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3/16/2021 10:11 am  #131

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The Toronto Millionaires continued their insane run at the top of the league, once again taking first place. Newly acquired goaltender Bobby West showed good promise as a back-up to Milo Dunphy, posting respectable numbers in his five starts. Laurie Manfredi ran away with the scoring title, beating Ermis Siskakos’ 50 points with 60 of his own. William Gifford was his partner in crime, netting 45 points with 28 assists on the year. Despite the hard work of the Millionaires’ top guns, they were unable to get any sustained momentum, falling to 16-12, tied with Ottawa. Defensive dynamos Michael Lowry and Michael Johnson continued their insane streak on the blue line, keeping the Millionaires safe in the corners and in front of the net. Unheard of 30-and-25-point seasons put the Two Michaels on top of the CPHL’s defencemen for a second straight year as their stock shot up. Toronto luckily came up with the top seed, beating Ottawa in the last two meetings of the rivals. Across town, the Steelmen repeated their previous season although they fell out of the play-offs, edged out by Quebec’s late victory over Saint John’s. 29-year-old Archibald Rutherford took a big step in play, not netting a ton of points, but becoming more and more important on the ice and in the locker room. His poise and view of the ice had a big impact on the team and provided important mentorship for a couple of the younger members.

A few miles north in the nation’s capital, the Cavalry battled their way to a franchise-high of 32 points. In another franchise first, the Cavalry didn’t have a tragedy or controversy strike them apart from rivalry drama. Harrison Davies clawed his way to a higher echelon of scoring, coming just ahead of Gifford with 46 points, leading the Cavalry. Third year goalie Alex Hawley, who’d distinguished himself in the previous playoffs, was beginning to show his prowess in the crease, posting good starer potential. Watch for him to make White fight for his starting position in the coming season.

For Halifax, things began to fall back together. After a brief feud with management, captain Angus Eliot came to terms with his new role on the team, and eventually came back to form on ice, but the discontent was there. Halifax fought hard all season to keep their spot at the top of the league. Moore, Cavillo, and Hay were insane on the top line, basically creating magic on ice. 23-year-old Caleb Martin was finally finding his way on the second line for the Bulldogs, having good chemistry with Eliot and Watts. Upstart champions St. John’s Mariners tied the Bulldogs, but ended up a lower seed due to a late win by Halifax.

Pembroke squeaked into the play-offs as Hamilton fell to Montreal late in the season. Pembroke’s rookies had immediate impact, helping them power their way to the bottom seed of the play-offs. 18-year-old Russian Slava Yanovich immediately grabbed everyone’s attention with his amazing passing and speed on the ice. Slava’s knack for quick breakout plays and his great footwork cemented him as a star in the making for the Pats.  Meanwhile in the basement, the Montreal Settlers still enjoyed the sofa. Mattias Laduc finally returned to true form after a season and a half of injury-hampered play. With Laduc back in net, the Settlers saw a decided change in their play, their star goalie giving them a confidence boost. Montreal still came in last with an identical 10-18 record, but the eye-ball test showed that they’d improved. 24-year-old Gaston Lavigne stepped up in a big way for the Settlers, providing thirty-some points in the bottom six.


3/23/2021 9:19 pm  #132

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As the play-offs come together, here are some signatures for those who want to show their CPHL colours! If you want a customized one, send me a message and I'll see what I can do.

C+C is welcome on these designs as I learn the art of creating sigs! It was fun to do, so I sincerely hope you enjoy them!

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4/29/2021 9:01 am  #133

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I apologize for the delay. I ran into technical difficulties and a lack of time due to work and other commitments. Without further ado, the first two rounds of the Play-Offs!


First Quarter Final (Halifax vs Pembroke)
In game one, Pembroke took ownership of the Bulldogs. Pembroke’s top guns, and even some of their depth players, picked Halifax apart to take an imposing a 7-2 win in the first game. Richard Snelling and Chaucer Howardson would each net a goal in a hard-fought game two, putting Halifax behind the eight ball. May and Cavillo would take it upon themselves to win game three, taking it 5-4 in overtime. In Pembroke for game four, Fletcher and Cooke light up Black Jack Jones from the blue line as they blasted three past him in an absolute downpour of rubber to take the game 3-2. Game five saw David Moore net two in the third to win the series for Pembroke.

