While the Fuel are on the road to Florida, there’s a lot going on around the hockey world …
The big news in hockey this week came out of Ottawa, where the Senators fired Paul MacLean and hired Dave Cameron. That’s a familiar name around these parts – Cameron played for the Checkers from 1979-81, and had 40 goals for the team in his second year here. He has a significant minor pro and junior coaching resume which has earned him a reputation as a teacher of the game. Cameron joins Nashville’s Peter Laviolette (also a former Checker) and Los Angeles’ Darryl Sutter (former Indianapolis Ice coach) as NHL head coaches with Indy ties. There are 5 AHL coaches who played or coached in Indy.
- Not explicitly ECHL-related, but it is a league market. An ownership group for a potential NHL franchise in Las Vegas is spearheading a season-ticket drive with the NHL’s blessing to gauge interest.
- Former Ice goaltender Scott Darling is now 4-1 as a Blackhawks goaltender after beating Nashville and New Jersey in the last few days. CSN Chicago looks at the 1-2 punch the Hawks have in net with Corey Crawford on the shelf.
- For the second straight week, former Ice defenseman Vince Pedrie was named the USHL’s Defenseman of the Week. He had two goals and an assist for the Bloomington Thunder in wins over Green Bay and Cedar Rapids.
- Former player Christian Hilbrich had two goals for Cornell in a 4-1 victory last week.
- A USHL move has some shuffling going on in the junior ranks. The USNTDP is moving its home base from Ann Arbor to Plymouth, Mich. As a result, the Plymouth OHL entry – owned by Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karamanos – is looking to move, possibly to Chatham, Ont.
Elsewhere in hockey
- There’s only one Indiana NCAA Div. I team – Notre Dame – but the Big Ten hockey conference (comprised of the six hockey-playing B1G schools – Michigan/MSU/Ohio State/Penn State/Minnesota/Wisconsin) is planning hockey/basketball doubleheaders at Madison Square Garden.
- Time to slip in a random Indy hockey reference. The team Wayne Gretzky had his shortest stint with was the Indianapolis Racers. But he also had a nearly-equally-short stint with the St. Louis Blues in 1996. Sean McIndoe takes a look at one really interesting (and old) Mike Keenan-led Blues outfit. While you’re at it, Sean’s weekly roundups are usually golden.
- NHL & Canadiens great Jean Beliveau passed away last week. A great player, but by all accounts, one of the great gentlemen in the game, as well. RIP. The Habs gave him an emotional farewell.