Any Given Night

Atlantics defend title; five-time champs
Monday, March 24, 2014

The Halifax Atlantics defeated the Nova Scotia Voyageurs by a score of 7-5 to successfully defend their Dynasty Cup championship and be crowned back-to-back champions for the second time in team history and the fifth time in seven years. Gustav Nyquist scored twice and was named first star in the cup clincher for the Atlantics.

This is the second year in a row the Atlantics have topped the Vees in the finals, this time needing five games to hoist the cup versus only four needed a year ago. The Atlantics and Vees remain the only two franchises to win the Dynasty Cup in the league's seven year existence.

The league will enjoy what is sure to be an eventful offseason as teams, including the brand new O'Leary Maroons, will look to strengthen their rosters to begin the chase for glory again in the fall.

Atlantics beat Vees to sit atop league standings
Friday, October 18, 2013

The Nova Scotia Voyageurs were the second highest scoring team of the night however it wasn't enough as the Halifax Atlantics now sit alone atop the DHL table with a 6-1-0 record after a 17-13 victory over the Vees. The defending champions have now won 20 of their last 21 games and extend their current win streak to five after having their DHL record 15 game winning streak snapped in the second game of the season. The Atlantics' potent attack was led by a goal and two assists from Erik Karlsson and a goal and an assist from each of Evgeni Malkin and John Tavares. The Vees left some big points on their bench but got a goal and an assist from both Sidney Crosby and Bobby Ryan in the losing effort.

Cam Ward posted a win in goal and added an assist as the Indiana IronPigs handed fellow freshmen the Westphal Destroyers a 12-2 defeat. The win moves the 'Pigs to 3-4-0 on the season and drops the Destroyers to the same record. The St. John's Penguins hold down fourth place in the league after a 9-5 win over the Louisdale Habitants with Chris Kunitz and Patrick Marleau each scoring a goal to secure the win for the Pens.

The New Scotland Pack had their five game win streak snapped after an 11-5 drubbing at the hands of the Bedford Barons, while the Fredericton Express got back in the win column and kept the Fathom Harbour Oilers winless after an 8-5 win. The Oilers continue to occupy the cellar of the league with a 0-6-1 record.

Vees and 'Pigs win big
Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Nova Scotia Voyageurs shook off their first loss of the season and exploded on the Bedford Barons in a 22-6 victory led by first star Sidney Crosby's three goals and one assist. Pavel Datsyuk added a goal and two assists for the Vees who also got two assists each from Martin St. Louis and Kevin Shattenkirk in the onslaught. The win keeps the Voyageurs in a tie for the best record in the DHL at 4-1-0. The Vees weren't the only team who posted huge numbers last night as the Indiana IronPigs easily disposed of fellow freshmen Louisdale Habitants by a score of 21-9 on the strength of two goals and an assist from David Backes and a goal and three assists from Alex Steen. Backes and Steen were named second and third stars of the night respectively for an IronPigs team that picks up its second win on the season and improves to 2-3-0.

The Dynasty Cup Champion Halifax Atlantics used two assists each from Evgeni Malkin and Taylor Hall to slip by the Fredericton Express by a score of 13-12 and stay level atop the league standings at 4-1-0. With the loss the Express have now dropped three in a row and sit second to last in the league at 1-3-1 ahead of the still winless Fathom Harbour Oilers who are 0-5-0 on the season after a 9-8 setback at the hands of a balanced attack from the 3-2-0 Westphal Destroyers.

The New Scotland Pack also boast a league best 4-1-0 record after Nazem Kadri's goal and assist secured a 12-10 victory over the St. John's Penguins who fall to 2-2-1 with the loss.

Stamkos and Pack hand Vees first loss of season
Friday, October 11, 2013

Steven Stamkos unleashed a hatrick and an assist on the previously undefeated Nova Scotia Voyageurs and lead his New Scotland Pack to a 14-7 win. With the victory the Pack improve their record to 3-1-0 and consequently drop the Vees to an identical record. Martin St. Louis had a goal and assist for the Voyageurs in defeat and Stamkos was named first star for his efforts. The Halifax Atlantics have now won two in a row after thumping the Indiana IronPigs by a score of 12-4. The champs also now own a DHL best record of 3-1-0 with the Vees and the Pack after getting a goal and an assist from Matt Duchene and three assists from P.K. Subban in the win.

