AHL Read This: Civic Center Future Decision, Bruins prospects, Stars Julius Honka, Ryan Craig Returns

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

Common Council to meet in private Monday to reach Civic Center sale consensus

Civic Center Future Decision

A private meeting on Monday could decide the future of the Glens Falls Civic Center.

By Maury Thompson | Post Star.com

GLENS FALLS — The Glens Falls Common Council is expected to reach “a consensus opinion” on the sale of the Glens Falls Civic Center at a special meeting on Monday, said 1st Ward Councilman James Campinell.

“I think we’re all going to be in agreement. Let’s put it that way,” he said, in an interview at City Hall on Friday.

Glens Falls Mayor John “Jack” Diamond and Common Council members would not say specifically which of the two bids they favor, but said they have concerns with aspects of the bid from Adirondack Sports & Entertainment, a private group that wants to establish a youth hockey academy at the Civic Center.

Diamond said one of his “biggest concerns” is that the group, led by Kevin McCloskey, a former minor league hockey player, would not have sufficient resources to pay its property taxes if it buys the arena.

If the group reneges on its taxes, the city would have to pay $234,000 in school and library taxes, and attempt to recoup the money through a foreclosure process that could take several years, he said.

“Having the property on the tax rolls and collecting it are two different things,” he said. Read More…

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Bruins Journal: Back in AHL, Spooner, Khokhlachev, Florek make the best of it

mdivver@providencejournal.com

PROVIDENCE — On the whole, Ryan Spooner, Alex Khokhlachev and Justin Florek would rather have been in Boston on Thursday morning instead of practicing with Providence Bruins at the Dunkin Donuts Center.

And after being demoted from the NHL to the AHL on Wednesday, all three vowed to do all they can to earn another chance with the big club.

“They told me I didn’t play bad at all — just a couple of (defensive) things they want to see me improve on. So I’ll do that,” said Spooner.

“It gives you a bit of a reality check. … They want to see you improve on some things. I guess the way they get that message across is to send you back here.

“I’m going to fix it. For me right now, it’s just battling for pucks, using my speed as a defensive asset, not just as an offensive asset,” Spooner said.

“They just told me to keep working and be ready for a chance,” Khokhlachev said.

Said Florek: “Last year I built a lot of confidence in the AHL and that translated over to my offensive game. That’s something that I need to show more of at the NHL level. Read More…

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Orangeville man trades financial planning portfolio for NHL referee whistle

By Chris Halliday | Orangeville Banner

Shandor Alphonso has never been closer to being in the National Hockey League (NHL).

He won’t be wearing shinguards or shoulders pads though. The 30-year-old Orangeville resident will be wearing black and white stripes.

Alphonso signed a National Hockey League Officials Association (NHLOA) contract as a minor league linesman in late September.

He is set to split his time making off sides and icing calls between the American Hockey League (AHL) and NHL this upcoming season.

“It was a great feeling to sign and be hired by the NHL,” Alphonso told The Banner. “I’ve wanted to be part of the NHL for most of my life, so realizing the dream was pretty amazing.”

Alphonso, who moved to Orangeville from Toronto at the age of seven, has worked as a referee in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for the past three seasons. Read More…

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Details on Dallas Stars Prospect Julius Honka’s Assignment to AHL

By  | Defending Big D

When the Dallas Stars selected Julius Honka in the first round of the 2014 draft, there was a bit of a befuddled reaction from many fans who had expected the team to address the need for elite, blue-chip talent at forward. Robby Fabbri (who is on fire in St. Louis),Sonny Milano, Kasperi Kapanen — all on the board when the Stars decided to take a small-ish defensemen who seemingly came out of nowhere last season to become the 14th overall draft pick.

Honka had originally come out of the JYP organization in the Finnish SM-Liiga league, and played his first year in North America in 2013-2014 with the Swift Current Broncos of the WHL. His numbers prior to moving across the Atlantic weren’t exactly staggering — but it was with the Broncos that he blossomed spectacularly, putting up 16 goals and 40 assists in 62 games and taking on a major role with the team at just 18 years old.

Fairly unheard of for a young, rookie defenseman in the very tough WHL.

When drafted, it was clear the plan was always going to be to have him go back to the WHL. In fact, that’s what everyone assumed would happen because of the CHL-NHL transfer agreement — this states that any player drafted out of the CHL must either be 20 years old or have played four seasons of major junior hockey before being allowed to play in the AHL. Otherwise, the prospect would have to return to his junior team or play in the NHL. Read More…

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Ryan Craig returns, and Springfield Falcons have their captain

By Garry Brown | Special to The Republican

SPRINGFIELD – As Ryan Craig walked into the Springfield Falcons training camp this week, he also walked into the captain’s job.

“There’s no better man to lead this team,” said Jared Bednar, new coach of Springfield’s American Hockey League club. “The example he sets, the help he gives to his teammates, the things he does on a daily basis. He’s just a genuine team-first guy. Ryan has the respect of everybody here, and with the Columbus Blue Jackets as well.”

After 12 days in the Columbus training camp, Craig was sent to the Falcons along with veteran forward Sean Collins and rookie winger Josh Anderson.

This will mark the third straight year for Craig as captain of the Falcons. Earlier in his career, he wore the “C” with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Norfolk.

At 32, Craig has played 709 games in professional hockey – 196 in the National Hockey League and 513 in the AHL. With the Falcons, he has played 238 games, including 108 as a Tampa Bay farmhand earlier in his career.

“I’m here, I’m ready,”Craig said after a spirited team practice session Wednesday. “My goal is still to play in the NHL, and my job here is to have a good work ethic and try to help our team win as many games as we can. Players who do that at this level get themselves ready for a time when an opportunity might come (to play in the NHL).” Read More…

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Forward tries to secure job with historic performance for Iowa Wild

Tommy Birch, tbirch@dmreg.com | The Des Moines Register

When Olivier Archambault signed a professional tryout contract with the Wild organization, he wasn’t guaranteed anything.

So the forward arrived in Des Moines for the start of the American Hockey League preseason needing to find some way to stand out so he could stick around.

Archambault tallied the first hat track in Iowa Wild history during a 7-4 American Hockey League preseason game victory over the Chicago Wolves at Wells Fargo Arena Wednesday night.

“I came here to have fun and show what I can do,” Archambault said. “Tonight was a great opportunity for me.”

The stats from Archambault’s historic performance won’t count but that doesn’t mean his eye-opening game won’t be forgotten.

Archambault, a 6-foot, 190-pound left wing, made the most of his opportunity scoring goals in all three periods to help the Wild to a dominating win. The 21-year-old Canadian’s performance could help lead to work once the AHL season opens for Iowa on Oct. 10. Read More…

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