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1 hour ago, DCBayernfan28 said:

Saskatoon has some good players!! I love that Salo is the goalie

me too

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Montreal look menacing!

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Before we get to the 2000-01 season, let's take a look at our expansion teams. The first one is the Kharkiv Devils. Their logo features a devil with his horns in the shape of an X to represent the Ukrainian spelling of Kharkiv. They took to the ice in 2000 wearing these uniforms:

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In 2003, they added a neon alternate:

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In 2005, the Devils changed their look:

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In 2008, the Devils added a red third and brought back their more color-balanced home jersey:

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In 2011, the Devils added a new red alternate with a unique striping design:

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In 2012, the Devils redesigned their look based on their previous alternate look:

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And next we have the Minneapolis Geminis. They began play in 2000 wearing these uniforms:

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They changed their look in 2006 to these:

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In 2012 the Geminis went very traditional with these new uniforms:

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32 minutes ago, JCRGraphix said:

And next we have the Minneapolis Geminis. They began play in 2000 wearing these uniforms:

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They changed their look in 2006 to these:

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In 2012 the Geminis went very traditional with these new uniforms:

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@New York's Greatestugh whyyy

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2000-01

 

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The 2000-01 WHL season featured some fantastic tandem goaltending around the league. Rookie goalie Miika Kiprusoff of the Belgrade Wolves teamed up with veteran goalie Mike Richter to propel the Wolves to third place in the Western European Division while the duo of Evgeni Nabokov and Curtis Joseph were excellent for the St. Petersburg Horsemen helping them finish first in the Eastern European Division. The Phoenix Cougars rode the tandem of Martin Brodeur and Felix Potvin all the way to first place in the Western North American Division. The Tretiak Trophy for best goalie went to Patrick Roy of the Minsk Bisons as he performed amazingly helping the Bisons to second place in the Eastern European Division. The Eastern North American Division experienced quite the shakeup as the Montreal Quebecois missed the playoffs for the first time in their existence. They had the longest playoff streak of any WHL franchise. The Toronto Bucks also missed the playoffs despite finishing first the previous year. Joe Sakic of the Vancouver Spirits won the 2000-01 Delvecchio Trophy as highest scorer while the Howe Trophy for MVP was given to St. Petersburg's Rod Brind'Amour for captaining his team to success.

 

The 2000-01 Global Cup playoffs had some major upsets beginning with the Western North American Division where Tommy Salo and the Saskatoon Blazers surprised the Phoenix Cougars in 5 games, while the Vancouver Spirits swept the Winnipeg Lakers in what was expected to be a much closer series. The Blazers then forced the Spirits to 7 games before eliminating them on home ice. In the Eastern Division, the Boston Irish sailed past the Halifax Bombers knocking them out in 5 games while Chris Osgood and the Chicago Cardinals eliminated the Buffalo Thunder in 6 games. The Cardinals would fall to the Irish in 7 games. After two 7-game series, the Irish and Blazers both wanted to knock the other out early, but they ended up going to 7 games as well with the Blazers emerging victorious. 

 

In the Easterm European Division, the St. Petersburg Horsemen rolled over the Moscow Stars in 5 games and then swept Patrick Roy and the Minsk Bisons, who had just defeated the Nizhny Novgorod Comets in 6 games. In the West, the Warsaw Winged Hussars eliminated the Helsinki Icebreakers fairly quickly while the Belgrade Wolves swept the London Crown. The Wolves then knocked out the Winged Hussars in a brutal 7 game series. The Wolves then went on to fall to the Horsemen in 6 games giving the Horsemen their first Global Cup Finals in 8 years. 

 

The 2001 Global Cup Finals were an exciting 7-game affair featuring the longest WHL game in history, a 5-overtime thriller, in game 4. After winning two games each, the Blazers and Horsemen traded wins setting up a game 7 in St. Petersburg. The game started off tight with the Blazers scoring the first 2 goals, but the Horsemen rallied scoring 4 unanswered. With 1:30 left in the third period, the Blazers pulled Tommy Salo in favor of an extra attacker. While he was out, the Blazers peppered Evgeni Nabokov with shot after shot, but after making one brilliant save, Blazer defenseman Mattias Norstrom missed a hard pass and the puck went down the ice into the open goal. Nabokov was credited with the goal, marking only the fourth WHL goal scored by a goalie (Ron Hextall 1992, Martin Brodeur 1994, 1997), but the only one in the playoffs. The Horsemen won the game 5-2 to win their first Global Cup Championship.

