An expanded American Hockey League has entered a new era. There now are 27 teams, up from 20 following absorption of six clubs from the dissolved International Hockey League and addition of a new franchise, and the AHL’s status as the No. 1 developmental league for NHL-bound players has been accentuated by the demise of the IHL.
League president David Andrews is beaming as he awaits the opening Oct. 4 of the AHL’s 66th season. The AHL will have a Canadian Division comprised of the returning St. John’s Maple Leafs, Saint John Flames and Hamilton Bulldogs, as well as two clubs adopted from the IHL – the Manitoba Moose and the Quebec Citadelles.
The change in leagues will be a financial boon to the Moose, who now will travel in Canada instead of making extended trips into the United States as they did in their IHL days. Projected savings for the Moose are at least $250,000.
“It’s great for us,” says public relations director Matt Frost. “Before, we only had one direct flight, into Chicago. Now we can pretty much fly directly to most of our cities, plus we’ll be paying Canadian dollars now on many of our road trips. It will make a huge difference on our bottom line.”
Things are looking up on the ice as well. General manager Randy Carlyle used to piece together a lineup with free-agent signings and players assigned by a grab bag of NHL teams. He was an independent operator. Now he’s getting 15 of Vancouver’s top prospects in an arrangement to be the main Canucks farm club.
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Hockey’s Future is pleased to announce that coming soon will be expanded coverage of the AHL. In a recent agreement with one of our affiliate sites, the AHL Report, they will be officially be joining Hockey’s Future in delivering news and analysis of the AHL.
You might have already seen some of the articles appearing on the main page of HF, and that will continue as well as the launching of the “AHL Report at Hockey’s Future”. The AHL Report will soon replace the AHL League page and will be similiar in appearance to the HF front page.
All AHL Teams will get their own team page, team editors and writers, depth charts, player profiles, and more! In conjunction with the NHL Editors and Writers, this agreement will only mean better analysis and news of all of your favorite teams prospects and AHL veterans.
To be added as well, will be featured columnists, AHL Power Polls, and more. If you have any ideas of what you would to see as well, drop me a line and let me know. All ideas will be considered.
With the AHL Report joining us, it gets us one step closer to giving the CHL teams the same treatment with individual team and league pages. Look for that to be HF’s goal for next year, along with increased draft coverage.
Thanks for reading and all comments are appreciated!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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