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Orlando Solar Bears Release Sean Avery

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Solar Bears have announced that the club has released forward Sean Avery from his ECHL Standard Player Contract.

Avery, 41, signed with the Solar Bears on Feb. 23. He did not appear in any games for Orlando.

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The Orlando Solar Bears Sign Sean Avery

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Solar Bears have announced that forward Sean Avery has been signed to an ECHL Standard Player Contract. Avery will begin his tenure with the Solar Bears on the team’s reserve list.

Avery, 41, joins Orlando after last playing professional hockey during the 2011-12 season with the NHL’s New York Rangers and the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League.

A veteran of 10 seasons in the NHL with New York, Dallas, Los Angeles and Detroit, Avery brings 580 games of major league experience, collecting 247 points (90g-157a) and 1,533 penalty minutes. He twice led the NHL in penalty minutes during the 2003-04 and 2005-06 campaigns.

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Video- Sometimes A Video Doesn’t Tell The Story

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

I’ve watched — and re-watched — the video of Jacob Panetta shrugging his shoulders towards Jordan Subban during an ECHL game on the weekend many times in the past 48 hours.

To me, it did not look like it was racially motivated. But I wasn’t on the ice. More importantly, I’m not black.

So I don’t know — and I can’t know — what must have been going through Jordan Subban’s mind when he saw an opponent making what looked like “monkey gestures” at him. To Subban, who is black, it must have looked similar to the racist gesture that occurred days earlier in the American Hockey League, when a player  made a racial gesture  towards Boko Imama.

Panetta, who was released from his team and suspended indefinitely, said that wasn’t the case.

In an interview with Postmedia on Monday night, the 26-year-old claimed he was only making “a tough-guy, muscle-flexing pose” towards Subban and that it got misinterpreted. It’s the same gesture Panetta said he has made many times before. There’s even video evidence to back that up, as well as of Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson doing the same thing at the NHL level.

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ECHL Suspends A Player While Investigating A Racial Taunt

from Greg Wyshynski of ESPN.

The ECHL has indefinitely suspended Jacksonville Icemen defenseman Jacob Panetta, pending a hearing for what South Carolina Stingrays defenseman Jordan Subban said was a racist taunt on Saturday night.

"The South Carolina Stingrays are disgusted and appalled by last night's incident involving Jordan Subban," Stingrays team president Rob Concannon said in a statement. "Our organization stands in support of our friend and teammate, Jordan, as well as all other players who continue to deal with racism and discrimination. This behavior is unacceptable and has to stop."

The Jacksonville Icemen said in a statement that the organization is cooperating with the ECHL's review of the incident.

"As an organization, our fans, partners and sponsors know our core values and intend to make comments and decisions after completion of league review," the team said.

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Below a video of the incident tweeted out by PK Subban.

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Female On-Ice Officials Announced By The AHL

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … American Hockey League President and Chief Executive Officer Scott Howson announced today that the league’s roster of on-ice officials for the 2021-22 season includes female referees and linespeople for the first time.

The first AHL game ever officiated by a female referee will be the Lehigh Valley at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton contest this Saturday, Oct. 16, with Katie Guay working alongside Brandon Schrader. On Sunday, Oct. 17, Kelly Cooke will be teamed with Beau Halkidis for Rochester at Utica, and Jacqueline Zee Howard joins Carter Sandlak for Lehigh Valley at Hershey. Schrader, Halkidis and Sandlak are among 10 referees and six linespeople who will split their time between the AHL and NHL this season.

Other new members of the AHL refereeing staff include Laura White, Samantha Hiller, Elizabeth Mantha and Amanda Tassoni, while Kendall Hanley, Kirsten Welsh and Alexandra Clarke have been added to the AHL staff as linespeople. All have been part of the NHL and NHL Officials Association’s mentorship program and have been invited to attend the NHL Exposure Combine.

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The “Bad Boys Of Hockey”

from Sammi Silber of WSH Hockey Now,

Back in 2004, on April Fool’s Day, “the real Tony Soprano” bought his hockey-loving son his very own pro team. It wasn’t a prank.

That’s just the beginning of the journey of James “Jimmy” Galante and his son, AJ Galante. Netflix shares the story of the family in the latest installment of the Untold docuseries titled “Crime & Penalties.” It takes a closer look at the mafia, hockey and the short-lived Danbury Trashers hockey club that established itself as the “bad boys of hockey” in the UHL, an affiliate of the NHL at the time.

“It was just such a surreal experience for me and my father,” AJ said of the film, which the Way Brothers reached out to him about in late 2018. “To see yourself on TV is definitely weird in a way. I knew it would be a great production.”

It’s exciting, gripping and catches you from the very first minute. Featuring interviews with Jimmy and AJ., as well as former members of the Danbury Trashers like Rumun Ndur and brothers Drew and Mike Omicioli (the epitome of brotherly love) and even UHL commissioner Richard Brosal, who delivers a message that resonates deeply with the narrative.

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Now available on Netflix.

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Statement From The Charlotte Checkers

via the Charlotte Checkers,

While we are aware that the Carolina Hurricanes are nearing an affiliation agreement with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves, the Hurricanes have had little dialogue with us regarding this matter.

In an era when NHL teams are placing great value on affiliations with closer proximity between the two clubs, we understand the confusion that such a move would cause.

We will explore other options for our affiliation and look forward to continuing in the American Hockey League when play resumes.

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Steve Langdon’s Only NHL Point Came While Wearing Bobby Orr’s Hockey Pants

from Leo Roth of the Democrat & Chronicle,

During his five seasons with the Rochester Amerks, newest Hall of Famer Steve Langdon played 11 games in the NHL with the parent Boston Bruins

His NHL debut on April 3, 1975 against the Buffalo Sabres could not have been more memorable.

Called up that morning by Bruins coach Don Cherry, it took Langdon and trainer Nate Agnello four hours to make the hour-and-a-half trip to downtown Buffalo due to a major snowstorm.

o Langdon’s relief, the game was delayed and they beat the Bruins to the arena.

Needing gear in Bruins’ colors, Langdon got a helmet here, a pair of gloves there. He even was tossed a pair of spare pants to wear that belonged to none other than Bobby Orr.

With Boston short players, Cherry used Langdon with Andre Savard and Don Marcotte on a regular shift. They often found themselves paired against the French Connection, the Sabres' famed line of Gil Perreault, Rick Martin and Rene Robert.

“I played the whole game trying to cover Rick Martin,’’ Langdon said....

“I was behind the goal line, and Jim Schoenfeld rams me into boards,’’ Langdon said. “The puck was there, I kicked it behind the net to Don Marcotte, he tries to center it out, and it hits the goalie (Gerry Desjardins) on his pad or skate and goes in the net - from behind the goal line. That was a perfect assist I gave him.’’

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The Longest Game In AHL History Is Over

 

 

Watch the GWG below.

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Alignment Changes To The AHL

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced that the league’s Board of Governors, which convened for its Spring Meeting today in Chicago, Ill., has approved the following division alignment for the 2018-19 AHL season (National Hockey League affiliations in parentheses):

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