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OH MAN .. I love the book format.. makes it so interesting

I think I'll eventually get back to that, but work is getting demanding... Now without further ado, 1971.

The 1970-71 season saw four new teams making their debut. When the PAHL granted a franchise to an ownership group based in Virginia, a major argument erupted between the prospective owners as to where the home games would be played. There were four owners representing Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Richmond, and Roanoke who all had stadiums ready. They finally reached an agreement that the home games would be split evenly amongst the cities, and the team would be named the Virginia Minutemen. The Minutemen, Miami Royals, Seattle Orcas, and Austin Texans all began play in 1970. The divisions were renamed to reflect the history of the league's ownership and management. The Kalamazoo Checkers had a dominant season finishing with a league-best 59-10-11 record to win the Roberts Division.
In the first round of the 1971 playoffs, the Kalamazoo Checkers swept the Austin Texans, and the Washburn Division champion Edmonton Oilers fell in six games to the Seattle Orcas. In the East, the Thompson Division leading Syracuse Mohawks defeated the Barker Division champion Hartford Whalers in six games, and the Camp Drum Rangers beat their rivals, the Kingston Chiefs in five games. In the conference finals, the Checkers won the west beating the Orcas in six, while the Rangers overcame the Mohawks in seven to set up a classic Leif Erikson Cup final.
The 1971 Leif Erikson Cup finals featured the juggernaut Kalamazoo Checkers facing off against a surprising Camp Drum Rangers club. The Rangers put up a valiant fight against the Checkers, but were unable to compete with the Checkers' overwhelming offensive attack. The Kalamazoo Checkers won their fourth Leif Erikson Cup in six games.
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Austin Texans Home Away

Brooklyn Americans Home Away

Camp Drum Rangers Home Away

Denver Cowboys Home Away

Edmonton Oilers Home Away

Hamilton Hammers Home Away

Hartford Whalers Home Away

Kalamazoo Checkers Home Away

Kingston Chiefs Home Away

Markham Tigers Home Away

Miami Royals Home Away

Milwaukee Ales Home Away

Quebec Nordiques Home Away

Seattle Orcas Home Away

Syracuse Mohawks Home Away

Toledo Blades Home Away

Virginia Minutemen Home Away

Windsor Ambassadors Home Away

In uniform news, the Milwaukee Ales changed their look drastically to something more modern:

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The Seattle Orcas kept the old Lansing Governors striping pattern, but in their new colors:

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The Miami Royals rebranded after leaving Guelph to a very 1970s look:

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The new expansion teams took to the ice wearing their new uniforms:

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My favorite look out of the new teams is the Miami Royals, though my heart is still with Camp Drum.

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Can you post the number of championships each team has won and what year they won it and all that?

I really like Royals look

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As a citizen of MIAMI I have to go with Miami....BUT the yellow pants have to go..

Orange pants ok..

Also are you creating all your player pictures...If so they are spot on to the period in time..

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Can you post the number of championships each team has won and what year they won it and all that?

I really like Royals look

I will post that after the 1974-75 season in the first 25 year recap...

As a citizen of MIAMI I have to go with Miami....BUT the yellow pants have to go..

Orange pants ok..

Also are you creating all your player pictures...If so they are spot on to the period in time..

The yellow pants are meant to be an overly 1970s detail. And yes, I'm making all the player pictures.

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The 1971-72 season had 18 teams playing 80 games each. The Toledo Blades GM made some particularly poor moves which led to the Blades finishing with the worst record in the history of the league: 8-67-5. At the end of the season the team was sold to a new owner who wanted to move the club out west. The Kingston Chiefs finished the season with the best record winning 51, losing 18 and tying 11.
The first round of the 1972 playoffs featured some pretty good matchups. The Edmonton Oilers upset the Seattle Orcas in five games, the Milwaukee Ales beat the Windsor Ambassadors in six, the Kingston Chiefs eliminated the Hartford Whalers in six, and the Quebec Nordiques battled back to beat the Markham Tigers in seven games. In the conference finals, the Oilers beat the Ales in seven hard-fought games, and the Chiefs manhandled the Nordiques in five games.
In the 1972 Leif Erikson Cup finals, the Oilers were coming in with a lot of momentum, but could not handle the dominant Chiefs. The Chiefs won their fifth Leif Erikson Cup in five games.
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In uniform news, the Hartford Whalers modernized their look.

