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League Establishment[]

During the nation of Michaelberg's massive growth period, which was caused by the nation's involvement in The Democratic Order's Advanced Growth Program, the government decided it was now time to introduce five brand new stadiums. During the planning stages of the stadiums, it was decided by their President, Michael 'Blitzkreig1010' Guderian, that these five stadiums would be used to start a professional hockey league that was to be known as the 'Michaelberg Professional Hockey League' or MPHA for short. Being an avid hockey fan himself, Blitzkreig1010 thought that his nation's populace would be most satisfied by the fast and strong play found in the sport. So, with the sport decided upon, five brand new hockey stadiums were built around the nation. The first stadium, which is known as the Blitz Dome, was built in the heart of the nation's capital of Durham. The second and third stadiums to be developed, which were known as Oshawa Place and Blitz Corp. Centre respectively, were both put into the industrial powerhouse of Michaelberg, Oshawa. The fourth stadium was built in the city of Pickering and was named the Blitz Beer Arena. The fifth, and final, arena to be developed in the nation as a part of this new growth plan was the MPHA Central Arena, which was built in the tourist haven of Niagara.

With these five new stadiums developed and ready for action, it was now time to develop the league. Being a rather busy individual himself, President Blitzkreig1010 decided that he would create the Michaelberg Professional Hockey Panel (MPHP) that would be given free reign to develop not only the rules that the league would be based on, but also the teams that would play in the league. On the Michaelberg Professional Hockey Panel, there were thirty-three members all ranging in profession and country of origin but all similar in that they all had a passion for hockey. The first ruling that the MPHP made for the new league was to be known as 'MPHA Decree 1: The Original Five'. This Decree said the following:

As discussed and voted upon by the thirty-three members of the Michaelberg Professional Hockey Panel, we have decided to officially establish the first five teams to play in the Michaelberg Professional Hockey Association. These teams, playing in the respective arenas of their city of origin, are going to be the first members of this new professional hockey organization and shall lead this league into the global lime light. The teams, along with there designated General Managers are as follows:


  • Durham Maple Leafs
    • City of Origin: Durham
    • Home Stadium: Blitz Dome
    • General Manager: Michael Balder


  • Oshawa Ridgebacks
    • City of Origin: Oshawa
    • Home Stadium: Oshawa Place
    • General Manager: Peter Woodworth


  • Oshawa Battalions
    • City of Origin: Oshawa
    • Home Stadium: Blitz Corporation Centre
    • General Manager: Samuel Vesper


  • Pickering Spitfires
    • City of Origin: Pickering
    • Home Stadium: Blitz Beer Arena
    • General Manager: Ethan McAndrews


  • Niagara Knights
    • City of Origin: Niagara
    • Home Stadium: MPHA Central Arena
    • General Manager: Kyle Smith


Each of these teams are to be given a sum of ten million dollars as provided by the Michaelberg Professional Hockey League in order to cover any start up costs that may be incurred while getting this team ready for the upcoming regular season. We here on the Michaelberg Professional Hockey Panel hope that these teams will play competitively and will show the citizens of Michaelberg what hockey is all about.
Signed,
William Nottingham
President of the Michaelberg Professional Hockey League Panel

Rules and Regulation[]

When it comes to the rules and regulations of the Michaelberg Professional Hockey Association, it should be noted that the Michaelberg Professional Hockey Panel decided that it would be best to use the general rules of play utilized by the National Hockey League as this league is considered a benchmark for most professional leagues. Therefore, all rules pertaining to Playing Area, Equipment, Types of Penalties, Officials, Physical Fouls, Restraining Fouls, Stick Fouls, Other Fouls and Game Flow are simply duplications of those found in the National Hockey League. Rules pertaining to regular season organization, post-season format and teams however, are unique to the Michaelberg Hockey Association. In order to clarify, those rules that are unique to this hockey organization are listed below.

Michaelberg Professional Hockey Panel Decree 25: Regular Season Format

As long as there are only five teams sanctioned in the Michaelberg Professional Hockey Association, the regular season shall be subjected to the format described here. Each team in the MPHA will need to play eighty games, four games against each of the opposing teams, in order to be remain sanctioned in the MPHA and be eligible for the post-season. Within these eighty regular season games, exactly half, fifty percent, of them must be played in the team's respective home arena, unless otherwise discussed with the Michaelberg Professional Hockey Panel. Following each game in the MPHA, teams will be awarded points for their performance. The winning team will be awarded two points and the losing team will be awarded zero, if the winning team is victorious after regulation time. If the game is tied, and goes into overtime, then the winning team will still be awarded two points, but the losing team will be awarded one point. At the end of the season, the teams will be ranked in order from most points to least points, with goals for being the tie-breaker.

Michaelberg Professional Hockey Panel Decree 31: Post Season Format

As long as there are only five teams sanctioned in the Michaelberg Professional Hockey Association, the post-season shall be subjected to the format described by this decree. When the regular season has concluded, which is when all sanctioned teams have completed the requirements described in Decree 25, the teams ranked in the top four positions will be eligible for post-season play. When these top four teams are determined, they shall play each other in what will be known as the 'Semi-Finals'. In the 'Semi-Finals' the top rank team will play against the fourth ranked team and the remaining two teams will play each other. The winners of the 'Semi-Finals' will be determined by a Best-of-Five match between the teams in the aforementioned format. The winners of the 'Semi-Finals' will then move on to the final round of the post-season while the losing participants will be eliminated. The final round, which is to be called the 'MPHA Finals', will be played by the two winning teams in a Best-of-Seven match. The winner of this set of matches will be considered the MPHA champion and will be awarded the Blitz Memorial Cup.

