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Marc Methot To Binghamton On A Conditioning Stint
by Jack Leiper | Senshot.com
The Ottawa Senators announced on Friday that veteran d-man Marc Methot will have a conditioning stint in Binghamton. Methot has been dealing with back trouble since last April at the world championships.
Methot had previously considered a conditioning stint while Paul MacLean was in town, but as Bruce Garrioch tweeted Thursday, it sounded as though MacLean was blocking any prospects of an AHL stint.
The conditioning stint is set to begin this weekend and Methot is likely to return to Ottawa after Sunday. Binghamton is set to play Saturday and Sunday, in two games where Methot should be relied on as the team’s #1 defender. Read More…
Griffins’ McCollum a true hockey ambassador
by Mark Newman | AHL On The Beat Archive
A smile. A wave. A handshake. A simple hello. An autograph.
It doesn’t take much for a professional athlete to make a positive, lasting impression on a kid. Grand Rapids Griffins goaltender Tom McCollum is only too glad to oblige young hockey fans because there was a time when he, too, stood in awe of his heroes.
Living in upstate New York, McCollum’s family had a natural affinity for the NHL team in Buffalo, since their hometown of Amherst is the largest and most populous suburb of The Nickel City. When the goaltender thinks of his personal heroes, he tells two stories related to Sabres players, one of which predates his earliest memories.
Brad May was scheduled to sign autographs at a grocery store in Amherst after being selected in the first round of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. At the time, McCollum wasn’t even a year old, but his mom and aunt stood in line to get a photo autographed and personalized.
“I grew up with that photo in my room – in fact, the picture’s still there – and I was fortunate enough to play with Brad during my first year in Grand Rapids,” McCollum said. “When he was here, I showed him the picture in private to let him know that the little things you do can go a long way.” Read More…
Springfield Falcons will look to “D” in 3-game weekend
They are often overlooked by fans of a sport that glorifies scorers. The “three-star” awards routinely ignore them.
A hockey team cannot win without reliable defensemen, though. For the Springfield Falcons, Frederic St. Denis and Jaime Sifers are foremost among defenders who focus on denying scoring opportunities, rather than creating their own.
“Guys like that don’t get a lot of fanfare, but if you can defend and check, you can play,” Falcons coach Jared Bednar said on the eve of a three-game weekend.
“Frederic and Jaime are our top pair, which means they match up against the opponents’ top scoring forwards every night. All these guys are trying to make the NHL, where everyone is faster and stronger, and you have to show you’re trustworthy.”
The Northeast Division-leading Falcons enter 2015 on a 16-2-1 roll since Nov. 12. They play at Portland Friday night, then come home against Worcester Saturday night and Manchester Sunday at 3. Read More…
Taste of NHL action has Monsters’ Hishon wanting more
Not every hockey player drafted in the first round goes straight into the NHL. Some head back to their respective junior team looking to build off of recent success, while others maybe head to the American Hockey League (AHL) to fine-tune their game and get into NHL-ready condition.
Drafted 17th overall at the 2010 NHL Draft by the Colorado Avalanche, forward Joey Hishon was a dynamic offensive hockey player putting up great numbers in the Ontario Hockey League as a member of the Owen Sound Attack.
Hishon returned to the OHL in the 2010-11 season and was in the midst of a career year – posting 37 goals and 50 assists in 50 games and adding 24 points (five goals, 19 assists) in 22 playoff games that spring until tragedy struck in a Memorial Cup game against the Kootenay Ice in 2011.
Hishon was bringing the puck up ice through the neutral zone and was elbowed in the head by defenseman Brayden McNabb, causing Hishon to lose his balance and tumble to the ice. He would go on to miss nearly two full years – 22 months – recovering from symptoms of a concussion that certainly created doubt as to whether he would ever play the game of hockey again. Read More…
Rec league goalie gets once-in-a-lifetime chance to face Grand Rapids Griffins in AHL game
GRAND RAPIDS, MI –One goalie’s misery became another’s lifelong dream when Grand Rapids resident David DeSander got to play goal for a period in an AHL game against the Grand Rapids Griffins.
DeSander didn’t care that it was only 20 minutes in the final period of a blowout game with his team trailing 8-1. The 31-year-old, who plays in a local Sunday rec league, took advantage of an unexpected opportunity and performed well before a sellout crowd Saturday at Van Andel Arena.
After Iowa Wild starter Johan Gustafsson was shellacked for eight goals on 27 shots through two periods, DeSander played the final period. But it was during the second period when he got an inkling he might go in. That was cause for concern, too, since he had not played professionally since 2011.
“When it was 6-1 in the second, I was trying to keep my head down and avoid eye contact with the coach (John Torchetti),” joked DeSander, a 6-foot-, 170-pound native of Saginaw. “Then he barked my name louder, told me to start stretching and I was like, ‘Are you serious?’ ” Read More….
Berube, Monarchs Celebrate 100th Franchise Shutout
by Mark Allred | Frozen Futures
The 23-7-1-1 Eastern Conference leading Manchester Monarchs ended the first part of the 2014-15 season with a New Years Eve 4-0 win last night, at the Verizon Wireless Arena, in Manchester New Hampshire. Goaltender Jean-Francois Berube got the win, and his sixth shutout of his American Hockey League career, but more importantly, helped the Monarchs earn the100th shutout in franchise history, dating back to when the team came to the New England city in 2001. Berube made 33 saves, beating the 12-15-5-1 St. John’s IceCaps, the top minor league affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Winnipeg Jets. Read More…
The Case For Andrei Vasilevskiy To Be The Backup
by Anthony Murphy | The Hockey Writers
When Andrei Vasilevskiy got word that he would be sent back to the Syracuse Crunch of theAmerican Hockey League, he could have more than certainly done his best Arnie impression and said “I’ll be back”.
He has certainly given the Tampa Bay Lightning every reason to stay with the team, and make no mistake about it; his time will come maybe sooner rather than later.
The 20-year old rookie from Russia has won three of his first four starts and has been impressive ineach of them, even in the loss. The lone blemish on his resume? A 45-save performance against theNew York Islanders. Read More…