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Aeros Schedule Announced, SummerScribes August 5

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild


Houston begins season with home-and-home against San Antonio Oct. 7-8

Houston, Texas - The Houston Aeros, in conjunction with the American Hockey League, have announced their 2005-06 regular season schedule. The Aeros will open up their 12th season on Friday, Oct. 7, at Toyota Center at 7:35 p.m. against the San Antonio Rampage. The same teams meet the next night at San Antonio’s SBC Center. This marks just the fourth time in franchise history the Aeros have begun the season with a home game.

The Aeros’ regular season schedule features 7:05 p.m. game times Monday-Thursday, 7:35 p.m. starts Friday and Saturday and 5:05 p.m. Sunday start times. The Tuesday, Feb. 7 game against Milwaukee will begin at 11:05 a.m. as part of the Aeros’ annual Chronicle in Education Day.

The Aeros will face their in-state foes San Antonio 12 times (six home, six road), while playing 10 games (five home, five road) against Omaha, Iowa and Peoria. Houston has eight games (four home, four away) versus Chicago and Milwaukee, and four (two home, two road) against Manitoba, Cleveland, and Grand Rapids out of the North Division. The Aeros will face the following teams two times (one home, one road): Toronto, Hamilton, Manchester, Hartford and Rochester.

Houston will get tested early, with the trip to SBC Center kicking off a five-game road trip including its first stop in Peoria in nearly 10 years on Friday, Oct. 14 and its first two games at Omaha on Tuesday, Oct. 18 and Thursday, Oct. 20. The St. Louis Blues moved their affiliate from Worcester to Peoria this season to play as the Rivermen, while the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights debut as the Calgary Flames’ affiliate.

After a three-game homestand that includes Manchester’s first ever visit into Houston on Saturday, Oct. 22, it’s back on the road for three more games to finish out October.

November sees eight home games, tied with January for the most in 2005-06. It begins with a five-game homestand with back-to-back games against Manitoba on Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 6. Following a four-game road trip that includes Houston’s first trip to Toronto on Saturday, Nov. 19, it’s back home for nine-of-12 games at home.

That stretch is highlighted by Peoria’s first two visits into town on Friday, Dec. 16 and Saturday, Dec. 17; a day-after-Christmas contest against San Antonio on Monday, Dec. 26; and Iowa’s first trip to Houston on Wednesday, Dec. 28. The Iowa Stars also begin play in 2005-06. The Dallas Stars shared an affiliation with the Minnesota Wild in Houston in 2004-05.

A busy January slate includes 13 games - eight at home. The Toronto Marlies, new affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs, play at Toyota Center for the only time on Tuesday, Jan. 10, and Rochester makes its lone trip into town Friday, Jan. 20. Those games are part of a season-long, seven-game homestand from January 6-21.

The Aeros play two home games each against Milwaukee and Iowa in February, with the rest of the month spent on the road. One of three five-game road trips sees Houston trek to Manchester, N.H., for the first time on Friday, Feb. 10.

March is the Aeros’ busiest month with 15 games, including 10 on the road. Hamilton has never played at Houston in the regular season, but the Bulldogs and Aeros dueled through seven games in the 2003 Calder Cup Finals, with the Aeros prevailing. The Bulldogs come to Houston on Thursday, March 2. The Aeros’ final five-game road trip finishes the month, with two games in Omaha that bookend games in Chicago, Iowa and Peoria.

The Aeros open up April with a five-game homestand, followed by a game each in Chicago and Iowa on Saturday, April 15 and Sunday, April 16 to finish the regular season.

The Aeros’ longest homestand is seven games, while they make three, five-game road trips.

Home games by month - October 4, November 8, December 6, January 8, February 4, March 5, April 5

Home games by day - Monday 1, Tuesday 6, Wednesday 3, Thursday 4, Friday 11, Saturday 8, Sunday 7

Three games in three nights: 10

You can join the Aeros "Elite Fleet" today. Elite Fleet members get tickets to all 40 Aeros games for the price of 30, along with great benefits like guaranteed premium items and discounted merchandise. Elite Fleet packages start at just $300. Partial packages of 13 and 22 games are also on sale and begin at only $130. Call 713.974.PUCK for details.

