September 20 2012 04:44PM
You could have been Martin Brodeur.
Actually you could have been Marty Brodeur, Keith Tkachuk, Bryan Smolinski, Felix Potvin, Doug Weight, Geoff Sanderson, Slava Kozlov, Alex Zhamnov, Sergei Zubov, some guy named Craig Conroy, Robert Lang, Peter Bondra, or Sergei Nemchinov, but you you could have been Marty Brodeur.
Instead, you were Trevor Kidd. Fletcher's Mistake.
September 20 2012 11:35AM
Ryan covered all the angles when it comes to the Abbotsford Heat recently. Of course, the Flames have other prospects scattered throughout the junior and college ranks here in North America, as well as couple plying their trade versus men in pro leagues across the pond.
For those wondering who they are, where they are and how to look up their stats...this post is for you.
September 19 2012 04:04PM
(The Flames won't be playing games any time soon, but the Heat's season will begin as scheduled. To get an insider perspective on what we can expect from Calgary's AHL affiliate this year and where we can watch them, I sent some questions to Abbotsford's play-by-play voice Ryan Pinder)
1.) First up - When does training camp start? And when is the official start of the season?
Training Camp Begins on the 28th of September, and the season opens on the 12th of October as the Peoria Rivermen (STL) visit the AESC (that's acronym for Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre). Also, the ever-popular affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks (this year the Chicago Wolves, as it was last year) come to town on the 19th and 20th of October which will draw big numbers.
Ten of the first 13 games this season are on home ice. Given the current NHL lockout, the front-end loaded schedule could pay dividends in this, the club's 4th season.
September 19 2012 12:11PM
G'day Hockey Fans! (If you haven't figured it out, that's "Hello, Hockey Fans!", as exclaimed by broadcasting God and Calgary Flames legend Eddie Whalen IF he were Australian National Treasure Paul Hogan. These and other adorable cultural stereotypes to follow)
So you, the loyal NHL fan who spent all your milk money on hockey tickets and plush Henrik Zetterberg body pillows and not even any milk, have just had the NHL spit on your neck by locking out the players
for the first time ever for a gut-jarringly depressing third time, and you're wondering what to do. Daddy is a hockey junkie jonesin' for a hit. So where do you turn? Rehab would help, but I'm not here to judge you.
IIHF denies delays in transferring Nail Yakupov, slams “entirely incorrect, false and fabricated” reports
September 19 2012 11:10AM
Photo: Resolute/Wikimedia/CC BY-SA 3.0
Like most of the readers here at OilersNation, I read Dmitry Chesnokov’s piece on Puck Daddy yesterday with interest. After quoting Rafik Yakubov, the director with Nail Yakupov’s KHL club (Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik) as saying “The IIHF is not allowing Yakupov to play,” Chesnokov went on to speculate that the IIHF might be waiting for official NHL permission before issuing transfer cards.
According to IIHF communications director Szymon Szemberg, that speculation is “entirely incorrect, false and fabricated.”