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Nice to see Strong Island out of the basement... it doesn't seem very likely...at all but miracles can happen.

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12 hours ago, MBurmy said:

The boss said that they're probably not gonna stay in town post-Katrina if they keep up at this rate...

New Orleans could relocate to either Memphis or Nashville and the Sounds name would fit perfectly. I could see either one of those cities acting a temporary home that becomes permanent.

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Me and the Northern Lights.

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3 hours ago, Red Comet said:

Im guessing 2 of these 3 teams will be gone by 2005: New Orleans Sound, Dallas Desperadoes and the Miami Stingrays. 

 

I can tell you right now that it's not gonna be Miami. They actually seem to be doing decently enough. As for New Orleans and Dallas... yeah, they need to get their sh-t together.

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19 hours ago, ChicagoOakland said:

Darn, we were only a season away from possibly having Gaganov play in 4 decades...truly the ironman of the PHL.

 

I bet the Shamrocks are already thinking of a way to trade up in the draft for Kuzkin to be the next Russian in line in Chicago.

 

With Gaganov retiring, it appears only two players from the 1970s will play into 2000, Stuart Burns and Jeff Waters, who both started in 1979. Waters could become only the second player ever to play in four decades with the same team, and the first player to play four decades in the same city, having spent his entire career with Philly (Brian Hunt played from 1968 to 1990 with Buffalo/Denver). 

 

I think Chicago will count on Vladimir Kozakov and Sergei Krayev to lead the charge going forward. It shouldn't be much of a rebuild, they likely won't even miss the playoffs before their contenders again. By the way, the Shamrocks have now made the playoffs in 30 consecutive seasons, a PHL record. 

 

14 hours ago, MBurmy said:

The boss said that they're probably not gonna stay in town post-Katrina if they keep up at this rate...

 

They may not even make it that far if they don't start winning soon. Team owner Sam Bendt's patience is running low and if he sells the team, that could be the end of the PHL's New Orleans experiment.

 

4 hours ago, CodeG said:

I see Dallas relocating once Houston gets a team

 

Now that Dallas got a glimpse of the playoffs, things may start to look up for them. It will be critical that they get in within the next two years.

 

4 hours ago, Red Comet said:

Great season, I wonder how much longer it’ll last. Still, gotta get past the Lumberjacks if anything is going to happen.

 

Im guessing 2 of these 3 teams will be gone by 2005: New Orleans Sound, Dallas Desperadoes and the Miami Stingrays. 

 

New Orleans is looking like a good bet to move if they don't turn things around, Dallas still probably has about a five year window before relocation talk begins, Miami needs to get back into the post-season before it's time to rebuild again but the fan interest is still there. The playoff race this season definitely helped them.

 

2 hours ago, Dan O'Mac said:

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Me and the Northern Lights.

 

The poor Northern Lights have a long rebuild ahead of them I'm afraid. It will likely start with the management and they will have another high draft pick this year.

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2 hours ago, Jimmy Lethal said:

 

I can tell you right now that it's not gonna be Miami. They actually seem to be doing decently enough. As for New Orleans and Dallas... yeah, they need to get their sh-t together.

Yeah, Miami is a decent franchise at this point, I expect them to stay. I don't know why NOLA got a team in the first place. Its too bad they may move, Houston would be a great rival for the sound. 

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Based on @RightGuard's original idea for the excel spreadsheet, I have decided to make a modified one with the current divisions whilst also incorporating other colours as well:

One just includes the locations of the teams and the other includes the full names of the team.

PHL Excel Locations.png

PHL Excel Teams.png

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1 hour ago, Goran The Man said:

Based on @RightGuard's original idea for the excel spreadsheet, I have decided to make a modified one with the current divisions whilst also incorporating other colours as well:

One just includes the locations of the teams and the other includes the full names of the team.

PHL Excel Locations.png

PHL Excel Teams.png

That looks a lot better than mine. I'll be honest, I had problems trying to upload it on here as an Excel file, so I tried to convert it as a jpeg in Paint, which was a disaster. It'd be cool to see how each team's color scheme evolved over the decades, though.

