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The Hamilton Hammers will be the minor league affiliates of the former PAHL Quebec Nordiques, and will be changing their uniforms and color scheme to copy the Nordiques.


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The Kingston Chiefs will be the minor league affiliates of the Montreal Canadiens, and will not be changing uniforms.


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The Markham Tigers will be the minor league affiliates of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and will not be changing uniforms.


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The Windsor Ambassadors will be the minor league affiliates of the Detroit Red Wings, and will be changing their uniforms to copy the Red Wings.


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The 1982-83 PAHL season was the first in which the league was a minor league, but featured some new up-and-coming talent. Because of the major shake-up in personnel, some long-time perennial favorites ended up near the bottom of the rankings while some bottom-dwellers worked their way to the top. The Hamilton Hammers, now the farm team of the former PAHL Quebec Nordiques, finished the season with the best record amassing an impressive 54 wins while only losing 10.
The 1983 playoffs were one of the most competitive in years. In the first round, two matchups required seven games. The Seattle Orcas edged the San Jose Blades and the Syracuse Mohawks eliminated the Kingston Chiefs. The Huntsville Apollos knocked out the Milwaukee Ales in six games, and the Hamilton Hammers swept the Windsor Ambassadors. The Hammers faced off against the Mohawks in the conference final and needed all seven games to eliminate them. The Apollos had an easier time in the West knocking out the Orcas in five.
The 1983 Leif Erikson Cup final went back and forth and were not settled until the Hammers scored late in the third period of game seven to win their third Leif Erikson Cup.
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Uniforms:

Several PAHL teams changed their uniforms to reflect their new affiliations.

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Austin Texans Home Away

Brooklyn Americans Home Away

Fort Drum Rangers Home Away

Hamilton Hammers Home Away

Huntsville Apollos Home Away

Kalamazoo Checkers Home Away

Kingston Chiefs Home Away

Markham Tigers Home Away

Milwaukee Ales Home Away

Minnesota Fighting Saints Home Away

Providence Reds Home Away

Regina Cyclones Home Away

San Jose Blades Home Away

Seattle Orcas Home Away

Syracuse Mohawks Home Away

Windsor Ambassadors Home Away

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The rest of the illustrations I'll be doing are of goalies, because they are my favorite!

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The 1983-84 PAHL season saw the addition of three teams: the Sacramento Pines (LA Kings), the Halifax Flyers (Philadelphia), and the Bangor Bruins (Boston) to increase the league to 18 teams after the San Jose Blades ceased operations. The Brooklyn Americans were absolutely unstoppable with all of the Islanders minor league talent and Vladislav Tretiak in net, winning 60 games and finishing with the league-best record of 60-8-12.
The 1984 playoffs began with the Minnesota Fighting Saints defeating their rivals, the Milwaukee Ales in five games, and the Seattle Orcas eliminating the Huntsville Apollos in six. In the East, the Brooklyn Americans swept the Hamilton Hammers and the Kingston Chiefs edged the Syracuse Mohawks in seven games.
In the conference finals, the Orcas look like they had things wrapped up with a 3-0 series lead, but the Saints received some divine intervention and rallied to win the next four games to earn their third Leif Erikson Cup finals berth in four years. The Kingston Chiefs stunned the Brooklyn Americans defeating them four games to one to earn their seventh trip to the finals.
Though the Saints had problems in the conference finals, they had all the momentum and steamrolled the Chiefs sweeping them to win their first Leif Erikson Cup.
At the end of the season, all of the former Soviet players were released from their PAHL contracts per the ten-year agreement and most went back to the Soviet Union.

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In uniform news, due to the prevalence of injuries caused by the Cooperalls, they were banned so teams once again adopted the standard shorts and socks. Regina finally gave in to the Winnipeg Jets' demands and changed their color scheme to reflect their parent club.

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Austin Texans Home Away

Bangor Bruins Home Away

Brooklyn Americans Home Away

Fort Drum Rangers Home Away

Halifax Flyers Home Away

Hamilton Hammers Home Away

Huntsville Apollos Home Away

Kalamazoo Checkers Home Away

Kingston Chiefs Home Away

Markham Tigers Home Away

Milwaukee Ales Home Away

Minnesota Fighting Saints Home Away

Providence Reds Home Away

Regina Cyclones Home Away

Sacramento Pines Home Away

Seattle Orcas Home Away

Syracuse Mohawks Home Away

Windsor Ambassadors Home Away

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Loving the unique Pines color scheme. I wish that Denver had a team back, though. Will the NHL stay on course with its history? (Like Quebec moves to Denver in '95?)

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It's time again to look back at another PAHL franchise. The Toledo/San Jose Blades were not very successful by any stretch, but still had some very loyal fans.

