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Minnesota Amateur Hockey League - 1950/51 Off Season (New Teams)

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The 1926/27 season sees a new expansion team in the Lake Superior League, the Two Harbors Timberwolves. The Wolves will be the fifth team in their league and will be a contender right away. The teams colors are red and black and their logo is a wolf head. They only have one jersey and it is black with two thick stripes on the sleeves representing the towns name, two harbors, and it also features a red stripe at the bottom of the jersey and on the shoulders.

 

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There was also a team that changed their look a bit this year, the Millers. They ditched their black and gold for the black and orange of the baseball Millers. Minneapolis also adjusted their M, making it slimmer and more similar to the baseball team's logo.

 

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The 1926/27 regular season came to an end with a lot of things to talk about.

Iron Range Hockey League: The Ely Black Bears fell out of first place after back to back years there. The Virginia Royals finished in first place with a record of 21-2-1. The Reds young core led them to a second place finish, led by the strong goaltending of young star Joseph "the Flounder" Brimsek.  The Rangers claimed the last playoff spot leaving Chisholm, Hibbing, and the lowly Soudan Miners out yet again.

Lake Superior Hockey League: A  surprise run in the second half of the season saw the Duluth Hornets back on top of the Lake Superior League. Following close behind were the Broncos, who have to play in the knockout round of the playoffs for the first time. The Voyageurs finished above 500 and made the playoffs but there was nothing significant that occurred this year. The Timberwolves finished fourth in their first season, passing the Superior Lakers who will miss the playoffs for the first time.

Twin Cities Hockey League: The only number one seed from last year to remain at the top are the Twin Cities Vulcans, who finished well above the rest of the pack. The up and coming Victorias edged out South St. Paul to claim the second place spot. In major news; the Minneapolis Millers have missed the playoffs for the first time since the MAHL began. an aged Millers team was unable to keep up with the competition this season as they just missed the fourth playoff spot to the St. Paul Saints.

 

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Knockout Round:

  • The Victorias show the Saints why they've missed the playoffs the last few years by embarrassing them 4-0.
  • In a major upset, the Eveleth Rangers knock off the Black Bears in Ely.
  • The Broncos easily pass the rookie Timberwolves.
  • South St. Paul gets upset by the Voyageurs from Duluth in a game in South St. Paul.

Second Round:

  • The Vulcans fall behind in the series but are able to crawl their way back and win the series 2-1.
  • Virginia does what Ely tried and failed to do which is shut down the Rangers attack, in doing so they sweep the red white and blue and advance to the semi finals.
  • The Broncos played with the intensity of last playoffs as they upset the top ranked Hornets.
  • Eveleth's young guns showed us just how much more they need to learn before they can be considered a serious threat as they lose the series to the Voyageurs.

Semi Finals:

  • The Royals fell behind in the series after game one but were able to gain momentum after a clutch 3-1 victory at home in game 2. Virginia would ride that momentum to another Kellogg Cup finals appearance.
  • Le Bleu continued their string of upsets, this time against the defending champions.

Will the Royals win their second Kellogg Cup? Or will the Voyageurs incredible playoff run continue?

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Game 1: The Duluth Voyageurs head to Virginia riding a wave of upsets, they keep the momentum going as they take game one.

Game 2: The Royals regroup after game 1 and tighten up defensively, not allowing a goal while netting 2 themselves.

Game 3: With the series tied at one apiece it headed to Duluth where the Royals knew they needed to get game one or they had a good chance at losing the next one, because once Duluth gets rolling they're tough to stop. Virginia ended up just barely getting a win with an overtime goal.

Game 4: The Voyageurs gave it everything they had but in the end Virginia was just the better team. Duluth's luck had run out and the Virginia Royals are your 1927 Kellogg Cup Champions!

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10 hours ago, mungojerry311 said:

Great stuff so far. If you don't mind, could you point me to where you got the jersey template?

 

Thank you, and the jersey template is one I made based on one from vintagemnhockey.com, here is the original image

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Prior to the 1927-28 season, the South St. Paul Mavericks decided to add a new logo to their uniforms. The reason for the change was coach Peter Johnson's wife Linda not liking the gothic lettering saying it was "ugly and hard to read" so he gave her a pencil and paper and let her sketch out a logo that she found more fitting. They decided on a red bull head to fit in with the meat packing industry in the city. The rest of the uniform remains unchanged. This is the first change for South St. Paul's history.

 

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The 1927/28 regular season concluded, here are the highlights.

