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AHL Update

Flyers' AHL team to play outdoors vs. Hershey

Monday, 09.26.2011 / 2:29 PM / AHL Update

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The Philadelphia Flyers won't be the only team in the organization that gets a chance to play outdoors in January -- the Adirondack Phantoms will play at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia just four days later in the Outdoor Classic.

The Phantoms, the Flyers' AHL affiliate, will host the Hershey Bears, the Washington Capitals' AHL squad, on Friday, Jan. 6 as part the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic festivities. Four days earlier, the Flyers will play host to the New York Rangers in the seventh outdoor game in NHL history.
 
"This is an extremely exciting day for the Phantoms organization and Phantoms fans everywhere," said Phantoms President Rob Brooks. "A hockey celebration and atmosphere unlike anything the AHL has ever seen will happen at Citizens Bank Park. We are extremely grateful to (Comcast-Spectacor President) Peter Luukko for helping make this truly great event a reality."
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Jets' AHL affiliate reveals name, logos

Friday, 07.29.2011 / 1:36 PM / AHL Update

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The Winnipeg Jets' American Hockey League affiliate will be known as the St. John's IceCaps, the team announced Friday. The IceCaps also released the team's logos.

"I am so pleased to present the St. John's IceCaps and our new logo to fans, as we begin a new era of professional hockey in the province," President and Chief Executive Officer Danny Williams said in a press release. "The IceCaps is a name that I am confident hockey fans will support as it captures both our rich hockey history with a reference to the Caps, while at the same time capturing a natural element that is iconic for the province, ice. We wanted to ensure that, although the team is based in our capital city, the province as a whole can identify with it and embrace it as their own."
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Ron Rolston named coach at AHL Rochester

Wednesday, 07.27.2011 / 12:00 PM / AHL Update

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

As the United States National Team Development Program has sent more and more prospects to the NHL, one coach had remained a constant with USA Hockey -- Ron Rolston.

That changed on Wednesday, as Rolston left the USNTDP after seven years to become the coach of the Rochester Americans, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres.

"I am both excited and honored to join an organization with as storied a tradition as the Rochester Americans," Rolston said. "The opportunity to work within the Sabres organization, and to develop players at the game's highest level, is an opportunity that I am committed to and embrace."
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AHL unveils new divisions, postseason format

Tuesday, 07.05.2011 / 1:07 PM / AHL Update

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The American Hockey League has been developing future NHL talents for decades and now it is going to look a lot more like the top League in the world.

David Andrews, the president and CEO of the AHL, announced Tuesday the league's realignment and alterations to the playoff structure after an annual meeting of the Board of Governors. The AHL will have six divisions of five teams for the 2011-12 season.

The league's newest franchise, St. John's, will be part of the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division, along with Manchester, Portland, Providence and Worcester. The New York Rangers' affiliate's first full season as the Connecticut Whale will play in the Northeast Division along with Adirondack, Albany, Bridgeport and Springfield. The East Division will include Binghamton, Hershey, Norfolk, Syracuse and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
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B-Sens can win Calder Cup on Tuesday

Tuesday, 06.07.2011 / 12:05 PM / AHL Update

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Never before have the Binghamton Senators won a Calder Cup. They can change that fact with a victory on Tuesday night.

The Calder Cup Final shifts back to Houston on Tuesday after the B-Sens earned a 4-2 win against the Aeros in Game 5 on Saturday night in Binghamton. Despite the fact that they are a solid 60-minute away from being crowned champions of the American Hockey League, the B-Sens -- who are 9-2 on the road this postseason -- are taking nothing for granted.

"If you want to be a championship team, you can't get complacent at any time," forward Zack Smith told the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin on Monday. "We're one win away from a championship, and we're going into a barn with a desperate team. They've played great all series, and if we get complacent, that's just not going to work. But I think we're pretty confident in ourselves."
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Aeros win Game 7, advance to Calder Cup Finals

Wednesday, 05.25.2011 / 11:02 AM / AHL Update

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Jon DiSalvatore made sure the Houston Aeros survived letting a 3-0 series lead slip away and advanced to the Calder Cup Finals anyway.

The Aeros captain stuffed in a rebound off a scramble in front of the net with 1:13 left in regulation Tuesday night for a 4-3 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs in Game 7 of AHL Western Conference Finals at Toyota Center in Houston.

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Hamilton on verge of historic AHL comeback

Monday, 05.23.2011 / 2:31 PM / AHL Update

Emily Kaplan - NHL.com Staff Writer

Three times this past week, the Hamilton Bulldogs found themselves at the brink of elimination.

And three times this past week, the Bulldogs rallied back to keep their Calder Cup dreams alive.

Hamilton fell into a 3-0 hole in its series against the Houston Aeros in the AHL Western Conference Finals. Yet the Bulldogs pieced together an improbable comeback by winning three-straight games -- including a Game 6 victory that was decided in double overtime -- to force a Game 7 at 8:05 p.m. Tuesday at the Toyota Center in Houston.

Should the Bulldogs win, they'll face the Binghamton Senators in the 2011 Calder Cup Finals. They'll also secure a chapter in the AHL history books.

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Binghamton survives wild ride in first round

Thursday, 04.28.2011 / 2:49 PM / AHL Update

A.J. Atchue - Special to NHL.com

For a team that hadn't made the AHL postseason in six years, the Binghamton Senators sure gave their playoff-starved fans in New York's southern tier a first-round series for the ages, rallying back from a 3-1 deficit to oust the Manchester Monarchs in Game 7 on the road.

That might be enough excitement for fans, but the Ottawa Senators organization also has to be pleased that numerous players who logged heavy minutes with the big club in 2010-11 are contributing to Binghamton's playoff run.
 
"It was quite the experience for sure," said rookie forward Bobby Butler, the MVP of January's AHL All-Star game who broke out with 21 points (10-11-21) in 36 NHL games down the stretch.

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Holtby shining wherever he tends goal

Thursday, 04.07.2011 / 6:00 PM / AHL Update

A.J. Atchue - Special to NHL.com

Braden Holtby has become well accustomed to shuttling between the AHL's Hershey Bears and the parent Washington Capitals this season, so when a last-minute phone call from Washington came during the final weekend of March, the second-year goaltender tried to take it in stride.

That's not to say that the experience to come wouldn't be a bit of a whirlwind, though.

Holtby and the Bears were in Glens Falls, N.Y., on March 25, preparing for a game against the Adirondack Phantoms when word came that Holtby's services would likely be needed by the Capitals the next night in Montreal.

The 21-year-old Holtby caught a ride for what was conveniently only a three-hour drive north, and sure enough, he was in a Capitals uniform and between the pipes at the Bell Centre on March 26.
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Non-stop action has suited Henrique just fine

Thursday, 03.31.2011 / 4:54 PM / AHL Update

A.J. Atchue - Special to NHL.com

"As a coach, I'm confident in his ability, and it didn't take long for me to gain that confidence in him. Coming right out of camp I could see that he's really smart, knew the game, and he's a reliable guy on both sides of the puck."
-- Albany Devils coachRick Kowalsky on Adam Henrique

It's a good thing Albany Devils forward Adam Henrique loves playing hockey, because that's pretty much all he's been doing for the past two-and-a-half years.

The rookie prospect for the New Jersey Devils is coming off back-to-back Memorial Cup runs with the Ontario Hockey League's Windsor Spitfires, and while many of his peers were enjoying time off around Christmas in 2009, Henrique was busy helping Team Canada to a silver medal at the World Junior Championships.

Now, 68 games into his first pro season in the AHL and with the finish line in sight, some time to rest and recover is finally on Henrique's horizon.
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