Uniforms:

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Austin Texans Home Away

Brooklyn Americans Home Away

Camp Drum Rangers Home Away

Denver Cowboys Home Away

Edmonton Oilers Home Away

Hamilton Hammers Home Away

Hartford Whalers Home Away

Kalamazoo Checkers Home Away

Kingston Chiefs Home Away

Markham Tigers Home Away

Miami Royals Home Away

Milwaukee Ales Home Away

Quebec Nordiques Home Away

Seattle Orcas Home Away

Syracuse Mohawks Home Away

Toledo Blades Home Away

Virginia Minutemen Home Away

Windsor Ambassadors Home Away

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The 1972-73 had 18 teams playing 80 games each, as well as three all-star teams from West Germany, Sweden, and Finland playing each PAHL team in exhibition games. The Windsor Ambassadors, led by the scoring of Guy Lafleur and goaltending of Bernie Parent, did the seemingly impossible and won 60 games for the first time in PAHL. They finished with an overall 60-8-12 record.
In the first round of the 1973 playoffs, in the West, the Ambassadors swept the Milwaukee Ales and the Austin Texans downed the Edmonton Oilers in six. In the East, the Hartford Whalers stunned the Markham Tigers, beating them in five, and the Syracuse Mohawks led by goalie Ken Dryden battled the Camp Drum Rangers to a seven game series win. In the conference finals, the Ambassadors looked like they had things wrapped up, but the Austin Texans were able to mount a heroic comeback winning the final four games of the series to earn their first trip to the Leif Erikson Cup finals. The Mohawks had few problems with the Whalers and earned their first trip to the Leif Erikson Cup finals since they were the Ogdensburg Rivermen in 1956.
The finals were a goaltending duel with the Texans' Rogie Vachon shutting out the Mohawks in games 1 and 4 and the Mohawks' Dryden shutting out the Texans in game 2. The Texans finally prevailed though in game six when they came back from a two goal deficit to beat the Mohawks 4-3 to win their first Leif Erikson Cup.
At the end of the season, it was announced that after twenty seasons in Toledo, the Blades would be packing up and moving out west. Also, a very eccentric Western Canadian millionaire was granted an expansion franchise for the 1973-74 season. When he presented his proposed design to the league, the board of directors were shocked but decided it would appeal to the hip crowd of the mid 1970s.
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Uniforms:

No major changes were made to any PAHL uniforms.

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Austin Texans Home Away

Brooklyn Americans Home Away

Camp Drum Rangers Home Away

Denver Cowboys Home Away

Edmonton Oilers Home Away

Hamilton Hammers Home Away

Hartford Whalers Home Away

Kalamazoo Checkers Home Away

Kingston Chiefs Home Away

Markham Tigers Home Away

Miami Royals Home Away

Milwaukee Ales Home Away

Quebec Nordiques Home Away

Seattle Orcas Home Away

Syracuse Mohawks Home Away

Toledo Blades Home Away

Virginia Minutemen Home Away

Windsor Ambassadors Home Away

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The 1973 all-star teams wore the following uniforms.

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Since the players on these teams were not well-known, they wore name-tapes on the back of their jerseys, a move that the PAHL would adopt in a few seasons.

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So I figured I'd start doing some of the team wrap-ups, and the first one is:

Watertown Braves

Founded: 1950

Division: American (1950-53) North Country (1953-57)

Home Arena: Black River Municipal Arena

City: Watertown, New York

Legacy Points: 13 (T-35th/44)

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The Austin went from 19 wins to 49 wins!? Whaaaatttt!?