 

Regular Season Standings:

 

European Conference:

 

Eastern Division:
1. St. Petersburg Horsemen
2. Minsk Bisons
3. Nizhny Novgorod Comets
4. Moscow Stars
5. Riga Griffins 
6. Kiev Angels
7. Prague Golems
8. Kharkiv Devils
 
Western Division:
1. Warsaw Winged Hussars
2. London Crown
3. Belgrade Wolves
4. Helsinki Icebreakers
5. Amsterdam Dutchmen 
6. Mannheim Motors
7. Stockholm Norsemen
8. Copenhagen Hammer 
  
North American Conference:
 
Eastern Division:

1. Boston Irish
2. Chicago Cardinals
3. Buffalo Thunder
4. Halifax Bombers
5. Montreal Quebecois
6. Toronto Bucks
7. Washington Eagles
8. Brooklyn Emperors
 
Western Division:
1. Phoenix Cougars
2. Vancouver Spirits 
3. Winnipeg Lakers
4. Saskatoon Blazers
5. St. Louis Clydesdales
6. Oakland Americans 
7. Minneapolis Geminis
8. Hollywood Dragons

 

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Star players for the 2001-02 season:

 

Amsterdam Dutchmen
Patrick Lalime
Al MacInnis
Tomas Holmstrom
Simon Gagne


Belgrade Wolves
Mike Richter / Miika Kiprusoff
Keith Tkachuk
Chris Pronger
Tomas Kaberle


Boston Irish
Ed Belfour
Niklas Lidstrom
Pavol Demitra
Martin St. Louis


Brooklyn Emperors
Stephane Fiset / Tomas Vokoun
Joe Juneau
Luc Robitaille
Eric Desjardins

Daymond Langkow


Buffalo Thunder
Jeff Hackett / Martin Biron
Owen Nolan
Doug Weight
Mathieu Schneider

Petr Sykora


Chicago Cardinals
Chris Osgood
Rob Blake
Jeff Friesen
Patrik Stefan


Copenhagen Hammer
Dwayne Roloson / Manny Legace
Ed Jovanovski
Mats Sundin
Alexander Mogilny

Petr Nedved

 

Halifax Bombers
Brian Boucher
Adam Oates
Scott Stevens
Scott Gomez


Helsinki Icebreakers
Olaf Kolzig
Eric Lindros
Peter Forsberg
Zigmund Palffy


Hollywood Dragons
Jamie McLennan / Mike BAles
John LeClair
Patrick Marleau

Ryan Smyth

 

Kharkiv Devils

J-S AubinJamie Storr
Michal Handzus
Vaclav Prospal

Jere Lehtinen

Dany Heatley


Kiev Angels
Byron Dafoe / Kevin Weekes
Joe Nieuwendyk
Paul Kariya
Mike Modano


London Crown
Roman Cechmanek / J.S. Giguere
Teemu Selanne
Peter Bondra
David Legwand


Mannheim Motors
Ron Tugnutt / Manny Fernandez
Scott Niedermayer
Olli Jokinen
Marco Sturm

 

Minneapolis Geminis
Marc Denis / Fred Brathwaite

Anson Carter

Daniel Briere

Maxim Afinogenov


Minsk Bisons
Patrick Roy
Jozef Stumpel
Miroslav Satan
Jeff O'Neill


Montreal Quebecois
Roman Turek
Steve Yzerman
Joe Thornton

Valeri Bure

Marian Hossa


Moscow Stars
Nikolai Khabibulin
Sergei Fedorov
Alexei Yashin

Ilya Kovalchuk


Nizhny Novgorod Comets
Damian Rhodes / Rick DiPietro
Ron Francis
Alexei Kovalev
Saku Koivu

Markus Naslund


Oakland Americans
Trevor Kidd
Mike Ricci
Theoren Fleury
Shane Doan


Phoenix Cougars
Martin Brodeur / Felix Potvin
Pierre Turgeon
Zdeno Chara
Jamie Langenbrunner


