Category Archives: American Hockey League

AHL Announces Suspensions Stemming From February 16th Line Brawl

AHLSPRINGFIELD, 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.

Newbury will miss Adirondack’s games Friday (Feb. 21) vs. Albany, Saturday (Feb. 22) vs. Bridgeport in Philadelphia, Feb. 28 at Utica and Mar. 1 at Syracuse.

Heeter will miss Adirondack’s games Friday (Feb. 21) vs. Albany, Saturday (Feb. 22) vs. Bridgeport in Philadelphia and Feb. 28 at Utica.

FitzGerald will miss Adirondack’s games Friday (Feb. 21) vs. Albany and Saturday (Feb. 22) vs. Bridgeport in Philadelphia.

Holmstrom and McGinn will miss Adirondack’s game Friday (Feb. 21) vs. Albany.

Hagel will miss Portland’s games tonight (Feb. 18) vs. St. John’s and Saturday (Feb. 22) at Manchester.

AHL Brawl: Pirates vs Phantoms from Sun. Feb. 16th

A crazy hockey brawl broke out yesterday in Portland, Maine between the Portland Pirates and the Adirondack (a city based in New York) Phantoms which featured five fights, a goalie fight, and a penalty minute total of 329 combined with a good majority of it coming in the final 22 seconds of the game.

Instead of acting like I know why it escalated into this, I will just let you look at the replay of two events that will likely lead to suspensions. First let’s get to the brawl because it happened before the second event.

As you will see goalie Cal Heeter left the bench for the Phantoms, which in the NHL would be an automatic ten game suspension, but according to my printed AHL rulebook from the 2008-2009 season the first player to leave the bench is to be suspended six regular season/playoff games, and the second player from either team to leave the bench shall be suspended three regular season/playoff games. So if the rule is still the same than Heeter will be suspended six games.

(Author’s Note: After checking the 2013-2014 rulebook, the rules regarding players leaving the bench are the same as the 2008-2009 rulebook)

Now lets move on to incident number two, it is a fight between Zack FitzGerald and Kyle Hagel. It isn’t the fight itself, it is the beginning because 3 seconds after the faceoff the whistle blew (I am still not clear as to why), and Zack FitzGerald went over to Kyle Hagel and gave him a high hit towards the head, the video is not clear enough to tell if it was a stick, elbow or shoulder but he did give Hagel a bit of a cheap shot, so Hagel went after him with two hard slashes and the players dropped the gloves and went at it. And after the referees stepped in to break up the fight Hagel threw a late punch cheap shotting FitzGerald at the end. A video of the incident is below.

Chances are both players will be suspended, and the AHL will be announcing multiple suspensions for this game alone, not to mention any other incidents that have happened over the weekend.

AHL All-Star Skills Comp. and All-Star Game Schedule (Reposted from before)

