It’s a Wednesday tradition, the link roundup.
- One big roster move this week – the team made a trade on Tuesday with Gwinnett for the rights to forward Bobby Hughes.
- Make sure you check out the Fuel’s Fuel.tv channel, which features radio play-by-play announcer Tony Brown interviewing Fuel players. The latest interview is with Kirill Gotovets, who we featured last week.
- Congrats to Kalamazoo’s Sam Ftorek, who became the ECHL’s all-time games played leader last weekend when he played his 790th game.
- Former Ice defenseman John Carlson is now 2nd in Washington Capitals history with 323 (and now a couple more) consecutive games played. He’s still got a season and some change to go to catch Bobby Carpenter’s record of 422 straight games from 1981-86. The player he passed for second, Kelly Miller, is the brother of former IHL Ice players Kip & Kevin Miller.
- Two former Ice players met up on Thursday when the Boston Bruins met the Chicago Blackhawks – Boston’s Torey Krug and Chicago’s Scott Darling. Krug had a goal, but Darling got the win. Darling is 5-2-0 with a 1.97 GAA with the Blackhawks, but he was sent to Rockford on Wednesday to clear cap space for Corey Crawford.
- Paul Carey spent two weeks with the Colorado Avalanche, but was recently reassigned to AHL Lake Erie.
- Former Ice player Austin Ortega has six game-winning goals for Nebraska-Omaha, including two this weekend in a sweep of St. Cloud State. He’s already tied a school record by doing so.
- Former Ice goaltender Casey DeSmith gives his side of the story in a domestic violence allegation, to which he has pleaded not guilty. DeSmith had been New Hampshire’s starting goaltender for two seasons. He is exploring his options to continue his academic and hockey career.
- Former Ice player Cody Gylling, now a forward for the NAHL Amarillo Bulls, became one of the first two commits to Arizona State’s new Div. I NCAA program.
Also of interest
- This is an old story, but it’s worth remembering on the anniversary. In 1942, Joe Turner led the Indianapolis Capitals to their first Calder Cup championship. A few months later, he enlisted in the United States Army. On Dec. 13, 1944, during a battle in a forest along the Belgium-Germany border as part of the larger operation that would be known as the Battle of the Bulge, Turner made the ultimate sacrifice. He was one of two active hockey players killed in action during World War II. The International Hockey League, which began in 1946 as a league comprised of teams from Detroit and Turner’s hometown of Windsor, Ontario, named its championship trophy for him.
- Even though the NHL “officially” isn’t looking to expand, it has given permission to a Las Vegas group to gauge the season ticket market. The group has developed a website and the owner likes the name Black Knights (the owner is also an Army graduate). #99 is apparently involved as an unofficial adviser to the Las Vegas group.
- This has been covered by various entities (with a lot of speculation and few sources) over the last year, but we’re now beginning to see sourced stories, but the AHL’s commissioner talks about westward expansion of that league with the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Former Ice coach Bob Ferguson, who now works for the Anaheim Ducks & Norfolk Admirals, is quoted in the story.
- A 20-round shootout? Uh, wow.
- Our friend Tim Gassen has recently created and released a WHA Blu-Ray that has quite a few Racers goodies. You can order one here.