Second Quarter Final (Saint John’s vs Quebec)
Pelletier and Oswald would each net two as Saint John’s swamped Quebec 4-1 in game one, before rookie Kasper Hoff blanked the Defensuers in game two on a repeat performance. Batteaux and Urbanovsky carried Quebec to a last ditch 2-1 victory in game three, bringing Quebec within spitting distance of a comeback. Phillip Theil and Hoff would team up to bring Saint John’s to the semis with a 1-0 shut-out for the Mariners.

First Semi Final (Toronto vs Ottawa)

Ottawa started the series with a 2-1 victory thanks to the efforts of Milo MacDarcy and Derek Smith. Van Alfredsson and Michael Durand would bring Toronto back to even with the Cavalry, winning 3-0 as Bobby West gets the shut-out. Game three in Ottawa saw Toronto leap to an early 2-0 lead with Gifford and Mitchel scoring. They would hold the lead until half way through the second when Anthony Serre broke Ottawa’s goal drought. Toronto held on to that lead until the third, when Davies and Wilson netting five between them to give Ottawa the series win.

Second Semi Final (Halifax vs Saint John’s)
Unfortunately for Halifax, Saint John’s was hungry for a second appearance in the Finals. Pelletier, Pekar, and Fentrey put the team on their backs, beating Halifax 3-1 and 4-1 rather quickly. Halifax didn’t take well to the embarrassment that the Mariners had heaped on them. Duncan and Watts were teamed up with Matthew Houghton to give Saint John’s a few headaches prior to the finals. The three grinders attempted to rough up the Mariner’s top guns in the last half of the third but fell to their prey’s speed and ended up called for hooking and tripping. Ryan Carter almost made game two 5-1 with a shot that hit the post and fell into Houghton’s outstretched glove.

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5/09/2021 12:29 pm  #134

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1941 Final

For the first time in franchise history, the Ottawa Cavalry reached the Borden Cup Finals. Unfortunately for them, they were facing the upstart Saint John’s Mariners who were hungry for back-to-back titles. Early in the game it looked like the Mariners would be able to make that happen as they sprinted to a two-goal lead within the first five minutes. The lead held for most of the period until James Walsh took a boarding penalty late in the period. Albert D’Pablo came up big for the Cavalry with a low shot that beat Francis making the game 2-1. Not long after, Anthony Serre would shove the puck in under Francis as he dove onto the puck to try and cover it. Saint John’s fought back briefly, but two goals late in the period would put the Cavalry ahead 4-2 after the first.

In the second, Saint John’s came out flying. Osswald and Pelletier led the Mariners in a timely offensive push, keeping the Cavalry in their end for minutes on end. Eventually, White would let a couple goals in, one from Ty McGeohagan in tight and one from Pavlo Dovhan on the blue line. A big hit from Lalonde and a good shift from the Cavalry’s bottom six started to shift the momentum back in Ottawa’s favour. Lalonde, St. Andrew’s, and Anderson kept the play in Saint John’s end for almost a minute before Michaelson rang a bullet off the post. Dennis Knight picked it up and took the quick break down for a break away goal for the Mariner’s third of the period. The goal seemed to have the opposite effect on the Cavalry, however, as Camillo Adams and MacDarcy connected for a quick answer. Their come back would be halted by a Mariner’s powerplay when Wilkes took a high sticking penalty during a battle in front of the net. On that power play, the Mariners nearly gave up a short-handed goal as they were caught on a bad line change that sprang Franconi on a break away that Francis handled easily. Just as the penalty expired, Ryan Carter sniped one top shelf to put the Mariners up 6-5 after two.