Prague Golems
Dominik Hasek
Jaromir Jagr
Pavel Bure
Patrik Elias


Riga Griffins
Arturs Irbe / Jose Theodore
Sandis Ozolinsh
Milan Hejduk
Vincent Lecavlier


St. Louis Clydesdales
Steve Shields
Jason Allison
Alexei Zhitnik
Radek Bonk


St. Petersburg Horsemen
Evgeni Nabokov / Curtis Joseph
Rod Brind’Amour
Vyacheslav Kozlov
Sergei Gonchar

Ray Whitney


Saskatoon Blazers
Tommy Salo
Tony Amonte
Mark Recchi
Darren McCarty


Stockholm Norsemen
John Vanbiesbrouck / John Grahame
Daniel Alfredsson
Jeremy Roenick
Dale Hunter


Toronto Bucks
Sean Burke / Guy Hebert
Oleg Tverdovsky
Chris Chelios
Kris Draper


Vancouver Spirits
Dan Cloutier
Mark Messier
Joe Sakic
Pavel Datsyuk


Warsaw Winged Hussars
Jocelyn Thibault
Jarome Iginla
Brendan Shanahan
Mariusz Czerkawski


Washington Eagles
Tom Barrasso
Doug Gilmour
Bobby Holik
Rob Niedermayer


Winnipeg Lakers
Mike Vernon / Ilya Bryzgalov
Claude Lemieux
Brett Hull
Vincent Damphousse

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OHHH YEAAAAA ST. PETERSBURG ARE THE CHAMPIONS BABY WOOOOO

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1 hour ago, BostonStrong13 said:

I know it sucks when I'm right in my guesses...congrats on win by the way!

 

Also ROY GOT TRADED!! WHAT THE F@^& IS WRONG WITH THE NEW GM!...I'm not crying...I-I swear:( :cry:. But seriously we Turek...well at least we have Yzerman, Jumbo Joe, and Marian Hossa...I would still like to thank him for his service to Montreal!

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Can someone explain why Prague is now just stone fodder? Welp, let's stall for Crosby or Ovechkin.

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Heyyy, after stalling for so long the Bisons finally get to the second round!

We must have done a 76ers and tanked for a while... Lets hope a Global Cup Championship will find a home in Minsk soon...

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Oh yeah...Halifax made the playoffs!

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2001-02

 

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By @Jacobseye

 

The 2001-02 season of the WHL came with many surprises In Europe. The Riga Griffins made the playoffs coming in third place in the Eastern Division behind the Stars and Horsemen respectively. Nizhny Novogorod struggled this season with a couple injuries and being unable to compete with the usual Eastern European powerhouses Moscow and Saint Petersburg along with Riga. In West Europe, Amsterdam made a successful playoff run reaching the 4th seed. London had a dominant year, Finishing with the top record in the European Conference. Warsaw finished in second place and Belgrade in third. Meanwhile in the North America East Division, Boston once again made their case as one of the WHL's top teams. but the playoff picture was the same as last year in the division with Chicago, Buffalo, and Halifax once again all making the playoffs. Unfortunately for the Montreal Quebecois, their fall from grace continued finishing at 7th.  Meanwhile in Toronto, it was stagnation at 6th place. In the North American Western division. one of the biggest trades of the year happened where the Saskatoon  Blazers sent Mark Recchi to Oakland for Shane Doan. This Trade propelled the Americans to the third spot in the western division and leaving the Blazers out of the playoffs. Mark Messier did not disappoint as he lead the Spirits to the top of the Western division. Another great year by Martin Brodeur placed the Cougars in 2nd. Claude Lemieux and Brett Hull put together a 4th place finish for the Lakers.
 

