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6/08/2024 3:25 pm  #171


Re: Metropolitan Hockey League: 1932-33 Regular Season

1931 MHL Offseason: Off the Ice

After one year of no team movements at all, the MHL was back to its scheduled programming for that in the summer months. 

St. Louis Centurions to cease operations

The whole Peoria/St. Louis franchise has been… not great. After 5 years in Peoria, not including 1 year on hiatus, they moved to St. Louis in hopes of attracting more fans and getting the money to stay afloat. However, the move did not help, as after only 3 seasons in the Lou, the club announced that they simply did not have the finances to continue operating, and would fold effective immediately. The Foxes/Centurions went 144-306-6 in their 8 MHL seasons. Their biggest free agent will be Claude Brown, who led the MHL in points in 1930-31.

Indianapolis Chauffeurs to relocate

Thehealthiestscratch wrote:

Had a lot of catching up to do. Was a fan of Montreal for about 5 pages, but then they got rid of their pinstripes. I think I'll lend my support to the perpetual losers in Indianapolis. 

This is unfortunate timing. it was planned from the start of the year so I didn’t just decide to do it randomly lol

The Indianapolis Chauffeurs have not been as bad as some other MHL expansion teams. However, they’ve still struggled in their 6 years in the Indiana capital. This lack of success has led to smaller-than-average crowds, which means that they have to pack up. Their financial situation has let them try and survive in a new home, which ownership decided to be London, Ontario.  With a population of 70,000 and more hockey tradition, the club is taking its chance on this smaller market.

The team decided to go by the London Locomotives, named after the train found on the city’s coat of arms. The team logo is the train placed on the shield from the aforementioned coat of arms. The jersey is red, and features a simple white and blue stripe on the arms and hem.



MHL changes divisions with team movement

With the folding of St. Louis and relocation of Indy to London, the MHL now had an uneven conference balance, and a bit of a predicament. One team needed to move to the west, but the closest teams were the two in Montreal, or the 3 in the New York area. No team of these wanted to be the one to move, as they’d have to spend more on travel and would be away from their geographical rivals. Each team plead their case to commissioner James Burris, and in the end, he decided that Brooklyn would be the team to move, as their financial situation allowed for it, and also, they were the Westernmost of the 5 Montreal/New York teams. This gives each division 6 teams, allowing for more divisional-based scheduling. 

Chicago Wildcats update away jersey

The Chicago Wildcats made a change to their road look, going from their weird barberpole to a more simplified one. The jersey base is cream instead of white, and features a large red chest stripe, where the C logo rests. The arms and socks are filled to the bottom with red.

New York Blue Birds unveil redesigned jerseys

The New York Blue Birds unveiled a brand new uniform set in the offseason, replacing the look that they’d effectively worn since the MHL was created. This new look features 3 small striping within 2 larger ones, used as a chest stripe. The club's NY logo is still used on the arms. The home has thin white and thick orange stripes, while the away’s stripes are thin orange and thick blue.



 


 

6/08/2024 4:18 pm  #172


Re: Metropolitan Hockey League: 1932-33 Regular Season

OK, it's official: the London Locomotives are now my favourite team (sorry, Blue Birds). The logo looks great, and the jersey is simple, but it fits the team's ID really well.

 

6/08/2024 7:51 pm  #173


Re: Metropolitan Hockey League: 1932-33 Regular Season

Disappointed to see the Chauffers leave, but loving the Locomotives! Definitely a unique identity, still probably be my favorite in the league. Also, why not a Canadian and American division instead of an East vs West divisions since they’re seem to be 6 American (Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, Detroit, Nassau & New York) and 6 Canadian (London, Montreal x2, Ottawa, Quebec and Toronto)?


 

6/09/2024 9:34 pm  #174


Re: Metropolitan Hockey League: 1932-33 Regular Season

1931 MHL Offseason: On the Ice

Going to try out a new format for the transaction portion of the offseason, let me know if it works, or if I should go back to how it was.

Notable Retirements:

Denis Jones - G (PIT 1921-27, PEO/STL 1928-29)
One of the better goalies of the earliest MHL seasons, Jones backstopped Pittsburgh to 3 Abbott Cup Final appearances, Unfortunately, he was unable to win it all in any of them. He led the league in shutouts 4 times, and won 240 of his 444 career games.

