AHL Read This: Thunder Bay Costs Rise, Travel Tight for IceCaps Stars, Royals Flyers, Blashill Re-signs

Thunder Bay Costs Rise

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Thunder Bay event centre costs start to rise From CBC News City councillors in Thunder Bay spent hours Monday night debating how much more support is needed for the proposed event centre. City administration said it needs the money to pay for design work relating to moving the Camelot Street hydro substation. The money would also pay the wage of a person to oversee the project, legal fees related to signing contracts with a potential American Hockey League team, and other environmental and parking studies. “I’m a little concerned that had we known these costs sooner, maybe we could have applied to Fednor and to NOHFC to help … Continue reading

AHL Read This: Glens Falls Recruited Five Teams, Amerks Players Learn, Stars Media Notes & More

Glens Falls Recruited Five Teams

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Glens Falls tried to recruit four other AHL teams before Calgary By Maury Thompson GLENS FALLS — The American Hockey League affiliate of the Calgary Flames, which is relocating to Glens Falls, is one of five AHL teams city officials attempted to recruit, said Glens Falls Mayor John “Jack” Diamond. The mayor said after attempts to recruit four other teams were unfruitful, the chances of recruiting an AHL team for the upcoming season looked doubtful. But one evening in March, Mike Holditch, senior vice president and general manager of the Flames, called Diamond on his cellphone. “I was pulling into my (home) driveway and it was Mike Holditch,” Diamond said in an interview … Continue reading

AHL Read This: Heat No More, Brent Thompson Soundtigers new Coach, Norfolk Fans Making Noise

Heat No More

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Heat’s history ends on losing note Flames farm club knocked out of AHL playoffs BY SCOTT CRUICKSHANK, CALGARY HERALD The Abbotsford Heat is officially history. For the season. Forever. With the Calgary Flames’ working relationship with the B.C. city severed after five years — and with Glens Falls, N.Y., serving as front-runner for their next American Hockey League outpost — the Heat put in its final night of toil Friday. “I’ve been coaching almost 30 years,” said Abbotsford skipper Troy Ward, “and that’s probably the classiest group of people I’ve ever been around in my life.” The Heat fell 5-3 to the Grand Rapids Griffins at Van Andel … Continue reading

AHL Read This: Abbotsford Heat Leaving News, Pirates Moving Final Game, Survey for ThunderBay

Abbotsford Heat Leaving

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Abbotsford Heat leave city with $12M in losses CBC News Posted: Apr 15, 2014 10:14 AM PT Last Updated: Apr 15, 2014 4:16 PM PT The City of Abbotsford has paid the owners of the Abbotsford Heat another $5.5 million to end the Calgary Flames’ farm team’s contract with the city, capping off years of financial losses for the city. Abbotsford Mayor Bruce Banman joined CEO of the Calgary Flames, Ken King, and president of  Abbotsford Heat, Ryan Walter, at the announcement on Tuesday morning. Banman said in total the contract with the team has cost the city more than $12 million since 2010, when then-mayor George Peary signed a ten-year … Continue reading