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Highlights for 2022/23 

 

Kings Have 30 Point Week

A high scoring week in the NHL led to some big weeks.  GM Andrew hit 30 and is getting balanced scoring top to bottom of the lineup.  Buchnevich who had four in total coming into this week, led the attack with 7, Gaudreau and Lindholm had 6 each, Arvidsson 5, Meier 3, Hoffman 2 and Strome a single.  The Kings had not had a 30 point week in the last 15 years while in that time Andrew had done it with both Chicago and Hartford one time each.
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Charlie Has Memorable Night - Ranger Danger

Since the NHLP went to three teams of seven players, now in season 13 of the format, only one night has ever been better.  GM Charlie pounded out a 12-8-7 for 27 points on the night, just a point behind the 2013 night by GM Chad who's 13-10-5 and 1.33 PPG is considered the second highest scoring night in league history, only behind the 1.42 PPG by GM Scott in 2006 with a four teams of six players 14-8-6-6 for 34.  Over the past 13 seasons Charlies night is rare with only 4 GM's reaching 27, about once every three seasons.  Over that same time only eight teams have reached 25, done by only 5 GM's (Chad, Marcel, Shawn, Andrew and now Charlie).  For Charlie his Big GM Night also had a Big Team Night when his NY Rangers recorded their second ever 12+ point night, GM Charlies 4th such night all time with a career high of 14 in 2009-10 in Phoenix.  Newly acquired McAvoy had 4, Pavelski and Theodore 2 each while everyone else had singles, Matthews, Fox, Malkin and Hischier.  The Rangers may just be unstoppable this year.  They had 28 last week and with Malkin playing Sunday should reach 25 this week.  The team leads the NHLP in points for November with 72 and the league as a team at 1.05 PPG.  The roster is full of playoff players, with every one over a point per game except Theodore.  Just three points off the overall lead in the NHLP and already up 33 on fourth in the Atlantic Division.  It is hard to imagine any team being able to compete with what the Rangers have going on.  If the team gets better, GM Charlie has a real shot to win his second Cup this season. 

Nights of 25+ (3 teams of 7 Players) in 13 Seasons/td>
GM Total Night Year
Chad 28 13-10-5 2013
Charlie 27 12-8-7 2022
Marcel 27 14-7-6 2022
Shawn 27 10-9-8 2014
Marcel 26 11-9-6 2022
Andrew 26 15-9-2 2022
Shawn 26 12-8-6 2019
Andrew 25 11-9-6 2012
Andrew 25 9-9-7 2019

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HALLow Feeling

Not many NHLP teams can survive losing their Elite pick in the first month of the season, but GM Matt hasn't a choice but to try.  The Nordiques acquired Hall from the NY Rangers (Charlie) for the injured Kane who is lost for three to four months.  Quebec still has two injured players but is undoubtedly more healthy.  The trade was seen coming with Kane being penalty free in this Waiver.  This is a sure sign GM Charlie is now using the Waiver and Hall is still an option in the NHLP Minors.
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Habs Racing for 100

Nothing new for GM Marcel being the first GM to 100 points out of the gate.  His Habs, along with GM Ryan's Bruins and GM Chad's Pens, are the lone NHLP teams over 90 points and all set to eclipse the century mark this weekend.  "GM Marcel seemingly has hundreds of points to give each and every year" commented Muddy Capone.  The knock amongst the NHLP GM's may be that the GM doesn't use enough of them and always finishes safely 50 points up in a playoff spot with plenty of opportunity to make stronger teams.  Capone has seen the styles over the years and says the GM is a lot like several before him, namely GM Raymond who loved first place teams and rarely did much else in an attempt to win it all.  "Don't get me wrong, Marcel is one hell of a drafter, exceptional if I'm being honest, but his lone Cup also is saying more could be done" added Capone.  For several GM's they won't have much chance to win anything this season if they don't start climbing in the coming months, which will include just getting healthier.  While teams climb over 100 the bottom four teams in the league aren't even living in the 60's while the lowly Canucks of GM Joel's sit at 47.  It isn't lost on the Yearbook that three of the four lowest point teams all have lost 30 man-games already this season while the top three listed haven't lost a game even due to the sniffles between them.  In other NHLP news GM Charlie is likely set to use his Waiver, although it still may be traded to start the morning.  GM Marcel made a four player drop in Montreal and GM Andrew's Hartford team is shopping Saturday's Waiver.  Many GM's have been very aggressive early including GM Jr, still trying to get something done with the January 14th Waiver in Memphis. 
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Trading Season is Open

In the past 5 NHLP seasons there have been only three player trades prior to the day preceding the first NHLP Waiver of the season.  "It comes as no surprise" stated Muddy Capone, "The first month is just posturing to see how your draft went and then teams realize it to time to start building their winning teams piece by piece."  GM's Marcel and Scott hooked up on the first player move of the season with what GM Scott said was just a "Move out of 30 to 40 points in this one" referencing how many points he expects to lose out on trading Zegras and Olofsson for Bratt and Byram.  The deal made sense for Montreal who gained 5 points in the Waiver drop and could still grab Bratt from the minors.  The GM is reportedly shopping his newest players along with Suzuki and Couture.  In other NHLP news GM Jr is shopping his Saturday, January 14th, 2023 waiver in Memphis with hopes of getting something done by early.  "We like to stay aggressive" said the Machine GM, "There is a good possibility Vorecek will be available but there is still a lot of uncertainty with 34 games to play before our team set deadline of the 13th."  The NHLP could not get clarification but it is believed Jr is referring to November 13th, but it could be December, although he may very well be referring to January 13th.  Stay tune for more details on this developing story in the next couple days.   (Correction:  This article has been updated to reflect the actual Waiver date of January 14th, 2023 and not 2024 as first reported.  We apologize for any inconveniences that may have caused our readers)
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37 Lives On

The NHLP Yearbook has been tracking Big Nights since the NHLP began some 33 seasons ago. One of the Big Nights is the BIG TEAM WEEK which is always an accomplishment for any team to reach 30+ points in one week.  The records department does not include teams who gained points in a trade or a Waiver the week it occurs.  "Having a 25 point week was always an amazing feat" stated Muddy Capone, "But for the league's first twelve years GM's only had five players per team, so 25 in a week was very seldom accomplished."  Only GM's Ian and Jr even had a 12 point night in the first dozen years of the leagues history.  Since then players have grown per team to 7 players and the Big Team Week has also grown to 30+ points to get recorded.  How hard is 30 points for a team of 7?  The all-time record occurred March 29th, 2009 when GM Shawn finished his week with Henrik Sedin 9, Daniel Sedin 8, Tanguay 8, Markov 5, Laich 4 and Pavelski 3.  Just a SIX player team.  This same week GM Shawn had a night of 14 points and an entire month of 83.  Only two teams in league history have reached 100+ in a month, Jr at 102 and Marcel at 121.  GM Chad is the only GM to be in the 30-30 club by having two different teams the same week reach 30+, just missing out on the "Immaculate Week" when his third team fell short at 23.  He did set the BIG GM WEEK record for three teams at 83.  With GM Scott's Titan having 33 heading into just Zegras left GM Shawn's record appears safe.  The Titan became the 16th team in the past 14 seasons to hit 30+ since the Destroyers incredible night, week and month.  
BIG TEAM WEEKS 30+ SINCE GM SHAWN SET THE RECORD OF 37
Year GM - Team Points
22-23 Scott - San Fran 33
21-22 Bryce - Portland 30
  Andrew - Hartford 33
20-21 Chad - Toronto 33
  Marcel - Montreal 35
18-19 Shawn - Halifax 31
17-18 Charlie - NY Rangers 34
  Matt - Quebec 31
16-17 Scott - San Fran 30
14-15 Chad - Colorado 30
12-13 Joel - Vancouver 33
  Joel - Buffalo 30
  Chad - Colorado 30
  Charlie - Phoenix 32
  Andrew - Chicago 31
08-09 Shawn - Halifax 37
     

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Landeskog Continues to Haunt GM Joel

With a loaded NHLP squad of Landeskog, Rantanen, D. Toews, Kreider, Goodrow and Trocheck, five of whom where in last seasons Conference Finals, it is understood how GM Joel feels his NHLP Cup dreams were torn away by a single injury to Landeskog last season.  A year later, here we go again.  With the GM's Elite player, 24th overall, gone for three months in Vancouver the GM knows he likely won't be able to make his team in the end around Landeskog.  It is pretty clear Landeskog will be part of the 2022-23 season's biggest trades when the day comes.  "Elite Colorado players aren't made available often" stated Muddy Capone referring to the reigning Stanley Cup Champions who many GM's feel will have a chance to repeat.   If there is any good news for Joel's Canucks it is St Louis (AJ) is also going through early season injury issues.  With two teams hurting early and points following points, there is a good chance the NHLP's Pacific Division could be one of the lower scoring divisions this season, usually meaning a division of powerhouse teams if the top teams have points to build teams.  How it all plays out, no one ever knows, but looking into the early season's crystal ball, Landeskog will be worth more than his Playboy magazine collection later this season.

