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Minnesota Amateur Hockey League - 1956/57 Regular Season

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7 hours ago, RoughRiders99 said:

Great job as always. 

 

Have you thought about getting Franchise Hockey Manager? It’s supposed to be like OOTP for Hockey. 

FHM doesn't let you delete teams or change the structure of the league

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7 minutes ago, bernie57 said:

FHM doesn't let you delete teams or change the structure of the league

 

Aww crap. I apologize, @Section30. Since FHM was made by the same people as OOTP, I assumed they were similar, just different sports. 

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14 hours ago, bernie57 said:

FHM doesn't let you delete teams or change the structure of the league

 

14 hours ago, RoughRiders99 said:

 

Aww crap. I apologize, @Section30. Since FHM was made by the same people as OOTP, I assumed they were similar, just different sports. 

 

I'm looking to see if it's possible to just do each league separately, simming the seasons as they come. If it doesn't work it doesn't work, oh well.

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Fans from all around the state packed the stands of the incredible state of the art Eveleth Hippodrome to see the leagues best battle. The "Hipp" has been referred to as the "Madison Square Garden of the Northland" and it has the honor of being one of the only arenas in the state to have refrigeration, no more relying on mother nature for good ice.

 

First Period: The first period was fairly relaxed, both Baker and Niskanen were playing very strong in net. Team North finally struck first when Hibbing's Polich buried a rebound five hole.

 

Second Period: Team South tied things up in the second when Pohl from the Mustangs sent St. Cloud's Sauer on a breakaway and he capitalized. Not even a minute later though, the North responded, International Falls' Willy Mason sniped one just inside the pipe to give them back the lead. Halfway through the period  the goalies were switched. North then quickly scored two on the cold goaltender Bienik, one by James Oshie of the Warroad Lakers and one from the Hornets' Colton Hill. Down 4-1, team South finally got a bit of life back when Klaus of the Victorias netted one, assisted by his cross town rival Les Housley of the Saints.

 

Third Period: Team South brought the deficit to one early in the third thanks to St. Cloud's Sauer and Schmidt capitalizing on a 2 on 1, Schmidt with the goal and Sauer with the assist. With just under 5 minutes left on the clock team North cushioned their lead thanks to a ripper from the Voyageurs Heaslip. South was able to get one back with just over a minute left when Red Wing's Pohl caught the goalie off his pipe, scoring short side. The game would end without any more action, Team North has won the 1955 All-Star Game!

 

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St. Cloud's Noah Sauer was named All-Star Game MVP for his one goal and one assist for the South All Stars.

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A LOVELY All-Star game all-around...Eveleth knows how to put on a good show.

Got a question though: as the "Red Scare" is going on around this time (in fact, the former Cincinnati Reds changed their name to the "Redlegs" this past year), do you think the Eveleth Reds are gonna change their name soon? (If so, Eveleth Redbirds would be my choice)

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The 1954/55 season has concluded, here are the stories.

 

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Granite Hockey League:

Spoiler

There were no changes in the standings this season, St. Cloud dominated all year, only losing 2 games. Little Falls played strong as well and look like a possible dark horse for the Cup. Fergus Falls and Alexandria both looked much worse than the other two, but will still make the playoffs due to only being in a four team league. The other leagues in the MAHL have voiced their displeasure about the Granite League only being four teams, they feel that it is cheating the system. The League had a vote midway through the season that stated if the Granite Hockey League doesn't find at least one more team to join the league, they will be intelligible to compete in the playoffs. The MAHL has also modified the rule regarding new leagues, a league now must consist of at least 5 teams to be granted access to the MAHL, replacing the old minimum of 4.

Iron Range Hockey League:

Spoiler

Grand Rapids made the jump up to number one in the Iron Range this year, followed closely by Hibbing. Virginia keeps rising as they finished in third thanks in large part to a great year by winger Elliot Herman. Eveleth continues to decline, but managed to stay in the playoff picture, finishing fourth. Chisholm also looks to be on the rise, Olafsson had another good season in net. Ely took a big step back this year, finishing in sixth place. Soudan remained at the bottom of the league, and they didn't look good.

