A Written History of the D.H.H.L.
From some guys that were there when it happened....
In The Beginning:
The Die Hard Hockey League was conceived by two hls2 league loving guys, Wayne Trainor and Ryan Miller. Both we're GM's in David Easton's Trans World Hockey League.
So the story goes that on the evening of November 22, 2002, Ryan and Wayne we're casually chatting. Ryan suggested that Wayne should start another hls2 league, as he figured there was enough interest for it.
What went on: First off, Ryan put together a ratings set, however, in the end, a different set of ratings were used, as it was felt by all (including Ryan) that the other set was the best for starting a fantasy league.
Next, there was a discussion involving Head Honcho Wayne Trainor, Co commish Ryan Miller, hls2 Veteran Peter Nilsson, and new guy (hardcore nut like Ryan, with some good ideas), Glen Trainor, aka, Wayne's brother. The discussion concerned many things, mostly rules. For example, Ryan and Glen (hardcore nuts) wanted to hold a live draft on mIRC, Wayne said he did not want to be there for 15 hours. Ryan and Glen still wanted it! Kidding! A plan to do the draft via e-mail was devised. Peter came up with the idea of the "Created Player". A retirements issue was settled, and Peter said he could write a program to deal with the retirements for the league. Wayne came up with some minor additions to this rule! A FA system like the TWHL's was to be used, with unused FAB's turning into TC's afterward. Many exciting rule changes!
Wayne came up with a brilliant system of devising who would select first in the draft, it involved the Lotto 6/49 numbers, in which the total of the drawn numbers on a particular night would select the winner, each franchise were given all the numbers that the total could be at random, whoever had the right one would get first pick, it was a lottery using the actual lottery to pick the winner. Genius!
The preseason was played between Christmas and New Years. Due to some technical difficulties, the idea of starting on January 1st, 2003 with regular season games was delayed a day. Things kicked off on the 2nd. The fast and furious pace of the league had some GM's falling in love with it immediately, while others were left with their heads spinning.
DHHL1 was the season that saw the league go with hidden streaks for awhile. Thanks to Brian Howe(Platinum Computing), who made us a program which allowed streaks to be visible. His program was used for most of the season, until Peter Nilsson was finally able to explain to Wayne how to get Tim Chan's League Manager working. A big thanks to the NSHL commish Gord Payne who sent us a patch that helped immensely.
The inaugural draft went very well, although the commish did have to call Ryan Miller once and tell his lazy ass to send in picks. In what looks to be a brilliant move, the first pick in DHHL history, Mario Lemieux(Magnus Nilsson-Denver) went on to win the scoring title in the first season, registering 101 points. The Peterborough Smoke Eaters(Wayne Trainor) wrapped up the President's Trophy and amassed an impressive 110 points. Mario Lemieux was also named the League's MVP in season 1.
As with any fledgling league, there was some growing pains. GM Slava Kaganov(Kharkiv Knights) goes down in infamy as the first GM to make the mistake of leaving the DHHL. He left after 20 games, hls2 just not being his sim of choice. Texas GM(Cliff Whalen) was happy about this outcome though; this opened up a team for his brother Stephen Whalen to step in and take over. The surprise came when co-founder, Dropout Boy Miller left his team around the Game 40 mark, saying he needed even more time to drink and fail classes. We welcomed Pat Herrington to the league at this point, as Pat had been waiting for a team in the inaugural draft, and technical difficulties left him without one.
Playoffs saw the rise of the Winnipeg Masteurhaters(Darryl Chase). Despite finishing 4th in the division, the WM, as they have affectionately become, defeated the Denver Dwarves(Magnus Nilsson) and Soo Sabrecats to set up a championship series against the PSE(Peterborough Smoke Eaters, Wayne Trainor). Sedsey's team continued their improbable success, beating the PSE in 6 games and claiming the first ever Die Hard Cup. The finals were played in an amazingly short amount of time, as Sedsey and Wayne met on icq and played game after game until the series was done. WM goalie Roberto Luongo was the winner of the Conn Smythe award.