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Black and Blue Hawks Should Heal Well

GM Andrew just lost both Bertuzzi and Schmaltz, both between 4 and 8 weeks, but Muddy Capone thinks Andrew will be just fine.  "Early season injuries to non star players are often a great benefit to teams" stated Capone, "Andrew will have a good selection to choose from in a months time."  Bertuzzi will have to miss 12 and Schmaltz only 11, so the two players with a single point will turn into 10 points when it is time to pick.  Where the injuries could hurt is if the player comes back in the last game prior to being replaced, but often unless it is a star, the Minors will look quite stalked with 5 point players, or better players returning from injury that will out produce the injured players.  We see GM's drafting injured players in the later rounds of the draft, for the sole purpose of using the NHLP Injury rule and replacing the injured player.  "By the time Andrew can pick, there will be some sixth and seventh round drafted players still with a point or two" Capone says, "But those GM's are stuck with their players."  The NHLP has had discussions of dropping the magical number 5 to as low as 2 or 3, but that has never gone further than discussions.  So the rules are there for everyone and it appears Andrew will be this year's winner of the early season injury replacement picks.

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GM AJ Suffers First NHLP Injury

Laine, the guy many were thinking would hit 50 goals this season is out until mid November, a blow for GM AJ in St. Louis.  The Blues already without Mikheyev for as far as the eye can see are going to put the rookie GM in a big hole early in the season.  "All teams go through this" says Muddy Capone, "But it is a tough start for a first year GM".  With Ovechkin the number one pick for the Blues and off to a slow start with zero points in two games, it appears the question is how far will AJ's Blues find themselves back of the pack in a months time.  GM Joel in Buffalo also has Laine, the NHLP's first big injury of the young season.  

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Getzlaf, Subban Won't Join Yashin

When two-time NHLP Cup winners Getzlaf and Subban recently retired, so did their NHLP chances of joining Alexei Yashin as the lone three-time winner of the NHLP's top award.  When Getzlaf won his first Cup with Portland (GM Chad) in 2007, his then teammate Joe Pavelski, now becomes the NHLP player with the oldest Cup.  Although many current NHLP players have a shot to someday sit with Yashin there are currently only 9 two-time winners still in the game.  Of those Joe Thornton (43) may be off the list if he opts to retire.  Of the other two-time winners (listed by age) a few near the end of their playing days Joe Pavelski (38), Patrice Bergeron (37), Alex Ovechkin (37), Jonathan Toews (34), David Perron (34), Craig Smith (33), Drew Doughty (32), and John Klingberg (30).  Will one of these be on the Cup winning team this season and join Yashin?  There is still time for any of these NHLP legends to be in that special place Yashin has sat alone and atop since his third Cup in 2004, winning three times in just seven NHLP seasons with GM Andrew twice and the late-GM Leo, with three different teams, Las Vegas, Chicago and Washington. 

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33rd NHLP Season Kicks Off with New GM

Muddy Capone is glad to be back for yet another NHLP season.  "It seems like just yesterday we started all this and here we are, off again for a thirty-third time" said the President of the NHLP's Yearbook.  The NHLP's head office remains in-tack with Reginal Cherry the VP of NHLP Affairs (no relation to Donald S. Cherry) and the leagues one and only acting secretary Bonnie Anne Clyde.  This off season saw three-time NHLP Champion and 13 year veteran GM Tyson step aside.  Taking over the franchises in Cleveland, St Louis and Hamilton (yes GM Marcel, there is a team in Hamilton) is a rookie GM AJ.  With AJ coming highly recommended by Ryan, who recomended GM Tyson before he won his three Cups, AJ might be a threat in season one.  Two NHLP GM's are entering special anniversary years with GM Chadwick receiving his 25 year badge while we are only giving GM Matt a sticker for his 15th season.  "You have to earn those badges" stated Capone, referencing the GMs dry spell.  If Matt is on a dry spell then GM Ryan must be lost in a Cinnamon Desert eating only flour, sugar and croutons.  "I hope Ryan isn't salty about that comment" Capone said laughing, "But when you haven't won in 21 seasons we need to get out the chalk and chalk board to make a long list of things that are dry for the coming season's articles."  Capone and his dry sense of humour will undoubtedly come up with a few more while drinking his favorite dry-wine this winter.  While AJ hopes to become the third GM to win in his first year (Norm and Tyson) GM Bryce hopes to become only the second NHLP GM to win in back to back seasons, only accomplished with the '93 and '94 wins by GM Norman in St Louis.  It should be a great season as we race to find who will be the 33rd NHLP Cup Champion.

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NHLP Waivers for 2022-23 Posted

With the NHL season starting October 7th, the first Waiver could not be until November 7th and the final Waiver no later than March 13th with the season ending April 13th.  Between these dates December 23rd to the 31st were also eliminated according to the Waiver rules for the Christmas Break.  There were 34 dates left over with 10 or more games, so the last two available dates with 9 games were added according to the NHLP rule book.  All Waivers fell on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday except four with two on Monday and one Wednesday and one Friday Waiver.  Three NHLP teams, Montreal, Chicago and Halifax have two Waivers each while GM Marcel has the first Waiver in Montreal, determined by the Super Bowl coin flip being Heads this season.

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NHLP Bids Farewell to Champion

NHLP Members paid their condolences to former NHLP Champion GM Leo who passed away September 2nd, 2022.  Leo's 10 year run as a GM started in 1992-93, the leagues 4th season, and it didn't take him long to win two NHLP Championships in Las Vegas, in '95 and again in '98. The iconic dice on the Strip logo designed to reflect the Champs winning season's with the first die reading '95 and the two dice reading '98, as well as the first die having the 3-6, the years representing the years he won in his 3rd and 6th season, as well as the 6-3 representing the 6th and 9th NHLP Cups awarded and the 2 representing Las Vegas second Cup win for Vegas.  Leo was the second GM to have a Franchise win a second league title (St Louis - Norm was the first) and no team has since won three times.  Leo's final season of '01-02 was the year the NHLP lost GM Raymond and GM Ryan's first season as a GM, now in his 21st season.  In Leo's last season 7 current NHLP GM's Scott, Jr, Marcel, Andrew, Chad, Charlie and Ryan all competed with Leo for a Cup eventually won by GM Andrew in Los Angeles.  Leo hosted the NHLP at his home for several meetings.  Leo will always be remembered by his NHLP friends.  RIP. 

The 32 NHLP Cup Champions

GM Andrew (6) - '97, '99, '02, '04, '13, '15 (8th, 10th, 13th, 15th, 23rd & 25th Cups)

GM Scott (5) - '92, '03, '06, '11, '14 (3rd, 14th, 16th, 21st & 24th Cups)

 

GM Jr (4) - '01, '09, '18, 20 (12th, 19th, 28th & 30th Cups)

GM Chadwick (3) - '00, '07, '16 (11th, 17th & 26th Cups)

GM Tyson (3) - '10, '12, '17 (20th, 22nd & 27th Cups)

GM Norman (2) - '93, '94 (4th & 5th Cups)

GM Leo (2) - '95, '98 (6th & 9th Cups)

GM Raymond (1) - '90 (1st Cup)

GM Edward (1) - '91 (2nd Cup)

GM Lee (1) - '96 (7th Cup)

GM Marcel (1) - '08 (18th Cup)

 

GM Shawn (1) - '19 (29th Cup)

 

GM Charlie (1) - '21 (31st Cup)

 

GM Bryce (1) -  - '22 (32nd Cup)

 

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2022/23 Divisions
First Round winners and 5th place teams stay, others move

Central - North
Dallas - Jr (Stays in North)
Chicago - Andrew (Stays in North)
Cleveland - Tyson (Stays in North)
Florida - Marcel (Moves to North)
San Fran - Scott (Moves to North)
Buffalo - Joel (Moves to North)

Central - South
Cincinnati - Matt (Stays in South)
Toronto - Chad (Stays in South)
Miami - Charlie (Stays in South)
Boston - Ryan (Moves to South)
Las Vegas - Bryce (Moves to South)
New Orleans - Shawn (Moves to South)

East - Atlantic
Barrie Island - Joel (Stays in Atlantic)
NY Rangers - Charlie (Stay in Atlantic)
Memphis - Jr (Stays in Atlantic)
Hamilton - Tyson (Moves to Atlantic)
NY Islanders - Ryan (Moves to Atlantic)
Quebec - Matt (Moves to Atlantic)

