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7/02/2019 2:16 am  #31


Re: Torland Hockey League: 1990 Offseason (Hey 90’s!)

ThisIsFine wrote:

Don Giordano? my favorite colors!

Dang, I did that on most of them. Good catch.

Nark24 wrote:

Chasonne looks amazing! I am a musician and lover of classical music. To see two of my passions merged is just perfect. Signed as a fan

I was hoping a fellow musician might be in the crowd, as I'm also musician and singer/songwriter. Glad to see the first official fan of a team!

Section30 wrote:

Chassone looks great, I like the name in relation to the city's history.

I really wish we had multi-quote so I don't have to manually bracket the quotes. Lol. Anyway, thanks S30!
 


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7/03/2019 12:54 am  #32


Re: Torland Hockey League: 1990 Offseason (Hey 90’s!)

We're gonna do a double-feature tonight so we can get to the first season!

TROWBURGH LIONS

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- #16 F Reynaldo Redden / #33 G Von Wentz

Quick Facts:


  • City: Trowburgh, Lismane
  • Nickname: Lions
  • Owner: Leo Rankin
  • Head Coach: Larry Kirkpatrick
  • Home Ice: Trowburgh Arena



About the City:

Trowburgh, known as the City of Dreaming, is one of the main financial centers of Torland. With many large banks, investment firms and corporate headquarters, Trowburgh is the place to be for business people and entrepreneurs. With the boom of big ad agencies in the 50's, Trowburgh became the epicenter of the economic marketplace of Torland. The city itself is uninspiring, originally a river town built around a crossing place of the Lorethop River. Mining was accessible from the town in the northern faces of the Wilder Mountains and then the town transitioned to logging and eventually moving toward primarily manufacturing. As a place where any jack-of-all-trades could find work, the city grew quickly and shoddily, with a poor infrastructure that can't keep up with the growing shipping and goods transport services. With the early establishment of one of the largest banks in Torland, other similar firms flocked to the area, creating a sharp divide between rich and poor. Each city district is decidedly either very rich or mostly poor with very little in between, except for the growing outer suburbs. Homelessness and unemployment have been rising with the spread of the city as trades and big industries are finding it harder to compete with the corporate business centers and office jobs. Despite the major quantities of money and cash flying around on a daily basis, the city itself is poorly managed and most of the local government is corrupt. Trowburgh's red light district infamously boasts one of the worst crime rates in the nation. But with the availability of top money and a large population, Trowburgh's status as a financial city continues to ascend.

About the Identity:

The Lions are all about the ego of Leo Rankin. Using his own namesake meaning as inspiration, Rankin chose Lions and cared about little else surrounding the new identity. With Rankin not being a local, only having big business pursuits in Trowburgh and seeing an opportunity to make some cash, did little to help public perception or the city to buy into their new team. With the city desperately craving a lightning rod to meld together the gap between the wealth classes, Rankin missed a huge opportunity to be a city savior. He chose green as the team color, boasting that it was the color of good money. The off-white was just an addition as a Torland staple and very little effort was given toward designing a logo or solid uniform, instead choosing basic designs made by his own overwhelmed secretary while he tried to secure a financing deal with the city arena. It is hoped that the team can forge its own way and make the city proud.

About the Team:

In Trowburgh, establishing a team with Leo Rankin's lack of independent players was a tall order. He convinced lovable brothers and goalies Von and Burt Wentz to hold down the net and captain duties. The Wentz brothers, from Collon, have played together on nearly every team and help bring instant locker room chemistry and stability. Rankin is hopeful they can hold down the fort until more talent is brought in to bolster the roster.

Reynaldo Redden headlines a mediocre pair of forward lines with castoffs Alex Harter, Coy Koehler and young Dan Herzog. Scoring will be a problem for this group, but are tough enough to hold their own against bigger players. The defensive lines don't offer much outside of tough bird Connie Milliken. Veteran coach, but known divisive personality, Larry Kirkpatrick was hired to lead the Lions.

