Central Hockey League FAQ [27-OCT-1994]

Central Hockey League FAQ [27-OCT-1994]

Post by Marc Fost » Fri, 28 Oct 1994 13:53:04

CHL FAQ, last updated 10-26-94.  Corrections, additions, and inquiries

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Welcome to the Central Hockey League FAQ.  The CHL is in it's third
season after being on hiatus since 1984.  The league currently has
seven teams, located in Dallas, Fort Worth, Memphis, Oklahoma City,
San Antonio, Tulsa, and Wichita.  The Wichita Thunder last year won
both the regular season (Adams Cup) and the playoffs (Levin Trophy).

The CHL is an independent league, though some teams have loose
working agreements with IHL and NHL teams.  All teams in the CHL
are owned by the league, while the league is owned by a group
consisting of Horn Chen, Ray Compton, Ray Miron, and Monte Miron.

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League News
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As a part of the preseason schedule, the CIS (Russian) League Champions
Lada was scheduled to play games against three CHL opponents.  The Russians
defeated Wichita 12-1, Tulsa 8-0, and Oklahoma City 6-2 in three consecutive
nights.  At last inspection Lada was the 7th ranked team in the world, not
including NHL teams.  They also had something of a ringer in New York
Ranger center Alexi Kovalev, who had four goals and three assists vs.
Wichita.

The CHL season opens tonight (27-OCT) with Memphis at Oklahoma City.  A
sellout (13,500) is expected.
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CHL information is also available via mail list and Home Page.


Put as the subject: CHL List

Please include you full name, hometown, and favorite CHL team within the text.

Also available on the CHL mail list is a complete CHL schedule, and
complete set off addresses/phone numbers for the league.  No text is
needed to request these files.

To get the schedule, put as the subject:  CHL schedule
To get the addresses, put as the subject:  CHL addresses
For the general mail list information file, put as the subject:  CHL info
(This file is also regularly posted to rec.sport.hockey)

The address for the CHL Home page is http://SportToday.org/
                             or http://SportToday.org/
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The phone number for the CHL League Office is (918)664-8881

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CHL Teams
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Dallas Freeze - member since 1992.  
     Previous team:  Dallas Blackhawks, 1967-82, CHL champs 1969, 72, 74, 79
     Arena:  State Fair Coliseum, capacity 7,500
     93-94 record:  31-25-8, fourth place, lost to Wichita in 1st round,
                    4 games to 3.
     Coach:  Ron Flockhart
     Phone number: (214)631-7825  

Fort Worth Fire - member since 1992.
     Previous teams:  Fort Worth Wings, 1967-73
                      Fort Worth Texans, 1973-82, CHL champs 1978
     Arena:  Tarrant County Convention Center, capacity 11,461
     93-94 record:  25-37-2, sixth place  
     Coach:  Steve Harrison
     Phone number: (817)335-3473

Memphis RiverKings - member since 1992.
     Previous team:  Memphis Wings, 1964-67
                     Memphis South Stars, 1967-69
     Arena:  Mid-South Coliseum, capacity 9,653
     93-93 record:  25-34-5, fifth place
     Coach:  Herb Boxer
     Phone Number:  (901)278-9009

Oklahoma City Blazers - member since 1992
     Previous teams:  Oklahoma City Blazers, 1965-72, 73-77, CHL champs 1966-67
                      Oklahoma City Stars, 1978-82
     Arena:  The Myriad, capacity 13,500
     93-94 record:  35-23-6, third place, lost to Tulsa in first round,
                    4 games to 3
     Coach:  Mike McEwen
     Phone number:  (405)235-7825

San Antonio Iguanas - member since 1994
     Previous teams:  None
     Arena:  Freeman Coliseum, capacity 9,000
     93-94 record:  expansion team
     Coach:  Bill Goldsworthy
     Phone number:  (210)227-4449

Tulsa Oilers - member since 1992, CHL champs 1993
     Previous team:  Tulsa Ice Oilers, 1964-1984, CHL champs 1968, 76, 84  
     Arena:  Tulsa Convention Center, capacity 7,106
     93-94 record: 36-24-4, second place, lost to Wichita in finals,
                   4 games to none
     Coach: Garry Unger
     Phone number:  (918)663-5888

Wichita Thunder - member since 1992, CHL champs 1994
      Previous team:  Wichita Wind, 1980-83
      Arena:  Kansas Coliseum, capacity 9,660
      93-94 record: 40-18-6, first place, defeated Tulsa in finals,
                    4 games to none
      Coach: Doug Sheddan
      Phone number:  (316)264-4625  

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Review of 1993-94 season
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                GP  W  L OTL Pts. PCT.  GF  GA  PIM  Home   Road    
                -- -- -- --- ---- ---- --- --- ---- ------- -------
Wichita.........64 40 18  6  86   .672 309 275 2522 26-4-2  14-14-4
Tulsa...........64 36 24  4  76   .594 347 281 2027 26-6-0  10-18-4
Oklahoma City...64 35 23  6  76   .594 260 246 1703 23-7-2  12-16-4
Dallas..........64 31 25  8  70   .547 304 309 1787 20-8-4  11-17-4
Memphis.........64 25 34  5  55   .430 243 294 1312 18-12-2  7-22-3
Fort Worth......64 25 37  2  52   .406 253 311 1459 19-12-1  6-25-1