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Broadcast Network Skills Air
Game Air
Sportsnet ONE LIVE Tue 2/11, 6:30 PM ET LIVE Wed 2/12, 6:30 PM ET
NHL Network (U.S.)
Tue 2/11, 10:00 PM ET Wed 2/12, 10:00 PM ET
Sun 2/16, 10:00 PM ET
AHL Live (ahllive.com)
LIVE Tue 2/11, 6:30 PM ET LIVE Wed 2/12, 6:30 PM ET
New England Sports Network LIVE Tue 2/11, 6:30 PM ET
Fri 2/14, 6:00 PM ET
LIVE Wed 2/12, 6:30 PM ET (NESN Plus)
MSG Network LIVE Tue 2/11, 6:30 PM ET (MSG+) LIVE Wed 2/12, 6:30 PM ET (MSG+2)
Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia LIVE Tue 2/11, 6:30 PM ET
The Comcast Network (Philadelphia) LIVE Wed 2/12, 6:30 PM ET
Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Wed 2/12, 12:00 PM ET Thu 2/13, 11:00 AM ET
Comcast SportsNet Chicago Wed 2/12, 11:00 AM CT LIVE Wed 2/12, 5:30 PM CT
Thu 2/13, 12:30 AM CT
Thu 2/13, 12:30 PM CT
Comcast SportsNet California Wed 2/12, 2:00 PM PT
Sat 2/15, 3:00 PM PT
Fri 2/14, 2:00 PM PT
Comcast SportsNet Northwest Sat 2/15, 5:00 PM PT
Mon 2/17, 2:00 AM PT
Sat 2/15, 7:30 PM PT
ROOT Sports Pittsburgh  Tue 2/11, 9:30 PM ET
Fri 2/14, 7:00 PM ET
Wed 2/12, 9:30 PM ET
Fri 2/14, 9:00 PM ET
Fox Sports Detroit LIVE Tue 2/11, 6:30 PM ET Thu 2/13, 1:00 PM ET
SportsTime Ohio
LIVE Tue 2/11, 6:30 PM ET LIVE Wed 2/12, 6:30 PM ET
Fox Sports North LIVE Tue 2/11, 5:30 PM CT LIVE Wed 2/12, 5:30 PM CT (FS North Plus)
Fox Sports Midwest Tue 2/11, 11:00 PM CT Thu 2/13, 1:00 PM CT
Fox Sports Southwest LIVE Tue 2/11, 5:30 PM CT (FS SW Plus) LIVE Wed 2/12, 5:30 PM CT
Fox Sports Oklahoma LIVE Tue 2/11, 5:30 PM CT LIVE Wed 2/12, 5:30 PM CT
Fox Sports Arizona LIVE Wed 2/12, 4:30 PM MT (FS Arizona Plus)
Sun Sports LIVE Tue 2/11, 6:30 PM ET LIVE Wed 2/12, 6:30 PM ET
Altitude Sports & Entertainment LIVE Tue 2/11, 4:30 PM MT
Tue 2/11, 8:00 PM MT
Wed 2/12, 1:00 AM MT
Wed 2/12, 11:00 AM MT
LIVE Wed 2/12, 4:30 PM MT (Altitude 2)
Thu 2/13, 2:00 AM MT
Thu 2/13, 1:00 PM MT
Bright House Sports Network
(Tampa/Orlando)
TBD TBD
Time Warner Cable SportsChannel
  (New York State)
LIVE Tue 2/11, 6:30 PM ET LIVE Wed 2/12, 6:30 PM ET
Time Warner Cable SportsChannel
  (Carolinas)
LIVE Tue 2/11, 6:30 PM ET LIVE Wed 2/12, 6:30 PM ET
Time Warner Cable SportsChannel
  (Wisconsin)
LIVE Tue 2/11, 5:30 PM CT LIVE Wed 2/12, 5:30 PM CT
Time Warner Cable SportsChannel
  (Kansas City)
LIVE Tue 2/11, 5:30 PM CT LIVE Wed 2/12, 5:30 PM CT
Time Warner Cable SportsChannel
(Texas)
TBD TBD
Time Warner Cable SoCal 101
(Los Angeles/San Diego)
TBD TBD
ONE World Sports Wed 2/12, 10:00 PM ET
WQMY-TV (Wilkes-Barre)
TBD TBD
WIFR 23.2 Antenna TV (Rockford) LIVE Tue 2/11, 5:30 PM CT

