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  1. Sure bud I'll do this. Thanks for doing the legwork so far, seems interesting. You can give me Washington.
  2. I have to admit that I can't get Gretz to work for me either but I think it's a question of play style. You guys nailed it though, if you use 99 you have to take advantage of his passing and agility to generate chances. He can definitely deke, if you get close enough to the goalie to get a chance. He's probably a good option for the shiftier type of coach who values those abilities, but I'm more point A to point B. Trying to learn to play other ways, but it's hard.
  3. Great writeup! This was always the lineup I used, although some people have had success recently playing Sandstrom at center with his elite shot and Gretzky on the wing as a pure passing option. The other winger would then be either Carson or Robitaille. I know @Bob Kudelski doesn't like Robitaille and likes Carson on his off wing to set up for one timers. What do you think about that setup? LA always struck me as a pretty deep team since Granato has a lot of skill (despite being small). I would probably play him over Kurri who is a bit mediocre, but neither would be in my starting lineup. Can't really think of anyone else I would want on the ice... Agree about McSorley over Zhitnik and personal preference does come into it. Charlie Huddy is also a solid stay at home guy if McSorley gets hurt and you prefer someone who won't stray too far from the net.
  4. Good initiative bud. In and paid in full. Curse the Canadian dollar (and PayPal fees!). Let's get this to 32.
  5. Sorry bud, we are full up, I didn't expect to get so many responses in a few hours. Will put you down as a replacement. And I'd like to run this on a regular basis if all goes well, so there should be other seasons.
  6. Thanks @Grillbit yes I will put you on the waiting list, sorry about that. We are going to go with a 26 team rom for this season as it makes it easier to edit. So I will include you among the replacements. If anyone else wants to be waitlisted just let me know but for now we have 26 coaches and will work on setting up a draft. If you haven't seen it there is a new discord channel for the league. We'll mostly use the discord but may keep some things on the forum if it's easier to keep it recorded here.
  7. Great response so far! This is awesome. We have a soft cap at 26 teams and hard cap at 28 teams as I can't really imagine doing more than one draft and rom, and 28 already assumes we can take over the all star teams. I am hoping we can. There will be a slight issue with goalies as probably a couple teams will not be able to draft a backup, but I don't see that as a deal breaker. @TokenToma has just confirmed on discord he wants to play and will take LA if still available, @Ellis and @Decadent also confirmed that they are in (were already on the list). Edit: The cap will be 26 teams for this season. Grillbit will be first one in if someone has to drop out for any reason before we start drafting, since the others had asked to be available as replacements later on. Otherwise that list will be the priority for replacements. Looking forward to this!
  8. After discussing with a few other people it seems like a great time to revive the SNES draft league (SDL) after a several year hiatus. This post is to indicate your interest and make suggestions or ask any questions you might have about the format. I would like to run this starting this winter with games starting after Classic finishes. Since it will naturally take some time to form a league and run a draft, we can get the ball rolling straight away. @dangler has some experience with editing the rom and has volunteered to help out, which is great! @TecmoJon will also help out with commish duties. So thanks in advance to those buds. Proposed format: Classic rules: 5 minute periods, penalties on, no offsides, line changes off. Draft: Snake draft. Meaning if you pick 1st in round 1 you go last in round 2, and so on. Everyone drafts 6F, 4D and 2 goalies. Players would be redrafted for any subsequent seasons (i.e., no keepers). Trading: To be determined, but in the past trades had been allowed. All teams are unique so standings and stats would be tracked on nhl94online.com site as usual, subject to approval by@chaos The player pool is all the players from the classic rom. You can pick any team you want since it's a fantasy draft format. The players will be edited into your lineup. You don't have to use all of your guys but they are available as subs as needed. I believe in the past we had edited out home/road advantages to make all teams equal. I would propose doing the same here. I don't know if hot/cold ratings changes can be edited for players in SNES and I'm not sure I would want to do this anyway. To be discussed. I'm not personally in favour of turning off penalties, or editing the duration of penalties, but am open to discussing it. Depending on the number of interested coaches, my preference would be to run two divisions with the potential for promotion and relegation in the future. Under this format we can still do 1 draft, but coaches would be split off into two leagues. The number of games would depend on the number of teams. SDL IV was 15 teams and 56 games which I think is on the high side. It would be at least 40 games with checkpoints. If you're interested please respond below, and feel free to reserve a team. First come first served. We may have to cap the number of participants at some point and move people onto a waiting list, but let's see how it goes. See you on the ice buds. Sign-ups: See the list below compiled by Tecmo Jon. As of now the league is capped at 26 coaches so we are full unless people drop out. If you want to be put on a list to potentially replace anyone in future, just let me know.
