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  1. 1969 NAML Offseason Quails arrive in San Francisco The NAML's official 13th Franchise, the California Quails, unveiled their identity just one month into the offseason, at the NAML headquarters in Washington. Team Owner John Khier first unveiled a board featuring the team's primary and secondary logos. The primary features the head of a California Quail looking east, "at the rest of the NAML teams". The secondary is an interlocking C and Q, inspired by the San Francisco Giants, as Khier is a huge baseball fan as well. Next up, the unveiled the team flag, inspired by the Bear Flag of California. The flag has a brown base, with white and black stripes at the bottom, and the team logo in the centre. "We love our state, so we decided to honour it with our flag" Khier said. Finally, the uniforms were unveiled. The Home jersey takes cues from the flag, with a mostly brown base, and a white and black bottom, that continues onto the shorts, and ends at the socks. The away is mostly black, with a brown yoke outlined in white. The reception for the full set was positive, but some traditionalists, including NY Times reporter Irwin Parsons, weren't too happy with it. "This new look was supposed to appeal to all groups, but it fails spectacularly. Never has a markball team looked worse." Parsons wrote. Houston Welcomes the Comet On Boxing Day in 1970, the Houston Comet, the league's 14th Franchise, also unveiled their inaugural look, at their team headquarters in Lellan Otis Stadium. Team owner Allen Acourt did the honours of unveiling the look. Instead of unveiling the logos, flag and jerseys separately, he had the designs for all of them on one big canvas that he took a cover off of. The Comet's main logo is a silhouette of a comet in grey with the team's name inside of it. The secondary consists of the main logo's real silhouette making an futuristic-looking H. The team's flag is a triband of Grey-Orange-Grey with blue outlines between the two colours. Finally, the jerseys use the flag's striping pattern on the sleeves, with the grey and orange switching for the away jersey. The set was heavily praised, with Irwin Parsons, who had criticised the Quails' look saying that "This is how you make a branding from scratch; California should have taken their notes." NAML Holds Expansion Draft for California, Houston Shortly after the Comet unveiled their branding, the NAML held the expansion draft, allowing the two teams to select 13 players to play for them during the season. Because both cities already had WMA and CML teams, the NAML allowed both to keep 7 players from those teams. The only other rule for the draft was that each of the current 12 teams had to lose at least 2 players. The top 4 selections of the Expansion draft were: 1. Houston: Chris McGillicuddy, F, STL 2. California: Kevin Rayburn, GK, BOS 3. Houston: Don Iman, R, TOR 4. California: Mike Popovich, WF, TOR Houston picked two veteran players, hoping that they can help the young players adjust to the NAML. McGillicuddy was named team captain. After having a disappointing 1969 season, he is hoping a change of scenery can get him back on track. Iman meanwhile is a big body that has shown flashes of potential, but had never lived up to expectations. California went more for impact players than veteran prescence, as both Rayburn and Popovich have the skills, but not necessarily the brains to be stars. Coach Keith Minton isn't worried though, saying "They know they need to learn a bit and we will make them stars". The team's 3rd selection, Philip Block, was named the inaugural captain. NAML teams select young talent in 1970 Draft The 14 NAML teams all came to New York for the third annual amateur draft, where the crop of young players was looking great. Scouting measures had improved since the inaugural draft, allowing scouts to get better analysis on players, and the class was virtually agreed to be above average, especially defenders, who were picked with 6 of the 14 picks. The first round selections of the draft were: 1. California: Gary Ayers, WF (Kansas City - CML) 2. Houston: Ty Marcoux, R (Quebec City - EML) 3. Toronto: Steve Wakeham, CB (Cincinnati - CML) 4. St. Louis: Max Goodrich-Verney, F (Thunder Bay - CML) 5. Boston: Carter Brown, C (Cincinnati - CML) 6. Milwaukee: Gregory Macrel, F (Brooklyn - EML) 7. New York: Melvin Stout, CB (Ottawa - EML) 8. Minnesota: Lowell Konneseyev, FF (Amateur - Minneapolis) 9. Los Angeles: Darrell Davila, FB (Amateur - Anaheim) 10. Michigan: Theodore Hamp, WB (Windsor - CML) 11. Montreal: Trenton Witherspoon, WB (Amateur - Chicago) 12. Philadelphia: Leron McCleary, CB (Kansas City - CML) 13. Chicago: Bryan DeSalon (Dallas - CML) 14. Washington: Clayton Baine (Phoenix - WMA) The first selection belonged to