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Minnesota Amateur Hockey League - 1957 Kellogg Cup Final

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Stillwater now has some of the nicest lookin uniforms. Big notre dame vibes. 

I like the Tornadoes but the little picture of a tornado is a bit off putting. And are the Lumberjacks the first secondary logo? Or shoulder logo atleast? If I’m wrong how many teams do have the shoulder logos.

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10 minutes ago, BellaSpurs said:

Stillwater now has some of the nicest lookin uniforms. Big notre dame vibes. 

I like the Tornadoes but the little picture of a tornado is a bit off putting. And are the Lumberjacks the first secondary logo? Or shoulder logo atleast? If I’m wrong how many teams do have the shoulder logos.

 

The Saints were the first team to use shoulder logos, the Lumberjacks are the second. Warroad uses logos in the sleeve striping, but not on the shoulders. And now the Tornados and Volunteers have logos on the upper chest.

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19 hours ago, JG36 said:

Small change, but shouldn’t it be tornadoEs with an E?

 

Technically that is the correct spelling, I thought this could be one of those misspellings for a team that people talk about how it should be the other way. They are likely to change it down the line.

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1 minute ago, TheYellowWolfMC said:

What program do you use to make the uniforms? Or is it a secret? 

 

The uniforms are all made in photoshop and the logos are made in illustrator

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Midway through the 1955/56 season, games took a pause so the leagues best could face off against one another in the third annual MAHL All-Star Game. This years host was Warroad, the games were played at the Warroad Memorial Arena which seats 1,800. The MAHL announced next years host will be from the Valley Hockey League.

 

As it had been done the previous two seasons, the uniforms were heavily based on the host teams uniforms. The striping and colors of the Lakers remained the exact same, the only differences were that they now said North and South rather than Lakers, and the anchor sleeve logos were replaced with stars.

 

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I've decided to not do full rosters since it is just a lot of extra work on my end making up people to get in, I will still mention players in the game review. If you really want I can do it again in the future, just let me know if it's a big deal or not.

 

Let me know what you think, comments are appreciated!

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The speculated total attendance was around 2,100 for the affair as the North and South All-Stars faced off. Here is the game summary.

 

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First Period: Team North came out fast, Roseau's Baumgartner put one five hole, but instead of cheers for scoring for team north he was met with a barrage of boo's from the Warroad faithful. Not even a minute later, the south answered with a goal of their own, South St. Paul's Johansson slid it just past Two Harbor's Caden, he was assisted by Larson of the Chiefs. The period then evened out for a while with neither team doing much offensively. With just over 2 minutes remaining, Thunder Bay's Dean Angell was sent to the box for elbowing. St. Cloud's favorite, Schmidt, capitalized to give team South the lead.

 

Second Period: The second period was fast paced, but neither team capitalized on scoring chances, the score remained the same. Midway through the goaltenders switched, Caden (Two Harbors) and Nodl (Little Falls) were replaced with Olafsson (Chisholm) and Niskanen (St. Paul Victorias).

 

Third Period: A couple minutes into the third, the scoring resumed, Heaslip of the Duluth Voyageurs buried a one timer from Eveleth's Mariucci to tie things at two apiece. South answered back a few minutes later thanks to Fergus Fall's O'Neil taking a shot from the point that found its way in the back of the net. North again tied things up when Polich of the Greyhounds got a lucky bounce in front of the net, the assists went to Warroad's own Oshie, and International Falls' Backus. The game was tied with less than five minutes on the clock when West St. Paul's Charlie Finnigan had a rebound shoot directly to him, he put it home in the back of the net to give Team South the lead once again. This time though they held on, winning the 1956 All-Star Game. This was Team South's first All-Star Game victory.

 

Charlie Finnigan of the West St Paul Waves was named MVP for his game winning goal.

 

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The 1955/56 Season has concluded, here are the stories.

 

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Granite:

Spoiler

The Granite League expanded to 6 teams this year, but to most people's surprise, the top three spots went to the older teams. Nobody was surprised the Bear Cats finished in first place again, the Cats look very good this year, but many are saying this could be a make or break year as Schmidt and Sauer are nearly past their primes. Little Falls remained in second, the Pilots continue to fly under the radar of most of the league, but could pose a real threat in the playoffs. The biggest surprise of the season was Brainerd, nearly everyone expected them to contend with St. Cloud at the top of the league, and although they did make the playoffs as the 4 seed, they still finished below the Cyclones. Sauk Rapids did about as well as they were expected to do as a smaller town in their first year, missing the playoffs and finishing in fifth. And the Norsemen finished in last place, no longer will they be able to coast into the playoffs though.

Iron Range:

Spoiler

Hibbing reclaimed the top spot in the Iron Range, their third league title in four years. An up and coming Virginia team took second, led by winger Elliot Herman. The Redbirds took third, proving the neigh sayers wrong by continuing to compete with the best in the league. Last years league champs from Grand Rapids took a big step back this year after losing Baker to the AHL, without their star goalie, the Moose's defense was exposed and abused. Chisholm stayed in fifth place, only missing the playoffs by 2 wins. Ely had another disappointing season, but managed to keep the Miners hard Hat trophy for the 7th straight year. Soudan again finished in last place.

Lake Superior:

Spoiler

It appears that the Hornets death grip on the league may have finally worn off, the Hornets finished in third again this year, and are their age is starting to slow them down. Thunder Bay on the other hand is a team on the rise, the Giants are beginning to look like their team from the late 30s. The Voyageurs dropped one spot from last year, but are still definite threats to win it all. Two Harbors moved up one spot, returning to the playoffs for the first time since the debated Lake Superior League only playoffs of 1944. Cloquet dropped down one spot, and the Lakers stayed in last place.

