AHL – Aeros Hockey League?

By Brian Roe

The American Hockey League is officially being renamed to the Aeros Hockey League. The Houston Aeros, top minor league developmental team for the Minnesota Wild, are accompanying the Wild in the wins department.

The Aeros, who were 11-1-1 with 23 points at press time, are atop the
American Hockey league just as the Minnesota Wild is currently reigning in the
National Hockey League.

Jean-Guy Trudel is leading the way for Houston with 16 points in 13 games.
Cory Larose (14 points), Kyle Wanvig (12 points), Hnat Domenichelli (11
points), Curtis Murphy (10 points) and Rickard Wallin (10 points) join Trudel
in the double-digit category.

An interesting factor in the Aeros early success is that the team has not
officially chosen a number one goalie. A two-man rotation of goalies Derek
Gustafson and Dieter Kochan has been very successful for Houston so far this
season.

Gustafson leads the league in wins (six) and is fifth in goals against
average (2.32). In turn, teammate Dieter Kochan is second in the league wins
(five) and thirteenth in goals against average (2.41). There has been no sign
of the goaltending carrousel likely won’t be coming to an end any time soon
due to the fact that the Aeros lead the AHL with 23 points.

This team is solid up and down their roster. Twenty different players have
registered a point for the Houston Aeros. Through the first 13 games, Houston
has given up only 31 goals while scoring 49 of their own. The team ranks
second in goals per game, third in shots per game, third in goals allowed and
fifth on the power play.

With those kinds of stats it’s no wonder the league will be renamed after
Houston’s own … the Aeros Hockey League.


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