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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.”
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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...
from Josh Weissbock of Shnarped,
Fans have been watching their top prospects develop over the last year or two and are now anxiously waiting to see how they perform at the next level. Most players end up with a stopover in the AHL for some development before getting a shot with the big club. Typically the players who perform well at the NHL level have performed well at lower levels; we’ve identified a number of potential AHL rookies who have had success in the past and will get their first chance at a full season in American Hockey League.
As October begins most hockey leagues in the world have started their regular season with one of the last holdouts being the American Hockey League (AHL). The AHL has a very dependent relationship with the NHL teams as the majority of rosters in the AHL are those that have been assigned by NHL clubs to their AHL affiliates. Changes in the NHL, through injury or trade, can quickly have a ripple effect that exponentially grows in magnitude to the effects in the AHL. Rosters are very dynamic and players may not spend an entire season in the AHL especially if they are performing well.
NEW YORK/SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (Aug. 28, 2014) – An education and drug testing program will be implemented for American Hockey League players, effective for the 2014-15 season, the National Hockey League and American Hockey League announced today.
The details of the AHL program, which was the result of a collaborative effort between the two leagues (NHL and AHL), the National Hockey League Players’ Association and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association (which represents AHL players in collective bargaining), substantially replicate the collectively bargained policies already in place for NHL players.
The AHL drug testing program will be administered by the doctors who supervise the NHL/NHLPA Performance-Enhancing Substances Program and the Substance Abuse/Behavioral Health Program.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League today released the complete schedule of regular-season games for the 2014-15 season, the league’s 79th year of operation. The season, comprising 1,140 games, begins on Fri., Oct. 10 and concludes on Sun., Apr. 19; each of the league’s 30 clubs will play 76 games, 38 at home and 38 on the road.
2014-15 team-by-team schedules (PDF)
2014-15 day-by-day schedules (PDF)
2014-15 LeagueStat schedules
Some highlights of the 2014-15 schedule:
from Rick Westhead of TSN,
Canada's largest private-sector union, which is trying to organize major junior hockey players across the country, is scheduled to meet on Monday with Ontario's minister of labour to discuss the working conditions faced in the Canadian Hockey League by its 1,700 mostly teenaged players.
Jerry Dias, Unifor's president, said he plans to ask Ontario Labour Minister Kevin Flynn to establish a task force charged with scrutinizing the business of junior hockey.
Dias told TSN that when he met with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne three weeks ago at Queen's Park, Wynne brought up the issue of working conditions in junior hockey with him. Dias said Wynne told him she is interested in learning more about whether players get a fair share of the game's profits.
Flynn's spokesman Craig MacBride declined to comment.
Wynne's spokeswoman Zita Astravas said both the premier and Flynn have already met with Dias.
"Discussions covered a wide range of topics," she said. "Unifor is an important partner and our government looks forward to a positive relationship with labour."
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced that the league’s Board of Governors has approved the following division alignment for the 2014-15 AHL season (National Hockey League affiliates in parentheses):
The kings of sudden death are now the kings of the American Hockey League.
Patrik Nemeth scored 14:30 into overtime as the Texas Stars captured their first Calder Cup championship with a 4-3 win over the St. John's IceCaps in Game 5 of the Finals at Mile One Centre on Tuesday night.
Nemeth, a second-round draft pick by the Dallas Stars in 2010 who played five playoff games with the parent club also earlier this spring, netted the Cup-clincher off an outstanding individual effort. With the teams skating four-on-four, Nemeth scooped up the puck at his own blue line, raced up the right side, went inside-out on a St. John's defender and backhanded a shot over the glove of Michael Hutchinson for his first goal of the entire postseason.
Texas finished the playoffs with a 6-0 record in overtime, with all six wins coming on the road.
Watch the winning goal below and the post-game ceromony....
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