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AHL Update

AHL All-Stars edge Färjestad BK in skills competition

Tuesday, 02.11.2014 / 9:00 PM / AHL Update

Hometown captain Jason Jaffray played the role of hero as the American Hockey League All-Star team earned a thrilling 18-17 victory against Färjestad BK of the Swedish Elite League in the 2014 AHL All-Star Skills Competition at Mile One Centre in St. John's, Newfoundland Tuesday evening.

Jaffray, the AHL's All-Star captain who also wears the "C" for the St. John's IceCaps, scored at the end of the fourth round of the AHL Live Breakaway Relay event to tie the score, then converted in the third sudden-death shootout round to give the AHL the win. The victory against their Swedish guests marked the first part of the two-day 2014 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Assante Wealth Management.

AHL all-stars ready to shine in St. John's

Friday, 02.07.2014 / 11:05 AM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to

As sports fans around the globe prepare to watch the world's most-skilled athletes showcase their talents at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the American Hockey League's best are set to put an international twist on their showcase event for the first time.

The 2014 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Assante Wealth Management will be held Feb. 11-12 in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, with this year's team of AHL all-stars competing against Färjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League in a Skills Competition on Tuesday and the AHL All-Star Game on Wednesday.

Led by Jeff Blashill, head coach of the 2013 Calder Cup champion Grand Rapids Griffins, and Rob Zettler of the runner-up Syracuse Crunch, the 2014 AHL All-Star roster highlights 22 of the league's elite players.

Return to AHL not keeping Blues' Allen down

Friday, 01.31.2014 / 2:11 PM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to

Veteran goaltenders Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak have helped raise the St. Louis Blues back to a place among the elite teams in the NHL.

However, it was around this time last year that Jake Allen made the League take notice that the Blues' goaltending depth didn't stop there.

Recalled from the American Hockey League to replace an injured Halak in February and again in early March, Allen posted a 9-4-0 record in his 15 appearances with St. Louis, including one shutout. The significance of his performance, which earned him a spot on the NHL All-Rookie Team at season's end, was recognized by Blues assistant general manager Kevin McDonald, who also oversees the team's prospects in the AHL.

History helping Kings prospects learn in the present

Friday, 01.17.2014 / 2:00 PM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to

If there's anyone who can understand the trials and tribulations of an athlete's first year as a professional, it's a longtime friend who is experiencing the same transition alongside him.

Rookies Derek Forbort and Nick Shore of the American Hockey League's Manchester Monarchs have a history that dates back to when they were teammates in the United States National Team Development Program, capturing a gold medal at the 2010 World Under-18 Championship.

"The first time we met was with the U-17 National Development Program [in 2008-09], where he played in a tournament with us," Shore said of Forbort. "The next year he joined the team full-time, so I got to know him a lot better."

Chaput working to get back to NHL

Friday, 01.03.2014 / 1:56 PM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to

When the NHL comes knocking, any player in the American Hockey League must be prepared to answer the call. For second-year pro Michael Chaput of the Springfield Falcons, the feeling of making his NHL debut with the Columbus Blue Jackets earlier this season is one he’ll never forget.

"I remember sitting in the locker room next to Mark Letestu and he was just telling me to play my game and things will go well,” Chaput said. “[The team’s veterans] are there to make sure you’re not too stressed out and that you’re confident when you go out there for your first few games."

A third-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2010 NHL Draft (No. 89), Chaput was acquired by the Blue Jackets in 2011 and was the MVP of the 2012 Memorial Cup, with the Shawinigan Cataractes of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Wild ride for Rochester's Ruhwedel includes outdoors

Friday, 12.13.2013 / 2:20 PM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to

For most people, the mere mention of Southern California evokes images of sun, sand and surf.

For San Diego native Chad Ruhwedel, his mind has always been on the ice.

"Playing hockey out there, it definitely wasn't the biggest sport," said Ruhwedel, a rookie defenseman with the American Hockey League's Rochester Americans. "Ninety percent of the kids didn't play hockey -- it was mostly baseball, basketball, football … the standard sports. My mom and dad threw the skates on me at a young age, and it just kind of stuck. I knew it was the sport I always wanted to put first."

Hartford's Kristo embraces leadership role as rookie

Friday, 12.06.2013 / 12:38 PM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to

With the occupation of a professional athlete comes the lifestyle, and with the lifestyle comes the realization that the place one calls "home" is subject to change at any given moment.

For Danny Kristo of the American Hockey League's Hartford Wolf Pack, that realization came this past summer when he was traded by the Montreal Canadiens to the New York Rangers in the midst of preparing for his first NHL training camp.

"I don't know what really took place, but I heard a bunch of rumors around draft time that I was maybe going to get traded, so I knew that it was a possibility," Kristo said. "It ended up not happening at the draft, but then two days later I got traded to New York."

Canadiens' Andrighetto working hard to reach NHL

Friday, 11.29.2013 / 2:10 AM / AHL Update

Hamilton Bulldogs forward Sven Andrighetto hails from Zurich, Switzerland, but his goal has been to play in the National Hockey League since as far back as he can remember.

"As soon as I knew the NHL existed, I wanted to play there," said Andrighetto, who was a third-round pick (No. 86) by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2013 NHL Draft. "It's the best League in the world, obviously. I want to be a part of that. I want to be one of the best players in the world. It's everyone's dream."

And the kid is all-in to make that dream a reality. They're hockey cliches, but Andrighetto, 20, repeats his mantras with authority: work hard, be ready to learn, get better every day.

LeBlanc learning on the ice, teaching off it

Friday, 11.22.2013 / 1:51 PM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to

For the vast majority of NHL prospects, playing in the American Hockey League is a time to learn.

For Rockford IceHogs center Drew LeBlanc, it's also a time to teach.

Just seven weeks into his rookie season, the 24-year-old has already become a regular at community appearances for the IceHogs, the top development team of the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks. Most recently, he has reached out to begin tutoring students in math at a Rockford-area middle school.

"For me, it's kind of selfish because I like teaching and I like being around kids," LeBlanc said. "Honestly, it was just something that I've wanted to do and be a part of.

Strome working to follow Tavares to Long Island

Friday, 11.15.2013 / 5:00 PM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to

For any young hockey player who recently has turned pro, an established guiding presence is crucial to their developmental success.

Ryan Strome of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League has been fortunate to have received this guidance from one of the best talents in the National Hockey League.

The 20-year-old center hails from Mississauga, Ontario, the same hometown as John Tavares, captain of Bridgeport's NHL parent club, the New York Islanders.

"Growing up I always knew who he was," Strome said. "We actually played in the same minor hockey organization, but he obviously was a bit older. I remember watching him play a little bit."

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