East - East
Montreal - Marcel (Stays in East)
Hartford - Andrew (Stays in East)
Pittsburgh - Chad (Stays in East)
Halifax - Shawn (Moves to East)
Philadelphia - Scott (Moves to East)
Atlantic City - Bryce (Moves to East)

West - Pacific
Los Angeles - Andrew (Stays in Pacific)
Alaska - Marcel (Stays in Pacific)
Phoenix - Charlie (Stays in the Pacific)
St. Louis - Tyson (Moves to Pacific)
Vancouver - Joel (Moves to Pacific)
Green Bay - Ryan (Moves to Pacific)

West - West
Portland - Bryce (Stays in West)
Seattle - Shawn (Stays in West)
Calgary - Jr (Stays in West)
Indianapolis - Matt (Moves to West)
Edmonton - Scott (Moves to West)
Colorado - Chad (Moves to West)

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2022 NHLP Champions

Portland Winter Hawks
GM Bryce

Connor McDavid

Valeri Nichushkin

Andrew Copp

Zach Hyman

Artturi Lehkonen

Mikhail Sergachev

Nicholas Paul


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Portland Winter Hawks Playoffs
Player Team Round #1 Round #2 Round #3 Round #4 Total
Connor McDavid Edm 14 12 7 x 33
Valeri Nichushkin TB 3 4 2 6 15
Andrew Copp NYR 7 5 2 x 14
Zach Hyman Edm 4 8 4 x 16
Artturi Lehkonen Col 2 3 6 3 14
Mikhail Sergachev TB 2 2 3 3 10
Nicholas Paul Col 4 2 1 2 9
    36-31
Vancouver (Joel)
36-7
Seattle (Shawn)
25-7
Los Angeles (Andrew)
14-4-0
Montreal (Marcel)
Chicago (Andrew)
111-49


How GM Bryce Built The 2022 Champion Portland Winter Hawks
  Playoff Points ==> 33 15 16 14 14 10 9
April 19th Trade Deadline - Minors McDavid Nichushkin Hyman Lehkonen Copp Sergachev Paul
April 19th Trade Deadline - Trade
Barrie Island (Joel)
McDavid Nichushkin Hyman Lehkonen Copp Sergachev Barrie
April 19th Trade Deadline - Trade
Dallas (Jr)
McDavid Nichushkin Hyman Lehkonen Spurgeon Copp Sergachev
April 19th Trade Deadline - Trade
Green Bay (Ryan)
McDavid Nichushkin Hyman Lehkonen Jeannot Spurgeon Copp
April 19th Trade Barrie Island (Joel) McDavid Marchessault Nichushkin Hyman Lehkonen Jeannot Spurgeon
Jan 12th Winter Meeting - Minors McDavid Marchessault Hall Nichushkin Hyman Barrie Dadanov
Dec 15th Trade Buffalo (Joel) McDavid Marchessault Hall Pionk Nichushkin Hyman Barrie
Nov 19th Waiver McDavid Marchessault Hall Batherson Pionk Kerfoot Nichushkin
Draft 3rd Overall McDavid Marchessault Hall Batherson J. Benn Eriksson Ek Pionk


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The 32 NHLP Cup Champions

GM Andrew (6) - '97, '99, '02, '04, '13, '15 (8th, 10th, 13th, 15th, 23rd & 25th Cups)

GM Scott (5) - '92, '03, '06, '11, '14 (3rd, 14th, 16th, 21st & 24th Cups)

 

GM Jr (4) - '01, '09, '18, 20 (12th, 19th, 28th & 30th Cups)

GM Chadwick (3) - '00, '07, '16 (11th, 17th & 26th Cups)

GM Tyson (3) - '10, '12, '17 (20th, 22nd & 27th Cups)

GM Norman (2) - '93, '94 (4th & 5th Cups)

GM Leo (2) - '95, '98 (6th & 9th Cups)

GM Raymond (1) - '90 (1st Cup)

GM Edward (1) - '91 (2nd Cup)

GM Lee (1) - '96 (7th Cup)

GM Marcel (1) - '08 (18th Cup)

 

GM Shawn (1) - '19 (29th Cup)

 

GM Charlie (1) - '21 (31st Cup)

 

GM Bryce (1) -  - '22 (32nd Cup)


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This list isn't about the playoff MVP, but that player who isn't a star that got his name on the NHLP Cup.  When you can't find a suitable name, you know the GM built a truly winning team.  GM Shawn doesn't have a name that fits this list on his roster, but we will pick one.

1990 - Petr Klima
1991 - Bob Probert, Kevin Hatcher
1992 - James Patrick, Ulf Dahlen
1993 - Glen Wesley
1994 - Oleg Petrov
1995 - Sylvain Cote
1996 - Robert Svehla, Vladimir Konstantinov
1997 - Darren McCarty, Martin Lapointe
1998 - Dave Manson, Jason Woolley
1999 - Dave Reid
2000 - Lubos Bartecko, Rob Zamuner
2001 - Martin Gelinas?
2002 - Sean Hill
2003 - Derek Morris
2004 - Curtis Brown
2006 - Matthieu Schneider?
2007 - Trent Hunter
2008 - Brian Gionta?  Wow!
2009 -
Brian Rolston?
2010 - Niklas Hjalmarsson
2011 - Andrej Sekera
2012 - Tyler Kennedy, Jannik Hansen
2013 - Bryan Bickell?
2014 - Charlie Coyle?
2015 - Jiri Sekac
2016 - Craig Smith?

2017 - Andrew Cogliano?

2018 - Calle Jarnkrok

2019 - No One
2020 - Ryan Suter?

2021 -

2022-

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2019/20 Season & Playoff Highlights

2018/19 Playoff Highlights

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2017/18 Playoff Highlights

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2016/17 Playoff Highlights

2016/17 Season Highlights

2015/16 Playoff Highlights

2015/16 Season Highlights

2014/15 Playoff Highlights

2014/15 Season Highlights

2013/14 Playoff Highlights

2013/14 Season Highlights

2012/13 Playoff Highlights

2012/13 Season Highlights

2011/12 Playoff Highlights

2011/12 Season Highlights

 

Season 2011/12

Playoffs 2010/11

Season 2010/11

Playoffs 2009/10

Season 2009/10

Season 2008/09

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highlights for 2021/22

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Portland Winter Hawks
GM Bryce

Connor McDavid

Valeri Nichushkin

Andrew Copp

Zach Hyman

Artturi Lehkonen

Mikhail Sergachev

Nicholas Paul

 

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Bryce Wins Masters 2022 with 35 Points
Kucherov - 8
Draisaitl - 17
Hedman - 4
Nichushkin - 6

NHLP "Masters" One Playoff Player Per Round Pool
Draft R#3 GM Player Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total R#4 Total
12 Bryce Nichushkin Col 2 2 0 0 2 0 x 6 35
11 Charlie Toews Col 0 1 0 0 1 0 x 2 30
4 Marcel Rantanen Col 2 3 2 1 0 0 x 8 25
8 Ray Jr Palat TB 1 0 1 0 1 1 x 4 24
10 Ryan Point TB 1 0 x x x x x 1 24
3 Scott Makar Col 0 2 2 1 2 0 x 7 23
7 Jr Hedman TB 1 0 2 1 1 0 x 5 23
6 Scottie Landeskog Col 2 0 2 0 0 1 x 5 22
9 Andrew Kadri Col x x x 1 0 0 x 1 22
2 Chad MacKinnon Col 1 1 0 1 1 2 x 6 21
5 Joel Stamkos TB 0 0 2 0 1 1 x 4 21
1 Matt Kucherov TB 1 0 2 0 1 0 x 4 18

Masters Rules
Each round each GM will draft one player and he gets that players points in that round only
To start each round there is another draft with the overall last place team (shown at the bottom, above in the standings), picking first
If two GM's are tied in overall points, the GM who picked closer to last the previous round picks ahead in the next round
Whatever GM has the most points after four rounds wins

NHLP "Masters" One Playoff Player Per Round Pool
Draft R#3 GM Player Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total R#3 Total
12 Bryce Hedman TB 0 1 2 0 1 0 x 4 29
11 Charlie Landeskog Col 2 1 0 3 x x x 6 28
8 Ryan Makar Col 3 1 0 5 x x x 9 23
10 Andrew Kadri Col 1 3 0 x x x x 4 21
9 Ray Jr Panarin NYR 2 0 2 1 0 0 x 5 20
7 Jr Zibanajad NYR 2 1 2 0 0 0 x 5 18
4 Scottie Draisaitl Edm 2 0 0 4 x x x 6 17
5 Joel Rantanen Col 2 2 1 1 x x x 6 17
6 Marcel Fox NYR 2 2 1 0 0 0 x 5 17
2 Scott McDavid Edm 3 0 1 3 x x x 7 16
1 Chad Kucherov TB 0 2 3 1 1 1 x 8 15
3 Matt MacKinnon Col 2 1 1 1 x x x 5 14