California, who picked Gary Ayers, a 6'5" Wing Forward with amazing intelligence and speed, and projected to be a superstar. Meanwhile Houston selected Ty Marcoux, the EML's rookie of the year, who had an amazing year for Quebec City in 1969, scoring 23 goals, a record for rovers. Marcoux also is known for having crazy endurance, and can run almost anyone down. With the third selection Toronto picked Steve Wakeham, a Centre Back who is creative with the ball and has great vision. Two Teams make jersey tweaks During the course of the offseason, the Chicago Crusaders and Boston Wolfhounds made tweaks to their jersey sets. First, the Chicago Crusaders removed the pinstripe on their away jersey's yoke, returning it back to what they wore from 1963-64. Second, the Boston Wolfhounds became the first team in league history to use a different collar, choosing to go button-up on both the home and away jerseys. ************************************************************************************************************************************************************************ There's the offseason post, any C&C on the expansion teams, the format, and the overall thread are appreciated!
  2. Before I start, I just realized I forgot to do the Urquhart Cup preview in the last post. Oh well. This year's game will be held in Toronto, and next year's will take place in California's Bay Area Stadium, while 1971's will be held in Houston's Lellan Otis Stadium. **************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** 1969 Urquhart Cup Date: September 27, 1969 Location: Canada's Field, Toronto, ON Weather: 64°F (18°C) Attendance: 55,642 Canada's Field was ready for the NAML's 23rd Championship game, between the Chicago Crusaders and Montreal Eveques. This was Chicago's 8th appearance in the Urquhart Cup, and 2nd in 3 years. Meanwhile Montreal was in the game for only the 3rd time in their history, having lose the previous two. The two teams had previously met in the final in 1956, where the Crusaders demolished Montreal 54-22. The game started quickly, with both teams getting decent chances within the first two minutes. It would be Montreal who opened the scoring, getting a point off a shot missed wide by Nicolas Bartosh. On the very next rush, Chicaog came right back and took the lead off a goal by Sid Balloades. Montreal would get several chances over the next 6 minutes, including a penalty shot but Chicago's Tom Clark stopped them all. at the 9-minute mark, Bud Mahoney increased the Crusader lead to 7 off a shot Montreal keeper Marcel Marille should have stopped. However, the Paulies would respond right away, getting a shot that appeared to be saved by defender Larry Cole, but the goal referee signalled it was a goal. After appeals from the Crusaders, the call stood, making it 8-5 Chicago. There would be a period of no scoring but no shortage of chances, until Doug Cregan converted a penalty shot past Marille to make it a two-goal game once again. In the final minute, Mahoney had a great chance, but the shot was saved. After 1, the play was fairly even, but Montreal's failure to convert their chances made it an uphill battle for them. After 1: Chicago 13, Montreal 5 In the second, Montreal had a great start as young Jeremiah Weinreich made a spectacular run past several defenders and cleaned up his own rebound to cut the deficit to a goal, just 31 seconds in. Montreal continued getting chances, but Tom Clark was having a great game, denying virtually everything. Things started opening up at the 8-minute mark, as Cregan kicked a point, and substitute Phil Goldvaser scored off a penalty soon after. Chicago started to dominate, getting two more points on the next two rushes. After a couple of good chances gone Montreal's way, Chicago got back to their domination, getting two straight goals from Balloades and Mahoney, making it 28-9. After the second goal, the game saw its first period of slow play, with the only scoring being an exchange of points by the two teams. with under 4 minutes to go, Montreal finally got another major as Brice Poulin kicked a quick roller through traffic, and almost scored on the next play, but the shot was deflected out for a point by Clark. At halftime Chicago was starting to pull away, but Montreal wasn't down yet. At the half: Chicago 29, Montreal 15 The second half started with a bang, as Mahoney almost fooled Marille with a long shot, but it hit the post and stayed out. 3 minutes in however, he would score off a penalty. Montreal would have a period of ball control, and managed to get a point and goal by former #1 selection Todd Pearson, who deflected a corner past Clark. Montreal got several more chances again, but still couldn't consistently beat Clark, only getting one more point. With 4 minutes to go in the quarter, Alexander