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  1. Jkline3

    The 1910s

    Organized hockey in the early 20th century was a far cry from what we know (and love) today. The game was played in halves, there were 6 skaters per side and minor penalties were 3 minutes long. Players played positions such as Rover, Center Point and Point and overtime may or may not have ended with sudden death. Leagues came and went frequently and the players followed suit. Vezina, Ross and Patrick weren't just trophies - they were the stars of the day. Hockey pants were generally white and the "sweater" was a carryover from the not-so-distant past where it was a necessity as games were played outdoors. Other equipment was fairly sparse. The Stanley Cup was a challenge trophy contested by professional, semi-pro, independent and amateur squads alike. In December of 1909, as a result of a dispute over gate fees which caused the Eastern Canada Hockey Association to dissolve and for its members to go their separate ways, two new leagues - the "National Hockey Association" and the "Canadian Hockey Association" were formed. The CHA would fold only two weeks into its inaugural season and its survivors would join the NHA. While the NHA would eventually go on to become the NHL it's humble beginnings included franchises in Cobalt, Haileybury and Renfrew, Ontario, games played in curling rinks and a team called "Les Canadiens" conceived to attract the interest of the Francophone population of Montreal. I've had to use a fair amount of creative license on these teams as stats and other information is incomplete at best and practically non-existent at worst. Hope you enjoy.
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    The 1910s

    Changes were aplenty prior to the 1910-11 season. In a cost-cutting move the rover position was eliminated, creating what was known as “six-man hockey”, and a $5000 salary cap was implemented. Games were changed from two 30-minute halves to three periods of 20 minutes apiece. A standardized puck was now used and other equipment continued to develop but was often still borrowed from baseball or cricket. The membership shuffle continued with the Quebec Hockey Club being granted an NHA franchise while the Montreal Shamrocks disbanded and the Cobalt Silver Kings and Haileybury Comets returned to the Temiskaming Professional Hockey League. The Ottawa Senators dominated the NHA and easily took the Stanley Cup from the Montreal Wanderers. The Sens had 3 of the league’s 4 leading scorers, led by Marty Walsh’s 35 goals in 16 games. A Montreal rookie, Georges Vezina, was the top netminder (surprised?) and led the Canadiens to a respectable .500 record following their last-place finish the season before. Following the season the Senators won 2 challenges from outside the league for possession of the Cup – one against the OPHL champion Galt Pros and one against the previously undefeated Port Arthur Bearcats of the New Ontario Hockey League. Also joining the NHA and OPHL in the major-professional ranks during the 1911 campaign was the Maritimes-based Inter-Provincial Professional Hockey League. Teams included in ROM: NHA – Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators, Quebec Bulldogs, Renfrew Creamery Kings OPHL – Berlin Dutchmen, Brantford Indians, Galt Pros, Waterloo Colts IPPHL – Halifax Crescents, Moncton Victorias, New Glasgow Cubs Also included are 2 minor-pro teams - the NOHL’s Port Arthur Bearcats and the Prince Albert Mintos of the Saskatchewan Professional Hockey League. The Mintos were losers of a challenge series against Port Arthur for the right to play for the Stanley Cup. 1911 NHA.bin
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    The 1910s

    This rom is *only* the 1910 season. Malone had 15 goals in 15 games between Quebec of the CHA and Waterloo of the OPHL. I'm playtesting and will be posting 1911 shortly but you're not going to like that either - 9 goals in 13 games...
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    The 1910s

    @DSgamby Don't worry, (much) better days are coming for Joe. He got dinged in my rating system because he was non-NHA and with the lack of stats a lot of my ratings are heavily dependent on overall team/league strengths.
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    The 1910s

    I'm putting the final touches on 1911 and should be able to upload by the weekend. I plan to keep making seasons in chronological order (as I have time) as it is so much easier when you can carry over much of the work and research from the previous season. @CutterTML cool, I only learned about the Berlin/Kitchener name change from doing this project. Any ideas where the Dutchmen played? That was one of the rink names I had to make up because I couldn't locate any information.
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    The 1910s

    @CoachMac, thanks for the compliments - means a lot coming from someone who has spent so much time in NOSE and TM. I spent a lot of time picking through your ROMs to try and learn the tricks of the trade. Comments, ideas, suggestions for improvements are always absolutely appreciated. @TFC fan 15, I plan to create those seasons eventually. I've done a lot of the research and logo work, now that the building blocks are largely done I plan on adding seasons as I have the time. It's a lot less daunting to not have to start a project completely from scratch.
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    The 1910s

