Ellison making huge strides in Norfolk

Going from the British Columbia Hockey League to the Western Hockey League is a jump. But going from the BCHL to the National Hockey League in under two years’ time? That’s what Matt Ellison of the Norfolk Admirals did, making the leap from the BCHL to the AHL with a one-year layover in WHL Red […]

“Grand” event showcasing AHL stars

AHL Weekly Release #17 As another bumper crop of American Hockey League All-Stars descends on Grand Rapids later this week, they follow in the skate marks of those great AHL players that first gathered to showcase their skills 62 years ago. The 2004 Pepsi AHL All-Star Classic, set for this coming Sunday and Monday at […]

Four more added to AHL All-Star rosters

The American Hockey League today named Cincinnati Mighty Ducks forward Chris Kunitz to the Canadian AHL All-Star roster and San Antonio Rampage forward Denis Shvidki, Milwaukee Admirals defenseman Andrew Hutchinson and St. John’s Maple Leafs defenseman Pierre Hedin to the PlanetUSA AHL All-Star roster for the 2004 Pepsi AHL All-Star Classic, which will be held […]

Darby’s star is shining again

The American Hockey League season is a long one, a parade of ups and downs that come and go as the six-month stretch ticks by game by game. Come late January, the season’s midway point has come and gone, the haves and have-nots become more clear, but two months of regular-season hockey remain before the […]

Three added to All-Star rosters

The American Hockey League today named Cleveland Barons defenseman Garrett Stafford and Albany River Rats forward Craig Darby to the PlanetUSA AHL All-Star roster and Lowell Lock Monsters forward Mike Zigomanis to the Canadian AHL All-Star roster for the 2004 Pepsi AHL All-Star Classic, which will be held Feb. 8-9 at Van Andel Arena. The […]

Pirates building for the postseason

Portland Pirates head coach Tim Army is an encyclopedia of his team’s season. Ask him how his weekend was, and he might give you a 20-minute in-depth analysis of the pros and cons of the team’s latest three-games-in-three-nights set. Ask him how the team is playing, and you are likely to get a description of […]

O’Ree to lead All-Star community efforts

Willie O’Ree, who in 1958 became the first black player to skate in the National Hockey League, will be at the forefront of community events surrounding the 2004 Pepsi AHL All-Star Classic, which will be held Feb. 8-9 at Van Andel Arena. O’Ree, who played in 45 NHL games and 56 AHL contests during a […]

Dawe back where it all began

What is it about Rochester that hockey players can’t resist? Is it because the chilly winters are reminiscent of those in their native Canada? Perhaps they have a fondness for the fashionable red, white and blue color scheme? Or is it the fact that the air around the Blue Cross Arena perpetually smells like the […]

AHL stars today, NHL stars tomorrow

AHL WEEKLY RELEASE #16 As the American Hockey League prepares for the 10th installment of its modern All-Star Classic, a look at All-Star rosters past shows an impressive list of talented players parlaying their experience in the AHL’s showcase event into National Hockey League careers. Since 1995, when the AHL All-Star Game returned after a […]

Hoggan’s opportunity is knocking

Hockey is a land of opportunity, and Houston Aeros second-year right wing Jeff Hoggan is making the most of his. A season after playing on a checking line for the Aeros’ Calder Cup championship winning team, Hoggan finds himself as the team’s fifth leading scorer at week’s end. Hoggan’s 18 points have bettered last season’s […]