Offseason saw some changes. One of the filthy Swedes, Patrick Strom(Dakar) left the league due to time constraints stemming from his new job in Stockholm. Patrick is missed, and the Commish still talks with him via ICQ when Patrick is drunk. Always a good time if you get a chance to speak with him. Soo GM David also left the league at this time, saying he had too much on the go. DHHL welcomed Matt Campbell as he took over the Soo franchise, and renamed them the Bancroft Rockhounds, after discovering we already had a team in Peterborough. Dropout Boy Miller returned to the D as well, blaming some drunken stupidness on his 40 game absence. He took the Dakar team and renamed them the Moncton Mustangs. Stephen Whalen made a lot of people happy when he moved the Kharkiv team(Karkic, Karriv, Kakiv, Krapcic--just some of the misspellings I remember) and transformed them in to the Hearst Moose. Detroit Lions owner Matt Larson figured Detroit was too far away and moved them even closer to home and they became the Westland Otters.
The league took on some real life in season 2 as it moved to differentiate itself a little more from its original base, the TWHL. Due to some serious contract stacking and dumping, the free agent draft was killed in the first real rule change to the DHHL. A waiver draft was designed in its place to keep some parity in the league. Almost all GM's were unanimous in their praise for this move.A shocking move at the halfway point of the season, as league commish, and co-founder, Wayne Trainor, decided to relinquish the control of the winningest team in DHHL history, the Peterborough Smoke Eaters,to a new GM, Tim Kastelle. Tim was known to many of the league's GM's already, and after a few people begging to get the PSE, and giving Tim their team, and the huge uproars of "Bring Back Wayne", started by Sedsey, died down, Tim fit into things like a glove(not the OJ variety).
Regular season saw the PSE run away with the President's Trophy again. The second pick overall in the inaugural draft, Todd Bertuzzi(Peterborough-Tim Kastelle), led the league in scoring. This might lead people to believe that DHHL3 should be led in scoring by Jose Theodore(3rd pick ever in the draft), but that is not likely. Peterborough(Wayne/Tim) led the league with 116 points, breaking the record set the season before. The bad Trainor brother, Glen(rapist/Corporate America), led his Miami team to a 102 point season, becoming the only other franchise to reach the 100 point barrier thus far.
Expansion rumblings began in earnest, as the 12 team league was looking pretty stable.
Playoffs saw the magic of Darryl Chase(Winnipeg Masteurhaters) again. Despite finishing in third place in his division, the WM, knocked off the Denver Dwarves(4th overall), the Miami Dream(2nd overall) and the Peterborough franchise(1st overall) to claim their second Die Hard Cup. The finals featured a rematch between Winnipeg and Peterborough and Winnipeg was victorious in 7 games. Bobby Clarke was a near unanimous choice for the Conn Smythe.
As the season came to a close, the new waiver draft, and also the entry draft, were held via email, to get them done as quickly as possible. Expansion was on the horizon as 4 new teams were going to be awarded franchises....
DHHL3 saw the birth of the expansion teams. Montreal(Mayhem), Atlantic Canada(Schooners), Orlando(Seals) and
Niagara Falls(Rapids) were all welcomed to the league. Season 3 also marked the birth of 4 divisions from the
previous 2. Nilsson and Miller, names of the co-founders, and previous division names now became Conference
names. Bettman, Tagliabue, Stern and Selig are the new division names. One expansion team was placed in each
Scoring leader was Hakan Loob of the Denver Dwarves. Loob became the first ever CP(created player) to lead
the league in scoring. In what I find to be simply incredible, Ron Francis finished second in league scoring
for the 3rd season in a row. He is the career leader in points to date easily. Echo Bay's Akhmar Jabaar
Jenkins returned to the press box, leaving way for Mike Vigilante. Peterborough's Cary Coupal retired to league
offices and was replaced by Charles Darwin. There was other CP changes as well, as Chad LaRose debuted in
Detroit and the expansion teams all added their guys to the mix.
