A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps.
Report: Flames’ affiliate headed to Glens Falls
GLENS FALLS — The Calgary Flames will be sending their AHL team to Glens Falls next season, according to multiple media reports.
WNYT-TV NewsChannel 13 cited sources as saying the organization and city have an agreement in principle in place. The move would have to be approved by the AHL Board of Governors, likely at the meeting scheduled for Monday.
Time Warner Cable News later cited Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Peter Aust as saying the Flames will bring their AHL team to the Civic Center.
Ed Bartholomew, president of EDC Warren County, said the report was premature and there is no signed agreement. He would not comment on whether there is a verbal agreement. There has to be “approval by the city, approval by the American Hockey League and Calgary to sign an agreement and we are still in those stages,” Bartholomew said. Read More…
Amerks confident taking on Wolves
By Kevin Oklobzija
To say the Chicago Wolves know how to put on a show at All-State Arena would be like saying Patrick Kane is a pretty good stick-handler.
Every game’s a party and their pre-game fireworks show would make some American towns feel quite inadequate on the Fourth of July. Visitors soon learn to plug their ears.
“It scares the bejeezus out of you,” Rochester Americans winger Jamie Tardif said.
Wolves coach John Anderson admits that the indoor fireworks — a long-time Wolves tradition — can be unnerving. Read More…
Penguins Dig Deep with Social Media
By Tim Kelchner
Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County – It started with a tweet.
Then it became a t-shirt.
Now, it’s the main logo on center ice at Mohegan Sun Arena.
“Oh, everyone thought it was cool,” says Jason Vogel. “It’s definitely a different idea, but it’s been well received.”
Vogel is the Creative Director for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the AHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and he’s referring to the art he designed for the Pens “Gold Rush” campaign, focused around the hashtag, “#DigDeep”. Read More…
American Hockey League playoffs bring local flavor
By Times Herald
The Fighting Falcons and the Red Wings were knocked out of the postseason last weekend, but that doesn’t mean the area is done with playoff hockey.
Chad Billins and the Abbotsford Heat, and Jack Campbell and the Texas Stars, are in the first round of the American Hockey League playoffs, giving the Blue Water Area something to root for into May.
The Stars were looking to finish off Oklahoma City late Wednesday night in Game 3 of their best-of-five first-round series. They had a 2-0 lead, winning Games 1 and 2 by identical 3-2 scores, with both games going to overtime. Read More…
IceCaps in control
By Robin Short
It’s said Game 3 in a best-of-five series is the hardest to win, and Kael Mouillierat wasn’t stickhandling around the notion the St. John’s IceCaps’ 1-0 Wednesday night playoff win over the Albany Devils was a big one.
“Massive, actually,” Mouillierat said. “The third game can tilt a series either way, and we knew they were going to come out hard.
“But we did a good job matching their effort. It was a massive game for us.”
The victory gives the IceCaps a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five Eastern Conference quarter-final after splitting the first two games of the series last weekend in Albany.
St. John’s can advance to the next round of the American Hockey League playoffs with a win Friday night at Mile One Centre. Read More…
OKC Barons: Barons are done for the season, Texas completes sweep
By T.J. McAloon, For The Oklahoman
CEDAR PARK, Texas — The Oklahoma City Barons spent a lot of time killing penalties Wednesday night — and during the series for that matter — against the Texas Stars in the first round of the American Hockey League playoffs.
And the end result was not good for Oklahoma City. The Barons’ season came to an end with a 4-2 loss to the Stars in Game 3 before 4,786 fans at the Cedar Park Center. Texas swept the best-of-5 series, winning twice in overtime in Games 1 and 2 in Oklahoma City.
Barons coach Todd Nelson didn’t mince words when discussing the referees constantly calling penalties against his squad saying: “We had situations where we got called, and there were situations where they didn’t and that’s how it goes sometimes.” Read More…