Lake Superior Hockey League:

Spoiler

Duluth won another Lake Superior League title, though this time it was the Voyageurs capturing their first title in 22 years, Henry Heaslip had an insane year, putting up 34 goals and 27 assists to set a new Lake Superior League record for points. Thunder Bay placed second, led by captain Staal. The Hornets may have dropped down to third place this year, but they look like a possible dark horse threat to win it all. Cloquet stayed in fourth place and will be heading back to the playoffs. Two Harbors had a good season, finishing just a couple wins outside the playoffs. And the Superior Lakers look to have finally hit rock bottom, finishing in last place in the league.

Northland Hockey League:

Spoiler

The defending champion Ice finished atop the Northland League, the dynamic duo of Mason and Backus tore up defenses all season long. Just across the border, the Trappers finished right behind, taking second place and looking like a real threat. Bemidji moved up to third place, the Ox look like a team on the brink of being a power. Roseau finished in fourth, staying in the playoffs. The Stars didn't look as good as they have in past years, but they can never really be counted out. Warroad finished right behind them in fifth place, but they did manage to take the Victory Bell back, beating the Stars 3 out of 4 times this year. And finally the Thief River Falls Railers finished in last, the Smith twins seemingly dropped off the map this season, doing nothing on offense.

Twin Cities Hockey League:

Spoiler

The ever-dominant Victorias claimed their fourth league title in 5 years, Klaus set a new MAHL record with 45 assists, and Niskanen emerged as an elite goaltender. West St. Paul finished right on the heels of the Victorias, taking second. The Millers looked good, finishing in third. White Bear Lake made a big jump this year, finishing in fourth place and making the playoffs. South St. Paul was left just outside the playoff picture, despite having a strong year. The inconsistency of the Saints continued this year as they dropped to sixth place. The Minneapolis Bruins actually looked like a competitive team this year, winning 7 games and finishing in seventh. The Twin Cities Vulcans really looked lost this year, nothing was working, players weren't showing up for games, it was just an all around screw up of a season and it showed in the standings as they finished in last.

Valley Hockey League:

Spoiler

The Robins reclaimed the league title, led by Lucas Stewart. The Mustangs finished in second place, just one win behind the Robins. Albert Lea continued their playoff streak, despite looking average most of the season at best. Austin made the jump back into the playoffs, thanks to a physical style of play that made it very hard to play against them. Red Wing dropped out of the playoffs after a great season a year ago. La Crosse improved, finishing in sixth, but still didn't look very good overall. And the Winona Wildcats fell to the basement of the league, winning 5 games all season.

 

Let me know what you think, comments are appreciated!

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1 minute ago, MBurmy said:

A LOVELY All-Star game all-around...Eveleth knows how to put on a good show.

Got a question though: as the "Red Scare" is going on around this time (in fact, the former Cincinnati Reds changed their name to the "Redlegs" this past year), do you think the Eveleth Reds are gonna change their name soon? (If so, Eveleth Redbirds would be my choice)

 

This season the Reds have had to deal with opposing fans who referred to them as the "Commies". So I wouldn't be surprised if the team changes their name soon.

 

I also think Redbirds would make the most sense, then the team could still be referred to as the Reds in years to come, and they won't really have to change the logo that much.

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It's that time of the year again, playoff season. The first round of the 1955 playoffs has been simmed, here are the results.

 

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Virginia Royals v. Albert Lea Dragoons

Spoiler

Virginia is a team that is familiar with mediocrity, as they have been a bubble playoff team for years now. But the Royals are looking to finally get over the hill and become a contender like they were in the 20s and 30s. The squad that they currently boast looks capable to maybe do just that, this was shown when they completely outplayed the Albert Lea Dragoons, winning 5-1 and looking like a serious threat in the process.

Duluth Hornets v. Cloquet Broncos

Spoiler

In a Lake Superior League rivalry match up, the Hornets did what they have done for years, beat the Broncos. Cloquet gave it everything they had, but just couldn't get anything in the back of the net. Duluth would score four of their own to win the game 4-0.

Little Falls Pilots v. Fergus Falls Cyclones

Spoiler

Little Falls looks much better than they did a year ago, and could possibly pose a threat in the coming rounds if they keep playing the way they are at the moment. The Pilots bullied their Granite League rivals from Fergus Falls, scoring 8 times while only allowing 2 against.

Thunder Bay Giants v. Alexandria Norsemen

Spoiler

Thunder bay came out on top in this very one sided affair, it was never really a game as the Giants just walked all over the Norsemen. The game finished a whopping 11-0 in favor of Thunder Bay.