Sison capitalized off a miscue by Montreal's Paul Gary and Marille, potting one in the wide open net. Montreal would score on the next rush, getting one from Nicolas Bartosh, who punched one in off a rebound, finally beating Clark after over 10 missed chances. However, that goal was practically negated as Sison scored in the final minute, giving Chicago a 4 goal lead back, an almost impossible hill for Montreal to climb in just one quarter. After 3: Chicago 41, Montreal 25 In the final quarter, Montreal got the start they wanted as Brice Poulin potted one past Clark just 94 seconds in. Poulin was injured on the play, but was able to stay in the game. Despite the quick start, Clark became a brick wall from that point on, stopping shot after shot after shot to preserve the lead. As well, the Chicago defense were getting key interceptions and blocks, and got a stroke of luck as well, as Montreal hit three posts straight on. with 7 minutes to go, Chicago got a point, their final score of the game. In the final part of the quarter, Montreal tried furiously to get anything, but all they managed were two points. As the final whistle sounded, Chicago erupted in celebration, as they won their 5th Urquhart Cup, putting them in second outright for most in NAML history. Final Score: Chicago 43, Montreal 30 For the first time in NAML history, the Urquhart Cup MVP award was given to a goalie, Chicago's Tom Clark, who had himself a night. Clark stopped an Urquhart Cup record 37 shots, and was the key reason Chicago had won. "I'm surprised that I don't have more bruises" he told NBC reporter Bill Hester following the game. In the annual commissioner's post-game conference, Peter Merle said that both California and Houston were on track to play in 1970. "We look forward to seeing what the two clubs unveil this offseason." He said to the dozens of reporters surrounding his podium. ********************************************************************************************************************************************************************** Here's a teaser to what I have so far, hopefully you guys will like the two identities. (California on left, Houston on right) Any C&C is welcome.
  3. 1969 NAML Playoffs Round 1 (W2) Michigan Bandits vs (W3) Los Angeles Guardians Coming into their first NAML playoff game, the Guardians needed a huge performance if they wanted to move on, as Windy Park was one of the hardest places for opposing teams to play in. Just 51 seconds in, Hugh Westbrook broke the ice for the Bandits, deflecting in a free kick, and getting the crowd into the game, which was not what the Guardians needed. Daniel Thorn scored to make it 8-0, but soon after, LA captain Harry Marback kicked a weak shot at goalie Marc Andersson, but the ball bounced on him and went through for a goal, getting the Guardians into the game. The two teams traded goals to make it 12-8, then the Bandits took over offensively. They managed several shots at Georg Wahlsten, but he stood tall until Bruce Roader scored a goal and point to make it 17-8. In the final minute, Westbrook scored again to give Michigan a 21-8 lead after 1, a virtually impossible task for LA to come back from. In the second, Michigan scored another quick goal, but LA responded with a goal and point, making it 25-13. Despite this, Michigan continued dominating offensively, and now seemed to be beating the defense every rush. Eventually, the score would become 31-13, and LA forward Vern Carson, who was having a very quiet game, beat Andersson to cut the deficit to 14. Unfortunately for them, Daniel Thorn replied right away with a goal. The Guardians gained a bit of hope in the final minute, as Carson scored again to make it 35-21 at the half. The Bandits once again came out roaring in the third, making their lead 20 before LA got a shot. Eventually, Carson kicked a point, but that would be all they could muster in the quarter, as the Bandits just plain dominated the rest of the third frame, getting two more goals and points to make it 51-22 after 3, a basically guaranteed victory. people were expecting the fourth to be a quiet quarter, but as a matter of fact, it was the busiest in terms of scoring. Michigan had no mercy for the Guardians offensively, getting 4 more goals, including 3 from Westbrook, and two points to make it 69-22 with 6 minutes to play. Even though the game was won by Michigan, LA tried their best to make it more respectable, and they managed to get two goals and points before Thorn scored the game's final goal, giving Michigan a 42 point victory. In total, this was the highest-scoring game in NAML playoff history, with a combined 105 points between the two teams, beating the previous record by 1. Final Score: Michigan 73, Los Angeles 32 (E2) Philadelphia Falcons vs (E3) Évêques de Montréal Philadelphia