A major year for the minors. That should be the new marketing slogan for the American Hockey League. The elaborate list of alterations both big and small, is a lengthy one for the League as it embarks on 2001/2002.
‘The’ League has absorbed 7 surviving franchises from the defunct International Hockey League. The AHL stands with somewhat open arms as Chicago, Utah, Cleveland, Houston, Milwaukee, Grand Rapids, Manitoba are welcomed. How long before someone says “That’s not how it’s done in the ‘A’.”? It’s probably already happened. And the AHL had its own problems this past season losing two franchises in one state. The Louisville Panthers with parent Florida have sprinkled their prospects throughout the league. The other – the Kentucky Thoroughblades have relocated and reaffiliated in Cleveland. As always new additions via expansion, the Manchester and Bridgeport franchises. Last count 27 teams with designs on a total of 30 by the end of 2002/2003.
30 traditional “farm” teams will finally compete in one developmental league and ultimately, supply the 30 parent teams with the core of their teams over the next 5 to 10 years.
The Eastern Conference will now consist of three divisions (Canadian, East and the North). The Canadian and East divisions will house 5 teams with the North having 4 teams.
The Canadian Division contains the Hamilton Bulldogs, Manitoba Moose, Quebec Citadelles, Saint John Flames and the St.John’s Maple Leafs. All affiliations in this division remain all but the same as last season with the obvious i Read more»
Sound Tigers Excited about Upcoming Season
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers are excited about the up coming season. A new team, new arena, and a lot of energy have the team buzzing. Storm the mascot has already been seen around town.
“We want to make sure the game is fun, not only on the ice, but when the game is not being played.” Peter Ricciardi said about the fan-based activities. “There are four great video screens and a great sound system. Fans will see some really fun interactive promotions”
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Wolf Pack Golf for Kids
The Hartford Wolf Pack will be holding a charity golf tournament to benefit The Children’s Home. On Monday October 8, 2001 at the Topstone Country Club in South Windsor, CT the Wolf Pack will trade in their hockey Sticks for golf clubs to help raise money for The Children’s Home.
Attendees will receive 18 holes of golf, boxed lunch, buffet dinner, goodie bag, raffle, and a picture with a Wolf Pack player or celebrity. Shotgun tee-off is at 10:30with dinner, raffle and awards following at 4:30.
Money raised will go to The Children’s Home, which helps over 100 abused, neglected, or troubled Connecticut children. The Children’s Home is located in Cromwell, Ct, and is a residential treatment center and special education school.
For more information contact the Wolf Pack Golf for Kids at (860) 635-6010, X327 or email email@example.com.
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Down and up weekend for ICE
If they crowned the Memorial Cup champions on paper, it would be easy to see why the Kootenay ICE were ranked number one in the CHL’s Top Ten rankings. Incredible firepower on offense, size and presence on the blueline and depth and experience between the pipes. Fortunately or not, the games are played on the ice and in reality, or at least well into the season, the initial rankings mean little.
The Kootenay ICE found that out when they began the 2001-02 WHL season with a home and home series with the Spokane Chiefs and came out on the short end of the stick on both occasions by a score of 5-4 and 5-2, respectively. Rebounding on Sunday as the ICE hosted the Tri-City Americans and answered their first two losses with a punctuated shellacking of the Americans, 7-0.
Kootenay coach Ryan McGill, although disappointed at the first two losses to the Chiefs stressed that the club is still in the formative stages of development and obviously nobody was going to push the panic button so early on in the season. Especially in light of the convincing win over the Americans to end the weekend on a positive note. “There were not any changes,” said McGill of the better result between the Chief’s games and Sunday night’s tilt against Tri-Cities. “We’re still trying to get some line combinations going that we feel are solid and we still haven’t come up with those yet.
“We feel that everybody can play and everybody can contribute – even the young guys – that’s how good they are”
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Red Wings Pre Season Rapport
This years camp was very exciting in many ways, for example who was not anxious to see the brand new Red Wings such as Dominik ” The Dominator” Hasek , Luc “Lucky” Robitaille or “Golden Brett” ,(Brett Hull), but don`t forget Fredrik Olausson and “Old” Uwe Krupp. Detroit had also invited many contract hopefuls but unfortunately thay didn`t sign any of them even dough some of them were impressive, such as speedy sniper, Chad LaRose and Danny Groulx, a good two-way defenseman. I was really hopeing that Detroit would sign some of them to add some more depth into the organisation but… The camp had also some interesting young Red Wings prospects, Pavel Datsyuk, Sean Avery, Ryan Barnes who were hopeing to crack the lineup this year.
Let`s take a look at those players that have a chance of makeing team.
Red Wings have some problems with the goaltending, but this year the problem is not that Detroit doesn`t have a TOP goalie, the problem is that they have to many goalies and one must be dealt before the waiver draft on September 25th. The one who will most likely go is Chris Osgood, who has not become the great goalie Detroit had hoped even though he has won two Stanley Cup rings, one as a reserve. He will most likely be dealt to New York Islanders for prospects and/or draft picks. This means that Hasek will be the starting goalie and Legace as his reserve. Jason Elliott, the 26 year old goalie has shown solid play during the pre season and is now third goalie in the organization, he will presumably play in AHL.