Coming out for the third, the Cavalry arrived. Ottawa pressured the Mariners, keeping their stars from progressing and forcing them to the outside. Maxime Pelletier would eventually break through Ottawa’s stifling defense using his speed. He beat Davies to the outside before going inside on Darling and sliding the puck between White’s legs and in. It would be the first of four as the Mariners went on a ten-minute tear, beating Ottawa at their own game. White stood on his head, all things considered, as he faced thirteen shots in that time frame. Pelletier would get his hat trick with two more goals in the third. On a rare offensive push from the Cavalry, Ottawa’s young defenceman Lawrence Smith would get a goal through traffic that Francis was unable to follow. At the nineteen-minute mark, Davies would pop in Ottawa’s second of the period, but it wouldn’t be enough as Saint John’s would hang on to the lead, beating Ottawa 10-7 to claim their second title in as many years.

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6/06/2021 3:34 pm  #135

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Major Signing in Ottawa
The summer of ’42 began with a block buster signing in the nation’s capital. Fresh off a disheartening loss to the Mariner’s in the Borden Cup Final, Ottawa had to deal with star forward Milo MacDarcy’s contract expiring. MacDarcy had been playing on a team-friendly $120 contract while becoming an all-around star for his hometown, providing many of Ottawa’s memorable moments. Now, he was looking to cash in on his success. After a month of casual negotiations, the organization and player came to terms on a lucrative 10-year deal worth $800 a year. Owner Doug Westfielde made more splashes, signing rising star Camillo Adams to a team-friendly 4-year, $300/year extension, and putting another 4 years on Alex Hawley’s contract.

Windsor United and Moncton Albatross Brands Unveiled
While the MacDarcy and Adams contracts were big news, they were quickly dwarfed by two other events. A couple months later, the league saw the arrival of the first of two teams joining the league, newly-minted Windsor United owned by Zachary French, a man with strong ties to European football clubs, although he claims that the named references the union of the Windsor, Sandwich, East Windsor, and Walkerville into one town. A simple W mark was created to represent the team and its owner’s infatuation with classical European soccer teams with UNITED draped across it. The team’s colours are bright maroon, deep purple and gold in order to create a majestic aura for the team. On the home uniform, the maroon takes center stage with thick purple and gold strips dominating the sleeves above maroon gloves. Maroon pants with gold and purple striping separate the sweater from maroon socks that are trimmed in purple and gold. A white secondary uniform was unveiled that simplified the striping of the sleeves while still prominently displaying team colours.
On the east side of Canada, Moncton, New Brunswick welcomed Oscar Molson and the Moncton Albatross, named for the massive sea bird of The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner fame. Their logo features the head of a browed albatross staring soullessly at you, and is featured prominently on a dark grey sweater. The sleeves of said sweater are topped by a light grey block that is trimmed by black and yellow, all colours of the massive browed albatross. Unfortunately for Oscar Molson, his brand was soon under scrutiny. Doctor Warren filed a lawsuit against Molson and the Albatross, stating the design of the uniform was too similar to that of his team’s former identity as the Bandits despite the drastic difference in colour. His claim said that in the black and white photos of the press, the basic designs could be confused with the Bandits iconic sweaters. As the season neared, Warren’s lawsuit was still mired in legal mud, granting Molson a slight reprieve.

Jacob Aliker, left, and Cyrille Blanc, right, pose in the newly formed Moncton Albatross' first uniform.

Charles Beaux, left, and Tommy Gilmoure, right, show off the uniform of newly established Windsor United,
Major Signings in Pembroke, Halifax
Since Ottawa had signed their star player, Pembroke and Halifax felt they needed to either one up or match the Cavalry. Halifax locked up captain Angus Elliot to a $700, 5-year contract which will take him to age 40. Elliot, a big part of the Bulldogs lineup on and off the ice, stated his joy at staying, saying “We’re already champions. More can come in these five years, and it will.” The signing of Caleb Martin one month later to a 7-year, $550 contract seemed to only grow the confidence building in Halifax. The 24-year-old was becoming one of the brightest stars on the East Coast, hailing from Nova Scotia. The previous season, Martin was able to rally for 46 points with 20 goals in 48 games, including a team-leading thirteen-game goal streak.
Just weeks after the Martin signing, Pembroke owner Nicolas Evert would announce the biggest signing of the year, signing Emmanuel Derringer to a 10-year, $1,000 contract. Apparently, negotiations had been going strong for several months, starting just after the play-offs. The negotiations were intense, including offers of cars, shares and off-season work. The final terms were off-season work in addition to the yearly salary, making him both the first thousand-dollar player in the league and the wealthiest player in the league.