The St. John's Penguins used a pair of assists from Matt Carle to keep the Fathom Harbour Oilers winless and pointless on the season after getting the upper hand in a 10-9 decision. A win and a shutout from Jonas Hiller wasn't enough to get the Oil going as they occupy the league cellar with a 0-4-0 record, while the Pens now sit in fourth place and one point behind the league leaders. The Fredericton Express have now dropped two in a row, this time by a score of 10-7 to the Bedford Barons who have tasted victory in each of their last two games. Alexander Galchenyuk had a goal and an assist in his third star performance for the Barons while the Express got all their scoring from Marian Gaborik and James van Riemsdyk.

The Westphal Destroyers moved to .500 in their inaugural season after big games from Phil Kessel and Teddy Purcell propelled them to a convincing 13-6 win over the Louisdale Habitants. Second star of the night Phil Kessel scored a goal and added two assists and Teddy Purcell contributed with three assists for the Destroyers.

Hertl scores four in losing cause
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

First star Tomas Hertl scored four goals and accounted for all the scoring for the Fredericton Express in their 10-8 loss to the Louisdale Habitants. Goalie Antti Niemi recorded a win and an assist for the Habs who have now won two straight. The Express suffered their first loss of the season and fall to 1-1-1.

The Bedford Barons hopped on the win train by tripling up the first year Indiana IronPigs by a score of 18-6. Michael Grabner had three assists and Jussi Jokinen was named second star for netting a hatrick for the Barons. Patrik Elias scored a goal and added an assist for the IronPigs who, after winning their first ever game, have now dropped two consecutive decisions. The Halifax Atlantics bounced back after their first loss in sixteen games with a hard fought 11-9 win over the winless Fathom Harbour Oilers. John Tavares lit the lamp twice in a third star effort for the champs, while Jamie McBain had a goal and an assist for the Oilers in defeat.

The Nova Scotia Voyageurs remain the only undefeated team in the league after they eeked out an 11-10 victory over the St. John's Penguins. Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist for the Vees and Thomas Vanek had two assists for the Pens. Rounding out the action, the New Scotland Pack prevailed over the Westphal Destroyers by a score of 7-4.

Habs beat Champs for first win; snap Atlantics win streak
Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Louisdale Habitants recorded their first ever Dynasty Hockey League win last night by doubling up the Halifax Atlantics by a score of 16-8. The victory marked the first ever for the Habs and was also significant because it put an end to the Atlantics' DHL record fifteen game win streak. Former Atlantic and first star of the night Zach Parise potted two goals in the win and Jaroslav Halak posted a win and a shutout and was named third star of the night. John Tavares had two assists for the Atlantics in the losing effort.

Martin St. Louis and Daniel Sedin each had a goal and an assist as the Nova Scotia Voyageurs improved to a league best 2-0-0 on the season after a 15-12 win over the Westphal Destroyers. Lubomir Visnovsky had a strong game against his former team with a goal and an assist of his own as the Destroyers picked up their first loss of the young season. The Fredericton Express got themselves in the win column and were the highest scoring team of the night with a 18-4 drubbing of the Indiana IronPigs. Second Star Tomas Hertl netted two goals for the Express who remain undefeated at 1-0-1, while Milan Lucic provided half of the IronPigs' offence with two assists.

The St. John's Penguins now sit at 1-0-1 after their 12-9 win over the still winless Bedford Barons. Henrik Sedin had three helpers for the Pens, and Alex Galchenyuk and Matt Niskanen each had two assists for the Barons. Rounding out the action saw the New Scotland Pack defeat the Fathom Harbour Oilers 7-3 on the strength of two assists from Steven Stamkos.

