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Pan-American Hockey League: 1999-2000 Final Season

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As a result of the legal battles during the offseason, the PAHL would play fewer games the next few years. For the 1965-66 PAHL season, 16 teams played 64 games each. Also, for the first time, the league was divided into four divisions. The Camp Drum Rangers started strong leading the Southeast Division for the first few weeks of the season, but many of the team's players were unable to finish the season because of the Vietnam War. At the end of the regular season having missed the playoffs, the Rangers moved to neighboring Watertown but kept their name. They also terminated all contracts with their active duty players and signed almost all of the available free agents.

The 1966 playoffs were of a similar format to previous years with the first and fourth, and second and third place teams in each conference facing off in the first round. In the West, the Minnesota North Stars swept the Milwaukee Ales, and the Kalamazoo Checkers eliminated the Pittsburgh Penguins in six. In the East, the Philadelphia Flyers upset the Hartford Whalers in seven games to win their first playoff series, and the Markham Tigers defeated the Kingston Chiefs four games to two. In the conference finals, Minnesota won the Western Conference championhip in six games over Kalamazoo. Markham had little trouble defeating the Flyers in five games to win the East.

The 1966 Leif Erikson Cup was absolutely dominated by the Minnesota North Stars in their second consecutive finals appearance. the North Stars swept the Tigers shutting them out in two games.

After the playoffs were complete, the teams were identified that would be absorbed by the NHL. Although the franchises would defect, the players would be dispersed among four new expansion franchises in the PAHL.

In uniform news, the Pittsburgh Penguins changed up their look using sky blue as their new primary color.

Uniforms:

Camp Drum Rangers Home Away

Guelph Royals Home Away

Hamilton Hammers Home Away

Hartford Whalers Home Away

Kalamazoo Checkers Home Away

Kingston Chiefs Home Away

Lansing Governors Home Away

Markham Tigers Home Away

Milwaukee Ales Home Away

Minnesota North Stars Home Away

Philadelphia Flyers Home Away

Pittsburgh Penguins Home Away

St. Louis Blues Home Away

Syracuse Mohawks Home Away

Toledo Blades Home Away

Windsor Ambassadors Home Away

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The 1966-67 PAHL season had 16 teams playing 64 games each. The end of the regular season was hectic with four teams in the West finishing within four points of each other to try to make the playoffs. The Kalamazoo Checkers (39-21-4 82pts), Toledo Blades (37-20-7 81pts), and Pittsburgh Penguins (39-23-2 80pts) all made the playoffs while the St. Louis Blues (37-22-5 79pts) did not.
The first round of the playoffs saw the Kalamzoo Checkers sweep the Toledo Blades and Minnesota North Stars eliminate the Pittsburgh penguins in five games. In the East, the Hartford Whalers fell to the Kingston Chiefs in a hard-fought seven game series, and the Hamilton hammers knocked out the Philadelphia Flyers in a six game tilt. The Hammers would fall to the Chiefs in five games in the next round while the Checkers and North Stars battled for seven games with Kalamazoo emerging victorious.
The 1967 Leif Erikson cup final was a six game bout featuring Leif Erikson cup regulars. The Kalamazoo Checkers had won two cups and were runners-up in three. The Kingston Chiefs were perfect to that point winning all three of their appearances. The Chiefs won the first two games, but the Checkers won four straight to clinch their third franchise Leif Erikson Cup.
After the conclusion of the playoffs, it was announced that the Minnesota North Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and St. Louis Blues would be joining the NHL for the 1967-68 season. To take their place, expansion franchises were granted to Edmonton, Brooklyn, Denver, and Quebec City.
In uniform news, the Lansing Governors changed their look again to something more modern.

Uniforms:

