A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps.
Flames’ AHL franchise heading to Glens Falls
From The AHL.com
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … Convening today in Chicago for its Spring Meeting, the American Hockey League’s Board of Governors approved the relocation of the franchise owned by the National Hockey League’s Calgary Flames from Abbotsford, B.C., to Glens Falls, N.Y., beginning with the 2014-15 season.
The Flames’ AHL franchise will begin play this fall at the Glens Falls Civic Center, which had been home to the Adirondack Phantoms since 2009. The Phantoms had been previously granted approval to relocate to Allentown, Pa., where they will begin play as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms beginning in 2014-15. Read More…
AHL board approves Flames’ move to Glens Falls
From the Glens Falls Post Star
The American Hockey League Board of Governors has approved a move of the Calgary Flames’top minor-league team to Glens Falls, the league said in a statement.
The move was approved during the league’s Spring Meeting in Chicago on Monday. The team will begin play at the Glens Falls Civic Center this coming fall, replacing the Adirondack Phantoms, who are leaving after five years to play in Allentown, Pa.
Mayor John “Jack” Diamond called it “a great day for Glens Falls.” He said a contract has been agreed upon and will be signed next week. A press conference is expected at that time. Read More…
IceCaps no more familiar with Admirals than they were with Devils
Brendan McCarthy Published on May 05, 2014
Another round, another unknown quantity, as for a second straight Calder Cup playoff series, the St. John’s IceCaps will be matched up with a team they didn’t play in the regular season.
St. John’s takes on the Norfolk Admirals in the Eastern Conference semifinal round of American Hockey League’s Calder Cup playoffs beginning Tuesday at Mile One Centre.
The conference’s semifinal match-ups were decided Saturday night in Springfield, Mass., where the Providence Bruins defeated the Springfield Falcons 6-3 in the fifth and deciding game of their best-of-five opening-round series.
That leaves the fourth-seeded IceCaps squaring off against the No. 8 Admirals in a best-of-seven affair that will begin with two games — Tuesday and Wednesday nights — at Mile One Centre in St. John’s. Read More…
San Antonio Rampage among AHL leaders at box office
W. Scott Bailey Reporter/Project Coordinator-San Antonio Business Journal
The San Antonio Rampage saw a slight dip at the turnstiles this season. But while the Rampage saw its average crowd size drop just under 1 percent from the previous season, the franchise still managed to rank sixth in home attendance in the 30-teamAmerican Hockey League.
The Rampage attracted an average of 7,001 fans per game to AT&T Center this season — down from 7,067 fans per home contest in 2012-2013.
Next season starts now for Binghamton Senators after playoff elimination
The Binghamton Senators are still feeling the sting of Friday’s season-ending loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, but most can take solace in knowing they can be in a position to exact revenge next season.
With the 2013-14 campaign in the books, the speculation now begins regarding the team’s lineup for next season. The roster will have many familiar names, but the Ottawa Senators still have plenty of work to do to round it out.
Not including the players who completed the season in the National Hockey League before returning for the American Hockey League playoffs, the Senators have 14 non-roster players under contract. Nine Binghamton players are restricted free agents and five are unrestricted, meaning they can sign anywhere. When the NHL season ends, Ottawa will decide whether or not to issue qualifying offers to their restricted free agents. If a player is not given a qualifying offer, they become unrestricted free agents. Read More…
Grand Rapids Griffins will face Texas next in AHL playoffs
By George Sipple Detroit Free Press Sports
The Grand Rapids Griffins practiced Sunday morning, then waited to find out whom they would play in the next round of the American Hockey League playoffs.
“We took Saturday off and thought we’d practice today,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “If we play Texas, Tuesday is a travel day for us and not a practice day. We wanted to make sure we got three skates in before we played them.”
The Griffins will play the AHL regular-season champion Texas Stars in the best-of-seven conference semifinals, beginning with Games 1 and 2 on Thursday at Saturday at Cedar Park Center in suburban Austin, Texas. The series switches to Van Andel Arena for games May 13-14. The Griffins won three of the four meetings versus the Stars in the regular season.
Teemu Pulkkinen, who played in three games for the Red Wings this season, leads the Griffins with five points (three goals, two assists) in four playoff games. Pulkkinen led the Griffins with 31 goals and 59 points in 71 regular-season games. Read More…
5 Predators prospects with best chance at NHL
Josh Cooper , email@example.com
The Admirals never seemed to have had much of a chance. They were outscored 11-4 in Games 1 and 2 at home and lost Game 3 of the best-of-five series 2-0.
There are some players from the American Hockey League affiliate who will get at least a look from the Predators going into next season.
Some might even make the team. These are the most likely candidates: Read More…