A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps.
Syracuse Crunch owner Howard Dolgon pondering bid for 2016 AHL All-Star Classic
The American Hockey League will celebrate its 80th anniversary in 2016.
The landmark birthday should call for a series of celebrations, especially at the league’s All-Star Classic.
Could Syracuse be the host of that city’s mid-season party?
AHL president Dave Andrews said at last weekend’s event at Utica that the league is still searching for the site of its 2016 game. He’s open to all suggestions, but awarding it to a city with historic league significance would be a nice touch.
Hershey, perhaps, or maybe Springfield or Rochester. Read More…
AHL to make major announcement
The AHL Press Release
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League will be making a major announcement related to the 2015-16 season on Thursday, January 29, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
David Andrews, President and Chief Executive Officer – American Hockey League
Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner – National Hockey League
Michael Schulman, Chief Executive Officer – Anaheim Ducks
Bob Murray, Executive Vice President and General Manager – Anaheim Ducks
Brad Treliving, General Manager – Calgary Flames
Kevin Lowe, Vice Chair, Oilers Entertainment Group – Edmonton Oilers
Luc Robitaille, President, Business Operations – Los Angeles Kings
John Tortora, Chief Operating Officer – San Jose Sharks
Doug Wilson, General Manager – San Jose Sharks
Thursday, January 29, 2015 – 12:30 p.m. PT
Rinkside Room – SAP Center
The press conference will be streamed live on theahl.com as well as on the websites of the participating teams.
Players see merit in plan
He took part the Admirals’ morning skate in anticipation of an American Hockey Leaguegame that night. Instead, he was scrambling to get to California.
“I flew six hours, with the three-hour time change, and played 12 hours later,” Wagner said. “That sums it up”
Wagner, like many participants in the AHL All-Star Classic on Monday night, understands the reasons that Western-based NHL teams want to have their minor-league affiliates closer.
The AHL has been in discussions the past 21/2 years about the formation of a Pacific Division. Although there are some hurdles still to be cleared, the Western shift is expected to be in place for next season.
“It would be nice,” Wagner said, “to just drive up the road and play the (NHL) game.” Read More…
All-star aftermath: Did region capitalize?
By S. Alexander Gerould | UticaOD.com
Two banners and a newspaper advertisement.
That’s what the city did to visibly promote the American Hockey League’s 2015 All-Star Classic at the Utica Memorial Auditorium over the weekend.
Now that the festivities are over, tourists have left and hockey fans are waiting for the next Utica Comets game, did the city and region make the most of the attention?
Some believe they did; others say a better partnership is needed to properly promote future major events.
Mayor Robert Palmieri said he would have liked to have done more, but the city didn’t have the money.
“There’s no money in the budget,” Palmieri said. “We’re very lean, but we felt we took the opportunity at this point with the banners.”
The cost of those banners – one at the intersection of Genesee and Washington streets and the other on a chain-link fence in front of the demolition underway at 105-109 Genesee St. – was around $900, Palmieri said, adding that he paid for the full-page newspaper ad out of his own pocket. Read More…
Thunder’s move to AHL appears imminent
By Scott Linesburgh | By Stockton Record
STOCKTON — All is still officially quiet on the western hockey front.
But the buzz is getting louder and official word of the American Hockey League’s expected western migration should come later this week.
Sources with knowledge of the situation have indicated the Stockton Thunder will be part of a new western division of the AHL starting next season. The AHL is one level below the NHL, the equivalent of Triple-A baseball, which is higher than Stockton’s current position in the ECHL.
The AHL and the new teams could make announcements as soon as Thursday, but neither the Thunder nor their new buyer, the Calgary Flames, would say when they plan to announce the sale.
Flames officials, including president of hockey operations Brian Burke, attended a Stockton City Council meeting on Jan. 13 when it approved to transfer the Thunder’s lease with Stockton Arena from outgoing owner Brad Rowbotham to Calgary. Read More…
After seasoning in minors, Petr Straka feels he’s NHL ready
By Dave Isaac | The News Journal
PHILADELPHIA – Last season, Petr Straka didn’t know what to expect.
The winger had a four-year career in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League when the Flyers signed him as a free agent, and he seemed a little unprepared for life in the American Hockey League.
After 98 games there, he made his NHL debut Tuesday night.
“I feel much better than I did last year about my play in the AHL,” said Straka, a 2010 second-round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets who never signed.. “I feel more confident. The game’s slowed down for me a little bit. I am able to make more and better, stronger plays defensively and offensively. Read More…
AHL, Adirondack Flames press conferences coming
By Diana C. Nearhos | The Post Star
The landscape of the American Hockey League is changing and so is Glens Falls hockey.
The AHL will hold a news conference in San Jose on Thursday and the Adirondack Flames will hold one locally on Friday. It would make sense for those announcements to be about the new Pacific Division of the AHL. The league could announce those moves and then the Flames could announce a new ECHL team.
Under threat of being fined, no one is talking about what happened at the AHL Board of Governors meeting on Sunday. However, league president Dave Andrews alluded to a vote having been taken and passed. Read More…
Frozen for now
Minor-league hockey is a lot less glamorous than the Olympics, but it has always been a good fit for Worcester. We’re sorry to see that all signs are now pointing to the Worcester Sharks packing their bags at season’s end and heading to San Jose, California, home to the team’s parent club.
So, whether there’s snow or not at this time next year, the winter of 2015-16 is likely to bear a resemblance to the winter of 2005-2006, which was the last time that there was no American Hockey League franchise calling Worcester home. Read More…
Lake Erie Monsters not worried about AHL creating Pacific Division for Western NHL affiliates
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The American Hockey League is looking to expand into California with several Western NHL franchises moving their minor-league teams, according to numerous reports. What impact that will have on the Lake Erie Monsters and their affiliation with the Colorado Avalanche remains to be seen.
“We’ve heard those stories,” Lake Erie Monsters Chief Operating Officer Mike Ostrowski said. “The landscape everyone has seen and has been reported probably will change, and we don’t know what that will look like. I wouldn’t say we’re worried.”
The AHL could announce as early as Thursday a new Pacific Division.
Some reports have speculated Colorado is among the teams looking to move its AHL affiliation to California, but that has not been confirmed. An Avalanche spokesman said the team would have a comment Thursday or Friday. Read More…
Calgary will miss out by moving out
By Ken Tingley | The Post Star
When it comes to hockey, Glens Falls has had a lot of relationships, and just as many breakups.
The hope was that Calgary was finally “The One.”
The Flames have been a flashy, successful addition to downtown this year, and for the first time in a generation playoff hockey should be on the schedule.
Unfortunately, it has become quite clear in recent days that Calgary is on the precipice of pulling the trigger on a move to California to be part of a new Pacific Division in the American Hockey League.
Moving to Stockton makes sense from a logistical standpoint and would allow Calgary to have same-day service from its AHL farm team if it needed an emergency call-up.
But our loss may also be Calgary’s loss. Read more…
Triple-A hockey coming to Stockton; Thunder sale official tomorrow
By The Record
STOCKTON — Stockton’s long-rumored move up to become a Triple-A hockey city will become official Thursday.
The Thunder is holding a news conference 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Stockton Arena “regarding the ownership change and future of hockey in Stockton,” according to a statement released by the team this afternoon. The event is open to the public.
The news conference will reportedly confirm what has been talked about for many months: The Thunder has been bought by the Calgary Flames of the NHL, and the Flames will be moving their American Hockey League operation to Stockton for the 2015-16 season as part of a new West Coast division.
The AHL is also holding a news conference at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at SAP Center in San Jose to discuss the new division. Read More…