Lewis Urban - C (NYB 1921-29, NAS 1930)
Urban was the best playmaker in the MHL for most of his career. While assists were hard to come by statistically, he still managed to rack up 154 in his 432 career games, currently the all-time leader in the statistic. Was a part of all 4 Blue Birds Abbott Cup squads, and played a key part in all of them.

Byron Francis - W (YRK/HAM 1921-24, COR 1925, OTT 1926-28, STL 1929-30)
With the most goals of this year’s retiree class, Francis was a journeyman, but a pretty darn good one. He was the goals and points leader in his lone season in Cornwall, and finished his career with 146 goals and 67 assists in 368 career games. Never played in a large and diehard market, so most of his career was out of the spotlight. Still a VERY good career.

George Morris - C (BNG 1921, BOS 1922-29)
Morris was an early prototype of a power forward. While not the outright biggest player on the ice, he played like it. Tons of hits, fights, and he could score points too. Never found too much success in Boston, but played his heart out for the Harpers, and is beloved in the city. 

Transactions:

Boston:

Outs:
Ben Richards - C (QUE)
Truman Annon - C (Released)
Albert Prince - C (Released)
Lewis Brown - W (Retired)
Robert Turner - W (Released)


Ins:
David Covington - C (from STL)
David Gagnon - C (from STL)


Boston made two big splashes in FA, acquiring young Centurions goalie David Gagnon, as well as center David Covington. Gagnon is relatively inexperienced and struggled in St. Louis, but still has tons of potential and is touted to be the replacement for Caleb Ross once he starts declining. Covington is a similar story. He hasn’t quite put it all together offensively, but is seen as having a very high ceiling. Boston is looking to take advantage of that. As for their departures, young centre Ben Richards is the biggest one, and he’s not a superstar. Definitely an improved roster for Boston this offseason.

Brooklyn:

Outs:
None, somehow

Ins: 
George Patchian - D (Rookie)

Brooklyn had the least movement of any team, with no departures, and only one signing. George Patchian is a promising young defenseman from Calgary, a hard hitter who can block shots. The reigning Western champs will look to repeat their surprise success from 1931, and hope Patchian can patch (ha) up some of their vulnerabilities that were exposed vs Ottawa.

Chicago:

Outs:
None

Ins:
Alex Klassen - D (STL)

Chicago had a quiet offseason, with their one move being the signing of Alex Klassen from St. Louis. A beast of a man at 6’5”. He’s shown great defensive capabilities, and well as physical dominance. Despite his large size, He’s active around the ice from start to finish, and is never afraid of anyone. His addition is the lift that Chicago hopes can get them over the hump and toward Abbott Cup glory.

Detroit:

Outs:
Donald Kendall - W (Retired)
Don Lisle - D (Released)
Clifford Allison - D (Traded to TOR)
Leon Campbell - G (Released)

Ins:
Albert Becker - C (STL)
Sylvain Ermengille - W (Traded from TOR)
Peter Diry - W (STL)
Myron Tabor - D (Rookie)

Detroit had lots of movement in the offseason. First, they resigned #1 centre Wolf Southward to a new deal, making sure to keep him on board. They signed two young players from St. Louis in Albert Becker and Peter Diry, and then made a groundbreaking trade with Toronto. They acquired Sylvain Ermengille, the league’s current all-time leader in games played and points, in exchange for young defenseman Clifford Allison. Detroit is hoping 34-year-old Ermengille still has gas in the tank, as he’s a game-changing player.

London:

Outs:
Charles Seymour (Released)

Ins:
John Reynolds (STL)
Antoine Tessier (STL)
Calvin Benn (Rookie)

London made some big moves in their first offseason. First, they signed John Reynolds from St. Louis, acquiring a solid secondary scorer to boost their high-ceiling offense. They also re-signed Leonard Triplett, who was a key offensive player for them. On defense, they signed rookie Calvin Benn out of Vancouver, a physical blueliner. London is a work in progress, but there’s lots of good young talent here.

Montreal Barons:

Outs:
Francois Gauthier (OTT)
Ernest Haslem (Released)

Ins:
Michael Rourke (STL)
Ronald Jack (STL)

Montreal mainly had lower-end moves this offseason. The loss of Francois Gauthier will sting a little, but he wasn’t a key component to the team. Instead, they get two young guns from St. Louis, Michael Rourke and Ronald Jack. Both players have limited MHL action, but are absolutely MHL-calibre players looking to take that next step. Both players are workhorses on all sides of the puck, and will do whatever they can to cement their place on the Barons.