'94 PLAYOFF RESULTS
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FIRST ROUND:  Tulsa defeated Oklahoma City, four games to three
              (WLLLWWW)
              Wichita defeated Dallas, four games to three
              (WWLLWLW)
     FINALS:  Wichita defeated Tulsa, four games to none
              (WWWW)

All Star Team
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Position      First Team                    Second Team
--------      ----------                    -----------
Goaltender    Bobby Desjardins, Wichita     Roydon Gunn, Memphis
Defen***    Dave Doucette, Dallas         David Moore, Tulsa
              Guy Girouard, Oklahoma City   Brian Bruininks, Dallas
                                            Tom Karalis, Tulsa
Center        Paul Jackson, Wichita         Ron Handy, Wichita
Left Wing     Douggie Lawrence, Tulsa       Bob Berg, Wichita
Right Wing    Bobby Wallwork, Memphis       Brent Sapergia, Wichita

League MVP - Bobby Desjardins, 38-12-5, 4.00 GAA, 0.897 savePct.  

ATTENDANCE DATA
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Team             Highest  Total  Average  Change from 92-93
----             ------- ------- ------- ------------------
Oklahoma City... 13,499  334,023 10,438  + 2,611 (per game)
Tulsa...........  7,069  209,417  6,544  +   954
Wichita.........  9,660  193,040  6,032  + 1,558
Memphis.........  9,653  175,513  5,484  -   106
Fort Worth...... 11,461  128,571  4,017  -   903
Dallas..........  6,112   91,979  2,874  - 1,553

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Since the CHL is primarily a bus league, here is a mileage chart
between league cities:

Dallas.......... DAL
Fort Worth......  28  FTW
Memphis......... 454  482  MEM
Oklahoma City... 209  186  476  OKC
San Antonio..... 275  269  729  455  SAT
Tulsa........... 263  280  407  105  549  TUL
Wichita......... 365  343  582  157  612  174  WIC

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The Original CHL
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The orginal Central Hockey League had a 21-year history, embracing 23
cities in 17 states.  It was organized for the 1963-64 season, with
original memberships of Omaha, Minneapolis, St. Paul, St. Louis, and
Indianapolis.  Three weeks into that first season, fire destroyed the
Indianapolis arena, and the franchise was shifted to Cincinnati.

In 1964, Tulsa came into the fold, giving the new league a franchise
representing each of the "Original Six" teams which then belonged to
the NHL.  The Ice Oilers had the CHL's longest continuing franchise,
competing for 20 straight seasons until 1983-84.  In that season,
Tulsa's owners had to surrender the franchise to the league, and the
team played their remaining games on the road for the last two months
of the season.  They still managed to take second place during the
regular season, and win the playoffs outright, despite no longer
having a home.

The number of CHL teams peaked at 10 in 1979-80, when each member counted
games against the U.S. Olympic Team (who went 14-3-1 against the pro's
before marching to the gold medal at Lake Placid).  CHL membership
dwindled to four in 1972-73, and each of the surviving squads played an
interlocking schedule with the Western Hockey League.

On Feb. 21, 1971, with the Kansas City Blues leading the Oklahoma City
Blazers 3-2 in the final minute of the game, the Blazers pulled their
goaltender for an extra skater.  When the puck was shot by the Blazers
into the Blues' zone, Kansas City goalie Michel Plasse fired the puck
the length of the ice into the empty Oklahoma City net.  This shot
earned Plasse the distinction of becoming the first goalie in the
history of the game to be credited with a goal scored.

Travel costs are often called upon to explain the demise of the original
CHL.  During the league's existance, teams spanned from Seattle to
Cincinnati to Birmingham to Phoenix (not all at the same time, however).
The final season saw teams in Salt Lake City, Denver, Billings, Tulsa,
and Indianapolis.  Team budgets in the new CHL are now around the $1M
vicinity, allowing profitable teams with an average attendance of under
4,000/game.  Conservative estimates have the Blazers netting over $3M
last season, while averaging 10,385 a game.