AHL All-Star Game broadcast schedule

Broadcast Network Skills Air
Game Air
Sportsnet ONE LIVE Tue 2/11, 6:30 PM ET LIVE Wed 2/12, 6:30 PM ET
NHL Network (U.S.)
Tue 2/11, 10:00 PM ET Wed 2/12, 10:00 PM ET
Sun 2/16, 10:00 PM ET
AHL Live (ahllive.com)
LIVE Tue 2/11, 6:30 PM ET LIVE Wed 2/12, 6:30 PM ET
New England Sports Network LIVE Tue 2/11, 6:30 PM ET
Fri 2/14, 6:00 PM ET
LIVE Wed 2/12, 6:30 PM ET (NESN Plus)
MSG Network LIVE Tue 2/11, 6:30 PM ET (MSG+) LIVE Wed 2/12, 6:30 PM ET (MSG+2)
Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia LIVE Tue 2/11, 6:30 PM ET
The Comcast Network (Philadelphia) LIVE Wed 2/12, 6:30 PM ET
Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Wed 2/12, 12:00 PM ET Thu 2/13, 11:00 AM ET
Comcast SportsNet Chicago Wed 2/12, 11:00 AM CT LIVE Wed 2/12, 5:30 PM CT
Thu 2/13, 12:30 AM CT
Thu 2/13, 12:30 PM CT
Comcast SportsNet California Wed 2/12, 2:00 PM PT
Sat 2/15, 3:00 PM PT
Fri 2/14, 2:00 PM PT
Comcast SportsNet Northwest Sat 2/15, 5:00 PM PT
Mon 2/17, 2:00 AM PT
Sat 2/15, 7:30 PM PT
ROOT Sports Pittsburgh  Tue 2/11, 9:30 PM ET
Fri 2/14, 7:00 PM ET
Wed 2/12, 9:30 PM ET
Fri 2/14, 9:00 PM ET
Fox Sports Detroit LIVE Tue 2/11, 6:30 PM ET Thu 2/13, 1:00 PM ET
SportsTime Ohio
LIVE Tue 2/11, 6:30 PM ET LIVE Wed 2/12, 6:30 PM ET
Fox Sports North LIVE Tue 2/11, 5:30 PM CT LIVE Wed 2/12, 5:30 PM CT (FS North Plus)
Fox Sports Midwest Tue 2/11, 11:00 PM CT Thu 2/13, 1:00 PM CT
Fox Sports Southwest LIVE Tue 2/11, 5:30 PM CT (FS SW Plus) LIVE Wed 2/12, 5:30 PM CT
Fox Sports Oklahoma LIVE Tue 2/11, 5:30 PM CT LIVE Wed 2/12, 5:30 PM CT
Fox Sports Arizona LIVE Wed 2/12, 4:30 PM MT (FS Arizona Plus)
Sun Sports LIVE Tue 2/11, 6:30 PM ET LIVE Wed 2/12, 6:30 PM ET
Altitude Sports & Entertainment LIVE Tue 2/11, 4:30 PM MT
Tue 2/11, 8:00 PM MT
Wed 2/12, 1:00 AM MT
Wed 2/12, 11:00 AM MT
LIVE Wed 2/12, 4:30 PM MT (Altitude 2)
Thu 2/13, 2:00 AM MT
Thu 2/13, 1:00 PM MT
Bright House Sports Network
(Tampa/Orlando)
TBD TBD
Time Warner Cable SportsChannel
  (New York State)
LIVE Tue 2/11, 6:30 PM ET LIVE Wed 2/12, 6:30 PM ET
Time Warner Cable SportsChannel
  (Carolinas)
LIVE Tue 2/11, 6:30 PM ET LIVE Wed 2/12, 6:30 PM ET
Time Warner Cable SportsChannel
  (Wisconsin)
LIVE Tue 2/11, 5:30 PM CT LIVE Wed 2/12, 5:30 PM CT
Time Warner Cable SportsChannel
  (Kansas City)
LIVE Tue 2/11, 5:30 PM CT LIVE Wed 2/12, 5:30 PM CT
Time Warner Cable SportsChannel
(Texas)
TBD TBD
Time Warner Cable SoCal 101
(Los Angeles/San Diego)
TBD TBD
ONE World Sports Wed 2/12, 10:00 PM ET
WQMY-TV (Wilkes-Barre)
TBD TBD
WIFR 23.2 Antenna TV (Rockford) LIVE Tue 2/11, 5:30 PM CT

AHL Press Release: 149 former AHL players playing in Olympics

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … With the 2014 Olympic Winter Games just over a month away, 149 former and current American Hockey League players have been selected to represent their countries in Sochi, Russia. The 25-man rosters of all 12 teams in the men’s ice hockey tournament, which begins Feb. 12, have been announced.

The United States boasts a tournament-high 18 AHL graduates, while Canada’s roster includes 17 AHL alumni. The Czech Republic, Finland and Slovakia also show 17 graduates each, followed by Sweden (13), Latvia (12), Switzerland (12), Russia (nine), Austria (eight), Norway (seven) and Slovenia (two). The complete list of alumni follows this release.

