Final day of the regular season! Let's do this!
Who still needs to clinch? St. John's IceCaps need 2 points and Charlotte Checkers need 1 point while defending Calder Cup Champion Cleveland Monsters need 2 points but they have no games left so it looks like Charlotte will make it tonight. St. John's can hopefully end their final season in the playoffs and not in the regular season.
Regular season ends THIS SATURDAY so these teams need to scramble to make it to the postseason that already have not clinched. Atlantic and North Divisions have not been decided so this will be interesting coming into the stretch.
Playoffs! Inspiration! And mascots! This update has it all!
The Playoff Race, always need to start off with what everyone wants to know.
Inspiration, all teams have players that go above ans beyond their efforts to help the community. Also, one team in particular has a player that inspires us all with his personal battle.
Meet the winners of the AHL Man of the Year award from each team.
If you were to watch one video on here, this would be it. Do yourself a favor and watch this beautiful tribute video.
Mascot Shenanigans, featuring the newest member of the Laval Rocket (the new team replacing St. John's IceCap as the Canadiens affiliate)!
Had to end on a light note after all that! Enjoy the playoff race and the final season of St. John's IceCaps!
REMINDER: Tonight is Cunny Did Night for the Tucson Roadrunners, which celebrates the recovery for captain Craig Cunningham who suffered a major cardiac event on November 19th. Cunningham is still in the recovery process and even lost his foot to amputation and wears a prosthetic ankle and foot.
No one on the team has taken his spot as the captain because of his major impact on the team. Cunningham will return to the ice tonight to join his team and drop the puck. This will be an emotional event and something to follow along if you are not attending.
Did you know that in 81 seasons, there's only been 12 goalie goals?
Here's the latest from today!
Great job to Jonas Gustavsson on his first goal of the season, a shorthanded one!
Important Playoff Information
Is your team in, out, or almost there?
All the scores from today, playoff race updates, and more for this week's check in.
And the first team in the playoffs is...
San Jose Barracuda!
Congrats to San Jose for being good all around in both the AHL and NHL! Now, let's see when the Sharks will clinch their berth...
Tradition! Story of the Hat Trick Sombrero
Perks of being on the Bakersfield Condors (besides having the chance to be called up to the big club led by McDavid!) includes receiving a certificate and unique sombrero after scoring a hat trick. Thanks to a tradition started by a season ticket holder years ago, the celebration has been kept alive despite a drought for a couple of years and the original fan leaving. With two hat tricks this season, fans got to see the hat fly onto the ice and the players got to enjoy their feat. Here's to being unique!
Remember this name: Thatcher Demko
It's a little hard to forget a name like but this player is one of the NHL's top goaltending prospects. Demko went 7-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .965 SV% in his last seven starts, including two shutouts. He's also 21 years old and is already playing at a great level; in 33 games, he's had a 2.57 GAA and .909 SV%. Great news for Canucks fans, he's yours! Somewhat okay news, he will not play until Ryan Miller's time is up and you know how long Vancouver takes with prospects... We may not see him until later...
Parallels: Sound Tigers are close to making the playoffs
Just like their affiliate, the Sound Tigers are in a much better position than they were at the beginning of the season. With the addition of Jaroslav Halak, Bridgeport is now 2 points behind in the race for the last playoff spot in their division. Great to see the veteran make do with his situation this season.
Is your team in it or not? Time to find out.
Keep rooting for your team and I will see you next week!
Scores? Feel-good stories? Today does not disappoint!
Here's what happened today:
Albany Devils win 4-1
Chicago Wolves win 4-0
St. John's IceCaps win 3-2
Hershey Bears win 7-1
Lehigh Valley Phantoms win 4-1
Springfield Falcons win 5-2
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins win 3-2
Iowa Wild win 3-2
Stockton Heat win 3-2
Tucson Roadrunners win 5-4
San Jose Barracuda win 1-0
Good Read: Need to feel uplifted? Here's a great story about one player's battle with cancer and how it made him persevere to get back on the ice again.