Montreal Releases New Logo, Updates Sweater
In August, the Montreal Settlers released a new logo to replace the previous encircled M. The new logo proudly boasts team colours while also displaying Montreal culture. The logo was an intricately shaped anchor in red and blue and has a M hidden in the upper part of the anchor. The anchor was designed as a way to reference the settling of a new land and in reference to the docks in the city. On the sweaters, the wordmark became bolder and more legible, and the anchor logo is placed on the left shoulder opposite the sash.

Elias Laduc, left, and Martin Genet, right, show the new uniforms of the Montreal Settlers.
Other Signings in the League

Alex Hawley, G, Ottawa, 4 year extension
Johnny Fredriks, F, Pembroke, 3-year $250 extension
Richard Rougemount, F, Halifax, 3-year $150 extension
Leo Watts, F, Halifax, 4-year $280 extension
Matthew Houghton, F, Halifax, 5-year $90 extension
James Walsh, F, St. John’s, 4-year $350 extension
Phillipe Dutoit, F, Quebec, 3-year extension
Xavier Rochette, F, Quebec, 3-year extension
Didier Gigot, F, Quebec, 2-year extension
Raymond Sartre, F, Quebec, 2-year extension
Erik Alond, D, Quebec, 1 year extension
Pascal Charrier, D, Quebec, 5-year extension

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6/20/2021 7:38 am  #136

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Alright, I'm starting to get lonely in this thread....I'll keep going though....

1942-43 Regular Season

As the ‘42-43 season came closer to beginning, President Holmes Sr. announced that the league would expand its schedule to 36 games to accommodate the new teams in Windsor and Moncton. The season would begin in late November with the play-offs taking place in March and April, with time enough for travel between cities.
Unfortunately, in Moncton, Oscar Molson was forced to redesign the look of the Albatross. In addition to fan distaste, the lawsuit by Evert was upheld by a Saint John’s court. After going 3-0 in the first week, Molson was forced to design and fabricate a new uniform for his team. The new uniforms were unveiled without fanfare as it debuted, ironically, in a game against the Saint John’s Mariners. The new uniform features a shoulder yoke and a new crew neck that is unique in the league. Black is also removed entirely from the colour scheme outside of the outlines of the logo, and is replaced by light grey. The more traditional look was lauded by the public, although Evert still wouldn’t approve of the Albatross. Moncton’s struggles would extend past their branding issues as their play would bottom out. Moncton’s three game winning streak would be the highlight of their season, as they stumbled to 12-24, just out of last place due to a late season loss by last place Windsor. 27-year-old Jakob Aliker was one of the few bright spots on the team, amassing 21 goals for 40 points on the year, well below other established superstars in the league, but an amazing rookie year nonetheless.