NHLP "Masters" One Playoff Player Per Round Pool
Draft R#2 GM Player Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total R#2 Total
10 Bryce Draisaitl Edm 3 3 4 3 4 x x 17 25
12 Charlie Fox NYR 0 0 1 2 1 2 2 8 22
11 Andrew Zibanajad NYR 0 0 2 1 1 1 3 8 17
1 Ray Jr McDavid Edm 4 2 3 2 1 x x 12 15
7 Ryan Rantanen Col 1 1 2 1 1 0 x 6 14
6 Jr Kucherov TB 2 1 4 0 x x x 7 13
4 Marcel Gaudreau Cal 3 2 0 0 1 x x 6 12
2 Joel MacKinnon Col 1 1 1 0 4 0 x 7 11
9 Scottie Tarasenko Stl 0 1 0 0 2 0 x 3 11
5 Matt Makar Col 0 0 1 1 1 0 x 3 9
8 Scott Barkov Fla 0 0 1 0 x x x 1 9
3 Chad Huberdeau Fla 1 0 1 0 x x x 2 7

Draft R#1 GM Player Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total R#2 Total
1 Charlie McDavid Edm 2 2 2 0 3 3 2 14 14
12 Andrew Matthews Tor 3 2 0 1 1 1 1 9 9
2 Bryce Kucherov TB 0 3 0 2 2 1 0 8 8
8 Scottie Gaudreau Cal 1 0 1 2 1 1 2 8 8
10 Scott Marner Tor 3 2 1 0 1 0 1 8 8
11 Ryan Kaprizov Min 0 3 2 1 2 0 x 8 8
4 Jr MacKinnon Col 3 1 1 1 x x x 6 6
5 Matt Barkov Fla 0 2 0 1 2 1 x 6 6
9 Marcel Tkachuk Cal 1 0 1 1 0 1 2 6 6
7 Chad Rantanen Col 3 0 2 0 x x x 5 5
6 Joel Stamkos TB 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 4 4
3 Ray Jr Huberdeau Fla 0 1 1 1 0 0 x 3 3

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2022/23 Divisions
First Round winners and 5th place teams stay, others move

Central - North
Dallas - Jr (Stays in North)
Chicago - Andrew (Stays in North)
Cleveland - Tyson (Stays in North)
Florida - Marcel (Moves to North)
San Fran - Scott (Moves to North)
Buffalo - Joel (Moves to North)

Central - South
Cincinnati - Matt (Stays in South)
Toronto - Chad (Stays in South)
Miami - Charlie (Stays in South)
Boston - Ryan (Moves to South)
Las Vegas - Bryce (Moves to South)
New Orleans - Shawn (Moves to South)

East - Atlantic
Barrie Island - Joel (Stays in Atlantic)
NY Rangers - Charlie (Stay in Atlantic)
Memphis - Jr (Stays in Atlantic)
Hamilton - Tyson (Moves to Atlantic)
NY Islanders - Ryan (Moves to Atlantic)
Quebec - Matt (Moves to Atlantic)

East - East
Montreal - Marcel (Stays in East)
Hartford - Andrew (Stays in East)
Pittsburgh - Chad (Stays in East)
Halifax - Shawn (Moves to East)
Philadelphia - Scott (Moves to East)
Atlantic City - Bryce (Moves to East)

West - Pacific
Los Angeles - Andrew (Stays in Pacific)
Alaska - Marcel (Stays in Pacific)
Phoenix - Charlie (Stays in the Pacific)
St. Louis - Tyson (Moves to Pacific)
Vancouver - Joel (Moves to Pacific)
Green Bay - Ryan (Moves to Pacific)

West - West
Portland - Bryce (Stays in West)
Seattle - Shawn (Stays in West)
Calgary - Jr (Stays in West)
Indianapolis - Matt (Moves to West)
Edmonton - Scott (Moves to West)
Colorado - Chad (Moves to West)

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CTR Went 15-6 in the Playoffs 71%

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Score Team Seed
Central Conference
0 #17 - Chicago Blackhawks (Andrew)
3
 
East Conference
4 #3 - Montreal Canadiens (Marcel)
-5
1**
 
West Conference
14 #14 - Portland Winter Hawk (Bryce)
+13
1

* - Predicted to win Division (*Beside Scoring - Tiebreaker Guaranteed)
** - Predicted to Go to NHLP Finals
*** - Cup Favorites

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Seed Team Score Score Team Seed
Central Conference - Finals
1 #4 - Cincinnati Rage (Matt)
2 5 #17 - Chicago Blackhawks (Andrew)
+7
3
 
East Conference Finals
1 #22 - Barrie Island 1/2 Chance Stumblers (Joel)
 
0 8 #3 - Montreal Canadiens (Marcel)
+8
1**
 
West Conference Finals
1 #5 - Los Angeles Kings (Andrew)
7 25 #14 - Portland Winter Hawk (Bryce)
+15
1

* - Predicted to win Division (*Beside Scoring - Tiebreaker Guaranteed)
** - Predicted to Go to NHLP Finals
*** - Cup Favorites

 

Second  Round At a Glance...(Click for Playoff Page)
Seed Team Score Score Team Seed
Central Conference - North Division
3 #17 - Chicago Blackhawks (Andrew)
+4
19 16* #2 - Dallas Stars (Jr)
1**
Central Conference - South Division
2 #18 - Toronto Maple Leafs (Chad)
+2
14 14* #4 - Cincinnati Rage (Matt)
1*
 
East Conference - Atlantic Division
3* #7 - New York Rangers (Charlie)
1* 14 #22 - Barrie Island 1/2 Chance Stumblers (Joel)
 +6
1
East Conference - East Division
2 #8 - Hartford Whalers (Andrew)
12 18* #3 - Montreal Canadiens (Marcel)
+10
1**
 
West Conference - Pacific Division
2 #21 - Alaska Attack (Marcel)
12* 14 #5 - Los Angeles Kings (Andrew)
+14
1
West Conference - West Division
3*  #6 - Seattle Storm (Shawn)
 
7 36 #14 - Portland Winter Hawk (Bryce)
+5
1

* - Predicted to win Division (*Beside Scoring - Tiebreaker Guaranteed)
** - Predicted to Go to NHLP Finals
*** - Cup Favorites

 

First Round At a Glance...(Click for Playoff Page)
Seed Team Score Score Team Seed
Central Conference - North Division
4 #15 - Las Vegas Strip (Bryce)
34 35* #2 - Dallas Stars (Jr)
+1
1**
3 #17 - Chicago Blackhawks (Andrew)
36* 22 #13 - Boston Bruins (Ryan)
+1
2
Central Conference - South Division
4 #19 - San Fran Titan (Scott)
24 27* #4 - Cincinnati Rage (Matt)
+2
1*
3 #9 - Florida Panthers (Marcel)
+1
21 21* #18 - Toronto Maple Leafs (Chad)
2
 
East Conference - Atlantic Division
4 #10 - Philadelphia Flyer (Scott)
+5
26 29* #22 - Barrie Island 1/2 Chance Stumblers (Joel)
 
1
3* #7 - New York Rangers (Charlie)
+2
39 27* #16 - Halifax Destroyers (Shawn)
2
East Conference - East Division
4 #24 - New York Islanders (Ryan)
 
23 38* #3 - Montreal Canadiens (Marcel)
+8
1**
3 #12 - Hamilton Hitmen (Tyson)
38* 39 #8 - Hartford Whalers (Andrew)
Pick
2
 
West Conference - Pacific Division
4 #20 - Edmonton Oil (Scott)
25 39* #5 - Los Angeles Kings (Andrew)
+4
1
3*** #1 - Indianapolis Icemen (Matt)
+5
27 34* #21 - Alaska Attack (Marcel)
2
West Conference - West Division
4  #11 - Vancouver Canucks (Joel)
+2
31 36* #14 - Portland Winter Hawk (Bryce)
1
3* #6 - Seattle Storm (Shawn)
 +5
24* 21 #23 - St Louis Blues (Tyson)
2

* - Predicted to win Division (*Beside Scoring - Tiebreaker Guaranteed)
Scoring Underlined - Series Official, Can't Score More in Round
** - Predicted to Go to NHLP Finals
*** - Cup Favorites
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West Division
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Perfection?

