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ATD championship retrospective

MOD: Here is the link for the MLD championship retrospective: This thread is about the ATD championship.

Here are the ATD champions in the playoff era:

ATD#6 champions, Montreal Canadiens (*note: 20 team draft*):

GM: Hockey Outsider

Coach: Tommy Ivan

Paul Kariya - Adam Oates - Gordie Howe
Johnny Bucyk - Doug Gilmour - Peter Bondra
Dean Prentice - Hooley Smith - Bobby Rousseau
Ryan Smyth - Doug Risebrough - Stan Smyl
Brad Richards

Sprague Cleghorn - Brad Park
Chris Chelios - Jim Schoenfeld
Stefan Persson - Charlie Huddy
Ted Harris

Johnny Bower
Gump Worsley
Mike Liut

ATD#7 champions, Nanaimo Clippers (*note: 28 team draft*):

GM: pitseleh

Coach: Hap Day

Doug Bentley - Newsy Lalonde - Cyclone Taylor
Roy Conacher - Adam Oates - Odie Cleghorn
Paul Thompson - Phil Goyette - Bobby Rousseau
Don Marcotte - Doug Risebrough - Terry O'Reilly
Marian Hossa

Allan Stanley - Earl Seibert
Babe Siebert - Sylvio Mantha
Didier Pitre - Bill Hajt
Ted Harris

Glenn Hall
Normie Smith
Charlie Hodge

ATD#8 champions, Montreal Canadiens (*note: 28 team draft*):

GM: Hockey Outsider

Coach: Al Arbour

Charlie Simmer - Newsy Lalonde - Yvan Cournoyer
Vic Hadfield - Jean Ratelle - Hooley Smith
Don Marcotte - Doug Jarvis - Pit Martin
Marcel Bonin - Troy Murray - Eddie Shack
Pierre Turgeon

Denis Potvin - Harry Howell
Marcel Pronovost - Rob Ramage
Bill Hajt - Bill Barilko
Lloyd Cook

Turk Broda
Roger Crozier
Rollie Melanson

ATD#9 champions, Buffalo Bisons (*note: 32 team draft*):

GM: pappyline

Coach: Dick Irvin
Asst coach & Trainer:Lloyd Percival

Busher Jackson - Stan Mikita(A) - Vaclav Nedomansky
Alex Delvecchio - Tod Sloan - Eddie Litzenberger(C)
Don Marshall - Fleming Mackell - Jerry Toppazzini
Johnny Wilson - Orland Kurtenbach - Murray Balfour
Bill Red Hay

Bill White - Pierre Pilote (A)
Carl Brewer - Neil Colville
Frank Patrick - Doug Barkley
Pat Egan

Chuck Rayner
Gerry McNeil

ATD#10 champions, San Francisco Spiders (*note: 28 team draft*):

GMs: Sturminator / Transplanted Caper

Coach: Cecil Hart

Johnny Bucyk (A) - Joe Sakic (C) - Alexander Maltsev
Frank Foyston - Denis Savard - Ed Litzenberger
Dean Prentice - Don McKenney - Ron Ellis
Bruce Stuart - Jack Adams - Dirk Graham
extras: Fred Stanfield, Vladimir Vikulov

Bill Gadsby - Niklas Lidstrom (A)
Hod Stuart - Cy Wentworth
Phil Russell - Bert Corbeau
extra: Rod Seiling

Grant Fuhr
Dave Kerr

ATD#11 champions, Boston Bruins (*note: 28 team draft*):

GMs: Sturminator / Evil Speaker

Coach: Al Arbour

Alex Delvecchio - Frank Nighbor - Bill Cook (C)
John LeClair - Peter Stastny (A) - Vladimir Martinec
J.P. Parise - Don McKenney - Harry Hyland
Ed Sandford - Dick Irvin Sr. - Jim Pappin
Reggie Fleming - Charlie Burns

Doug Harvey - Hap Day (A)
Jim Neilson - Jan Suchý
Graham Drinkwater - Red Dutton
Gilles Marotte

Grant Fuhr
Dave Kerr

ATD #12 champions, Detroit Falcons (*note: 32 team draft*):

