Ready to play in Y2K? Do the names Jagr, Pronger, Modano, Yzerman, Bure, and Kolzig bring back golden hockey memories? If so, good news: We're turning back the clock to the turn of the millennium with the new 1999-2000 Pro Season cards for HOCKEY BLAST Pro Hockey Game! Available December 10th!
There was much that was new and exciting as pro hockey headed toward the year 2000. For the first time in 20 years, there was pro hockey in Atlanta, with the birth of a new franchise that replaced the city's team re-located to Calgary in 1980. The championship cup was hoisted in New Jersey, with a memorable post-season for the sometimes-overlooked "other" New York area hockey team. The club changed coaches late in the season, and finished the season as the fourth conference seed. From there, it was classic playoff hockey lore. They swept Florida in the first round, dispensed with Toronto in the second. In the conference final, the Devils found themselves down three games to one to Philadelphia, but stormed back with three consecutive wins to win the series—the first time in league history that it had ever been done in a conference finals. That sent New Jersey to "Big D" to face the western conference champion (and defending league champion) for the title. Dallas had had a tussle of their own, needing seven games to get past Colorado. New Jersey opened at home with a 7-3 win, but the rest of the games were won by the visiting team. Dallas won a triple-OT thriller in NJ on June 8 (1-0), but the Devils posted a double OT win in Dallas to claim the cup in six games.
Aside from the full-throttle post-season action, the big news of '99 were new overtime rules put in place designed to amp up the excitement level of games which ended regulation in a tied score. For years, most teams had approached overtime with an eye toward minimizing injury and escaping with a point—which left the fans bored and sent the league scrambling for solutions. To reduce that incentive, the league decided to award a point for an overtime loss and open up scoring with four-on-four play during the extra period. The results were favorable: more action, fewer draws, reduced overtime minutes.
With the '99-2000 season for HOCKEY BLAST, you get players for all 28 pro clubs, over 700 individual cards in all, with a brand new action-oriented card style presented in team colors. You also get a league summary and instant results chart. It's everything you need to re-create this awesome historical hockey season, just $44 postage-paid! Or, get the PDF version for $21, print and play the same day! Available December 10th!