Of special note, new CP Dave Snuggerud of the Niagara Falls Thunder shattered the league record for goals with
63. Add to this that Loob had broken the points record, Darwin the PIM record, and Derek Morris of Denver the
assist record, DHHL3 could be termed a record breaking season. Bryan McCabe rewrote the record book for
defenseman. Peterborough improved for the third season in a row, but were bested by one point(122-121) in the
race for the President's Cup by th Denver Dwarves. Rumors began that the President's Cup was possibly a curse,
and this may have gained even more lore when in the finals,after dispatching of the "Only Champs", Winnipeg
Masteurhaters and then the Hartford Whalers, the Peterborough Adjustable Spanners, in their 3rd trip to the
finals in as many seasons, finally brought the cherished DIEHARD CUP home, winning the exciting finals in
7 games over Denver.
Texas, Moncton and Niagara Falls were all very impressive in playing well over where they were expected to be.
If I have to choose one, Echo Bay, with jenkins watching from the stands, were the disappointment of the season
in my eyes.
Expansion was a half and half kind of thing. GM Jason Stein of Niagara Falls lasted all of 5-6 games before
taking off to play with himself again. Orlando GM Jeff Weiss lasted a bit longer, going strong until about the
55 game mark before packing things in. All the GM's from DHHL2 did stick arouond through DHHL3, so stability
might be coming to the league. After running two teams for awhile, league offices finally found a GM for
Niagara Falls in the person of Steve Vendetti. As season 3 ended and the offseason began, Orlando was still
being run by a trained monkey in league offices.
There was a few more rule changes in DHHL3. A sliding scale of sorts was used for the 16 team waiver draft,
results on that will not be known until after DHHL4. Offseason rule changes saw the adding of players to
rerate lists effective after DHHL4, as well as the renaming of awards should they be won 3 times by the same
player. Season records are also out for the league now, as well as career stats thanks to the efforts of
Tim, Peter and Wayne. Individual game records will someday be done, when Wayne gets real bored.
DHHL4 season was looming with the league taking on a character of its own.
DHHL4 began with a pretty decent core croup of gms. And by the time the season ended, of course that was
changed once again. Napanee's GM only lasted a little over half a season before being replaced with an obsrvant Trey
Bishop. His real taking over of the tam will begin in DHHL5. The rest of the league's gms made it through to
the end of the season at least. And then the dreaded 10 minutes it takes to vot for awards kicked in. Long
story short, two more gm's were removed. Drop Out Boy Ryan Miller left to get drunk, no one knows if former
Hearst GM Stephen is still alive. Welcome to Paul and Michelle who were added just in time for the offseason
drafts. Michelle is the first female GM in DHHL history.
Immediately police were called in to keep an eye on Corporate America's rapist tendencis. DHHL agred to
never let Miami and Cornerbrook sit next to each other at drafts.
During the season itself, Winnipeg's Bobby Clarke was the cram of the frop in DHHL4. He led the league in goals
and points. He won the Art Ross trophy easily, He also picked up both the Hart and Lester Pearson awards too.
He became the first player to win an award unanimoously(Hart). Bancroft Rockhounds' Adrian Aucoin became the
league's newest superstar. And won the Norris trophy for his efforts.
Playoffs resulted in a new champion being crowned. Last year's finalists Peterborouh and Denver were both
dispatched, along with first time finalists Hartford, by the new champions, the Portland Grave Diggers.
Portland brought home the championship to league co-founder Peter Nilsson. Peter also picked up the GM of
the Year trophy in leeague balloting. It was a magic season for the G Diggers as they also won the Presidents
Cup in the regular season as well, finally breaking the curse of the Presidents Trophy.
The waiver draft took place and the commish got a laugh, as within minutes of finding out the rsults, 3 of
the 4 "Top 4 teams" screamed "F*CK". This is a great sign that it is working.