After years of underachieving and getting robbed of playoff success, Pembroke finally broke out. Starting off with a ten-game winning streak, including six shut-outs by Black Jack Jones, the Pats never looked back. Skippy Van Vleet decided to finally unleash his full potential and it stunned the league. Going on an unprecedented thirty-six game scoring streak, Van Vleet netted 89 points with a historic 53 goals. Van Vleet’s heroics were complemented by Silas Law’s own outstanding season. The 29-year-old Edmonton native would combine his skills with Van Vleet’s for an impressive 66 points including 33 goals to help boost Pembroke to the top of the league. In fact, very few teams were able to stop the dynamic duo with the team’s seven losses coming against either Halifax or Toronto, the two teams who somehow could stimy the Patriots. Slava Yanovich, the team’s Russian prodigy, eventually found himself on the top line with Law and Van Vleet, posting a career high 35 points with 14 goals, earning him the nickname D’Artagnan after the Three Musketeers character. Pembroke’s ultimate show of dominance came at the expense of the Montreal Settlers. In both teams’ final game, the Patriots, unsurprisingly led by the Three Musketeers, decided to light Mattias Bell and Elias Laduc up for a score of 12-0, with Jones posting a hilarious 18 save shutout.
Halifax would have their fourth straight top three finish, having been top three in four of the six seasons they’ve played. Mike Cavillo continued his path of dominance, coming third in the league with 70 points and 35 goals. Once again May and Moore were close behind, May with 68 points (29 goals), and Moore with 62 points with 23 goals. Coming into the final stretch of the season, the Bulldogs seemed poised to take first in the league, tied with Pembroke with two games in hand. Hilariously, Windsor and Moncton decided to spoil Halifax’s dreams and somehow find a way to stop May, Moore, and Cavillo. In a spectacular failure, Halifax would loose 3-1 and 1-0 to Windsor and Moncton respectively to finish the season. Caleb Martin also impressed this year, finding his stride on the second line with Elliot and putting up 50 points with 15 goals. On the blue line, Alex Cooke and Casey Ryan would be the stars as they led the Halifax defense both offensively and defensively, putting up the league’s highest take away and hit numbers while netting a combined 60 points to lead CPHL defencemen.

Going back west to Ontario, the Cavalry and Steelmen would match each other point for point as they struggled to reach the playoffs. Unimpressive goaltending from White and Hawley this season saw the Cavalry dropping games against Windsor that should have been easy wins for Ottawa. MacDarcy and Davies continued to live up to their reputations, rounding out the top ten in league scoring. Peter Darling and Joe Anderoa cemented themselves as Ottawa’s big names on the blue line, the burly 6’ 200 lbs Anderoa and the oily Darling having great chemistry on the blue line. For the Steelmen, Siskakos was dominant. The young Greco-Canadian was able to amass 55 goals on the year, coming second to Van Vleet with 88 points in 35 games. Siskakos’ speed and skill made him the perfect counterpart to Van Vleet’s brawn as Siskakos would find the holes that Van Vleet couldn’t and used that to get his tallies. His linemates, Swen Hartknoch and Harrison Jones, were completely unable to keep up with Siskakos, whose style of play allowed him to take passes from basically everyone and their mother and still get the puck in the net. The only thing holding the Steelmen back was goaltending. Starter Maxime Auvrey and backup Nolan Heights were not the tandem that could match the team’s level of play, especially with Auvrey on the wrong side of fifty and beginning to decline. Going into the playoffs, the question was raised: will the Steelmen keep the aging Auvrey, or find a younger goalie to replace him?
Speaking of younger goaltenders, Montreal’s Elias Laduc was returning to true form. Having suffered a major concussion in 1940-41, Laduc’s play in 1941-42 was not as dominating as Montreal fans were used to. This season, he seemed to return to his former self, posting a .890 SV% and a 3.10 GAA, good enough for second in the league behind Black Jack Jones. With their goaltending once again solid, Montreal needs to look to their skaters, as the holes caused by the war were still hurting them. Michael Morris and Felix McCaun were forced to carry the majority of the burden on offense even though the Settlers had decent secondary scoring options, while the defense remained insanely strong.

And last but not least, Saint John’s. Losing to the dominant Pembroke Patriots forced them from the playoffs late in a season that would otherwise have landed them a playoff birth. One season after winning back-to-back Cups, the Mariners were on the outside looking in. Pelletier and Osswald remained Saint John’s best bets at the future as Griffith is likely to return to his family mill in North Gower, Ontario at the end of his contract this offseason. As Saint John’s looks at whether or not the two Cups was a flash in the pan, they should begin to look for players with more offensive upside than they currently have.