  9. Very cool man. maybe you could make it more clear on your graph which scores are impossible. The ties are interesting to me. Up to 6-6, which seems pretty unusual. Also more than one person lost 13-5!
  10. Again, great write-up and some good reading. Something for everyone in these matchups and I hope we see some upsets (not me of course)!
  11. Just wait until you win Classic league this summer bud it should be a cakewalk for you!
  12. I'll take the New York Rangers
  13. Welcome back Saskatoon boys. We gonna either have a big A league or a really good B league based on the numbers so far. Exciting!
  14. Thanks for putting this up bud. Sounds like another well run tournament for you with a good format! I didn't catch you streaming it but saw that game you put on fb. Congrats @stheds2000 on the win and to @The90Jacket on fighting the good fight, if they ever come round these parts anymore.
  15. In also! You should post on the discord too to get some more interest.
  16. I am going with my old standby the Washington Capitals. Give'r buds.
  17. Another King of 94 in the books! I can't believe it's been 4 years since the first one. I'm lucky enough that I've been able to attend all of them, not to mention heading out to Saskatoon in November of 2016 to play. Some amazing memories from this game and I hope it continues. Have to agree with everyone else and give the first shout out to @halifax for putting everything into this and basically being an all around super bud. Great guy, great organizer, great commentator. Pretty good player too. Even a great roommate for the three nights I was there. We're a small community and there are guys who naturally have drifted away from the game. Without you doing these events there's a good chance I never would have met any of the great people from the community. I get pessimistic sometimes about online play and its future but if we can keep doing live events it makes up for it, for me. Nothing like playing live. Even though I never win these. Speaking of winning... amazing showing by @kingraph for a much deserved title. I didn't want anyone to lose that final so I'm glad it went the distance. Congrats bud!! And congrats to Mikail for dominating another SNES tournament. Guy is legit and super humble. He'll be in the mix for a 3rd one next year if we come back. Much respect to @smozoma, @CanadianDennis for great work organizing and logging games and @Coffey for the amazing streaming setup and just generally being a boss. Each time I'm amazed by how everyone who shows up to these things is just a good bud. Have to agree with Raph that hanging out with the buds I've met from the site is the best part of the weekend. Shout out to him and the other vets from previous events like Bob Kudelski, AJ, smoz, and EA that have made it out to multiple tournaments now. You guys are legends. @Bob Kudelski I think you and me would both agree that we wanted to play better. Last 8 isn't awful but we could have done a lot better if some things had gone our way. You were 1-0 up on the champ though and that says something. One of these days either you or me is gonna beat Mikail. The funny thing is I probably match up better against him than I do against Daf, and who knows maybe you would have been able to take down Daf. That's the way she goes bud. @angryjay93 real tough loss in your final, but what a show you put on. I'm sure you'll bounce back. I was worried about you in SNES too, it wasn't your day but you would have given any of the guys who finished in the money a hard time. It's that tight. And @IAmFleury'sHipCheck , thanks for the shout out, it was awesome to be able to hang out with you and the GENS guys and watch the games. Don't forget to try the green Red Bull! Also it was great to talk to some other forum vets like @McMarkis! Plus guys on the GENS side like @jer_33 (who plays some SNES too), @aqualizard, @AtomicRaven, and Vocally Caged. More super solid buds. And@clockwise who I had never talked to before but is a super nice guy and played both systems. Nice! As for the local peeps, it was great to meet not only Jason T(@ILive4NHL94 if he ever checks the forum) but his son who was a great kid as well as a really good player. No joke. Jason also knocked me out, so it runs in the family. Phil aka Skankhunt who has been really active on the discord is also a great guy and should be a good ally going forward in terms