Entry draft was still to go while this was being written, and DHHL4 was hours from coming to a close. DHHL5
was set to go with many firsts to come. First female GM, first season starting without a Miller, etc..
DHHL5 ran smoothly for the most part. Playing a full season without a Miller was a good thing I guess.(Okay, no more Miller jokes). GM Paul I can't even remember his last name lasted almost no time(ok,it was Guilbeault), before recent TWHL firee Steve Wright took over. This gave the Ottawa franchise instant respect. If it didn't, then them making the playoffs in a three way dogfight with Denver and Portland did. Portland became the first team in history to win the Cup and fail to make the playoffs the following season. GM Trey Bishop of the newly named New England Napalm got into a heated war of words with Winnipeg GM Sedsey. The battle will be remembered for some nice comments, hilarious all the way around and for the fact that Bishop went AWOL after the season. Serial Killer may be on the loose, more on that in DHHL6 history I guess.
Miami also missed the playoffs, gaining chuckles from around the league. Rapists don't always finish first was the motto of that story. The playoffs saw two firsts in league history. The Denver Dwarves won their first DIE HARD Cup, beating the finalists for second season in a row Hartford Whalers. The Whalers won the Presidnets trophy with 104 regular season points. Hartford was so downtrrodden over losing the finals again they packed up their belongings to Middle Earth and will now play out of Esgaroth. DHHL5 also saw what was, depending on your mood, either a loved or hated song sung by the Dwarves Board of Directors. It was original, no one can argue that.(I found it hilarious). DHHL 1 & 2 finalists Peterborough and Winnipeg were in the thick of things again before bowing out in the semifinals to the eventual finalists.
Saku Koivu of Denver led the scoring parade with 101 points. He was the overwhelming choice as league MVP. In a tightly contested Pearson award, Niagara Falls Rapids defenceman Ed Jovanovski took it home adding the Norris with it. GM of the year voting saw Denver GM Magnus Nilsson win by a vote over Niagara's Steve Vendetti and Atlantic Canada's George McIntyre. Thank God when we saw the stupidity pulled by McIntyre in the offseason. Most GM's have questions and concerns when rerates come around. Not many send in the completely wrong list,(opposite of what they want), and not realize it until it is too late. This is a classic and adds the words "pulling a George" to DHHL lexicon. Pulling a George means doing something completely stupid. Even Coupal had to move McIntyre ahead of Kastelle on his list of the top bird brained GM's in DHHL. Atlantic had some players who were primed for some fantastic rerates, including at least one 9/9 winger, but Schooners GM George protected him. LMAO. Ok, kids, no drinking when making rerate lists. Atlantic could have been a powerhouse in DHHL6. They are solid, but not what they may have, could have, should have been.
The Lasse Kinch award went to Juss Dooit of Winnipeg for the 2nd season in a row. He, Jenkins(Echo Bay) and the Gellar/Black combo of Portland remain the only names inscribed on the award. They are each there twice.
Bobby Clarke, the self proclaimed greatest player in DHHL history, finally surpassed Ron Francis in league all time scoring as well. Francis has nothing left to argue about now at all. Clarke was passed by Peterborough's Todd Bertuzzi and Oleg Tverdovsky in playoff scoring though.
DHHL5 entry draft saw the first superstar institued into the entry draft. Carlo Colaicovo was snapped up 1st overall by Echo Bay and they are hoping for big things from him in DHHL6.
The league's first Superstar pick Carlo Colaicovo was everything he was supposed to be. The Echo Bay defenseman was a unanimous selection as the DHHL rookie of the year. He simply outclassed all those other rookies. Saku Koivu once again won the art Ross Trophy and the HArt Trophy and can now possibly lay claim to being the greatest DHHL player ever. WM's Bobby Clarke has been holding the distinction, and continues to lead in Die Hard Cups 2-to-1 but Koivu has become a powerhouse. The Denver Dwarves won the President's trophy and needed to do so to simply win their division. Also in their division, the strongest in DHHL history, was eventual 2nd place overall Peterborugh Adjustable Spanners and the 4th overall Niagara Falls Rapids. The Rapids were left watching the postseason from the sidelines despite their great regular season.
