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Michael Fornabaio

Notes from vacation: Friday notes

Training camp gets underway in earnest on the Island tomorrow. (Burning off bits of vacation, as it happens in the living room, not that we’d be hanging out in Uniondale anyway.) The Big Club announced five pro tryouts in camp. They include C.J. Stretch, Chris Langkow and Scooter Vaughan, who are under Bridgeport contract. Ex-files […] [Read More]

Sept. 11/Rules tweaks/Thursday notes

Happy to be in New York, my second home, on this day. Remembering all of those who lost their lives 13 years ago #NeverForget — John Persson (@JohnPersson21) September 11, 2014 (We won’t forget. We can’t forget.) ….. The NHL announced some major minor rule changes. Some follow what the AHL already announced about overtimes, […] [Read More]

RIP, Bob Suter / rookie camp, etc.

It’s 34 and a half years later, and a few of the people behind the bench have gone, including Herbie himself. It’s still kind of unfathomable that players from the 1980 U.S. Olympic team could be mortal. RIP, Bob Suter. Mundanely: Islanders rookie camp runs Friday to next Wednesday at the Coliseum, the team announced […] [Read More]

Hart arrested in Boogaard death

Channel 5 in New York first reports that onetime Sound Tiger Jordan Hart was arrested in connection with Derek Boogaard’s death in 2011. Hart played six games here in ’08-09, up for about a month before going back to Utah (ECHL) in mid-March, and was in camp with Bridgeport the year before. [Read More]
Categories: General

Remembering, three years later: weekend notes

Sept. 7 remains a great day in lots of ways for me: important family day, and it’s the anniversary of the blog (entering its 10th season, somehow). But now it’s also the anniversary of the Lokomotiv plane crash. Still devastating to think about checking the Yaroslavl roster page over at EliteProspects that night three years […] [Read More]

(Add: Stretch signing) Diamond to Hershey; IceCaps stay put

Edit: Make it three, as Chris Bayee reports Bridgeport’s signing of C.J. Stretch, late of Oklahoma City, to an AHL contract. He also notes a training-camp invite for Stockton’s Tyler Maxwell. Couple of notes from Wednesday afternoon: Joey Diamond signs with Hershey. And St. John’s will have the IceCaps through at least 2015-16, they and […] [Read More]

Living for a dream: Tuesday notes

What day is it? Yeah. New Islanders goalie David Leggio’s mask made the rounds on Twitter today; from David Gunnarsson, it’s a pretty neat design that honors the Big Club’s history. Catchup: Bill Ballou reported that Worcester has signed ex-Quinnipiac and Sound Tigers forward Jeremy Langlois (possibly paywalled, and hat tip Darryl Hunt). Bill also […] [Read More]

Drug-testing program for the AHL

The last AHL CBA said drug testing and education needed study. The league and the PHPA have evidently studied hard, as the AHL announced today a drug testing and education program that will “substantially replicate the collectively bargained policies already in place for NHL players.” [Read More]
Categories: Just business

Going for three: Schedule notes

If you’re going to avoid midweek games — and the Sound Tigers do, particularly now that they run the building, like the Bubonic Plague — you push games to the weekend. The result this year of having one Wednesday-night home game is a team-record 16 three-in-threes. We have seen some weird things in the third […] [Read More]
Categories: Just business, Schedules

Schedule’s out

Season 14 begins at home, Oct. 11-12 vs. St. John’s. Saturday at 7, Sunday at 3. It ends April 19 at home against Hartford, as a few have. Two morning games again, the day after election day and April 1. No night-after-Thanksgiving game here for the first time since 2005. And no Western Conference. That […] [Read More]
Categories: Schedules