of driving local attendance. Some general thoughts on the event: Pros: The venue as a whole. Lots of TVs and systems, nice chairs, nobody was in each other's way, easy to watch games, nice people running the show. It wasn't 100% perfect but overall it's a win. Having the event span two days. I initially thought this would be a negative, but I was wrong. So much easier to organize this way, plus you could watch the other games. I wish more guys had been able to hang out both days. The format as a whole. No it also wasn't perfect but best of 3s throughout was great and the best of 7 final was a knockout. The combination of the stream, the TV showing the live bracket, and the big projection screen to watch the games made it by far the best event so far from the perspective of watching what was going on around you. Great mix of attendees especially on the SNES side including me, @etevans101, @OmegaRed and at least one other bud from Quebec (great to see you 2 again btw, and Omega gave me a run for my money in the elimination bracket), plus some strong Toronto players and the Vancouver power trio of Fed, Daf and the inimitable Stantonator. Finally, those ice cold green Red Bulls really hit the spot. Cons: The location was definitely tough, but I get why we were there. I think it probably did limit local attendance though compared to being in a bar right downtown, and it was difficult to get to and from the hotels without a car. No kitchen or liquor license. Already covered by others, but I think this combined with being out in Vaughan meant some guys just took off once they got eliminated instead of sticking around to watch the rest of the event. I agree that the whole thing took too long. I do think the number of games played is great, so if we can figure out a way to streamline the whole process and get it done a couple hours faster, that would be amazing. Attendance was probably less than what we were hoping for. It didn't end up diminishing the quality of the event (IMO) but it would be great to get closer to the number of attendees we had 4 years ago. On the same note, I hope we can get some more forum buds to come out to the next one. On the SNES side we definitely missed @stheds2000, @The90Jacket, @tylerdeanhill, @schwartz not to mention others who have never made it out to an event. In my fantasy land, one day we have a tournament with all the legends from the site including @Oilers442, @Grayto, @c4outlaws and people who were tearing it up before I was even playing here. Selfishly, the SNES tourney being on Sunday wasn't ideal. I think some more guys might have made the trip from Montreal if it was the Saturday. But I get the logic here too. Overall: The pros definitely outweigh the cons for me. Super great weekend, can't wait for the next one. And I hope we can get some buds from the event to play classic league too! I need the practice.
  18. I'm also going to Santiago with kgman. Not really I will be there bud! Going to go 4/4 (attendance wise - not performance obviously! ) Hope the timing and location works for enough people in the community, looking forward to it! Great work as always @halifax!!
  19. Just wanted to say props to @kingraph for doing this. I haven't gotten around to watching it yet but I will soon just to relive all the frustration. Bob Kudelski deserves all the credit for getting the most out of Boston, I think it would have been a huge upset if I'd taken it cause lately he is playing better than I've ever seen. Respect! On the LA lineup: I often do put in Gretz on the LW if I feel my lineup isn't getting it done, but maybe I was just being stubborn or I actually liked the way my guys were playing. Just wasn't enough on the day. Millen is a brutal second line center especially when LA has so many other good depth guys (Kurri, Granato?) so it's probably worth being more careful with the roster to try to keep him off the ice. Mental errors! Again ggs @Bob Kudelski and I wish I could have taken it to 7 but at least all the games were close.
  20. What a wild finish and I wish this had been recorded! That is going to keep schwartz up at night for a while. Congrats to both of you for an amazing series. Two very deserving finalists and two of the best buds on the site.
  21. I'm down. @Bob Kudelski you wanna do this? I haven't played since Saskatoon.
  22. Raffi will probably tour again bud but King of 94 NYC is once in a lifetime.