DHHL6 saw league offices controlling New England for themajority of the season. However, the league looks to have found a veritable goldmine in Jazz Matthews. Early reports have him being active on all accounts and very knowledgeable about the simulator. This may finally be the season where DHHL will see the teams with the same GM's that start the season end the season.
Miami and Winnipeg both missed the playoffs, setting off celebrations around many places in the league. Miami is the team that closely resembles the NHL's NYR. Great on paper, shitty on the ice. Winnipeg continues to suffer from very bad farm happenings and actually saw some guy called Dipshit coach the farm team while Sedsey evaded authorites on charges of he being a serial killer. No official arrests were ever made although Sedsey, Gary Coupal and Ron McLean, among others, were all questioned in connection with the rash of murders that was set off by the killing of former New England GM Trey Bishop.
League awards saw the LAsse Kinch award be renamed to the Jenkins award, as Echo PR spokesperson, "pimp daddy, bitch smacking, A A Jenkins, won the prestigious award for a third time in 6 seasons. The amount and quality of PR's improved greatly near the end of the season and it would be great to see it last the entire season. Perhaps some regular contributuions will be seen from Gary Coupal now that he has returned to league offices for the upcoming season.
The playoffs saw the league's top 2 teams meet in the first round and Peterborough used the momentum built up from knocking off the President's trophy and then defending champion Dwarves to march to their 2nd Die Hard Cup. In the finals, we saw the Hartford-Esgaroth-Hartford team lose in the finals for the third consecutive time. 3 was not a charm for the Eagles/Whalers. Bancroft racked up a ton of points in defeating Atlantic Canada and taking Peterborough to the limit. Portland was edged in 7 games by Esgaroth and Texas knocked off Ottawa before succumbing to Esgaroth. Peterborough's Evgeny Nabokov won the Conn Smythe trophy. In what has become an annual ritual of speed play during the playoffs, all three rounds were over in 6 days, 1 hour and 43 minutes.
DHHL7 saw the Denver Dwarves outclass the rest of the league from start to finish. They built up an insurmountable lead in the overall standings and despite some rough stretches were full value for the amazing 117 pt season they put together. The 117 pts. were the 3rd most in DHHL history and the most ever with the exception of the DHHL3 season, when expansion took place. Niagara Falls and Miami also eclipsed the century mark with 105 and 102 pts respectively in their battle for the Selig division title.
Niagara may have won the regular season title but they were heartbroken as the Dream team knocked them out in the playoffs. Despite a scare Denver handled Atlantic Canada in their matchup.
In the other divisions, division winner Hartford bowed out to what has become a traditionally playoff power, the Bancroft Rockhounds. Peterborough was able to skate by Texas in the Stern, the Tornadoes possible tired from a season long battle with the Winnipeg Masteurhaters for the last playoff spot. Both teams finished with 88 points but Texas had more wins. PAS were looking to repeat but were shoved aside in the semis by the Miami Dream. Denver got by the Rockhounds. Onto the finals, where the Dwarves became the latest team to crush the Dream fans hopes as they defeated Miami in 6 games and the Dwarves celebrated with another Cup winning song. This is Denver's 2nd championship in 3 years.
The Provost PAnthers beat all the other teams in the race for futility. Star prospect Eric Staal was their prize there. Mario Lemieux of Denver edged Adrian Foster of the Hartford Whalers for the scoring title. Foster did manage to win the HArt Trophy as league MVP however. Dynamite Kid of the Montreal Mayhem was the runaway winner of the Pearson award. We saw a tie for the Calder Trophy between Michigan's Alexander Steen and Echo Bay's Dustin Brown.
