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Minnesota Amateur Hockey League - 1936 Finals

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12 hours ago, JCRGraphix said:

Very well written and designed. This is enjoyable! I feel like the designs are mostly appropriate for the time period. I'm especially excited for the 50's and 70's.

 

Thank you, I'm glad you like it! And I'm also looking forward to those times, mainly because that is when expansion explodes.

 

11 hours ago, RoughRiders99 said:

I just spent the past hour or so reading up on this entire thread, and now I am in LOVE with it!! I'm from Iowa myself, but I have family up in Minnesota so I visit there all the time. My favorite teams so far are the Duluth Voyagers and the Two Harbors Timberwolves. 

I know you probably already have over 100(!) teams planned out, but I was wondering if you're planning on adding teams in Bloomington and Burnsville (where my family are from), and Lutsen and Grand Maraias up on the North Shore. I vacation in these two cities all the time. 

 

And I absolutely love how simple, easy and concise this thread is to read! I hope you don't mind if I borrow some ideas for my own league, Solar League Baseball!  

 

Thank you for the kind words. Yes I do plan on having at least one team in both Bloomington and Burnsville, and as for Grand Marais and Lutsen, I plan on having Grand Marais as well as Silver Bay which would include people from Lutsen.

Feel free to borrow some ideas for your thread, I've actually been a lurker on there for a while, I just haven't commented yet. Keep up the good work!

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1934 Playoffs

 

Knockout Round:

  • The Miners from Soudan upset Ely and advance.
  • The Lakers continue to upset in the playoffs as they beat the Giants.
  • Minneapolis wins their first playoff game as a combined team and advances.
  • South St. Paul is too much for the Greyhounds to handle as they move on.

Second Round:

  • The Reds blow by the Miners.
  • The Lakers, hot off their upset over Thunder Bay, get swept by Le Bleus
  • The Victorias inch out a series win over their rivals from Minneapolis.
  • Two Harbors easily handles the Mavericks and advances.

Semi Finals:

  • In a fast paced, back and forth series the Reds end the Voyageurs season and move on to the finals.
  • Two Harbors shows the Victorias why they are defending champs and moves on to the finals.

Will the Timberwolves go back to back? Or will the Reds get back on top?

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I'm saying the Reds get back on top in 6.

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3 hours ago, Section30 said:

Thank you for the kind words. Yes I do plan on having at least one team in both Bloomington and Burnsville, and as for Grand Marais and Lutsen, I plan on having Grand Marais as well as Silver Bay which would include people from Lutsen.

Feel free to borrow some ideas for your thread, I've actually been a lurker on there for a while, I just haven't commented yet. Keep up the good work!

 

Awesome! Then I'll be a huge supporter of Grand Marais! A little disappointed that Lutsen won't have a team, but I guess it's a little too small. By the way, I love the backstory behind Ely's name about the Black Bears. And it's nice to know that I do have a follower over in the Solar League! 

I do have a question about this league: Where are all of the teams playing? I know some of the larger cities have their own rinks, but what about some of the super small towns? Do they have rinks too or are they playing pond hockey? Or am I just underestimating Minnesota's love for hockey? 

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54 minutes ago, RoughRiders99 said:

 

Awesome! Then I'll be a huge supporter of Grand Marais! A little disappointed that Lutsen won't have a team, but I guess it's a little too small. By the way, I love the backstory behind Ely's name about the Black Bears. And it's nice to know that I do have a follower over in the Solar League! 

I do have a question about this league: Where are all of the teams playing? I know some of the larger cities have their own rinks, but what about some of the super small towns? Do they have rinks too or are they playing pond hockey? Or am I just underestimating Minnesota's love for hockey? 

 

The reason I chose Silver Bay instead of Lutsen is because the population of Lutsen has only been between 100-300 people whereas Silver Bay is right next to it and has a couple thousand residents. 

 

So right now part of the decision that goes into what cities get a franchise is determined by if they have a rink of not, at this point in time indoor rinks are few and far between with most of them in the Iron Range Twin Cities, or Lake Superior area. There are a few teams that are playing on frozen lakes and ponds in this league at this time though, those teams are: Stillwater, South St. Paul, Soudan, Ely, Two Harbors, and Cloquet. In time every team will have an arena to play in, even the small towns. You'll find that in Minnesota there is almost always at least one arena in every city, if there isn't one in a really small town, there will be one a town or two over. Minnesota is pretty hockey crazy, the city of Roseau for example only has 2,754 people but has 3 rinks.

