A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps.
Islander remembers St. Patrick’s Day Massacre hockey game
By Russ Hryvnak
Over the last few years and to be honest, even before that, there has always been a debate inside the sport of hockey. In an age where rules and ideas can be changed and implemented over the course of one season, the ongoing argument over the role of fighting in the game of hockey still rages on.
People who are against it say that it is too violent, too extreme and dangerous to the health of the players. It’s setting a bad example for the younger fans. Many say we are supposed to be playing hockey, not wrestling.
Then there are the people who believe that fighting still has a place in this game. The ones who think that there needs to be some sort of accountability beyond what a referee can dole out as punishment in the form of penalties. A form of justice that allows a player to perhaps send a message to the opposing team saying, “we aren’t going to let you walk all over us”. Read More…
Nashville Predators’ Calle Jarnkrok off to fast start in AHL
Written by Josh Cooper
They probably didn’t expect him to be prolific so quickly.
Jarnkrok has five goals in his first five games with Nashville’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals. Predators coach Barry Trotz has seen Jarnkrok play and believes the 22-year-old Swede could be promoted this season.
“I’m not going to make any promises,” Trotz said. “But what I saw of him, and if he continues to play like he has been, I would say that from my standpoint, if we had some injuries I would like to take a look at him.” Read More…
‘Bright futures’ lie ahead for Ouellet, Sproul
BY STAFF – RED WINGS CENTRAL
With Brendan Smith as the only high-end defense prospect in the entire organization, the Red Wings used five of their nine selections on blueliners — with Ouellet and Sproul at the top of the list — and the investment appears to be paying off.
Ouellet and Sproul, who emerged as Canadian Hockey League stars over the past two seasons, have made smooth adjustments to the American Hockey League as rookies with the Grand Rapids Griffins. Read More…
AHL: Urbandale native Scott Clemmensen’s return to Iowa bittersweet
Written by Tommy Birch
Scott Clemmensen’s career has taken him around North America and turned him into perhaps the most accomplished Iowan to ever take the ice.
For one game, though, hockey brought him back to a very familiar place — home.
The Urbandale native started at goaltender Sunday for the San Antonio Rampage in a 2-1 loss to the Iowa Wild before an announced crowd of 5,981 at Wells Fargo Arena.
“This happens to be a special place for me,” Clemmensen said. “I feel like my career has kind of come full circle here tonight.” Read More…
AHL: Easygoing King keeps Marlies loose
By Steve Milton
TORONTO It’s the last time this season the team from his hometown will play the team that has become his home.
They face different springs, the Hamilton Bulldogs and the Toronto Marlies, and, if you’re a hockey guy, you’d rather be with the latter, which Derek King happens to be. His Dukes are bound for the American Hockey League playoffs, and probably deep into them, and the Dogs are bound for precisely nowhere.
King, who grew up in Hamilton’s east end and played his early hockey at Parkdale (Pat Quinn) Arena, is in his fifth year as assistant coach of the Marlies. He and fellow assistant Gord Dineen were retained this season, even though their previous boss Dallas Eakins got the National Hockey League job in Edmonton and the parent Maple Leafs brought in a newcomer, major junior coach Steve Spott. Read More…
Pair boosts Albany’s playoff hopes
By Pete Dougherty
As the American Hockey League regular-season schedule enters its final month, the Albany Devils are trying to hone in on which players can help carry them to playoff land, a place rarely visited this century.
Two second-year pros stepped forward Saturday to move the Devils a step closer to what would be the team’s second postseason berth in 14 seasons.
Scott Wedgewood earned his second career shutout and Harri Pesonen scored for the third consecutive game in Albany’s 2-0 victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack at Times Union Center, where 4,415 humans and 85 dogs watched on “Pucks and Paws” night. Read More…
Weinstein: Trades help Binghamton Senators now – and for the future
Two minor trades by the Ottawa Senators two weeks ago sent a major message to the city and people of Binghamton.
The deals at the National Hockey League trading deadline involved zero players on NHL rosters and will likely have no impact on Ottawa’s push toward the playoffs, but its purpose is clear.
Not only do the acquisitions of defensemen Patrick Mullen and Alex Grant cure a weakness for the Binghamton Senators, it also is an example of Ottawa’s commitment to their American Hockey League affiliate.
B-Sens coach Luke Richardson has emphasized the franchise’s desire to have a winning atmosphere at all levels and those intentions were certainly backed up by the two trades. Winning creates a positive atmosphere, which is beneficial for talent development. Read More…