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    @kingraph has decided to grace us with his presence one more time. All hail the reigning, defending, Gens and SNES champion!
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    I am going off the grid. I have never been much of a computer or tech guy and after spending the last few weeks basically off the grid, I have decided to go even further off. As most of you know my Discord account has been terminated and I am not playing in classic. Thanks for the PM's checking that I was OK from many of you. I still plan to attend LIVE events (possibly more buffed when I rip my shirt off) and check in on the forums from work now and again. I consider many of you my good friends and will look forward to seeing you at Live Events. The rest of you keep your heads up and on a swivel!
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    Thanks for everything Coach. I learned a tremendous amount from both playing and playing with your ROMs. Seeing you go from a newbie to producing high quality ROMs of your own with no real background inspired me to give it a shot myself. Thank you for always being willing to chirp in when I would ask a silly question and pointing me in the right direction whenever you were able. I've gotten an incredible number of additional hours of enjoyment out of this game both directly and indirectly because of your participation on these forums.
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    If you got an email from the forum recently, with the following text and a .doc attachment, please DELETE IT. It was not sent by us, so the attachment likely contains a virus (passwording the file hides the virus) . Also please reply below to say whether you did or didn't get the email, so we can figure out how widespread the issue is...
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    @IAmFleury'sHipCheck aka EA welcome back to the blue ice, officially signed up!
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    DSgamby Thank you. Renaming teams can be done with my editor. Anaheim will be just Ducks from next update on.
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    Well, due to having been away for quite a few years, I forgot the password on the original account for RedWingDevil. So I had little choice but to make a new account in here. Yeah, it's unusual, but that's how the cookie crumbles. I dunno if I'll be able to get it back, along with my old info that's still on the league pages. Well, might as well say stuff about myself! Name, age, occupation, location, system Guillemo, age 34, call center agent/translator, Baja California in Mexico, Gens/SNES. If we're talking about current systen, PS4 What hobbies or other interests do you have? Music, reading books ocassionally, comics, movies. Geek stuff When did you get introduced to the game NHL'94? How did it happen? Well, the same way a guy does when they're looking to play classic games on emulators. NHL 94 was one of the games I got interested into the most, and then I remember watching some good hockey games in my childhood. That, and I never forgot the cool ad for the game in a videogame magazine. When did you get introduced to nhl94.com and the online community? Were you playing between these two dates? (That is, between first becoming aware of game, and first becoming aware of nhl94.com.) I've played emulators since... 2002. It has been that way for quite some time. I wasn't aware about NHL94.com until around 2009! I saw that classic video of a comeback on a game between Montreal and Quebec in YouTube; the name sort of came up and I got curious as I searched it on Google. The rest is history. What are a couple things that you love about the game? Even now, it's still pretty fast and dynamic, and the general feel is enduring. Also, the amount of players that I can still remember from the 1990s helps out a great deal. Are you a gamer in general? What other games do you play? What games DON'T I play? Actually, I'd count them on one hand. That'd be simulators, games like Sim City, maybe those based on game shows... Do you follow hockey in real life? Any other sports? Yeah, I follow it sometimes, especially when the mood hits me. There's also the NFL. I rarely follow other sports. If you have been to a live tourney, what was it like meeting the real people behind the screen names? Any big surprises? Unfortunately, I do not have the good luck of ever being in a live tourney, or meeting new people from the community personally. My country pretty much plays fighting games, FIFA, FPS, and recently, classic gaming. It'd be pretty rare to find someone else who plays NHL games besides me, nevermind even know about it. What is behind your screen name? (Origin story, if there is one.) It's just a boring story. I wanted to fit into the hockey theme in the community, and I kinda liked the Red Wings, so I went with RedWingDevil. For the leagues, I use Iceguy94 for theme purposes as well. Fitting in here was what I was aiming at. Favorite NHL94 player in game (and why)? That's a very tough choice! A lot of them I like, but if I had to make the decision, I'd say Steve Yzerman. One of the most complete playmakers in the game; he can pretty much do no wrong when you start rolling with him and he's one slick skater & shooter.
