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

Sn 11 Ep 14: 2015 All Star Colin Miller, Rampage Garrett Willson & the Wild’s Joe O’Donnell

2015 All Star Colin Miller

2015 ALL STAR COLIN MILLER This week on the Power Play Post Show, Hosts Bob Howard and Megan Reiff bring another star studded edition show to the fans of the American Hockey League. This week’s show includes three great guests, including an Eastern Conference All-Star defenseman, one of the top players of the San Antonio Rampage and a radio broadcaster from the Western Conference. The two hosts break-down all the latest news and notes from around the league including Toronto Marlies LW Brad Ross being nailed with a 20 game suspension by the AHL. We get Megan’s thoughts on Bridgeport Sound Tigers defenseman Aaron Ness being added to the All Star Classic, as well as Bob’s thoughts on the edition of Todd Bertuzzi to the Binghamton … Continue reading

AHL Movement Madness: Is Your Team Safe?

The dominoes are slowly falling but when the dust settles, the American Hockey League landscape could be something more resembling Jenga. Where the pieces or in this case the teams, fit and or fall, is anyone’s guess. First it was the announcement that the Oklahoma City Barons will cease operations at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season. Now there’s news, the Norfolk Admirals will raise anchor and change coasts. While it’s hardly news that there will be an AHL Pacific Division, come 2015, this chain reaction could have reverberations far beyond Oklahoma City, Norfolk, Manchester, Worcester, Glens Falls, etc. Not to be an alarmist or create mass speculation but if you think your team is safe, you may want to think again. If the initial … Continue reading

Sn 11 Ep 12: All Star Coaches Announced, Sean Shapiro and Alex Ackerman

ALL STAR COACHES ANNOUNCED This week on the Power Play Post Show, Hosts Bob Howard and Megan Reiff bring a special Tuesday night edition of the show just a day away from the 2014 New Years Eve holiday. Bob and Megan start the show off with a look at the American Hockey League standings through December 30th and how the divisions stand going into the new year. The two hosts then went over the latest news and notes from around the AHL including the announcement of this season’s Eastern and Western Conference coaches for the 2015 All Star Classic, plus a rec goalie gets to live out his dreams with the Iowa Wild and the Rockford IceHogs Assistant Coach Mark Osiecki coaching Team USA in the 2015 … Continue reading

Sn 11 Ep 7: Kurt Kleinendorst Fired and the Phantoms Bob Rotruck

Kurt Kleinendorst Fired

KURT KLEINENDORST FIRED This week on the Power Play Post Show, Hosts Bob Howard and Megan Reiff bring the latest show discussing news and notes from around the American Hockey League. The hot topic of the week is without a doubt the firing of Iowa Wild Head Coach, Kurt Kleinendorst. Host Bob provides his uncensored thoughts of Kleinendorst who won the Calder Cup with the Binghamton Senators in 2011. The two hosts then go through the all the news and notes from around the league including the Hamilton Bulldogs to honor a fallen hero, an update on the Frozen Dome game between the Syracuse Crunch and the Utica Comets plus Bruce Landon being inducted into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame. Bob Rotruck – Lehigh … Continue reading

AHL Read This: Civic Center Future Decision, Bruins prospects, Stars Julius Honka, Ryan Craig Returns

Civic Center Future Decision

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Common Council to meet in private Monday to reach Civic Center sale consensus By Maury Thompson | Post Star.com GLENS FALLS — The Glens Falls Common Council is expected to reach “a consensus opinion” on the sale of the Glens Falls Civic Center at a special meeting on Monday, said 1st Ward Councilman James Campinell. “I think we’re all going to be in agreement. Let’s put it that way,” he said, in an interview at City Hall on Friday. Glens Falls Mayor John “Jack” Diamond and Common Council members would not say specifically which of the two bids they favor, but said they have concerns with aspects of the … 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: Norfolk Outdoor Hockey, Comets lose Stuart, Wild Fighting, Amerks Woes, Stars sign Dowling

Norfolk Outdoor Hockey

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Comets lose Stuart for weekend, maybe longer By JOHN PITARRESI UTICA – The Utica Comets have another big three-game weekend coming up in their frantic stretch drive for the American Hockey League playoffs. They’ll have to get through it without team captain Colin Stuart. Comets coach Travis Green said Tuesday that Stuart, injured early in Sunday’s 4-3 shootout victory over the Milwaukee Admirals, will miss Friday and Saturday home games with the Abbotsford Heat and Sunday’s game with the Iowa Wild at the Utica Memorial Auditorium at the very least. “He’s going to be out for a while,” Green said, adding that is possible Stuart might miss the … Continue reading

AHL Read This: Admirals Calle Jarnkrok great start, St Patty’s Day Massacre, Ouellet & Sproul

Admirals Calle Jarnkrok

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Islander remembers St. Patrick’s Day Massacre hockey game By Russ Hryvnak Over the last few years and to be honest, even before that, there has always been a debate inside the sport of hockey.  In an age where rules and ideas can be changed and implemented over the course of one season, the ongoing argument over the role of fighting in the game of hockey still rages on. People who are against it say that it is too violent, too extreme and dangerous to the health of the players.  It’s setting a bad example for the younger fans.  Many say we are supposed to be playing hockey, not … Continue reading