A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps.
AHL’s West Coast migration becomes official today
By Kevin Oklobzija | Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
When the American Hockey League’s board of governors convenes today in Verona — amid the backdrop of Turning Stone Resort Casino’s slot machines and roulette tables during the All-Star Classic — they will vote into reality the league’s first full-fledged footprint on the West Coast.
Whether it’s a division, a pod or a sub-league is a matter of semantics.
But starting next season, there officially will be five teams in California, with at least two other NHL teams, the Arizona Coyotes and Colorado Avalanche, exploring how to bring their AHL operations closer to the NHL hub. For now, the Vancouver Canucks are content in Utica.
To be approved by the AHL board: Read More…
Russian hockey league aims to slash salary cap
MOSCOW (AP) — The Kontinental Hockey League’s president says he wants to slash its salary cap as clubs struggle financially in Russia’s economic crisis.
Dmitry Chernyshenko told Russian media Saturday he wants to cut the 1.1 billion ruble ($17 million) salary cap by 50 million rubles a year each season until 2017-18.
At current exchange rates, that would result in a cap that is a fifth of the NHL’s current $69 million level. Read More…
Kostopoulos makes most of AHL experience
By Jonathan Bombulie | Citizen’s Voice
Due to his obsessive devotion to hard work and team play, Tom Kostopoulos has always been known, as the saying goes, as a player who values the crest on the front of the jersey over the name on the back.
On Monday, his jersey will have the AHL logo across the chest.
Kostopoulos was chosen by the office of the league president to captain the Eastern Conference at the AHL All-Star Classic in Utica. He was voted into the starting lineup by the fans.
It’s hard to imagine there’s ever been a player whose career better typifies what the AHL strives to be about.
“This league has done wonders for me,” Kostopoulos said. “It helped me get to the NHL. It helped me get back to the NHL many times. Anything I can do to help the AHL, it’s done a lot for me.” Read More…
Chambers: Parents of the Shore boys thrilled to share special trip
By Mike Chambers | Denver Post
David and Sarah Shore, a Cherry Hills couple who had their first date at a University of Denver hockey game in the 1980s, recently enjoyed a unique visit to Arizona and California. They watched their eldest son, Drew, make his debut with the Calgary Flames on Jan. 15 in Glendale, Ariz. Four nights later, Drew’s younger bother, Nick, made his NHL debut with the Los Angeles Kings.
The Kings’ opponents that night were the Flames — Drew’s Flames. David and Sarah were thrilled to see their boys come out for warm-ups at the Staples Center, even though they knew Drew was going to be scratched for the game.
Drew, who was traded from Florida to Calgary earlier that week, was “bag” skated by new coach Bob Hartley the day before in a “toughness test” and was still regaining the feeling in his legs.
“We knew he wouldn’t play. But we’re really fortunate to watch Drew’s first game as a Flame and Nick’s first game as a King,” David Shore said. “That would have been awesome if both played in the game, but the Flames and Kings play each other a lot. It’s tremendously exciting to see Nick start his career.” Read More…
Minor League Affiliate Steeps Players in the Ways of the Islanders
By Allan Kreda | The New York Times
The Islanders have many reasons to be grateful as they look ahead to the second half of the season.
With 31 victories in 46 games, they are in first place in the Metropolitan Division. They are getting steady production from four lines and top-notch goaltending from Jaroslav Halak, who will represent the team at Sunday’s N.H.L. All-Star Game, along with center John Tavares.
With the playoffs looming and a move to Barclays Center in Brooklyn ahead, the Islanders also have reason to be excited about their future.
Their team depth is best exemplified by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Islanders’ American Hockey League affiliate. Read More…