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    Version 1.1 added to top post. Rosters as of December 4, player ratings updates to reflect big stories this season. Comments or corrections welcome.
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    Hi Guys, I would like to introduce a new way to play NHL ‘94 live that @halifax and I have been working on. Here is the pitch... We are taking NHL ‘94 tournaments to the next level. Imagine playing a whole NHL ‘94 tournament with a team that you built on a real cartridge. This spring we will be hosting a live Draft online. Using your laptop or mobile phone you can draft players and go head to head against other coaches in a race to get the best players. Draft picks (order) will be determined by real world money. We are selling 28 spots all at different price points. This will be the first flexible priced entry fee tourney. Here is where strategy comes in to play. Do you spend the big bucks and get a higher draft pick or do you spend only $10 and take your chances. The prize money doesn’t care what draft pick you got, your skill does. Once we have the teams made, we will be ordering custom NHL ‘94 Saskatoon Draft Carts form a supplier overseas. The winner of the tournament will receive a special gold cartridge just like they had in Nintendo World Series. The runners up will also get to keep their tournament cartridges as a souvenir (who knows they might be worth something some day lol). So please join us in Saskatoon this spring for a tournament like no other! Quick Facts When: May 2019 (date to be determined) Where: Saskatoon Saskatchewan Venue: (most likely the Canadian Brewhouse but subject to change) Players: We are capping it at 28 (full NHL league) Prize Money: 1st $500, 2nd $200, 3rd $100 (Based on a sell out) Games: Guaranteed 10 games!!!!! Screens: Mix between CRT’s and HDTV Consoles: 10 SNES setups Draft Spots: Will be sold on Eventbright at a predetermined time and will be first come first serve. If not all draft spots are sold the draft order will be from highest paid to the lowest ONE Draft Spot per coach. (Basically acts as your registration fee) Draft Spot Prices: 1. $66 2. $64 3. $62 4. $60 5. $58 6. $56 7. $54 8. $52 9. $50 10. $48 11. $46 12. $44 13. $42 14. $40 15. $38 16. $36 17. $34 18. $32 19. $30 20. $28 21. $26 22. $24 23. $22 24. $20 25. $18 26. $16 27. $14 28. $10 The Draft will be hosted online similar to how fantasy football is done. It will be a stand alone draft where each player takes thier turn in order. Auto Draft features will be available. More info on the system will follow. The whole Original NHL ‘94 roster will be available. Teams will be made of 10 players and two goalies. We will be using mostly King of 94 Rules and the tournament structure will be finalized before tickets go on sale. When the Teams are finalized. Brand New Cartridges will be ordered with custom ROM’s for the event. The top ten players get to keep thier carts and the winner will receive a GOLD Cart. More info to follow. (And above info is subject to change). I hope to see you in Toon in May! Cheers, Mikey
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    Playing Full Seasons of NHL Hockey (94) DOS In the spirit of what Tecmo Guys do with Full Seasons. No need to sign up, just post your Seasons here. Play as many Seasons as you like. I will award a Retro NHL Bobblehead to the Person who has the best record of Season and Playoffs. Can you go 100-0. 84-0-0 in Season and 16-0 in Playoffs. Rules: -You may choose any team. -5 minute periods -Penalties On, Offsides Off -84 Game Season and 7 Game Playoff Series. -Line Changes OFF, but special rules do apply to your roster. ---Players must play their default postion and with their default line. RW = RW etc... ---You must use Line 1 and Defense Pair 1 and Goalie 1 for the first 21 games. ---The next 21 games Line 1 will rotate back to Line 4, and Line 2, 3, and 4 will all move up 1 slot. ---The defense pairs will rotate in the same fashion. Except with only 3 pairs Pair 1 will play with Line 4. ---Goalie 1 will play with Line 1 and 3, Goalie 2 will play with Line 2 and 4*. Teams with a third Goalie will play him with Line 4. ---Scratched players are scratched for the season. ---Playoff Rosters work similarly. ---Each Forward Line can play in 1 and only 1 playoff series. You choose the order but if Line 2 is playing Line 3 is backup etc.... ---Each Defensive Pairing work just like in the season 1 with 1 and 4, 2 with 2 and 3 with 3. ---Each Goalie plays in 2 Series. If teams have a third goalie he does not have to play in the Playoffs. I have started my first season with Minnesota. I will post some results later tonight.
