AHL Read This: Barons Championship Run, IceCaps Challenges, All Star Coaches

Barons Championship Run

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Oklahoma City Barons: Are Barons on a championship run? by Michael Baldwin | News OK As the American Hockey League season nears the halfway point, the Oklahoma City Barons are looking a lot like last year’s version of the Texas Stars, the defending Calder Cup champions. A year ago, the Stars were the most consistent team in the AHL, earned the No. 1 seed in the playoffs and stormed to the title by losing only six playoff games in four series. This season, it’s the Barons (23-7-4) who are currently the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. Oklahoma City is riding a seven-game win streak and is 9-1-0 … Continue reading

AHL Read This: Flames Shooting For Profitability; Falcons New Coach, Texas Being Hunted

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Flames shooting for profitability By Amanda May Metzger | Post Star.com GLENS FALLS — As the Adirondack Flames take the ice, they’re aiming not only for the net. They’re making a play for your discretionary spending in the competitive arena of family entertainment. As Flames President Brian Petrovek explained, operating the Calgary Flames American Hockey League affiliate is like running other businesses, but with an uncommon product: a hockey team that takes the ice for its home opener Saturday at 7 against the Albany Devils. “We define ourselves as a properly priced family entertainment option. What makes us unique is we have world-class athletes that can do things on … Continue reading

Sn 11 Ep 1: Season 11 Premiere, Jonathan Bombulie and Mike Gwizdala

SEASON 11 PREMIERE This is the Season 11 Premiere of the Power Play Post Show with hosts Bob Howard and Megan Reiff! In this episode, Bob and Megan recap the happenings over the summer that includes the new rule changes affecting the American Hockey League, the changes in Head Coaches and the changes in divisions going into the 2014-15 AHL season. The two then discuss the affiliation extensions that the Springfield Falcons, Binghamton Senators, St John’s IceCaps and others signed in the off-season and how they affect the status of the AHL. With going into the Power Play Post Show’s 11th season, hosts Bob and Megan discuss their hopes for the show, the AHL season and the future of the PPPShow in regards to how they … Continue reading

AHL Read This: Bulldogs pass on Veterans, Support to Keep IceCaps, BriseBois on new Rules

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Will Hamilton Bulldogs regret passing on high-scoring veterans? By Scott Radley | Hamilton Spectator The opening days of any hockey team’s training camp are always thick with optimism. Everything’s fresh and better. All slates are clean. Last year is in the past. So today it’s possible to believe many of the young men who will eventually be released from the Montreal Canadiens’ camp — which opens on Thursday — and handed a bus ticket to Hamilton will make this year different from the last three in which the Bulldogs missed the playoffs each time. Hopefully, that’s the case. But if it turns out they’re not yet quite ready for primetime … 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: Green Tells Penguins No, Bears Hire Troy Mann, Landon Speaks, Stars Hire Laxdal

Green Tells Penguins No

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Travis Green turns down Penguins, to head back to Utica By John Pitarresi | Utica Observer Dispatch Travis Green could have been working in the National Hockey League next season. Instead, he expects to return to as head coach of the American Hockey League’s Utica Comets. Green was offered a job as an assistant to Mike Johnston, the new coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, but turned it down. Green was Johnston’s assistant for five seasons with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. He took over the team for the second half of the 2012-13 season, when Johnston was suspended. “Mike Johnston is a phenomenal career coach,” Green said, … 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

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