AHL Read This: Falcons Owner Speaks on Rumors, Habs Time in St. John’s & More

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Springfield Falcons owner on report of affiliation shift to Arizona: ‘There is nothing to report’ By Ron Chimelis | rchimelis@repub.com The owner of the Springfield Falcons dismissed a report linking his franchise to a multi-team switch of National Hockey League affiliations involving their minor league partners. “There is nothing to report. We currently have another year (on the Falcons’ deal) with Columbus,” Charlie Pompea said Thursday after an unconfirmed report from Rochester, N.Y., that the Arizona Coyotes would supply the Falcons with players for the 2015-16 season. Officials from the Columbus Blue Jackets, who are Springfield’s NHL affiliate, have not commented on the report of Rob Sanderson, a … Continue reading

AHL Read This: Pirates New NHL Affiliate, IceCaps Hellebuyck, NHL Looking at 3 on 3 OT

Pirates New NHL Affiliate

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Pirates to have new NHL affiliate By Chris Roy | Maine Hockey Journal PORTLAND – The Portland Pirates will have a new NHL affiliate next season. It is expected the Pirates will announce this week that they’ve signed an affiliation agreement with a new National Hockey League team for next season, ending a four-year relationship with the Arizona Coyotes. Leading candidates to replace the Coyotes currently are the Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals. Brad Church, Pirates’ Chief Operating Officer, has acknowledged that he has held talks with several NHL clubs, but declined to comment on the specifics of those talks. He did say they were promising, and an … Continue reading

AHL Read This: St Johns IceCaps Hamilton Bulldogs Relocation Reaction

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. IceCaps had to be good to be lucky By Brendan McCarthy | The Telegram Things fell in place for Habs deal, but St. John’s had a lot to offer, too It’s understandable, all this Habs hype. After all, it’s THE Montreal Canadiens who will be bringing their American Hockey League team to St. John’s next season. Not the New Jersey Devils or New York Islanders or Ottawa Senators, Mind you, Danny Williams and Glenn Stanford and the St. John’s IceCaps would have gladly taken the Devils, Isles or Sens as a replacement NHL affiliate for the Winnipeg Jets, but if you had asked them to rate the 29 other NHL organizations … Continue reading

AHL Read This: Canadian AHL Teams Hurting, NHL vs Independent AHL Owners, Ashton Traded

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Canada’s AHL teams hit hard by falling dollar By Teri Pecoskie | Hamilton Spectator In Hamilton and across Canada, American Hockey League teams are being burned by the drooping dollar. Bulldogs president Stephen Ostaszewicz says a dip in the loonie’s value — around 15 per cent since the team’s travel budget was set last June — has created “a significant headwind.” “All of our trips on the back end of the schedule, specifically the months of March and April, are U.S.-based,” he added. “It’s just another avenue that creates pressure on the business.” The Bulldogs — along with St. John’s IceCaps and Toronto Marlies, the league’s other Canadian franchises … Continue reading

AHL Read This: AHL Pacific Division Becomes Official, Reaction From Around the Country

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. AHL approves formation of Pacific Division The AHL.com – January 29th, 2015 SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced today that the league’s Board of Governors has formally and unanimously approved the steps necessary to create a Pacific Division within the AHL beginning with the 2015-16 season. The Board has approved the following: • The Anaheim Ducks will purchase the Norfolk Admirals AHL franchise and will relocate it from Norfolk, Va., to San Diego, Calif. • The AHL franchise owned by the Calgary Flames will relocate from Glens Falls, N.Y., to Stockton, Calif.  • The AHL franchise owned by the Edmonton Oilers will relocate from Oklahoma City, Okla., to Bakersfield, Calif.  • The AHL franchise … Continue reading

AHL Read This: Dolgon Looking At All Star 2016, AHL To Make Big Announcement, Pacific Division News

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 By Lindsay Kramer | The Post Standard 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? Perhaps. 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 … Continue reading

AHL State of the League Address with Dave Andrews

AHL STATE OF THE LEAGUE ADDRESS WITH DAVE ANDREWS Verona, NY – Dave Andrews met with the media this morning for his annual State of the League Address. Below is a link to the audio of the his 54 minute meeting with the AHL press. If you share the audio, please credit the Power Play Post Show, thank you. Dave Andrews – President and CEO of the American Hockey League – MP3 Audio

AHL Read This: AHL Western Movement Begins, Nick & Drew Shore, Tom Kostopoulos

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 … Continue reading

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. 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 … Continue reading

AHL Read This: Could Albany Lose Team, Wild John Torchetti & More West Movement Articles

Could Albany Lose Team

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Could Albany, Glens Falls lose hockey teams? League realignment plan could have an effect on fates of Flames, Devils By Pete Dougherty | Times Union California, here we come. The American Hockey League hasn’t adopted the slogan yet, but it may soon fit. The 79-year-old circuit, which develops players for the National Hockey League, is on the verge of creating a group of Golden State affiliates. The plan, which has been in the works for 21/2 years, may affect the future of the two Capital Region AHL franchises. AHL president Dave Andrews, unavailable Monday for comment on this story, has said previously that owners of many NHL Western Conference teams want … Continue reading