Atlantics open season with 15th win in a row
Friday, October 4, 2013

The Dynasty Hockey League opened their 2013-14 season last night and the champion Halifax Atlantics picked up right where they left off with their DHL record fifteenth consecutive win which includes the final two regular season games last season as well as a perfect 12-0 run in the playoffs to their fourth Dynasty Cup championship. The New Scotland Pack got a hatrick from third star Radim Vrbata but it wasn't enough to defeat Alex Ovechkin and his Atlantics who were victorious by a score of 13-8. Ovechkin had two goals and an assist in the win and was named first star of the night.

The Nova Scotia Voyageurs used a win and a shutout from goalie Marc-Andre Fleury to start their season off with a 10-7 win over the Louisdale Habitants who were making their DHL debut. Fleury's efforts earned him second star of the night honours, while Jason Garrison and Patrice Bergeron each had a goal for the Habs. Alex Pietrangelo had two assists for the Fredericton Express while Brian Campbell had two assists of his own for the St. John's Penguins as the Express and Pens battled to an 8-8 stalemate on opening night.

Two of the three new teams this season did not have to wait long for their first ever wins as the Westphal Destroyers defeated the Bedford Barons 6-4, and the Indiana IronPigs got in the win column with an 8-6 decision over the Fathom Harbour Oilers. Drew Doughty had a goal for the Destroyers, and Alex Steen and David Backes each had a goal and an assist for the IronPigs.

MacKinnon and Drouin selected one-two overall
Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Dynasty Hockey League held their 2013 Entry Draft on September 8th and the Fathom Harbour Oilers wasted little time selecting Nathan MacKinnon with the first overall selection immediately followed by the selection of his Halifax Mooseheads teammate Jonathan Drouin chosen second overall by the Fredericton Express. The Express were also slated to pick at the number three position, however, the DHL Commissioner announced that the Express had traded the number three overall pick and Morgan Reilly to the first-year Indiana IronPigs for Evander Kane. The IronPigs then used their first ever draft pick to bring Seth Jones into their fold.

The St. John's Penguins used their first of three first round picks to draft Aleksander Barkov fourth overall followed by new franchise Louisdale Habitants choosing Sean Monahan as their first selection at number five. With the sixth pick the Oilers added their second player of the day by drafting Valeri Nichushkin, and then the New Scotland Pack chose Elias Lindholm at number seven. The Nova Scotia Voyageurs added Brendan Gallagher with the eighth overall pick and rounding out the top ten the Pens chose Sami Vatanen and Jiri Tlusty at number nine and number ten respectively.

The Westphal Destroyers, the last of the new teams to draft a player, then opened the second round with their first ever pick and selected Jonas Brodin eleventh overall. The Champion Halifax Atlantics used their first pick at number thirteen to secure Max Domi on their team and the Bedford Barons were the last team to draft their first player of the day and used the number fifteen overall selection to take Reid Boucher.

DHL welcomes three new teams and holds dispersal draft
Monday, July 22, 2013

The Whites Lake Senators, Truro Bearcats, and Prospect Whalers have all played their final Dynasty Hockey League games. The Senators leave the DHL after four very competitive seasons as do the Truro Bearcats who stunned the defending champion Halifax Atlantics in the first round of the 2012 Dynasty Cup playoffs with a four game sweep. The Whalers are one of the original six franchises and were known as the Halifax Maroons in their first two seasons. They made it to the Dynasty Cup Finals on three occasions only to come up empty each time with two of those being game seven loses. The DHL wishes to extend a huge thank you to the owners of these teams for their commitment to the league.

The DHL is very excited to welcome three new teams to the league. The Westphal Destroyers, Louisdale Habitants, and the Indiana IronPigs will all vie for the Dynasty Cup beginning in October. This marks the first time the DHL has ventured south of the border, as prior to the IronPigs joining the league all teams have hailed from Atlantic Canada.

On Saturday the new franchises began shaping their teams as they participated in a dispersal draft along with two other owners who decided to collapse their teams. The balls bounced the IronPigs way as they won the right to select first overall and promptly selected Jonathan Huberdeau. The Destroyers chose next and settled on Phil Kessel followed by the St. John's Penguins drafting of Henrik Sedin. The Habtitants then selected Zach Parise as their first ever player before the Bedford Barons closed out the first round and began their rebuild with their very own Ryan Getzlaf.