Griffins first to punch playoff ticket

Michel Picard scored twice as Grand Rapids posted a 2-1 win in San Antonio on Saturday night, becoming the first of 20 teams to clinch a berth in the Calder Cup 2004 Playoffs. The Griffins lead the West Division and the overall AHL standings with 86 points, and are in search of their third consecutive […]

NHL trades have trickle-down effect

The flurry of activity leading up to next week’s NHL trade deadline is already affecting rosters in the AHL, where one division leader has lost its top scorer and another is suddenly without its league-leading goaltender. The Hamilton Bulldogs lost All-Star forward Jozef Balej in Tuesday night’s trade that saw the parent Montreal Canadiens acquire […]

Bears’ Willis still has an eye on the NHL

Twenty-three years old, the National Hockey League career of Shane Willis was shaping up nicely when the 2000-01 regular season came to a close. His Carolina Hurricanes had qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs. Having struggled to established a presence in the Triangle area of North Carolina, the Hurricanes had a new building and a […]

It’s been a very good Jiri in Grand Rapids

It has been quite a season for Jiri Hudler. While making his North American debut, Hudler has become a fan favorite, stolen the spotlight from a world-class player, captained his homeland’s junior national team, made his National Hockey League debut, been selected to the PlanetUSA AHL All-Star team, and helped guide the Grand Rapids Griffins […]

Calder Cup qualification rules for 2004

In 2003-04, a total of 20 teams — five from each division — will qualify for the AHL’s postseason. The playoffs will begin with four qualifying series (one in each division), with the fourth-place team playing the fifth-place team in a best-of-three matchup, with all three games at the home of the higher-seeded team. These […]

The story of the Calder Cup

The coveted Calder Cup has been a motivational force for American Hockey League teams throughout the League’s 68-year history. It is one of our sport’s greatest challenges and ultimate honors to hoist the Calder Cup in victory. The trophy is named for Frank Calder, who served as the National Hockey League’s first President from 1917 […]

Division rivalries highlight road to playoffs

WEEKLY RELEASE #21 Six weeks remain in the American Hockey League’s 68th regular season, and with all 28 teams still in the hunt for a trip to the Calder Cup 2004 Playoffs, nearly 80 percent of the 275 games remaining on the AHL schedule will pit division foes against each other in crucial high-stakes showdowns. […]

Calder Cup 2004 Tour underway

The American Hockey League announced today the launch of the Calder Cup 2004 Tour, with the first stop coming Feb. 22 in Winnipeg. Making its eighth annual excursion around the American Hockey League, the coveted Calder Cup will cover more than 11,000 miles as it travels to 19 cities, making appearances at games, schools, area […]

Patient Rosa keeps piling on the points

Ask Pavel Rosa if he’s leading the American Hockey League in scoring and he’ll politely say that he has no idea. You see, he stopped looking at stat sheets years ago, preferring instead to concentrate on the little things he needs to accomplish for his team to consistently win. “I’ve always loved scoring goals and […]

Despite late start, Shvidki has blossomed

Denis Shvidki‘s 10th birthday was on the horizon when he laced up his first pair of hockey skates, a graybeard in the realm of youth hockey. Growing up in the small town of Kharkov in the Ukraine before the Iron Curtain rusted and fell, Shvidki’s passion was soccer. He never even paid attention to hockey. […]