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Professional Hockey League; A Fictional History: 2007 Off-Season

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It's nice to have you back, Hawkfan! I'll be looking forward to seeing how the 2006-07 season goes (Hopefully the Civics or Cosmos can represent the Eastern Conference in the Lewis Cup Finals), and congratulations on the newest addition to your family!

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Thanks everybody for the kind words! I just realized I forgot to show the new all-star uniforms and the Holiday Classic uniforms.

 

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I love creating all-star uniforms because you can make them as ugly as you want.

 

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For the Holiday classic, it's the battle of New York on Long Island. Both teams go back to their best years for the uniforms, with the Concordes wearing their 1980s unis that they wore when they won the Lewis Cup in 1990, the Civics wear the 1950s-'60s "Skippy Era" uniforms.

 

Season should be up by tomorrow.

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2006-07 Regular Season

 

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3XR9ci3.pngThe PHL entered a new era as the 2006-07 season began. For the first time since the 1989-90 season the league had a new commissioner, Greg Nolan. The Nolan era began with a special tour in which the commissioner attended a home game in all thirty PHL cities over the first half of the season, addressing each fanbase and dropping a ceremonial puck. “We have a lot of work to do as a league” said Nolan in his first address in Toronto. “But I assure you the future of the PHL is bright.” Part of that bright future made his debut in Detroit. Rookie Nathan Sibley led the Mustangs in scoring with 91 points, claiming rookie-of-the year honours. The son of former LA Wizard Jason Sibley, Nathan proved to be more of a skilled player than his gritty father. He was placed on a line with veteran Dominik Musil and together they finally gave Detroit fans a reason to get excited for the first time in years despite a last-place finish in the east.

 

The Eastern Conference was dominated by Atlantic Division teams, as Boston took the top spot thanks in part to the solid play of 39-year-old Jason Crowley. Crowley, who had all but confirmed he was playing in his final PHL season, had 22 goals and another 27 assists for 49 points, playing mostly in a second-line role alongside rookie Jordan Mclean, who was born during Crowley’s second season in Minnesota. On January 8, Boston visited Minnesota on what Crowley knew would be an emotional night. The longtime Lumberjacks captain skated out to a standing ovation at the Oval Center that lasted 12 minutes. Not surprisingly, the tears flowed from number 90. “I didn’t plan on having that reaction but I was okay with it” said Crowley. “This whole state means so much to me. Not every player gets to win championships in the same place they learned to skate. I’ll always be grateful to the Lumberjacks organization.” Crowley would establish himself as the almost undisputed greatest American player in league history, passing Vincent Ducharme and George Allen to reach fifth on the all-time scoring list with 1756 points. The Bulldogs also solidified their goaltending after a rocky start for Chad Cohen, sending defenseman Travis Tearney to Toronto in a big trade for former college star Mark Davis.

 

2006-07 was an important year for the Houston Roughnecks. In their second season in Texas, the franchise finally began to make some strides. Petr Kaleek finally enjoyed a career season, leading the league in shutouts and claiming the Whyte Trophy as the league’s top goalie as well as the Ridley Trophy for League MVP. Second-year forward Derek Ewin led the Roughnecks in scoring, but the team was mostly noted for a hard-working, tight defensive style introduced by second-year head coach Joe Fletcher. The team would go up by a goal or two, then clog up the middle of the ice, forcing teams to the boards. If other teams did manage to get into the Houston end, they were forced to shoot from the perimeter, as the slot would be inaccessible. Fans around the league complained that Houston games were incredibly boring to watch but Roughneck fans certainly weren’t complaining as their team clinched a playoff spot for the first time since the move.

A string of wins at the end of the season helped the Roughnecks avoid a four-team scramble for the last playoff spot in the east. Quebec, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Miami all found themselves vying for the final spot with a couple of games remaining on the schedule. Miami was eliminated quickly after a loss to Carolina, while Cleveland defeated arch-rival Pittsburgh to claim the 8th spot. All the Cosmos needed was a Montreal win over Quebec to clinch. The Royale led near the end of the game but with only 12 seconds left Jake Wilson scored his second of the night to tie the game and send it to overtime. It would be a big night for the former Minnesota State Screaming Eagle, as he would score just 29 seconds into OT to complete the hat-trick and send Quebec to the playoffs.