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    I've been waiting for someone to make a relevant thread about the DOS version. Ever since I signed up here, nobody has seemed willing enough to go as far as to say this game was even remotely cool. All along my impression about this community was that everybody was envious of the DOS version, not wanting to be that guy who admittedly said this is a super fun game in it's own right. Think about how awesome it must have been 25 years ago. As a kid I played on the Genesis but anymore I like to default myself to this version. P.S. shout out to @kingraphfor the business
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    Hopefully, this isn’t the end of an era. Hopefully, you (eventually) come back with some more original concept Roms. Even to noobs like me, you are a legend in these here parts! Thanks for all your great/hard work!!!
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    open nose and add Vancouver to the playoff matchups, that should fix that freeze.
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    Great way to package and sell modern roster versions. EA may come knocking after that though
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    It all started two years ago when I ordered a bootleg NHL ‘94 cartridge from AliExpress for the hell of it. I got the cart and box for $15. As expected the box (and box art) was really crappy. The cartridge shell was sub-par and the label was just a scan of the box art. But there was more. I knew they didn’t just have NHL ‘94 ready to sell cause they offered the whole line up of NHL titles from the 1st all the way to NHL ‘98. I figured they must make them as people order them. So if they can make NHL ‘94’s to order they could make any ROM to order. When it finally came in... to my surprise the game worked great! You can’t tell it’s a knock off from playing it on a real system. But opening the cart up to see the board was the breakthrough. I have never seen anything like it at that point. There were no ROM chips just a black blob that looked like Silcone on an empty board. After talking to some retro experts on Twitter they explained to me that those are “cheap” knock off “Glob Top” boards used to make cheap games and most people use them to scam people into thinking that they are buying real games. Of course I didn’t really care about the scamming part as the game worked perfectly. So in my head I thought, what did this cost the seller to get it to a $15 selling point. I know from experience that this stuff always needs around 100% or more markup to be worth it for individual sale. So... Cheap Sega Gens Box $.50 Printing labels $.50 Cheap Sega Shell $1.50 Custom ROM Board $2 labour $1(to burn ROM, print materials, assemble and package to ship) ______________ $5.50 cost of goods sold and $15 sale price is looking pretty good deal for the seller. So what are the strengths? THE $2 ROM BOARD! The box and shell are garbage. So what did I do. I did the research and found a company that is making high quality knock off SNES games in Asia. I dont care about the insides as I know the Glob tops work for what we need them. The trick was to find a good Shell and Label for a good price. We don’t need to trick people, we just want the game to work and play like the original. So we put a Glob top in a decent Shell and a nice label and we are done! So we go from a $40 custom game (or $100 everdrive) to a $10 game and it plays the way we want it to. With a $10 game we can now afford to buy custom games for a custom Draft tournament! After the tournament the game carts now act like a time capsule for the tournament and and awesome keepsake. Only thing we need now is people to play the games.
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    I can vouch that the Hotel J was a quality hotel (and was very reasonably priced to boot), and there is a McD's basically across the parking lot. Also, when @Edge of 94' WI says the Edge VR Arcade is a 2 minute walk, I'd say that's pretty generous. It's 2 doors down from the hotel, and would take you longer to drive than to walk. Was a great tournament last year. Fun group in GB, and Troy is an excellent host. There, Troy now owes me a beer.
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    Great article talking about 94 and it's history!! Check it out! (front page, first article, just sayin...) https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-94-enduring-popularity-25-years-later/c-301326816?tid=280428014
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    Thanks Coach! Credit for the Oilers logo goes to @DaDonch44! I grabbed it from GDL05 ROM per @IceStorm70's request. I will update Brad Park's picture. It's funny, I had to grab about 50 old timers and I had a feeling I was going to mess them up because I have no idea how about 40 of these guys look! If you have the pic handy, just attach it here, if not I'll create a new one.
