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1996/97

FIXTURE LIST WITH LINKS TO MEMORABLE GAMES

PRE-SEASON     AUTUMN-CUP    LEAGUE     PLAY-OFFS

PLAYER-STATS      HONOURS      SUMMARY

96/97 saw the inauguration of the all new Superleague. This was brought about by the advent of the newer Arena based teams like Sheffield, Manchester and Newcastle. The smaller of the rink based teams couldn't compete financially and so one or two of the most ambitious, and perhaps not so level headed, had joined the Arena group to start this new league. Gone were all import restrictions and the days of the born and bred British player seemed to be numbered. 

PLAYERS IN * early release,  # late sign PLAYERS OUT
Marty Dallman Vienna (Austria) AJ Kelham Telford Tigers 
Darryl Olsen Villach (Austria) Darren Durdle Eisbaron Berlin
Mike Bishop Humberside Hawks Chuck Taylor Retired
Trevor Robins Richmond Renegades Pasi Unkuri Finland
Greg Hadden Richmond Renegades Ian Morgan Canada
Jeff Hoad Erie Panthers Andy Bastock
Brent Bobyck Peterborough Pirates Brian Cox
Jason Jennings Milton Keynes Kings
Derek Laxdal Humberside Hawks
Steve Barnes  # Manchester Storm

PRE SEASON

CHALLENGE

GP W L D GF GA
Newcastle Cobras 2 1 1 0 11 10
Kingston Hawks 1 1 0 0 9 2
Manitoba University 1 0 0 1 7 7
Team Japan 1 0 0 1 2 2

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AUTUMN CUP

AUTUMN CUP

GP W L D GF GA
Solihul Blaze 2 1 0 1 16 10
Sheffield Steelers 2 1 1 0 7 8
Peterborough Pirates 2 2 0 0 23 5
Cardiff Devils (QF) 2 1 1 0 7 6
Sheffield Steelers (SF) 2 2 0 0 6 3
Ayr Scottish Eagles (F) 1 1 0 0 5 3

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LEAGUE

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SUPERLEAGUE RESULTS

GP W L D GF GA
Ayr Eagles 6 1 4 1 20 26
Basingstoke Bison 6 6 0 0 29 9
Bracknell Bees 6 4 2 0 30 22
Cardiff Devils 6 2 4 0 20 32
Manchester Storm 6 3 3 0 26 16
Newcastle Cobras 6 4 2 0 21 18
Sheffield Steelers 6 1 5 0 14 23

 

SUPERLEAGUE TABLE

GP W L D GF GA PTS GD
Cardiff Devils 42 30 9 3 208 130 64 78
Sheffield Steelers 42 27 11 4 168 127 60 41
Ayr Eagles 42 21 15 6 171 157 48 14
Nottingham Panthers 42 21 20 1 160 146 45 14
Newcastle Cobras 42 17 23 2 158 172 41 -14
Bracknell Bees 42 15 25 2 169 202 33 -33
Manchester Storm 42 14 25 3 142 191 32 -49
Basingstoke Bison 42 11 28 3 152 202 28 -50

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PLAY OFFS

PLAY-OFFS

GP W L D GF GA
Sheffield Steelers 2 1 1 0 8 6
Basingstoke Bison 2 0 0 0 9 4
Bracknell Bees 2 2 0 0 9 6
Ayr Eagles (Semi-Final) 1 1 0 0 6 5
Sheffield Steelers (Final) 1 0 1 0 1 3

Sat Mar 27th 1997, BT PLAY OFF CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL, Nynex Arena

Final Score: Panthers 1 Steelers 3, PIMS Panthers 14, Steelers 14

Scorers: Panthers - Laxdal 1, Waghorn +1, Steelers - Shudra, Kovacs 1+1, LaFreniere 1, Malo +1