Montreal Greys:

Outs: a lot
Robert Clement - C (Released)
Jim Clarkson - W (Released)
Jacob Dick - W (Retired)
Keith Whitlow - W (Retired)
Paul Houle - D (Released)

Ins:
None

The Greys did a lot of trimming around the edges in the offseason. They made no signings, and released players who are either aging (like Clarkson), or declining in general (Clement, Houle). It’s an interesting strategy from them, as many expected them to make a big move to keep their aging core in Abbott Cup contention. 

Nassau:

Outs:
Joseph Kimmins - C (Released)
Louis Little - W (Retired)
Buck Mahoney - D (Released)
Marc Friesen - G (QUE)

Ins:
Claude Brown - W (STL)
Don Howard - W (STL)
Henry McDonald - W (Rookie)
Gerald Martin - D (STL)

Nassau improved their already-strong roster, acquiring reigning league points leader Claude Brown from St. Louis. Brown is a great talent who was overlooked for being on St. Louis, but now he hopes to show the league his talent on a better team. The additions of Don Howard and Gerald Martin increase Nassau’s depth, and Henry McDonald could be a diamond in the rough as a rookie. He wasn’t the most-watched, but has lots of talent.

New York:

Outs:
Rodney Tebow - C (Released)
Eric Boisvert - C (Released)
Vince Ryan - W (Released)
Andrew Moehring - D (Released)
Brian Hehn - D (Released)

Ins:
Philip Brown - W (STL)
Adrian Lang - D (STL)
Walter Martin - D (Rookie)

New York bid farewell to legend in the offseason, as Andrew Moehring was released. Moehring currently leads the Blue Birds in Games Played, Goals, and Points, and was a key part in all 4 of their Abbott Cup victories. It won’t be easy without him in the lineup, but the additions of Adrian Lang and Walter Martin on the blueline give them good depth. As well, the re-signing of W George Green and addition of Philip Brown improve their offense. It’s been a rough few years for New York and these additions look like they’ll do well to help them make another playoff push.

Ottawa:

Outs:
Andre Tremblay - D (Released)

Ins:
Francois Gauthier - C (MTB)

The reigning champs didn’t make a lot of noise in free agency, with their lone addition being Francois Gauthier from Montreal. He’s a playmaker, and one that should fit in nicely in the nation’s capital. Ottawa’s big move was the re-signing of defenseman Derrick Dorvilus. He’s focused more on defense than offense the past couple of seasons, and it has paid off, obviously being a big part of Ottawa’s recent Abbott Cup triumph.

Quebec:

Outs:
George Jack - W (Released)
Donald Kendall - W (Released)
Philip Emilus - G (TOR)
Thaddeus Baldwin - G (Released)

Ins:
Ben Richards - C (BOS)
Marc Friesen - G (NAS)

Quebec was left early on in FA without a goalie, which isn’t generally a good thing. Without too many experienced options, they settled on Marc Friesen, the former Newark and Nassau goalie. He doesn’t have the best stats, but Quebec still rathered to have MHL experience over nothing. Their other move was signing Ben Richards from Boston. Les Bleus have good center depth already, and this addition will make it even stronger. It will be a battle for ice time between their four main options, so it should be fun to see who ends up on top once the season rolls around.

Toronto:

Outs:
Greg Mullins - C (Released)
Sylvain Ermengille - W (Traded to DET)
Jean-Claude Tardif - W (Released)

Ins:
John Mitchell - C (Rookie)
Noble Dixon - C (Rookie)
Patrick Stone - D (Rookie)
Clifford Allison - D (Traded from DET)
Philip Emilus - G (QUE)

Toronto had a very busy offseason. Their first big move was re-signing C John Young, a key part of their offense for some time now. They released longtime center Greg Mullins in a bittersweet move, and then signed 3 rookies. Toronto is hoping to build a great young core, and these three are looking to be a big part of that. Patrick Stone is the most promising of the 3, with one scout calling him the “smartest son-of-a-gun he’s ever seen”. Their biggest move came right at the end of the offseason, as they traded fan-favourite and aging superstar Sylvain Ermengille to Detroit in exchange for young defenseman Clifford Allison. Ermengille was THE guy for Toronto’s run of success, and many assumed he would end his career a Laker. However, management had other plans, as they are extremely high on Allison. He’s played one season, and had only 3 points in 58 games. Not exactly what fans want to hear, but this is a long-term trade from the Lakers’ perspective, as Allison is almost guaranteed to be in Toronto longer than Ermengille is in Detroit.