HOUSTON AEROS 2005-2006 SCHEDULE (home games in caps)

FRI. 7 SAN ANTONIO 7:35 p.m.
Sat. 8 @ San Antonio 7 p.m.
Fri. 14 @ Peoria 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 15 @ Grand Rapids 6 p.m.
Tue. 18 @ Omaha 7 p.m.
Thur. 20 @ Omaha 7 p.m.
FRI. 21 GRAND RAPIDS 7:35 p.m.
SAT. 22 MANCHESTER 7:35 p.m.
TUE. 25 CHICAGO 7:05 p.m.
Fri. 28 @ Milwaukee 7 p.m.
Sat. 29 @ Grand Rapids 6 p.m.
Sun. 30 @ Peoria 6 p.m.

FRI. 4 MANITOBA 7:35 p.m.
SUN. 6 MANITOBA 5:05 p.m.
WED. 9 OMAHA 7:05 p.m.
FRI. 11 OMAHA 7:35 p.m.
SAT. 12 SAN ANTONIO 7:35 p.m.
Sun. 13 @ San Antonio 5 p.m.
Thur. 17 @ Manitoba 7:30 p.m.
Fri. 18 @ Manitoba 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 19 @ Toronto 6 p.m.
FRI. 25 MILWAUKEE 7:35 p.m.
SUN. 27 MILWAUKEE 5:05 p.m.
WED. 30 CLEVELAND 7:05 p.m.

SUN. 4 CLEVELAND 5:05 p.m.
Fri. 9 @ Rochester 6:35 p.m.
Sat. 10 @ Hamilton 6 p.m.
Sun. 11 @ Cleveland 4:05 p.m.
FRI. 16 PEORIA 7:35 p.m.
SAT 17 PEORIA 7:35 p.m.
FRI. 23 OMAHA 7:35 p.m.
MON. 26 SAN ANTONIO 7:05 p.m.
WED. 28 IOWA 7:05 p.m.
Sat. 31 @ San Antonio 7 p.m.

Thur. 5 @ San Antonio 7 p.m.
FRI. 6 GRAND RAPIDS 7:35 p.m.
TUE. 10 TORONTO 7:05 p.m.
THUR. 12 IOWA 7:05 p.m.
FRI. 13 IOWA 7:35 p.m.
SUN. 15 SAN ANTONIO 5:05 p.m.
FRI. 20 ROCHESTER 7:35 p.m.
SAT. 21 PEORIA 7:35 p.m.
Sun. 22 @ Chicago 4 p.m.
Tue. 24 @ Peoria 7 p.m.
Thur. 26 @ Iowa 7:05 p.m.
Fri. 27 @ Peoria 7:30 p.m.
SAT. 28 CHICAGO 7:35 p.m.

SAT. 4 MILWAUKEE 7:35 p.m.
TUE. 7 MILWAUKEE 11:05 a.m.
Fri. 10 @ Manchester 6:35 p.m.
Sat. 11 @ Hartford 6 p.m.
Wed. 15 @ Cleveland 6:05 p.m.
Fri. 17 @ Iowa 7:05 p.m.
Sat. 18 @ Iowa 7:05 p.m.
TUE. 21 IOWA 7:05 p.m.
THUR. 23 IOWA 7:05 p.m.
Sat. 25 @ Milwaukee 7 p.m.
Sun. 26 @ Milwaukee 2 p.m.

MARCH (15)
THUR. 2 HAMILTON 7:05 p.m.
SAT. 4 HARTFORD 7:35 p.m.
Sun. 5 @ San Antonio 4 p.m.
TUE. 7 CHICAGO 7:05 p.m.
THUR. 9 CHICAGO 7:05 p.m.
Sun. 12 @ Omaha 5 p.m.
Wed. 15 @ Chicago 7 p.m.
Fri. 17 @ Milwaukee 7 p.m.
Sat. 18 @ San Antonio 7 p.m.
SUN. 19 SAN ANTONIO 5:05 p.m.
Thur. 23 @ Omaha 7 p.m.
Fri. 24 @ Chicago 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 25 @ Iowa 7:05 p.m.
Wed. 29 @ Peoria 7 p.m.
Fri. 31 @ Omaha 7 p.m.