A total of 33 former AHL All-Stars have been named to Olympic rosters, including Ryan CallahanDustin BrownJohn CarlsonZach PariseRyan KeslerJimmy Howard and Ryan Miller from Team USA and P.K. Subban,Chris KunitzPatrice BergeronJay Bouwmeester and Patrick Sharp for Canada. Tomas Plekanec and Patrik Elias(Czech Republic); Mikko Koivu and Tuukka Rask (Finland); Mats Zuccarello (Norway); Artem Anisimov and Slava Voynov (Russia); Zdeno Chara and Jaroslav Halak (Slovakia); Niklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson (Sweden); and Nino Niederreiter (Switzerland) were also All-Stars during their AHL careers.

Thirteen former Calder Cup champions are headed to Sochi, including playoff MVP’s Tomas Tatar (Slovakia, 2013) and Carey Price (Canada, 2007). Tomas Jurco (Slovakia, 2013), Radko Gudas (Czech Republic), Ondrej Palat (Czech Republic), Richard Panik (Slovakia), Kaspars Daugavins (Latvia), Roman Wick (Switzerland), John Carlson (United States), Ondrej Pavelec (Czech Republic), Sami Lepisto (Finland), Patrick Sharp (Canada) and Jeff Carter (Canada) are also former league champions in the AHL.

Among the 149 alumni are nine players who have skated in the American Hockey League this season: Finnish defenseman and 2013 First Team AHL All-Star Sami Vatanen (Norfolk); Austrian forward Michael Raffl(Adirondack); Slovak forward Tomas Jurco (Grand Rapids) and defenseman Martin Marincin (Oklahoma City); Swiss goaltender Reto Berra (Abbotsford), defenseman Yannick Weber (Utica) and forward Simon Moser(Milwaukee); Latvian goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis (Syracuse); and Norwegian defenseman Henrik Odegaard(Chicago).

AHL experience will be found behind Olympic benches as well. Peter Laviolette, who won a Calder Cup as head coach of the Providence Bruins in 1999, and Todd Richards, who coached the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a berth in the Finals in 2008, will serve as assistants under former AHL player and coach Dan Bylsma for the United States. Former AHL head coach Mike Babcock will guide Canada’s Olympic team, assisted by 2003 AHL coach of the year Claude Julien and former AHL player Lindy Ruff.

Other notable AHL alumni at the 2014 Olympics will include standouts such as Thomas Vanek (Austria), Roberto Luongo (Canada), David Krejci (Czech Republic), Antti Niemi (Finland), Fedor Tyutin (Russia), Erik Karlsson(Sweden), Mark Streit (Switzerland), 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jonathan Quick (United States) and 2011 NHL MVP Corey Perry (Canada). In addition, AHL linesmen Chris Carlson, Tommy George, Jesse Wilmot and Chris Woodworth have been selected to officiate in Sochi.

AHL Alumni on 2014 Olympic Rosters (as of Jan. 7, 2014)
Austria (8)
Michael Grabner, F
Andre Lakos, D
Brian Lebler, F
Thomas Pock, D
Michael Raffl, F
Oliver Setzinger, F
Matthias Trattnig, D
Thomas Vanek, F

Canada (17)
Jamie Benn, F
Patrice Bergeron, F
Jay Bouwmeester, D
Jeff Carter, F
Ryan Getzlaf, F
Dan Hamhuis, D
Duncan Keith, D
Chris Kunitz, F
Roberto Luongo, G
Corey Perry, F
Alex Pietrangelo, D
Carey Price, G
Patrick Sharp, F
Mike Smith, G
P.K. Subban, D
Marc-Edouard Vlasic, D
Shea Weber, D

Czech Republic (17)
Michal Barinka, D
Patrik Elias, F
Radko Gudas, D
Tomas Kaberle, D
Lukas Krajicek, D
David Krejci, F
Milan Michalek, F
Zbynek Michalek, D
Petr Nedved, F
Jiri Novotny, F
Ondrej Palat, F
Ondrej Pavelec, G
Tomas Plekanec, F
Michal Rozsival, D
Alexander Salak, G
Ladislav Smid, D
Vladimir Sobotka, F

Finland (17)
Valtteri Filppula, F
Mikael Granlund, F
Olli Jokinen, F
Mikko Koivu, F
Leo Komarov, F
Petri Kontiola, F
Lauri Korpikoski, F
Lasse Kukkonen, D
Jori Lehtera, F
Kari Lehtonen, G
Sami Lepisto, D
Olli Maatta, D
Antti Niemi, G
Antti Pihlstrom, F
Tuukka Rask, G
Sami Salo, D
Sami Vatanen, D