GM: EagleBelfour

Coach: Herb Brooks
Assistant Coach:Father David Bauer

Woody Dumart - Milt Schmidt (C) - Bobby Bauer
Roy Conacher - Duke Keats (A) - Harry Hyland
Harry P. Watson - Phil Goyette - Bobby Rousseau
Ed Sandford - Buddy O'Connor - Harry Oliver
extras: Reggie Fleming, Wally Hergesheimer

Bill Quackenbush - Jimmy Thomson (A)
Lionel Conacher (A) - Cyclone Wentworth
Art Duncan - Bucko McDonald

Terry Sawchuk
Mike Karakas

ATD 2010 champions, New Jersey Swamp Devils (*note: 30-team draft*):

GM: TheDevilMadeMe

Coach: Tommy Ivan

Busher Jackson - Sid Abel (C) - Gordie Howe
Keith Tkachuk - Denis Savard - Vladimir Martinec
Don Marshall - Pit Lepine - Dirk Graham (A)
Jiri Holik - Murray Oliver - Wilf Paiement
Ray Getliffe

Börje Salming - Rob Blake
Babe Siebert (A) - Ted Green
Brian Engblom - Albert Leduc
Yuri Liapkin, Marty McSorley

Charlie Gardiner
Charlie Hodge

ATD 2011 champions, Regina Pats (*note: 40-team draft):

GM: seventieslord
Coach: Fred Shero

Johnny Bucyk - Mark Messier (C) - Teemu Selanne
Jack Adams - Pierre Turgeon - Wayne Cashman (A)
Mel Bridgman - Murray Oliver - Bob Nevin
Dubbie Kerr - Cal Gardner - Al MacAdam
Extras: Bob MacMillan, Andre Boudrais

King Clancy - Hap Day (A)
Jim Neilson (A) - Leo Reise Jr.
Wade Redden - Joe Watson
Bryan MacCabe, Lou Fontinato

Tony Esposito
Roger Crozier

ATD 2012 champions, Inglewood Jacks (*note: 32-team draft):

GM: arrbez
Coach: Cecil Hart

Harry Watson - Wayne Gretzky (C) - Jari Kurri
Baldy Northcott - Pat Lafontaine - Alexander Mogilny
Ross Lonsberry - Rod Brind'Amour (A) - Ron Ellis
Murray Murdoch - Mike Richards - Bernie Nicholls

Brian Leetch - Moose Johnson (A)
George Boucher (A) - Jimmy Watson
Lloyd Cook - Kimmo Timonen

Tiny Thompson
Rogie Vachon

ATD 2013 champions, Montreal Canadiens (*note: 32-team draft):

GMs: BenchBrawl / Sturminator
Coach: Tommy Gorman

Busher Jackson - Frank Boucher - Boris Mikhailov (K)
Sergei Kapustin - Jeremy Roenick - Helmut Balderis
Shane Doan - Don Luce - Tony Amonte
Joe Klukay - Troy Murray - Mario Tremblay
Patrik Sundstrom, Jason Spezza, Steve Thomas

Raymond Bourque (A) - Art Coulter (A)
Gus Mortson - Jimmy Thomson
Bobby Rowe - Mathieu Schneider
Rick Ley

Georges Vézina
Al Rollins

ATD 2014 champions, New Jersey Swamp Devils (*note: 28-team, no-trade draft):

GM: The DevilMadeMe

Coach: Tommy Ivan

Toe Blake (A) - Bill Cowley - Bill Cook (C)
Gordon Roberts - Peter Forsberg - Gordon Drillon
Tony Leswick - Patrice Bergeron - Frank Finnigan
Sergei Kapustin - Vladimir Shadrin - Todd Bertuzzi
Ray Getliffe, Ryan Kesler, Alexei Kovalev

Babe Siebert - Red Kelly (A)
Herb Gardiner - Harry Cameron
Ryan Suter - Kevin Hatcher
Ed Van Impe

Grant Fuhr
Chuck Rayner

ATD 2015 champions, Pittsburgh Athletic Club (*note: 32-team, no-trade draft):

GM: Rob Scuderi

Coach: Anatoli Tarasov
Assistant Coach: Billy Reay

Paul Kariya-Gordie Howe
Ebbie Goodfellow-Ted Kennedy(C)
Dit Clapper(A)