Toledo Blades / San Jose Blades

Founded: 1953

Division: Great Lakes (1953-57) Western (1957-65) Southwest (1965-70) Roberts (1970-73) Washburn (1973-83)

Home Arena: Lucas County Coliseum (1953-73) Hamann Stadium (1973-83)

City: Toledo, Ohio (1953-73) San Jose, California (1973-83)

NHL Affiliation: Los Angeles Kings (1983-84)

Legacy Points: 38 (16th/44)

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Loving the unique Pines color scheme. I wish that Denver had a team back, though. Will the NHL stay on course with its history? (Like Quebec moves to Denver in '95?)

Yes. The NHL history is normal from here on out. At this point in the storyline, we have transitioned from ABA/WHA to IHL, and for the sake of this project there is no AHL. This is the main minor league.

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The 1984-85 PAHL season had 18 teams playing 80 games each. The Syracuse Mohawks had an outstanding season winning 58 games and both losing and tying 11 for the best record in the league. The Bangor Bruins and Markham Tigers suffered tremendous turnover throught the season constantly losing star players to the NHL. They each finished the season with 12 and 11 wins respectively.

The 1985 playoffs were particularly competitive with only one series requiring less than six games to settle. In the first round, the Minnesota Fighting Saints and Milwaukee Ales renewed their playoff rivalry with the Saints emerging victorious in five games. The Sacramento Pines eliminated the Seattle Orcas in an extremely high-scoring six-game affair. Each game had six or more goals scored. In the east, things were extremely tight with both series requiring all seven games. The Brooklyn Americans edged the juggernaut Mohawks, and the Fort Drum Rangers downed the Halifax Flyers. Both conference finals series went six games. The Pines knocked out the Saints, and the Rangers topped the Americans to earn their sixth trip to the Leif Erikson Cup finals.

The 1985 Leif Erikson Cup finals featured the high-powered offense of the Pines against the shutdown defense of the Rangers. Each game was only settled by one goal including game seven which was settled in overtime. The Sacramento Pines won their first Leif Erikson Cup in only their second season of existence.

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Uniforms:

No major changes were made for the 1984-85 season.

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Austin Texans Home Away

Bangor Bruins Home Away

Brooklyn Americans Home Away

Fort Drum Rangers Home Away

Halifax Flyers Home Away

Hamilton Hammers Home Away

Huntsville Apollos Home Away

Kalamazoo Checkers Home Away

Kingston Chiefs Home Away

Markham Tigers Home Away

Milwaukee Ales Home Away

Minnesota Fighting Saints Home Away

Providence Reds Home Away

Regina Cyclones Home Away

Sacramento Pines Home Away

Seattle Orcas Home Away

Syracuse Mohawks Home Away

Windsor Ambassadors Home Away

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The Sacramento Pines better turn into the ones that you shared on here last year I believe with the curvy script and plaid striping. That was absolutely beautiful! (hence me remembering it all the way to now :) )

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The 1985-86 PAHL season had 18 teams playing 80 games each. The Brooklyn Americans were once again dominant finishing with the best record in the east, but the big story was the Seattle Orcas who put up an impressive 59-10-11 record. The Kalamazoo Checkers were also in excellent form finishing atop the Roberts Division with a 51-18-11 record.
The 1986 playoffs began with the Sacramento Pines upsetting the Seattle Orcas in six games and the Austin Texans led by young goalie Frank Pietrangelo toppling the Kalamazoo Checkers in seven games. In the east, the Brookln Americans handed the Syracuse Mohawks a 4-1 series loss, and the Fort Drum Rangers skated to a five game series win over the Hamilton Hammers. In the conference finals, the Brooklyn Americans swept the Fort Drum Rangers despite an impressive offensive effort by the Rangers. The Austin Texans ended the Sacramento Pines' dreams of back to back championships, eliminating them in six games.
The 1986 Leif Erikson Cup was again settled by a game seven overtime goal, this time by the Brooklyn Americans. It was their second Leif Erikson Cup.
The league announced that it would be adding three teams for the 1986-87 season to match the NHL's 21.

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Uniforms:

The Bangor Bruins changed up their look for the 1985-86 season

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Austin Texans Home Away

Bangor Bruins Home Away

Brooklyn Americans Home Away

Fort Drum Rangers Home Away

Halifax Flyers Home Away

Hamilton Hammers Home Away

Huntsville Apollos Home Away

Kalamazoo Checkers Home Away

Kingston Chiefs Home Away

Markham Tigers Home Away

Milwaukee Ales Home Away

Minnesota Fighting Saints Home Away

Providence Reds Home Away

Regina Cyclones Home Away

Sacramento Pines Home Away

Seattle Orcas Home Away

Syracuse Mohawks Home Away

Windsor Ambassadors Home Away

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The Sacramento Pines better turn into the ones that you shared on here last year I believe with the curvy script and plaid striping. That was absolutely beautiful! (hence me remembering it all the way to now :) )

No spoilers, but I think you'll be happy with their progression.

