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Minnesota Amateur Hockey League - 1944 Finals

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5 hours ago, Seadragon76 said:

Who knew that Thunder Bay would go undefeated and then falter at the end? I wonder if their star didn't get injured, would it play out differently?

 

And with the 40's coming, will there be teams affected by WW2?

 

Had Dubois not gotten hurt, odds are the Giants would have continued to roll over everyone as they had in the regular season. And as I mentioned in my prior post; with the depression coming to an end and WW2 beginning, there will be some changes to some teams and expansion will begin soon.

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Prior to the 1939/40 season, the league welcomed its newest member, the Bemidji Blue Ox. The Ox will be joining the Iron Range Hockey League, but there are rumors of a new North Western League in the works that they could move to in the coming years. The Blue Ox are named after the statue located in the city of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox which was built in 1937. The name plays off the areas lumber history and the legend of Paul Bunyan's sidekick Babe the Blue Ox. Bemidji's logo is a simple 'B' logo made up of the teams colors of light blue, navy, and off white.

 

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The 1939/40 season concluded and here are the stories.

Iron Range Hockey League: Ely remained at the top of the league with a solid all around season. The Eveleth Reds followed behind in second place with the defending champs coming third. The Ox, in their inaugural season, claim the final playoff spot, just ahead of Hibbing. The bottom 3 remain the same with it being Soudan, Chisholm, then the lowly Rangers.

Lake Superior Hockey League: Thunder Bay took the Lake Superior League again, followed closely by the Duluth Hornets. Grand Rapids jumped past the Voyageurs to finish 3rd, while Le Bleus took the 4 spot. Superior finished at .500 but missed the playoffs. Two Harbors suffered a poor season due to many players being gone for a lot of the season due to new work hours at the port in Two Harbors, which allowed Cloquet to jump out of the basement.

Twin Cities Hockey League: The Mavs took back the top spot, followed by the Victorias. The Vulcans, led by up and coming prospect Hans Tschida, the son of Lou, moved back up in the standings to finish in third place. The Saints rounded out the playoff teams, leaving the Minneapolis Hockey Club in the basement and out of the playoffs.

 

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Out of curiosity, how are the records calculated? Because, by my count, there are 32 more wins than losses in the Iron Range League and Twin Cities League, and 38 more wins than losses in the Lake Superior league. Do they play games outside their league that count towards their records? If so, what stops teams from playing all cupcake non-league teams?

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1 hour ago, Dan O'Mac said:

Out of curiosity, how are the records calculated? Because, by my count, there are 32 more wins than losses in the Iron Range League and Twin Cities League, and 38 more wins than losses in the Lake Superior league. Do they play games outside their league that count towards their records? If so, what stops teams from playing all cupcake non-league teams?

 

I decide on the standings based off of a randomization app I have and then I randomly assign records to teams. I'll admit I've been a bit too relaxed when it comes to records as I just randomly do it and don't put too much thought into it. In my mind I had thought that the amount of wins and losses didn't have to be the same because of ties (dumb I know) so thanks for pointing that out, I'll get that fixed going forward. 

Teams only play teams within their league during the regular season. Teams can scrimmage against other teams, but those games don't count for the record and are used more as a practice.

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Now that we're in 1940, if you're looking to catch a flick, here's a sneak preview...

Kinda crazy to think there was a time that particular movie was barely brand new.

 

Anyways, good to see the Reds and Mavs continuing to contend for the championship.

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Sorry for the long break, I've been busy with school and other things. I do plan on continuing this series, it will just be going slower in the future. Anyways here are the 1940 playoffs.

 

1940 Playoffs

 

Knockout Round:

  • In the "Battle of Duluth" the underdog Voyageurs are able to pull off the upset and advance.
  • In the wildcard bracket, the Moose end the Vulcans season.
  • The Blue Ox, in their first season, upset the defending champs to advance.
  • In another first round rivalry game, the Saints got the better of the Victorias and move on.

Second Round:

  • The Giants squeeze past the Voyageurs for the second year in a row to advance to another semi finals.
  • The Eveleth Reds are just too much for the Moose to handle as they easily sweep Grand Rapids.
  • The Black Bears end Bemidji's first season and advance to the semi finals.
  • In the border battle of St. Paul and South St. Paul, the Saints upset the Mavericks to continue their impressive playoff run.

Semi Finals:

  • The Giants continue to roll in the playoffs despite another series going the distance, the Reds gave it their all, but in the end Dubois and the Giants were too much.
  • Unlike the Giants, the Black Bears from Ely completely rolled over their opponents from St. Paul, sweeping them and entering the finals on a wave of momentum.

Will the Giants get back on top? Or will the Black Bears stay hot and keep the cup in Minnesota?

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1940 Kellogg Cup Finals

 

Game 1: The Giants took an early lead in the game, but Ely crawled their way back, winning game 1 in overtime 3-2

Game 2: The Black Bears, riding a 5 game winning streak, took game 2 on away ice to take a 2-0 series lead.

Game 3: With their backs to the wall, and now on enemy ice, the Giants were able to steal back a game to bring the series within 1.

Game 4: Thunder Bay finishes off the first four games with the home team losing every game, sending the series back to Canada for game 5.

Game 5: The Giants begin to look like everything is coming together as they have rebounded, winning game 5 in dominant fashion.

Game 6: Ely will not go down without a fight however, as the Black Bears shut out the Giants 3-0 to force a game 7.

Game 7: The Black Bears came out swinging, scoring twice within the first 7 minutes of the game. Despite allowing one against, Ely was able to bury an empty net goal, clinching their fourth Kellogg Cup, their first in 15 years!

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Ely actually did it (and yes, i know that somg didn't exist for like 40 years after, but still). After so much choking, the actually did it. 

 

Also, im rooting for Ely now

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Nice!  Two teams were too many for Eveleth at this point (and one was too few for Minneapolis)

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It's fitting due to Eveleth's smaller population - but I would have predicted the Reds and Rangers would've merged later.

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13 hours ago, Goran The Man said:

It's fitting due to Eveleth's smaller population - but I would have predicted the Reds and Rangers would've merged later.

 

I thought about doing this, but simply due to the fact that the Reds have been at the top of the league while the Rangers have been at the bottom for quite a few years now, I felt that the Reds would have likely not wanted to merge with a struggling team. Players from the Rangers can still play for the Reds if they decide to, so essentially it is a merge without merging the franchises.

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The revival of the 2 Minneapolis teams after being at the bottom of the league. Oh boy. I almost feel sorry for them.

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4 minutes ago, EJaws said:

The revival of the 2 Minneapolis teams after being at the bottom of the league. Oh boy. I almost feel sorry for them.

 

It'll be a rough road for the next few years, but things should improve soon.

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Colquet & Soudan are next to go, but teams will really be folding next year once WW2 starts. Also, in case they do fold, The Twin Cities Vulcans have always had my favorite look. It could fit in even today and not look "retro" or "dated"

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Cloquet and Soudan actually aren't really in danger of losing their teams, despite not being competitive for some years. The Miners have a solid amount of people in the Tower-Soudan area that will be able to maintain a team, and the Broncos are located in a fairly safe place in terms of job security, thus allowing people to continue to play, this along with Cloquet being far enough from Duluth will allow it to continue to operate.

As of right now, I don't have any of the teams that are currently in the league scheduled to fold or merge in the future. Some teams that will be added wont be so lucky however.

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Still, I wouldn't be surprised to see some teams have to temporarily merge for WW2, even if it was only for one season like the NFL steelers did in 1943 (Card-Pitt)

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