There are still many ways in which GM Bryce might lose this seasons NHLP Championship.  Lots of scenarios where the Winter Hawks won't be the favorites in the NHLP Championship if they even get there.  There is a lot, a REAL lot for GM Bryce to cheer for tonight.  Firstly, although Copp moving on might look good in color, but facing Los Angeles (Andrew) and holding a 33-19 advantage might not be worth having 7 players next round.  If the Rangers win and he faces Alaska (Marcel) that might be better next round, but might not be a good look facing Chicago (Andrew) in the Cup Finals where Kreider and Strome could spell doom.  Then there is the entire Dallas (Jr) situation occurring tonight a team that can beat Portland in numerous ways.  So the perfect night tonight for Bryce is if Chicago (Andrew) wins with Carolina moving on.  Alaska winning would still leave Portland a 28-12 favorite next round, destroying Both GMs Andrew and Jr's chances for a Cup in Chicago and Dallas and virtually making Portland a favorite on almost all the remaining combinations.  Of course, Edmonton going to the Stanley Cup Finals is likely enough all by itself, but lets get through the perfect night tonight before we were about next round.

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Pacific Division
vs
Right Teams - Wrong Conference

Both Alaska (Marcel) and Los Angeles (Andrew) have potentially good teams next round with a Canes win tonight moving GM Marcel's Attack on about 12 points and with a Rangers win GM Andrew's Kings out of nowhere about 19 Conference Finals points.  The only issue with Portland (Bryce) would have 28 versus Marcel and 33 versus Andrew leaving either team here a huge underdog, but teams that can score.  Realistically here for us to use the word miracle in association with what occurs next, the winner here must get his players through tonight and then hope with a short Edmonton-Colorado series and even a McDavid injury.  That is best case.  Worst case is this series is undecided, so heading into game 7 tonight the Kings lead 12-11 with Panarin and Strome who must match Svenchinikov and DeAngelo.  A tie means Alaska wins.  But the winner must have his two players moving on.  MUST.  If the winner gets his best team, well at least the next round is 0-0 heading into game one.

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East Division
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Slim Cup Hopes Better Than None At All

GM Marcel needs a lot to go right in Montreal if he is the win the NHLP Championship.  Tonight's game 7 should not change if the Habs go to the NHLP Finals or not.  Without Carolina in, Kucherov would need a single point to knock out Barrie Island (Joel).  With Carolina, GM Marcel would not have a player in the Championship and be a 13-6 point favorite for Kucherov and Teravainen to dispose of Aho and send the CTR Cup predicted finalists to the final three.  If Marcel is hoping to win a Cup hoping for Chicago (Andrew) to move on tonight makes everything so much easier.  The best Marcel can bring to the Finals is 5 to 8 CTR predicted points, although Kucherov can go off, we all know that.  That 8 points from Kucherov would mean Jr would have at least 13 - Stamkos, Hagel, and Nugent-Hopkins or best case with Carolina there versus Edmonton is 5-5 (Teravainen vs. Nugent-Hopkins), but if Edmonton is there that would mean Portland (Bryce) would have 16 from McDavid and Hymen.  Bottom line, GM Marcel needs Chicago moving on, eliminating Dallas (Jr) and just now having to deal with Bryce if the Rangers go tonight, which would mean Chicago (Andrew) could at best in the end have Trocheck.  If Marcel just deals with Portland (Bryce) Kucherov versus Nichushkin, Lehkonen, Sergachev and Paul is only a 12-8 underdog or better still Teravainen versus Nichushkin and Lehkonen is a 7-5 disadvantage with Chicago getting 4 from Trocheck making the NHLP Cup Finals a wide-open affair.

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Atlantic Division
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Barrie Island's Cup Hopes Dashed?

GM Joel must have Aho alive next round or faces a Walk-Over by Montreal (Marcel).  With Aho the Stumblers will be around a 13-6 point underdog versus Kucherov and Teravainen.  Injuries can always occur and if either those players get injured, Barrie Island could make the NHLP Championship.  Likely isn't going to happen, but won't for sure if Aho doesn't move on in game 7.

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South Division
vs
Rage Cup Spot on Line in Game 7

We know GM Chad his nothing left.  For GM Matt, there is a long shot hope of making the NHLP Finals, but down 14-12, needs to gain three points from Domi and Lafreniere, or just two if the Rangers win game 7.  in those scenarios the Rage win and player either Dallas (Jr) or Chicago (Andrew).  Matt tonight must also cheer for GM Andrew's Blackhawks to get two points from Kreider, Strome and Trocheck.  If that happens and the Hurricanes win game 7, if the Rage advance they would be a coin-flip to make the NHLP Finals.  One step at a time for Matt - a perfect three points and Canes win and who knows what happens next.

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North Division
vs
Rather Have the Points

For years GM Andrew has said he'd rather take the points and have the lead heading into aa series to be decided in game 7, over having to have his players score.  We are not sure either GM likes their position.  GM Jr's Dallas Stars hold a 16-15 lead with the tie-breaker secured, meaning the only way GM Andrew can move on is get a combined two points from Kreider, Strome and Trocheck.  Although not official in the South, it is possible if that series holds the winner here receives a Walk-Over to the Finals with GM Chad's Leafs not bringing a player through.  Otherwise if GM Matt wins the South in Cincinnati the winner here will be favorites versus either Domi or Lafreniere.  If Chicago wins they'd be about 11-3 or 4-3 favorites depending on the Rangers or Canes respectively.  For Jr he is moving on about 26 points next round, so without doubt is going to the NHLP Finals where he is assured 1 to 4 players.  If the Rangers go to the Stanley Cup Finals to play Colorado, GM Andrew will likely win the NHLP Championship here in Chicago.  If the Finals is Tampa Bay and Colorado, GM Jr's Stars would likely win the NHLP Championship.  So for one GM, the other is taking away a legitimate Cup opportunity.  Andrew says he'd rather have the points, being in Jr's shoes tonight.  We will know soon enough if the players or the lead moves their team in this battle for potentially a Cup.

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North Division
vs
Who's Stealing Who's Cup?

On the curface it doesn't appear GM Andrew is doing anything but playing a spoiler, possibly taking away Jr's chance for a Cup and maybe making it much easier for GM Bryce.  However, maybe it is GM Jr who is taking the 7th Cup away from Andrew.  The Stars are winning 15-12 with the tie-breaker and both Makar and Toews playing Parayko tonight.  It Colorado wins, Chicago will have the lone players remaining and would have to beat Dallas outright.  Those players remaining for the Blackhawks, Kreider, Strome and Trocheck could still have 6 player games between them and all are due, over due, for big games.  The three have combined for a putrid 3 of 15 projected points this round.  If Andrew was to come back and the Rangers win games 6 and 7, the Blackhawks would be favotires to be in the NHLP Finals where if the Rangers played Colorado would be a coin flip with Bryce in Portland.  So although all the talk is about the Dallas Stars, and rightly so, as they are moving on an amazing team.  With a potential of 5 players and 26 points next round, the Stars have real favorable matchups in the Finals.  We know it is Andrew who can kill any chance Jr has, but maybe it isn't Andrew playing the spoiler after all, but Jr taking what could be yet another Cup from the all-time Cup leader.

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East Division
vs

Blues Key to Habs Cup?

Lets be honest.  This team has Kucherov, so GM Marcel can win the NHLP Cup with Kuch alone.  Although that might be a very long shot.  For GM Marcel adding in Thomas and O'Reilly or maybe best of all scenarios is those two with Teravainen.  So if the Stanley Cup Finals don't include St Louis, it likely won't mean a second Cup for Marcel.  "Friday night is a big night and a Blues win is a must for Marcel" stated Muddy Capone.  The CTR predicted Montreal to go to the NHLP Finals, something surely now will happen.  The worse matchup Marcel can have next round is Kucherov and Teravainen versus Aho.  That is the worse.  So the Habs are in the NHLP Finals, but if it is Dallas (Jr) and Portland (Bryce) the NHLP Finals wouldn't be good with either Colorado or Edmonton, so St Louis is looking almost like a must.  If GM Andrew comes back in Chicago and moves on, it is possible a Carolina-Colorado Stanley Cup versus Portland could work for Marcel.  Outside of those things, Kucherov might just need to outscore four guys and we'd not bet against that from happening in any round.  