Top 10 Free Agent Signings:



1931-32 MHL Preseason

MitchSwanson94 wrote:

Also, why not a Canadian and American division instead of an East vs West divisions since they’re seem to be 6 American (Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, Detroit, Nassau & New York) and 6 Canadian (London, Montreal x2, Ottawa, Quebec and Toronto)?

I never thought about this, and it works perfectly, so let's do it!

The MHL continued its tradition of changing the number of games in a year, going down from 64 to 62, presumably due to the contraction of St. Louis. The schedule will go back to being heavily divisional-based, in the new American and Canadian divisions. The playoffs will remain in the same format, the top 2 teams in each division facing off in a best-of-3, then a best-of-5 Abbott Cup final.


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6/09/2024 11:46 pm  #175


Re: Metropolitan Hockey League: 1932-33 Regular Season

Glad you liked my suggestion of Canadian and American divisions instead of East-West!


 

6/14/2024 7:33 pm  #176


Re: Metropolitan Hockey League: 1932-33 Regular Season

1931-32 MHL Season: First Half

The 1931-32 season was a forward’s nightmare. The league had noticed that scoring was decreasing as the years were going by, but it had reached a point where it was starting to hurt the game. 90% of games were either 1-0 or 2-1 victories, and while they were always tight, fans weren’t too keen about so many defensive affairs. The league would take their time deciding the right path forward for future seasons.

The American Division had the better of the Canadian Division in the first half, resulting in some unbalanced standings. There may be an unhappy team in the American Division at the end of the year, should they finish with more points than a Canadian team in the playoffs.

Leading the all-new American Division was a big surprise, the Boston Harpers. They were projected to be better than previous years, but not THIS good. This is mainly thanks to G Caleb Ross, who is tied for first in goals against average, and outright first in save percentage. He’s been lights out. Offensively, they’ve been more average, but the play of centres Jack Roy and David Covington have been noticed league-wide. Boston sits at 19-9-1, as they look to make the playoffs for the first time in 4 years. 

In 2nd are holding the last playoff spot are the Nassau Scouts. It’s their third straight year being a very good team, but not the best in their division. However, the first half of their season has seen them play almost double the amount of road games compared to home games, so they should be improving in the second half. Kenneth Paquette has once again been their best player, doing well on both ends of the ice. They made waves by trading newly-signed reigning points leader Claude Brown to Toronto for Stephen Keenan, a move that so far isn’t working out for them. Nassau sits at 19-13.

In 3rd and outside the playoffs are the New York Blue Birds. While they’re currently bouncing back from their worst season yet, they’re still not quite a true playoff contender. They’re mainly being carried by Bouse Rogers and Victor Gosselin up front, and by Moses Addison in goal. Rogers and Gosselin are both top 3 in goals, while Addison is once again near the top of the league in all goalie categories. New York is definitely still able to make the playoffs, but they could also fall off as the season progresses. They sit at 18-15.

In 4th are the Brooklyn Kings, who may be showing that their past season was a fluke. They shocked the league by finishing atop the East and making it to the Abbott Cup Final last year, but now they’re hovering at 0.500. To their credit, they did start off well, but never really looked legitimate, and have faltered into their current position. Their defense has been quite good, but the offense, which was 2nd overall last season, has fallen off hard and has cost them. Brooklyn sits at 15-14-1, and will look to bounce back in the second half.

The bottom 2 teams in the American Division feature one surprise and one obvious expected team. In 5th are the Chicago Wildcats, who had the #1 regular season record last year. While they’re below 0.500, they’ve been playing better than the record shows, and should certainly be better than this once the season is all said and done. Meanwhile, Detroit rounds out the division, but they’re starting to show signs of good to come. Jack Walker is near the top of the league in assists, and 22-year-old Guy Topolinski is in the top half of the league in GAA and SV%, something no Detroit goalie has been able to do yet. Chicago sits at 14-16, while Detroit is at 11-19-1.

In the East, it’s the Montreal Barons on top. They were also in this position last year before falling out of the playoffs completely. However, this year things look different. Jean Fortin, who broke out statistically last year, is atop the league in points, and 2nd in assists. His play has been a major part of their success. On the other end is Frank Pangos, now considered the #1 player in the league. He has started nearly every game, and has a mind-boggling 1.43 GAA, to go along with a 0.913 SV%. He’s single-handedly won games when the rest of the team has had off-nights. Montreal sits at 22-9, hoping they don’t collapse again.