    The 1910 NHA season kicked off in January following the collapse of the CHA and the absorption of the Ottawa and Montreal Shamrocks franchises. Ottawa was the reigning Stanley Cup holder and had just defended the Cup against a challenge from the Galt Pros of the Ontario Professional Hockey League. Just days after their first NHA game Ottawa again defended the Cup against the Edmonton Pros, an independent team formerly of the Alberta Amateur Hockey Association. The Montreal Wanderers would take the first league championship with an 11-1 record and with it possession of the Stanley Cup. Following the season the Wanderers would accept their first challenge, defeating the OPHL’s Berlin Dutchmen. Newsy Lalonde, who would split his time between the Les Canadiens and the Renfrew Creamery Kings, led the circuit in scoring with 38 goals in just 11 games. Riley Hern of the Wanderers was the league’s top goaltender with 11 wins and a 3.40 GAA. Teams included in ROM: NHA – Cobalt Silver Kings, Haileybury Comets, Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Shamrocks, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators, Renfrew Creamery Kings OPHL – Berlin Dutchmen, Brantford Indians, Galt Pros, Waterloo Colts CHA – Montreal All-Montreal, Montreal Nationals, Quebec Bulldogs Independent – Edmonton Pros 1910 NHA.bin
  8. Prior to the officially sanctioned IIHF event, the "World Juniors" existed as invitational events for 3 years. I've taken Slapshot's excellent rom and used it as a base for the 1974-76 tournaments. I've been bloodying my nose with Tile Molester for a couple months now and have officially calculated that it takes 147.38 hours and a 3-time read through of the entire forum to feel like you sorta know what you're doing! Center ice still eludes me... I'm guessing that the logos weren't too elaborate for a low-profile tournament that started in 1970s Russia so am sticking with the plain ol' faceoff dot for now. Sorry if these are not the most glamorous years but I figured I might as well start at the beginning. Thanks again to everyone who has helped get me through some of the tricky parts and offered advice and feedback.
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    World Junior Championship prequels

    1976 saw the concept of the WJC at a crossroads - lacking sponsorship and official IIHF recognition the tournament appeared to be nearing its end. In fact, the United States did not send a team to Finland and Canada sent the Sherbrooke Castors, runners up in the QMJHL in 1976, rather than a true national squad. The Soviet Union again took the gold, running their overall WJC record to 14-0 in the process. Canada, in spite of a 17-1 loss to Sweden (!!!) won silver while Czechoslovakia placed third. Future NHLers were few and far between, highlighted by Peter Stastny and Viacheslav Fetisov, a trio of Swedes in Kent Nilsson, Bengt-Ake Gustafsson and Thomas Gradin and an underwhelming pair of Canadians, Jere Gillis and Peter Marsh. 1976 WJC - Finland.bin
  10. Thanks for the tips guys - I went the hex route and it *seems* to have solved the issue. As most teams have in the neighborhood of 10-12 skaters I've also upped them to 12 forwards and 6 defensemen then built lines accordingly in NOSE. Curious to see what will happen with the right combination of penalties and injuries. Is it possible to run out of players?
  11. I'm guessing that the answer is in the forum somewhere however I have yet to stumble across it... I've made a ROM with my sons' mite & squirt teams that they absolutely love and play with their teammates (take that Xbox!). A lot of the teams aren't exactly rolling 3 lines and I've been filling in with "phantom" skaters or just use generic players for a lot of the out of town teams. Does anyone know off the top of their heads the fewest number of skaters you can have without crashing the game? I generally set the game to play with line changes so that everyone has a chance to see the ice. Thanks in advance...
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    World Junior Championship prequels

    Thanks Coach, I have been spending the majority of my time working on the graphics side of things but have been meaning to spend some more time with the playoff tree. I'm guessing that I'll continue to tweak things as I get more experience... Kind of late to the game here and playing catch up!
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    World Junior Championship prequels

    1975 - Winnipeg (and Minneapolis, Brandon and Fargo) The 1975 edition moved to North American soil for the first time. Sponsored by CCM, the World Junior Hockey Tournament was again won by the Soviets. The Canadian side narrowed the gap, falling in what was the de facto Gold Medal game by a score of 4-3 in spite of a furious 3rd period rally in front of over 10,000 spectators. Canada invited a little more firepower to this year's squad, being represented by 24 WCHL All-Stars including Bryan Trottier, Mel Bridgman, Brian Sutter and Rick Lapointe. Sweden earned the bronze, and apparently the attention of the locals as 8 players from the team were either drafted by or suited up for the hometown Jets. Other notable participants were Czechoslovakia's Peter Stastny and Finns Matti Hagman and Kari Eloranta. The American representatives finished a dismal 0-5, reflected in the fact that only one member of the team went on to play professionally - a meager 6 game stint by Dan Justin with the Cincinnati Stingers of the WHA. 1975 WJC - Winnipeg.bin
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    World Junior Championship prequels