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    San Jose Sharks Team Overview: One of the more beloved expansion franchises, the Sharks enjoy the benefit of having a couple decent skaters and some solid defensive options. Despite this fact though, the Sharks have a legitimate lack of skill, especially up front. Couple a lack of skill with subpar goaltending and the Sharks strengths don’t quite have enough gusto to carry them much beyond a mediocre team. Forwards: One of the typical issues encountered with an expansion team is finding a way to make the offense dangerous enough to be respected. Since San Jose doesn’t quite have the puck skills to be respected, their skating strengths must be utilized to an even greater degree. With that in mind, Kelly Kisio, the most skilled player, will now become a spectator on the bench due to his woeful 2/2 skating. Crash the Net: Gaudreau-Falloon-Berezan Or Berezan-Gaudreau-Falloon Or Falloon-Gaudreau-Berezan Why 3 combos you ask? Depends on your style of play, the first combo is designed for users who are deke masters and slashers. The second combo is more for one timer specialists who like to use speed on the wings to generate offense. Lastly, the third line is much like the second, but puts the bigger slap shot on the off wing with Falloon. Pat Falloon: 7 weight, 4/4 skating, 3/2 shot, 4 sth, 3 pass, 3/2 aware, Shoots: R The most dangerous of these 3 forwards is Pat Falloon, he has the speed, 4/4 skating to attack the opposing defense and hopefully create some space for himself and his teammates. While not the most hearty player coming in at 7 weight, Falloon is still able enough to either be used as a sniper in the middle or a playmaker in the wing. The issue with either of these strategies though is Falloons porous skills. With only a 3/2 shot he really has to come up with some nifty moves to score consistently, thankfully he has the 4 stick handling to aid him. Conversely, Falloon has a merely average 3 pass rating, he can use his superior handling skills to dance around on the outside and hopefully he can make a nice tape to tape pass to feed the open man. Perry Berezan: 7 weight, 4/4 skating, 2/2 shot, 2 sth, 3 pass, 2/2 aware, Shoots: R Perry Berezan is much the same as Falloon, in respect to being right handed, 7 weight, and 4/4 speed. Berezan though, is even less skilled than Falloon, with a 2/2 shot, 2 o aware, 2 stick handle, and 3 passing. On most teams Perry wouldn’t warrant any consideration at all, but San Jose doesn’t have another skater of the same caliber as him and no other player aside from Kisio has substantially better skills. What Berezan brings to the table though is a second guy who can lead the offensive push with respectable speed. Rob Gaudreau: 6 weight, 3/3 skating, 3/3 shot, 2 sth, 3 pass, 3/3 aware, Shoots: R A 3rd right handed shot on this line, Rob Gaudreau supplies steady 3/3 skating and 3/3 shot at 6 weight. Due to his lack of skating and deke skills, Gaudreau is best used on the off wing for in close slap shots and slam dunk one timers. For one timing specialists though, he has the most consistent shot on the ice and may be best utilized in the middle where most of the premium one timing opportunities pop up. Defensively, these three aren’t much to talk about. Falloon and Berezan will typically be the ones carrying the puck up the ice, if one of them gets rubbed out and the puck is turned over, there is only one other player who might be able to run down the opposition from behind. Gaudreau, while light, isn’t much of a skater and that will limit his effectiveness. Other Options: Kelly Kisio: 6 weight, 2/2 skating, 3/4 shot, 3 sth, 3 pass, 4/4 aware, Shoots: R Despite being painfully slow, Kisio can still be worth icing because he does possess some good puck and mental skills on a team that is bereft of both. Try to avoid the one on one game though, Kisio isn't about to break anybodies ankles out there. Johan Garpenlov: 7 weight, 3/3 skating, 2/3 shot, 3 sth, 2 pass, 4/2 aware, Shoots: L Garpenlov may be the best of a shoddy