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They’re all coaching now: Friday notes

An Adirondack-Manchester ECHL game might be worth a trip this year just for the Sound Tigers nostalgia. The Adirondack Thunder named Cail MacLean head coach Thursday. MacLean, you may remember from the 2003-04 team; Manchester recently named 2004-05 Bridgeport defenseman Rich Seeley head coach. Trumbull’s Alex Vazzano said he’s signed with Greenville, hoping for an […] [Read More]

NWHL schedule/Kevin comes back: Tuesday notes

The National Women’s Hockey League released its schedule, beginning with New York at Connecticut at Chelsea Piers in Stamford on Oct. 11. Unfortunately U.S. star Amanda Kessel won’t play her senior year at Minnesota. Concussions. Darn it. Neat note from Victor Fernandes: Kevin Putzig is leaving Erie to join the Islanders. Appears that Trumbull’s own […] [Read More]
Categories: Alumni watch, NWHL, RIP

Rule changes, calculations, Souza, DiBo?: Friday notes

The AHL released its rules changes and playoff format from this week’s Board of Governors meeting. It’s yet another chance for people to get worked up over the California teams’ playing 68 games as opposed to everyone else’s 76. Logically, to account for the imbalance, the playoffs in the Pacific Division — and in the […] [Read More]

Blow, ye winds, etc.: Tuesday notes

The traditional “You may want to evacuate the media center” thunderstorm hit the GHO Travelers Championship this afternoon. Most of us stayed. We survived. Actually, had I left, I might’ve wound up in the middle of all those falling trees in Wallingford, which might’ve been a bad time. As it is, it’s always a good […] [Read More]

Coaches for everyone: Thursday notes

Busy day on the carousel. The Penguins made Mike Sullivan official Thursday; Grand Rapids will be official tomorrow, and all reports are that it’s Todd Nelson. Ron Rolston will coach Springfield. And a pretty interesting bombshell out of a Dan Bylsma/Tim Murray presser: Instead of joining the Flyers, Terry Murray will assist Bylsma in Buffalo, […] [Read More]

Tage Thompson to UConn; Nas to the Show: Wednesday notes

UConn officially welcomed Tage Thompson as part of its 2015-16 freshman class. Brent’s older son, U-18 World Champion and all, pushed up his high school graduation a year to join this group. As Jonathan Bombulie I think first speculated and pretty sure first reported, Alain Nasreddine rejoined John Hynes in New Jersey as an assistant […] [Read More]

New affiliate: Thursday notes (update: Sunny goes home)

The ECHL’s Missouri Mavericks announced a two-year affiliation with the Islanders. Richard Matvichuk is their head coach. Based in Independence, next door to Kansas City. Unfortunately no New England twirl for the Mavericks this season. There’s a report from Sweden (h/t EliteProspects) saying Frolunda will introduce Johan Sundstrom on Friday. Edit, 4:15 a.m.: Indeed, they’ve […] [Read More]

Series continue: Wednesday notes

Manchester lost 3-2, and in the war of attrition, they got hit hard, losing J.S. Berube and MVP Brian O’Neill to injuries. (They’d signed goalie Jeff Lerg to a PTO this week, so maybe there was something going on.) Utica, back in the series after two overtime losses, lost Hunter Shinkaruk and Brandon DeFazio. We’ll […] [Read More]