers. Maybe add some sort of red? Just throwing out some ideas

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I'm hoping the Twisters make it to the Western Conference Finals. I know that's the capability this team has and I hope I'm not disappointed. 

 

The Beavers are now gone. Are there any other markets that are vulnerable right now? I know you mentioned Quebec, but who else could leave in the next few years?

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Charlotte Patriots or Charlotte Revolution would be my pick...the city's residents were ARDENT patriots in the American Revolution (the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence was signed in Charlotte a year before the Continental Congress got together for the more famous one, and five years after that the people's resolve was shown in the Battle of Charlotte, with British General Cornwallis saying, right before he left, that the place was a "hornet's nest," inspiring another famous nickname for Charlotte's sports teams).

 

The color scheme could be a "buff and blue" one like the Continental Army's troops wore, but in shades distinct from the Mustangs or Bulls.

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*Lays a flower on the Beavers' casket* You were too beautiful...

 

Anyway, I'm surprised Ducharme got hurt and the Royale slipped a tad. I've got a funny feeling that we will have a new Eastern Conference champion this year. 

 

Also, any updates on Toronto's new arena? Sorry if that's already been brought up.

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