They signed some good players in the offseason including Rogue Vachon in goal and Bobby Hull.

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The 1973-74 PAHL season had 19 teams playing 82 games each. Making their debut in the 73-74 season were the Regina Cyclones with their eccentric uniforms. The former Toledo Blades also began play in their new home of San Jose this season. The Austin Texans were dominant coming off of their Leif Erikson Cup championship season finishing with a league-best 57-17-8 record. The Miami Royals once again doubled their wins from the previous season, but due to dismal performance in ticket sales, the franchise folded at the conclusion of the regular season.


In the first round of the 1974 playoffs, the Edmonton Oilers had no problem with the Windsor Ambassadors, sweeping them while the Seattle Orcas handled the Denver Cowboys, eliminating them in six games. In the East, the Austin Texans knocked out the Camp Drum Rangers in five, and the Hartford Whalers stunned the heavily favored Syracuse Mohawks beating them four games to one. Round two was more competitive with the Orcas winning the Western Conference championship over the Oilers in seven games. The Whalers again upset the juggernaut Texans.


The 1974 Leif Erikson Cup featured the giant-killer Hartford Whalers in their third cup finals appearance, and the Seattle Orcas in their first appearance since moving from Lansing where they had made two finals appearances. The entire series was dominated by the Whalers who not only swept the Orcas, but never allowed them a lead at any point.


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Uniforms:

The Hartford Whalers added gold as an accent color on their home uniforms. The San Jose Blades changed their look from the one they wore in Toledo, and the Regina Cyclones took to the ice wearing their wild uniforms.

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Austin Texans Home Away

Brooklyn Americans Home Away

Camp Drum Rangers Home Away

Denver Cowboys Home Away

Edmonton Oilers Home Away

Hamilton Hammers Home Away

Hartford Whalers Home Away

Kalamazoo Checkers Home Away

Kingston Chiefs Home Away

Markham Tigers Home Away

Miami Royals Home Away

Milwaukee Ales Home Away

Quebec Nordiques Home Away

Regina Cyclones Home Away

San Jose Blades Home Away

Seattle Orcas Home Away

Syracuse Mohawks Home Away

Virginia Minutemen Home Away

Windsor Ambassadors Home Away

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THIS is BS Miami folds..........

Come on South Beach you could have kept the team going

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After the 1973-74 season, the top 4 PAHL teams traveled to Moscow to face the top 4 Soviet teams. The scores were:


Austin Texans 5 Syracuse Mohawks 3

CSKA Moscow 5 Dynamo Moscow 0

Edmonton Oilers 5 Hartford Whalers 5

Krylya Sovetov Moscow 2 Spartak Moscow 4


Austin Texans 1 CSKA Moscow 3

Dynamo Moscow 3 Edmonton Oilers 3

Hartford Whalers 1 Krylya Sovetov Moscow 1

Spartak Moscow 2 Syracuse Mohawks 3


Austin Texans 2 Dynamo Moscow 3

CSKA Moscow 0 Edmonton Oilers 2

Hartford Whalers 1 Spartak Moscow 4

Krylya Sovetov Moscow 2 Syracuse Mohawks 0


Austin Texans 4 Edmonton Oilers 2

CSKA Moscow 3 Spartak Moscow 2

Dynamo Moscow 2 Krylya Sovetov Moscow 3

Hartford Whalers 0 Syracuse Mohawks 2


Austin Texans 4 Hartford Whalers 3

CSKA Moscow 3 Krylya Sovetov Moscow 0

Dynamo Moscow 4 Spartak Moscow 4

Edmonton Oilers 2 Syracuse Mohawks 0


Austin Texans 2 Krylya Sovetov Moscow 1

CSKA Moscow 2 Hartford Whalers 4

Dynamo Moscow 3 Syracuse Mohawks 3

Edmonton Oilers 1 Spartak Moscow 4


Austin Texans 2 Spartak Moscow 1

CSKA Moscow 2 Syracuse Mohawks 1

Dynamo Moscow 2 Hartford Whalers 0

Edmonton Oilers 7 Krylya Sovetov Moscow 3


Standings:


