AHL Read This: San Diego AHL Town?, Shane Prince Progresses, Jason Akeson Struggles

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

San Diego AHL Town

Can a new team named the San Diego Gulls be playing in the AHL next season?
(1966_67 San Diego Gulls team photo)

A pro hockey town again?

By Chris Jenkins | UT San Diego

At the time, four decades ago, official capacity at the San Diego Sports Arena was set at 13,363. That particular Saturday night, more than 14,000 tickets were sold to a hockey game, an impressive fact that the San Diego Gulls proudly shared on the public-address system.

“The fire marshal went berserk,” said Bruce Binkowski, the front-office employee who announced the attendance. “The next time we sold more than 14,000 seats, we only announced 13,363.”

The point is, there was a “next time.” The Gulls — despite playing in a much smaller city than it is today, a city that already had NFL and major league baseball teams, a sun-splashed beach town where the perfect climate screamed for people to stay outdoors and enjoy the warmth — often had folks flocking indoors to watch the best minor-league ice hockey available.

Looks, too, like there again will be a “next time” for professional hockey in San Diego.

From all indications, San Diego is part of a plan to establish a West Division of the American Hockey League, the primary provider of talent to the National Hockey League. Specifically, the first-place Anaheim Ducks are taking steps to move to San Diego their AHL franchise in that other big Navy town, the Norfolk (Va.) Admirals. Read More…

Shane Prince’s steady scoring keeping B-Sens afloat

By Matt Weinstein | Press & Sun Bulletin

The Binghamton Senators entered the past weekend on a five-game losing streak and emerged from it with some hope for the rest of the season.

Shane Prince scored twice as the B-Sens knocked off the first-place Springfield Falcons, 6-3, on Sunday to earn four of a possible six points during the three-game weekend.

The two goals give Prince a team-high 14 as he continues to be Binghamton’s most consistent scoring forward this season. Prince has 25 points in his past 26 games and his 31 total points (14 goals-17 assists) are two behind defenseman Chris Wideman for the team lead.

Prince also scored in Binghamton’s 5-0 victory over Syracuse on Friday. Binghamton lost to Lehigh Valley, 5-1, on Saturday. Read More…

Iowa signs former Stanley Cup champ Fedotenko


(iowawild.com) – Iowa Wild General Manager Jim Mill announced on Tuesday the American Hockey League (AHL) club has signed forward Ruslan Fedotenko (roo-slahn, FED-oh-Tink-oh) to a professional tryout agreement (PTO). Mill also announced forward Olivier Archambault (oh-live-ee-ay, ARE-Scham-Bow) has been assigned to the Alaska Aces, Iowa’s ECHL affiliate.

Fedotenko joins the Wild after spending the 2013-14 season playing for Donbass HC of the KHL in Russia. In 46 games, the 36-year old scored seven goals and totaled 17 points. The 15-year veteran has played 12 years in the National Hockey League (NHL): spending time with the Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins. Read More…

Icelandic firm Eimskip backs hockey series to build business ties

By Tom Bell | Portland Press Harold

The Icelandic steamship line Eimskip is sponsoring a new cup series with the professional hockey clubs in Portland and St. John’s, Newfoundland, with the aim of developing business relationships between the two host cities.

The Portland Pirates, in conjunction with the St. John’s IceCaps, launched the Eimskip Port-to-Port Challenge Cup this month between the Atlantic Division rivals. The Pirates and IceCaps have just concluded a three-game series in St. John’s and will battle for the cup over the remainder of their six regular-season matchups. The St. John’s team is up two games to one.

Maine and Newfoundland are linked by an Eimskip container ship, which travels every two weeks between Portland and Argentia, a port near Newfoundland’s largest city, St. John’s. Read More…

Jason Akeson struggles to shed AHL label

By Dave Isaac | Delaware Online

Jason Akeson spent six hours in the car Saturday. He had been recalled by the Flyers that morning and since all the flights to Buffalo were full, the skilled winger had a lot of time to think on the drive up.

In the American Hockey League, where he’s led the Phantoms in scoring each of the past three years, he’s a highly skilled winger. With the Flyers, he’s only been a fourth liner.

“A lot of people say, ‘Maybe he’s a good AHL scorer, but he can’t score at the NHL level,'” Akeson said. “I think when I got the ice time and stuff like that I kind of showed that I can do it. It just comes down to getting a couple bounces here or there and being put in the right situations and getting that opportunity. I do believe in myself or else I wouldn’t be here. When I do get the chance, I want to try and run with it.” Read More…

Terry Jones checks in on AHL’s overtime experiment

By Terry Jones | Edmonton Sun

OKLAHOMA CITY — It’s the experiment of the season in pro sports.

On many occasions the National Hockey League has used the American Hockey League to test drive tweaks to the game.

But this one is different.

This one the AHL did on its own.

And this one, it says here, is one most hockey fans are going to love if the NHL doesn’t have a problem with it not being their own idea.

It’s the seven-minute overtime that starts with 4-on-4 and then becomes a 3-on-3.

It’s been in effect all season so far in the AHL. And if the idea is to sell excitement and entertainment, this is definitely an idea which has come at the right time. Read More…

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