AHL Read This: Mark Morris Hershey Bears, Jake Allen NHL, AHL LED Lights, Petrovek Happy

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps.

Coach Mark Morris eyes opportunity to follow Bruce Boudreau from Manchester Monarchs to Hershey Bears

Mark Morris Hershey Bears

Mark Morris is moving through the professional ranks in a similar fashion like Bruce Boudreau.

By Tim Leone | tleone@pennlive.com 

After four seasons as head coach of the Manchester Monarchs, Bruce Boudreau was let go by the parent Los Angeles Kings and made a championship landing with theHershey Bears.

Boudreau, now head coach of the Anaheim Ducks, won the Calder Cup in 2005-06 in his first season and followed with a 51-win season in 2006-07 and took the Bears back to the Calder Cup Finals.

After eight seasons as Manchester’s head coach, Mark Morris was let go by the Kings following his team’s first-round playoff exit in 2013-14.

The 56-year-old would be happy to follow Boudreau’s footsteps in Hershey, which is in the market for a head coach in the wake of Mike Haviland’s departure for Colorado College.

“Obviously, I’ve enjoyed my time in Manchester,” Morris said. “But from afar, I’ve always admired the setup in Hershey, watching what Bruce Boudreau was able to do there when I first started and having played against Hershey in the playoffs. Read More…

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Allen graduates to NHL, will share work

By Jeremy Rutherford jrutherford@post-dispatch.com

Jake Allen is turning the tassel to the other side of his goaltending mask.

With the elimination of Allen’s Chicago Wolves from the American Hockey League playoffs last week, the goalie has officially graduated to the NHL. He has played 15 games in the league — all on a call-up basis — but beginning next season he’ll be on a one-way contract and Blues general manager Doug Armstrong has already declared Allen “is going to be here.”

“I’ve worked hard and had some bumps and bruises, but I think I proved myself this year,” said Allen, a second-round pick in 2008. “I know I’m ready for that next step. I know it’s going to be a challenge. I’m really looking forward to (training camp in) September.”

With Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott both in the final years of the contracts entering the 2013-14 season, Allen was destined for his fourth season in the AHL. He made it a productive one, winning the league’s goaltender of the year award. Read More…

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LED lighting shining on more AHL arenas

From The AHL.com

In the past 77 years, the American Hockey League has served as a great testing ground for the NHL — whether it’s developing player and coaching talent, officiating or new rules. But during the 2013-14 campaign, several AHL teams proved to be innovators more than 100 feet above ice level. And before long, arenas all across North America and Europe will follow suit.

That’s because four more AHL arenas joined the Syracuse War Memorial Arena to present their games under the brilliance of LED lighting. These four arenas in Binghamton, Bridgeport, Rockford and Toronto removed antiquated metal halide systems and installed the LED lighting system from Ephesus Lighting that they played under in Syracuse the previous season.

“Our focus on player development has centered on creating a premium environment for our players. In addition, we are always looking to create the ideal experience for our terrific Toronto Marlies fans,” explained Dave Poulin, vice president of hockey operations for the Toronto Maple Leafs.  “With the recent addition of our new lighting system at Ricoh Coliseum, we have taken another step towards both of these goals.”  

LED is the natural evolution of arena and stadium lighting for many reasons, but most importantly, it provides an optimal stage for events, players and fans.  LED makes sense for the owner who wants the payoff from a long-term investment; the facility operator who wants flexibility and reduced maintenance and operating expenses; and the team who wants reliability and premium lighting for fans. Read More…

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Former Pirates CEO thrilled with change

By Glenn Jordan gjordan@pressherald.com

Brian Petrovek always figured on another opportunity in professional hockey following his time with the Portland Pirates.

1What he didn’t foresee was how quickly it would arise.

Less than a month after leaving the Pirates, Petrovek has returned to the American Hockey League as president of the Adirondack Flames in Glens Falls, New York.

“This one came together in such a good way,” Petrovek said Monday, “that I didn’t want to pass it up. Now I’ll get to write a new chapter and do it in a market that I had a significant amount of knowledge about.” Read More…

Petrovek, who spent nearly 14 years as chief executive officer of the Pirates, was introduced by the Glens Falls team at a news conference Friday.

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Some obvious storylines for IceCaps’ next series

By Brendan McCarthy

St. John’s won’t know opponent Eastern Conference final opponent until Wednesday; Providence, Wilkes-Barres going to a Game 7

Updated to show Wilke-Barre/Scrantion-Providence series still not decided; adds Memorial Cup item

Some things to consider now that the St. John’s IceCaps have advanced to the American Hockey League’s Eastern Conference final by defeating the Norfolk Admirals in a second-round Calder Cup playoff series:

At least St. John’s captain Jason Jaffray, who missed Friday’s series-clinching win over Norfolk, (along with any other hurting teammates) will have considerable time to heal. While the IceCaps still don’t know their opponent for the Eastern Conference final, they do know it won’t begin until Saturday at Mile One Centre, with Game 2 of the best-of-seven series there on Sunday.

Both those games will have 7:30 p.m. starts. Read More…

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Ottawa assistant GM says Stephane Da Costa has a KHL offer

by mweinste

Ottawa Senators assistant general manager Pierre Dorion said Tuesday the organization already has a contract offer out to restricted free agent forward Stephane Da Costa, but they will have competition.

“For sure we’re looking to sign him,” Dorion said on In the Box on TSN 1280 in Ottawa with hosts Jason York and Steve Lloyd. “We think Steph’s a part of our future. He’s showed in spurts that he’s a good NHL player.

“We’d like to keep him but it has to make sense for both parties. It’s no secret that the KHL is offering him big money and it’s up to Steph if he wants to pursue his NHL dream or not. I think we’ve made a very fair offer. (Ottawa general manager Brian Murray) feels that way, I feel that way, I think his agent feels it’s a fair offer and we’ll just see where we go from there.”

Dorion would not divulge if the offer was a one-way contract. Read More…

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