Bemidji Blue Ox v. Roseau Stars

Spoiler

Bemidji is a team that has been flying under the radar for the last couple years. The Blue Ox have one of the best defenses in the league led by Riley Motzko. Their great core of D-Men was able to shut down the offense of fellow Norhtland League member Roseau. The Blue Ox went on to win and advance by a score of 2-1.

Rochester Mustangs v. White Bear Lake Braves

Spoiler

White Bear Lake makes their first playoff appearance, but the experience is short lived as the Rochester Mustangs were just the better team. Despite coming out to an early lead, the Braves were unable to score any more, and they would end up losing the game 3-1.

Minneapolis Millers v. Eveleth Reds

Spoiler

This was a game of two very different types of teams, the Millers who are known for their very physical brand of hockey against the skill heavy Reds. Physicality came out on top in the end as the Millers wouldn't allow any Eveleth players a good look at net, the game ended 4-1 Millers.

West St. Paul Waves v. Austin Mavericks

Spoiler

In one of the biggest upsets in MAHL playoff history, the 23 seeded Austin Mavericks stunned the West St. Paul Waves on the road. The Waves were considered by many a cup contender this year, so to be out in the first round is more than just disappointing.

 

Let me know what you think, comments are appreciated!

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And Austin with the Stunner! (Had to be done, man)

 

I can also see why the other leagues are unhappy with the Granite League only having four teams and everyone gets in. It does skew the playoff picture and in both years of this format, an extremely bad Alexandria team gets in and proceeds to get clobbered in the opening round (case in point, Thunder Bay dropped double digits on them. That is straight up embarrassing). Thankfully, expansion can easily remedy this issue with at least two new teams to join the Granite League.

 

My idea? A second team in St. Cloud (at this time, the population was close to 30,000. There's enough people to support a second team) and one in either Wadena or Brainerd

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Granite League to Brainerd, please!  It is one of eight Minnesota municipalities with a population of 10,000 or more (as of the 1950 census) but no MAHL team (it's #6 on the list)

 

And just to stabilize it, St. Cloud could support a second team...

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Nice to see Austin buck the odds!

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1955 Kellogg Cup Playoffs; Second Round

 

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St. Cloud Bear Cats v. Virginia Royals

Spoiler

The top seeded Bear Cats showed the Royals why they earned that ranking. St. Cloud came out slow in game on, underestimating a good Royals squad and dropping the game 3-2. But the Cats bounced back in a big way in game 2, lighting up the Royals goalie and winning 7-1. Game three was just more of the same as the Bear Cats shut down a good Virginia squad, beating them 5-2.

Hibbing Greyhounds v. Duluth Hornets

Spoiler

Two teams with histories of success, both with star studded lineups, this was a series to remember. For the first time in playoff history, every game of the series was decided in overtime. Game one went to the Greyhounds 3-2 thanks to a hat trick from Polich, the Hornets bounced back in game two winning 4-3 with Colton Hill burying the game winner in overtime, while notching two assists earlier in the game. And finally in the deciding game three the home Hibbing Greyhounds came out victorious 3-2 again with Polich again burying the game winner sending his Hounds back to the Quarter Finals.

Grand Rapids Moose v. Little Falls Pilots

Spoiler

Little Falls had a good season, doing better than anyone expected them to, but the Grand Rapids Moose were just the superior team. The Moose swept the series winning 5-3 and then shutting out the Pilots 3-0.

Rochester Robins v. Thunder Bay Giants

Spoiler

Although the Robins were ranked higher at number 6 than the Giants at number 9. Most fans around the league had Thunder Bay as the favorites in this series. The Giants proved those people right, sweeping Rochester and looking like the much better team all series. Game one was close fought throughout with the lead going back and forth until the clock ran out with the Giants on top 5-4. Game two was much more more sided with the Giants scoring first and not giving up the lead for the rest of the game, the final score was 4-2 Thunder Bay.

International Falls Ice v. Bemidji Blue Ox

Spoiler

The Blue Ox came out strong in game one, only losing by 1 goal late in the third. Game two was when Bemidji really took the series into their own hands, winning in decisive matter 5-1. Game three was in International Falls where the ruckus crowd was surprised to see bus fulls of Bemidji loyals pull up to the rink to support their Ox. The traveling fans were gifted with a major upset victory in one of the hardest places to play in the league as their Blue Ox shut down the Ice's offense, winning 2-1, sending the defending champions home early.