In second are the reigning champs, the Ottawa Lumberjacks. Despite being in a playoff position once again, it’s clear that the team doesn’t have the same oomph as last season. John Gilchrist has gone from elite to middling in net, and the rest of the defense has taken a step back. On offense, some players have also taken steps back, but Sam Cruciani has continued to be Ottawa’s difference maker up front. He’s tied for the league lead in goals, and is 3rd in points. He’s way ahead statistically of any other Lumberjack, so he’s the reason they’re doing as well as they are. They sit at 15-15, which wouldn’t be a playoff spot in the American Division.

In third are the Montreal Greys. To show the disbalance in the standings, Montreal would be 6th in the American Division. Instead, they’re somehow still in the playoff race. Like Nassau, they’ve played a lot more away from home, so they should see some improvement. However, the fact that they’re 10th defensively and have a -13 point differential should not have them still in contention for the postseason. That’s how it goes sometimes. They sit at 14-18.

In fourth are the Toronto Lakers, on pace to finish below 0.500 for the first time in their MHL history. It’s been disappointing, but also inevitable for one of the league’s first great teams. Their old core is aging, retiring, and leaving for other teams. They did make a nice move in acquiring reigning points leader Claude Brown from Nassau, but he’s not going to single-handedly turn things around. Toronto will need to decide whether to retool or rebuild, as their Abbott Cup window is closing, if not already fully closed. Toronto sits at 13-17-1.

In fifth and sixth are exactly who you’d expect: Les Quebecois, and the London Locomotives. Quebec still hasn’t taken that next step, and is still having major defensive struggles in their fourth season. Unlike Detroit, they don’t have any offensive stars, though they do have young talent that could become stars in the future. As for London, the move across the border has them struggling. In particular, star centre Simon Peters isn’t adjusting well, and is having a down year so far. The defense has been league-worst, averaging almost 2.18 (gasp) goals against per game. Two struggling teams will look to become two resurging teams as the season moves along. Quebec sits at 13-18, while London sits at 11-32.



1931-32 Season Leaders (So Far)


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6/23/2024 8:44 pm  #177


Re: Metropolitan Hockey League: 1932-33 Regular Season

1931-32 MHL Season: Second Half

The second half of the season was action-packed. Tons of meaningful games right to the very end, some surprise resurgences, and some fall-offs resulted in lots of press.

Finishing first in the American Division were the Nassau Scouts, their first-ever divisional title. With their influx of home games in the second half, they took advantage, going 20-10 to close out the year. Kenneth Paquette finished the year on a strong note, top 3 in both assists and points. Overall, the Scouts weren’t dominant in any particular area, but were incredibly consistent, and are now rewarded with home-ice advantage in the semifinals. Nassau finished at 39-23.

In 2nd are the Boston Harpers, who make the playoffs for the first time since 1928. Their defense was top tier to finish the year, and they finished with the 2nd-best defense statistically. Caleb Ross had the best season of his career, finishing with a crazy 1.53 GAA and 0.923 SV%. Boston had a little bit of bad luck to end the year. Despite finishing with the same point totals as Nassau, they lost the tiebreaker and the #1 seed in the division, thus making them the road team for 2/3 of the semifinal games. Boston finished at 38-22-2.

Finishing 3rd and outside the playoffs are the New York Blue Birds. They had a decent season, but never played at the level of Nassau or Boston to seriously compete with them. Their backend wasn’t the issue, with Moses Addison posting great numbers once again, and defenseman like Chris Paquet and Adrian Lang doing very well. Offense was what hurt them. Outside of Bouse Rogers, nobody was consistently scoring goals, and overall the quality isn’t the same as what they had in their glory days. New York finished at 33-29.

Finishing 4th are the Chicago Wildcats, who despite having a much worse second half, actually moved up a spot in the standings. Their season wasn’t a pretty sight, as they struggled defensively. Their offense was actually in the top half of the league, and had good teamwork, but the backend was just a mess. Their road record of 10-21 also didn’t help, as it was the worst in the American Division. Overall, it’s an extremely disappointing year for the team that had the best regular season record in 1930-31. Chicago finished at 26-35-1.

Finishing 5th were the Brooklyn Kings, who arguably had a even more disappointing second half than Chicago. They went from being above 0.500 at the half, to 11 games below it to end the year. Unlike the Wildcats, Brooklyn’s home record was their killer. a dismal 0.371 as the hosts was worst in the entire league. Another disappointing season by an American Division team, as Brooklyn goes from making the Abbott Cup finals to finishing at 25-36-1.