PLAYOFFS: Round One

Europe East

St. Petersburg defeats Minsk in 6 games

Riga Beats Moscow in 5 games

Europe West

Amsterdam falls to London in 5 games

Warsaw ousts Belgrade 4-3

North America East

Boston Sweeps Buffalo

Chicago defeats Halifax 4-2

North America West 

Vancouver sweeps Winnipeg once again

Phoenix edges out Oakland 4-3

ROUND TWO

Europe East 

Riga overcomes a 3-1 deficit to take down the Horsemen 4-3

Europe West

London handles the Hussars 4-1

North America East

Boston takes out Chicago 4-2

North America West

The Spirits, despite a 2-0 deficit, win 4-2 against Phoenix

<This is where I take over>

 

The 2002 Conference finals were dominated by the goaltending of Arturs Irbe of the Riga Griffins and Ed Belfour of the Boston Irish. In the European Conference, the London Crown tried everything but were foiled by Arturs Irbe who shut them out in games 1 and 4 helping the Griffins sweep the Crown. In the North American Conference, the Vancouver Spirits put up an excellent fight but couldn't seem to beat Belfour when they needed to and they fell to the Irish in 6 games.

 

Much like the previous season, the Global Cup Finals went to seven games. The Irish won the first two games on home ice, but the Griffins were resilient and won their home games and the next one in Boston. In game 6 in Riga, Arturs Irbe went down awkwardly in the first period and was replaced by young goalie Jose Theodore. Although Theodore didn't let anything by him in regulation, he was beat early in overtime forcing a game 7 in Boston. Although everything looked promising for the Irish, luck would not be with them in game 7. Arturs Irbe returned and was unbeatable shutting out the Irish to win the Riga Griffins' first Global Cup.

 

The 2002 draft saw some important young players go to WHL franchises including Rick Nash who was taken first overall by the Minneapolis Geminis, Kari Lehtonen who was taken second by the Karkhiv Devils, and Alexander Semin taken mid first round by the Moscow Stars. The Halifax Bombers also shook things up a bit picking up free agents Marty Turco and Marian Gaborik and trading Scott Gomez to the Phoenix Cougars for Jamie Langenbrunner. The Minsk Bisons bolstered their team by signing Robert Esche to back up Patrick Roy and defenseman Darius Kasparaitis. Finally, Mario Lemieux announced he would return for the 2002-03 season with the Winnipeg Lakers.

 

 

Regular Season Standings:

 

European Conference:

 

Eastern Division:

1. St. Petersburg Horsemen

2. Moscow Stars

3. Riga Griffins

4. Minsk Bison

5. Kiev Angels

6. Nizhny Novogorod Comets

7. Prague Golems

8. Kharkiv Devils

 

Western Division:

1. London Crown

2. Warsaw Winged Hussars

3. Belgrade Wolves

4. Amsterdam Dutchmen

5. Mannheim Motors

6. Helsinki Icebreakers

7. Copenhagen Hammer

8. Stockholm Norsemen

 

North American Conference:

 

Eastern Division:

1. Boston Irish

2. Chicago Cardinals

3. Halifax Bombers

4. Buffalo Thunder

5. Washington Eagles

6. Toronto Bucks

7. Montreal Quebecois

8. Brooklyn Emperors

 

Western Division:

1. Vancouver Spirits

2. Phoenix Cougars

3. Oakland Americans

4. Winnipeg Lakers

5. Saskatoon Blazers

6. St. Louis Clydesdales

7. Hollywood Dragons

8. Minneapolis Geminis

 

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Star players for the 2002-03 season:

 

Amsterdam Dutchmen
Patrick Lalime
Al MacInnis
Tomas Holmstrom
Simon Gagne


Belgrade Wolves
Mike Richter / Miika Kiprusoff
Keith Tkachuk
Chris Pronger
Tomas Kaberle


Boston Irish
Ed Belfour
Niklas Lidstrom
Pavol Demitra
Martin St. Louis


Brooklyn Emperors
Stephane Fiset / Tomas Vokoun
Joe Juneau
Luc Robitaille
Eric Desjardins

Daymond Langkow


Buffalo Thunder
Jeff Hackett / Martin Biron
Owen Nolan
Doug Weight
Mathieu Schneider

Petr Sykora


Chicago Cardinals
Chris Osgood
Rob Blake
Jeff Friesen
Patrik Stefan


Copenhagen Hammer
Dwayne Roloson / Manny Legace
Ed Jovanovski
Mats Sundin
Alexander Mogilny

Petr Nedved

 