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Up Next: Kirlow Kodiaks


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7/03/2019 1:28 am  #33


Re: Torland Hockey League: 1990 Offseason (Hey 90’s!)

KIRLOW KODIAKS

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- #19 F Marc Hutcheson / #25 G Reed Darling

Quick Facts:


  • City: Kirlow, Lismane
  • Nickname: Kodiaks
  • Owner: Bernard Willard
  • Head Coach: Steve Scarborough
  • Home Ice: Delba Arena



About the City:

Much like their sister city in Buffalo, New York, the city of Kirlow is tough, blue-collar, rabid, and fiercely proud of their town. Kirlow's position at the lower point of Cooley Bay and entrance to the western regions of Torland make it a critical junction for supply chains and rail transport. The Delba River is fast-flowing and home to hundreds of tugboats pushing or pulling barges to and from the bay. A major automobile and tractor plant is also located in the town, among other hard-working industries, including one of Torland's famous motorcycle companies. Being home to many engineers from Wingate College, Kirlow is generally well-built and maintained, featuring an excellent road system. The Delba Arena is old however, and the city has been trying to finance a new building with no luck. Cash flow is not strong in the general economy, though the city is nowhere close to going bankrupt. Unlike other cities, Kirlow is general self-sustained and doesn't import much of anything, so while cash is low, the stability and structure of the city make it appealing. The people themselves are well-known rabid fans, especially of their hockey teams, with the whole city nearly shutting down for Wingate games and local independent league games.

About the Identity:

With Willard's experience as a hockey player, he knows the value of a good identity and didn't have to go far to find an excellent one for Kirlow. Enter Kirlow's own pride and joy, Alpite Motors' most popular brand of motorcycle, the AM-2 Kodiak. The Kodiak animal fully embodies the character of the people of Kirlow and Willard designed a bear-claw-K logo to go with it, along with Kodiak brown and a bright shade of blue to represent the waters of Cooley Bay and the Delba River. Paired with cream, the uniform features a plethora of unique striping, including a wide chest stripe. In a similar issue down in Morigia with the Star League's problems with color dyes, the uniforms had two slightly different shades of brown, the collars and pants being darker. With no chance to change it before the season, Willard joked that they'd all just have to squint to ignore the difference. A shoulder yoke on the away jersey completes the look.

About the Team:

Despite the allure of his hockey experience from his lauded playing days, new owner Bernard Willard had a nearly impossible task of signing a worthy roster. Knowing the lack of quality forwards in the young league, Willard instead focused on bringing in at least one solid defensive pairing to provide a core. 23-year-old Carey Waggoners is a well-rounded player with plenty of speed and toughness. Wily veteran Chauncey Lombard will pair with him for an ironclad combo.

Willard found 18-year-old Reed Darling and helped him graduate high school early in order to sign him for the beginning of the season. Darling has lots of potential but very little experience and backup Otto Gates offers very little hope behind him. A slow, unsteady forward group will prove unable to score much, but 27-year-old Marc Hutcheson is a decent player and 21-year-old Olin Valle has some potential on a second line. The rest are undersized and will be overmatched most games. Inexperienced coach Steve Scarborough was brought in to lead the Kodiaks after a longer search proved futile.


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Up Next: The first season


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7/05/2019 4:01 pm  #34


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1960 Inaugural THL Season

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With the freshly rostered teams ready to play, an opulent 'Day One' party was thrown in Trowburgh to celebrate the occasion. The hosting Lions, however, were blown out by Portarra 6-1 in what was a prelude to how the season would play out. Concerns over the the league being top-heavy were justified as the 'Big Three' in Portarra, Port Alrene and Chasonne all quickly established dominance.

With Maxwell Blunt in goal and Anton O'Reilly captaining the defense for Portarra, the Whales proved to be difficult to score upon. The first forward line answered many questions with Marlin Parr becoming a standout and showing massive improvement handling the shotmaking duties. Linemates Tyson Sallee and Ed Dooley created an instant chemistry that propelled the Whales to the top of the standings.