Last in the American Division is no surprise, the Detroit Guardians. The young team is still struggling to find its footing and take the next steps out of the basement. Their defense has improved with each passing year, so despite theirs still being the worst in the division, it’s continuing to find more and more success. The offense has continued struggling though, and they scored the fewest goals of any team in the league. One bright spot has been G Guy Topolinski, who actually finished top 5 in the league in save percentage. Detroit finished at 23-38-1.

In the East, the Montreal Barons were virtually unstoppable in the second half, and finished with the best points percentage in MHL history. Their offense and defense were both #1 in the league, and they had the best record at home and away from home. It was pure dominance from start to finish. Their best player was far and away goalie Frank Pangos, who won 45 of his 57 games, had a 1.33 GAA and 0.925 SV%. His win and GAA totals were both MHL records, and by a decent margin. They managed to do this all without a player top 5 in goal or points as well. Truly a season for the record books. Montreal finished at 47-15.

Finishing second and making the playoffs for the 2nd straight year are the Ottawa Lumberjacks. After a middling first half, the team found its legs in the second half, and really pulled away from everyone else near the end. Sam Cruciani and Karl Lucas did what they’d done many time before, carry Ottawa’s offense. Cruciani led the league in goals, while Lucas was 2nd in assists. The two also finished top 5 in points. Overall, Ottawa’s season wasn’t quite the same as 1930-31, but still pretty darn good, and will be a tough team to knock out. Ottawa finished at 34-28.

In third are the Toronto Lakers, who caught fire and made the playoff race interesting, but still couldn’t get it done. They had some good individual seasons, especially from mid-season acquisition Claude Brown. However, their roster lacked depth, and though Trevor Walker has racked up wins in goal, he’s not a top tier goalie, and has held Toronto back on multiple occasions. The Lakers need a retool if they want to be a playoff team again. Toronto finished at 32-29-1.

In fourth are the Montreal Greys, who also had a turnaround in the second half. Unfortunately for them, it wasn’t enough to even stay in 3rd in the Canadian Division. Despite great work from William Smith and James Urban, the Greys core wasn’t consistent enough to make the playoffs. However, they’ve got a great player in Smith, who became the first Greys player to lead the league in points. Overall, it was an alright year for the Greys, but one they don’t want to repeat. Montreal finished at 31-31.

In fifth and sixth are the expected culprits, Quebec and London. Both teams already had bad first halves, but were worse in the second half. Their seasons were honestly basically carbon copies of each other. Between the two, they only had 1 top 5 player in a major statistic, with London’s Jack Lilly being 5th in goals. Neither franchise seems to be taking next steps, which could be problematic if they want to survive in the league. Quebec finished at 21-41, while London finished with a record of 20-42.



1931-32 Season Leaders:


Playoff Predictions:

A1 - Nassau Scouts vs W2 - Boston Harpers
Previous Meeting: None
Result: N/A
Series Record: N/A

It’s a first-time meeting between two teams that have never made the Abbott Cup Final. Nassau has been the more consistent team recently, though Boston could continue surprising like they’ve done this year. 

In the 10 meetings between the two teams this year, Nassau won 6. This actually was the tiebreaker between the 1st and 2nd seed, so the Scouts have the advantage in multiple ways. Their matchups were tighter and more defensive than average, so that should be the theme again here. Caleb Ross will be the key piece for Boston, as he has the ability to steal games for the Harpers. Nassau has the firepower to overcome him as well.

My pick: The Scouts comfortably outplay the Harpers, winning in two straight.

C1 - Montreal Barons vs C2 - Ottawa Lumberjacks
Previous Meeting: None
Result: N/A
Series Record: N/A

It’s another first time matchup in the Canadian Division, and one that surprisingly hasn’t happened before. These teams haven’t been playoff calibre at the same time, and now it’s time to see which one gets bragging rights.

It’s pretty obvious who the favourites are here. Montreal enjoyed a historic regular season, and Frank Pangos is super intimidating in goal. The Barons won the season series, but 4 of their 15 losses were at Ottawa’s hands. The Lumberjacks have shown they can beat the Barons, but can they do it twice in three games? That’s a lot to ask for. If Pangos plays even at the same level he did in the regular season, Montreal should make quick work of the Jacks.

My pick: Ottawa puts up a respectable fight, but the Barons take it in 3 games.