Halifax Bombers
Brian Boucher / Marty Turco
Adam Oates
Scott Stevens

Jamie Langenbrunner

Marian Gaborik


Helsinki Icebreakers
Olaf Kolzig
Eric Lindros
Peter Forsberg
Zigmund Palffy


Hollywood Dragons
Jamie McLennan / Mike BAles
John LeClair
Patrick Marleau

Ryan Smyth

 

Kharkiv Devils

J-S AubinKari Lehtonen
Michal Handzus
Vaclav Prospal

Jere Lehtinen

Dany Heatley


Kiev Angels
Byron Dafoe / Kevin Weekes
Joe Nieuwendyk
Paul Kariya
Mike Modano


London Crown
Roman Cechmanek / J.S. Giguere
Teemu Selanne
Peter Bondra
David Legwand


Mannheim Motors
Ron Tugnutt / Manny Fernandez
Scott Niedermayer
Olli Jokinen
Marco Sturm

 

Minneapolis Geminis
Marc Denis / Fred Brathwaite

Anson Carter

Daniel Briere

Maxim Afinogenov

Rick Nash


Minsk Bisons
Patrick Roy / Robert Esche
Jozef Stumpel
Miroslav Satan
Jeff O'Neill

Darius Kasparaitis


Montreal Quebecois
Roman Turek
Steve Yzerman
Joe Thornton

Valeri Bure

Marian Hossa


Moscow Stars
Nikolai Khabibulin
Sergei Fedorov
Alexei Yashin

Ilya Kovalchuk


Nizhny Novgorod Comets
Damian Rhodes / Rick DiPietro
Ron Francis
Alexei Kovalev
Saku Koivu

Markus Naslund


Oakland Americans
Trevor Kidd
Mike Ricci
Theoren Fleury
Shane Doan


Phoenix Cougars
Martin Brodeur / Felix Potvin
Pierre Turgeon
Zdeno Chara

Scott Gomez


Prague Golems
Dominik Hasek
Jaromir Jagr
Pavel Bure
Patrik Elias


Riga Griffins
Arturs Irbe / Jose Theodore
Sandis Ozolinsh
Milan Hejduk
Vincent Lecavlier


St. Louis Clydesdales
Steve Shields
Jason Allison
Alexei Zhitnik
Radek Bonk


St. Petersburg Horsemen
Evgeni Nabokov / Curtis Joseph
Rod Brind’Amour
Vyacheslav Kozlov
Sergei Gonchar

Ray Whitney


Saskatoon Blazers
Tommy Salo
Tony Amonte
Mark Recchi
Darren McCarty


Stockholm Norsemen
John Grahame
Daniel Alfredsson
Jeremy Roenick
Dale Hunter


Toronto Bucks
Sean Burke / Guy Hebert
Oleg Tverdovsky
Chris Chelios
Kris Draper


Vancouver Spirits
Dan Cloutier
Mark Messier
Joe Sakic
Pavel Datsyuk


Warsaw Winged Hussars
Jocelyn Thibault
Jarome Iginla
Brendan Shanahan
Mariusz Czerkawski


Washington Eagles
Tom Barrasso
Doug Gilmour
Bobby Holik
Rob Niedermayer


Winnipeg Lakers
Ilya Bryzgalov

Mario Lemieux
Claude Lemieux
Brett Hull
Vincent Damphousse

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Orange... 

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Riga finally did it, after many years of struggles! :winner:

Just waiting for STL to finally win, or at least make it out of the first round. (Hmm... Seems a lot like the NHL team) :(

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On 1/3/2017 at 0:23 PM, RedfieldNick said:

I could tell you, root for a team that no one else does.

 

Amsterdam- @JosiahWVU

Boston- @Darknes

Brooklyn- @VitorioArts

Chicago- @TheeGunnShow

Cologne- @Magic Dynasty

Copenhagen- @Steelman

Halifax- @KINGCHANCELLOR

Helsinki- @KittSmith_95

Kiev- @worcat

Montreal- @New York's Greatest

Moscow- @TheHealthiestScratch

Prague-Me

Riga- @mamiller99

St. Petersburg- @BostonStrong13

Saskatoon- @Uglybus

Seattle- @~Bear

Stockholm & Toronto- @timberwolf

Washington- @moonwalker

Winnipeg- @Jacobseye

 

Any that I missed, guys?

Toronto @mso94

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