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1/19/2022 9:41 am  #137

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1942 Play-Offs
SEMI-FINAL 1 (Pembroke V Halifax)
Halifax and Pembroke meet for the first time in a series outside of the Borden Cup Final. Pembroke was looking to finish off an amazing season with an equally amazing play-off run and it showed early. The first two periods of game one was a goaltenders’ duel with Jones and Hamilton shutting the doors. Early in the third period, though, David Moore and Haider May would connect on a magnificent rush that saw them beat the Derringers for a goal. Slava Yanovich would net his first play-off goal ten minutes later before Halifax responded on a goal from Mike Cavillo. The Bulldogs would lock it down and hold on for a series lead. Silas Law and Yanovich would be the heroes of game two as Pembroke battled back to a 2-1 overtime win before heading back to Pembroke for game three. Angus Elliot opened the scoring for Halifax at the four-minute mark of the first, and that would hold until the third. Going into the third, Pembroke’s Three Musketeers, quiet thus far, were given some breathing room. The trio would unleash their speed and skill on the mishappen Bulldogs, each netting a goal in a series-clinching effort.

QUARTER-FINAL 1 (Quebec V Toronto)
Didier Batteaux would net the first goal for Quebec late in the first. The Millionaires would be stymied by Henri Portier for the entire second period, until Richard Alison was able to push in a rebound in the last minute. Walter Farrier would score part way through the third to give Toronto the win in game one. Batteaux, Urbanovsky, and Gounelle decided that Toronto’s victory needed to be doubled to satisfy the home-town fans. A four-goal performance from Urbanovsky off of passes from his linemates gave the Defensuers an easy 4-1 win in game two, with Toronto’s only goal coming from Michael Lowry on the point. Quebec would expose Toronto’s lack of depth scoring as they would put Toronto out of the play-offs in a 3-1 win in game three.

QUARTER-FINAL 2 (Ottawa V Hamilton)
Game one was the Siskakos and MacDarcy show as the each put up hat tricks as the only scorers in a 6-3 Hamilton win in game one. The narrative going into game two was whether or not they could replicate the performance. The answer was that Siskakos was able to, but Auvrey would shut the door on MacDarcy, leading to a 3-1 win for Hamilton in two games. Once again, Siskakos would be the focus of the press as reporters began speculating who was better? Siskakos or Van Vleet? Who could keep up their insane scoring?

SEMI-FINAL 2 (Quebec V Hamilton)
Siskakos apparently refused to let anyone else on the Steelmen score as he netted both goals for Hamilton. Marc-Antoine Abbadie would try to start a comeback in the third, but the tight checking of the Steelmen limited him to one goal. Abbadie would be able to get a second in game two, while Leon Gauthier was able to slip one in from the point. Hartknoch and Jones were finally able to score as they each scored before setting Siskakos up for the series-clenching goal. With Siskakos’ goal, the Steelmen were headed to their first Borden Cup Final.

The Hamilton Steelmen and the Pembroke Patriots. Two members of the CPHL elite meeting for the first time in the Finals. Siskakos was visibly nervous as he circled for the opening face-off, and it showed early. After losing the draw, Siskakos’ play was noticeably at a lesser calibre than fans were used to, his passes less crisp and his positioning slightly off. Skippy Van Vleet and the Patriots would take advantage of this, making quick passes through the middle that Siskakos would normally intercept, eventually netting a goal midway through the first. A minor slashing penalty to Andrew Pierson with four minutes left in the period gave the Patriots three-minutes of power-play action. Law and Van Vleet almost connected on a cross-ice pass that caused Auvrey had to have to dive across to stop. Kit Doyle was able to clear the puck for Hamilton, giving them brief respite from the onslaught. The puck was quickly brought in and a sharp shot from Cavillo buried Pembroke’s second of the period. Strong third line grinding saw Hamilton answer with a goal from Quinton Manders close to the end of the period. Siskakos would be denied on a quick snapshot as the clock expired.

