Built To Be Champions The 1994-95 Albany River Rats

The 1994-95 season was a special one for the New Jersey Devils organization. It was a championship season that was on full display, with the franchise celebrating its 20th anniversary of winning its first Stanley Cup title. That club featured a number of players who honed their craft at Albany, Utica and other stops around the AHL. Speaking of which, that year was pretty special for the Devils top minor-league affiliate, the Albany River Rats. That season, the Rats won Albany’s first Calder Cup championship. It was the first time since the Montreal Canadiens and Nova Scotia Voyageurs, each won it in the same season, back in 1976-77. Seeing the 1995 squad back together, brought back a lot of great memories, leading some in Albany … Continue reading

The 1995-96 Albany River Rats – Where Are They Now?

It is difficult in any sport to repeat as champions. In American League Hockey it has happened just eight times, with 2008-09 and 2009-10 Hershey Bears being the last to accomplish the feat. The old Springfield Indians are the lone AHL club to three-peat, doing so from 1959-62. In the 1995-96 season, the Albany River Rats were the pure definition of domination. Fresh off a Calder Cup championship season in 1994-95, the Rats and their defending Stanley Cup champion parent club New Jersey Devils, were riding high and looking to capture a second consecutive Cup. Alas it was not to be, as the free wheeling River Rats fell to the clutch and grab Conwall Aces (along with some pennies from heaven on the ice in … Continue reading

AHL Read This: PHPA AHL Extend CBA, 1994 Pirates Celebrate, IceCaps Award, Realignment, Rules Changes

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. No Drama as PHPA, AHL Agree to Extend CBA for One Year Stephen Meserve | 100 Degree Hockey If you were expecting drama and fireworks around the AHL collective bargaining agreement (CBA) negotiations this summer, you are probably going to be disappointed. Then again, that lack of fireworks is a good thing for labor negotiations and keeping the top development league in the world up and running for another season. “Our CBA was up this year, but the league had an option to renew it,” said Texas captain Maxime Fortunus, who has served as a PHPA player rep for five years. “This year was pretty easy for us. … Continue reading

AHL Read This: Willie To Vancouver, Yawney to Anaheim, Sommer Back, Hedden to KHL, Huska to Flames

Willie To Vancouver

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Canucks hire Desjardins as coach Monday, 06.23.2014 / 12:12 PM / News NHL.com Willie Desjardins was hired Monday as the new coach of the Vancouver Canucks. Desjardins, 57, had spent the previous two seasons as coach of the Texas Stars, the Dallas Stars‘ American Hockey League affiliate. They won the Calder Cup this season, and Desjardins was named the AHL coach of the year in 2012-13, his first season. In two AHL seasons he had a 91-40-21 record. “It’s a big challenge and if I thought I had to do it by myself, it’d be overwhelming,” said Desjardins, the 18th coach in franchise history, who will meet the media during a … Continue reading

Sn 10 Ep 36: Stars AHL Calder Cup Champions, Sean Shapiro and Robin Short

STARS AHL CALDER CUP CHAMPIONS This week on the Power Play Post Show, all the talk from Hosts Bob Howard and Megan Reiff along with our two special guests is the American Hockey League‘s Calder Cup Championship final series and the new champions the Texas Stars. Other topics on this week’s show includes new coach for the Springfield Falcons, the Syracuse Crunch and the Binghamton Senators pre-season plans in France and some news and notes from around the league. Sean Shapiro – Texas Stars – Beat-writer – The Statesman/Wrong Side of the Red Line – On Twitter: @seanshapiro – Sean joined Host Bob this week on the show to talk about the Calder Cup Champion Texas Stars, the road to get to the finals, players like … Continue reading