Past CHL Champions
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1964 - Omaha          1972 - Dallas          1980 - Salt Lake City
1965 - St. Paul       1973 - Omaha           1981 - Salt Lake City
1966 - Oklahoma City  1974 - Dallas          1982 - Indianapolis
1967 - Oklahoma City  1975 - Salt Lake City  1983 - Indianapolis
1968 - Tulsa          1976 - Tulsa           1984 - Tulsa
1969 - Dallas         1977 - Kansas City
1970 - Omaha          1978 - Fort Worth      1993 - Tulsa
1971 - Omaha          1979 - Dallas          1994 - Wichita

CHL Team Records, 1963-84
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Most Points           119  Dallas      1980-81
Fewest Points          31  Cincinnati  1963-64
Most Wins              56  Dallas      1980-81
Fewest Wins            12  Cincinnati  1963-64
Most Losses            57  Fort Worth  1981-82
Fewest Losses          16  Omaha       1970-71
                           Dallas      1980-81
Best Winning Pct.    .753  Dallas      1980-81
Worst Winning Pct.   .215  Cincinnati  1963-64

LONGEST STREAKS
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Winning                12  Indianapolis    1980-81
                           Salt Lake City  1981-82
Undefeated             18  Salt Lake City  1981-82
Losing                 12  Tulsa           1977-78
Winless                18  Kansas City     1971-72
Home Winning           15  Omaha           1970-71
Home Undefeated        22  Omaha           1970-71
Home Losing             8  Fort Worth      1981-82
Home Winless           13  Tucson          1975-76
Road Winning            8  Kansas City     1978-79
                           Salt Lake City  1981-82
                           Nashville       1981-82
Road Undefeated         9  Salt Lake City  1980-81
Road Losing            14  Indianapolis    1982-83
Road Winless           23  Albuquerque     1973-74

SCORING, ONE SEASON
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Most Goals            394  Dallas         1981-82
Fewest Goals          167  Omaha          1967-68
Most Goals Against    416  Oklahoma City  1976-77
Fewest Goals Against  174  Oklahoma City  1967-68

STATISTICS, ONE SEASON
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Most Shutouts            11  Oklahoma City   1967-68
Most Power Play Goals   112  Salt Lake City  1980-91
Most Shorthanded Goals   18  Dallas          1980-81
                             Wichita         1980-81
                             Dallas          1981-82
Most Penalty Minutes  2,213  Wichita         1980-81

INDIVIDUAL RECORDS, SEASON
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Most Goals            77  Alain Caron         St. Louis       1963-64
Most Assists          81  Richie Hansen       Salt Lake City  1978-79
Most Points          125  Alain Caron         St. Louis       1963-64
Most PIM             411  Randy Holt          Dallas          1974-75
Lowest GAA          2.16  Russ Gillow         Oklahoma City   1967-68
Most Shutouts          9  Marcell Pellettier  St. Paul        1963-64
Longest
Shutout Sequence  239:48  Terry Richardson    Salt Lake City  1978-79
Most Hat Tricks        9  Tom Roulston        Wichita         1980-81

INDIVIDUAL RECORDS, SINGLE GAME
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Most Goals      6  Jim Mayer, Dallas vs. Tulsa, 2-23-79
Most Assists    6  Art Straton, St. Louis, 1966-67
                   Ron Ward, Tulsa, 1967-68
                   Bill Hogaboam, Omaha, 1971-72
                   Jim Wiley, Tulsa, 1975-76

Most Points     8  Steve Vickers, Omaha vs. Kansas City, 1-15-72
                   (5 goals, 3 assists)

Most Penalties  9  Denis Deslauries, Oklahoma City at Tulsa (go figure)
                   3-29-79 (6 minors, 1 major, and 2 game misconducts)

                   Warren Williams, Salt Lake City vs. Fort Worth
                   2-6-76 (5 minors, 2 majors, and 2 game misconducts)

Most Pen Min   49  Gary Rissling, Birmingham at Salt Lake City, 12-5-80
                   (2 minors, 1 major, 2 misconducts, and 2 game misconducts)

Earliest Goal :05  Wendell Bennett, Omaha at Dallas, 4-28-73 (playoff game)

Past CHL Teams
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Albuquerque Six-Guns, 1973-74        Memphis Wings, 1964-67
Amarillo Wranglers, 1968-69, 70-71           South Stars, 1967-69
Birmingham Bulls, 1979-81            Minneapolis Bruins, 1963-65
           South Stars, 1982-83      Montana (Billings) Magic, 1983-84
Cincinnati Wings, 1963-64            Nashville South Stars, 1981-82
           Stingers, 1979-80         Oklahoma City Blazers, 1965-72, 73-77
           Tigers, 1981-82                         Stars, 1978-82
Colorado (Denver) Flames, 1982-84    Omaha Knights, 1963-65, 66-75
Dallas Black Hawks, 1967-82          Phoenix Roadrunners, 1977-78
Denver Spurs, 1974-75                St. Louis Braves, 1963-67
Fort Worth Wings, 1967-73            St. Paul Rangers, 1963-66
           Texans, 1973-82           Salt Lake City Golden Eagles, 19774-84
Houston Apollos, 1965-69, 79-81      Seattle Totems, 1974-75
Indianapolis Checkers, 1979-84       Tuscon Mavericks, 1975-76
Kansas City Blues, 1967-72, 76-77    Tulsa Ice Oilers, 1964-84
            Red Wings, 1977-79       (Waterloo) Iowa Stars, 1969-70
                                     Wichita Wind, 1980-83

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