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West Division
vs
Portland GM "Certainly Not Counting Chickens"

GM Bryce is taking nothing for granted and stated he "Certainly not counting chickens".  Well hell no.  Too many to count.  Portland continues their torrid pace, scoring now 70 playoff points and counting.  "Seems a long ways off from the NHLP record" stated Muddy Capone, "But moving on an entire seven players won't hurt".  Currently the Winter Hawks would still need 35 move playoff points in two rounds.  It doesn't always hold true but usually the team that scores the most playoff points amongst their entire 7 players wins the Cup, although there are years that doesn't hold true.  But this is Portland.  If the Rangers come back and the Avs hold the GM will have accomplished an amazing feat.  Having 7 players even spread across four teams that all make the final four teams, unheard of.  Portland is by no means a lock to win anything.  Surely headed to the NHLP Finals almost no matter what occurs in the Pacific Division there are matchups that could make other teams the favorites come the Finals.  This is understandably not even the half way point of the playoffs and just one injury can rule any teams chances.  But what makes this team so special, is if the GM gets all 7 through, he is guaranteed to have at worst three or four players on every single of the four combinations that could then make the Stanley Cup Finals.  So Bryce, there is no need to be spending your time counting chickens, but it might be a lot of fun counting the cash, and of course, who can't count to the number ONE!


Last 10 NHLP Teams Total Playoff Points
NHLP Cup Winning Team Total Points Scored
New York Rangers (Charlie) 73
Calgary (Jr) 81
Halifax (Shawn) 80
Memphis (Jr) 85
Cleveland (Tyson) 43
Toronto (Chad) 68
Hartford (Andrew) 70
San Fran (Scott) 105
Chicago (Andrew) 63
Hamilton (Tyson) 39

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Pacific Division
vs
Attack Kane'd

With three points by Kane, GM Andrew took the lead in Los Angeles over the Alaska Attack, up by two and down 0-3 with the tie-breaker (Florida).  For GM Marcel he needs that tie-breaker securely in his hands and if that happens it also means the Kings lose half their team tonight with Ekblad, Giroux and Bennett's round all finished.  Those three out would also likely officially kill any hope the Kings win the 2022 Cup.  For Alaska, GM Marcel has as good of shot as there is, just needing everything to hold and Calgary coming back and taking out Edmonton, giving the Attack a 19-12 advantage over GM Bryce in Portland next round.  Marcel cannot half more Florida games or all Cup hopes here won't matter for this team will never face the Winter Hawks next round.  Lots to play for in the Tampa-Florida game tonight.

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North Division
vs
Stars Stammer Round in Jeopardy

At the start of their second round series, GM Andrew's Blackhawks already had a four man game advantage.  In a tight series GM Jr's Stars needed to turn that into his advantage at some point.  So far, not so.  Stamkos who has half the Stars 8 points along with Hagel and Weegar could play their final round two games on Monday.  The Hawks would lose Montour and Montour, a trade off that Andrew would gladly take.  Either GM at the moment is facing a Walk-Over next round with Toronto (Chad) winning 9-6 and currently moving on no one.  Chicago has a one point advantage and if they can hold the lead, go straight into the NHLP Finals even if likely no chance to win.  "Andrew won't come out and say it but he'd love nothing more than to take Jr's Cup hopes away from him" stated Muddy Capone, "It is why we play, to beat the other guy."  In a bitter battle that has seen the GM's ruthlessly attack one another, with Andrew making light of the series and Jr knowing Andrew can take the Cup away from him right now.  There is a lot yet to play this round and some big players playing many games yet, but if Stamkos isn't one of them, GM Andrew's job of knocking Dallas out will certainly been made easier.

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East Division
vs

Habs Cup Hopes Still Very Real

GM Marcel is hanging on with a 9-5 lead that never seems safe when Johnny Hockey has man games left on Kucherov, but it is a lead nonetheless.  Currently the Habs are bringing forward 13 points to an all out 15 if Barrie Island (Joel) can advance his Flames and only 6 for the Stumblers otherwise.  Marcel could go to the Cup with Kucherov and even be favorites with other series as they are and the Tampa Bay matchup with the west.  For GM Marcel he could still have two teams in the NHLP Finals and is living large right now, hoping things continue to go his way.  Today the Habs will try and extend their lead and keep the Cup hopes alive.

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Pacific Division
vs
Panthers Team Looked Deadly

This wouldn't be the first time GM Andrew was dead in the water and suddenly the NHLP Cup is his.  This guy has been there, done that.  The Kings built the best Florida team in the NHLP with Ekblad, Giroux and Bennett, around 14 points worth of players on any given round.  The Kings find themselves down 4-2, but nothing that can't swing their way any game with Panarin, Kane and Strome also playing with the three Florida players.  If the Panthers, and just the Panthers, roar back this series and move on, with the advancing players in Portland (Bryce) Andrew would be a favorite next round 14-12 without the Oilers moving on.  Then Florida goes to the Cup and the Kings are presented the trophy with little effort.  This Panthers team looked deadly and still can be Andrew's best shot at his 7th NHLP Championship.  Seems they have to win today and suddenly the Cats, and the Kings, can come back.

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South Division

vs
GMs Walking on Tightrope

Both GM's Matt and Chad like what they see when they look North.  GM Andrew's Blackhawks beating Jr's Stars.  Right now that is the only hope for the South Division teams and even then, the margin for error isn't in either's favor.  The Leafs are up 8-5, currently moving on no one with Toffoli and Andresson's series tied at one.  The issue is if the Flames move on, GM Andrew will also move forward another player, Gaudreau.  Beating Gaudreau might be asking too much.  The Rage are in the same boat, maybe just a tad better position.  The Rage could do OK in a Domi-Trocheck matchup.  Where both GM's can improve their changes next round, is if Florida can come back and beat Tampa Bay, possibly moving Chad into a heavy favorite and not really hurting GM Matt.  Bottom line is the Matchups don't look good for either GM, but a little luck and maybe even an unforeseen injury can change their fortunes immediately.

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West Division
vs
First Timers Club

Two of the past three NHLP Championships have been won by first-time winners.  GM Shawn and Charlie have won two of the last three and GM Bryce is hoping to make things 3 in the past 4.  "It is no surprise to see what Bryce has done in just three short seasons" stated Muddy Capone on the newest and youngest NHLP GM.  After just three seasons it appears the youngster may have mastered the "Greatest Pool in the World".  GMs know it takes time and few win so quick, but it seems almost impossible to stop Portland this season.  With a huge Oilers win Friday the Winter Hawks are on cruise control, now up 12-3 over a Storm that has been downgraded to a light breeze.  As things stand today Portland goes straight to the Cup Finals if they get the lowly Kings (Andrew) who look like they could move on Kane who'd be no match for even just McDavid by himself.  However, if we are looking ahead at matchups Portland suddenly must give some love to Alaska who could be a much tougher out with his two Canes currently moving on.  The young GM just continues to let his team do his talking.  Hanging onto McDavid when others thought it a bad move.  Picking up Paul while others sarcastically laughed at the move.  Moves a Champion makes.  Is that Bryce?  That is one bet we aren't going to bet against.

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North Division
vs
War of Words Turns Nasty

The NHLP has had its share of battles over the years.  Some have became personal.  GM Andrew has found himself in the middle of a few with running feuds with GM's Charlie and Matt, but none lasting longer than with that of GM Chad.  "It appears after a decade or so of just bitter nastiness between the two, that it has finally died down somewhat" stated Muddy Capone, "The two just couldn't be in the same room together, and litterly weren't for almost a decade."  Now Andrew is picking another battle, this time in a war of words with GM Jr.  Andrew recently hoped some horrible things would happen to certain players of Jr's.  The NHLP Yearbook read the comments but decided what was actually stated is best no repeated.  Up 7-5 Andrew can only sit and watch on Saturday as the Stars send out Makar and Toews to try and take the lead in what is becoming a battle for a potential Cup.  Dallas has a serious shot at winning a third team Cup and moving Jr within just a single Cup of the all-time NHLP leader Andrew.  We expect this battle to rage on with both GMs wishing nothing but the worst for the others players.  Another decade long feud brewing?  Who knows, but GM Andrew is slowly running out of GMs to feud with.  Least he loves GM Ryan!

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Savannah Ghost Pirates

It is no secret to anyone associated with the NHLP that GM Marcel has tried unsuccessfully, but annually, to move the Alaska franchise to Hamilton.  "Marcel has always believed a second team in Hamilton would flourish" stated Muddy Capone, "But the league isn't willing to make that move."  It seems that finally the GM might be willing to move the Attack somewhere else, with rumors this years presentation included moving the team to Savannah.  A source not wanting to be named said Marcel did a good presentation and for the first time in a decade may have got the attention of some NHLP executives.  As far as the Attack second round matchup, one of the biggest upsets in the last decade is slowly taking shape.  The Attack are leading 4-2 with the man games sitting at 13-10 for the Kings (24-16 Kings to start the series), with Byram the lone player today for the Attack.  Alaska was a 14 point underdog coming into the series.  The Kings should have 10 points after game twos are completed according to the CTR, and they have just 2.  Five of the Kings players are currently heading for four game sweeps.  For GM Andrew the Kings looked like maybe the team to beat, but his Panthers built team, an expected 14 points has a single point through their first 6 man games.  Every point is going to be crucial and Marcel is hoping Byram can get into the action in the lone game Saturday.

