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Template:Infobox sports season The 2008 PIHA season is the 7th season of the Professional Inline Hockey Association. It began on December 1, 2007, and will run through April 27, 2008. The Founders Cup Playoffs ended on June 15, with the Phoenix Dragons taking the championship by defeating the Connecticut Blaze four games to two.

League businessEdit

This season is the first for 18 expansion teams; the Arizona Strike, Chicago Untouchables, East Bay Jawz, El Paso Black Diamonds, Long Island 495ers, Marple Gladiators, Maryland Knights, N.E. Philadelphia Revolution, Northern California Mustangs, Phoenix Dragons, Potomac Mavericks, Raleigh Assault, Sacramento Saxons, San Jose Pirates, Savannah Stingers (moved to Williamsburg,VA midseason and were renamed Williamsburg Stingers), South Carolina Pirates, Tucson Desperados, and Winchester Generals.

Ryan Grant of the defending champion Boston Swamp Rats scored the first goal of the season against the N.E. Philadelphia Revolution on December 1 in Holbrook, Massachusetts.

Final Regular Season StandingsEdit

GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, OTL = Overtime/Shootout Losses, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, PTS = Points.

Divisional standingsEdit

Eastern ConferenceEdit

Template:2008 PIHA Atlantic Division standings

Template:2008 PIHA Mason Dixon Division standings

Template:2008 PIHA Northeast Division standings

Template:2008 PIHA Southeast Division standings

Western ConferenceEdit

Template:2008 PIHA Gateway Division standings

Template:2008 PIHA Pacific Division standings

Template:2008 PIHA Rocky Mountain Division standings

Template:2008 PIHA Southwest Division standings

Conference standingsEdit

*-Denotes Division Leader

Template:2008 PIHA Eastern Conference standings

Template:2008 PIHA Western Conference standings

Tiebreaking ProceduresEdit

Where two or more clubs are tied in points at the end of the regular season, the standing of the clubs is determined in the following order:

  1. The greater number of games won.
  2. The greater number of points earned in games between the tied clubs.
  3. The greater differential between goals for and against.

Scoring leadersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; PTS = Points; STAR = Star Points; PIM = Penalty Minutes

As of April 28

Player Team GP G A PTS STAR PIM
Template:Country data USA Brian Yingling Colorado Springs Thunder 32 63 57 120 64 22
Template:Country data USA CJ Yoder Colorado Springs Thunder 32 37 70 107 43 24
Template:Country data USA Josh Laricchia Phoenix Dragons 24 44 57 101 52 10
Template:Country data USA Mike Ciolli Colorado Springs Thunder 32 30 69 99 33 10
Template:Country data CAN Marc Genest South Carolina Pirates 23 45 48 93 22 45
Template:Country data CAN Darcy Anderson South Carolina Pirates 21 41 46 87 22 16
Template:Country data USA John Pinheiro Connecticut Blaze 31 49 37 86 56 18
Template:Country data USA Danny Marmorstein Phoenix Dragons 32 31 52 83 34 20
Template:Country data USA Brian Fleury Potomac Mavericks 28 27 49 76 29 10
Template:Country data USA Kevin Donovan Potomac Mavericks 30 30 36 66 26 18

Founders Cup playoffsEdit

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Playoff seedsEdit

After the 2008 PIHA regular season, 27 teams qualified for the playoffs, 14 from the Eastern Conference and 13 from the Western Conference.

Eastern ConferenceEdit

Northeast DivisionEdit
  1. Connecticut Blaze - Northeast Division and Eastern Conference regular season champion; 58 points
  2. Long Island 495ers - 41 points
  3. Boston Swamp Rats - 36 points
  4. Massachusetts Bombers - 31 points
Atlantic DivisionEdit
  1. Philadelphia Growl - Atlantic Division champion, 56 points
  2. New Jersey Grizzlies - 52 points
  3. Aston Demolition - 35 points
  4. Feasterville Fury - 33 points
Mason Dixon DivisionEdit
  1. Harrisburg Lunatics - Mason Dixon Division champion, 54 points
  2. Pittsburgh Bandits - 46 points
  3. Scottdale Inferno - 41 points
  4. Potomac Mavericks - 39 points
Southeast Division *Edit
  1. South Carolina Pirates - Southeast Division champion, 52 points
  2. Richmond Robins - 33 points
  3. York Typhoon - 21 points