Markball Park was buzzing as the Falcons welcomed the Paulies into their building in what was going to be a great game. Montreal started off strong, and just 1:55 into the contest, Nicolas Bartosh broke the ice for Montreal, scoring off a penalty. Philadelphia would be the stronger team from that point, getting a goal and two points while holding the Montreal offense to almost nothing for most of the 21 minutes, until captain Laurence Martel scored from in close to retake the lead for the Paulies. Just two minutes later, Bartosh scored a spectacular goal off a corner kick, volleying the ball home to make it 12-6 Montreal. Chris Olsen scored a late point for Philly, making it a 5-point game after 1. The second quarter was tight, with neither team taking control. 3 minutes in, Bartosh kicked a point, but 3 minutes later, Olsen scored off a great cross from Robert Stephens, getting Philly within a goal. There would be a long period of slow play and no shots, then Stephens kicked a point to get the Falcons within 1, but soon after, Bartosh kicked another point, and the score was 14-12 for the Paulies. Play started to pick up, but no more scoring would happen in the quarter, and Montreal took the lead to the locker rooms. In the second half, the play that had been picking up finally resulted in scores as in the first minute, Philadelphia kicked a point and then got a goal from Olsen, off another great cross from Stephens. However, Montreal replied with a goal and point of their own to retake the lead, then got one more of each to make it 24-17 6 minutes in. Philadelphia, knowing they had to step up, did so, getting a goal from Stephens, then a quick point after by Kay Autrey. With 6 minutes to play, Autrey kicked a great rolling shot into the bottom left corner, giving Philly a 26-24 lead, which they held after 3. The fourth had a slow start, but then everything opened after Bartosh scored a great goal in close, marking the 6th lead change of the game. Soon after, the Paulies got a point and scored off a scramble in front, as Brice Poulin punched the ball home, making it 33-26 Montreal. The game was far from over though, and Philly came back quickly, scoring off a rebound by Marcel Marille. 3 minutes later, Stephens would score, giving the lead back to Philly. Off the very next rush however, Martel had a great shot on the rush, but a fantastic save by Adam Kurth only gave him a point to tie the game. with 8 minutes to go, it looked like the team that scored next would win. That team would be the Paulies, as young Poulin took a shot that Kurth couldn't get enough of, giving Montreal a 38-34 lead. Bartosh would score on the next rush, which appeared to seal the deal, but right after that goal, Autrey tucked one past Marille, making it 42-38 for the Paulies. Unfortunately, that would be all the P's could muster, as Montreal pulled off the tight upset, and moved on to Washington. Final Score: Philadelphia 38, Montreal 42 Semifinals (W1) Chicago Crusaders vs (W2) Michigan Bandits Columbus Stadium was rocking as the Crusaders took the field against the Michigan Bandits, who had won their last 13 playoff games. Despite all the press saying that Michigan's streak would continue, Chicago started well, as Bud Mahoney scored 1 minute in, much to the delight of the home crowd. Michigan would come back down the field, and right away, tied the game off a goal by Westbrook. After Michigan's goal, Chicago went on a tear, dominating in every stat, as well as scoring the next 2 goals and points of the game, all in a span of 2:20. The Bandits would catch Chicago sleeping for a while, and managed to cut the deficit to three with a goal and point from Thorn and Westbrook. After that, Chicago continued their domination, getting two goals from wing forward Sid Balloades, and three points to make the score 25-9 for the Crusaders after 1, worthy of a standing ovation by the Chicago faithful as time expired. The second quarter was the complete opposite of the first; slow, and with little scoring. 90 seconds in, Mahoney caught the Bandits sleeping as no defender went to a ball kicked into the penalty arc, and passed to a wide open Balloades, who slotted the ball into a wide open net and giving the Crusaders a 29-9 lead. 5 minutes later, after several failed attempts, the Bandits would barge into Chicago territory, and Thorn would kick a curling shot past Tom Clark, getting the Bandits to double digits. Chicago would get a point, then a long period of failed rushes followed. Finally, with 4 minutes to play, The Bandits got a successful rush past the Crusader defense, and Westbrook beat Clark to get within 13 at the half. The third quarter was another slow one, but the Bandits continued to improve throughout, getting more and more rushes past the Chicago midfield without allowing