King of '94 I - Real Sports Bar & Grill
Toronto - Saturday, September 12, 2015

(As remembered by 'smozoma', July 2018)

(Scroll down if you want to go straight to the game results)

IT'S FINALLY HAPPENING

Brainchild of Mikey McBryan (whom you may know from TV's Ice Pilots NWT), the first NHL'94 World Championship event starts at 9am in (according to some anyway) the centre of the hockey Universe, downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada!

The event is held at Real Sports Bar & Grill, right next to Air Canada Centre where the Leafs play. In the main concourse of the bar, tables are being prepared for a critical late-season double-header between the Blue Jays and Yankees. In the booth area of the bar, 14 TVs are hooked up to rectangular, age-yellowed Super Nintendo Entertainment System consoles and sleek, black Sega Genesis consoles.
 
Mikey is filming the event as part of his NHL'94 documentary, Pixelated Heroes. The film crew is setting up cameras and lights throughout the area.

Also reserved for the tournament is the raised mezzanine area of the bar, with drinks, food, and unexpectedly-influential couches for the tournament participants to make use of.

Participants stream in after collecting their nametag and lanyard. 128 have paid and registered but there are a few no-shows on the day.

About half the participants are members of the NHL94.com forums. Some have been playing against each other online for over a decade, but most have never actually met each other or played each other face-to-face. Several players have "come out of retirement" for the tournament. The online players are the runaway favourites coming into the tournament, but not everything goes as expected.

Mikey welcomes the crowd and hands things over to 'Halifax' (aka Darrell Sampson in his non-94 life) to announce the rules and get things started.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

The tournament is designed for 64 Sega Genesis players and 64 SNES players to play separate tournaments, culminating in a champion-vs-champion console war matchup at the end of the night (which turns into a story of its own. Sledge hammers and noise complaints are involved.)

To begin with, each group of 64 is broken up into 4 smaller 16-player groups, playing triple-elimination brackets until only 4 players in each group remain, resulting in 16 players qualifying for the Top-16 bracket. The Top-16 bracket is another triple-elimination bracket.

SEGA GENESIS - GROUP A

Favourites:
1 Icestorm70
(Mark Ma.)
Buffalo, NY
A veteran online league player with a number of deep playoff runs. Has an aggressive and effective manual goalie.
2 kgman
(Karim G.)
Toronto, ON
One of the top online players, but hasn't played in a few years. Does he still have it? Uses a stop-and-start attacking style that puts opponents out of position.
3 Brutus
(Douglas T.)
Chicago, IL
Another tough online player, relatively new to the scene. Attacks from the corner.
DH Coffey
(Michael S.)
Detroit, MI
Host of Twin Galaxies Settle it on the Screen podcast, and former Twin Galaxies NHL'94 world record holder. He can whip the CPU, but can he compete with people?

SEGA GENESIS - GROUP A - 1ST SEED BRACKET

The group bracket is triple elimination. This table shows the players who have not yet lost a game, culminating in the match for 1st place. When a player loses, they are relegated to the 1-loss bracket that decides 2nd and 3rd place in the group.

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  Winners Round of 16

Winners Round of 8

Winners Round of 4

1st Place Final
                                             

1 Icestorm70
CHI © 8

 

- Eric C.
BUF 2


  1 Icestorm70 QUE © 8
 

 

  - Mike H. CGY 0
 

- MFYG
NYR © 1


- Mike H.
BUF 2  


  1 Icestorm70 MTL 5  



  - Josh F. LA © 1  

- addisonbr --- -  


- (No Show)
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  - addisonbr BOS 1

 

  - Josh F.
CGY © 5  

- Legendof94
HFD © 2


- Josh F.
WPG 4  


  1 Icestorm70 NYR 4




  2 kgman LA © 5

3 Brutus
VAN © 6  


- Brad Y.
CGY 3
 

  3 Brutus
CGY
7

 

  DH Coffey
DAL ©
2
 

- aqualizard
TOR 3


DH Coffey
PIT © 4  


  3 Brutus DAL
4



  2 kgman WPG © 7  

- Robification
WPG © 2  


- Giancarlo Ma. BOS 1  

  - Robification
CGY © 2

 

  2 kgman BOS 7
 

2 kgman
VAN 11


- Craig M.
TOR © 1  


  • After the first two matchups, Icestorm70 had a 16-2 combined score while kgman had an 18-3 combined score. Tough to predict who would take the group, but in the end kgman edged Icestorm70 5-4 to secure first place in the group, sending Icestorm70 down to battle for 2nd/3rd.
  • The group's dark horse, Coffey, managed to take a game against Torontonian aqualizard, but was no match for Brutus who in turn gave kgman a tough game in the Round of 4. 
  • Josh F. won 2 games before being defeated by Icestorm70, a good showing. Can he perhaps displace Coffey and take 4th place in the group and secure a trip to the final bracket?

SEGA GENESIS - GROUP A - 2ND/3RD SEED BRACKET

This is Group A's 1-Loss bracket. It culminates in a match deciding the 2nd and 3rd place finishers in the group.

