A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps.
AHL suspends Trevor Gillies 12 games for head-slamming incident
By Chris Peters | Hockey Writer
Adirondack Flames forward Trevor Gillies, a career-enforcer throughout the minor leagues and briefly with the Anaheim Ducks and New York Islanders, has been suspended 12 games by the American Hockey League for an incident during an attempted fight with Rochester Americans forward William Carrier.
After Gillies engaged the 19-year-old Carrier, who did not appear willing to drop the gloves with the 35-year-old pugilist, Gillies picked Carrier up by his jersey collar and slammed his head to the ice twice. The noted goon received 27 minutes in penalties including two misconducts for his actions. Gillies also received an automatic one-game suspension for being assessed an instigator penalty in the final five minutes of the third period of a game. He will now sit out 12 additional games under provisions in AHL Rule 28.1. Read More…
Should 18 year olds be allowed in the AHL?
Steve | Thoughts from SabreLand
Since it’s founding in 1975 the Canadian Hockey League (then the Canadian Major Junior Hockey League) and its three member leagues the WHL, the OHL and the QMJHL have been the main feeder/development leauge for the NHL. For the NHL they are simply that, the premier source of young talent for the draft.However in many of the towns and cities these teams play in they are more than that. Many Canadians, or atleast so I am told, identify more strongly with their local junior team than the nearest NHL team. So naturally these teams want to stay as competive as they can while still helping these promising young players develop. The problem lies in the fact that players are eligible to remain in the CHL untill they are 20 but eligible to be drafted in the NHL at 18. That naturally is going to cause a conflict between two leauges where the main focus, let’s be honest here, is attendance and making a profit. Therefore the NHL and CHL have an agreement (of which many of the details remain private) where the NHL pays the CHL for players produced and the NHL agrees to return any signed players with junior eligibility back to their CHL club if they are not playing in the NHL. This is why there are virtually no 18 or 19 year olds in the NHL’s premier affiliate league the American Hockey League. This agreement assures the CHL keeps many of its top players and remains profitable, as long as it remains profitable it can keep developing players that the NHL can then draft. This agreement works for the owners in both leagues who are happy as long as they have profit coming in. However have any of them ever asked what is best for the players? Read More…
The AHL must take a stand against mindless violence
Kevin Oklobzija, Staff writer | Democrat & Cronicle
In the wake of Friday night’s on-ice late-game fighting fiasco, Rochester Americans coach Chadd Cassidy said he expects the organization to make a formal request for supplemental discipline against Adirondack Flames thug winger Trevor Gillies.
Teams have a 24-hour window to ask for review of an incident. Since Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray is also the Amerks GM, the ultimate decision rests with him, Cassidy said.
Let’s be honest, though. This entire “submit for review” process is absurd.
Why would the Amerks even need to say to the league that Trevor Gillies should be suspended for, well, being Trevor Gillies.
In the past 15 hours the hockey world has blogged/written/GIF-ed/tweeted/retweeted/posted/reposted video and comments from the closing moments of a 6-1 Amerks victory in downtown Rochester on Friday. Read More…
Pirates begin process of winning back fans
BY STEVE SOLLOWAY | Portland Press Harold
The puck went into the net and the big crowd at the Cross Insurance Arena was suddenly on its feet, twirling rally towels and cheering as if Saturday night was Game 1 of the Calder Cup finals.
When, in fact, it was the third period of the opening game of a new Portland Pirates season. The prodigal team of the American Hockey League returned home from its year in exile in Lewiston to a welcome that was mostly forgiveness and part memory lapse.
The Pirates took the ice to the proclamation that “hockey is back here in Portland” but fans didn’t need to be told. Seeing is believing. Read More…
All-Star Game helps put Utica ‘on the map’
S. Alexander Gerould | Utica Dispatch
Frank DuRoss has been there before.
He’s seen the impact the American Hockey League’s All-Star game can have on a community, and he’s excited for what it will mean for the area when the league’s 2015 All-Star Classic comes to the Utica Memorial Auditorium on Sunday and Monday, Jan. 25 and 26.
“I know from my experience in 20 years in the American Hockey League and being in numerous AHL All-Star games … the impact to the community is unbelievable,” said DuRoss, president and chairman of the Utica Comets. “There’s literally thousands of people that will be in Oneida County for the All-Star game.”
While the exact number of people expected to flock to the area for the event – which also will include a skills competition and an AHL Hall of Fame induction and awards ceremony – couldn’t be immediately determined , those “thousands of people” are expected to pump a bit of money into the local economy. Read More…
Comets seek better start in second season
Todd Dewan | Rome Sentinel
UTICA — The Utica Comets open their second season in the American Hockey League with four straight road games.
The Comets, who are an affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks, were scheduled to begin their regular season this afternoon against the host Toronto Marlies. They will also play Toronto on Sunday afternoon in another 3 o’clock start.
Utica’s home schedule will start on Wednesday, Oct. 22 against the Adirondack Flames in a 7:35 face-off.
The Comets, who went 35-32-5-4 last year, will try to get off to a better start this season. Last year, they began the season 0-8-1-1.
Behind goalie Joacim Eriksson, defenseman Kent Huskins and forwards Brandon DeFazio and Cal O’Reilly, the Comets turned things around and almost made the playoffs, missing out by just four points. They ended the season with a 24-12-3-1 stretch drive. Read More…