The other two-thirds of the Big Three kept pace with each other the whole way, Chasonne edging Port Alrene in the standings by just three points, both teams notching 37 wins. The Heralds showed a marked propensity for comeback wins, as they posted the worst differential between the Big Three but found ways to win games. Much of that was attributed to the stellar play of defenseman Paul Kauffman, the 18-year-old rising star and unquestioned captain in Chasonne. His efforts were rewarded with the first ever THL League MVP award. The split time with Nat Marchant and Dean McNab in the net proved to be a solid combination and young scoring forward Lou D'Angelo added just enough punch for the top line. The Heralds stuck to their defensive play and resilience and coach Stan Massey called Kauffman's linemate Joseph Jarvis one of the unsung heroes of the team.

Across Kelso Bay over in Port Alrene, the Anchors found their rhythm toward the end of the season as so many international personalities and play styles took some time to mesh under coach Don Easterling. The two constants were competent, if shaky at times, play in the net by youngster Ferdy Haight, and the brilliant offensive scoring output of captain Gary Wisniewski at the top of the forward line. The Wiz proved every bit of his lauded billing, leading the Anchors to a league-high mark in goals. Other than veteran defenseman Colly Lehman, the back lines struggled with injuries and performance.

Two islands over on the beautiful Isle of Kirk, the Captains relished their underdog role in the new league as they bruised and bashed their way to a solid number four team with a 22-11-27 record. Goals were hard to come by for Kirkenport, as the forward units outside of Byron Peachey struggled to make quality shots. Fresh high school graduate Gerry McKnight was up-and-down in his first real experience tending net on any higher level. His considerable talent gives some optimism for the future, but the rest of the roster leaves much to be desired. Still, hard-nosed coach Al Weatherford is forging an identity in toughness, much to the delight of the notoriously rowdy Kirk boys.

The “Other Two” as the newspapers began to derisively call them, were placemats at best, punching bags at worst. Trowburgh helped themselves by sticking to a positive outlook, led by goalie brothers Von and Burt Wentz, but outside of a vintage performance by veteran forward Reynaldo Redden, the team struggled in every facet. Over in Kirlow, despite the excitement of the hockey-crazed fans in the city, the Kodiaks posted an all-time stinker of a season, winning only three games and scoring 18 total goals. It was embarrassing for the new league, owner Bernard Willard and the team and city itself. A pair of all-star caliber talents in defensemen Chauncey Lombard and Carey Waggoners couldn't save face for the club as Lombard dealt with injuries and “Wags” could only try to keep the frustrations of the team from spilling over in the locker room. It was a decidedly bad look for the Kodiaks who may not be able to recover from such a disastrous start.

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With the first playoff matches officially set, the race for the inaugural Marcotte Cup began with Portarra hosting Kirkenport and Chasonne hosting Port Alrene.

Playoff Preview

Whales vs Captains
The Whales are a well-balanced team and machine with a nearly impenetrable defense all season. The Captains offer very little scoring threat but are tough and bruising and hope to wear down the Whales and extend the series to have a chance. Can the Captains orchestrate a major upset?

Heralds vs Anchors
These two teams were neck-and-neck all season and find themselves in a key early series matchup. The MVP race came down to D Paul Kauffman and F Gary Wiesniewski, with Kauffman taking the edge. The Heralds found ways to win games but the Anchors showed a more cohesive team chemistry late in the season. Which one will carry over to a series win?

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7/05/2019 4:29 pm  #35


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Will take a Whales vs Heralds final. Would be cool to see the rivalry between the Whales and Anchors you talked about for ourselves, but I have to take the Heralds.They have the MVP and two solid guys to call on in net any night. Heralds show they come through when tested with adversity and find ways to win. With the inconsistency of the back end playing for the Anchors I can’t see them taking the series.

Whales win in a sweep but will come out worse than they went in. My call is that the mismatch will frustrate the Captains and turn the series into a physical mess for the Whales.

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7/07/2019 5:26 pm  #36


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The Kodiaks are definitely my team

 

7/07/2019 8:01 pm  #37


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I guess I'll be one of the Kirk Boys!