Darryl Sittler (A)-Dany Heatley
Glen Harmon-Dave Taylor
Herb Gardiner

Veniamin Alexandrov-Vladimir Vikulov
Pit Lepine-Lennart Svedberg
Rod Seiling

Kelly Miller-Ryan Kesler-Ron Stewart

Johnny Bower
Roberto Luongo

Spares: Mike Green, Johnny Gagnon, Paul Shmyr

ATD 2016 champions, Pittsburgh Athletic Club (*note: 26-team draft):

GM: Rob Scuderi

Coach: Lester Patrick

Vladimir Krutov-Frank Boucher-Brett Hull
Frank Foyston (C)-Marty Barry-Andy Bathgate
Jiri Holik-Ivan Hlinka (A)-Bob Nevin
Don Marshall-Dale Hunter-Terry O'Reilly
Kent Nilsson, Brenden Morrow, Jack Adams

Ebbie Goodfellow (A)-Doug Harvey
Georges Boucher-Bob Goldham
Rod Seiling-Nikolai Sologubov
Viktor Kuzkin

Grant Fuhr
Rogie Vachon


*Note: commentary below was written after ATD#11.*

And there are your champions. It is an interesting mix; it's hard to compare the 20 team and 32 team champions to the 28 teamers, but looking at the winners all together gives a flavor for where the ATD has been going at least since the inception of the playoff system. They are a fairly heterogenous group, and when you look at the evolution of the champions no particular philosophy of team-building emerges as the dominant form. There are, however, a few common threads that emerge:

- all of the champions have at least one top-15 defenseman on the roster. The weakest #1s we see among the former champions are Earl Seibert and Pierre Pilote, and every single champion has drafted a defenseman before the end of the 2nd round. Perhaps in the future we will see a team win the ATD without a top defenseman and break the mold the way pappy's Bisons did with Rayner in goal in ATD#9, but for now strength at the top end of the blueline seems to be the most common thread among the champions.

- all of the champions have 3rd lines that can score. None of the victors have pure checking 3rd lines, and the ATD#11 Bruins' 3rd line clearly favors offense over defense. Again, we could see a team break through with a pure checking 3rd line in future drafts, but it hasn't happened yet.

- the coaching is outstanding. Cecil Hart is probably the weakest of the championship coaches, and the rest are really top-notch.

- the parts on the scoringlines fit together. Every scoringline on every champion has at least one legit playmaker, goalscorer and physical presence. None of the championship scoring units are open to easy criticism based on an inability to compete in one or another area of the ice or aspect of the game.

- goaltending is surprisingly average. For all the talk we throw around about goal being the most important position on the ice, only one champion has featured a top-7 goaltender (the Clippers with Hall), and that team likely could have won with a much weaker goalie, such was the strength of the Nanaimo franchise at that time. We have yet to see a top goalie carry his team to a Milt Dunnell Cup.


Four time champs:


Grant Fuhr

Three time champs:


Tommy Ivan


Gordie Howe
Johnny Bucyk
Bobby Rousseau
Busher Jackson
Don Marshall
Jack Adams


Babe Siebert
Rod Seiling

Two time champs:


Al Arbour
Cecil Hart


Adam Oates
Dean Prentice
Hooley Smith
Doug Risebrough
Newsy Lalonde
Don Marcotte
Vladimir Martinec
Troy Murray
Pierre Turgeon
Roy Conacher
Phil Goyette
Alex Delvecchio
Ed Litzenberger
Don McKenney
Ron Ellis
Dirk Graham
Harry Hyland
Ed Sandford
Reggie Fleming
Harry Watson
Murray Oliver
Denis Savard
Bill Cook
Sergei Kapustin
Ray Getliffe
Vladimir Vikulov
Pit Lepine
Paul Kariya
Ryan Kesler
Frank Boucher
Frank Foyston
Bob Nevin
Terry O'Reilly


Bill Hajt
Ted Harris
Lloyd Cook
Cy Wentworth
Jim Neilson
Jimmy Thomson
Hap Day
Herb Gardiner
Ebbie Goodfellow
Doug Harvey
Georges Boucher


Charlie Hodge
Dave Kerr
Roger Crozier
Chuck Rayner
Johnny Bower
Rogie Vachon


NOTE: Following analysis done after ATD2013

Conference Finals Data

Early-Round Winning Strategy Data

ATD Diversity Over Time

ATD Eras Over Time

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