A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps.
Blues’ goalie of future may be close to arrival
ROCHESTER — Ryan Miller is the Blues’ goalie of the present, but the play of Jake Allen will determine St. Louis’ netminder of the future. Allen also could have a say on whether the Sabres wind up with another draft pick.
Allen became just the second goalie in 30 years to lead the AHL in wins, goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts. The 23-year-old matched a clean sweep accomplished by old friend Dwayne Roloson, going 33-16-3 with a .928 save percentage, 2.03 GAA and seven shutouts. Allen led Chicago to the Midwest Division title and a first-round playoff meeting with Rochester.
His coach says the goalie is ready to take his skills to the NHL.
“No question,” said John Anderson, who coached the Atlanta Thrashers from 2008 to 2010 and was an assistant in Phoenix the last two seasons. “He can go up there right now and do a good job, but they’ve got that kid named Miller up there. He’ll wait his time, and hopefully we can do really well and win a championship and go from there.” Read More…
Phantoms plan to give fans a rich experience beyond hockey
Richard Shewman has been a season ticketholder for the Phantoms since they played at the now-demolished Spectrum in Philadelphia.
When the Philadelphia Flyers‘ minor league affiliate set up temporarily at the Glens Falls Civic Center in the Adirondacks four years ago, Shewman and his family continued the tradition, driving five hours each way to catch home games.
“I have three daughters, and as they grew up, they really started enjoying going to the games and the family atmosphere that minor league hockey has,” Shewman, 52, of Douglassville, Berks County, said as the Phantoms practiced before their last homestand earlier this month in Glens Falls.
That kind of devotion made it a no-brainer for Shewman when season tickets went on sale for the Phantoms’ 2014-15 season at the new PPL Center in Allentown. He grabbed the first four sold. Read More…
Big crowd sees Albany’s win
By Pete Dougherty
The Devils, thanks to some creative marketing, drew 14,598 for their two weekend home games, including an Albany playoff-record 8,026 Saturday night at Times Union Center.
“For a lot of guys in here, this is the first playoff we’ve experienced,” Devils forward Mike Sislo said. “It’s nice to be able to give the fans playoff experience as well.”
The Devils had not qualified for the playoffs in their previous three seasons in Albany. The home attendance record for a playoff game came in the 1995 Calder Cup Finals, when the River Rats attracted 7,985 for a game against the Fredericton Canadiens. Read More…
Predators see Scott Darling become quality AHL goalie
Josh Cooper , email@example.com
With Milwaukee Admirals goaltender Scott Darling, it’s all about pace. When he slows down the game and plays without reckless abandon in his net, his success level increases.
“He has calmed down a little bit,” Admirals coach Dean Evason said. “He has a lot of skill and a lot of compete, but he was all over the place for us. He’s calmer now and playing a little more of a controlled game and had some success this year.”
WHL to replace the AHL Heat?
By Dan Kinvig
The commissioner of the Western Hockey League says the major junior circuit has interest in Abbotsford as a potential market.
But Ron Robison qualified that statement by noting that the WHL is not open to expansion at this point, and does not have any pending applications for relocation from existing franchises. In any event, the league wouldn’t be able to get a franchise into Abbotsford in time for the 2014-15 season.
“Like everyone else, we just became aware that market will be available,” Robison told The News, alluding to Tuesday’s announcement that the City of Abbotsford would pay $5.5 million to terminate the final five years of its supply fee contract with the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League.
“We are familiar with the building – it’s an outstanding facility, and it’s a market we have interest in. At this particular stage, we do not have any future plans for expansion, so the only way we would consider Abbotsford would be through the relocation of one of our existing teams. Read More…