Latvia (12)
Oskars Bartulis, D
Kaspars Daugavins, F
Zemgus Girgensons, F
Kristers Gudlevskis, G
Martins Karsums, F
Arturs Kulda, D
Sandis Ozolinsh, D
Krisjanis Redlihs, D
Arvid Rekis, D
Janis Sprukts, F
Juris Stals, F
Herbert Vasiljevs, F

Norway (7)
Jonas Holos, D
Marius Holtet, F
Henrik Odegaard, D
Mathis Olimb, F
Patrick Thoresen, F
Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, D
Mats Zuccarello, F

Russia (9)
Artem Anisimov, F
Nikolai Kulemin, F
Andrei Markov, D
Nikita Nikitin, D
Alexander Radulov, F
Viktor Tikhonov, F
Fedor Tyutin, D
Semyon Varlamov, G
Slava Voynov, D

Slovakia (17)
Ivan Baranka, D
Milan Bartovic, F
Peter Budaj, G
Zdeno Chara, D
Jaroslav Halak, G
Michal Handzus, F
Marcel Hossa, F
Tomas Jurco, F
Tomas Kopecky, F
Tomas Marcinko, F
Martin Marincin, D
Peter Olvecky, F
Richard Panik, F
Andrej Sekera, D
Tomas Surovy, F
Tomas Tatar, F
Tomas Zaborsky, F

Slovenia (2)
Jan Mursak, F
Tomaz Razinger, F

Sweden (13)
Alexander Edler, D
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D
Jhonas Enroth, G
Jonathan Ericsson, D
Loui Eriksson, F
Jonas Gustavsson, G
Carl Hagelin, F
Niklas Hjalmarsson, D
Erik Karlsson, D
Niklas Kronwall, D
Marcus Kruger, F
Jakob Silfverberg, F
Henrik Tallinder, D

Switzerland (12)
Andres Ambuhl, F
Reto Berra, G
Severin Blindenbacher, D
Jonas Hiller, G
Roman Josi, D
Simon Moser, F
Nino Niederreiter, F
Tobias Stephan, G
Mark Streit, D
Julien Vauclair, D
Yannick Weber, D
Roman Wick, F

United States (18)
David Backes, F
Dustin Brown, F
Ryan Callahan, F
John Carlson, D
Justin Faulk, D
Jimmy Howard, G
Ryan Kesler, F
Phil Kessel, F
Ryan McDonagh, D
Ryan Miller, G
Brooks Orpik, D
Max Pacioretty, F
Zach Parise, F
Joe Pavelski, F
Jonathan Quick, G
Kevin Shattenkirk, D
Ryan Suter, D
James van Riemsdyk, F

AHL Ref Records Action on Ice with HD Go Cam

Every now and then we run into a rare sight on the ice and it makes for an interesting post. Today we came across a video featuring an AHL referee recording a game with an HD Go Cam on his helmet. And below is an 10 minute video of the action.  The game featured the Rockford Ice Hogs and the Charlotte Checkers.

Sportsnet 360 in Canada and NHL Network in the US to broadcast 10 AHL games

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League and Sportsnet, entering the third year of a five-year relationship, announced today thatSportsnet will deliver a 10-game package of regular-season AHL broadcasts during the 2013-14 season.

Sportsnet 360 will broadcast 10 AHL games in Canada on consecutive Sundays beginning Feb. 9. The games will also be seen on NHL Network in the United States.

The AHL on Sportsnet 360
Sun., Feb. 9 – Hamilton Bulldogs at Toronto Marlies, 3 ET
Sun., Feb. 16 – Utica Comets at Toronto Marlies, 3 ET
Sun., Feb. 23 – Oklahoma City Barons at Toronto Marlies, 4 ET
Sun., Mar. 2 – Lake Erie Monsters at Toronto Marlies, 3 ET
Sun., Mar. 9 – Lake Erie Monsters at Hamilton Bulldogs, 3 ET
Sun., Mar. 16 – Hamilton Bulldogs at Toronto Marlies, 3 ET
Sun., Mar. 23 – Abbotsford Heat at Toronto Marlies, 3 ET
Sun., Mar. 30 – Abbotsford Heat at Toronto Marlies, 4 ET
Sun., Apr. 6 – Utica Comets at Toronto Marlies, 3 ET
Sun., Apr. 13 – Oklahoma City Barons at Abbotsford Heat, 4 ET