 

If fans thought the Eastern Conference playoff race was exciting, it had nothing on the battle out west. On the final night of the season, Portland faced Seattle, while Denver faced St. Louis. Of the four teams, only Seattle had been eliminated, after losing to LA two nights earlier. The winner of Denver/St. Louis would claim the final spot if Seattle could beat Portland. The Bulls and Spirits would trade leads all game long. Denver led entering the third period, just as the Grey Wolves and Cascades were entering the second tied in Portland. A goal early in the third period gave Denver a 5-4 lead as both teams tried hard not to think about the game on the West coast. Martin Barker had to make some big saves in the dying seconds but the Bulls held on for a 6-4 win. After saluting their fans, the Bulls retreated to the dressing room where they nervously watched the third period of the Cascades/Wolves game, now tied 2-2. The 2006-07 season was a coming-of-age season for the Cascades, who had finally found a way to overcome injuries and off-ice drama to find themselves one goal away from their first-ever playoff berth. Seattle would jump to a 4-2 lead early in the third, but Portland didn’t panic. A goal from veteran Chris Cassidy brought the game within reach again for the Cascades. With three minutes left and nothing to lose, Portland pulled Daniel Boivre for the extra attacker. The move backfired, as Matt Pope scored with 43 seconds left to seal the win for the Grey Wolves. But the referee waved off the goal. The Wolves had six skaters on the ice. Seattle was penalized and the Cascades now had 6-on-4 powerplay with Boivre pulled. The Cascades peppered Dan Pilford with shots, and finally Kris Lukowich found the back of the net to tie the game with 8 seconds left. The Cascades were still alive. It looked like the game would go to overtime, but when Portland won the faceoff, Patrick Diaz took the puck down the wing and with less than four seconds on the clock, flipped it toward the Seattle goal. Pilford thought he had it between his pads, but it fell out behind him and rolled into the net as the buzzer went off. The play had to be reviewed to determine if time had run out. The referee discussed the play on the phone for what seemed like an eternity. Finally, he hung up the phone, turned and pointed to center ice. Indicating a goal. The Cascades poured off the bench like they had won the Lewis Cup. Portland would finally make its post-season debut. “It doesn’t get more dramatic than that” said head coach Rick Camford.

 

Two players in the Western Conference reached important milestones in 2006-07. In November, 22-year-veteran Randy Fernandez became only the second defenseman in PHL history to reach 1000 points. Fernandez, playing in his second season with the Dallas Desperados was frequently asked about retirement throughout the year as he was set to become a UFA again in the summer. But the 40-year-old insisted that as long as someone was willing to sign him he had no intention of retiring. Meanwhile, in Edmonton, Kris Nazarenko got halfway to Fernandez in only less than a quarter of the time. Nazarenko scored his 500th career point on a goal in a 3-0 win over Oakland in late march.

 

The Milwaukee Choppers once again led the charge out west with a 109-point season. Brad McNair won the Cleveland Cup with 106 points while his linemate, Adam Wyrzykowski, also finished in the top ten with 92. It looked like the Chops would have no issue coming out of the West for the third straight season. Milwaukee would face Portland in the first round and the Choppers were confident they would return to the finals for the third consecutive season. “I think we just keep getting better as a team” said McNair. “Every year we get more confident, we’re excited about the playoffs this year.”

 

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[Sees the Twisters record]

OOF

Here's hoping there is a phenom worth the Number 1 pick.

Congrats on Houston, though. Would love to see them make some noise.

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1 minute ago, Red Comet said:

[Sees the Twisters record]

OOF

Here's hoping there is a phenom worth the Number 1 pick.

Congrats on Houston, though. Would love to see them make some noise.

 

Nothing unusual this year but there is a generational talent named Erik Camden eligible in 2008. It looks like KC will have a very good shot at him.

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Oh me oh my...my two favorite teams are playing in the first round of the playoffs...

Regardless, you know what it is: REV 'EM CHOPS!