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Like the Bruins new look! Love this concept! Keep it going!!

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The 1986-87 season had 3 new franchises joining the league as well as some changes in affiliation. The New Orleans Jazz became the minor league affiliates of the St. Louis Blues, the Boise Bison became minor league affiliates of the Edmonton Oilers, and the Gatineau Quebecois became minor league affiliates of the Quebec Nordiques. Since the new clubs were more convienient, the Hamilton Hammers became the minor league affiliates for the Washington Capitals and the Austin Texans became minor league affiliates of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Competition was fierce with the top four teams in the league finishing within two wins of each other. The Austin Texans ended up with the best record (48-12-20).


The playoff format changed for the first time since 1958. The first round of the playoffs had the fourth and fifth place teams and third and sixth facing off in a best of five series. In round two, the winners of the preliminary round would face off against the first and second place teams respectively. In round one, the 4th place Kalamazoo Checkers swept the Minnesota Fighting Saints while the 3rd place Sacramento Pines edged the 6th place Seattle Orcas three games to two. In the east, the 4th place Bangor Bruins beat the 5th place Syracuse Mohawks 3 games to two, while the 3rd place Fort Drum Rangers eliminated the 6th place Markham Tigers 3 games to one. In round two, the Checkers beat the 1st place Austin Texans in seven games while the 2nd place Milwaukee Ales swept the Pines. The 1st place Hamilton Hammers knocked out the Bangor Bruins in six games while the Brooklyn Americans edged the Rangers in seven. In the conference finals, the Checkers beat the Ales in five and the Americans defeated the Hammers in six.


In the 1987 Leif Erikson Cup, the Brooklyn Americans won the first two games, but the Kalamazoo Checkers rallied to win the next four for their fifth Leif Erikson Cup.


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In addition to the new uniforms the new franchises were wearing, the Hamilton Hammers changed their look to reflect their new parent club and the Kingston Chiefs gave in to the demands of the Montreal Canadiens and adopted their design.

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Austin Texans Home Away

Bangor Bruins Home Away

Boise Bison Home Away

Brooklyn Americans Home Away

Fort Drum Rangers Home Away

Gatineau Quebecois Home Away

Halifax Flyers Home Away

Hamilton Hammers Home Away

Huntsville Apollos Home Away

Kalamazoo Checkers Home Away

Kingston Chiefs Home Away

Markham Tigers Home Away

Milwaukee Ales Home Away

Minnesota Fighting Saints Home Away

New Orleans Jazz Home Away

Providence Reds Home Away

Regina Cyclones Home Away

Sacramento Pines Home Away

Seattle Orcas Home Away

Syracuse Mohawks Home Away

Windsor Ambassadors Home Away

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The 1987-88 PAHL season had 21 teams playing 80 games each. The Sacramento Pines did exceedingly well again finishing with the beat record (48-18-14). The Regina Cyclones finished on the opposite end of the spectrum winning only 9 games. They announced they were folding at the end of the season.
The 1988 playoffs followed the same format as the previous season. In round one, the Boise Bison edged the Seattle Orcas 3-2, the Milwaukee Ales beat the Kalamazoo Checker 3-1, the Syracuse Mohawks eliminated the Gatineau Quebecois 3-1, and the Halifax Flyers snuck by the Brooklyn Americans 3-2. In the second round, the Hamilton Hammers knocked out the Halifax Flyers four games to two while the first place Bangor Bruins needed all seven games to take down the Mohawks. In the west, the Milwaukee Ales beat the Windsor Ambassadors in seven and the Sacramento Pines defeated the Boise Bison in five.
The conference finals didn't last long at all with the Ales sweeping the Pines and the Bruins beating the Hammers in five. The 1988 Leif Erikson Cup was quick too with the Bruins sweeping the Ales to win their first Cup.
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In uniform news, the Brooklyn Americans brought back their original uniforms, the Fort Drum Rangers made a minor change so both uniforms read Fort Drum, the Minnesota Fighting Saints added black to their color scheme, and the Syracuse Mohawks changed their uniforms to match the Sabres.

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Austin Texans Home Away

Bangor Bruins Home Away

Boise Bison Home Away

Brooklyn Americans Home Away

Fort Drum Rangers Home Away

Gatineau Quebecois Home Away

Halifax Flyers Home Away

Hamilton Hammers Home Away

Huntsville Apollos Home Away

Kalamazoo Checkers Home Away

Kingston Chiefs Home Away

Markham Tigers Home Away

Milwaukee Ales Home Away

Minnesota Fighting Saints Home Away

New Orleans Jazz Home Away

Providence Reds Home Away

Regina Cyclones Home Away

Sacramento Pines Home Away

Seattle Orcas Home Away

Syracuse Mohawks Home Away

Windsor Ambassadors Home Away

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It's time again to look back at another less-successful PAHL franchise.

