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SAN JOSE – San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President General Manager Doug Wilson and Vice President and Assistant General Manager Wayne Thomas announced today that the Sharks have signed an affiliation agreement with the San Francisco Bulls of the ECHL for the 2012-13 season. The Worcester Sharks continue to serve as San Jose’s American Hockey League affiliate.
“We are very excited to add the San Francisco Bulls as our ECHL development affiliate,” said Thomas. “Our organizations share the same passion to put a strong, competitive product on the ice, as well as being an active member in our shared Bay Area communities.”
The 2012-13 season will be the inaugural campaign for the Bulls, who will play their home games at the historic Cow Palace, where the Sharks played their first two NHL seasons prior to moving into HP Pavilion at San Jose (then San Jose Arena) in 1993.
But the only goal of the game, in OT, was filled with controversy…
Rule 83.4 of the AHL rule book, “If the puck is shot on goal during a delayed off-side, the play shall be allowed to continue under the normal clearing-the-zone rules. Should the puck, as a result of this shot, enter the defending team’s goal during a delayed off-side, either directly or off the goalkeeper, a player or an official on the ice, the goal shall be disallowed as the original shot was off-side. The fact that the attacking team may have cleared the zone prior to the puck entering the goal has no bearing on this ruling.”
added 10:38am, The AHL released a statement regarding the goal which you can read below…
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League has announced that CBS Sports Network will televise Games 3 through 7 of the 2012 Calder Cup Finals, bringing the AHL’s championship series to millions of homes across the United States in high definition.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Anthony LeBlanc and his group of businessmen once known as Ice Edge Holdings are back in the Phoenix hockey picture.
Only this time it is not to make an ownership bid on the financially moribund Phoenix Coyotes but to manage Jobing.com Arena in suburban Glendale and try to bring in a minor-league hockey team if the Coyotes move to another city this summer.
On Mar. 1, LeBlanc sent an e-mail message to Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs, city attorney Craig Tindall and each member of city council. It was prompted by Scruggs’ public musings the city needs a “Plan B” if the Coyotes leave.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins and Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday announced a five-year extension of their affiliation agreement, ensuring that the relationship between Michigan’s premier hockey teams will continue through at least the 2016-17 season.
The 10-year-old affiliation, currently in its final season of a second five-year deal, has helped produce a Stanley Cup and an AHL regular season championship, along with multiple division titles for both teams.
Do you think he will get another NHL head coaching job?
from Ken Warren of Senators Extra,
So much for the calmer, cooler, less controversial Robin Lehner.
The Ottawa Senators’ 20-year-old goaltending prospect, who has kept a lower profile with the Binghamton Senators this season following a series of colourful events during the 2010-11 campaign, is now staring at the possibility of a lengthy suspension after losing his cool in a fight-filled 6-2 loss to Syracuse on Saturday.
Lehner left his crease to get involved in a brawl and removed his mask in an attempt to fight Syracuse goaltender Jeff Deslauriers. Lehner then wrestled with officials when they tried to intervene. After Lehner was thrown out of the game and escorted off the ice, he returned.
continued and here’s the video evidence…
from the Press & Sun-Bulletin,
A tough loss was overshadowed by a terrifying injury Friday night, as Binghamton Senators defenseman Patrick Wiercioch was hospitalized after being hit in the throat by a puck during the first period of the Norfolk Admirals’ 5-1 win at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.
Wiercioch was struck by a clearing attempt during a power play three minutes and eight seconds into the game. He immediately dropped to the ice and needed several minutes before being helped to the runway by trainer Glen Kinney and captain Mark Parrish.
“I’ve heard that he’s being attended to,” B-Sens coach Kurt Kleinendorst said after the game. “I know he’s in capable hands. We don’t know much more than that. We’ll just keep him in our prayers.”
Watch the incident below…
from Garry Brown of MassLive,
Brett Lebda, a 32-year-old defenseman who has quaffed champagne from the Stanley Cup, joined the Springfield Falcons this week as a step toward reviving his hockey career.
He was at home in Chicago, skating every day and waiting for a call after finding himself out of work at free-agency time in July.
The call came Monday from Chris MacFarland, assistant general manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Springfield’s parent club. After conferring with president/GM Bruce Landon of the Falcons, MacFarland signed Lebda to a professional tryout agreement.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Sources tell TSN several NHL western conference teams are involved in ongoing discussions to improve the geographic challenges some teams face in trying to develop their players from afar.
Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Jose, Phoenix, Colorado, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary attended a private meeting with NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly earlier this month, where the group conceptually talked about the introduction of a western wing to the American Hockey League to ease the burden of travel on prospect players, as well as provide NHL teams with a more hands on approach in day to day development.
Most in that group are content with their existing AHL partnerships; however, there are some who who like to see change and are considering a more extreme approach if necessary.
The possibility of creating an entirely new league primarily based to serve some of the NHL’s pacific and northwest division teams has also been suggested by some involved.
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