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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....
from John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Sun,
The ice-in-the-sky concept to turn the pool deck at the Plaza into a hockey facility for the Las Vegas Wranglers has proven too costly to complete.
The Plaza announced in a news release today that the Wranglers will not move their home games to the downtown hotel-casino. It cited the team’s concerns that the project had exceeded original cost estimates.
Team owner Gary Jacobs informed Jonathan Jossel, managing director of Plaza hotel parent company Tamares Group, in an email this morning that the team was moving on.
“The pool deck wasn’t going to be feasible in a time frame for us to play at the Plaza,” Wranglers President Billy Johnson said in a phone interview just after the release was issued via email.
“We do have another (plan) that we’ve dual-tracked in case things didn’t work out as smoothly as we’d liked with the Plaza,” he said.
Dual-tracked in this context means the team was simultaneously working out a plan for another venue.
thanks to a KK member for the pointer
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League today announced the following suspensions stemming from a review of the incidents in the Feb. 16 game between the Adirondack Phantoms and the Portland Pirates:
Adirondack center Kris Newbury has been suspended for four (4) games, Adirondack goaltender Cal Heeter has been suspended for three (3) games, Adirondack left wing Zack FitzGerald has been suspended for two (2) games, Adirondack center Ben Holmstrom has been suspended for one (1) game, Adirondack left wing Tye McGinn has been suspended for one (1) game and Portland right wing Kyle Hagel has been suspended for two (2) games as a consequence of their actions.
Watch the incident below...
from Fox5 Las Vegas,
After calling the Orleans Arena home since the team's inception in 2003, the Las Vegas Wranglers are scrambling to secure a new venue for next season.
"The solution is not going to be simple," said Wranglers president Billy Johnson. "The timing of this has every possible place booked up."
In a meeting with Boyd Gaming, owners of the Orleans Arena, on Dec. 6, Johnson was told the team's lease with the arena would not be extended past the 2013-14 season.
"In that meeting, we were told it was 100-percent sure we would not be back," said Johnson.
Johnson asked for a one-year extension on the team's lease for time to search for a new sheet of ice.
"We were told that's not going to happen," said Johnson.
from Neate Sager of Buzzing the Net at Yahoo.ca,
If eliminating fighting in junior isn't at the very top of USA Hockey and Hockey Canada's agendas, then it's about to be after a scary scene in a United States Hockey League game on Saturday night.
Some would say that it's too soon to put Dubuque Fighting Saints defenceman Dylan Chanter suffering a "full-body seizure" after the 18-year-old bare head struck the ice during a tussle into the context of whether it's appropriate for teenagers to fight.
Watch the incident below and understand it may be hard to watch for some...
First this from Darren Dreger al litle earlier tonight...
Then this from TSN about 10 minutes ago...
Former Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov appears to be Vegas bound.
According to reports, the 33-year-old Bryzgalov is close to signing with the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL.
continue for career talk on Bryzgalov...
The Wranglers are noted for some of their promotions, I wonder what the would have in store for Bryz?
from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,
This trifecta of concern – danger, cost, time – is what causes the leaping five-year-old to become, at 13, 14 or 15, the child who steps aside, who walks away from a game they might return to in their late 20s – at which point, for reasons easily understood by those who do return, the game suddenly becomes “FFFFUUUNNNNN!” again.
Costs are reasonable; time is minor; danger is mitigated.
Years and years ago, former NHLer and television analyst Howie Meeker was warning hockey that if it failed to keep “fun” in the game, teenagers would leave it. Skill, he argued, is what makes fun. “And you absolutely cannot learn a skill in a violent atmosphere.”
They did not listen. Instead, they barked back – and still bark back – that it’s “a man’s game.” Suck it up and go away if you can’t deal with that.
No one says it isn’t a tough and physical game and should remain so at the most competitive levels. But we know today that having one’s “bell rung” is not cartoon stars and birds chirping. Concussion – a stigmatic word professional hockey is increasingly refusing to use – is such a serious issue that, recently, the NFL agreed to a $765-million settlement with 4,500 former players suing it over the consequences. That the settlement seems so shockingly low when you consider the damage speaks more to the desperation of those in dire need of help than it does to reason or fairness.
The American Hockey League today released the complete schedule of regular-season games for the 2013-14 season, the league’s 78th year of operation. The season, comprising 1,140 games, begins on Fri., Oct. 4 and concludes on Sun., Apr. 20; each of the league’s 30 clubs will play 76 games, 38 at home and 38 on the road.
Some highlights of the 2013-14 schedule:
• The 2013-14 regular season begins with five games on Oct. 4, including the defending Calder Cup champion Grand Rapids Griffinsvisiting the Rochester Americans. The Griffins’ home opener is scheduled for Oct. 18 vs. the Milwaukee Admirals.
• There are two new teams in the AHL this season, with the Iowa Wild beginning play in Des Moines as the top development team of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild, and theUtica Comets hitting the ice as the primary affiliate of the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks. The Wild open their inaugural season at home vs. the Oklahoma City Barons on Oct. 12; the Comets begin with three road games before their home opener on Oct. 23 vs. the Albany Devils.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils 2012 first-round draft pick Stefan Matteau did not quit his junior team, his agent Pat Brisson said this afternoon.
There were multiple initial reports that Matteau, 19, quit the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada after being benched for the third period of the Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Baie-Comeau in Game 2 of the QMJHL semifinals. Armada GM Joël Bouchard announced today that the team had released Matteau.
Brisson said that Matteau was actually released after Saturday night’s game.
“The team decided to release Stefan. He didn’t quit,” Brisson said. “They made a decision. People read the headlines at first that Matteau quit and drives back with the fans. The team made a decision to release him. Joël was firm about it. They gave him a plane ticket to go back from Baie-Comeau to Montreal and he decided to ride back on the bus. His father (Armada assistant coach and former NHLer Stephane Matteau) decided to drive back with him.
“So, the issue of him being on the fan bus, under the circumstances he decided to ride right back rather than wait until the next day and fly back. He decided to ride back with his dad.”
added 8:59pm, The GM of Armada explains the process in the CBC video below...
from Scott Fisher of the Calgary Sun,
It may not have been caught on film, but Calgary Hitmen mascot Farley the Fox is licking his wounds after his own scuffle with an opposing coach.
Farley was celebrating after the Hitmen eliminated the Rebels in Game 5 at the Saddledome Thursday night when he fell off a ledge above the Rebels’ tunnel and onto head coach Brent Sutter.
“He fell right in front of me and then went into my feet and my legs and pushed me back,” said the former Flames bench boss. “My first reaction was he was trying to jump on me.
“It happened so quickly. Your first reaction is to defend. I didn’t know if he was going to jump on me or what he was going to do. So I took a step in and booted him.
“Then, I realized what I was booting. I said ‘Geez, it’s Farley.’ So I ripped his head off to make sure he was OK and so he could hear me to tell him, ‘You gotta get out of here.’ ”
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