Camp Drum Rangers Home Away

Guelph Royals Home Away

Hamilton Hammers Home Away

Hartford Whalers Home Away

Kalamazoo Checkers Home Away

Kingston Chiefs Home Away

Lansing Governors Home Away

Markham Tigers Home Away

Milwaukee Ales Home Away

Minnesota North Stars Home Away

Philadelphia Flyers Home Away

Pittsburgh Penguins Home Away

St. Louis Blues Home Away

Syracuse Mohawks Home Away

Toledo Blades Home Away

Windsor Ambassadors Home Away

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The 1967-68 PAHL season had 16 teams playing 64 games each. The Brooklyn Americans, Denver Cowboys, Edmonton Oilers, and Quebec Nordiques joined the league to replace the Minnesota North Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and St. Louis Blues who joined the NHL. The defending Leif Erikson Cup champion Kalamazoo Checkers had a solid season compiling a 45-15-4 record finishing first in the league.
The 1968 playoffs began with Kalamazoo sweeping Windsor and Lansing and Milwaukee battling it out for seven games with Lansing winning the series in the West. The Kingston Chiefs defeated the Hartford Whalers in six games and the brand new Quebec Nordiques finished off the Syracuse Mohawks in five games in the East. In the conference finals, the Kalamazoo Checkers beat the Lansing Governors in five games to earn another trip to the Leif Erikson Cup finals. The Kingston Chiefs defeated the Quebec Nordiques in six games to win the Eastern Conference championship.
The 1968 Leif Erikson Cup was a battle from beginning to end. The Kalamazoo Checkers were in rare form trying to repeat, but the Kingston Chiefs were not going down easily. The series was back and forth until game seven, when the Chiefs put together a heroic performance to come back from a 3 goal deficit to win in overtime. It was the Chiefs' fourth Leif Erikson Cup.

Uniforms:

Brooklyn Americans Home Away

Camp Drum Rangers Home Away

Denver Cowboys Home Away

Edmonton Oilers Home Away

Guelph Royals Home Away

Hamilton Hammers Home Away

Hartford Whalers Home Away

Kalamazoo Checkers Home Away

Kingston Chiefs Home Away

Lansing Governors Home Away

Markham Tigers Home Away

Milwaukee Ales Home Away

Quebec Nordiques Home Away

Syracuse Mohawks Home Away

Toledo Blades Home Away

Windsor Ambassadors Home Away

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The 1968-69 PAHL season had 16 teams in 4 divisions playing 64 games each. The Hartford Whalers dominated the Eastern Conference with an impressive 47-11-6 record to win the Southeast Division. In the West, the Edmonton Oilers put together a solid 46-14-4 record to win the Northwest Division. The race for the playoffs were fierce with the Kalamazoo Checkers missing the playoffs for the first time in their 17 year history. Although the Checkers had as many wins as the Guelph Royals, the Royals had fewer losses, so they took the final slot in the West.

The first round of the 1969 playoffs went rather quickly with the longest series only lasting six games. Both the Edmonton Oilers and Hartford Whalers swept their opponents (the Guelph Royals and Hamilton Hammers respectively). The Toledo Blades finished off the Milwaukee Ales in six games to win their first series in franchise history, and the Quebec Nordiques eliminated the Kingston Chiefs in five. In the conference finals, the Oilers defeated the Blades in five games to win the Western Conference title. In the East, the Quebec Nordiques defeated the Hartford Whalers in six games to earn their first trip to the Leif Erikson Cup finals.

The 1969 Leif Erikson Cup finals were a very tight battle between newcomers. the Edmonton Oilers won the first two games at home before the Quebec Nordiques were able to win their first game. Game four went to the Oilers who were able to earn a commanding 3-1 lead, however the Nordiques battled back in the next two games to force a game seven in Edmonton. The Oilers put on a clinic in offense scoring six goals to win their first Leif Erikson Cup on home ice.

Since the Oilers won the Leif Erikson Cup, they were selected to host the 1969 Freedom Cup which was the North American version of the Soyuz Cup of 1964.

In uniform news, the Camp Drum Rangers added their crest to the front of their jerseys, and the Denver Cowboys changed their home jerseys to match their road jerseys.

Uniforms:

Brooklyn Americans Home Away

Camp Drum Rangers Home Away

Denver Cowboys Home Away

Edmonton Oilers Home Away

Guelph Royals Home Away

Hamilton Hammers Home Away

Hartford Whalers Home Away

Kalamazoo Checkers Home Away

Kingston Chiefs Home Away

Lansing Governors Home Away

Markham Tigers Home Away

Milwaukee Ales Home Away

Quebec Nordiques Home Away

Syracuse Mohawks Home Away

Toledo Blades Home Away

Windsor Ambassadors Home Away

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The 1964 Soyuz Cup was such a success that both leagues decided to meet again in five years, this time in Edmonton, Alberta, home of the 1969 Leif Erikson Cup champion Oilers. The top four teams from the PAHL (the Edmonton Oilers, Quebec Nordiques, Hartford Whalers, and Toledo Blades) faced off against the top four Soviet teams (CSKA Moscow, Dynamo Moscow, Khimik Voskresensk, and Spartak Moscow) in what would be called the Freedom Cup. The Whalers and Blades took to the ice wearing their uniforms from the previous season while the Oilers and Nordiques unveiled uniforms that they would be wearing the following season. The Russian clubs all wore "Americanized" uniforms based on the ones they wore in Russia similar to the way the North American teams were Russianized for the 1964 Soyuz Cup.


