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AHL Update

Morrissey's season-long odyssey nears end in AHL

Friday, 06.13.2014 / 1:56 PM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to NHL.com

During the 2013-14 season, 19-year-old Josh Morrissey's storied journey on the ice has taken him from Winnipeg Jets training camp to a Western Hockey League campaign in Prince Albert, the World Junior Championship in Sweden, and now the American Hockey League's Calder Cup Finals with the St. John's IceCaps.

"Quite honestly, it's all happened so fast that it hasn't really sunk in yet," said Morrissey, who made his professional debut with the IceCaps, Winnipeg's top development affiliate, at the end of the regular season after the Raiders were eliminated from the WHL playoffs. "Along the way in your career, you don't have that many chances to win championships at any level, so I'm trying to take it all in, enjoy every day and do whatever I can to try and win."

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Texas tops St. John's in OT, leads Calder Cup Finals

Wednesday, 06.11.2014 / 10:50 PM / AHL Update

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Travis Morin scored 7:20 into overtime Wednesday to give the Texas Stars a 2-1 victory against the St. John's IceCaps in Game 3 of the American Hockey League's Calder Cup Finals.

Morin, the AHL's regular-season scoring champion, tipped home a pass by Brendan Ranford to give the Stars a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series and disappoint the crowd of 6,287 at Mile One Centre. The IceCaps, the AHL affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets, will host Game 4 on Monday.


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St. John's beats Texas to even Calder Cup Finals

Monday, 06.09.2014 / 11:29 PM / AHL Update

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Goaltender Michael Hutchinson made 49 saves Monday to lead the St. John's IceCaps to a series-tying 2-1 victory against the Texas Stars in Game 2 of the Calder Cup Finals in Cedar Park, Texas.

Hutchinson rebounded from a poor performance in Game 1 of the American Hockey League championship series one night earlier, when he allowed five goals on 22 shots. He was flawless after Blair Riley put the IceCaps ahead to stay by beating Cristopher Nilstorp 1:13 into the second period, 44 seconds after the Stars' Brendan Ranford had tied the game.

The IceCaps, the top affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets, host Game 3 of the best-of-7 series Wednesday.


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Texas takes 1-0 series lead in Calder Cup Finals

Sunday, 06.08.2014 / 11:05 PM / AHL Update

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Travis Morin and Scott Glennie scored twice and Chris Mueller and Mike Hedden also scored to lead the Texas Stars to a 6-3 win against the St. John's IceCaps in Game 1 of the Calder Cup Finals at Cedar Park Center on Sunday night.

Will O'Neill, Kael Mouillierat and Jordan Hill scored for St. John's. Michael Hutchinson made 14 saves in the loss.

Game 2 is set for Monday in Texas (8:30 p.m. ET; NHLN-US), the American Hockey League affiliate of the Dallas Stars.

After O'Neill's goal tied the game 1:47 into the second period, Mueller gave Texas a 2-1 lead 2:05 later, when he took a pass from Dustin Jeffrey (three assists) and fired a wrister from the right circle past Hutchinson for his sixth goal of the playoffs.

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Stars, IceCaps set to battle in Calder Cup Finals

Sunday, 06.08.2014 / 1:15 PM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to NHL.com

A postseason that began with the 16 most prolific teams in the American Hockey League has been narrowed down to two, as the Texas Stars and St. John's IceCaps will play for the league's highest honor in the 2014 Calder Cup Finals beginning Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET at Cedar Park Center in Cedar Park, Texas.

The regular-season champion Stars, the AHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars, ousted the Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs) in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, while the Winnipeg Jets' affiliate in St. John's took down the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh Penguins) in six games to win the Eastern Conference crown.

This series will be the first-ever between the Stars and IceCaps. Texas had an impressive 106 points during the regular season to earn the AHL's Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy and the No. 1 seed heading into the playoffs. St. John's had the third-highest point total in the Eastern Conference with 99.

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Texas, St. John's to meet for Calder Cup

Wednesday, 06.04.2014 / 12:46 AM / AHL Update

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The Texas Stars advanced to the Calder Cup Finals by beating the Toronto Marlies 6-2 on Tuesday night in Game 7 of the American Hockey League's Western Conference Final in Cedar Park, Texas.

Dustin Jeffrey scored twice in a six-goal blitz by the Stars that began late in the second period and wiped out Toronto's 2-0 lead.

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O'Dell heating up at just the right time for St. John's

Friday, 05.23.2014 / 12:41 PM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to NHL.com

The American Hockey League postseason has historically been a platform in which the future stars of the NHL have made their mark.

In this year's Calder Cup Playoffs, Winnipeg Jets prospect and St. John's IceCaps center Eric O'Dell is adding to that tradition.

"For every team at this point in the year, you need your best players to be just that, and he's done that for us," said Keith McCambridge, third-year coach of the IceCaps. "He's given us key goals at important times during games and has continued to just get better and better every single second here during the season."

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Ranford emerging as postseason star for Texas

Friday, 05.16.2014 / 2:46 PM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to NHL.com

Brendan Ranford has come a long way during his rookie season with the American Hockey League's Texas Stars.

After five seasons of junior hockey with the Kamloops Blazers in the Western Hockey League, Ranford, a forward originally drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010 but never signed by the club, signed a professional tryout contract with Texas prior to the start of the 2013-14 season.

He's now leading the AHL in goals during the Calder Cup Playoffs.

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Penguins' success begins in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

Friday, 05.09.2014 / 1:31 PM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to NHL.com

Between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League and their NHL affiliate in Pittsburgh, much more is shared than simply a synonymous mascot. The success of the Pittsburgh Penguins and their partners in Northeastern Pennsylvania has been actively intertwined since their affiliation began in 1999.

"The way we view it, it's really one team," said John Hynes, the AHL's 2011 Coach of the Year who is in his fourth season at the helm for Wilkes-Barre. "Between the management and coaches, we're on the same page as far as how we like to run the two teams and the values we want to have within our locker room."

It's a sense of unity that resonates across the board. Through the years, Pittsburgh has looked to Wilkes-Barre for the development of players such as goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, defensemen Kris Letang, Alex Goligoski, Ben Lovejoy, Rob Scuderi, Michal Rozsival and Brooks Orpik and forwards Mark Letestu and Maxime Talbot.

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Playoffs set stage for Maple Leafs prospect Carrick

Friday, 05.02.2014 / 2:31 PM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to NHL.com

If you're not familiar with Sam Carrick already, you will be soon.

The second-year center is turning heads in his first full American Hockey League season, scoring 14 goals and 35 points in 62 games with the Toronto Marlies during the regular season. Six of his goals were game-winners, and he also led all Marlies forwards at plus-17.

Drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the fifth round (No. 144) of the 2010 NHL Draft, Carrick spent four years in the Ontario Hockey League with Brampton before spending most of his first pro season in the ECHL.

He made his AHL debut with the Marlies on March 2, 2013, and had four points in 19 games down the stretch. He also appeared in five Calder Cup Playoff games last spring.

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I've been so fortunate, blessed, to play a long time with some great players and be on power plays, play in some great cities and stuff. It's been fun.

— Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla on tying Dino Ciccarelli for 46th place on the NHL's all-time list with his 1,200th career point after their win vs. the Predators on Friday