Regina Cyclones

Founded: 1973

Division: Washburn (1973-78, 1979-88) Roberts (1978-79)

Home Arena: Cyclone Stadium (1973-88)

City: Regina, Saskatchewan

NHL Affiliation: Winnipeg Jets (1983-88)

Legacy Points: 18 (T-26th/44)

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For the 1988-89 season, we saw two new teams on the ice. The Boise Bison moved to Regina to take the place of the departed Cyclones and were renamed the Regina Oilers, and a new franchise began play in North Dakota, the Fargo Flames. Since Fargo had become the new farm team of the Flames, and the Cyclones folded, the Milwaukee Ales became the minor league affiliates of the Winnipeg Jets. The Flames did quite well in their first season, finishing with the best record in the Western Conference (48-17-15). In the East, the Gatineau Quebecois were dominant with young free agent Ed Belfour in net. They finished with an impressive 54-16-10 record.


The 1989 playoffs started with the Sacramento Pines sweeping the New Orleans Jazz, the Brooklyn Americans knocking out the defending champion Bangor Bruins 3-1, the Milwaukee Ales edging the Huntsville Apollos 3-2, and the Fort Drum Rangers eliminating the Providence Reds 3-2. In the second round, the Fargo Flames, Windsor Ambassadors and Halifax Flyers all swept their opponents. The Gatineau Quebecois did not have as good of luck, being eliminated in six games by the Fort Drum Rangers. The conference finals was a bit of a changing of the guard with the newer teams defeating each of the older teams. Flames beat the Ambassadors and the Flyers beat the Rangers each in seven.


The 1989 Leif Erikson Cup had two newcomers in their first final. The Flames proved too much for the Flyers though and won their first Leif Erikson Cup in their first season in six games.


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The Fargo Flames and Regina Oilers debuted their new uniforms, and the Milwaukee Ales changed their striping to match their new parent club,

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Austin Texans Home Away

Bangor Bruins Home Away

Brooklyn Americans Home Away

Fargo Flames Home Away

Fort Drum Rangers Home Away

Gatineau Quebecois Home Away

Halifax Flyers Home Away

Hamilton Hammers Home Away

Huntsville Apollos Home Away

Kalamazoo Checkers Home Away

Kingston Chiefs Home Away

Markham Tigers Home Away

Milwaukee Ales Home Away

Minnesota Fighting Saints Home Away

New Orleans Jazz Home Away

Providence Reds Home Away

Regina Oilers Home Away

Sacramento Pines Home Away

Seattle Orcas Home Away

Syracuse Mohawks Home Away

Windsor Ambassadors Home Away

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The 1989-90 PAHL season had 21 teams playing 80 games each. The Gatineau Quebecois finished the season on top of the league yet again, this time with a 50-20-10 record. The Fargo Flames also did exceedingly well, finishing first in the Western Conference with a respectable 49-23-8 record.
In the first round of the 1990 playoffs, the Regina Oilers swept the Austin Texans and the Bangor Bruins swept the Markham Tigers. The other two matchups required all five games with the Huntsville Apollos beating the Windsor Ambassadors and Hamilton Hammers beating the Brooklyn Americans 3-2. In round two, the Fargo Flames topped the Oilers, The Sacramento pines beat the Apollos, and the Hamilton Hammers upset the Gatineau Quebecois all in five games while the Fort Drum Rangers beat the Bangor Bruins in six.
The conference finals were pretty cut and dry with the Fargo Flames sweeping the Sacramento Pines to earn their second consecutive trip to the Leif Erikson Cup. The Hamilton Hammers beat the Fort Drum Rangers in six to stamp their ticket.
The 1990 Leif Erikson Cup was an absolute battle with the Hamilton Hammers coming back from a 3-1 deficit to win in game 7 to win their fourth Leif Erikson Cup.
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Uniforms:

For the 1989-90 season, the Halifax Flyers and Seattle Orcas updated their looks.

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Austin Texans Home Away
Bangor Bruins Home Away
Brooklyn Americans Home Away
Fargo Flames Home Away
Fort Drum Rangers Home Away
Gatineau Quebecois Home Away
Halifax Flyers Home Away
Hamilton Hammers Home Away
Huntsville Apollos Home Away
Kalamazoo Checkers Home Away
Kingston Chiefs Home Away
Markham Tigers Home Away
Milwaukee Ales Home Away
Minnesota Fighting Saints Home Away
New Orleans Jazz Home Away
Providence Reds Home Away
Regina Oilers Home Away
Sacramento Pines Home Away
Seattle Orcas Home Away
Syracuse Mohawks Home Away
Windsor Ambassadors Home Away

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Great series so far! Have to say I miss Hamilton's old Black and Silver colour scheme.

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