GM Amrit Sandhu finally got some hardware to put in his trophy case. Not a playoff appearance or anythiung like that, buyt he was named the GM of the year. Sammy Brodeur of Provost won for PR's for the SPR's.
AS the DHHL7 drafts were concluded and the next season approached, the league was saddened by the loss of GM Jazz Matthews of Provost. The team looked to be near turning the corner and were now to be moved to Capreol. Orlando also welcomed the former Michigan team in their 2nd go round as a DHHL city.
The playoffs were over in record time; 4 days, 17 hours and 8 minuntes.
DHHL8 saw the return of Commissioner Trainor to the fold of GM's. He took over the beleaguered Provost franchise and moved it to Capreol, handing the reigns of things over to Gary Coupal. Somethign must have been magic there as Coupal marched the team all the way to the Die Hard Cup. The team went from last overall in DHHL7 to th echampionship in year 8, showing that anything is possible in DHHL play.
Also proving that point was the fact the the Texas Tornadoes were the Presidents Cup winner, and as we all know they are run by a Whalen. Scott Gomez led the Texas run, winning both the Art Ross and Hart Trophies in what can simply be called his career season.
In the playoffs, Texas destroyed Bancroft, Hartford over Echo Bay, Portland over the WM and Capreol over Montreal in a tightly fought 7 game series. Hartford knocked off Texas in 5 and Capreol swept through the Grave Diggers. A brand new first time champion was a guarantee as newcomers Capreol matche dup with the DHHL's answer to the Buffalo Bills, the Hartford franchise. And once again, in a record 4 th trip to the finals, the Whalers found a way to lose. Pandemonium erupted in Capreol. Coupal himself, and Todd Bertuzzi shared the playoff lead with 25 points apiece.
Norris balloting was one of the closest ever with Kim Johnsson of Capreol beating M Dandenault of Cornerbrook by one measly vote. Portland had a couple of great rookies. Eric Stall, acquired from Capreol in part of the Bertuzzi happenings, and teammate Andrei Katsitsyn finished 1-2 in calder balloting.
GM Trainor of Capreol swung a big trade for Bertuzzi that went a long way to getting the Cup to capreol. Eric Stall was the price, as he went to Portland, and the prize from that trade was used to grab a Bertuzzi.
Marty Turco of Texas was the unanimous choice for the Vezina trophy. Tony Amonte won the Conn Smythe Award.
There was no Lasse Kinch Award in DHHL8. There was simply too much apathy to bother awarding anyone with the award.
Playoffs were over in a new record time, but I have lost track of it since they happened. Unfortunately this part of the league was not kept up to date. The DHHL8 and 9 histories are actually being written while DHHL11 has just kicked off, meaning the memories of the aging commish are not what they once were. "Note from website commish. time for playoffs were 4 days 17 hours and 13 mins."
DHHL9 could be termed the start of new rules. Everythign in th eleague was looked at and the league came up with numerous new features, including a reset of farm rerates, a new way of lookign at retirements, and a complete review of where everything was going. It was needed and it turned out for the best.
Franchises started moving around the globe again and with apathy running through the Orlando/Michigan franchise, the Commish decided to remove original GM Matt Larson from having franchise rights. Mike Robinson of Thunder Bay stepped in and immediately let it be known that he would be moving th efranchise to Thunder Bay as soon as possible. His activity was a breath of fresh air to the league.
Miami Dream and Glen Trainor ran away with the Presidents Trophy in DHHL9. Capreol was a distant second. Capreol beat Winnipeg, Miami over Portland, Montreal over Toronto and Peterborough over Cornerbrrok in round 1 of the playoffs. Toronto and Corny had been division champions but home ice never helped them in the playoffs. We had semis matched up with Capreol against Miami, and Montreal against Peterborough. Capreol and Montreal were two of the 4 DHHL3 expansions and this marked the first time two expansion teams had made it to the league semis. Peterborough and Miami represented the original franchises. The originals did not fare so well. Despite not having home ice in either series, Capreol and Montreal steamrolled over the originals and after dual semifinal sweeps, Montreal and Capreol met in the finals for what was hoped to be a great rematch of the 7 gmae series they had gone the season before.