SOG: Robins 31 = 90.3%, Greco 30 = 96.7%

Panthers got off to the perfect start, Laxdal hitting a shot across Greco high into the corner of the net from the face off circle, with less than a minute gone. Greco then had to be at his best to deny Morgan and Premak. An 8th minute tripping penalty on Laxdal gave Steelers a powerplay. The penalty was killed with Premak and Robins outstanding. Cranston was called for interference in the 11th minute, but Panthers failed to threaten. At 15.57 Steelers equalised, Hand picking out Shudra moving through the centre. Robins could only block his fierce slapshot, the rebound being put away by Shudra at his second attempt. Panthers atarted the second well with Tait narrowly wide and Greco making a great save from Dallman as Adey stood by unattended. In the 25th minute Hand 2, Beaulieu 2+2, Laxdal 2 and Jennings 2+2 were consigned to the box. Plommer followed for tripping at 26.08, to give Panthers another powerplay opportunity. Once again Steelers defence killed it. Steelers then upped a gear, Robins saving from Lafreniere and Leach. On a 35th minute delayed penalty call with the extra skater on, the pressure finally told. Shudra picked out Malo and his fierce low pass to the side of the net was deftly lifted over Robins by Kovacs, to give Steelers a 2-1 lead. An Olsen slapshot flew past Greco but came back off the post. With 39 seconds left of the period Mulvenna took 2 minutes for interference. In the resultant powerplay Steelers gaining the puck dumped it deep. Hadden went after it, chased by Kovacs. As they neared the puck Kovacs produced a push that sent Hadden crashing inot the boards. With Hadden out for the count Kovacs fed Lafreniere who beat Robins. As the third started, Campbell (41.19) and Beaulieu (43.49) gave Panthers a possible 5.19 of powerplay. Greco had to be sharp to stop Hadden, Dallman and Tait. Weber and Hunt then went close. Greco then produced a stunning double save in the 47th minute. At 46.36 Beaulieu and Laxdal both took 2+2 for unsportsmanlike conduct, followed in the 49th minute by Bobyck for holding. Steelers defence held firm for the remainder of the encounter. Overall Steelers greater size and strength in depth proved crucial, allowing them to overpower Panthers generally smaller forwards.

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SUMMARY

Considering the relative budgets & rosters in the new Superleague, Panthers undoubtedly overachieved by winning the Autumn Cup, finishing Championship runners up & 4th in the league. All things considered a successful season.

Results Summary 96/97

GP W OW L OL D GF GA
Total 66 38 3 24 3 4 286 224
W% L% D% AGF AGA
58 36 6 4.3 3.4
Total Home 33 22 1 9 1 2 156 96
67 27 6 4.7 2.9
Total Away 33 16 2 15 2 2 130 128
49 46 6 3.9 3.9
Average Attendance: 2831

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Player Stats include Autumn Cup, ISL, Express Cup & Play Offs.

PLAYER STATS

Pos GP MoM Gls Ass Pts Ave Pims Ave

Marty Dallman

F 59 5 35 45 80 1.4 42 0.7

Paul Adey

F 53 2 38 40 78 1.5 73 1.4
Neil Morgan F 60 1 23 37 60 1.0 38 0.6
Darryl Olsen D 58 1 14 37 51 0.9 32 0.6

Derek Laxdal

F 50 2 27 18 45 0.9 101 2.1
Greg Hadden F 59 2 22 17 39 0.7 90 1.5
Geoff Hoad F 57 1 21 17 38 0.7 95 1.7
Mike Bishop D 60 2 12 20 32 0.5 130 2.2
Garth Premak D 60 1 11 21 32 0.5 50 0.8
Ashley Tait F 60 7 21 28 0.5 62 1.1
Jason Jennings F 33 9 18 27 0.8 18 0.6
Randall Weber F 53 1 8 14 22 0.4 40 0.8
Brent Bobyck F 53 2 7 8 15 0.3 30 0.6
Mike Blaisdell F 15 6 6 12 0.8 12 0.8
Graham Waghorn D 59 2 4 8 12 0.2 103 1.9
Simon Hunt F 49 1 3 4 0.1 86 1.8
Marc Twaite F 56 2 1 3 0.1 26 0.5
Steve Barnes D 26 0 3 3 0.1 2 0.1
Trevor Robins N 45 0 3 3 0.1 40 0.9
Robert Worthington F 5 2 0 2 0.4 0 0.0
Matt Trickett D 25 1 0 1 1 0.1 20 0.8
Scott O'Connor N 18 0 0 0 0.0 4 0.2

 

GOALIE STATS

GP Mins Shts Gls Save% GAA
Trevor Robins 45 2755 1715 129 92.5 2.8
Scott O'Connor 18 915 560 70 81.8 4.0

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96/97 HONOURS

Top Points Team GP Gls Ass Pts Ave
Dale Junkin Bracknell Bees 42 27 33 60 1.4

 

HONOURS

Superleague Champions Cardiff Devils
Runners Up Sheffield Steelers
Autumn Cup Winners Nottingham Panthers
Runners Up Ayr Eagles
Championship Winners Sheffield Steelers
Runners Up Nottingham Panthers
ISL Loss/Gain -

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