A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps.
Syracuse Crunch owner Howard Dolgon will explore chance to buy the New York Islanders
Syracuse, N.Y. — Syracuse Crunch owner Howard Dolgon said Friday night he will soon be speaking with a friend of his who has deep enough pockets to bankroll investigating a possible bid for the NHL’s New York Islanders.
Dolgon would not identify the person but said the investor has “more money than most people.” While Dolgon would also toss in some of his money, he said his possible interest would be in operating the team.
Multiple outlets have reported that current Islanders owner Charles Wang is in talks to sell his share of the team. Dolgon said he has met Wang but has had no talks with anyone yet about jumping into the bidding. Read More…
Revamped defense paying off for Binghamton Senators
Written by Staff report @pressconnects
Eight games have passed since the Binghamton Senators revamped its defensive personnel, and the results are encouraging.
Needing more depth along the blueline, the B-Sens acquired established American Hockey League veterans Alex Grant and Patrick Mullen at the trading deadline in the midst of a six-game losing streak. Binghamton also fell out of first place in the East Division for the first time since November.
The B-Sens have bounced back with a 5-2-0-1 record since the additions, despite losing both full-time goaltenders to Ottawa for two of those games. Grant and Mullen each have three assists with the B-Sens, and are paired together on the power play.
Binghamton (38-21-1-4, 81 points) has reclaimed first place in the division and hold a one-point lead over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The B-Sens have two games in hand.
Zajac looks for postseason run
By Pete Dougherty
Zajac, who went 116 days without competing at all because of a shoulder injury, is poised with his Albany Devils teammates for a long playoff run.
“As I watched the team grow over the season, it pushed me a little harder,” Zajac said. “To come back and get an extra one or two months is huge. Playoff time is really where you grow as a player and as a team. It’s the most fun time of the year. It puts a smile on my face.”
The Devils enter the weekend tied for sixth in the Eastern Conference. They are seven points clear of ninth-place Hershey, where Albany visits Friday night. Read more…
Highly touted rookie Nick Cousins is finding his way in pro game
March 28, 2014 1:30 am • By Diana C. Nearhos
GLENS FALLS — Nick Cousins thought it would be easy. Hockey had always been relatively easy for him, after all.
But after coasting through juniors, the professional game was different.
“In juniors, everything was pretty straightforward, you have four good years, you get drafted, everything’s good,” Cousins said. “You come here and you think it’s going to be easy, but it’s not. It’s not easy at all.”
His rookie year has been a year of firsts for Cousins. There was the first goal, but there was also his first time on secondary lines since age 16, first career healthy scratch, first 25-game stint without a goal.
Cousins came into the season as a highly touted prospect. He was the Flyers’ third-round draft pick in 2011 and had 103 points in the Ontario Hockey League last year. Read More…
Comets have big chance in three-game homestand
By John Pitarresi
It’s the biggest weekend of the season so far for the Utica Comets.
In heart of a headlong drive to try to qualify for the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup playoffs, the first-year team has a golden opportunity to make up some ground with three home games this weekend.
The Abbotsford Heat visit the Utica Memorial Auditorium Friday and Saturday (7 p.m.), and the Iowa Wild visit at 3 p.m. Sunday.
The Comets are 29-28-3-4 for 65 points, six points out of the last Western Conference playoff spot held by the Charlotte Checkers. The Rochester Americans (70 points) and Oklahoma City Barons (69) also are ahead of the Comets, who have played two fewer games than the Amerks and Barons, and three fewer than Charlotte. The Comets, however, do not own the tie-breaker against any of those teams and would need to finish ahead of them to qualify for the postseason. Read More…
Longtime Springfield Indian Brian Kilrea joins Springfield Hockey Heritage Society
In his nine seasons with Springfield’s American Hockey League teams, Brian Kilrea played 590 games. From the 1959-60 season through 1961-62, he skated with Eddie Shore’s Indians as they won three straight Calder Cups – a feat still unmatched.
