A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps.
More rumours of potential Heat move to upstate New York
A media report out of Glens Falls, N.Y. has re-ignited speculation on the future of the Abbotsford Heat.
The Post-Star newspaper reported that Michael Holditch, the Calgary Flames’ senior vice president and assistant general manager, took a tour of the Glens Falls Civic Center with local officials last week.
The Flames own the Heat of the American Hockey League, who have struggled at the box office during their five years in Abbotsford. Glens Falls, meanwhile, is the current home of the AHL’s Adirondack Phantoms, but they’re in the market for a new team with the Phantoms set to move to Allentown, Pa. for the 2014-15 season.
This is the second straight spring that the Heat have been rumoured to be headed to upstate New York. Read More…
OKC Barons: Barons on four-game skid, clinging to playoff hopes
For six weeks the Oklahoma City Barons were the hottest team in the American Hockey League, but a current four-game losing streak has jeopardized their chances of making the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.
After dropping two-game series’ against the top-two teams in the Western Conference, Grand Rapids and Texas, the Barons host last-place San Antonio at 7 Tuesday night at the Cox Convention Center.
“One or two guys can’t make it happen. It comes down to all 20 guys in that room coming together to get on a run,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “We have to make sure our special teams are good and we play stingier defense.” Read More…
AHL: Not happy with the play of the Bulldogs? Neither is the owner
By Scott Radley
If it makes Hamilton Bulldogs fans feel any better, the team’s owner is feeling about as miserable about the way things have gone this year as you are. Probably worse.
And not just this year. Last year, too. And the year before that.
Michael Andlauer is not used to having his team finish out of the playoffs — they Bulldogs are not officially there yet for a third straight season but, sitting nine points out with the first of a nine-game road trip scheduled for Tuesday night, things are looking bleak — or close to last overall in the American Hockey League. Nor does he want to get used to it. Which is why he insists it’s going to be fixed before the puck drops next season.
“It’s not good for our fans, for one,” he says. “But, just as important, it’s not good for our player development to not make the playoffs.” Read More…
SCCC students offer marketing advice to Albany Devils officials
By Mark McGuire
SCHENECTADY — The Albany Devils came to where college students are to find ways of getting them to where they’re not: Albany Devils games.
Representatives from the American Hockey League team came to Schenectady County Community College on Monday not to lecture, but to listen to advice from marketing students on how to draw more college-age fans.
Professor Matthew Farron said the class exercise resonated with students because it had real-world implications. The 21-year AHL season ticket holder, first for the Albany River Rats and then the Devils, said the team benefits from the targeted research as much as his class does from conducting it.
“From an academic standpoint it’s fantastic,” Farron said. “This is not just teaching from a textbook.” Read More…
“Standard Comets Hockey” as Utica inches closer to playoff spot
John Pitarresi Posted Mar. 23, 2014
“Standard Comets hockey,” is the way Pascal Pelletier described it.
Hockey where you grind it out, gut it out, get “greasy,” as Coach Travis Green says.
You do what needs to be done to win a game.
The Utica Comets did just that again Sunday, for the seventh time in the last nine games, completing a three-game weekend after a 4-3 shootout American Hockey League victory over the Milwaukee Admirals before a sellout crowd – their 12th of the season – at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.
The Comets picked up four points in the three days to climb within five points of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, and pushed past the .500 mark for the first time this season (29-28-3-4) in what has been a remarkable turnaround after an 0-8-1-1 start. Read More…
Former Chicago prospects get a chance with Panthers
By Harvey Fialkov, Sun Sentinel
That’s exactly the situation that three Panthers cubs found themselves, while stuck in Chicago.
Forwards Jimmy Hayes and Brandon Pirri, along with defenseman Dylan Olsen were unable to crack the Blackhawks star-studded lineup, so they’re grateful for the midseason opportunity they’ve gotten since joining a struggling franchise with plenty of job openings.
“They’ve all shown something, qualities they have, and they all need to get better,” coach Peter Horachek said before the Panthers were routed 6-2 by the Ducks Sunday evening to wrap up a 1-3 road trip against formidable Western Conference teams. Read More…
‘Falcons Faithful’ charter member Sarah Pompea takes presidency of AHL Springfield club in stride
SPRINGFIELD – It would be easy to assume that Sarah Pompea’s ascent to the presidency of the Springfield Falcons is the end result of a master plan by her father, who bought the American Hockey League franchise in December 2010.
It would also be totally incorrect.
“This wasn’t something my dad had in mind. I majored in corporate communications in college,” said Pompea, who became the team’s interim president on Feb. 4, when Bruce Landon stepped down to assume a new role as director of hockey operations. “My marketing background was in the travel industry. I had never considered the sports field, but I am absolutely excited to fall into it.”
However unforeseen her path might have been, Pompea’s background fits her new job well. She remains involved with the Springfield Falcons Foundation, the team’s charitable arm that she supervised before her promotion from vice-president to president. Read More…