by Tom Witosky | AHL On The BeatFollow @toskyAHLWild The distance between Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines – the home ice of the Iowa Wild – and the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul – the home ice of the Minnesota Wild – is roughly 244 miles; a 3.5 hour drive depending on weather conditions.
Nothing has gone according to script for Sami Niku this season. The Finnish-born defenceman figured he’d crack the Winnipeg roster out of training camp and be a key element as the Jets blue line underwent an extreme makeover. And after suiting up for 30 NHL games a year ago and a bunch more watching from the
Tweet #AHLAllStar SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today the playing rosters for the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Ontario International Airport, to be held January 26-27 in Ontario, Calif. Each of the AHL’s four divisions will be represented by 12 players. Rosters were determined by committees of AHL coaches, and all
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Bridgeport Sound Tigers forward Kieffer Bellows, Utica Comets defenseman Brogan Rafferty and Chicago Wolves goaltender Oscar Dansk have been selected as the league’s award winners for December. Bellows, the CCM/AHL Player of the Month, scored 10 goals in 11 games for Bridgeport last month, including
by Sasha Kandrach | AHL On The Beat Kieffer Bellows is scoring in bunches. The Bridgeport Sound Tigers’ sophomore winger has been on a recent tear with 12 goals and 13 points through his last 14 games, including his first professional hat trick on Dec. 28 – his sixth straight home game with a goal.
FOX Sports West, Prime Ticket and FOX Sports San Diego, in conjunction with Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings, announced details for the third annual “Hockey Day SoCal” set to take place on Saturday, February 1. FOX Sports West, Prime Ticket and FOX Sports San Diego will offer over eight continuous hours of hockey themed
A West Coast presence was added to complete a long-term objective to offer NHL teams more geographically convenient affiliations. The league grew from 29 to 31 teams with an expansion team in Palm Springs, California, on the way for the 2021-22 season. Here is a look at some of the most successful NHL-AHL affiliations of
by Demitri Herrera | AHL On The Beat If the calendar were flipped back to the beginning of the summer, the jury would still be out on 21-year-old Colorado Eagles defenseman Conor Timmins. As an up-and-comer in the Colorado Avalanche system, Timmins was pinned as a mobile, right-shot blueliner with an offensive upside who would
The Buffalo Sabres announced today that the team has signed forward Dalton Smith to a one-year, two-way contract for the remainder of the 2019-20 season. Smith, 27, is in his third season with the AHL’s Rochester Americans, collecting one goal and three assists in 21 games in 2019-20. The eighth-year pro from Oshawa, Ont., has
The Anaheim Ducks have acquired center Chris Mueller from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defenseman Patrick Sieloff. Mueller has recorded 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points in 31 games with the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch this season, his 12th year pro. Mueller was a Second Team AHL All-Star in 2018-19, when he
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Kris Knoblauch of the Hartford Wolf Pack, Chris Taylor of the Rochester Americans, Karl Taylor of the Milwaukee Admirals and Jay Varady of the Tucson Roadrunners have clinched the honor of coaching at the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Ontario International Airport, to be held
by Suzie Cool | AHL On The Beat It’s a total of 3,831 miles: The exact distance between Rochester, New York, and Gavle, Sweden, the hometown of Rochester Americans goaltender Jonas Johansson. You could say that your hometown almost always holds a special place in your heart. It’s where you grew up, where your childhood
Lucas Elvenes moved to the United States this year to achieve his lifelong dream of playing in the NHL. It hasn’t always been an easy transition from Sweden to the United States for Elvenes, who turned 20 in August. He greatly misses his family, but he finds comfort in having right wing Jonas Rondbjerg, who
San Jose Barracuda captain John McCarthy announced his retirement on Friday, and will join the club as an assistant coach effective immediately. On Dec. 10, McCarthy suffered an ischemic stroke due to a previously undetected hole in his heart. Following swift medical attention from the team’s medical staff and the physicians at Kaiser Permanente, McCarthy
The American Hockey League packed a lot into 2019. The league, in its 84th season, had plenty of storylines this year. Here are the top five: 5. Big in Bakersfield The Edmonton Oilers had struggled to build a culture in the AHL that combined winning and player development equally, but that changed dramatically when coach
For most of his NHL playing career, Alex Burrows was an irritant. He was as welcomed in other teams’ buildings as a wasp at a nudist colony. In his early days, Burrows played with a chip on his shoulder. Undrafted, he took the long road to the big leagues, working his way through hockey’s outer frontiers, believing
by Nicholas Niedzielski | AHL On The Beat This time last year, Patrick Dwyer was racking up points in the United Kingdom as a key part of the eventual Elite Ice Hockey League champion Belfast Giants. This year, things are a little different. Dwyer, Charlotte’s 36-year-old assistant coach, is now 30 games into his new
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League today announced the following suspensions: • Grand Rapids Griffins forward Jarid Lukosevicius has been suspended for two (2) games as a consequence of a head-butting incident in a game at Iowa on Dec. 20. Lukosevicius will miss Grand Rapids’ games Friday (Dec. 27) vs. Milwaukee and Saturday (Dec.