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Michael Fornabaio

RIP, Al Arbour

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The coach of the Islanders dynasty and AHL legend has died at 82, the Islanders confirmed early this afternoon. TSN just retweeted this Bob McKenzie piece from earlier this year about Arbour and Stan Mikita, worth another read. [Read More]
Categories: RIP

2015-16 schedule: Penguins in first, Bruins in to close

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Schedule’s out. A couple of midweek home games, 5 p.m. starts on Sunday: There’s a new regime around here. Rochester appears on the schedule for the first time since the opening season; Bridgeport will make its first trip there on Nov. 20 since the franchise’s first game. There are 12 opponents, everyone in the Eastern […] [Read More]
Categories: Schedules

Schedule coming!

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Where’s my spy camera? We’ll find out at 1 p.m. Thursday. Tage Thompson (Brent’s older son) and Ridgefield’s Chad Krys were selected for next month’s All-American Prospects Game in Buffalo. New Canaan’s Jack Downing signed with Cincinnati (ECHL). Meanwhile, the Greenville (ECHL) club is now known as the Swamp Rabbits. Please make a note of […] [Read More]

Actual exhibition games

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New philosophies on preseason games: Nothing formal from Bridgeport yet, but Hartford announced its preseason schedule, which includes a game at Wonderland of Ice in Bridgeport on Oct. 1 and a Sound Tigers visit to Cromwell on Oct. 4. [Read More]
Categories: Campin' out

Camp invites, farm interests: Notes on a Monday

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Have been sitting on most of these links for a while, but a bit of news to spur actually posting it: The Islanders announced PTOs for Matt Carkner, Tyler Barnes and Parker Milner, all of whom are under contract to Bridgeport. Missouri, Bridgeport’s ECHL affiliate, signed Patrick Cullity and Wes Cunningham. Cunningham was briefly, twice, […] [Read More]

Newtown to National team: Monday notes

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“Where’s my spy camera?” Patience. Newtown’s Melissa Samoskevich was chosen for the U-22 select national team that’ll face Canada later this month. Former future Sound Tigers defenseman Robbie Russo signed with Detroit less than 24 hours after falling off the Islanders’ reserve list. Michael Pelech, Adam’s brother, signed with Norfolk (ECHL). I may have to […] [Read More]

A few notes (Vaughan to CHI, Krys to BU)/couple of stories

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–Scooter Vaughan to the Chicago Wolves. –Ridgefield’s Chad Krys says he’s going to Boston University. –Larry Brooks says the Rangers won’t be bidding on Robbie Russo, who comes off the Islanders’ reserve list tomorrow. Further afield, two NYC stories that I don’t really remember: The Bowery Boys on a fair in the Bronx — not […] [Read More]

Home again (long, windy, messy): vacation notes/bookkeeping

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If you missed this afternoon’s news, Matt Carkner will return on a two-year AHL contract, and Kevin Poulin also re-signed. Wrapping up two lost weeks from there… For a few days a couple of weeks ago, I was out in Chicago, and we stayed out near O’Hare to save a few (hundred) bucks. When my […] [Read More]