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The Colorado Avalanche Will Have An Affiliated AHL Team Joining Them In Colorado

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche will announce an upgraded minor-league partnership with the Loveland-based Colorado Eagles next month, with the current ECHL team becoming the 31st American Hockey League franchise, according to two sources close to the situation.

Beginning with the 2018-19 season, the Avs’ top prospects and veterans on assignments will play for the Colorado Eagles out of the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland. The Budweiser Events Center seats 5,289 for hockey but likely will be renovated to accommodate larger crowds.

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The St. Louis Blues Announce An Affiliation With The Tulsa Oilers

(Aug. 8, 2017) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the Blues have signed a one-year affiliation agreement with the East Coast Hockey League’s Tulsa Oilers for the 2017-18 season.

“First of all, and most importantly, the entire St. Louis Blues organization would like to offer our thoughts and prayers to those impacted by the tornado that went through the Tulsa area on Sunday,” said Armstrong. “We are thankful there were no fatalities and hope for a quick rebuild.  We are proud to extend our footprint to Tulsa and partner with the Oilers for the 2017-18 season. The Oilers are a strong organization from top to bottom and will provide a great opportunity for our young prospects to continue to develop their game.”

“It is truly an honor for us to affiliate with such a class organization like the St. Louis Blues,” said Oilers General Manager Taylor Hall. “Our fan base will be thrilled as we have many Blues fans here in Tulsa.”

The Oilers will begin their fourth ECHL season in 2017-18.  The club is coached by Rob Murray, who previously spent six seasons as the head coach of the ECHL’s Alaska Aces.  The Aces were affiliated with the Blues for three of Murray’s six seasons in Alaska. 

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Video- The Winning Call

No matter the level of competition, the joy is always the same.

Bob Kaser of the Grand Rapids Griffins with the emotional call.

 

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Vegas Golden Knights Announce Affiliation With The Quad City Mallards

VEGAS (June 1, 2017) - Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced today, June 1, that the club has entered into a multi-year affiliation relationship with the ECHL’s Quad City Mallards, who are based in Moline, Illinois, making the Mallards the official ECHL affiliate of the Vegas Golden Knights. Last month, the Golden Knights announced a multi-year affiliation with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. Under the terms of the affiliation arrangements, the Golden Knights will be able to transfer players to and from Quad City during the 2017-18 season. 

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Less Violence, Less Fan Interest In The ECHL?

from Rebecca Davis O'Brien of the Wall Street Journal,

Forty years after the Paul Newman film “Slap Shot” immortalized the rough-and-tumble world of minor-league ice hockey, the sport has changed directions: It is more polished, less pugnacious. The game is faster and more artful, which helps attract corporate sponsors and makes the minors a better pipeline to the big leagues.

The decline in violence also reflects the heightened concerns about concussions, which are especially acute in hockey after the deaths of several enforcers were linked to head trauma.

Yet attendance is down across most leagues and most of the teams aren’t profitable, leading some to wonder if the minor-league game has lost its way. At least 16 teams in the ECHL alone have folded in the past 10 years due in part to financial difficulties stemming from dwindling attendance and corporate sponsorship.

The latest casualties are the Elmira Jackals, in western New York, who announced in March that they would fold after this season ends on April 8. After years of ownership turnover and mounting debt, county officials assumed ownership of the Jackals last year, but couldn’t support the costs of the team.

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Video- Be Moved

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Playing In The Rain

 

from Linday Czarnecki of LA Kings Insider,

The story was the rain, much more so than the Reign and Condors.

The AHL teams played through a downpour on Saturday night at Bakersfield College’s Memorial Stadium, a game that ended with the host Condors coming from behind to win 3-2 in overtime.

After a halt in the first period caused by an issue with the glass near the Reign bench, the two teams returned to play the final 4:53 of the opening period on practically a pond as the rain wouldn’t let up and the game simply went on.

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Craig Cunningham Battled Death And Won

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

It's been dubbed the "Christmas Miracle."

Heather Cunningham, though, has another word to describe it.

"Absolute miracle," she said, "that's what it is. It's an absolute miracle. A month ago, we never thought we'd be where we are today."

On Wednesday, in Tucson, Ariz., Heather Cunningham and her son Craig, along with the doctors who saved his life, will meet with the media for the first time since the 26-year-old Tucson Roadrunner captain collapsed on the ice with acute cardiac arrest on Nov. 19 and almost died.

In the ensuing days, Cunningham literally fought for his life while on a state-of-the-art, life-support system with a team of medical experts working around the clock to keep the Trail, B.C., native alive.

His storybook career as a professional hockey player is now over -- his left foot and leg have been severely damaged and it remains to be seen how much, if any, functionality he regains -- but he and his family are so very thankful he beat the odds to survive.

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Craig Cunningham Will Likely Be Discharged From The Hospital In The Next Few Days

from NHL.com,

Craig Cunningham, captain of the Tucson Roadrunners of the American Hockey League will likely be discharged from Banner University Medical Center Tucson before Christmas.

Cunningham, his mother Heather, Roadrunners general manager Doug Soetaert and several doctors will speak during a news conference at noon ET on Wednesday.

Cunningham, 26, has been hospitalized since collapsing on the ice before a game against Manitoba on Nov. 19. Medical personnel performed chest compressions before transporting him to Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital, where CPR was continued. Two days later, Arizona Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said Cunningham was in critical but stable condition. Tucson is the Coyotes' AHL affiliate.

Cunningham was soon transferred to Banner, where he received advanced life-saving therapy using ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation), a highly specialized procedure for patients so critically ill that no other support for the heart and lungs is adequate.

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A Day With Guy Lafleur

from Dave Stubbs of NHL.com,

Guy Lafleur was awake in his west suburban Montreal home at 3:30 a.m. on Friday, 15 minutes before the alarm he had set.

"My wife likes when I get up before the alarm," the Montreal Canadiens legend joked three hours later, sitting at a very quiet Gate 50 at Montreal's Trudeau Airport.

Lafleur is impeccably dressed in his crested Hockey Hall of Fame blazer, red patterned tie and a tan trench coat, two copies of a luxury-lifestyle magazine under his arm for in-flight reading that he wouldn't do should he doze off on the plane, which he said was likely.

We are headed to St. John's, Newfoundland, where the five-time 1970s Stanley Cup champion is scheduled to participate in the ceremonial faceoff at the home opener of the St. John's IceCaps, the Canadiens' American Hockey League affiliate.

It's the final season of the IceCaps in a hockey-mad city in Canada's easternmost province. In 2017-18, the IceCaps will relocate to Laval, north of Montreal, where they will be rebranded the Laval Rocket.

The IceCaps, seeking star quality for their final home opener, called their NHL parent about a month ago, which is when Canadiens alumni president Rejean Houle called Lafleur.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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