What happened in the finals was weird. Capreol won the cup. Or did they? The league said they did, the gms congratulated them, and then to the surprise of many, it was noted that Capreol had played some suspended palyers. The league decided to replay the end of the series and the Montrela Mayhem came out on top in Game 7. Mayhem were the champs.
John Trainor of Miami was the dual Art Ross/Hart Trophy winner for DHHL9, reprising the role Gomez played in year 8 for Texas. In the end however, the regular season greatness was once again erased quickly by their semi final exit in a sweep. To his credit, Trainor also won the Lester PErson Award, one upping Gomex from DHHL8.
Top GM was Micheel of Cornerbrook. Stephane Yelle was a deserving winner of the Conn Smythe award, leading the Mayhem to the Die Hard Cup. The Lasse Kinch Award reappeared and Juss Dooit was the runaway winner of it in DHHL9.
With the end of DHHL9, the league reviewed where it stood again, and with heavy hearts, removed another long standing GM, Matt Campbell of Bancroft. The effort just was not there anymore. As a bonus, the team found what appeared to be a very solid GM in Andrew Drummond, who began to prepare the team for a move to Nepal, of all places. Katmandu to be exact.
DHHL10 emerged with what appeared to be a solid crop of GM's. This was a point proven when all of them were still remaining at the end of the season. The one thing most remembered in this season may well be the flurry of activity that happened at the trading deadline, in what was a complete reversal of the past few seasons deadlines.
Echo Bay died a death as their GM Mark Brashear could no longer stomach teir ineptitude. He bitchslapped A A Jenkins to the curb and moved the team to Waco Texas, signed up some Branch Davidians to run the concessions and started a war of words with Texas GM Cliff.
The charge of Trades was kicked off when Winnipeg GM Sedsey Chase elected to stack his team with streaking players rather than take a chance on a shake. With 4 teams, Winnipeg, Miami, Montreal and Capreol, all thinking they had a chance at a Cup, streaking players saw their value go through the roof and there was trades galore around the league. If one trade were to stand out among others, picking up the players who were 1st and 3rd in league scoring at the time from Thunder Bay by GM W. Trainor of Capreol was an astute move.
Stu Barnes, recently acquired by Capreol won the Art Ross but the Hart for league MVP went to Miami's Brad May. This removal of the HArt from the point leader may have been a good thing though as unlike the past two seasons, the Art ROss winner continued to produce in the playoofs, and Barnes was a large part of Capreol's run to their championship, and also third consecutive final.
After facinf nemesis Montreal in round 1, and once again having to endure another 7 torturous games with them, Capreol moved through the semis easily, beating PAS in 5 gmaes and once again destoyed the elder trainor's Dream in straight games. Goaltender Tomas Vokoun was the Conn Smythe winner, running a perfect 8-0 record in the playoffs.
Karel Rachunek of the Atlantic City team was the rookie winner, garnering an impressive 14 of the 16 ballots cast.
Offseason things in DHHL10 went extremely well. ALL GM's got thier ballots and rerate lits in on time and it appeared as though the core of GM's in th eleague would allow the team to once again think about expansion. At least the 16 in place look to be very solid.
During the offseason, retirements began to hit hard around the league. Every franchise saw the loss of 3 players to the pastures. Team began moving all over the place. Atlantic C goes to Troy, Hartford skipped the obvious choice of Buffalo and went to Ocho Rios, Niagara Falls decided Whitby would be better and LEthbridge headed to Whitefish, Montana.
As this recap goes to print, the league offices with the great help of Portland GM and assistant commissioner Peter Nilsson finally got around to the chore of updating the league's website, rules and history. Things definitely are looking bright in the DHHL today.