"THIS WAS A FIGHT I WAS NOT ABOUT TO LET DEFEAT ME." -Chris rumble, Binghampton senators.
Save the date! March 25th is "Cunny Did Night" in Tucson as the Roadrunners honor their captain, Craig Cunningham, who suffered a medical emergency earlier this season. Cunningham and the doctors who made his recovery possible will drop the puck for this game. This night will definitely be emotional and it is definitely something to pay attention to around social media if you cannot make it.
Need an update on Bryan Bickell as he is dealing with multiple sclerosis while playing with the Charlotte Checkers? Here you go...
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Plays of the Week
February Award Winners
Congratulations to Chris Terry (Canadiens Organization), Josh Ho Sang (Islanders Organization), and Troy Grosenick (Sharks Organization) on being named Player of the Month, Rookie of the Month, and Goaltender of the Month (in that order)!
Terry: 9 goals & 9 assists in 12 games (League-high 18 points).
Ho Sang: 5 goals & 10 goals in 12 games.
Grosenick: 9-0-0 this month, with a GAA of 1.88 and .933 SV %.
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Good morning and welcome to this week's latest on the farm system.
News Around the League
Bryan Bickell: After being diagnosed with mutiple sclerosis in early November, Bickell was placed on waivers by the Carolina Hurricanes with hopes that he would play with the affiliate team, Charlotte Checkers. Bickell practiced with the team in the past month and hopes to return soon to the NHL.
Nathan Walker: Remember that name. Why? That name could make history this season as the first Australian to play in the NHL. Walker could have already played this year for the Washington Capitals but he sustained a broken hand that set him back. For now, fans can see him play with the Hershey Bears before he debuts in the big league. Barry Trotz believes in him and so should all of us.
Playoffs: San Jose Barracuda now have the best record in the league as the playoff race begins for the Calder Cup. Their .783 home-winning percentage also helps with them being on top of everyone. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins lead the Atlantic, Syracuse Crunch have the North, and the Grand Rapids Griffins are first place in the Central Division. All this will change as the season gets shorter.
*all news comes from theahl.com*
Goals Against Average Leaders
Enjoy today and see some good games!
Photos of the Week:
Time to catch up on news for the newest team, player of the week, former NHL players, and other stats for the league! Here we go!
Introducing the Laval Rocket (or Le Rocket de Laval)
The Montréal Canadiens will move their affiliate closer to home next year after being in St. John, New Brunswick for a couple of years. The IceCaps were only a temporary team as Laval had to get their new stadium ready for the upcoming seasons ans St. John is also 919 km away from Montréal which made sending players back and forth harder.
For more updates on how this team is coming along, follow @rocketlaval on Instagram!
Last Week's Player of the Week:
How are some former NHL players doing?
Jhonas Enroth (SD) - Former Sabres, Stars, Kings, and Leafs goalie is doing well after being traded to San Diego from Toronto. He is 9-1, with a Goals Against Average of 1.20, 2 Shutouts, and .954 Save Percentage. Enroth's arrival has also sparked the 12 game winning streak for San Diego.
Jesse Puljujärvi (BAK) - Oilers first round pick and fourth overall last draft was sent down earlier this season to learn the NHL playing style after playing the European style of hockey his whole career. His assignment is definitely working out for him righr now because in 13 games, he has 10 points (4 G, 6 A) and is starting to develop more by learning and retaining the skill that got him drafted so highly in 2016.
Jaroslav Halak (BRI) - Remember when this guy was the goalie for the Islanders? Yep. It's been almost 10 years since Halak has played in the AHL and he is doing well with what was handed to him. Pretty similar statistics-wise to Enroth above, but Halak has a .933 SV% in 12 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He also lead them to victory 9 times already, so maybe a reunion? Maybe?
One century of this game and League is a wonderful milestone to celebrate. Let's hope to do this in the next century!