1. CSKA Moscow 5-2-0

2. Austin Texans 5-2-0

3. Edmonton Oilers 3-2-2

4. Spartak Moscow 3-3-1

5. Dynamo Moscow 2-2-3

6. Krylya Sovetov Moscow 2-4-1

7. Syracuse Mohawks 2-4-1

8. Hartford Whalers 1-4-2


The tournament scores were:


CSKA Moscow 3 Hartford Whalers 0

Spartak Moscow 1 Dynamo Moscow 6

Austin Texans 6 Syracuse Mohawks 3

Edmonton Oilers 2 Krylya Sovetov Moscow 3


CSKA Moscow 5 Dynamo Moscow 4

Austin Texans 0 Krylya Sovetov Moscow 1


CSKA Moscow 2 Krylya Sovetov Moscow 3



Although the tournament itself was an interesting and entertaining one, the big news was going on in secret. The PAHL and United States and Canadian governments had worked a deal with some of the top Soviet players in which they would smuggle the players and their families back in exchange for a promise that they would only play in the PAHL for 10 years. At the conclusion of the 1974 Soyuz Cup, top players including Vladislav Tretiak, Valeri Kharlamov, Alexander Maltsev, and Valery Vasiliev all defected and were signed by PAHL franchises. As you would imagine the Soviet government was furious and cancelled all further commitments with the PAHL.


The teams wore the following uniforms:


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Orcas swept the Regina Cyclones in a series the Cyclones would love to forget. The Edmonton Oilers fell to the Milwaukee Ales led by the scoring tandem of Bobby Clarke and Oleg Blokhin in a tight seven game series. In the East, the Quebec Nordiques and Syracuse Mohawks engaged in a goaltending duel between Vladislav Tretiak and Ken Dryden with Tretiak and the Nordiques emerging victorious in six low-scoring games. The Austin Texans defeated the Virginia Minutemen to round up things in five.
In round two, the Orcas overcame the Ales in six games despite the Ales leading at some point in every game. The Nordiques won the Eatern Conference championship by beating the Texans in five games in a series most analysts thought would be closer.
The 25th Leif Erikson Cup final was a legendary one with each game settled by only one goal. The Seattle Orcas were swept in the previous finals and were not about to go down without a fight. After the Nordiques went up three games to one, the Orcas battled back to force a game seven. The game was tied until late in the third when Marcel Dionne was tripped on a breakaway giving the Orcas a penalty shot with only moments left. Dionne came in quickly, but Tretiak closed the door on him and the game went into overtime. One overtime was not enough to settle the game, and it went to a second. Dionne again found himself on a breakaway which was again stopped by Tretiak who acted like he was going to freeze the puck. Instead of freezing it, however, he fired it to center ice where Gilbert Perreault was waiting. He skated it into the Orcas' zone and fired it high beating Rogie Vachon to win the Leif Erikson Cup. This would be the Quebec Nordiques first Leif Erikson Cup.

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The Hartford Whalers added gold to both jerseys, and blue became the Edmonton Oilers primary color.

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Austin Texans Home Away

Brooklyn Americans Home Away

Camp Drum Rangers Home Away

Denver Cowboys Home Away

Edmonton Oilers Home Away

Hamilton Hammers Home Away

Hartford Whalers Home Away

Kalamazoo Checkers Home Away

Kingston Chiefs Home Away

Markham Tigers Home Away

Milwaukee Ales Home Away

Quebec Nordiques Home Away

Regina Cyclones Home Away

San Jose Blades Home Away

Seattle Orcas Home Away

Syracuse Mohawks Home Away

Virginia Minutemen Home Away

Windsor Ambassadors Home Away

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Can you post the number of championships each team has won and what year they won it and all that?

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