Iron Range Hockey League: Virginia won the league again. Ely climbed back to the second spot in the league. The Eveleth Reds gained more experience and just barely got third behind Ely. The Chisholm Flames finished fourth and claimed a playoff birth. An aging Rangers team is starting to show their age as they began to slip behind the league this year. Hibbing and Soudan were in the basement of the league, but both are beginning to look up.

Lake Superior Hockey League: An all Duluth top two as the Voyageurs win the league with the Hornets in a close second place. The Two Harbors Timberwolves surprised many with how much they improved in a year, even passing the Cloquet Broncos. Superior had a tough year, having to deal with constant injuries to their top players.

Twin Cities Hockey League: The Twin Cities Vulcans finished the season on top of the Twin Cities for a third straight year, South St. Paul finished just one win behind. Rounding out the top 4 we have the St. Paul's; Victorias and Saints. The Millers had a disappointing season, finishing below .500 and missing the playoffs again. And of course at the bottom we have the Stillwater Athletics, the rented mules of the league.

 

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Well that's eight wooden spoons in a row for poor Stillwater...and four in a row for Soudan...

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Knockout Round:

  • Ely defeats the inexperienced Flames.
  • The Timberwolves avenge last years knockout round loss to the Broncos.
  • South St. Paul destroys the Saints to meet their old rivals, the Vulcans.
  • In a battle of youth, the Reds are victorious against the Victorias.

Second Round:

  • Virginia wins a hard fought series against the Black Bears 2 games to 1.
  • The Voyageurs continue to show the league they mean business as they beat Two Harbors and advance to the semi finals.
  • The Vulcans again beat the Mavericks in this one sided rivalry, this time in a sweep.
  • Gaining momentum from their first round win, the young Eveleth Reds upset the Hornets and advance.

Semi Finals:

  • Duluth is determined to get back in the finals after last years disappointment, to get there though they need to get through the top regular season team. And they did just that, winning the series 2-1.
  • The Vulcans are hungry for their second Kellogg Cup and show off their skills by sweeping the hot Reds and advancing to another finals appearance.

Will the Voyageurs redeem themselves from last year? Or will the Vulcans win their second Kellogg Cup?

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Game 1: It is a tight defensive game, neither team wants to give an inch and risk giving the other momentum in the series. The game is scoreless after 2 periods, it isn't until Voyageur center Guy Martin beats the Vulcans goalie with 2:16 left on the clock that the game sees its first, and only, goal.

Game 2: In another defensive battle, the Vulcans are lucky enough to break through in the second period. Le Bleus pull the goalie with 2 minutes left to try and tie the game. They get so close to tying it in the last minute when one rings one off the pipe, only to deflect right to a Vulcan who sends it down into the empty net.

Game 3: With the series tied at one apiece and now in Minneapolis, the Vulcans used their home ice advantage to win another close game 2-1.

Game 4: The Voyageurs need a win to stay alive and they did just that, putting up 2 goals in the first period and then playing shut down defense, they won the game and sent the series to a final game 5 back in Duluth.

Game 5: Both teams knew they needed a win here, and both gave it everything they could to do so. The offense was on display in this game ,when one team would score, the other would tie it up. This was all game until it went to overtime. Only 3 minutes into the first overtime period, the Vulcans got called for a tripping penalty. Not long after that, Duluth's Martin buried a one timer, winning the Kellogg Cup for the Duluth Voyageurs!

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So les Bleus are on the board now. Congrats to the Voyageurs for their first title! I wonder how Tschida would've felt after game five...

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A small history of the finals between the teams - up to the 1928 finals:

SG indicates it was done in a single game.

Numbers next to the team indicate how many games they won in the MAHL finals.

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I may not be replying much, but that is because I am awestruck and happy with just a bout all you've done.

 

The Millers' switch to orange was much appreciated by me. The new Mavs logo is nice and works well with the unis.

 

Also, shoutout to the Vics and Miners, who wasted their talent the first year and won't be back to the Kellogg Cup until the 90s.

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13 hours ago, Goran The Man said:

So les Bleus are on the board now. Congrats to the Voyageurs for their first title! I wonder how Tschida would've felt after game five...

 

Considering this could have been his last finals appearance, I'm guessing he wasn't very happy to say the least. Having been in the league since 1915, he is likely to retire within the next few years.

 

3 hours ago, JamHeronArk said:

I may not be replying much, but that is because I am awestruck and happy with just a bout all you've done.

 

Thank you for the kind words. Feel free to comment more, I appreciate it!

 

3 hours ago, JamHeronArk said:

The Millers' switch to orange was much appreciated by me. The new Mavs logo is nice and works well with the unis.

 

I also think the color change and new logo for SSP are both improvements. Going forward I think both teams will have more or less the same logos with just slight alterations.