Northland:

Spoiler

International Falls stayed in first place in the league, Captain Willy Mason led the team in points with 41 in 24 games. The Blue Ox continue to rise, Riley Motzko leading one of the best defenses in all of the MAHL, and 20 year old breakout star Tom Eichstadt leading the offense. Fort Frances fell one place, the Trappers weren't quite as tough as they had been the last couple years, but I wouldn't be shocked if they made a nice run in the playoffs. Oshie and the Lakers made the bounce to fourth place, landing a playoff spot and most importantly keeping the Victory Bell over their bitter rivals from Roseau who finished one spot behind them. Thief River finished in last place, the Railers are just in a case of being a good team in a great league.

Twin Cities:

Spoiler

After years of being good but not the best, the West St. Paul Waves finally appear to have broken through, winning the Twin Cities League and looking like possible favorites to win it all. Last years champions finished in second place, but the Victorias look like a team that is definitely capable of going back to back. The "Mighty Millers" remained in third place and look to finally put it together in the playoffs. South St. Paul made it back to the playoffs this year, finishing in fourth place and looking like a dark horse possibility for the cup. The Saints continue to look meh, they don't look good enough to contend for a cup in the next year or so, but they're not bad either. White Bear Lake took a step back after making the playoffs for the first time, finishing in sixth place. Are the Bruins finally gonna not be horrible? It's a definite possibility after what they showed us this season, the perennial punching bags actually played somewhat competitive in the first half of the season before the wheels fell off around the all star game. Stillwater finished in 8th in their first season, it definitely wasn't what they had hoped for, but it was their just their first year. The Vulcans really struggled this year, nothing went their way and they only managed to get 3 wins.

Valley:

Spoiler

The Robins remained at the top of the league and appear to be the only real contender in the playoffs unless there are some upsets. Speaking of upsets, the Austin Mavericks seemed to have carried the momentum from their huge upset in last playoffs all through the season, the Mavs moved up to second and look like a real team on the rise. The Mustangs dropped to third place, star winger Ryan Pohl was hurt early in the season and isn't set to return until next season. Red Wing finished in fourth place, taking the final playoff spot which means that Albert Lea has finally missed the playoffs as they took fifth. La Crosse and Winona both finished in the bottom of the league again, rumors are that the two teams are going to be putting more effort into recruiting in the off season to try and end the trend of being in the bottom of the league.

 

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2 hours ago, TargetToad said:

Really? The Black Bears fell behind Chisholm. Pathetic SMH.

 

Chisholm actually passed them last year and remained ahead of them this year as well.

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Stillwater is back . . . . oh dear. Shoutout to Sauk Rapids for the purple, the league needed more.

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Stillwater...DIDN'T FINISH LAST!

That alone is cause for celebration in the city...

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No seventeen consecutive wooden spoons for the Stillwater area!

 

But Ely, we're heading in the wrong direction, and are only lucky that Soudan are more futile than the Black Bears.

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1956 Kellogg Cup Playoffs; Knockout Round

 

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Eveleth Redbirds v. Rochester Mustangs

Spoiler

The Mustangs took the day long drive to Eveleth to battle, they must have brought a lucky horseshoe along with them. Everything that could have gone right did, and meanwhile the Redbirds couldn't catch a break. Lucky bounces, missed calls, weak penalties. Everything was going in favor of the Mustangs. Rochester would win the game 5-2.

Austin Mavericks v. South St. Paul Mavericks

Spoiler

In the long anticipated "Battle of the Mavericks" the highers seeded squad from Austin came out on top, thanks in large part to a 2 goal night by 20 year old star center Bobby Frenz. Austin won 3-0.

Fort Frances Trappers v. Brainerd Lumberjacks

Spoiler

Fort Frances ended the Lumberjacks first season with a 4-2 victory. The Trappers will now advance to play their arch rivals from International Falls.

Duluth Voyageurs v. Red Wing Chiefs

Spoiler

Le Bleus came out on top against the 24th seeded Chiefs from Red Wing. The Chiefs struck first, but the Voyageurs responded with 3 unanswered goals to win 3-1.

Duluth Hornets v. Fergus Falls Cyclones

Spoiler

The Hornets and Cyclones faced off on the shores of Lake Superior, and for the first time in a long time, the Hornets were knocked out in the knockout round of the playoffs. Fergus Falls just didn't give Duluth any good chances, O'Neil had 14 blocked shots on the night.

Virginia Royals v. Warroad Lakers

Spoiler

Virginia cut Warroad's return to the playoffs short, shutting out the Lakers 4-0 and looking like a serious threat to possibly continue when they play the Victorias next round.

Minneapolis Millers v. Grand Rapids Moose

Spoiler

The Mighty Millers and Moose squared off at Minneapolis Arena in front of a sold out crowd. The home town fans were not disappointed as the Millers knocked off Grand Rapids by a score of 3-2.

Little Falls Pilots v. Two Harbors Timberwolves

Spoiler

A team that has been around one fourth of the time it has been since the Timberwolves were last in the playoffs faced off against said Wolves in this 10-23 match up. The 3 year old Pilots ended Two Harbors long awaited return, winning in convincing fashion 5-1.

 

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Sometime in the near future, will you add another Canadian team? Maybe in Kenora or Steinbach?

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4 hours ago, NoE38 said:

Sometime in the near future, will you add another Canadian team? Maybe in Kenora or Steinbach?

 

Those are definitely candidates for expansion in the Northland League

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On 1/30/2019 at 2:49 PM, TargetToad said:

Stillwater. Welcome back. I got you a present: :D 4686_lge.rz_.jpg

Oof.

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