As the teams came out for the second, any Hamilton fans who had made the trip to Halifax for the game were shocked. Siskakos was not on the ice to begin the period, Harrison Jones instead was taking the draw between Hartknoch and Holliday. While the line wasn’t as good as it was with Siskakos, it was close. The line, combined with Dunlop and Thompson on the blue line, hemmed the Patriots in for almost a whole three minutes. Eventually, the Patriots broke down and took a minor hooking call putting them short-handed.  Siskakos touched the ice for the first time in the period on the powerplay. Enraged at being benched and his performance, Siskakos picked up the puck in his own end off a clearing by the Patriots. Gaining speed in his trademark style, Siskakos went end-to-end, slipping through the neutral zone and towards the Patriots’ end. Crossing the blue line, Siskakos beat the defenceman by slipping the puck between his legs. A deft movement of his shoulders gave Siskakos an easy target high on the glove side of Black Jack Jones, burying the tying goal. Siskakos jumped into the boards, shouting as he was swarmed by his teammates. Hamilton fans cheered. Ermis Siskakos was back.

The third period saw Siskakos back on the first line with Holliday and Hartknoch opposing the dreaded Three Musketeers of Pembroke. Hartknoch would try and spring Siskakos on a quick break into the Pembroke zone, but a solid hit from Snelling would stop his advance. Snelling’s own pass would be intercepted by Holliday and the dead lock would continue. Hartknoch would go off for a three-minute minor not long after as his stickwork in front of Auvrey would get caught by the official and send the Patriots to the powerplay. Cavillo and Van Vleet parked themselves in front of the net as the Derringers and Law peppered the Hamilton net with shots. A shot sneaked by Auvrey, creaking over the line for a brief second. Pembroke supporters roared but Aiden Cunningham’s quick stick would knock the puck back out of the net for Doyle to clear. The officials waved off the goal and Pembroke started yelling at them, with Van Vleet getting directly in the official’s face. At the other end of the ice, Siskakos would have a shot ring off both posts and get swatted away by Jones. Siskakos would crash into the boards in disbelief. A scrum in the corner was whistled down as the official, Dan Edgeworth, called a match-penalty on Skippy Van Vleet for unsportsmanlike conduct. The arena went quiet as Van Vleet broke his stick on the arena wall as he went down the tunnel to the locker rooms. The last five minutes of the game started to get rough with scrums starting after whistles and a few cheap shots getting thrown behind the play. Somehow, the game ended without any additional penalties being called, although some most definitely should have been. Despite the efforts of Siskakos, Hartknoch, and Holliday, the Pembroke Patriots were able to hold on to the slim lead and win their second Borden Cup. Van Vleet was seen leaving the arena not long after his ejection, and his presence was notably absent during their victory celebration the day after.

In an interview following the game, Siskakos promised a repeat performance in the regular season the following year and stated his intention to make a second straight appearance in the finals and “bring the Cup home.” When asked about Van Vleet’s actions on the ice, Siskakos voiced his disbelief. “The official made the call on the ice. Was it the right one? Maybe, I’m not sure. I was quite far from the play, but Kit and Aiden say that the puck never crossed the goal line, and I believe them. Skip should have respected the official’s decision. I understand that a man’s competitiveness can sometimes be overwhelming, but the official must be respected, especially in the play-offs.”

EDIT: Added the other rounds of play-offs....cause...yeah...

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1/19/2022 11:35 am  #138

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It always seems like the playoffs have another degree of storytelling. And that’s not a bad thing at all.

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1/20/2022 12:41 pm  #139

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ProsecutorMilesEdgeworth wrote:

It always seems like the playoffs have another degree of storytelling. And that’s not a bad thing at all.

Well, the format for the playoffs allows me to expand more on the story. If I went in depth on each team in the regular, that'd be long. The Borden Cup in particular is given extra attention since it's winner take all, 60 minutes to decide the champion. I imagine the hype around such an event would be insane.