 

3 hours ago, JamHeronArk said:

Also, shoutout to the Vics and Miners, who wasted their talent the first year and won't be back to the Kellogg Cup until the 90s.

 

Haha, Mikael Heikkinen was the only real reason the Miners even made it to the finals in 1915. The good thing for both teams though is that things are beginning to look up, the Miners are improving and could push for a playoff spot soon, and the Victorias have made the last few playoffs and their core is almost in their prime. 

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There were no changes to any teams prior to the 1928/29 season. After the regular season these are the highlights.

Iron Range Hockey League: The Reds finally reached the top of the table and don't look like they'll be giving it up anytime soon. The Royals and Black Bears followed behind in second and third respectively. The Hibbing Greyhounds bumped up in the standings and clinched the fourth playoff spot in the league. The Flames fell back a bit from last year, and the Rangers fell quite a bit. The Rangers are really looking out of place with the rest of the league at the moment, they'll need to turn things around soon or things may get ugly. The Soudan Miners came oh so close to not finishing in the bottom of the league, actually tying the Rangers in wins, only having one less tie than them.

Lake Superior Hockey League: The Duluth Voyageurs are a serious threat this season, coming off their first Kellogg Cup win, they easily won the league. The Broncos bounced back after a disappointing season last year, and the Timberwolves didn't move in the tables at all. The Superior Lakers made t back to the playoffs thanks mainly to the misfortunes of the Duluth Hornets. The Hornets, who finished second in the league last year, dropped to the bottom of the league when multiple players missed most of the season due to a mumps outbreak. Luckily, they were able to contain it so they could form a team, but what they put on the ice was far from the best they had to offer.

Twin Cities Hockey League: Much like the Reds, the Victorias had finally "made it" when they finished atop the league. The Vulcans just barely missed finishing first for the fifth straight season, only having one less win than St. Paul. The Mavericks and Saints rounded out the top 4, both with average seasons. The Millers decline continued as they finished with only 9 wins, and the Athletics continued to be the leagues punching bag.

 

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Knockout Round:

  • The Lakers, who honestly shouldn't even be there, upset Cloquet. 
  • The celebrations for making the playoffs are short lived for Hibbing as they lose to Virginia.
  • South St. Paul gets upset by the Saints.
  • Ely is too much for Two Harbors to handle as they advance.

Second Round:

  • Although they were able to beat the Broncos, the Lakers are no problem at all for the Voyageurs who easily sweep them.
  • Eveleth is determined to show the league the are serious, and they do their best by beating the Royals and advancing to the semi finals.
  • In the first ever playoff battle of St. Paul the Saints pull of a major upset by beating the Victorias 2 games to 1.
  • Tschida and the Vulcans are determined to get one more cup before Lou decides to hang up the skates, they do a good job as they sweep Ely.

Semi Finals:

  • Duluth completely dominates the Reds in every aspect, showing everyone just how good they truly are as they try to go for their second straight Cup.
  • The Vulcans defeat their old rivals, the Cinderella Saints, and advance to the finals for a rematch of last year against Le Bleus.

 

Will the Voyageurs go back to back? Or will the Vulcans win one last cup for ole' Louie?

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Game 1: Determined to win after last years defeat, the Vulcans came out firing and won game 1, 4-1

Game 2: In a back and forth game, the Voyageurs tied the series up with a late 3rd period go ahead goal.

Game 3: With the series heading back to Minneapolis tied, the Vulcans fed off of the supporters and took back the series lead.

Game 4: The Voyageurs, on the verge of losing the series, tightened things up defensively, only allowing 1 Vulcan goal, while scoring 3 and sending the series back to Duluth.

Game 5: Prior to game 5, Lou Tschida addressed his team and told them that whatever happens, he had made the decision to retire after the game. With this in mind, the teams took the ice. Things did not go the way the Vulcans had hoped however, after allowing 2 goals in the first period. Things didn't get much better as the game went on, Duluth was just too much for them to handle and they were unable to come back. The Duluth Voyageurs have become only the second team to win back to back Kellogg Cups!

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Prior to the 1929/30 season, the league welcomed its newest franchise, the Minneapolis Bruins. The team was founded when a group of men decided to form a team due to Minneapolis's large population and only having one and a half teams. The name Bruins was decided on based on that years Stanley Cup champions, the Boston Bruins. The team said they "want to adopt the Bruins success, and transfer bring it to Minneapolis". The Bruins logo is based on the original Boston Bruins logo, but is different enough to be their own team. The team colors are also adopted from Boston, brown and gold.

 

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I can tell the logos are starting to evolve... very cool! Minneapolis looks great!

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