Changing AHL Still Has A Few Moves To Go Before The I-6 Invasion Year’s Major Shake-up

MAJOR CHANGES IN PLACE FOR AHL 2015-16 SEASON BAK STUDIOS – The American Hockey League has seen many changes over its 79 years of supplying prospects to the National Hockey League. In the AHL’s first season in 1936-37 the league consisted of 8 teams: New Haven, Philadelphia, Providence and Springfield in the Eastern Division and Buffalo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and the league’s first champion, Syracuse in the Western Division. Move forward to 2014-15 and the the league now sits with 30 franchises, boasting a franchise affiliation with every NHL team. However at one point, the AHL was in a battle with the International Hockey League who catered as well to the NHL but ran things differently trying to run in major cities in the United States and … Continue reading

Sn 11 Ep 17: Barons Andrew Miller, Sharks Bryan Lerg & Ted Warren

Barons Andrew Miller

BARONS ANDREW MILLER This week on the Power Play Post Show, Hosts Bob Howard and Megan Reiff bring another spirited edition of the show to the fans of the American Hockey League. This week the two hosts run down the AHL standings, discuss the latest news and notes from around the league including a couple of suspensions, trades and the weekly award winner. The two hosts then discuss music for a few minutes as both are very passionate for hard rock and metal music which is no longer a form of mainstream music anymore. This week’s guests are: Andrew Miller – Oklahoma City Barons – Right Wing  – Andrew joined the PPPShow this week to talk about growing up in Detroit as a young hockey … 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

Sn 11 Ep 13: More Silly Season News, TJ Brennan, Pete Michaud & Jeff Mannix

MORE SILLY SEASON NEWS This week on “Silly Season” edition of the Power Play Post Show, Hosts Bob Howard and Megan Reiff try to make sense of the recent and credible news articles pertaining to the Western Movement that is apparently being planned for next season in the American Hockey League. Two articles were posted on Wednesday that talked about seriously planning for the potential Pacific Division in which both Bob and Megan give their thoughts on. One of the articles: Sources: Admirals being sold, will leave Norfolk basically talks about the Norfolk Admirals being sold to the Anaheim Ducks to be moved to San Diego while the Edmonton Oilers would move it’s ECHL team from Bakersfield, California to Norfolk and has quotes from the Admirals owner, Ken … 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

AHL Read This: Minard Sentenced For Sexual Misconduct; Civic Center gets $1.5 million bid; New Rules

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Minard sentenced for sexual misconduct Telegram Sports | Published on September 10, 2014 Former St. John’s Maple Leafs goaltender Mike Minard is in a Maine jail today, serving a two-month sentence after pleading no contest to a charge of sexual misconduct with a 13-year-old girl. Minard, who had been working as an assistant coach with the American Hockey League’s Portland Pirates, began serving his sentence Aug. 27. According to the Portland Press Herald, it is a two-month sentence without probation. He will spend the next 10 years on Maine’s Sex Offenders Registry. Minard was charged earlier this with soliciting sex from a minor and sending her a cellphone picture of … 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

AHL Read This: Mike Haviland Leaves Hershey, Pens Look To Farm, Preds Extend With Ads, Matt Fraser

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Colorado College names Mike Haviland new hockey coach By Joe Paisley The Gazette Just got off the phone with the new CC coach. Here is the first draft of the article. More details to come … Colorado College hired a Stanley Cup-winning assistant as its newest coach. Longtime professional coach Mike Haviland, who was an assistant on the 2010 NHL champion Chicago Blackhawks squad, was announced as the 14th coach in the 75-year-old program’s history on Friday. “This is a very exciting day,” Haviland said. Haviland, 46, replaced former longtime coach Scott Owens, who resigned after 15 seasons at his alma mater following a 7-24-6 campaign. Haviland beat out current CC … Continue reading

AHL Read This: Pirates Ray Edwards New Role, Pirates Get 1 More Year, Monarchs A Good Partner

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Pirates to announce affiliation extension with Coyotes By Chris Roy | Main Hockey Journal PORTLAND – The Portland Pirates plan to hold a press conference on Wednesday at the Cumberland County Civic Center where they’ll announce a one-year extension on their affiliation agreement with the National Hockey League’s Phoenix Coyotes. The Pirates affiliation agreement with the Coyotes expired last month, however, both sides were optimistic when the deal expired that a new agreement could be easily reached. The new one-year agreement will allow both sides greater flexibility as the American Hockey League works toward creating west coast option for western NHL teams. “It’s a one-year agreement for next season,” … Continue reading