A brief link roundup of items of interest
- NHL teams are about to convene in their training camps, which means we’ll begin seeing future Indy Fuel players as the Blackhawks organization begins to bring players together. This weekend, the Blackhawks will compete in a rookie tournament in London, Ont. Indy Fuel signee Cory Thorson is among the roster.
- A couple of new ECHL affiliation announcements came Tuesday. The Evansville IceMen signed a two-year affiliation deal with the Ottawa Senators. Then, the defending Kelly Cup champion Alaska Aces announced an affiliation with the St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild. The IceMen had previously been with the Columbus Blue Jackets (who moved their affiliation to Kalamazoo, displacing St. Louis). The Aces had previously been with the Calgary Flames (who moved their affiliation to Colorado). The Sens moved their affiliation from Elmira. St. Louis came from Kalamazoo, and Minnesota from Orlando. All 21 ECHL teams have NHL affiliations, and every NHL team except New Jersey and San Jose has an ECHL affiliation (current affiliation list)
- A couple of former Ice are playing with the Boston Bruins. GM Peter Chiarelli is hopeful defenseman Torey Krug will be in the team’s camp. Krug is currently a restricted free agent. One person who has been around Boston is Brian Ferlin, a recent signee who has been working out with the Bruins.
- Bob Suter, who was a member of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” U.S. Olympic Team, recently passed away. Olympic teammate Ken Morrow remembers him fondly.
- Not that this is a major surprise, but Stephane Quintal is the NHL’s new discipline cop/”Director of Player Safety.” He replaces Brendan Shanahan, who is now in the Maple Leafs’ front office.
- Sean McIndoe asks five burning preseason questions.
- Had to find a way to add this in … Jonathan Cheechoo scores a pretty crazy goal, but notice who gets a plus on the play – former Ice defenseman Nick Bailen.