AHL Western Conference notebook, June, 2014

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Brett Ritchie - Texas Stars

Photo: Texas Stars rookie forward and Dallas Stars prospect Brett Ritchie had a productive postseason for the Calder Cup champion Stars, posting seven goals and four assists in 13 playoff games (courtesy of John Rivera/Icon SMI)

The American Hockey League concluded its 2013-14 season Tuesday night as the Texas Stars defeated the St. John’s IceCaps in overtime for the third straight game of the Calder Cup finals, claiming the championship in five games – the AHL Stars’ first Calder Cup Championship in franchise history.

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AHL Western Conference notebook, April, 2014

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Josh Leivo - Toronto Marlies

Photo: Toronto Marlies forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Josh leivo has been productive so far in the 2014 AHL playoffs, notching six points in five games for the Marlies (courtesy of Lucas Oleniuk/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

The Western Conference ran away with most of the AHL team and player honors for the 2013-14 season, with the explosive offense from the Texas Stars overshadowing the league’s annual awards. The defending champion Grand Rapids Griffins also took home some hardware, but can the West keep the most important award – the Calder Cup trophy – in the conference?

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AHL Eastern Conference notebook, April, 2014

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John Gibson - Norfolk Admirals

Photo: Norfolk Admirals goaltender and Anaheim Ducks prospect John Gibson was having a strong showing in the 2014 AHL playoffs before getting the call to play for the Ducks in Game 4 of their series against the Los Angeles Kings (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

The 2014 AHL Calder Cup Playoffs are in mid-swing and there have been plenty of upsets in the Eastern Conference, which saw all three regular season division champions fall in the first round. While the Western Conference might have taken the spotlight winning most of the league’s awards and honors, there are plenty of Eastern Conference players who continue to show they’re ready to take on a larger role with their respective NHL affiliates next season.

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Kanzig stands on guard for Royals

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Keegan Kanzig - Victoria Royals

Photo: Victoria Royals defenseman and Calgary Flames prospect Keegan Kanzig is getting his first taste of the pro game after joining the Abbotsford Heat for the AHL playoffs (courtesy of Ben Nelms/Getty Images)

At first glance, one might assume that a player who checks in at 6’6” has got to be the tallest player on his team in a league full of teenagers. In fact, at that height, the player is probably always the tallest player in the room, at a restaurant or in a gym.

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Puempel rounding out his game in AHL rookie season

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Matt Puempel - Binghamton Senators

Photo: Binghamton Senators forward and Ottawa Senators prospect Matt Puempel shared the team goal-scoring lead with Mike Hoffman in the 2013-14 regular season (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon SMI)

There is no doubting Ottawa Senators forward prospect and Binghamton Senators' co-leading goal scorer Matt Puempel’s ability to score goals. The three-time 30-goal scorer at the OHL level was Ottawa’s first round pick (24th overall) in 2011 and, as Binghamton head coach Luke Richardson said several times, Puempel is a natural goal scorer.

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