SAT. 1 PEORIA 7:35 p.m.
SUN. 2 PEORIA 5:05 p.m.
SUN. 9 SAN ANTONIO 5:05 p.m.
TUE. 11 OMAHA 7:05 p.m.
FRI. 14 OMAHA 7:35 p.m.
Sat. 15 @ Chicago 7 p.m.
Sun. 16 @ Iowa 5:05 p.m.


Wow. What a last two weeks.

The happiest folks out there are those that make, sell and print NHL souvenir programs. Because you won’t be able to tell your favorite team without a program.

In what has been reminiscent of a fantasy football draft, it’s been several signings an hour since free agency began August 1. Some of the biggest names to change zip codes are Peter Forsberg (from Colorado to Philadelphia), Adam Foote (Colorado to Columbus) and Scott Niedermayer (New Jersey to Anaheim). In addition, we’ve had trades that have taken Jeremy Roenick to Los Angeles and Chris Pronger and Michael Peca to Edmonton.

You caught up? I’ve bookmarked TSN’s "transaction tracker", and I suggest you do the same:

Stay tuned, as many more chips to fall. And after the bigger names are done, the smaller will follow suit, and we should know what kind of an effect the last year has had on the 2005-06 Aeros.

Foster signed
The Wild signed defensemen Kurtis Foster and Scott Ferguson yesterday. While Foster expects to get a good, long look at the Wild’s camp next month, there’s a good chance you could see him in an Aeros uniform at some point this season.

Aeros fans should be very familiar with the hulking 6-foot-5, 235-pound defenseman. He joined Chicago midway through the 2001-02 season, played 2 ½ campaigns with the Wolves before joining Cincinnati last season. He led Ducks defensemen in all offensive categories, and put up two goals and an assist in a big 4-3 win over the Aeros in February.

Foster tallied 42 points (17-25=42) last season for the Ducks, his second 42-point campaign in three tries. Foster, who was second among AHL defensemen with 17 goals, was a plus-16, including a plus-14 over a torrid last 12 games which saw him notch 12 points (3-9=12). He also set an AHL record with a 101 mph slapshot at the 2003 All-Star festivities. Foster had enjoyed much of his success against the Aeros, with eight points two seasons ago, and another six in 2004-05.

Best of all, he’s only 23, is still improving and can quarterback the power play.

He also has the Houston Aeros Charities folks drooling.

While just 22 years old, he was named the AHL’s Man of the Year following the 2003-04 season. Foster headed up the Chicago Wolves’ "Read to Succeed" campaign, while also creating "Kurt’s Kanines" to reward fans who adopted a pet with an autographed photo and posting pictures on the Wolves’ Web site of dogs in need of homes. Because of his efforts, more than 250 dogs were adopted through the program.

Foster’s generosity also sparked a record number of donations as he volunteered to have lunch with a fan as part of the Wolves’ annual Toys for Tots holiday drive. He organized a used-equipment drive to help aspiring hockey players in Chicago’s inner city, and also formed "Kurtis’s Kids", a program allowing underprivileged families and children the opportunity to attend a Wolves game as Foster’s guest.

Foster’s community participation also involved serving as a pen pal to students at a local elementary school, delivering groceries to fans’ homes, visiting hospitals and inviting patients to Wolves games.

Street Fleet, FREE public skating Saturday
The Houston Aeros’ popular "Street Fleet" hockey program heads to Space City Ice Station at 18150 Gulf Freeway this Saturday from 12-2 p.m. This Street Fleet includes FREE public ice skating, including rentals, for those interested.

Goodbye, good luck
Two weeks ago, only Manchester was looking for a head coach. Now, the Aeros and Manitoba Moose have joined the chase.

Congrats to Aeros head coach Todd McLellan on his move to Detroit to join old friend Mike Babcock. Similarly, Randy Carlyle fled the Moose for a second time to join former Vancouver GM Brian Burke in Anaheim.