The schedule features appearances by top affiliates of five Canadian NHL teams: the Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs), Hamilton Bulldogs (Montreal Canadiens), Utica Comets (Vancouver Canucks), Oklahoma City Barons (Edmonton Oilers) and Abbotsford Heat (Calgary Flames). The Lake Erie Monsters (Colorado Avalanche) also appear on the Sportsnet schedule.

In addition to the 10-game regular-season package, Sportsnet will broadcast two-day coverage of the 2014 AHL All-Star Classic as a team of American Hockey League All-Stars takes on the Swedish Hockey League’s Färjestad BK in a Skills Competition and All-Star Game in St. John’s, N.L., Feb. 11-12, both on Sportsnet ONE.

“There is definitely an appetite among hockey fans to follow the development of American Hockey League players as they prepare to take that final step to the NHL,” said AHL President and Chief Executive Officer David Andrews. “We are delighted to be partnering with Sportsnet again this season to bring American Hockey League action into homes across North America.”

“We are excited to continue our partnership with the AHL with weekly Sunday afternoon games starting in February,” said Navaid Mansuri, Vice President, Broadcast Operations & Sportsnet Programming, Rogers Media. “Sportsnet is Canada’s prime destination for hockey, and this furthers our commitment to serving Canadian sports fans by providing world class hockey content showcasing some of the NHL’s future stars.”

The American Hockey League, which is now in its 78th season of play, continues to serve as the top development league for the players, coaches, managers, executives and broadcasters of all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 87 percent of NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the 12th year in a row, more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2012-13. Through the years, the AHL has been home to more than 100 future members of the Hockey Hall of Fame, including legends such as Johnny Bower, Andy Bathgate, Gerry Cheevers, Larry Robinson, Patrick Roy and Brett Hull.

Changes in the AHL coming for the 2013-2014 season

Since the Grand Rapids Griffins won the Calder Cup Finals over the Syracuse Crunch, the AHL has undergone some serious changes. Unfortunately I have not done a great job at covering them since some took place during the last playoff stretch and some took place during the beginning stages of the NHL off-season during the draft and NHL Free Agency.

The following is a list of changes to the American Hockey League heading into the 2013-2014 season which starts in early October.

Re-locations:

The Peoria Rivermen became the Utica Comets and they will be an AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks. The Comets will don uniforms that closely look like Vancouver’s look. You can check out the following image for a look at the Comets style coming into the season.

Facebook has a link to what the uniforms look like in NHL 14: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.196731403836446.1073741837.173537719489148&type=1&l=1daef511e6

In addition to the Comets, another team changing names is the Connecticut Whale. The Whale will go back to being called the Hartford Wolf Pack. The Wolf Pack were re-branded to the Whale by former Hartford Whalers owner Howard Baldwin in what was a business relationship with the NHL’s New York Rangers.  Baldwin named them the Whale in attempt to drum up support for a possible return of a team to Hartford by the NHL. And three years later it appears to closer to happening than it did back in 2010 when the deal was made.

The Wolf Pack seem to be representing their old look, which should have a look something similar to the picture below:

New Jerseys:

Charlotte Checkers: The Checkers have a new set of uniforms. They look very much like Carolina’s new uniforms. For more check them out at Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/charlottecheckers/sets/72157634090847390/with/9025053715/

Texas Stars:

Providence Bruins:

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Providence’s new jerseys are confirmed to be in NHL 14. All the new threads should be in NHL 14.

Iowa Wild:

New Divisions:

The AHL also announced new divisions set to roll out in 2013-2014, check them out below:

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
Atlantic Division North Division
Manchester Hamilton
Portland Lake Erie
Providence Rochester
St. John's Toronto
Worcester Utica
Northeast Division Midwest Division
Adirondack Chicago
Albany Grand Rapids
Bridgeport Iowa
Hartford Milwaukee
Springfield Rockford
East Division West Division
Binghamton Abbotsford
Hershey Charlotte
Norfolk OKC
Syracuse San Antonio
WBS Texas

That is all for now. With the AHL season expected to start in about a month and a half, there is not much longer to wait for hockey to return. With the NHL set to drop the puck on October 1st, that takes us to six weeks away from the regular season starting, with preseason is slated to start in mid September for most teams.

