News roundup 6/21

We’ve been in “offseason” mode for a while here at IndyPuck, but with the “new” ECHL season starting up, there’s a lot going on.

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  • When the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup last week, one person with Indianapolis ties was a part of the title. Scott Bell, who played two games with the Indianapolis Ice in 1995-96, is a Penguins scout.
  • The Cincinnati Gardens appears to be closing up shop. The Gardens opened in 1949 as the home of the AHL’s Cincinnati Mohawks, and was built as a miniature version of Maple Leaf Gardens. The AHL’s Indianapolis Capitals played there as a visiting team from 1949-52, the IHL’s Chiefs played there as a visiting team from 1955-58, then played several home games there in 1958-59. The Chiefs played the host Mohawks in the 1957 Turner Cup Final, losing in three games. It was the last of five straight Turner Cup titles for Cincinnati. The IHL’s Indianapolis Ice also played there as a visiting team against the Cincinnati Cyclones from 1992-97. It also was the home of the NBA’s Cincinnati Royals, but was supplanted as the region’s major arena when Riverfront Coliseum (now U.S. Bank Arena) opened in 1975. The Gardens’ last pro hockey tenant was the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, who folded in 2005.
  • The worst-kept secret in hockey is soon to become official, when Las Vegas becomes the NHL’s 31st city, beginning play in 2017. Owner Bill Foley is maintaining a low profile.
  • Old friend Tony Brown is the play-by-play voice of the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters, who swept their way to the Calder Cup championship last week. His call of the championship-winning OT goal is here.
  • The Binghamton Press featured former Checkers player Kurt Kleinendorst as he has success in Europe.
  • The NHL draft is this week, and one player with Ice ties is getting a lot of interest – Logan Brown. Logan was drafted by the Ice in 2013, participated in the team’s tryout camp that summer (and was one of the best players on the ice at age 15) and played for the Junior Ice program in 2013-14 while his father coached the USHL team to a Clark Cup title. Brown is expected to be a high first-round pick this weekend.