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  1-Loss Round of 9-16th

1-Loss Round of 5-12th

1-Loss Round of 5-8th

1-Loss Round of 3-6th

1-Loss Round of 3-4th

2nd & 3rd Place Final
 




   



   



   









   



 

































 


































 






-
Robification
QUE
2








-
Josh F.
TOR
1












 






-
MFYG ©
PHI
3








DH Coffey ©
DAL 5











 
- Eric C
CHI
1


























1 Icestorm70 ©
QUE
9
 
- MFYG ©
VAN 3








- MFYG TOR 2













3
Brutus
MTL
2
 












DH Coffey ©
LA 4

















 


































 






DH Coffey ©
TOR 3













DH Coffey BOS 0





 






-
LegendOf94
PIT
2














3
Brutus ©
BUF
5






 
- (No Show)
---
0






























 
- LegendOf94
---
1






























 


































 


































 






-
addisonbr
WPG
1








3
Brutus
DET
5












 






-
Brad Y. ©
BOS
2








-
Brad Y. ©
PIT
3












 
- Brad Y.
BUF
5






























 
- aqualizard ©
MTL 3








- Brad Y. ©
BUF 5


















 












- Mike H. PIT 2


















 


































 






- Mike H. ©
VAN 3























 






-
Giancarlo Ma. TOR
0
























 
- Giancarlo Ma.
VAN
2






























 
- Craig M. ©
CGY
1






























  • Josh F., who made it to the Winners Round of 4 couldn't take out Coffey, who ran the gauntlet, winning 3 straight games before being knocked out of contention for 2nd/3rd by Brutus.  Coffey and Josh F. are the favourites for the 4th and final spot in the group. Will they play again in the 2-Loss bracket? Will Coffey win again?.
  • Icestorm70, defeated by 2nd seed kgman earlier, bounced back with a dominant 9-2 win over Brutus to secure 2nd place in the group.
  • One thing that stands out in this bracket is that the player winning the coin-toss (©) and choosing the team matchup won 10 of 13 matches in the bracket. Will that pattern continue in the tournament, or was it a coincidence?

SEGA GENESIS - GROUP B

Favourites:
1 IAmFleury'sHipCheck
(Eric V.)
Chicago, IL
One of the most dominant players of the early days of online NHL'94, IAmFleury'sHipCheck (aka EA) comes out of retirement for the tournament. Has a scoring moved named after him (The EA Special) which consists of lobbing a soft wrister at the goalie then collecting the rebound and scoring while the goalie is down.
2 Zeppelin55
(Kyle W.)
Baltimore, MD
A top current online player. I'm not too familiar with his play style but I do know that I've never beaten him in the 10 or so times we've played.
3 smozoma
(Michael C.)
Ottawa, ON
Yours truly, also coming out of retirement. I don't score a lot of goals, but my defense is suffocating.
DH kgboy
(Michael G.)
Toronto, ON
Hasn't played online much, but is the cousin of kgman. What skills has he picked up playing against one of the best?

SEGA GENESIS - GROUP B - 1ST SEED BRACKET

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  Winners First Round
Winners Second Round
Winners Third Round
1st Seed
                                             

1 IAmFleury'sHC
CHI 11

 

- Gus E.
TOR ©
2


  1 IAmFleury'sHC LA © 7
 

 

  - Ian C. CGY 4
 

- John Br.
MTL © 0


- Ian C.
BUF 6
 


  1 IAmFleury'sHC CGY © 9  



  DH kgboy
VAN 6
 

- Mikey_mac94 STL ©
3
 


- Terry F.
DAL 2  

  - Mikey_mac94 DET 0

 

  DH kgboy
VAN © 5  

DH kgboy
DET 3


- Nick H.
NYR © 1
 


  1 IAmFleury'sHC QUE © 2




  2 Zeppelin55 LA © 4

3 smozoma
FLA 6  


- Rob C.
OTT ©
0
 

  - Rob C.
TB
4

 

  - Jeff N.
ANH ©
1
 

- DrShadowSML
FLA 0


- Jeff N.
OTT © 6
 


  - Rob C. WPG
5



  2 Zeppelin55 BOS © 7  

- Light It Up
--- -
 


- (no show)
--- -
 

  - Light It Up
NJ © 2

 

  2 Zeppelin55 PHI 7
 

2 Zeppelin55
VAN 6


- Traven B.
DAL © 4
 


Once again, the 2nd seed beats the 1st seed! Zeppelin55 didn't really blow anyone out on his path to the 1st seed, so it could be that this was a very tough group. kgboy showed that he had plenty of skill, including a 9-6 barnburner loss against IAmFleury'sHipCheck.

I (smozoma) won my game, but, as you might expect in the first 20 minutes of the first time running a huge tournament, computer issues cropped up and a score was entered wrong in the rush to fix things (there were no further problems after that!), sending me down to the 2nd/3rd seed bracket right away, putting a lot of games between me and moving on to the Final 16.

SEGA GENESIS - GROUP A - 2ND/3RD SEED BRACKET

Work in progress!

SEGA GENESIS - GROUP C
Work in progress!
SEGA GENESIS - GROUP D
Work in progress!
SNES - GROUP E
Work in progress!
SNES - GROUP F
Work in progress!
SNES - GROUP G
Work in progress!
SNES - GROUP H
Work in progress!