Remember what the Scribe told you about that scorecard...

LaBarbera to Kings organization
With Henrik Lundqvist arriving from Sweden and Al Montoya signing from Michigan, the Rangers let loose 2003-04 AHL MVP Jason LaBarbera. The goalie is well known to Aeros fans, having shut out Houston in three straight meetings before the Aeros finally solved him in March.

LaBarbera, 25, signed a free agent deal with the Los Angeles Kings after racking up 65 wins over the last two seasons against only 25 losses. At 6-foot-3, 224 pounds, LaBarbera is one of the most physically imposing goalies around.

LaBarbera figures to compete for a back-up spot to Mathieu Garon. The Kings also extended a qualifying offer to Adam Hauser, who was in Manchester last season along with Garon. Hauser’s gaa of 1.93 ranked third in the AHL (LaBarbera was second at 1.84), even better than Garon (2.12). Hauser is a restricted free agent.

Despite all his success in the AHL, LaBarbera has played just 208 NHL minutes.

The Rangers get a good one, though
Jason Ward, the AHL MVP for Hamilton the year the Bulldogs advanced to face Houston in the Calder Cup Finals, signed with the Rangers yesterday.

Ward was Montreal’s first-round pick in 1997, and this is his first venture outside the Canadiens’ organization.

Congrats to the "Twins"
At the Aeros, we don’t just develop players and coaches. Larisa and Marisa, most recently members of "Sonic Boom", have been named part of the 2005 Houston Texans cheerleaders squad.

Congratulations girls!

Win a jersey!
Season Ticket Holders, here’s your chance to win an autographed team jersey.

Season ticket holders are encouraged to refer friends, colleagues, civic groups, etc to their Aeros Account Executive. We would love for you to help in growing our fan base. Here’s how it works...
  • For every referral and phone number you send in, you will be entered into a drawing for a jersey autographed by the entire 2005-06 Aeros team.
  • For every referral that purchases an Aeros ticket plan or voucher book you will get an additional entry into the drawing.
  • The contest will run through Friday, Sept. 30th at 5:30pm, and the winner will be drawn on Friday, Oct. 7th.

    To participate, simply email or contact your Account Executive with names and phone numbers of individuals who would enjoy watching the Aeros in action in 2005-06. If you are unsure of your Account Executive, please call 713.974.PUCK.

    Charities news

    Make your wishes heard
    Have an important date coming up? Want to make a lasting wedding proposal? Call Houston Aeros Charities to schedule your announcement. For $100, you can propose to your love! We give you the flowers, the entire arenas attention during the second period and your proposal across the matrix board. It will be a proposal that will last in her memory forever!

    For $50 we’ll announce a birthday or anniversary to that special person. Each announcement receives a special appearance from Chilly as he delivers a gift bag to your special person.

    Your monetary donation will be given to area charities throughout the season. Plan ahead and get booked today! Keep checking the Community section to check out our great and up coming charity events!

    Corporate Opportunities
    Join our Tickets for Kids Program! Help encourage children’s success by purchasing 500 or more tickets for area children on behalf of your company. You can choose the charity or we can find one for you. Your company will receive in game recognition while a representative of your company performs a ceremonial puck drop. You also receive a feature article on your company, with logo, posted on Your donation is tax deductible and will create a special memory for children who would otherwise not have the opportunity to attend.

    Additionally we are always looking for corporate sponsors for our special events. Please contact us to get involved in helping out various Houston area charities. It’s a great way to advertise as well as show your companies support to Houston children.

    Have an idea for a fundraising event? Please contact, we’d love to hear them and possibly get involved.

    Aeros in London
    Frank sends in a picture of his friend Chauncey, wearing an Aeros jersey while along the Thames River in London.

    Feel free to send your pictures to

    Mailbag and trivia take the week off while we catch our breath after a hectic week. Send questions for the next edition to

    Congratulations to Chris from Houston for being the first to correctly guess that last edition’s "trivia logo" was the Montreal/Nova Scotia Voyageurs.

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