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Atlantic Division
vs
Not 1/2 a Stumble Yet

There just isn't much change in the NHLP when it comes to franchises.  The Hurricanes of Carolina moved to Barrie Island in a long drawn out relocation process.  "If was years in the works" Stated Muddy Capone on the move, "But it was one of the best decisions the league made."  Barrie Island has become one of the more successful NHLP franchises.  With their second round matchup versus the defending NHLP Champions, up 6-0, the 1/2 Chance Stumblers have an opportunity of winning their first ever Championship on a finals of Carolina and Calgary if things keep heading in the right direction.  For the GM, celebrating his 15th season in the league, it would be Joel's first Championship.  It seems likely Barrie Island is moving on and very likely playing Montreal (Marcel) so matchups next round are going to be critical.  So far, so good.

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 Kuch Getting Things Done

The start is what GM Marcel was hoping for.  The Habs are up 6-3, not in control by any means, but keep pressure on GM Andrew's Whalers.  For Andrew the Whalers must answer Friday with a 14-5 advantage with his 3 to 1 players playing.  With Marcel already getting extra games from his two Blues, Calgary winning and the Rangers losing is only going to make an upset here all the more unlikely.  If Marcel maintains the lead here he is already looking forward to the Conference Finals versus Barrie Island (Joel) and the Matchup to not only put the Canadiens in the Finals, but win a Cup which is definitely a possibility with today's snapshot.

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Pacific Division
vs
Bloody Start for Kings

The Los Angeles Kings down 3-1, all red, and now losing in man games early.  Just a horrible start for GM Andrew.  "GM Andrew is in playoff mode" said Muddy Capone, "Just a bitchy attitude when things aren't going his way."  Well, Capone has been around, so he would know.  Can you blame Andrew?  A huge 33-19 CTR favorite and the best built Panthers team remaining in the playoffs, a team now down 2-0 heading into enemy territory.  For GM Marcel a big three point game from Tkachuk to start game one has given him a little confidence.  If the Attack can stretch the lead out Friday, in a three on three player battle which favors the Kings 19-17 over the series, according to the CTR, we might just see GM Andrew in a little more foul mood heading into the weekend.  Stay tune.  Prepare to stay clear.

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North Division
vs
Montour Unlikely Start Has Dallas Reeling Early

Montour got Chicago off to a great start, an early 2-1 lead.  The Blackhawks who have Montour and Montour, his single point, two for GM Andrew, was enough to outscore Stamkos, Makar, Toews, Hagel and Weegar.  Stammer did point and Hagel missed an empty net, leaving Dallas in a big hole.  Andrew comes out with guns Gaudreau, Kreider, Strome and trocheck versus only Nugent-Hopkins.  This series could get ugly in a hurry if the Stars don't keep it close Wednesday.

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West Division
vs
Much More Than McDavid

Without Point and Marchment GM Shawn is in trouble in even a bigger than expected way.  With a 3-1 lead GM Bryce sends out McDavid, Copp and Hyman versus no one to stretch the lead early.  For the Winter Hawks having their first four players in green, the writing is on the wall to the rest of the NHLP, there may be no stopping the powerful Portland team.  "McDavid is the icing on the cake" stated Muddy Capone, "But this team can win with Tampa or Colorado."  That fact leaves the entire rest of the NHLP walking a very thin line.  It doesn't appear an upset is in the making here for Seattle, so things are going to have to really go absolutely perfect for any other NHLP team to win at this point.  There is a long ways to go, but today's snap shot of things looks pretty damn good for Bryce at this point.  We know how the NHLP changes on a dime but right now things are all going the way of GM Bryce in Portland.

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North Division
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You could argue everything has gone just about perfect so far for the two time winning franchises.  For GM Andrew his Blackhawks had 6 players play a game 7 and all 7 players moved on joining another "Hawks" team, Portland, with the only 7 player teams remaining.  Andrew is a 4 point favorite this round over GM Jr in Dallas, so every player might have been important if the Hawks are to win this round and maybe become the first ever NHLP team to win a third team Cup.  GM Jr narrowly escaped a late charge by GM Bryce, holding on to win a 35-34 first round battle and only losing the only player he was guaranteed to lose.  The Stars are vying to be the first team ever with three Cups, but round two won't be easy.  For Jr to overcome the CTR deficit longer series in Tampa-Florida where Jr holds a 11-6 edge and Colorado-St Louis with a predicted 12-3 edge will be musts.  The Calgary-Edmonton series slightly favors Andrew with this series decided on the 15-0 advantage the Blackhawks will get from the NY Rangers and Carolina series.  In that critical series Kreider, Strome and Trocheck face no opposition.  The series is calculated at 6.5 games, so there is a change a 5 or even 6 game series tightens this series.  Dallas was a CTR finalist pick as Chicago was not predicted to get out of round one.

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South Division
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Both GM's Chad and Matt won battles in the first round with Toronto winning on the home team picked tie-breaker.  Both teams are down to 5 players each making this a tight CTR 2 point advantage for Chad's Leafs.  Neither team is going to get anywhere with man-games in this series with only the Rage with Domi and Lafreniere being uncontested.  Chad's slim advantage comes in Florida series and Calgary series 10-5 and 6-2 respectively.  These teams can compete with the second round stronger teams in the North and it will all come down to matchups, yet to early to analyze.
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Atlantic Division
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What could have been for the reining NHLP Champions in New York.  GM Charlie lost his top four scoring players in game 7s, leaving not much hope to move on and compete.  The Barrie Island 1/2 Chance Stumblers should put GM Joel in the Conference Finals where with a Calgary advance just might have enough to go to the Finals and even win it all with Calgary.  If the Flames can advance Joel will be hoping for they meet the Avalanche next round which at worse case is a 13-9 underdog and best case a 9-8 favorite vs. GM Marcel's Montreal team.

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East Division
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 GM Andrew advanced his Hartford Whalers in a 7th game overtime when Gaudreau had to point or Hartford was out.  That massive series, 39-38 left Hamilton (Tyson) with presumably the highest scoring team ever in the first round to lose.  No team ever lost scoring 40 so 38 is likely the record.  Unlike had the Hitmen advanced, the Whalers are a serious underdog.  Montreal was a CTR Cup pick and with Kucherov still in, GM Marcel always has a hope.  It appears Montreal will face Barrie Island (Joel) next round.  After this round Marcel should have the best built Blues team remaining if both move on.  For Marcel Montreal could be unstoppable if the Blues win the next two rounds, likely giving GM Marcel a shot at his second Cup win.
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Pacific Division
It appears GM's Marcel and Andrew are going to split their second round matches with what should be blowouts each way.  The Kings clearly have the best Florida built team remaining but even the Panthers going all the way might not be enough for a Kings second NHLP Cup win.  Without Florida going all the way Andrew could still do it with the Rangers and while both should be enough to put the Kings in the Finals, one might not be enough.  Alaska is a 14 point underdog so this should be the end of the line for the Attack---

West Division
vs
The CTR has Portland (Bryce) a 5 point favorite with 16 uncontested points from the Edmonton-Calgary series.  Seattle (Shawn) gets that back 17-5 in the battle of the Sunshine State, so man games in those two series can change the outcome of this series and maybe the eventual NHLP Champion. The Storm appear to have the best Tampa Bay team left, but it is a razor thin call if that is fact.  Is Point even going to play for the Storm, maybe making this series a blowout without his predicted 5.  For GM Bryce he has the real shot of winning his first NHLP Championship, the second for Portland.  GM Bryce took a lot of heat for having points to give and hanging onto his Oilers, namely McDavid.  Was there a better option for a distance team available?  Yes there was.  Did Bryce make the right call in keeping McDavid?  Time will tell.  If the Oilers win and go to the Cup, there should be no realistic chance for anyone to stop the Winter Hawks.  Portland could even win if the Avs make it or even Tampa, with teams with players on those teams possibly out this round, namely Dallas (Jr).  The league loves the underdog Cinderella story and GM Bryce with his 7 man team and huge favorite to keep going is this years story so far.  Portland can have enough to win it all without McDavid based on what happens elsewhere this round.  However, if McDavid puts this team on his back and goes further, if it happens, the newest NHLP GM might be a first time Cup Champ to boot.