Each team played each other team once to determine seeding for the tournament. CSKA Moscow was absolutely unstoppable winning six games and only tying one for the number one slot. The Quebec Nordiques were the best North American team winning four and losing three for the second slot. The Toledo Blades and Spartak Moscow tied with three wins and four losses, but since Toledo had scored more goals they earned the fifth slot and Spartak the sixth. Khimik Voskresensk and Hartford were also tied with two wins and five losses, but Khimik's 18 goals were better than Hartford's ten.


In the first round of the tournament, CSKA Moscow skated to an easy 5-2 win over the Hartford Whalers. The Toledo Blades took down the hometown Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in overtime. The Quebec Nordiques handled Khimik Voskresensk 3-0, and Spartak Moscow edged Dynamo Moscow 2-1. In the second round, CSKA Moscow led by young goaltender Vladislav Tretiak shut out the Toledo Blades 2-0 while the Quebec Nordiques defeated Spartak Moscow 4-1.


In the championship game, CSKA Moscow struck early and held onto a 1-0 lead well into the third. The Canadian crowd went ballistic when the Nordiques lit the lamp with 14 seconds left in regulation sending the game into overtime. The Nordiques came back to the ice re-energized and scored in the opening minute of overtime to win the Freedom Cup. The Soviets were very upset about losing in such a fashion, but agreed to renew the series in 1974 in Moscow.


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Anybody have any c/c? I'm interested to hear everybody's input.

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I'm loving everything so far. I'm looking forward to the evolution of each identity. If I had to give any feedback, I'd say that some of the identities seem a wee bit too modern for 1969. Too many extra touches (like the fleur-de-lis on the bottom of the Nords jerseys) that feel like they should be coming in later. Nothing that breaks anything, but just little naggles on the edges of my brain.

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I love these so far! No complaints!

I agree with darkpiranha with Quebac but other then that. No complaints.

Question: Teams that had to fold(like Grand Rapids) will they come back or....

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Looking forward to more western and southern expansion!

Also, can we expect names on jerseys in the future?

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I love these so far! No complaints!

I agree with darkpiranha with Quebac but other then that. No complaints.

Question: Teams that had to fold(like Grand Rapids) will they come back or....

There will be some teams that fold and return... stay tuned!

Looking forward to more western and southern expansion!

Also, can we expect names on jerseys in the future?

Both are coming in the 1970s...

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The 1969-70 PAHL season had 16 teams playing 64 games each. Ever since the Roberts Oil & Banking Corporation began subsidizing salaries, the PAHL was able to lure some big names from the NHL, which in turn lured fans from NHL franchises. By 1970, big name players like Phil Esposito, Yvan Cournoyer, Ken Dryden, and Jacques Plante had already defected. The 1969-70 season had the highest attendance of any season to date. All of the teams were relatively competitive with only a few teams dominant. The Windsor Ambassadors finished with a 46-14-4 record to lead the league.
The 1970 playoffs were highly competitive. In the first round, the Edmonton Oilers forced a seven game series with the Windsor Ambassadors, but couldn't seal the deal. The Guelph Royals eliminated the Kalamazoo Checkers in six games to win their series. In the East, the Quebec Nordiques swept the Syracuse Mohawks, and the Markham Tigers beat the Hamilton Hammers in seven games. In the conference finals, the Royals fell to the Ambassadors in five games, and the Tigers beat the Nordiques in seven.
As with the regular season, and other rounds, the 1970 Leif Erikson Cup finals were etremely competitive. At first, neither team could overcome the other's home ice advantage until game seven where the Markham Tigers upset the Windsor Ambassadors at home to win their second Leif Erikson Cup.
During the offseason, it was announced that in order to expand the PAHL's reach, the Gueplh Royals and Lansing Governors franchises would be relocating to Miami and Seattle respectively. In addition, expansion franchises were granted to owners in Texas and Virginia for the 1970-71 season.
In uniform news, the Nordiques and Oilers wore the uniforms the unveiled before the Freedom Cup.

Uniforms:

Brooklyn Americans Home Away

Camp Drum Rangers Home Away

Denver Cowboys Home Away

Edmonton Oilers Home Away

Guelph Royals Home Away

Hamilton Hammers Home Away

Hartford Whalers Home Away

Kalamazoo Checkers Home Away

Kingston Chiefs Home Away

Lansing Governors Home Away

Markham Tigers Home Away

Milwaukee Ales Home Away

Quebec Nordiques Home Away

Syracuse Mohawks Home Away

Toledo Blades Home Away

Windsor Ambassadors Home Away

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Ooh I wonder where in Texas and Vrginia~

I'm also guessing that some rebranding is gonna go with the change of scenery for the Royals/Governors. Though I think Governors could work for Miami in an almost Spanish Officer look.

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So I'm thinking about abandoning the book idea since it's taking waaaay more effort than it's worth and just posting the uniform, standings, and bracket graphics as well as the narrative for each season as well as the illustrations. Thoughts?

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