Providence Bruins reveal new jerseys, confirmed to be in NHL 14

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The Providence Bruins unveiled their new updated new jerseys. The gold will be the home uniform, and the black jersey with the secondary logo is the alternate for home. They also changed their road to have a gold name plate and a gold stripe that replaces the yellow stripe.

EA also confirmed to be via Facebook that the uniforms will make it into NHL 14. Image below.

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Rochester Americans will host an AHL outdoor game this upcoming season

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The Rochester Americans and the Lake Erie Monsters will do battle on Friday December 13th outdoors as part of the Frozen Frontier Festival which aims to celebrate hockey in the Rochester, New York area. Below is details on the events to take place that week.

The Rochester Americans announced today the details of the Frozen Frontier presented by Rochester Area Honda Dealers, an outdoor hockey festival taking place at Frontier Field this December 13-22.

It was also announced that the Lake Erie Monsters will be the Amerks’ opponent in their regular-season outdoor game at Frontier Field on Friday, Dec. 13.

“This will be an exciting week for the city of Rochester, the state of New York and, of course, the game of hockey,” said Ted Black, president of the Rochester Americans. “With more than 10 teams coming from all corners of the state -– and from all levels of the game -– to play hockey, this will be a tremendous event to showcase the exceptional hockey teams we have in this region. More importantly, it will be a fun and different way to experience hockey. Whether you’re a player or a fan watching your favorite team, these games will be the games you’ll never forget being a part of.”

Rochester’s opponent for the game, the Lake Erie Monsters, are based in Cleveland, Ohio, a city with a rich history in the American Hockey League and a long-standing rival of the Amerks. The Cleveland Barons were an original AHL franchise and went on to win nine Calder Cup championships. The Amerks and Barons twice met in the Calder Cup Finals, with Cleveland winning in 1957 and Rochester taking home the Cup in 1966.

The current incarnation of professional hockey in Cleveland, the Lake Erie Monsters have been members of the AHL since 2007.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
• Friday, December 13 (7:00 p.m.): Rochester Americans vs. Lake Erie Monsters
• Saturday, December 14 (12:00 p.m.): RIT Tigers (women) vs. Clarkson Golden Knights
• Saturday, December 14 (7:00 p.m.): RIT Tigers (men) vs. Niagara Purple Eagles
• Sunday, December 15 (1:00 p.m.): Sabres/Amerks Alumni Game
• Saturday, December 21: Section V Rivalry Day – matchups TBA
• Sunday, December 22: Section V Rivalry Day – matchups TBA

Tickets for all Frozen Frontier events will go on sale Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Frontier Field box office. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the Blue Cross Arena. Following Sept. 21, tickets for all Frozen Frontier events will also be sold at all area Wegmans locations and online at Tickets.com.

Both Amerks and Rochester Red Wings season tickets holders will have the opportunity to purchase tickets prior to the general public. Season seat holders for both clubs will be mailed order forms in the coming days with all ticketing information.

Tickets for all Frozen Frontier events will be split into three different price levels: 200 level, 100 level and Limited View. Ticket prices for the Amerks game are as follows: $15 (Limited View), $25 (100 level) and $35 (200 level).

All information regarding the Frozen Frontier, including ticketing, merchandise, food & beverage, sponsorship and much more, is now available by visiting www.frozenfrontier2013.com.

American Hockey League has new divisions

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced that the league’s Board of Governors, convening this week for its Annual Meeting in Hilton Head Island, S.C., has approved the following division alignment for the 2013-14 AHL season:

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
Atlantic Division North Division
Manchester Hamilton
Portland Lake Erie
Providence Rochester
St. John's Toronto
Worcester Utica
Northeast Division Midwest Division
Adirondack Chicago
Albany Grand Rapids
Bridgeport Iowa
Hartford Milwaukee
Springfield Rockford
East Division West Division
Binghamton Abbotsford
Hershey Charlotte
Norfolk OKC
Syracuse San Antonio
WBS Texas
2013-14 NHL affiliations list

Changes from last year’s alignment include Abbotsford moving to the renamed West Division, Iowa being placed in the Midwest Division and Utica being slotted in the North Division.

