TALES FROM THE HISTORICAL LEAGUE: PART TWO
When we last left the Tales from the Historical League I was playing as the 1970 Boston Bruins, and had just lost a home pre-season game to the lowly California Seals. The first thing that I did was to get Carol Vadnais back from the Seals as he was originally on the Bruins, and one of my favorites. I made the Seals an offer they couldn’t refuse and I was hoping that would turn things around for my franchise.
I finished the pre-season and also played a few games in the regular season with not much success. I was still learning the game at this point, so it didn’t bother me all that much. I ended up putting this season on the back burner and figured I had better watch a few more of Jeff’s videos before I totally embarrass myself with this Stanley Cup team. Next, I decided to explore more of what this game had to offer. I started another historical season, this time in 1987 and checked the box that said ‘Set the Initial Rosters by Draft.’
For one season, I chose to be the Minnesota North-Stars and had the fourth pick. Of course Gretzky, Lemieux, and Bourque were the top three picks. For my top pick I chose Cam Neely. I had a pretty good idea who I wanted on my team, but one-by-one, the other teams would select the next guy on my list. I did finish out with some pretty good players, including Grant Fuhr as my goalie, and had Neely playing along side of Peter Stastny and Aaron Broten.
But once again I didn’t do very well at all. Some of my top defensemen were having bad seasons. Pete Peters was my backup goalie and he got hurt, so I ended up going into the free agent pool and picking up Greg Hawgood, who ended up being one of my more productive players. I also picked up a 20-year-old goalie named Ron Tugnut, who also played very well for me including getting a shutout or two.
That was really one of the most satisfying moments of the season – to pick up some free agents and have them contribute to the team. Sadly I finished at, or near the bottom of the standings and missed the playoffs.
I decided to explore more of Franchise Hockey Manager 2 and went to the 1977 season. When I clicked to select my team, I noticed I was able to choose between the NHL and the WHA. I had no idea that you could play as a World Hockey Association team. So right now I am the general manager and coach of the New England Whalers.
I have Gordie, Mark, and Marty Howe. I also have Johnny McKenzie, Dave Keon, and some guys named Jack and Steve Carlson (have you seen Slapshot?) on my roster. I’m either going to lead the league in goals, or in penalty minutes.
To be continued…
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