After his pro career, Kilrea went back to Ottawa, his hometown, to coach Junior A hockey. He became a storied figure as leader of the Ottawa 67s of the Ontario Hockey Association, winning coach of the year honors four times.
Kilrea retired in 2009 after 33 seasons. His Ottawa teams won 1,186 games, missed the playoffs only once and won two championships.
Now, the Springfield Hockey Heritage Society proudly can claim him as a new member. Since its inception in 2009, its membership total has reached 300. That includes a dozen former Springfield players. Read More…
AHL Milwaukee Admirals honour Nelson’s Doug Agnew
by Nelson Daily Sports on 27 Mar 2014
Former Nelson native and L.V. Rogers grad Doug Agnew is being honoured Friday by the Milwaukee Admirals on his 2,000th game as team trainer and his 25th season with the team.
Agnew, who was raised in Nelson and attended Trafalgar and L.V. Rogers High Schools, has been the Athletic Trainer for the Admirals since 1989 when he was assigned to the team as a member of the Vancouver Canucks organization.
As athletic trainer, Agnew is responsible for attending to injured players at home and on the road, working with Ads Strength Coach Jason Nordby to develop and implement a physical conditioning program for the players, and supervising players who are receiving physical rehabilitation to correct injuries.
Agnew has helped hundreds of Admirals reach the National Hockey League, including current NHL stars like Shea Weber, Ryan Suter, and Pekka Rinne. Read More…
Brothers, teammates share same NHL goal
March 28, 2014 by Alyssa Dombrowski || for NHL.com
“We had an unfinished basement, so it was all cement,” said Alex. “We’d just put on our roller blades and go one-on-one for hours.”
Fast-forward to present day, where the duo has moved to a much bigger stage – they’re teammates on the Rockford IceHogs, American Hockey League affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Alex, 21, was drafted by the Blackhawks in 2011 and is a rookie after three junior seasons in the United States Hockey League (2010-12) and Ontario Hockey League (2012-13). Terry, 25, signed with Chicago as an undrafted free agent in 2012 following three years at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and is in his second pro campaign.
Rockford head coach Ted Dent recognizes the familial on-ice connection between center Alex and left wing Terry, who have been playing on the same line regularly since early February. Read More…
Pirates to induct Lewiston native Tom Caron into Hall of Fame
JUSTIN PELLETIER, Sports Editor
Tom Caron made waves in the Maine media community in 1993 when he left his job at WGME 13 to become the radio voice of the new American Hockey League franchise in its first season in Portland.
Twenty-one seasons later, now a household name across New England as a member of the NESN broadcast team out of Boston, Caron is being honored for his work with the Pirates in those early years. The team will induct the Lewiston native into its hall of fame in a ceremony Saturday night.
“We’re excited to welcome Tom to the Pirates’ Hall of Fame this season in his hometown of Lewiston,” Pirates’ President of Business Development Brian Petrovek said. “Tom was an integral part in the early years of the Pirates’ franchise and has become one of New England’s most recognized and respected sports broadcasters. We’re looking forward to his induction.” Read More…
Bourke a Monster
Ted CLARKE / Prince George Citizen
From Prince George to Cleveland, from Cougar to Monster, it didn’t take long for Troy Bourke to adjust to playing in the American Hockey League.
A week ago in his pro hockey debut with the Cleveland-based Lake Erie Monsters, Bourke scored the winning goal and added two assists in a 5-0 win over the Rochester Americans in front of 12,685 fans at Quicken Loans Arena.
The following night, in a rematch with the Americans, Bourke picked up one assist in a 3-0 victory. The Cougars captain, who turns 20 on Sunday, has since been held off the scoreboard in a shootout loss in Chicago on Wednesday and in Friday’s 4-3 defeat in Milwaukee. But there’s no question he’s off to a great start as a pro, with one goal and three assists in four games, and Cougars head coach Mark Holick is not surprised. Read More…