Mahoney and his group to do anything. However, just 42 seconds in, Mahoney came in on a breakaway, and beat Marc Andersson, but the shot went high for a point, To make matters worse, 8 minutes later Westbrook got sent on a breakaway and beat Clark, making it a 10-point game. 2 minutes later, Thorn intercepted a Chicago kick-in and fed it right to Westbrook who converted once more, making it 31-25. and getting Michigan closer to a tie game. In the final minute, the Bandits had a great chance to get another goal, but Dominic Abrams kicked a rebound wide for a point. After 3, Chicago still had a lead, but it was now only 6 points compared to a 20-point lead they had earlier. In the fourth, Michigan continued pressing, but a previously shaky Clark stood tall and deflected it for a point. On the ensuing rush, Chicago finally woke up at the front again as Doug Cregan beat Andersson to make it a two-goal game once again. 1 minute later though, Michigan captain Henry Romilly would capitalize and make it a one-goal game. After that, Chicago played like they did in the first, extremely quick and tight, not letting the Bandits get anything else. They managed to get a point and then got a huge goal from Mahoney, making it 40-31. 2 minutes later, Chicago sealed the deal as Balloades scored his fourth. Westbrook had a chance at a late consolation goal, but his shot missed wide. In the end, Chicago was headed to the Urquhart Cup, looking to win their third championship of the 60s. Final Score: Chicago 44, Michigan 32 (E1) Washington Warriors vs (E3) Évêques de Montréal Of all the Stadiums that hosted playoff games, President's Park was by far the loudest as the Warriors, who were unbeaten there all year, got ready to host the Paulies, coming off an upset of the Falcons. Even though the Warriors faithful were buzzing, the Paulies seemed unfazed, as they controlled the ball early, getting a point and goal from Nicolas Bartosh within the first 3 minutes. at the 5-minute mark, Brice Poulin kicked another point, making it 6-0 Montreal, and silencing President's Park. However, Washington would find a breakthrough, as JIm Gardenar kicked one off the post and in, getting the crowd back into it. The next part of the quarter was slow, with no goals. However, the Paulies managed to get three points past Evan Azarian to make it a 5-point game. Washington got two great chances, but both were deflected for points. with 4 minutes to play, Poulin kicked a bullet past Azarian to make it 13-6. Washington had a chance on one final rush, and a loose ball came to Gardenar, who chipped it over Marcel Marille for a goal with three second left, putting them within 3. The second quarter saw no scoring for the first 5 minutes, until Owen Calan kicked a point and Gardenar kicked his third of the game to give the Warriors their first lead. Soon after, Mack Whyte would retake the lead for Montreal. The two teams exchanged points, and it looked like it would be tight heading into the half. Then, with 44 seconds to go, Bartosh sneaked a shot through a maze of bodies into the bottom left corner, making it 22-16 for the Paulies at the half, shocking the Warriors, who had been expected to easily win this one. In the third, the Warriors still appeared to be in shock, as Montreal kept on catching then sleeping, getting 3 goals and a point to increase their lead to 19 in the first half of the frame. Blair Lucas would get a quick one back, and Washington continued pressing, but Marille remained strong. with 4 minutes to go, Gardenar would get Washington within three goals. Montreal got a point, then Lucas punched in his second to make it 36-28. The Washington crowd was starting to get loud again, as the Warriors kept gaining momentum. Like in the second quarter, appeared to have a goal late, but a deflection by Bartosh went off the post and deflected out for a point. After 3, Montreal led 37-28. In the fourth, Montreal was expecting a huge push from the Warriors, but it was surprisingly the opposite, as within the first 5 minutes, the Paulies got goals from Bartosh, Poulin and Whyte to essentially seal the deal. Lucas scored at the 9-minute mark, but Washington needed a lot more if they wanted to win. Unfortunately for them, despite pressing hard, they only managed one more point. As the final whistle blew, the Paulies ran onto the field in celebration, as they had pulled off a statement upset, beating the league's best team at home, where they were undefeated during the regular season, by 4 goals, as well as returning to the Urquhart Cup for the first time since 1958. Final Score: Washington 33, Montreal 49 Bracket: *********************************************************************************************************************************************************************** Any C&C is appreciated!