    1974 - Leningrad The first U20 championship was hosted in Leningrad, USSR and was simply known as "International Youth Hockey Tournament". The Soviets cruised through the field en route to the gold medal including a 9-0 drubbing of the Canadian bronze medalists while Finland took home the silver. To be fair, the Russian Machine was not facing the cream of the Canadian crop but the Peterborough Petes - led by Hall of Fame coach Roger Neilson. Not a whole lot of household names participated - most notably Doug Jarvis and Doug Halward for the Petes (ahem Canadians), Paul Holmgren for the US and Thomas Gradin for the Swedes. 1974 WJC - Leningrad.bin
  15. So I've been plugging away with Tile Molester and making some slow but steady progress. I've got the banners down and thought that I was having some success with the startup logos but ran into an unexpected issue with team logos changing colors depending on opponent? Apologies in advance if this has been covered elsewhere but there is a LOT of info out there and it is spread out among many threads whose titles may not really clue you in to the tips and tricks within. Couple questions: 1. Any idea what could be causing color changes in the startup logos? Logos are fine in many cases but colors sometimes change depending on who the opponent is. 2. Is there any shortcut to capture the colors in the original logo and transpose them into the palette or is that a manual process? I'm importing 48x48, 16-color bmp files. I have watched Slapshot's videos and am using Wboy's screenshots. I feel like I'm missing something when it comes to palettes however...
  16. A huge thank you to Slapshot67 for doing all the work to make this look presentable. 1977 - the year of Star Wars, The Clash, the Atari 2600 and the first officially IIHF sanctioned World Junior Championships. Following three unofficial tournaments, the IIHF recognized the relatively obscure event which has become one of international hockey's signature events and the first time on stage for many of the NHL's future stars. The round-robin series was hosted in Banska Bystrica and Zvolen, Czechoslovakia to modest crowds. The Soviet Union swept the field to win the gold medal and remained undefeated through four years of competition. The Soviet team featured future Hall of Famers Sergei Makarov and Viacheslav Fetisov in addition to goaltender Sergei Mylnikov, who later became the first Russian goaltender in the NHL - albeit for 10 horrible games with the Nordiques. Canada won silver, however were not represented by a true national team but by the St. Catharines Fincups, winners of the previous year's Memorial Cup. The Fincups roster was supplemented with players from several other OHA teams. Of the 19 members of the Canadian squad, 17 would eventually appear in the NHL with Brad Marsh, Rob Ramage, Ron Duguay, Dave Hunter, John Anderson, Al Secord, Ric Seiling, Willie Huber, Dwight Foster and tournament leading scorer Dale McCourt all logging over 500 contests. Czechoslovakia took the bronze and featured Peter Ihnacak, who would later defect to play for the Maple Leafs, and three-time Stanley Cup winner Jiri Hrdina. Team Finland would eventually send a pair of blue liners to the NHL in Risto Siltanen and Reijo Ruotsalainen. Sweden was backstopped by future Flyer Pelle Lindbergh and also included NHLers Mats Naslund and Bengt-Ake Gustafsson. The American squad contained 9 players that would make it to the NHL. Only one, Richie Dunn, would have a significant career (483 games) and 5 of the 9 would play fewer than 10 games. West Germany and Poland were added to the tournament in 1977 for the first time. Neither roster included any future NHL talent, although the West Germans would finish ahead of the Americans in the standings. The Poles lone point came in a tie contest against the USA and they would be relegated for the 1978 edition of the WJC. Speaking of 1978, this would be the debut of some guy named Wayne... Thanks again to Slapshot67 and to all of the others who have posted their knowledge and already asked the stupid questions so that I didn't have to... 1977 WJC - Zvolen.bin
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    1977 World Junior Championships

    It sure is...
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    1977 World Junior Championships

    And of course it led me to this gem:
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    1977 World Junior Championships

    Yeah, I just discovered that while I was writing the intro. Took me forever as I kept getting stuck in the rabbit hole of reading bios. A large part of the fun of putting this together has been the combination of "where are they now" and "oh yeah, i remember that guy". Ihnacak's defection story, Lindbergh's car crash, Fetisov's fight to be able to play in the NHL, the outrage of Makarov winning the Calder...
  20. This is exactly what I was looking for. Figured it was something along those lines but didn't recall anything regarding 1-7 other than "don't change #1". Now to put it to practice. Dithering away...
  21. Thanks again Mitch. Looking forward to giving them a shot.
  22. I input the women's teams for kicks. Not easy with such a limited sample size and trying to bridge the difference between US/Canada and Korea... Fire away. 2018 OlympicsW.bin
  23. "My" rom is a blatant ripoff of the Vancouver 2010 rom with just the rosters of the 22 countries participating in the WJC and Division I updated and rated, still has Vancouver logos, splash screens, etc. Definitely not comfortable uploading it. I'm late to NHL94 modding so I have been using that as a training ground as I catch up on so many others' great work and research, but unfortunately I seem to have hit the wall when it comes to the graphics side.
  24. Don't mean to hijack Mitch's thread but I'm more than willing to enter data for any previous Olympics or WJC if a shell were to appear...
  25. Out of curiosity, how long did it take to create the shell ROM?