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7/07/2019 11:38 pm  #38


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1960 PLAYOFFS

1960 Semi-Finals

1 Portarra vs 4 Kirkenport (POR wins 4-0)
The Captains showed their resilience, breaking through the stout defense of Portarra in each game but it wasn't enough to stem the tide of the Whales. Young goalie Gerry McKnight's greenness was on full display as the increased intensity of the playoffs seemed to rattle him. Portarra pounced as they rattled off four straight wins to sweep the Captains. Maxwell Blunt wasn't enthused with his 5 goals allowed in 4 games, but the Whales have several days off before the championship series.

2 Chasonne vs 3 Port Alrene (PA wins 4-2)
In this dead-even matchup, the Heralds and Anchors fought a hotly-contested series like two heavyweights going back and forth. Other than a 3-1 score in Game 1 in favor of Chasonne, each game was a razor-thin margin that felt like it could go either way. Ultimately, a Game 6 squeaker in overtime off the stick of F Rory Burkholder sealed an exciting series for the Anchors.

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1960 Marcotte Cup Championship Finals

1 Portarra Whales vs 3 Port Alrene Anchors
Although not a surprise to see two of the Big Three in the first ever Marcotte Cup, the matchup with Portarra and Port Alrene provided an extra layer of ferocity to the series with their mutually longstanding bitter rivalry. Both arenas were thundering during the series and multiple fights and brawls had to be broken up in both cities.

Game 1: PA 0 @ POR 1 -- A 1-0 shutout effort from Maxwell Blunt set the tone for the series as F Tyson Sallee scored the game-winner in the third period.

Game 2: PA 4 @ POR 1 -- All the good vibes from Game 1 were erased as the Anchors' Gary Wisniewski led a barrage of shots, scoring 2 of the 4, along with Burkholder and Dalton Causey.

Game 3: POR 3 @ PA 2 (OT) -- The Marcotte Cup's first overtime game was nasty, bruising affair. It wasn't until late in the OT period when a slapshot from Marlin Parr broke a 2-2 tie.

Game 4: POR 1 @ PA 0 -- The ultimate answer, Maxwell Blunt posted another 1-0 shutout with defenseman and team captain Anton O'Reilly providing the winning goal.

Game 5:
PA 2 @ POR 0 -- Ferdy Haight snapped back with a 2-0 shutout of his own, as The Wiz opened the scoring and assisted on a second goal by defenseman Colly Lehman.

Game 6: POR 1 @ PA 0 -- In what became a series pattern after losses, goalie Maxwell Blunt again orchestrated another 1-0 shutout to seal the series and bring the first ever Marcotte Cup to Portarra, at the expense of their hated rivals in Port Alrene. Blunt was awarded the series MVP for his efforts.

Marcotte Cup Champions: Portarra Whales (1)

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7/08/2019 11:18 am  #39


Re: Torland Hockey League: 1990 Offseason (Hey 90’s!)

Darknes wrote:

I guess I'll be one of the Kirk Boys!

 
Welcome to the Isle, drinks on me at the mile!


After the playoffs I realize I should keep my day job because my predictions were pretty far off. Not going to Vegas soon, that is for sure. The presentation is clean and easy to follow. Only change that I’d suggest is putting the score line at the ending of each game summary so newer followers don’t get confused when reading summaries that only list player names for the most part. Love what has been established.


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7/10/2019 9:54 pm  #40


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Thehealthiestscratch wrote:

Darknes wrote:

I guess I'll be one of the Kirk Boys!

 
Welcome to the Isle, drinks on me at the mile!


After the playoffs I realize I should keep my day job because my predictions were pretty far off. Not going to Vegas soon, that is for sure. The presentation is clean and easy to follow. Only change that I’d suggest is putting the score line at the ending of each game summary so newer followers don’t get confused when reading summaries that only list player names for the most part. Love what has been established.

Good idea, I've updated the format with scores into the home/way info. Hopefully that's easier to follow.


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