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The Lake Erie Monsters Are AHL Champions

from Puck-Rakers,

After 52 years, the Calder Cup once again resides in Cleveland, and it took a monumental performance by Oliver Bjorkstrand to make it happen.

Bjorkstrand’s goal with 1.9 seconds remaining in overtime led the Lake Erie Monsters to a 1-0 win over the Hershey Bears and a four-game sweep in the American Hockey League’s championship.

“Amazing feeling, obviously,” Bjorkstrand said. “A little bit of a lucky situation, but sometimes you win that way. I knew I couldn’t take much time to (shoot) the puck.”
Goaltender Anton Forsberg, who took over late in Round 2 of the playoffs, had a 23-save shutout to win his ninth straight game.

Lake Erie is the top minor-league affiliate of the Blue Jackets, and Bjorkstrand is one of the Blue Jackets’ top prospects. That was further cemented in these playoffs, especially the final series.

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Brett Gallant Appears To Be Fine After Collapsing On The Team Bench

from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

Gallant, 27, collapsed while sitting on the bench during a TV timeout in the second period of the Monsters’ weekend-opening game against the Toronto Marlies. Gallant remained down while he was attended to by medical staff, and after several minutes on the bench, he was placed on a stretcher and taken from the ice.

Shortly after Gallant was taken from the ice, the game between the Monsters and Marlies continued.

According to Lake Erie coach Jared Bednar, Gallant experienced a fainting incident.

“All indications are that he’s fine,” Bednar told THN’s Ryan Kennedy. “When he left here, he was up talking and walking around. They were going to take him to the hospital to run some tests and make sure nothing more serious was going on. We haven’t heard anything more than he’s doing fine.”

There was no immediate update on Gallant’s status, but before the start of the third frame the Monsters’ official Twitter account reported that he had left the building for further medical attention.

“We can report that Brett Gallant is alert and conscious,” the Monsters said. “He is currently being transported to a local hospital. We’re thinking of you, Gally.”

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Hockey In Cleveland?

from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,

The Cleveland Browns, a football team without a title since 1964, dominate the local landscape. The baseball team (Indians) and the basketball team (Cavaliers) jockey for position close behind.

“We’re trying,” Johnson said. “A lot of people say, ‘Who are the Monsters?’ They look at you like you have four heads: ‘Who are you?’ ”

And yet as long as the National Hockey League continues to lock out its players, Johnson and her band of loyal Cleveland fans will bear witness to the best the game has to offer in North America. The Monsters opened their regular season at home against the Oklahoma City Barons on Friday, hosting a roster dotted with current and future NHL regulars.

And that is not for the first time, either, in Cleveland.

Cleveland has a surprisingly rich history in the game. The city was home to nine Calder Cup champions when the Cleveland Barons dominated the AHL around the time of the Second World War, and it has hosted teams from many major pro leagues, including the NHL.

Yes, the NHL.

“I do get that a lot,” retired NHL forward Dennis Maruk said with a laugh. “When people who are not of my age — they’re a lot younger — they’ve never heard of it: ‘What do you mean Cleveland had an NHL team?’ ”

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