League Teams[]

Durham Maple Leafs[]

MPHA DML

The Logo of the Durham Maple Leafs



Team Establishment: November 2008
Team General Manager: Michael Balder
Team Head Coach: Johnathon Quinn
Team Sponsor: MPHP
Team Owner: MPHP
League Leading Seasons: 2009
Blitz Memorial Cups: 2009





Niagara Knights[]

MPHA NIAG

The Logo of the Niagara Knights


Team Establishment: November 2008
Team General Manager: Kyle Smith
Team Head Coach: Shawn Otterson
Team Sponsor: MPHP
Team Owner: MPHP
League Leading Seasons: None
Blitz Memorial Cups: None


Oshawa Ridgebacks[]

MPHA OSHR

The Logo of the Oshawa Ridgebacks




Team Establishment: November 2008
Team General Manager: Peter Woodworth
Team Head Coach: Frederick Bowler
Team Sponsor: MPHP
Team Owner: MPHP
League Leading Seasons: None
Blitz Memorial Cups: None





Oshawa Battalions[]

MPHA OSHB

The Logo of the Oshawa Battalions



Team Establishment: November 2008
Team General Manager: Samuel Vesper
Team Head Coach: David Backer
Team Sponsor: MPHP
Team Owner: MPHP
League Leading Seasons: None
Blitz Memorial Cups: None




Pickering Spitfire[]

MPHA PICK

The Logo of the Pickering Spitfire


Team Establishment: November 2008
Team General Manager: Ethan McAndrews
Team Head Coach: Richard Cracker
Team Sponsor: MPHP
Team Owner: MPHP
League Leading Seasons: None
Blitz Memorial Cups: None



MPHA Season Statistics[]

2008-09 Regular Season[]

MPHA - 2008-09 Regular Season
Michaelberg GP W L T GF GA PTS
Durham Maple Leafs 80 58 21 1 308 122 117
Oshawa Ridgebacks 80 51 25 4 262 101 106
Pickering Spitfire 80 32 46 2 268 307 66
Niagara Knights 80 28 51 1 246 344 57
Oshawa Battalions 80 26 52 2 201 411 54
MPHA - Regular Season Top Scorers
Rank Player Name Team GP G A P P/M PM
1 Richard Sorsenson DML 78 63 55 118 +29 24
2 Wilbur Thorn RIDG 80 61 42 103 +31 40
3 Michael Hellborn DML 77 49 42 91 +22 52
4 Allen Wood PICK 80 22 67 89 +11 12
5 Mark Sinski OSH 80 35 53 88 -8 2
6 Frederick Calorine NGA 75 33 55 88 -4 10
7 David Spadafore DML 80 38 49 87 +12 22
8 William McDonald DML 80 11 74 85 +24 24
9 Joseph Crerar RIDG 75 29 53 82 +1 40
10 Peter Bolivia PICK 80 31 49 80 -5 4

MPHA Playoff Statistics[]

2008-09 Playoffs[]

Semi-Final Games

Game #1a: Niagara Knights 1 @ 6 Durham Maple Leafs

Game #2a: Niagara Knights 0 @ 3 Durham Maple Leafs

Game #3a: Durham Maple Leafs 2 @ 1 Niagara Knights



Game #1b: Pickering Spitfire 2 @ 3 Oshawa Ridgebacks

Game #2b: Pickering Spitfire 3 @ 6 Oshawa Ridgebacks

Game #3b: Oshawa Ridgebacks 0 @ 2 Pickering Spitfire

Game #4b: Oshawa Ridgebacks 1 @ 4 Pickering Spitfire

Game #5b: Pickering Spitfire 5 @ 4 Oshawa Ridgebacks



MPHA Finals

Game #1: Pickering Spitfire 2 @ 5 Durham Maple Leafs

Game #2: Pickering Spitfire 1 @ 4 Durham Maple Leafs

Game #3: Durham Maple Leafs 2 @ 3 Pickering Spitfire

Game #4: Durham Maple Leafs 4 @ 0 Pickering Spitfire

Game #5: Pickering Spitfire 0 @ 3 Durham Maple Leafs

MPHA Major Announcements[]

Durham Maple Leafs Champions[]

After a five-game MPHA finals, the Durham Maple Leafs are the official first champions of the Michaelberg Professional Hockey Association and they have been awarded the Blitz Memorial Cup. Congratulations to all the players, coaches and staff to their wonderful accomplishment and hopefully this will continue into the upcoming hockey seasons.

New Teams to be Added to the MPHA Roster?[]

Despite the current five teams showing some great promise in the inaugural season of the MPHA, the members of the MPHP believe that the league would be greatly benefited by the addition of three new teams from the neighbouring nation of Canada. As of right now, nothing is confirmed about the three new teams, but it has been rumored that the teams will be coming from Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa.

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