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Game 1: The Reds claim game one in a close match, scoring the game winning goal with just under 2 minutes left in the game.

Game 2: In another close match, the Reds again got the better of the Wolves and take a 2-0 series lead.

Game 3: The Timberwolves get back in the series by winning on home ice.

Game 4: In the fourth game of the series to be decided by one goal, the Timberwolves defeated the Reds in overtime to tie the series.

Game 5: Back in Eveleth, the Reds fall to the Timberwolves. Two Harbors shut down the Reds offense and took the series lead.

Game 6: With the series back in Two Harbors and with the Timberwolves only needing one more win, the stands were packed for game 6. Eveleth didn't let the pressure get to them though as they played a solid defensive game, scoring one goal on the counter attack and tying the series at 3 apiece.

Game 7: Unlike the prior games, this meeting was an offensive battle. With both teams lighting the lamp multiple times, the Reds entered the third period up 3-2 and buried one more on the empty net to clinch their third Kellogg Cup in 4 years!

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Prior to the 1934/35 season, only one team made adjustments, the Hibbing Greyhounds adjusted their logo to be an H with a Greyhound in the cross bar of the H (based on the Hamilton Tigers old logo). To accompany the new logo the Hounds got a new uniform. Still a navy base with only orange accents, the jersey now has thicker stripes and has 2 on the sleeves and torso rather than one. The mid section stripes are actually made from the new logo with the cross bar of the H extending across the jersey, vertical bars are meant to form a H on the front as well as help be able to read the numbers on the back. This is one of the more "out there" jerseys I've made for this series so far but I think it isn't out of the realm of belief that a team could have done something like this back before the standard style of hockey uniform was developed with normal striping and such.

 

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Fits the time period more, but also less attractive than the original (will the Greyhounds return to the original at some stage?). The logo is good still, just doesn't really look attractive within this jersey, in which the original was better (and timeless).

 

However, whilst the ugliness of the jersey may be there, it can be an evolution in Hibbing's identity! There is a good idea for the future of the Hibbing Greyhounds - the H logo can be used as a shoulder patch in the future!

 

Keep up the good work Section30!

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32 minutes ago, Goran The Man said:

Fits the time period more, but also less attractive than the original (will the Greyhounds return to the original at some stage?). The logo is good still, just doesn't really look attractive within this jersey, in which the original was better (and timeless).

 

However, whilst the ugliness of the jersey may be there, it can be an evolution in Hibbing's identity! There is a good idea for the future of the Hibbing Greyhounds - the H logo can be used as a shoulder patch in the future!

 

Keep up the good work Section30!

 

This definitely isn't a uniform I expect to last long, I wouldn't be surprised if modified versions of their prior uniform were in the future.

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The 1934/35 season concluded and here are the stories.

Iron Range Hockey League: The Hibbing Greyhounds finished the season at the top of the league, passing the defending champs who finished second and Ely finished in third. The Royals are back in the playoffs, and the Miners fell out. At the bottom of the league are the Flames then Rangers.

Lake Superior Hockey League: Two Harbors squeaked out the top spot in the Lake Superior League just ahead of the Voyageurs. Moving up to third were the Hornets followed by the Giants. The Lakers fell out of the playoffs and Cloquet finished at the bottom of the league.

Twin Cities Hockey League: The Victorias stayed at the top with South St. Paul taking back the second spot. Minneapolis fell to third and the Saints claimed the last playoff spot. The Vulcans continue to disappoint. And Stillwater finished last in the league again, rumors are swirling in local newspapers that the team is on the verge of collapsing and it is only a matter of time until they have to fold.

 

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1935 Playoffs

 

Knockout Round:

  • The defending champs fall in the first round to the Virginia Royals.
  • The Hornets get the better of the Giants and advance.
  • In a rivalry game, the Mavericks again get the better of the Saints and advance.
  • In the wildcard bracket, Minneapolis takes down the Black Bears and advances to play the Voyageurs.