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6/23/2024 10:09 pm  #178


Re: Metropolitan Hockey League: 1932-33 Regular Season

And… the Locomotives finish last. What a suprise (sarcasm)

Least my got my B team in it! Go Jacks.


 

6/24/2024 9:44 am  #179


Re: Metropolitan Hockey League: 1932-33 Regular Season

Something I forgot to add last night:

The MHL is introducing it's first individual trophy this season, the Hackatt Trophy for League MVP. The full story on the trophy will come after the Abbott Cup Final, but I want to get you all involved in voting (if you're interested).

I have a Google Form here, with some candidates and their point totals/other statistics. Feel free to vote for which one you feel deserves to take home the inaugural MVP!

https://forms.gle/xEUUH8VCPrmAtRFw9


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6/30/2024 5:42 pm  #180


Re: Metropolitan Hockey League: 1932-33 Regular Season

1932 MHL Playoffs: Semifinals

(A1) Nassau Lynx (39-23) vs (A2) Boston Harpers (38-22-2)

It was a first-time matchup in the American division semifinal, as the Nassau Lynx and Boston Harpers faced off. The Lynx had been in this scenario the past two years, but as the lower seed in both. Boston also makes the semifinal for the third time in their history, and first since 1928. 

Game 1 at the County War Memorial in Hempstead was a different atmosphere. It was Nassau’s first-ever playoff opener at home, so the crowd was treating it almost like a home opener in terms of being casual, but still loud and rowdy. The home crowd got treated to a show early, with multiple power plays, and eventually the first goal of the series, as Henry McDonald captured a turnover and fed Vincent Shaw for an easy tap-in. The first period after that was quite low-event, and the home side was up through 20. The second period saw more action, with Boston this time getting multiple power plays. However, Mike Whitlow stood tall in the net and kept them off the scoresheet with some great close saves. In the third, Nassau fully locked down defensively. They were solely focused on protecting the lead, and it almost worked. However, with 9 seconds to play, a shot from the point deflected in front and landed right on the stick of Bob Murray, who put the puck past a helpless Whitlow. It was now 1-1 and destined for overtime. In the extra frame, the winning goal came early. The puck found Harpers star Jeff Apps alone in the slot, and he powered a shot home. The Harpers completed the last-second comeback, and led the series 1-0 heading home.

Game 2 was at Boston’s Storrow Arena, and the crowd was electric. This was Boston’s best chance at making an Abbott Cup Final, and the 10,000 fans were hoping to witness a historic moment in their franchise’s history. The game started slowly, without much action. After a few shots from both teams throughout the period, the first goal came late. An absolutely beautiful pass from Jeff Apps found Boston leading goalscorer Ivan Davison, and he didn’t have to do anything other than simply guide the puck into the open frame. Boston had the lead after 1, and the fans loved it. The Scouts came out firing in the second, with the most offensive pressure of either team so far. This culminated with an odd-man rush, where Paul Brooks beat Caleb Ross from the left faceoff dot. They couldn’t get a lead-taking goal, and through 40, it was 1-1. In the third, Boston struck early, with a nice give-and-go play between Arthur Johnston and Ernest Haslem. Johnston ripped a shot past Whitlow, and the Harpers had the lead. They kept pressing looking for an insurance goal, but couldn’t get anything. Fortunately for them, Nassau couldn’t get anything either. 

Time ran out, and Storrow Arena exploded. The Boston Harpers, after 11 years, were headed to their first Abbott Cup Final. The Green and Gold would have a chance to the city the title it so desperately wanted. As for Nassau, it was heartbreak in the semifinals for the third straight year. This lead to questions about whether changes were needed to get the team to the next level, whether that be players or coaches switching up.

(C1) Montreal Barons (47-15) vs (C2) Ottawa Lumberjacks (34-28)

The Canadian Division had a bit of a David vs Goliath matchup in the semi-finals. The Montreal Barons, who don’t have the history behind them, went on a crazy run in the regular season, finishing with the best record in MHL history. Ottawa a team that was just 6 games above 0.500, are still the reigning champs, and the team that could knock them off. However, virtually all analysts are predicting a Montreal win, whether that be in 2 or 3.