Fort Frances Trappers v. Rochester Mustangs

Spoiler

Fort Frances and Rochester both are very balanced teams with neither a dominant offense nor defense, so this series was bound to be close from the get go. The Trappers took game one 2-1, both of their goals coming on the powerplay. The Mustangs answered back in game two, winning 4-2. With the series tied, it headed back north of the border, with their home supporters making it very hard for Rochester, the Trappers were able to advance, winning 3-1.

St. Paul Victorias v. Minneapolis Millers

Spoiler

In a Twin Cities League series, the Victorias were victorious over their long time rivals from Minneapolis. St. Paul swept the Millers, winning 4-1 and 3-1, Klaus with 4 goals and 1 assist in the series.

Duluth Voyageurs v. Austin Mavericks

Spoiler

The Voyageurs cut the Mavericks celebrations short, sweeping Austin and only allowing 1 goal against in the series.

 

Let me know what you think, comments are appreciated!

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Darn you, Duluth!!!!!

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Is there a map of all the current teams?

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1 hour ago, neo_prankster said:

Is there a map of all the current teams?

Front page

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Will there ever be a current uniform page? Or with histories too? 

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20 hours ago, neo_prankster said:

Is there a map of all the current teams?

 

As @BellaSpurs said, I actually have maps of every league and a complete state map with every team all on the front page.

 

51 minutes ago, chcarlson23 said:

Will there ever be a current uniform page? Or with histories too? 

 

It's something I've thought of, but I'm not sure exactly how I would do that. If anyone has any suggestions feel free to let me know!

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1955 Kellogg Cup Playoffs; Quarter Finals

 

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St. Cloud Bear Cats v. Hibbing Greyhounds

Spoiler

The top seeded Bear Cats took on the Hibbing Greyhounds in a highly anticipated series. Games one and two went to St. Cloud, winning in convincing fashion, 3-0 and 5-2. The Hounds managed to come back in game three, thanks to a hat trick from Polich, but the Bear Cats finished things in game four thanks to 5 combined points from the dynamic duo of Sauer and Schmidt.

Grand Rapids Moose v. Thunder Bay Giants

Spoiler

The Moose ended the Giants season in a former lake Superior League match up. Thunder Bay stole game one on the road, but then dropped the next three to a really strong Grand Rapids squad. Sam Baker looks as dominant in net as he had 2 years ago when he won the Tschida Trophy.

Fort Frances Trappers v. Bemidji Blue Ox

Spoiler

Two Northland League foes faced off in this series, the impressive offense of the Trappers versus the top class defense of the Blue Ox. In the end Fort Frances's offense was able to pick apart the Bemidji defense, winning games one and two 4-2 and 5-1. The Ox bounced back at home in game three, but the Trappers ended the series in game four, winning 3-2.

St. Paul Victorias v. Duluth Voyageurs

Spoiler

The Victorias and Voyageurs met up after both coming off of sweeps. St. Paul was ranked higher so they got home ice first and they took advantage of it, the Victorias won games one and two. Only one game away from elimination, Duluth stepped it up in games three and four, winning 3-1 in game three and winning 3-2 in overtime in game four. The series headed back to St. Paul for the deciding game five, the game was scoreless after 2. The Victorias finally got on the board 12 minutes into the third when Cody Klaus was sent on a breakaway and capitalized. Niskanen shut down the Voyageurs for the remainder of the game, giving the Victorias a 1-0 victory.

 

Let me know what you think, comments are appreciated!

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Great job as always.

 

Maybe if I could provide a feedback, if you don't mind? I love using the spoilers tag for when the posts would be too long, such as the season recaps and the early rounds of the playoffs. But when it becomes smaller, I don't think it's necessary to hide them. That's just extra clicks to see everything. 

 

Maybe I'm just being a lazy jerk, I don't know. If I am, then forgive me. Either way, you're still doing a fantastic job so keep it up!  Let's go Moose!! 

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12 hours ago, RoughRiders99 said:

Great job as always.

 

Maybe if I could provide a feedback, if you don't mind? I love using the spoilers tag for when the posts would be too long, such as the season recaps and the early rounds of the playoffs. But when it becomes smaller, I don't think it's necessary to hide them. That's just extra clicks to see everything. 

 

Maybe I'm just being a lazy jerk, I don't know. If I am, then forgive me. Either way, you're still doing a fantastic job so keep it up!  Let's go Moose!! 

I say keep the tags. Also, how old is Sam Baker? I'm surprised he's not in the nhl with how good he is.

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