Time to catch up on some postseason info
- The Fuel announced their end-of-season roster earlier this week, and now are making preparations for 2015-16.
- Nick Mattson, who was the USHL’s Defenseman of the Year with the Ice in 2011, signed an AHL deal with the Rockford IceHogs earlier in the week. Mattson was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010, and recently completed his college career at North Dakota.
- ECHL commissioner Brian McKenna joins The Sin Bin show and offers a number of opinions. Good interview here.
- The ECHL annual meetings will be next week in Las Vegas. It will be interesting to see what comes out of them this year, especially with the divisional alignment and playoff format set for 2015-16 (last year, they were set at the June meeting, then changed).
- We know of a few affiliation changes for next year – Brampton will be aligning with the Montreal Canadiens (the Habs had previously shared Wheeling with the Pittsburgh Penguins), Missouri will hook up with the New York Islanders (who had been in Stockton), the new Adirondack Thunder will take on the Calgary Flames affiliation (leaving the Colorado Eagles currently without an affiliate), the Norfolk Admirals will take on the Edmonton Oilers affiliation that had been with the franchise in Bakersfield, and the Manchester Monarchs will retain the Los Angeles Kings affiliation the franchise had as the Ontario Reign. However, one of our neighbors does not yet know who its affiliate will be. The Fort Wayne Komets were affiliated with the Colorado Avalanche last season, but with the Avs moving their AHL affiliate from Cleveland to San Antonio, the Komets have not yet heard of the status of that relationship for next year.
Other Indianapolis hockey related news
- Scott Darling, a former Indiana Ice goaltender, was one of three people with Indy ties to hoist the Stanley Cup this week with the Chicago Blackhawks. Darling won three games in the opening-round series against Nashville. Darling called playing, and winning, with his hometown team a Disney-like dream in the Chicago Tribune. He is rather popular in his hometown of Lemont, Ill., and is the first Chicago-area player to win a Cup with the Blackhawks. His favorite moment was a 3OT win over Nashville in the opening round. Former Ice goaltender Jim Waite – now Chicago’s goaltending coach – and former Checker Mats Hallin, who is the director of the Blackhawks’ European scouting – also will be getting their names on the Cup.
- Former Checker Dave Cameron signed a two-year extension as head coach of the Ottawa Senators. He guided the Senators to an incredible second-half run to earn a playoff spot this year.
- Alain Nasreddine, who packed a punch with the Ice in the IHL, was recently hired as an assistant to John Hynes with the New Jersey Devils. Nasreddine and Hynes worked together with Wilkes Barre-Scranton in the AHL.
- Danton Cole, who played for the Ice in the IHL, has been named an assistant coach to Ron Wilson (whose father played for the Capitals) for the United States at the 2016 World Junior Championships. The team will have another Indy connection, as Chris Chelios – father of former Fuel player Dean Chelios – is also an assistant, along with Kevin Reiter.
Other hockey news
- To say things aren’t going well with the Arizona Coyotes and their home city of Glendale is an understatement. The city has sued to cancel its lease with the team and Gila River Arena, creating a protracted legal battle. The Phoenix Business Journal sums it up.