Archive for June, 2008

Meetings conclude

June 25, 2008

The International Hockey League (IHL) concluded the third and final day of its Annual Meetings Wednesday. The IHL Board of Governor’s continued their meeting and the following items were discussed:

* The active roster will be increased to a maximum of 21 active players and will remain the same throughout the playoffs.

* Member Clubs will be allowed to dress 18 players (16 skaters, 2 goaltenders) for a game.

* The IHL Board of Governors agreed to continue the implementation of reciprocal agreements with the Central Hockey League (CHL) and the ECHL.

* The Board of Governor’s September meeting will be held Tuesday, September 23rd in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

* The Semi-Annual meeting will be held January 19-23, 2009 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

* All six member clubs will distribute ticket and sales spreadsheets to each other and hold monthly sales conference calls to increase support and accountability throughout the league.


Day one of league meetings

June 23, 2008

The International Hockey League (IHL) wrapped up the first day of its Annual Meetings this afternoon. The following items were discussed during the Board of Governor’s meeting:

* The Executive Committee voted Michael Franke-Fort Wayne Komets, as Chairman of the Board and Frank Kinney- Port Huron Icehawks as Vice Chairman for the 2008-09 season.

* The IHL Board of Governors unanimously approved a proposal for the supervisor of officials, increasing supervision of all on-ice officials with additional staffing of supervisors so more IHL games will be supervised during the 08-09 season.

“This will provide support to Brad Jones, Vice President of Hockey Operations, and improve the accountability of our on-ice officials” stated Paul L. Pickard, President/CEO of the International Hockey League. “This approval demonstrates the commitment of the Board of Governors to increasing the quality of officiating in our league.”

* The trading deadline will be moved to thirty (30) days prior to the final day of the regular season.

* The IHL will eliminate the 7, 10, and 14 day injured reserve (IR). The league will implement a 30-day IR, a season-ending IR and continue to have a non-roster spot.

* The Board of Governors will continue the meetings Tuesday and Wednesday.

AFI Top 10 sports movies

June 18, 2008

This list is from the American Film Institute’s Top 10 sports movies of all-time.

2 ROCKY 1976

I don’t have much problem with the top six, but you’ve got to be kidding me? No way should Caddyshack or Jerry McGuire be on this list over Miracle, Brian’s Song, Field of Dreams or Eight Men Out. How about The Longest Yard? Cinderella Man was also very good.

What do you think?

Congrats to Doc

June 17, 2008

Mike Emrick was officially voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame today. Well-deserved.

Would you pay to see another Slapshot sequel?

June 17, 2008

Or how about a remake? You can read more about it here.


News and notes

June 12, 2008

Komets General Manager David Franke said today he has sent offers to every player from last year’s team. That doesn’t mean everyone will sign, but he’s hoping for a minimum of eight or nine. The Komets will maintain the players’ IHL rights through the first 90 days of next season.

No one has told Franke they plan on retiring, though Jake Pence and Matt Reynolds have said they’d like to play in Europe, Brent Henley, Luciano Aquino and Mitch Woods are trying to make the AHL. Kevin Bertram has indicated he’d like to return. One of the Komets’ priorities will be trying to re-sign Olivier Legault, Brandon Warner and Evgeny Saidachev who each have rookie status remaining.

Franke also said Guy Dupuis and Konstantin Shafranov may be the next two players to sign, and as far as he knows coach Al Sims has not had any contact with any AHL or NHL teams and plans on returning. Sims is vacationing in Canada and is working the phones recruiting.

Roy Chin is finally retiring

June 12, 2008

Here’s an example of an official so good that no one wants him to retire.

P.C. is officially coming back

June 12, 2008

The Komets announced Thursday that veteran winger P.C. Drouin has agreed to terms and will return for the defense of the 2008 IHL Turner Cup. Drouin, 34, will be skating his fourth season in Fort Wayne.

Last season Drouin was added to the Komet’s roster in November after starting the season appearing in 20 games at Nottingham (EIHL).

The left winger finished last season with a Fort Wayne second-best 74 points and led the Komets with 51 assists in 62 games. Drouin was the Komet’s point leader for the months of January, February and March while earning the IHL’s Forward of the Month award for March.

Drouin has registered 74 points in each of his the three previous seasons with the Komets. In 2005-06 Drouin matched his 2004-05 Komet performance of 24 goals and 50 assists. Last year Drouin continued his consistency accumulating 74 points scoring 23 goals and 51 assists.

2008-09 will be Drouin’s 13th pro season since completing four seasons with Cornell University in the NCAA from 1992 to 1996. Drouin was signed by Boston of the NHL in 1996 and skated three NHL games with the Bruins during 1996-97.

Drouin joins Fort Wayne head coach Al Sims and veteran center Colin Chaulk as Komet returnees for 2008-09. Sims and Chaulk will each be serving the second year of their current agreements with the Komets.

Chaulk, 31, will be skating his sixth season in Fort Wayne and 11th as a pro. The 2008 Turner Cup was Chaulk’s second league championship with the Komets after also winning the crown in 2003. Chaulk tied Drouin with 74 points for 2007-08 scoring 24 goals and 50 assists and was named the Komet’s Most Valuable Player for the season, as voted by the players.

Fun story about Guy and a fan

June 11, 2008

At least it was a lot of fun for me to write. You can read it here.

News and notes

June 5, 2008

The IHL addition of Youngstown could happen very quickly. I heard that the ECHL has told the SteelHounds they want the team to go dark for a year and come back in 2009-10. That’s very unlikely to happen.

If it doesn’t happen right away, that’s a good sign, too, because it means the IHL owners are taking their time and are checking things out. They aren’t just going in with hands out taking anyone who expresses a bit of interest. SteelHounds Owner Herb Washington is very well respected, though, so there likely won’t be any problems.

Some other notes:

* Former Komets coach Dave Allison is looking for a job again. His Iowa Stars team has switched affiliations from Dallas to Anaheim. He’s in the running for the new job. Allison is a great coach and an even better man who will get a chance somewhere.

* Former Komet John Anderson and the Chicago Wolves are up 3-0 in the AHL Calder Cup Finals. Maybe now he’ll finally get a shot at the NHL. He certainly deserves it.

* I’ve got a very interesting story coming up, likely next week, relating to a human-interest story involving the Komets.

* Rockford averaged 3,826 fans this year in the AHL compared to 3,895 last year in the UHL. Quad City went from 3,120 in the UHL to 3,523 in the AHL. Yeah, that will pay the bills. Bet the Blackhawks were real thrilled the IceHogs lost to the Wolves, too.