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I tweeted this a few minutes ago but thought I would post it too.
A very scary moment for Brian McGrattan.
via Hometown Hockey,
Saskatchewan born, Todd McLellan was just 26 when he moved to Swift Current to take over as bench boss of the Broncos. Two years later, he had steered the team to a 44-23 and 5 record and won the WHL Executive of the year. McLellan reflects on his time with the team and the community.
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from Tal Pinchevsky at ESPN,
When the Anaheim Ducks sent Tim Jackman to their American Hockey League affiliate on Nov. 2, it was a difficult assignment for the veteran forward, who had been a healthy scratch much of the season before being placed on waivers. But there were some familiar faces that welcomed the longtime enforcer, who led the Ducks in penalty minutes last season despite being limited to 55 games.
The physical winger felt right at home when he entered the San Diego Gulls' locker room and was greeted by Brian McGrattan, Shane O'Brien and Stu Bickel, three other hard-nosed players who made their bones in the NHL collecting plenty of penalty minutes.
With the role of enforcer being mostly abandoned by the NHL, these players have found a place with the Gulls. And San Diego's fearsome foursome now makes up one of the most intimidating groups in pro hockey.
from Jeff Neiburg of the Philadelphia Daily News,
MacDonald - acquired from the New York Islanders in the spring of 2014 and then signed to a highly criticized, six-year, $30 million deal by then-general manager, Paul Holmgren - hasn't been a regular minor leaguer since 2008-09....
"Obviously, it's a bit of an adjustment," MacDonald said after the Phantoms fell, 3-1, to the Toronto Marlies in their third game in three nights. "At this point, I'm settling in here and just trying to help the team win here."
And playing three games in three nights?
"It's been a while," MacDonald said with a laugh.
He might have to get used to it. The Phantoms have eight more of those sets the rest of the season. And the way it looks right now, MacDonald, who entered Wednesday with two assists and a plus-3 rating in five games, isn't coming back to the NHL anytime soon. The Flyers, who gained $950,000 in cap relief when they sent MacDonald down, simply don't have the space to bring him back up.
"Quite frankly, we'd like to get him back up," said general manager Ron Hextall, who was in attendance Sunday. "It's a situation right now that's partly out of our hands and his hands.
"It's certainly not the way you script it. You don't want to have a guy making a ton of money here. That's not the way you plan things. Obviously, sometimes you have to adjust.
Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis and the South Carolina Stingrays continued to make history on Friday with a 4-0 win over the Indy Fuel at the North Charleston Coliseum.
The shutout was Jakaitis' fourth in a row, setting a new ECHL record, and it extended his league-record shutout streak to 319:32. Jakaitis, who leads the ECHL this season with six shutouts, has not allowed a goal since 3:01 into the first period of a 5-1 win against Gwinnett on March 6. The 31-year-old now has 22 career shutouts, which is just three behind ECHL all-time leader Marc Magliarditi.
Jakaitis' shutout streak is the second-longest in professional hockey history, trailing only Brian Boucher, who had a streak of 332:01 with the National Hockey League's Phoenix Coyotes in the 2003-04 season. The American Hockey League record was set by Matt Murray of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins earlier this month at 304:11.
South Carolina extended its ECHL record winning streak to 20 games, becoming just the second team in professional hockey history to win at least 20 games in a row, joining the American Hockey League's Norfolk Admirals, who won their final 28 games of the 2011-12 regular season on their way to capturing that year's Calder Cup title.
AHL President Dave Andrews joined Prime Time Sports to discuss the new California Division and its affiliates and also the plan for the NHL to adopt the AHL’s overtime rules.
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:
from David Pollak of The Mercury News,
The NHL will make it official Thursday afternoon: Five franchises -- including the Sharks -- are moving their top American Hockey League affiliates to California next season.
The 12:30 p.m. PT announcement will be made at the SAP Center -- the rink both the Sharks and their relocated development team will call home. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and AHL president David Andrews will be on hand along with representatives of the Sharks, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers.
"It really helps us with the most important things that we do, draft and develop players" Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said Wednesday.
Watch the press conference below, it is scheduled to begin at 3:30pm ET...
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League will be making a major announcement related to the 2015-16 season on Thursday, January 29, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
Montreal Canadiens prospect Jarred Tinordi was knocked-out cold in an "assumed" staged fight.
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