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milwaukee's losing to portland aren't they

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3 hours ago, Red Comet said:

[Sees the Twisters record]

OOF

Here's hoping there is a phenom worth the Number 1 pick.

Congrats on Houston, though. Would love to see them make some noise.

I'm rooting for Miami to go 0-80-0 in 2007-08 so they can get Camden. (Is there a draft lottery in the PHL?)

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Hawkfan, could you give me the names (No logos) of the the other leagues in this universe? (PBA, PBl And PFL)

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Well that was a disappointing year for the Jacks... but hopefully they can keep sucking to at least get Camden

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Lets do this boys. The future is bright, but lets show these Eastern Conference teams that the kids can play. Finally its our turn to make some noise. Lets go Roughnecks! All together H-Town! 

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Man, the Lumberjacks fell off SO quickly. It really puts what the Shamrocks have done in perspective.

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My predictions... in the West, you're going to see the Choppers, Desperados, Northern Lights and Nuggets advance. In the East, the Bulldogs, Redshirts, Raiders and Racers. Part of my wanted to go with Royale just for all the "R" teams to advance, but... I can't see it happening.

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On 1/16/2019 at 8:57 PM, TargetToad said:

I'm rooting for Miami to go 0-80-0 in 2007-08 so they can get Camden. (Is there a draft lottery in the PHL?)

There is a draft lottery, the bottom four teams in the league are entered into the lottery with the lowest team getting the highest odds. The lottery is one thing though that Nolan wants to change, probably taking success of teams over the past few years into consideration.

 

On 1/16/2019 at 9:03 PM, ItsSlothy said:

Hawkfan, could you give me the names (No logos) of the the other leagues in this universe? (PBA, PBl And PFL)

Professional Baseball Coalition (PBC), It's four regional leagues that came together in the 1940s. Like the real-life MLB, the leagues are still separate leagues. The PBC is an umbrella organization. There is intraleague play and the winner of each league goes into a 4-team playoff. (In the past I think I may have called it the PBL, that is the basketball league). There is also the Professional Football League, with a similar history to the PHL. The PFL was made up of several amateur teams that came together to turn professional. In this universe, Soccer is much bigger in North America. The American Soccer League has been around since 1920 and now runs with 30 clubs in the USA and two in Canada.

 

On 1/16/2019 at 9:21 PM, Section30 said:

Well that was a disappointing year for the Jacks... but hopefully they can keep sucking to at least get Camden

On 1/17/2019 at 7:03 AM, ChicagoOakland said:

Man, the Lumberjacks fell off SO quickly. It really puts what the Shamrocks have done in perspective.

The Lumberjacks hardly had any decent prospects in the system and eventually the team just aged out. It could be a long rebuild in Minnesota. A big part of the Shamrocks' success has been strong late picks which has led to successful turnover of players.

 

The playoffs have been simulated, just need to do the writeup, should be finished later this weekend or by Monday. Lots of upsets this year!

 

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9 minutes ago, hawkfan89 said:

 

Professional Baseball Coalition (PBC), It's four regional leagues that came together in the 1940s. Like the real-life MLB, the leagues are still separate leagues. The PBC is an umbrella organization. There is intraleague play and the winner of each league goes into a 4-team playoff. (In the past I think I may have called it the PBL, that is the basketball league). There is also the Professional Football League, with a similar history to the PHL. The PFL was made up of several amateur teams that came together to turn professional. In this universe, Soccer is much bigger in North America. The American Soccer League has been around since 1920 and now runs with 30 clubs in the USA and two in Canada.

 

Oh, I meant TEAM names. Whoops. :notworthy:

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I was hoping 2006-07 would be the year for the Cosmos or Civics, and wouldn't you know, neither team made the playoffs. Oh well, here's hoping for an Edmonton-Boston Cup Final. Also, will there be any more women to own PHL teams in the future (Like either from inheriting one from one of the current owners or possibly buying some financially struggling team), or will the owner of the Quebec Nationale have to hold that torch for the time being? I'll be looking forward to the Lewis Cup Playoffs!

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Here's to hoping that the Dawgs make it back to the Lewis Cup Finals!

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