Game 1 at Stade Barons saw the diehard and playoff-starved Barons faithful in a frenzy. They were excited to finally have their team in the playoffs, especially as the favourites to win it all. The atmosphere in the building was quoted as “a sound I could never have fathomed” by Frederick Winton. Despite the atmosphere, it was the visitors who had the better first period. They peppered Frank Pangos with shots left and right, but the best player in the league turned every single one of them away. It wasn’t the best start for the Barons, but it was still scoreless through 20. In the second, play was more even. The two teams traded chances, and had power plays, but like the first, there were no goals. The two teams had 28 combined shots through 40 minutes, yet Frank Pangos and John Gilchrist both stood tall through 40. In the third, it was all defense, but the game finally found an icebreaker. off a seemingly innocent play, Karl Lucas hit a puck toward the Montreal net, and Derrick Dorvilus was right their to hit it home. On Ottawa’s 20th shot, they finally had the lead. They then did what they had done best in the previous year’s playoffs, kill the clock and hold the lead. It was a shocker, as Ottawa led the series 1-0 heading home.

Game 2 was held at the Ottawa Forum. The home crowd made sure Montreal knew they were on the verge of choking away their historic season, with lots of cheering and chanting at them. The game started without too much fuss, and then started an absolutely chaotic first period. for low-scoring MHL standards, the number of chances on both sides were insane. However, it was another display of amazing goaltending to start. Despite the playoff high 19 shots between the two, it was scoreless after 20. In the second, it was a lot calmer in shots, but not in goals. Montreal scored their first goal of the series on their first shot of the period, via Thaddeus Morgan. Just 41 seconds after that, Morgan scored his second goal of the shift off of an odd-man rush. It was quickly 2-0 Montreal, and the Forum was silent. Ottawa would get one back late, with a pass from Sam Cruciani finding Robert Smith. After 40, Montreal was up 2-1. In the third, Montreal hit the gas to try and seal the game, but couldn’t get anything until the final 5 minutes, until Robert Courbouche sniped one past Gilchrist. With Frank Pangos in the Montreal net, that was basically game over. The Jacks did get a late consolation goal from Robert Smith, but that was it. Montreal won game 2, and the series was headed back to Stade Barons for a winner-take-all game 4.

Game 3 was back in Montreal, and somehow the atmosphere was even more electric than it was in Game 1. You could feel the building shaking. The players took the ice, some pre-game pleasantries were exchanged, and it commenced. The game got off to a slow start. Montreal had an early power play, but couldn’t capitalize. Ottawa had a couple of chances, but Pangos shut them down as well. Compared to the exciting start of game 2, game 2 was more nervy from both sides. After 20, it was scoreless. In the second, Ottawa got more offensive momentum, but Pangos continued being a wall in net, letting nothing through. Montreal would get another powerplay, and while they were shut down on it, they opened the scoring soon after it ended. Michael Rourke took a shot that got through a screened Gilchrist, and the building erupted. Montreal led 1-0, and took the lead to the room after 40. The third was Montreal’s best offensive period, getting more chances to add on to their lead. However, Ottawa would tie it up with a nice passing play. Robert Smith’s third goal of the series had it looking like it was going to overtime. However, in the dying minute of play, Montreal took a costly hooking penalty, and Ottawa had a chance to win the series. They peppered Pangos, and he stood tall. However, a failed PK counterattack led to one last-gasp for Ottawa, and Jack O’Connor fed Cody Trice, who deposited the puck past Pangos with just 4 seconds to play. Stade Barons was stunned.

The remaining 4 seconds obviously weren’t enough for Montreal, and as time expired, Ottawa acted like they had just won the Abbott Cup again. They was pulled off a crazy upset, defeating the team that had won 47 out of 62 games, the best regular season team in MHL history. The Barons players and fans were too stunned to be angry. A lot of them stood on the ice and in the stands for long after, trying to figure out how they blew it. 



Abbott Cup Final Preview:

(A2) Boston Harpers vs (C2) Ottawa Lumberjacks
Previous Meeting: None
Result: N/A
Series Record: N/A

It’s the reigning champs up against first-time Abbott Cup competitors in 1932. The Ottawa Lumberjacks, who just pulled off a historic upset, are looking to win their second straight championship. In their way are the Boston Harpers, who cruised past Nassau on route to their maiden appearance.

The season series was split between the two, as each won a game. Boston won the first meeting 3-1, while Ottawa took the second one 2-1. Boston was the better defensive team, and Ottawa the better offensive team, but both teams were very good in both areas. Ottawa has championship experience to back them up, and are riding a high after their semifinal win. On the other hand, Boston know what winning it all would mean to the city, and don’t want to let this opportunity go to waste.

My Pick: Ottawa is just too much for the Harpers to handle, as they sweep them in 3.


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