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5 minutes ago, RightGuard said:

That looks a lot better than mine. I'll be honest, I had problems trying to upload it on here as an Excel file, so I tried to convert it as a jpeg in Paint, which was a disaster. It'd be cool to see how each team's color scheme evolved over the decades, though.

The one shown here is actually a .png file but it is screenshotted from the Excel file. An .xls file wouldn't be attached on its own though it can be an attachment. I will also put in the defunct teams if possible - including the ones from way back and the GHL-era ones.

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19 hours ago, Balu the Bare said:

Man..what does Detroit have to do to get back into the playoffs? I feel like it's been awhile for them.

 

Even I felt bad for Detroit, the last two seasons they've been agonizingly close. I believe 1992 was the last time they made it.

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On 10/25/2017 at 6:32 PM, wentvoltage123 said:

Have there been any riots after any PHL games like Vancouver in real life

 

I'm sure there have been, I'd have to go back through the story to see if I mentioned any though.

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New Orleans might relocate???? Is there any hope of reincarnating the Claymores? 

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In terms of relocation talk, I actually think the Desperados will stay in Dallas, but the Sound will move (I don't think anyone in New Orleans would care about a consistently losing team in a sport the people are not familiar with). The Sound could return to Nova Scotia and become the Claymores 2.0 (since the Sound officially inherit the history of the Claymores, the Sound's record could be included in the Claymores' history books)

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10 hours ago, Goran The Man said:

In terms of relocation talk, I actually think the Desperados will stay in Dallas, but the Sound will move (I don't think anyone in New Orleans would care about a consistently losing team in a sport the people are not familiar with). The Sound could return to Nova Scotia and become the Claymores 2.0 (since the Sound officially inherit the history of the Claymores, the Sound's record could be included in the Claymores' history books)

I don't think Halifax will be in the mix again until a new arena gets approved...Ottawa's finally getting a new arena, so even though they got rejected as an expansion candidate, I believe they WILL be a relocation destination!

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On 10/24/2017 at 3:13 PM, Balu the Bare said:

Man..what does Detroit have to do to get back into the playoffs? I feel like it's been awhile for them.

I agree with you . been waiting for Detroit to relive some glory.

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1999 Playoffs

 

After another strong showing in the regular season, many expected the Minnesota Lumberjacks to claim their third Lewis Cup of the decade in 1999. Facing the Vancouver Bighorns in the first round, a team that had not won a playoff series since 1993, many even predicted a sweep. After the ‘Jacks won game one, the Bighorns took the series lead with two stunning OT victories in games two and three. After Minnesota tied the series back up in game four, the Bighorns won a thriller in game five to retake the series lead. If they wanted to avoid the upset and defend their title, Minnesota had to win game six on the road. Game six was the third game of the series to go into overtime. Christian Grayson held down the fort for the Lumberjacks through the first overtime, but just minutes into the second overtime, veteran Bruce Blackwell ended the game and the series with a wrist shot that found the top corner of the net. Vancouver had pulled off one of the biggest upsets ever, while the Lumberjacks’ season was suddenly over. Elsewhere in the Western Conference, the Twisters took seven games to eliminate the Seattle Grey Wolves, the Winnipeg Pioneers had the second big upset of the year over the Los Angeles Wizards, defeating them in five games, and the Chicago Shamrocks took out the California Nuggets in six games.

 

In the east, the Long Island Concordes weren’t expected to put up much of a fight against the Montreal Royale. The Concordes stunned the Royale in the first three games, taking a 2-1 series lead. Knowing they could not afford to fall behind 3-1, the Royale eked out a 4-3 win in game four to tie the series. In game five, Vincent Ducharme was knocked out of the game after a devastating hit from Concordes defenseman Riley Gardiner. The Royale hung on for the win, but knew they needed to respond to the hit. In game six, the Royale dressed enforcer Ryan McCarthy and McCarthy immediately went after Gardiner, fighting him in the first period. The Royale had responded to the hit but without Ducharme in the lineup, lost the game 4-3. The series would go to a seventh and deciding game in Montreal. Ducharme returned for game seven and even scored the opening goal, while Zdeno Kadlec, Sergei Vetrov, and Todd Paterson each scored in a decisive 4-0 victory to take the series.

