AHL Read This: Pirates New NHL Affiliate, IceCaps Hellebuyck, NHL Looking at 3 on 3 OT

Pirates New NHL Affiliate

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Pirates to have new NHL affiliate By Chris Roy | Maine Hockey Journal PORTLAND – The Portland Pirates will have a new NHL affiliate next season. It is expected the Pirates will announce this week that they’ve signed an affiliation agreement with a new National Hockey League team for next season, ending a four-year relationship with the Arizona Coyotes. Leading candidates to replace the Coyotes currently are the Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals. Brad Church, Pirates’ Chief Operating Officer, has acknowledged that he has held talks with several NHL clubs, but declined to comment on the specifics of those talks. He did say they were promising, and an … 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

AHL Read This: Phantoms lose but Fans keep coming, IceCaps recalls, RedWings add Grit, Muse top honors

Phantoms lose but fans keep coming

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Even as losses pile up, fans still fill the seats Phamtons lose but Fans keep coming By Diana C. Nearhos GLENS FALLS — It’s the last game of March. The home team is not only out of the playoff race but has lost 25 of its last 30 games. But the stands were nearly full Saturday night as the Adirondack Phantoms took on Springfield. Even as the losses pile up in a lame-duck season, the fans keep showing up. Charlene LaBrake expressed the sentiment of many fans: enjoy the hockey while it lasts. The Phantoms made it interesting for the 4,608 in attendance on Saturday for Fan Appreciation Night, coming … Continue reading

AHL Read This: IceCaps likely to be in Thunder Bay, Ont if Jets have their way

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. IceCaps owner may move team from St. John’s to Thunder Bay   CBC News Posted: Jan 21, 2014 1:55 PM NT Last Updated: Jan 21, 2014 2:40 PM NT The status and future of the St. John’s IceCaps were unclear Tuesday, amid reports that its parent company plans to move its American Hockey League franchise to Ontario. An IceCaps official confirmed, but soon after retracted, a report that True North Sports and Entertainment was moving its AHL franchise to Thunder Bay. The team is managed by a company owned by former Newfoundland and Labrador premier Danny Williams. But True North, which owns the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets, indicated that its team will eventually be playing hockey … Continue reading