A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps.
Flaming ‘A’ returns to AHL
Exciting building in Glens Falls for Adirondack Flames
This, for the Calgary Flames’ busy-beaver general manager, represents another check mark.
After meeting his scouts in Toronto — and before a trip back to Calgary prior to heading to London, Ont., for the Memorial Cup — Brad Treliving was in Glens Falls, N.Y., to officially introduce his new farm club, the Adirondack Flames.
The Flames, having severed their working relationship with Abbotsford last month, needed a base for their affiliate in the American Hockey League.
As of Friday, that task was complete.
At least the first phase of it.
“Because there’s still lots of work to be done here, right?” said Treliving, in the GM’s chair for three weeks now. “This is your (research and development). This is your lab. So we have to make sure the right things are here.
“But to know where we’re going to be, to get that out of the way? Yeah, you can scratch one thing off the list.” Read More…
City to pay new team if they make AHL playoffs
May 15, 2014 8:00 pm • By Maury Thompson
GLENS FALLS — The run for the Calder Cup, the top prize in the American Hockey League, is still on this season.
But Glens Falls Mayor John “Jack” Diamond is looking ahead to next season and hoping the city’s new AHL team will go far in the 2015 playoffs.
To encourage the chances of that happening, city officials have agreed that if the team makes the playoffs, the city will rebate a portion of the payment the Calgary Flames, which are relocating their AHL affiliate to Glens Falls, will pay for advertising sign rights at the Glens Falls Civic Center, Diamond said in an interview at City Hall on Thursday.
“It’s kind of an incentive,” Diamond said.
The incentive is one of the features of a contract, which he will summarize at a press conference with the Flames management at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Heritage Hall in the Glens Falls Civic Center, Diamond said. Read More…
Glens Falls warms to Adirondack Flames
GLENS FALLS — Brad Treliving knows the Glens Falls Civic Center. He hasn’t been here in years but he played here against the Adirondack Red Wings.
“I used to hate like hell coming in here,” the Calgary Flames general manager said. “This was a difficult place to play; this was a miserable place to play as an opponent. The fans were loud. And we’re going to get it back to that starting next year.”
The response from the crowd of at least 250 in Heritage Hall for the Adirondack Flames’ first press conference sounded almost as if Treliving had said the team had made the playoffs, if not won the Calder Cup, rather than just announcing the new team.
“This was a hockey crowd,” Treliving said upon taking the podium. Glens Falls mayor John “Jack” Diamond said he had never seen that kind of excitement at a press conference before.
There were 100 chairs set up and there were more people standing than sitting. Fans started arriving as early as 8 a.m. for the 9:30 press conference. Read More…
What went wrong for Springfield Falcons in the AHL playoffs?
Ever since our post season ended rather abruptly at the hands of the Providence Bruins, everyone has been asking me what went wrong.
First of all, the parity in the American Hockey League is pretty impressive. As I have said many times, the difference between a first-place team and a last-place team is very small. A couple of key players, great goaltending, injuries at bad times and a losing streak at the wrong time can easily separate the playoff and non-playoff teams. The Hershey Bears are a good example this year of how things can change. The Bears are always a playoff team, but this year due to a couple of key injuries and call-ups, along with a mid-season slump and despite a heck of a run near the end of the year, they fell short of the playoffs despite having 88 points.
The other thing to remember is that when you fall far behind, it is very difficult to make up ground quickly because of the three points that are always up for grabs. This is another reason why I hate the shoot-out. But that’s a story for another blog.
So what went wrong for the Falcons after having such a tremendous regular season with 100 points and another division championship? The bottom line for me is that Providence simply played better most of the series and their top two lines caught fire at the right time. Read More…
Weinstein: Old Dusters brawl still one for the ages
Called “The 4-Hour War” by the Evening Press, it is a game forgotten in modern hockey record books but immortalized forever in the film ‘Slap Shot.’
The 192 penalty minutes piled up by the Broome Dusters and Syracuse Blazers in front of a sellout crowd at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena on Jan. 15, 1975 — a then-North American Hockey League record — only tells half the story.
According to the scribings of then-beat reporter and former Press & Sun-Bulletin sports editor Charlie Jaworski, a first-period skirmish led to 10 fighting majors, six 10-minute misconducts and four game misconducts.
But that was only dessert compared to the main course the fans witnessed before the game even started. Fueled by Blazers forward Gary Sittler’s cheap shot a week earlier on Dusters goalie Roger Kosar, who was already playing with a broken jaw, Broome was looking for revenge. Read More…
Toronto Marlies sweep Chicago Wolves, reach AHL Western final
By: The Canadian Press
Marlies goaltender Drew MacIntyre had a bad taste in his mouth following last season’s second-round exit to the Grand Rapids Griffins.
The 30-year-old goalie has been stellar in this year’s Calder Cup playoffs and as he did in the first-round clinching game, MacIntyre posted a 30-save shutout on Friday as Toronto blanked the Chicago Wolves 4-0 at Ricoh Coliseum.
The Marlies swept their best-of-seven series with Chicago and advanced to the Western Conference final for the second time in three seasons.
“I’ll take anything in a clinching game as long as it’s a win,” said MacIntyre, who has back-stopped the Marlies to a perfect 7-0 record while posting a 1.85 goals-against average. “Tonight the guys were amazing. We battled and battled. The third period we stuck to our game plan and we didn’t give them anything.”
Greg McKegg, Carter Ashton and Peter Holland scored for Toronto, while Korbinian Holzer added an empty-net goal with 4.7 seconds remaining.
Heading into Game 4, Marlies coach Steve Spott put forward Sam Carrick on the team’s top line with Holland and Ashton in place of a struggling Spencer Abbott. The move paid off as the line combined for five points in the win.
“Just trying to find different chemistry. Spencer, since he’s come back from his (shoulder) injury, probably isn’t where he wants to be or where we need him to be,” said Spott. “Just trying to find a different adjustment and obviously make it a little bit tougher on opposing coaches for line match ups. Read More…