Second Round:

  • Virginia continues to shock the league after upsetting the top seeded Greyhounds and advancing to the semi finals.
  • The Timberwolves roll over the Hornets and advance.
  • South St. Paul takes down the other team from St. Paul and advances to the semi finals.
  • The Miners celebrations are cut short as they lose handily to the Voyageurs.

Semi Finals:

  • The Cinderella story of the Virginia Royals continues as they upset the Timberwolves and advance to the finals.
  • In a rematch of last years semi finals, the Mavericks and Voyageurs fought tooth and nail against each other, though this year the Mavericks came out on top in 4 games.

Will Cinderella come out on top in the end? Or will the Mavericks bring the Kellogg Cup back to the Twin Cities for the first time in over a decade?

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On 8/9/2018 at 3:24 PM, RoughRiders99 said:

 

Awesome! Then I'll be a huge supporter of Grand Marais! A little disappointed that Lutsen won't have a team, but I guess it's a little too small. By the way, I love the backstory behind Ely's name about the Black Bears. And it's nice to know that I do have a follower over in the Solar League! 

I do have a question about this league: Where are all of the teams playing? I know some of the larger cities have their own rinks, but what about some of the super small towns? Do they have rinks too or are they playing pond hockey? Or am I just underestimating Minnesota's love for hockey? 

Minnesota loves Ice Hockey more than Canada

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As of 1935, what percentage of the league's players are American and what percentage are Canadian?

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6 hours ago, neo_prankster said:

As of 1935, what percentage of the league's players are American and what percentage are Canadian?

 

This league is set up based on where people live, much like how youth and high school hockey are set up in the state. So people living in South St. Paul play for the Mavericks, or people from Duluth play for the Hornets or Voyageurs. People can technically play for teams outside of where they live, so people from cities without teams can play in the league. But people almost always play for their hometown team because it is seen as an honor to represent your city or your team. So at this point just over 5% of players are Canadian (Just players for Thunder Bay).

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1935 Kellogg Cup Finals

 

Game 1: The Mavericks completely roll over the Royals and easily take game 1.

Game 2: Virginia bounces back, as they have all playoffs, and takes game 2.

Game 3: With the series up north, the Mavericks steal a win in a close fought battle to take the series lead.

Game 4: South St. Paul physically beats on the Royals, outhitting them 34 to 11, as well as beat them on the score board 2-0 to take a 3-1 series lead.

Game 5: With a 3-1 series lead and the series heading back to SSP, the Mavs knew it was their time. The game was a tight defensive battle that was tied at 1 apiece at the end of regulation. 11 minutes into the overtime period, the Mavericks entered the offensive zone in a 3 on 1 odd man rush where Mavericks winger Terry Trkla buried a one timer past the goal keeper cementing himself in history. After more than a decade the Kellogg Cup is back in the twin cities as the South St. Paul Mavericks have ended Virginia's Cinderella run, and won their second Cup!

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The 1935/36 season saw the league welcome a new member, the Grand Rapids Moose. The Moose are named after the animal which were fairly common in the area at this time. Their colors are orange and brown and their logo is a simple Moose head. Grand Rapids will be joining the Lake Superior League.

 

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Another team from the Lake Superior League made some adjustments prior to the season. The Cloquet Broncos adjusted their uniform, making the stripes thinner and making purple more dominant than yellow.

 

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The 1935/36 season concluded and here are the stories.

Iron Range Hockey League: The Reds took back the top spot in the league. Hibbing stayed dominant and took second. The Royals, hot off their playoff run, jumped to third. The Flames finally did something as they made the playoffs, finishing fourth. Ely and Soudan missed the playoffs and the Rangers finished in last.

Lake Superior Hockey League: The Hornets jumped up to the top of the league with a solid season. Two Harbors finished in second with the Voyageurs close behind. Grand Rapids made the playoffs in their first year. Thunder Bay and Superior missed the playoffs and Cloquet finished at the bottom.

Twin Cities Hockey League: The defending champs finished at the top of the league with the Saints and Victorias in second and third. Minneapolis made the playoffs at the 4 spot. And Twin Cities and Stillwater both missed the playoffs again.

 

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I have a new favorite team in the Grand Rapids Moose! Hope they pull off a nice run in the postseason! It also helps that my dog is also named Moose 😄 

Why are they in the Lake Superior League though? Not disagreeing with your decision, just wondering why you decided to do that. 

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