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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.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Having Iowa so close is one reason why the Wild has kept its roster at 22 players the past few weeks as opposed to the maximum 23. It saves money and salary-cap space.
It’s an advantage the Anaheim Ducks (Norfolk is their affiliate), Arizona Coyotes (Portland, Maine), Colorado Avalanche (Erie, Pa.), Los Angeles Kings (Manchester, N.H.), San Jose Sharks (Worcester, Mass.) and even the Calgary Flames (Glens Falls, NY), Edmonton Oilers (Oklahoma City) and Vancouver Canucks (Utica, N.Y.) don’t have.
That’s why as early as next season, there could be a titanic transformation in the AHL. The NHL’s chief development league is well on its way toward several relocations of eastern markets to western markets that’ll include some and eventually maybe all of the above teams.
“It’s a work in progress,” said David Andrews, the AHL’s president and CEO who attended Wednesday’s Wild-Montreal Canadiens game. “It has been for about 30 months. I would say the work is getting a little more intense, and I would say it’s eventually going to happen. We’re essentially working on a framework.
“Our relationship with each of the NHL teams is what our league is about, so if that’s what they want for player development, we’re committed to work with them and make it happen.”
more and other hockey topics...
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (theahl.com) ... The Syracuse Crunch established a new attendance record for an indoor professional hockey game in the United States as 30,715 fans filled the Carrier Dome on the campus of Syracuse University for a regular-season American Hockey League game against the Utica Comets on Saturday night.
The Crunch, top development team of the National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lightning, defeated the Comets, top affiliate of the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks, 2-1, in the Toyota Frozen Dome Classic.
The previous all-time record of 28,138 fans was set at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., for a 1996 National Hockey League playoff game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Philadelphia Flyers. Tonight’s turnout also represented the second-largest crowd in the 79-year history of the AHL.
You get a sense of the sight lines plus the crowd size from a YouTube user supplied video below...
from the Portland Pirates,
The Portland Pirates today announced the signing of forward Paul Bissonnette to an AHL Professional Tryout Contract. The six-year NHL veteran will join the team later this week.
Bissonnette, a 6-foot-3, 220 pound left wing from Welland, Ontario, joins the Pirates after spending the last five seasons with the Arizona Coyotes. While with the Coyotes, Bissonnette played 187 games, recording seven goals, 14 assists, 21 points and totaling 318 penalty minutes. He’s also appeared in four playoff games with the Coyotes, collecting 15 minutes in penalties.
from the PJStar,
Huntsville center Justin Cseter went into the right corner by the Havoc goal, collided with Peoria's Dennis Sicard, and fell onto Sicard's skate as the latter was on all fours, trying to get up.
With his mother, father and grandparents in the grandstand looking on, Cseter -- a Wisconsin native -- skated out of the corner fighting for his life, blood spurting from his thigh and pooling on the Carver Arena ice and players on both teams frantically screaming for doctors, EMT's, begging for help.
Cseter had been inadvertently slashed by Sicard's skate, across an unprotected gap between the bottom of his pants and above his knee pad at 6:27 of the second period.
He made it to the hashmarks in front of his net, sat down hard, then fell onto his back....
Doctors said Cseter suffered a wound about 1 1/2 inches deep and about six inches wide across his inner thigh on his right leg. His muscle was cut, but the skate blade missed his artery. Thirty minutes later he was rolled out on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance and hospitalized, with surgery ahead of him.
more and below, video of the incident...
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