Western ConferenceEdit

Gateway DivisionEdit
  1. Midwest Tornados - Gateway Division and Western Conference regular season champion; Best Overall Record Trophy winner, 60 points
  2. Chicago Untouchables - 41 points
  3. Southside Snipers - 38 points
  4. St. Louis Cobras - 31 points
Rocky Mountain DivisionEdit
  1. Colorado Springs Thunder - Rocky Mountain Division champion, 59 points
  2. Westminster Blizzard - 35 points
  3. Lakewood Fire - 31 points
  4. Fort Collins Catz - 30
Southwest Division *Edit
  1. Phoenix Dragons - Southwest Division champion, 52 points
  2. Tucson Desparados - 21 points
Pacific DivisionEdit
  1. San Jose Pirates - Pacific Division champion, 54 points
  2. Northern California Mustangs - 40 points
  3. East Bay Jawz - 26 points

* The Southeast Division was to have four teams qualify for the playoffs, but the Raleigh Assault were removed before playoffs began.
* The Southwest Division was to have three teams qualify for the playoffs, but the Arizona Strike were removed before playoffs began.</font>


  Division Semifinals Division Finals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Founders Cup Finals
                                               

<td align=center bgcolor="#f2f2f2" style="border:1px solid #aaa;">1</td> <td style="border:1px solid #aaa;" bgcolor="#f9f9f9"> Connecticut Blaze</td> <td align=center style="border:1px solid #aaa;" bgcolor=#f9f9f9>2 <td align=center style="border-width:0 0 2px 0; border-style:solid;border-color:black;"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td height="7"></td>

4  Massachusetts Bombers 0  
  1  Connecticut Blaze 2  
Northeast Division
    2  Long Island 495ers 1  
2  Long Island 495ers 2
3  Boston Swamp Rats 1  
  NE1  Connecticut Blaze 2  
  SE1  South Carolina Pirates 0  
1  Philadelphia Growl 2  
4  Feasterville Fury 0  
  1  Philadelphia Growl 2
Atlantic Division
    2  New Jersey Grizzlies 0  
2  New Jersey Grizzlies 2
3  Aston Demolition 0  
  NE1  Connecticut Blaze 3  
Eastern Conference
  A1  Philadelphia Growl 2  
1  Harrisburg Lunatics 2  
4  Potomac Mavericks 0  
  1  Harrisburg Lunatics 2
Mason Dixon Division
    2  Pittsburgh Bandits 1  
2  Pittsburgh Bandits 2
3  Scottdale Inferno 1  
  A1  Philadelphia Growl 2
  MD1  Harrisburg Lunatics 0  
   
   
  1  South Carolina Pirates 2
Southeast Division
    2  Richmond Robins 0  
2  Richmond Robins 2

<tr> <td height="7"></td> <td align=center bgcolor="#f2f2f2" style="border:1px solid #aaa;">3</td> <td style="border:1px solid #aaa;" bgcolor="#f9f9f9"> York Typhoon</td> <td align=center style="border:1px solid #aaa;" bgcolor=#f9f9f9>1</td> <td align=center style="border-width:2px 0 0 0; border-style:solid;border-color:black;"> </td> </tr>

  NE1  Connecticut Blaze 2
  SW1  Phoenix Dragons 4

<td align=center bgcolor="#f2f2f2" style="border:1px solid #aaa;">1</td> <td style="border:1px solid #aaa;" bgcolor="#f9f9f9"> Midwest Tornados</td> <td align=center style="border:1px solid #aaa;" bgcolor=#f9f9f9>2 <td align=center style="border-width:0 0 2px 0; border-style:solid;border-color:black;"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td height="7"></td>

4  St. Louis Cobras 0  
  1  Midwest Tornados 1  
Gateway Division
    3  Southside Snipers 2  
2  Chicago Untouchables 0
3  Southside Snipers 2  
  RM1  Colorado Springs Thunder 1  
  G3  Southside Snipers 2  
1  Colorado Springs Thunder 2  
4  Fort Collins Catz 0  
  1  Colorado Springs Thunder 2
Rocky Mountain Division
    2  Westminster Blizzard 1  
2  Westminster Blizzard 2
3  Lakewood Fire 0  
  G3  Southside Snipers 1
Western Conference
  SW1  Phoenix Dragons 3  
   
   
  1  Phoenix Dragons 2
Southwest Division
    2  Tucson Desparados 0  
 
   
  SW1  Phoenix Dragons 2
  P1  Northern California Mustangs 1  
   
   
  1  San Jose Pirates 0
Pacific Division
    2  Northern California Mustangs 2  
2  Northern California Mustangs 2

<tr> <td height="7"></td> <td align=center bgcolor="#f2f2f2" style="border:1px solid #aaa;">3</td> <td style="border:1px solid #aaa;" bgcolor="#f9f9f9"> East Bay Jawz</td> <td align=center style="border:1px solid #aaa;" bgcolor=#f9f9f9>0</td> <td align=center style="border-width:2px 0 0 0; border-style:solid;border-color:black;"> </td> </tr>

See alsoEdit

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