selection of 3 speed subs on the Sharks, but that doesn't mean hes useful. Hopefully he sets up on the back post often enough to slam home some easy one-timer, otherwise Garpenlov's skill set isn't tailor made for any other sort of game plan. Mike Sullivan: 6 weight, 2/3 skating, 2/1 shot, 2 sth & pass, 2/3 aware, Shoots: L 6 weight, 3 speed, expansion team sub, has a pulse, could be worse. John Carter: 4 weight, 2/2 speed, 2/1 shot, 2 sth & pass, 2/2 aware, Shoots: L I found something worse, moving right along... Forwrad Rating: 3/10 Defense: While not star studded, Doug Wilson, Sandis Ozolinsh, Neil Wilkinson, and Tom Pederson give the user a plethora of options to choose from and construct a defense to suit their style. Balanced Defense: Wilkinson-Wilson Doug Wilson: 7 weight, 4/3 skating, 6/1 shot, 4 sth & pass, 3/3 aware, Shoots: L Wilson’s biggest strength is his 6/1 shot, it’s a weapon that must be used on this team due to the forwards lack of shooting acumen. Thus, it is paramount to have Wilson on the right side of the ice so he can unleash his left handed laser beam. With 4/3 skating and 4 passing, Wilson is an excellent offensive weapon on a team in desperate need of one. While not a big hitter with his 7 weight, Wilson can be a fine defenseman in his own zone as well when he isn’t focusing on rushing the play up the ice. Neil Wilkinson: 7 weight, 3/3 skating, 2/0 shot, 3 sth, 4 pass, 1/3 aware, Shoots: R Although right handed and playing left defense, Wilkinson is the most balanced option to be Wilson’s counterpart. Wilkinson’s main strengths are his solid 3/3 skating, 1/3 awareness, and 4 passing. That 4 passing helps make up for him being on his off side and allows him to still dish the puck effectively for breakout passes. Another 7 weight option, Wilkinson doesn’t bring big hitting to the table, but he is typically in fairly decent position to break up passes and apply the poke check. Rush the puck: Ozolinsh-Wilson Sandis Ozolinsh: 7 weight, 3/3 skating, 3/2 shot, 3 sth & pass, 3/3 aware, Shoots: R Ozolinsh is much more offensive minded than Wilkinson, but that doesn’t mean Ozolinsh is a major offensive weapon. Ozolinsh has the same skating and weight as Wilkinson, but Ozolinsh isn’t as attentive on defense as his 3 o aware will keep him in the offensive mindset more often. Ozolinsh also only posses 3 passing and a 3/2 shot, neither are big enough weapons to make an average skating defenseman a true offensive weapon. Smash Brothers: Pederson-Wilson Tom Pederson: 4 weight, 1/2 skating, 2/2 shot, 2 sth, 3 pass, 3/2 aware, Shoots: R One smashes the puck, the other smashes skulls. Pederson is a flyweight option at 4 for the biggest weight bug whores of us all. That’s all the good news about Pederson though, the bad news is that Pederson has pathetic 1/2 skating, 2/2 shot, and 2 defensive awareness. But if you cant get enough of the weight buggers, this is your guy. Other Options: Jay More: 7 weight, 3/2 skating, 4/1 shot, 3 sth & pass, 1/3 aware, Shoots: R A bit of a lead foot, but a secondary puck pounder on the back line could come in handy for a forward unit that is incapable of such feats. Defense Rating: 5/10 Goalie Zone: Arturs Irbe: 5 weight, 2/4 skating, 3 puck control, 3/3/2/2 save, Catches: L Being the 23-25th best rated goalie in the game, Irbe always seems to be a starting option on the most goalie inept teams in the GDL. Ultimately, users find his 2/4 skating to be too hard to handle in the goal crease as Irbe tends to move around like a semi-truck. Irbe doesn’t really have a saving grace, so typically he loses his starting job and becomes a platoon guy at best. On the Sharks though he is by far the best option, just don’t expect too many game saving stops from him. Goalie Rating: 2.5/10 Bottom Line: The Sharks are vastly under skilled, but they do posses decent skating, decent weight, and a puck pounding defenseman that all opponents must respect. If the user can maximize their assets, the Sharks can be a somewhat dangerous team and steal some wins from some of the better teams in the league.