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4/03/2022 2:30 pm  #140

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Born in Pickton, Ontario, Sherwin Van Vleet grew up around the rink. His father, Aaron, was a star player on the Pickton Dairy Men, a house league team.  At age 7, Sherwin was already able to skate, and by 10, he was already playing hockey quite well. Sherwin would join the Picton youth league at 15 and would continue to excel in his game. Living on his family farm, Sherwin developed his strength, but his hand-eye was also aided playing on the frozen pond that bordered the back of the farm, stick handling around bullrushes and other debris. At 18, Sherwin took over the daily operations of the farm, and was forced to leave the hockey scene. He continued to play hockey on the frozen pond, but the leagues had lost their main draw.

Eventually, Van Vleet was able to hire enough farm hands to rejoin league play in 1934, now a much stronger player, both in his physicality and his hand-eye co-ordination. Using a custom, hand-crafted stick that featured a slight curve to the toe, Van Vleet had become a skilled stick-handler and utilized an insane move whereby he hooked the puck with the toe of his blade and dragged it around the defenders. Considered an oddball player due to this, Van Vleet was often mocked for the stick and his “toe-drag,” but he ignored the taunts and continued his game. It was here that Sherwin would earn his nickname “Skippy” in reference to his ability to seemingly skip past opposing defenders. In league play, Van Vleet would use his size and strength in the corners, as well as the curve on his stick, to loosen the puck and to make solid passes.

In 1935, the Pembroke Patriots would come to call, offering Van Vleet enough money to help start a business venture him and his aging father were looking to begin, Van Vleet Hockey. The fledgling company was looking to bring the curved blade into mainstream use as well as looking to develop skates that offered better support. However, the venture was expensive, and hard to maintain alongside the family farm. After much debate, Sherwin “Skippy” Van Vleet would take his skills and curved stick to Pembroke and join the newly formed Canadian Premiere Hockey League.

“The curved stick was my father’s idea,” Skippy said after his first professional game, a 12-0 loss to the then-Brampton Bandits. “He thought it might help so we tried it one day. It’s been amazing. Obviously, it didn’t help tonight, but [Michael] Francis was incredible in goal for the opposition.”

In the inaugural season, he would put up 10 goals and 26 assists in a full 10 game campaign. After going undefeated in the regular season, Van Vleet and the Patriots would lose in short order to the Montreal Settlers in the first round. The following season, Pembroke would go 15-5, dropping to second, although Skippy would beat Ermis Siskakos of the Hamilton Steelmen in the scoring race. Van Vleet and the Patriots would put up a good fight against the Settler’s in game one before dropping it 2-1 and then giving up four unanswered to lose the series with another first round exit.

“The two quick exits in our first two play-off appearances most definitely affected the team. It was a big motivation the next season,” the young star said in a 1943 interview. “We had been at the top of the regular season standings consistently, and to lose so quick two years in a row was extremely disappointing.”

True to his word, Van Vleet and the Patriots would storm through the league, only losing one game all year and would bulldoze their way to a Borden Cup championship. Ironically, the following year, Van Vleet would have the worst year of his career and the Patriots would have their second worse season in franchise history. The Patriots would somehow still make a deep run, making it to the Borden Cup Finals again, only to lose to the Halifax Bulldogs 11-3.

Despite the Patriots’ rocky play-off history, Sherwin “Skippy” Van Vleet has been one of the league’s most consistent superstars and one of the best performers. With his powerful figure, great speed, good vision, and hard shot, Van Vleet has been able to win over fans from all markets, not just his own. If he can continue this level of play, Van Vleet will easily be one of the most iconic and influential players in the early days of the league. Will Skippy’s Pats continue to dominate, and will Van Vleet be able to maintain the crazy pace he has set?

AGE: 30 (as of 1943)   BORN: Pickton, Ontario
HEIGHT: 6’      WEIGHT: 185
PLAYSTYLE: Uses his size and strength, along with his advanced stick handling, to dominate the ice. His passing and hockey IQ are unreal, and he is able to battle for the puck wherever he needs to. His emotions as of late having been getting the better of him more and more, so watch for teams to start exploiting that.
REAL LIFE COMPARISION: Gordie Howe, Sidney Crosby, Gabriel Landeskog

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