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2022/23 Divisions
First Round winners and 5th place teams stay, others move

Central - North
Dallas - Jr (Stays in North)
Chicago - Andrew (Stays in North)
Cleveland - Tyson (Stays in North)
Florida - Marcel (Moves to North)
San Fran - Scott (Moves to North)
Buffalo - Joel (Moves to North)

Central - South
Cincinnati - Matt (Stays in South)
Toronto - Chad (Stays in South)
Miami - Charlie (Stays in South)
Boston - Ryan (Moves to South)
Las Vegas - Bryce (Moves to South)
New Orleans - Shawn (Moves to South)

East - Atlantic
Barrie Island - Joel (Stays in Atlantic)
NY Rangers - Charlie (Stay in Atlantic)
Memphis - Jr (Stays in Atlantic)
Hamilton - Tyson (Moves to Atlantic)
NY Islanders - Ryan (Moves to Atlantic)
Quebec - Matt (Moves to Atlantic)

East - East
Montreal - Marcel (Stays in East)
Hartford - Andrew (Stays in East)
Pittsburgh - Chad (Stays in East)
Halifax - Shawn (Moves to East)
Philadelphia - Scott (Moves to East)
Atlantic City - Bryce (Moves to East)

West - Pacific
Los Angeles - Andrew (Stays in Pacific)
Alaska - Marcel (Stays in Pacific)
Phoenix - Charlie (Stays in the Pacific)
St. Louis - Tyson (Moves to Pacific)
Vancouver - Joel (Moves to Pacific)
Green Bay - Ryan (Moves to Pacific)

West - West
Portland - Bryce (Stays in West)
Seattle - Shawn (Stays in West)
Calgary - Jr (Stays in West)
Indianapolis - Matt (Moves to West)
Edmonton - Scott (Moves to West)
Colorado - Chad (Moves to West)

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First Round At a Glance...(Click for Playoff Page)
Seed Team Score Score Team Seed
Central Conference - North Division
4 #15 - Las Vegas Strip (Bryce)
34 35* #2 - Dallas Stars (Jr)
+1
1**
3 #17 - Chicago Blackhawks (Andrew)
36* 22 #13 - Boston Bruins (Ryan)
+1
2
Central Conference - South Division
4 #19 - San Fran Titan (Scott)
24 27* #4 - Cincinnati Rage (Matt)
+2
1*
3 #9 - Florida Panthers (Marcel)
+1
21 21* #18 - Toronto Maple Leafs (Chad)
2
 
East Conference - Atlantic Division
4 #10 - Philadelphia Flyer (Scott)
+5
26 29* #22 - Barrie Island 1/2 Chance Stumblers (Joel)
 
1
3* #7 - New York Rangers (Charlie)
+2
39 27* #16 - Halifax Destroyers (Shawn)
2
East Conference - East Division
4 #24 - New York Islanders (Ryan)
 
23 38* #3 - Montreal Canadiens (Marcel)
+8
1**
3 #12 - Hamilton Hitmen (Tyson)
38* 39 #8 - Hartford Whalers (Andrew)
Pick
2
 
West Conference - Pacific Division
4 #20 - Edmonton Oil (Scott)
25 39* #5 - Los Angeles Kings (Andrew)
+4
1
3*** #1 - Indianapolis Icemen (Matt)
+5
27 34* #21 - Alaska Attack (Marcel)
2
West Conference - West Division
4  #11 - Vancouver Canucks (Joel)
+2
31 36* #14 - Portland Winter Hawk (Bryce)
1
3* #6 - Seattle Storm (Shawn)
 +5
24* 21 #23 - St Louis Blues (Tyson)
2

* - Predicted to win Division (*Beside Scoring - Tiebreaker Guaranteed)
Scoring Underlined - Series Official, Can't Score More in Round
** - Predicted to Go to NHLP Finals
*** - Cup Favorites

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192 Transactions in 2021-22

The NHLP just has a way of hitting the same amount of Transactions almost annually. For the fourth time in five season the NHLP total Transactions for the season has been within 3 of each other.
NHLP Season Transactions
2021-22 192
2020-21 191
2019-20 193
2018-19 226
2017-18 194

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2021-22 Waivers Posted

The NHLP Waivers for the coming season are live.  Excluding the NHLP's Christmas Break, which states no Waivers from December 23rd to 31st, there were 35 nights of ten or more games, leaving only one night of nine games needed.  According to NHLP rules, that would be the last such night and turned into the last Waiver of the season.  GM Ryan has the first Waiver after the NHL Trading Deadline March 21st.  No Waiver may start for one month after the season starts or one month prior to the seasons end, October 12th and April 29th.  Only three Waivers are in February, with the NHL shutting down from the 2nd to 23rd for the Olympics.  All Waivers fall on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday except three with one Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.  By month the Waivers are broken down as follows:

November - 6
December - 9
January - 8
February - 3
March - 10

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NHLP 2021/22 Divisions

The NHLP 1st round playoff winners and the 5th place teams stay in the division and the other three teams move to the other division in the same conference.  That makes the NHLP divisions as follows:

Central - North Division
Chicago
New Orleans
Cleveland
Dallas
Boston
Las Vegas

Central - South Division
Toronto
Miami
Buffalo
Florida
Cincinnati
San Fran

East - Atlantic Division
Philadelphia
NY Rangers
Halifax
Barrie Island
Atlantic City
Memphis

East - East Division
NY Islanders
Hamilton
Montreal
Hartford
Pittsburgh
Quebec

West - Pacific Division
Alaska
Colorado
Edmonton
Phoenix
Indianapolis
Los Angeles

West - West Division
Portland
St Louis
Green Bay
Vancouver
Seattle
Calgary

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The 30 NHLP Cup Champions

GM Andrew (6) - '97, '99, '02, '04, '13, '15 (8th, 10th, 13th, 15th, 23rd & 25th Cups)

GM Scott (5) - '92, '03, '06, '11, '14 (3rd, 14th, 16th, 21st & 24th Cups)

 

GM Jr (4) - '01, '09, '18, 20 (12th, 19th, 28th & 30th Cups)

GM Chadwick (3) - '00, '07, '16 (11th, 17th & 26th Cups)

GM Tyson (3) - '10, '12, '17 (20th, 22nd & 27th Cups)

GM Norman (2) - '93, '94 (4th & 5th Cups)

GM Leo (2) - '95, '98 (6th & 9th Cups)

GM Raymond (1) - '90 (1st Cup)

GM Edward (1) - '91 (2nd Cup)

GM Lee (1) - '96 (7th Cup)

GM Marcel (1) - '08 (18th Cup)

 

GM Shawn (1) - '19 (29th Cup)

 

GM Charlie (1) - '21 (31st Cup)


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This list isn't about the playoff MVP, but that player who isn't a star that got his name on the NHLP Cup.  When you can't find a suitable name, you know the GM built a truly winning team.  GM Shawn doesn't have a name that fits this list on his roster, but we will pick one.

1990 - Petr Klima
1991 - Bob Probert, Kevin Hatcher
1992 - James Patrick, Ulf Dahlen
1993 - Glen Wesley
1994 - Oleg Petrov
1995 - Sylvain Cote
1996 - Robert Svehla, Vladimir Konstantinov
1997 - Darren McCarty, Martin Lapointe
1998 - Dave Manson, Jason Woolley
1999 - Dave Reid
2000 - Lubos Bartecko, Rob Zamuner
2001 - Martin Gelinas?
2002 - Sean Hill
2003 - Derek Morris
2004 - Curtis Brown
2006 - Matthieu Schneider?
2007 - Trent Hunter
2008 - Brian Gionta?  Wow!
2009 -
Brian Rolston?
2010 - Niklas Hjalmarsson
2011 - Andrej Sekera
2012 - Tyler Kennedy, Jannik Hansen
2013 - Bryan Bickell?
2014 - Charlie Coyle?
2015 - Jiri Sekac
2016 - Craig Smith?

2017 - Andrew Cogliano?

2018 - Calle Jarnkrok

2019 - No One
2020 - Ryan Suter?

2021 -

 

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2020/21 Season & Playoff Highlights

2019/20 Season & Playoff Highlights

2018/19 Playoff Highlights

2018/19 Season Highlights

2017/18 Playoff Highlights

2017/18 Season Highlights

2016/17 Playoff Highlights

2016/17 Season Highlights

2015/16 Playoff Highlights

2015/16 Season Highlights

2014/15 Playoff Highlights

2014/15 Season Highlights

2013/14 Playoff Highlights

2013/14 Season Highlights

2012/13 Playoff Highlights

2012/13 Season Highlights

2011/12 Playoff Highlights

2011/12 Season Highlights

 

Season 2011/12

Playoffs 2010/11

Season 2010/11

Playoffs 2009/10

Season 2009/10

Season 2008/09