  4. In Paint.net, is there a way to get a pattern to curve without having to manually retrace it?
  5. This is an idea I've had for a while, Basically I make an alternate for every NHL team, inspired by a uniform that a defunct franchise in the same city wore. I've got a list of defunct teams that each NHL team will have an alt for, but if you have any suggestions, feel free to say them, and I'll use that team instead. First up is the Anaheim Ducks, inspired by the RHI's Anaheim Bullfrogs. The Bullfrogs' jerseys weren't too crazy for the 90s, featuring a diamond yoke and diagonal side panels. For this concept, I changed the diamond to a triangle to fit with the template, and added a similar pattern to the Ducks' orange alt to the yoke ad side panels. I added the cuffs to make the arms less bare. Lastly, I changed the Ducks' gold to the yellow that the Bullfrogs used. Thoughts? C&C is appreciated!
  6. Hey Silent, could I get one with: Original Sens Stanley Cups Sens Eastern Conference Champs 2007 and President's Trophy 2003 Redblacks Grey Cup Bears Super Bowl Blue Jays World Series Man United Premier League Titles Atletico Madrid La Liga Titles West Coast Eagles AFL Premierships Slovenia Eurobasket Title
  7. If you're still doing suggestions for teams, one for PEI or the territories would be cool.
  8. 1969 NAML Season Week 1 Scores: Philadelphia 42-33 Montreal Michigan 34-35 Chicago Minnesota 37-26 Boston St. Louis 48-27 New York Washington 45-26 Los Angeles Toronto 56-61 Milwaukee Western Division: For the second time in three years, the Crusaders were at the top of the west, finishing with a 15-9-0 record. Many people thought the loss of Andy Bonsaigh up front would lead to less offense by Chicago, but it was actually the opposite. Bud Mahoney tied the single-season goal scoring record with 75 goals, showing how he can do the work himself if he has to. He also had two 7-goal games during the year, an NAML first. In second were the always-contending Michigan Bandits. New goalie Marc Andersson, who many thought would have troubles in his first season in net, was great for Michigan, helping them win games they shouldn't have. Hugh Westbrook was also amazing up front once again, terrorizing goalies with his booming shot. Michigan finished at 13-10-1, two points up on third place. In third were the Los Angeles Guardians, who clinched their first playoff appearance in franchise history. It wasn't easy for the Guardians, who only clinched after a victory over Chicago in the last week of the year. Team captain Harry Marback was LA's best player, patrolling the midfield masterfully, as well as being the team's playmaker. Forward Vern Carson had a career year up front, scoring 68 goals for LA, who finished at 13-11. Coming in fourth for the second consecutive year were the Walleye, who lost a heartbreaker to New York in the final week of the season. No player had a career year for the Walleye, but they did well to continue being a playoff contender after starting 4-8. Minnesota finished at 12-12. Milwaukee finished fifth, an unfamiliar sight for them after several playoff years. The Dragons had an overall unlucky year, with superstar Hugh Pettas breaking his nose in week 1 then breaking his ankle 7 weeks later. As well, the Dragons got bad bounces at bad times, and bad calls against them. Despite this, they still managed to finish with a record of 10-14. It was another year of disappointment in St. Louis, which was becoming the normal for them. Despite actually playing decent as a team, they just couldn't match the skill level of the other teams, especially in the west. However, for the first time in a while, things are looking up, as they have a young group of players that could become something special. St. Louis finished at 6-18, 1 point above dead last in the league. Eastern Division: Coming in first across the NAML were the Warriors, who had a dominant year, going unbeaten at home and not losing by more than a goal all year. Jim Gardenar had his best season of his career so far, kicking 70 goals and assisting on many more. His briliant play earned him the Chester Harland Award for league MVP, for the third time in his young career. Washington finished at 19-4-1. Coming in second was a small surprise in the Philadelphia Falcons. The departure of star forward Jeremy Markson made critics question their status as a playoff contender, but they were hushed as it appeared that Markson had an heir apparent, 