The format for the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs was also approved by the Board of Governors, and remains the same as 2013: Eight teams in each conference will qualify for the postseason, with the three division winners earning the top three seeds and the next five best teams in order of regular-season points seeded fourth through eighth. The conference quarterfinals will be best-of-five series; the conference semifinals, conference finals and Calder Cup Finals will be best-of-seven series. Teams will be re-ordered after the first round so that the highest-remaining seed plays the lowest-remaining seed.

The playing schedule for the 2013-14 regular season, which begins Oct. 4, will be announced later this summer.

In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 87 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the 12th year in a row, more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2012-13.

Grand Rapids wins Calder Cup Finals over the Syracuse Crunch in Six Games (Press Release)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (theahl.com) … The third time is the charm.

The Grand Rapids Griffins won their first Calder Cup on Tuesday night, defeating the Syracuse Crunch, 5-2, in Game 6 of the American Hockey League’s championship series at the Onondaga County War Memorial at Oncenter.

The Griffins, who led the series 3-0 with two chances to close out the title on home ice, instead celebrated in front of a capacity crowd of 6,375 fans in Syracuse. 

It is the first league title in the 17-year history of the Griffins franchise, including the last 12 as members of the AHL and the last 11 as the top development affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Detroit Red Wings.

Tomas Tatar, who scored twice in the Game 6 clincher, won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the most valuable player in the Calder Cup Playoffs after totaling 21 points — including a league-best 16 goals — in 24 games.

Under first-year head coach Jeff Blashill, the Griffins eliminated the Houston Aeros (3-2), Toronto Marlies (4-2) and Oklahoma City Barons (4-3) before defeating Syarcuse in the Finals. Grand Rapids’ 2013 playoff roster featured eight players who appeared in the NHL with the parent Red Wings this season.

After staving off elimination with road wins in Games 4 and 5, the Crunch got on the board first on Tuesday with 2:45 left in the first period as Richard Panik pounced on the rebound of Matt Taormina‘s shot at the top of the crease and buried it behind a fallen Petr Mrazek. It was Panik’s fifth consecutive game with a goal, and his ninth goal of the postseason.

Grand Rapids made it 1-1 at 2:23 of the second period as Mitch Callahan got a couple of whacks at a pass from Landon Ferraro and finally chipped it past Cedrick Desjardins.

The Griffins grabbed the lead, 2-1, on a power play with 7:19 to go in the period as Tatar banged home the rebound of aGustav Nyquist shot.

The third period opened at a furious pace, and with their season on the line the Crunch tied things up at 2-2 with 14:46 left as Andrej Sustr blasted a one-timer from the center point off a pass from Vladislav Namestnikov.

Brennan Evans‘ long shot from the left-wing point got through traffic and beat a screened Desjardins with 10:06 remaining, giving the Griffins a 3-2 lead. It would prove to be the Cup-winning goal.

Tatar and Joakim Andersson added empty-net goals in the final minute to seal the 5-2 victory and the first Calder Cup championship by a Red Wings affiliate since 1992.

Mrazek (15-9) stopped 24 of 26 shots in the victory, while Desjardins (13-5) finished with 20 saves on 23 shots in defeat.

Grand Rapids’ victory brings the curtain down on the AHL’s 77th season. In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 87 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and this season marked the 12th consecutive year in which more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America.

2013 Calder Cup Finals – Series “O” (best-of-7)
E3-Syracuse Crunch vs. W3-Grand Rapids Griffins
Game 1 – Sat., June 8 – Grand Rapids 3, SYRACUSE 1
Game 2 – Sun., June 9 – Grand Rapids 6, SYRACUSE 4
Game 3 – Wed., June 12 – GRAND RAPIDS 4, Syracuse 2
Game 4 – Fri., June 14 – Syracuse 3, GRAND RAPIDS 2
Game 5 – Sat., June 15 – Syracuse 5, GRAND RAPIDS 2
Game 6 – Tue., June 18 – Grand Rapids 5, SYRACUSE 2

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