Sn 10 Ep 35: Calder Cup Final, Sarosy, Nearhos, Newkirk, Rogers, Meserve

Calder Cup Final

CALDER CUP FINAL This week on the Power Play Post Show, Hosts Bob Howard and Megan Reiff return to the airwaves to talk about the American Hockey League‘s Calder Cup Final which pits the Texas Stars vs the St. John’s IceCaps. The two hosts breakdown the first 3 games between the two conference champions before taking about the AHL’s CEO & President, Dave Andrews recent comments on the western movement that has become one of the hottest topics in the AHL. The two hosts finish the first segment of the show with the news out of Syracuse as the Syracuse Crunch announce the Frozen Dome Classic details vs the Utica Comets. Jim Sarosy – Syracuse Crunch – COO – On Twitter: @JimSarosy – Jim joined the … Continue reading

Sn 10 Ep 34: AHL Arena Rankings, Charles Dart and Tony Androckitis

AHL Arena Rankings

AHL ARENA RANKINGS This week on the Power Play Post Show, Hosts Bob Howard and Megan Reiff bring the American Hockey League‘s only true internet based talk show to the airwaves. The two hosts go through the two conference finals series as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins host the St. John’s Ice Caps in games 4 and 5 (Thursday/Saturday) and the Toronto Marlies host the Texas Stars in games 4 and 5 (Thursday/Saturday) as well. Besides news from around the league, the two hosts provide their thoughts on the outspoken owners and whether or not they are good for the league. Lastly Hosts Bob and Megan talk about the Stadium Journey Magazine‘s ranking of the AHL’s arenas which has received some harsh criticism from media and fans on … Continue reading

AHL Read This: Mark Morris Hershey Bears, Jake Allen NHL, AHL LED Lights, Petrovek Happy

Mark Morris Hershey Bears

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Coach Mark Morris eyes opportunity to follow Bruce Boudreau from Manchester Monarchs to Hershey Bears By Tim Leone | tleone@pennlive.com  After four seasons as head coach of the Manchester Monarchs, Bruce Boudreau was let go by the parent Los Angeles Kings and made a championship landing with theHershey Bears. Boudreau, now head coach of the Anaheim Ducks, won the Calder Cup in 2005-06 in his first season and followed with a 51-win season in 2006-07 and took the Bears back to the Calder Cup Finals. After eight seasons as Manchester’s head coach, Mark Morris was let go by the Kings following his team’s first-round playoff exit in 2013-14. The 56-year-old would … Continue reading

AHL Read This: Adirondack Flames Arrive Articles, Bruce Landon Speaks on Falcons, the real Slap Shot

ADIRONDACK HEAT ARRIVE

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Flaming ‘A’ returns to AHL Exciting building in Glens Falls for Adirondack Flames BY SCOTT CRUICKSHANK, CALGARY HERALD This, for the Calgary Flames’ busy-beaver general manager, represents another check mark. After meeting his scouts in Toronto — and before a trip back to Calgary prior to heading to London, Ont., for the Memorial Cup — Brad Treliving was in Glens Falls, N.Y., to officially introduce his new farm club, the Adirondack Flames. The Flames, having severed their working relationship with Abbotsford last month, needed a base for their affiliate in the American Hockey League. As of Friday, that task was complete. At least the first phase of it. … Continue reading

Sn 10 Ep 33: Zenon Konopka Suspension, Crocker, Kaser, Shaver and Bombulie

Zenon Konopka Suspension

ZENON KONOPKA SUSPENSION This week on the Power Play Post Show, Hosts Bob Howard and Megan Reiff break down all the latest news and information from around the American Hockey League. This week includes news on Head Coaches movement in Manchester and Hershey, affiliation extensions in Milwaukee and Portland, plus the two hosts talk about the play of John Gibson, the suspension of Bobby Robbins and the importance of the Grand Rapids Griffins announcement of 40 televised games starting next season. On a serious note, the two hosts also discuss the news that broke today about former AHL player Zenon Konopka being suspended without pay for violating the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Program through use of an over-the-counter-product. With this not happening often in professional hockey, host … Continue reading