21-year old Chris Olsen. Olsen scored 50 goals in his first year in the league, earning high praise from fellow players. Charles Jamison also played magically in net, helping Philly finished at 16-8, clinching home-field advantage for round 1. In third was another surprise, the Montreal Évêques, who made the playoffs for the first time in 5 years. Nicolas Bartosh continued his great play up front despite his age, and the welcome surprise of several breakout years helped Montreal finish at 13-9-2, 11 points clear of fourth place. In fourth were the New York Knights. Even though they didn't make the playoffs, they had a small victory in the fact that they finished 4th in their division or higher for two consecutive years for the first time in their history. Philip Cook had another great year in the midfield, showing that 1968 wasn't a fluke and that he was a genuine talent in the league. New York finished at 10-13-1. Coming in fifth were the Boston Wolfhounds. Despite the addition of Andy Bonsaigh which boosted their offense, the defense took a big step back, allowing an average of 38.2 points per game, the most in the league. Boston finished at 9-15-0. Coming in last overall were the Toronto Nationals. Like Milwaukee, everything went wrong for the Stallions, as they lost their big three to season-ending injuries within the first 7 weeks. Already-average play became incredibly sloppy, leading to several blowouts against them.The only good thing about Toronto's season was that it ended, with their final record being 5-18-1. The 1969 NAML Awards were given to: Chester Harland Award (League MVP): Jim Gardenar, F, WAS Len Garey Memorial Trophy (Top Goalkicker): Bud Mahoney, CHI (75 goals) Benjamin Legrand Award (Best Goalkeeper): George Sovine, PHI Rivalry Cup Winners: Colonial Trophy: Washington (Beat Philadelphia 2-1 in season series) St. Laurent Cup: Montreal(Beat Toronto 2-1 in season series) I-94 Series: Milwaukee (Beat Chicago 2-1 in season series) Notable Events: The NAML announced the introduction of kick-ins along the sideline, where a player opposite of the team that hit it out is awarded a chance to punt the ball to a teammate. This rule change was attributed to an increase in scoring over the course of the season. Prior to kick-ins, Umpires did jump-balls whenever the ball went out on the sideline. Washington set a record for highest score in a game, winning in a 92-33 thrashing of Minnesota. Philadelphia and Washington's first meeting of the year was a bloodbath. First up, defender Peter Walters of Washington was ejected for punching both Terry Jenkins and Chris Olsen of Philly, then Jenkins was ejected for attempting to sucker-punch Jim Gardenar. There were also Two line brawls during the game. After the game was over, Warriors president Percy Thomas furiously shoved umpire William Johnson, earning him a hefty fine. Boston veteran Eddy Sullivan turned 40, becoming the first NAML player to reach the milestone. Half of the Boston team hadn't even been born when he started playing in 1951. Minnesota's Ian Deger became the first NAML player to wear a jersey number greater than 50, as he wore the number 70 during the season. ************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************* There's the season post, any C&C is appreciated! I'm still working on logos and jerseys for Houston and California, but I'm happy with what I have so far.
  9. I'm not getting notifications of posts, but it's still saying that I follow every topic I post in. Such a small inconvenience I can live with.
  10. In the notification settings, where it says "Automatically follow content I reply to".
  11. I've brought this up before, but even after unchecking the box, I still automatically follow every thread I post in. Is there any other way to get rid of it or am I stuck like this?
  12. Hopefully if Ottawa gets a team, they can bring back the Beavers.
  13. Ottawa looks great, but some river imagery would be a cherry on top, since we've got the Ottawa River as well as the Rideau Canal, which is one of the reasons Ottawa used to be known as Bytown.
  14. I'm really surprised that 15000+ people are still going to Sens games. That number should be under 10K if we want to thrust Melnyk into the Sun.
  15. NoE38

    NHL 2018-19

    I noticed during the tribute video that almost all of the moments shown were in the red throwback, so that's another thing that could be hinting at a promotion for the alts.