AHL Read This: PHPA AHL Extend CBA, 1994 Pirates Celebrate, IceCaps Award, Realignment, Rules Changes

Texas Stars Captain, Maxime Fortunus talks about the ease of the new AHL CBA.
(Photo by: Steven Christy/Texas Stars)

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. No Drama as PHPA, AHL Agree to Extend CBA for One Year Stephen Meserve | 100 Degree Hockey If you were expecting drama and fireworks around the AHL collective bargaining agreement (CBA) negotiations this summer, you are probably going to be disappointed. Then again, that lack of fireworks is a good thing for labor negotiations and keeping the top development league in the world up and running for another season. “Our CBA was up this year, but the league had an option to renew it,” said Texas captain Maxime Fortunus, who has served as a PHPA player rep for five years. “This year was pretty easy for us. … Continue reading

AHL Read This: Lidster To Vancouver, St. Denis re-signs, Morris Lands in Florida, Pirates Future

Lidster To Vancouver

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Doug Lidster to join Canucks as assistant coach BY ELLIOTT PAP, VANCOUVER SUN VANCOUVER — One-time Vancouver Canucks defenceman Doug Lidster will be joining Willie Desjardins’s staff as an assistant coach with the team. Lidster, 53, played nine full seasons with the Canucks from 1984-1993 but was with the New York Rangers in 1994 when they beat the Canucks in the Stanley Cup final. A native of Kamloops, Lidster spent the last two seasons as Desjardins’ assistant with the Texas Stars of the American League. The Stars won the AHL championship last month. With Glen Gulutzan apparently staying on, it appears the Canucks coaching staff is now complete. Goalie … Continue reading

AHL Read This: Matt Puempel Special For Senators, Zepp Returns, MacDonald in Hamilton

The B-Sens Matt Puempel became a specialist of sorts during his rookie season.
(Photo by Bob Howard)

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Matt Puempel on way to becoming special player for Binghamton Senators Written by Matt Weinstein @PSBSens After a season in which no Binghamton Senators player scored 20 goals, fans were brimming with excitement when Matt Puempel began his professional career this past fall. A proven goal scorer in the Ontario Hockey League, Puempel was expected to bring some youthful energy and — more importantly — goals to the 2013-14 B-Sens. After about two months getting acclimated to the American Hockey League’s style of play, Puempel lived up to the hype by becoming the third B-Sens rookie to score 30 or more goals in a season. Puempel is back in Ottawa this week … Continue reading

AHL Read This: Green Tells Penguins No, Bears Hire Troy Mann, Landon Speaks, Stars Hire Laxdal

Green Tells Penguins No

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Travis Green turns down Penguins, to head back to Utica By John Pitarresi | Utica Observer Dispatch Travis Green could have been working in the National Hockey League next season. Instead, he expects to return to as head coach of the American Hockey League’s Utica Comets. Green was offered a job as an assistant to Mike Johnston, the new coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, but turned it down. Green was Johnston’s assistant for five seasons with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. He took over the team for the second half of the 2012-13 season, when Johnston was suspended. “Mike Johnston is a phenomenal career coach,” Green said, … Continue reading

AHL Read This: Willie To Vancouver, Yawney to Anaheim, Sommer Back, Hedden to KHL, Huska to Flames

Willie To Vancouver

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Canucks hire Desjardins as coach Monday, 06.23.2014 / 12:12 PM / News NHL.com Willie Desjardins was hired Monday as the new coach of the Vancouver Canucks. Desjardins, 57, had spent the previous two seasons as coach of the Texas Stars, the Dallas Stars‘ American Hockey League affiliate. They won the Calder Cup this season, and Desjardins was named the AHL coach of the year in 2012-13, his first season. In two AHL seasons he had a 91-40-21 record. “It’s a big challenge and if I thought I had to do it by myself, it’d be overwhelming,” said Desjardins, the 18th coach in franchise history, who will meet the media during a … Continue reading