 

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Redshirts also went to seven games to upset the Toronto Racers, while the Washington Generals defeated the Cleveland Cosmos in six, and Pittsburgh upset the New York Ciivcs in five games.

 

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In Round two, the Winnipeg Pioneers entered their series with Chicago determined to carry the momentum from their first round upset. After Winnipeg won game one, the Shamrocks managed to get their act together in game two, tying the series with a 4-3 win. In Winnipeg for game three, Luke Morrison was the hero in net, stopping 42 shots in a 2-0 shutout. After a 4-2 win in game four, the Pioneers held a commanding 3-1 series lead. Back in Chicago for game five, Vladimir Gaganov scored early to give the Shamrocks a 1-0 lead, but it would be the final goal of his career. Goals from Trevor Nolan and Ryan Cobb gave Winnipeg a 2-1 win and a 4-1 series victory. After the handshake line, Gaganov skated around the Garfield Center, waving and saluting the crowd.

 

In the Eastern Conference, the Washington Generals struggled to stay a step ahead of the Philadelphia Redshirts. After just edging out Philly in game one 1-0, the Generals were embarrassed on home ice in game two as the Redshirts took a 7-2 victory. After the teams split the two games in Philadelphia, they headed back to DC tied 2-2. Game five ended in controversy, Washington led 2-1 when Jeff Waters’ shot beat Jake Borman and appeared to roll across the goal line for just a split second. The goal was reviewed and ultimately disallowed due to lack of evidence that the puck actually crossed the line. The Redshirts were irate, especially when TV replays all but confirmed that the puck had crossed the line. Washington sealed the win with an empty-net goal to lead the series 3-2. Philadelphia had to quickly get over the hard feelings from game five, now facing elimination at home. Gustav Mattsen opened the scoring and Jared Baxter scored just minutes later to give Philly a 2-0 lead. Halfway through the third period, Dwayne Ingram brought the Generals to within a goal but it would be the closest they would get. The series would go to a game seven at JFK Arena. As if to redeem himself after the disallowed goal, Jeff Waters opened the scoring for Philly, but unfortunately it wouldn’t be enough. Washington exploded for four goals in the second period and never allowed the Redshirts back into the game. The Generals were headed to the Eastern Conference Finals for the third time in four years.

 

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In the Conference Finals, the Generals would face the powerful Montreal Royale, who had eliminated Pittsburgh in five games in round two, while the Cinderella Winnipeg Pioneers would take on the heavily favoured Kansas City Twisters, a team coming off a hard-fought six game series against Vancouver. Though the Pioneers had been playing some of the best hockey in their history, nobody dreamed they would beat the Twisters, a team that finished 21 points ahead of them in the standings. Dan Crow was spectacular for the Pioneers in the first two games, scoring three goals in the two games as the Pioneers stunned the Twisters in Kansas City with two big wins. Back at the CanaDome in Winnipeg, the Pioneers made the most of home ice advantage, winning game three 2-1 and game four 1-0 in overtime to complete the sweep and advance to the Lewis Cup Finals for the first time in their 33-year history. “We’re ecstatic right now” said GM Jacques Fortune. “It’s been a long time coming for this franchise but we still have another big step to make.”

The night after the Pioneers advanced, the Montreal Royale faced a pivotal game five against the Washington Generals. With the series tied 2-2, game five would be critical. The teams were deadlocked 1-1 until the third period, when Vincent Ducharme scored two goals in what would be a 4-1 Montreal win, giving them a chance to meet Winnipeg in the finals. Washington would come out strong in game six as it went into overtime. Both Jake Borman and Jonathan Bouret played valiantly in net, as one overtime became two, then three. Finally, nearing the end of the third overtime, 21-year veteran JC Girard finally ended the marathon with 3:42 left, sending the Royale to the Lewis Cup Finals for the fifth time in the 1990s.

 

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HOLY F-CKING SH-T WINNIPEG WHERE THE F-CK DID YOU COME FROM LET'S F-CKING GO

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