Sn 10 Ep 36: Stars AHL Calder Cup Champions, Sean Shapiro and Robin Short

The Calder Cup Champions Texas Stars won the series vs the St. John's IceCaps 4-1 to win their first title.
(Photo By: Colin Peddle/AHL)

STARS AHL CALDER CUP CHAMPIONS This week on the Power Play Post Show, all the talk from Hosts Bob Howard and Megan Reiff along with our two special guests is the American Hockey League‘s Calder Cup Championship final series and the new champions the Texas Stars. Other topics on this week’s show includes new coach for the Springfield Falcons, the Syracuse Crunch and the Binghamton Senators pre-season plans in France and some news and notes from around the league. Sean Shapiro – Texas Stars – Beat-writer – The Statesman/Wrong Side of the Red Line – On Twitter: @seanshapiro – Sean joined Host Bob this week on the show to talk about the Calder Cup Champion Texas Stars, the road to get to the finals, players like … Continue reading

Sn 10 Ep 35: Calder Cup Final, Sarosy, Nearhos, Newkirk, Rogers, Meserve

Calder Cup Final

CALDER CUP FINAL This week on the Power Play Post Show, Hosts Bob Howard and Megan Reiff return to the airwaves to talk about the American Hockey League‘s Calder Cup Final which pits the Texas Stars vs the St. John’s IceCaps. The two hosts breakdown the first 3 games between the two conference champions before taking about the AHL’s CEO & President, Dave Andrews recent comments on the western movement that has become one of the hottest topics in the AHL. The two hosts finish the first segment of the show with the news out of Syracuse as the Syracuse Crunch announce the Frozen Dome Classic details vs the Utica Comets. Jim Sarosy – Syracuse Crunch – COO – On Twitter: @JimSarosy – Jim joined the … Continue reading

AHL Read This: Thunder Bay Costs Rise, Travel Tight for IceCaps Stars, Royals Flyers, Blashill Re-signs

Thunder Bay Costs Rise

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Thunder Bay event centre costs start to rise From CBC News City councillors in Thunder Bay spent hours Monday night debating how much more support is needed for the proposed event centre. City administration said it needs the money to pay for design work relating to moving the Camelot Street hydro substation. The money would also pay the wage of a person to oversee the project, legal fees related to signing contracts with a potential American Hockey League team, and other environmental and parking studies. “I’m a little concerned that had we known these costs sooner, maybe we could have applied to Fednor and to NOHFC to help … Continue reading

AHL Read This: Kolarik On John Hynes, Oilers Poor Use of Prospects, Kostopoulos re-signs

Kolarik On John Hynes

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Hynes is “1000% Ready” to Become an NHL Coach Highland Park Hockey | Tony Androckitis Whether or not John Hynes’ scheduled interview for the Pittsburgh Penguins coaching vacancy, first reported by the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review’s Rob Rossi, is one of formality or he is on newly-hired GM Jim Rutherford’s “short list” of head coaching candidates, a former player under Hynes certainly believes he’s NHL-ready.“Hynes does not get the credit he deserves,” said forward Chad Kolarik, a member of the 2012-13 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins who is now playing overseas with Linkoping of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL).Kolarik came to the AHL Penguins in a mid-season trade during the 2012-13 season and while he … Continue reading

Sn 10 Ep 34: AHL Arena Rankings, Charles Dart and Tony Androckitis

AHL Arena Rankings

AHL ARENA RANKINGS This week on the Power Play Post Show, Hosts Bob Howard and Megan Reiff bring the American Hockey League‘s only true internet based talk show to the airwaves. The two hosts go through the two conference finals series as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins host the St. John’s Ice Caps in games 4 and 5 (Thursday/Saturday) and the Toronto Marlies host the Texas Stars in games 4 and 5 (Thursday/Saturday) as well. Besides news from around the league, the two hosts provide their thoughts on the outspoken owners and whether or not they are good for the league. Lastly Hosts Bob and Megan talk about the Stadium Journey Magazine‘s ranking of the AHL’s arenas which has received some harsh criticism from media and fans on … Continue reading