AHL ARCHIVES

October 28, 2013
AHL Journal: Toffoli on a tear for Monarchs
Toffoli scored four goals and assisted on three others in the Monarchs’ three games this past week and is now third in scoring in the AHL.

October 21, 2013
AHL Journal: Gibbons starting to shine for WBS Penguins
The 2012-13 season was probably one Brian Gibbons (Braintree, MA) would like to forget. This season, however, has started off a bit more memorably.

October 14, 2013
AHL Journal: Jones, Monarchs jump out to early lead in East
The Manchester Monarchs are atop the standings in the Eastern Conference thanks to the AHL's Player of the Week, Martin Jones.

October 7, 2013
AHL New England season preview: Sound approach
Bridgeport skipper Pellerin tackles AHL’s two-pronged challenge of player development, winning.

September 26, 2013
Legal issues force Pirates out of longtime home in Portland
In a strange turn of events, the AHL's Portland Pirates announced Thursday that all of their home games this season will be played in Lewiston,

September 3, 2013
Bay State native Ftorek makes return to AHL
The Calgary Flames hired former Boston Bruins coach and Needham, Mass., native Robbie Ftorek as the assistant coach of the Abbotsford Heat.

August 17, 2013
With Isles leaving, could Sound Tigers move to Long Island?
There will be more hockey than just six Islander games at the new Nassau Coliseum.

June 16, 2013
Spooner, Svedberg pace Providence to Kilpatrick Trophy
From the mag: Jesse Connolly reviews the 2012-13 season for each of the seven AHL teams in New England.

April 23, 2013
Whale expected to go back to being Hartford Wolf Pack
Reports indicate the Connecticut Whale will reverse their 2010 rebranding and go back to being known as the Hartford Wolf Pack.

March 10, 2013
From NEHJ: Family-friendly AHL packs 'em in
In the AHL, effectively hockey's second-highest professional rank, teams continued to thrive with little-to-no off-ice impact caused by the NHL’s absence.

February 23, 2013
From NEHJ: It's all relative for Syner, Almeida
Springfield natives and longtime friends T.J. Syner and Barry Almeida are reunited in Hershey.

January 30, 2013
From NEHJ: Bodnarchuk fit to be a King
An old saying suggests the grass isn’t always greener. For Manchester Monarchs defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk, it most definitely is.

January 1, 2013
From NEHJ: Worcester's Jekyll and Hyde
Worcester Sharks defenseman Nick Petrecki enforces on the AHL ice, inspires off it.

December 27, 2012
AHL Journal: Looking back at preseason predictions
With the season nearing its midway point, we take a look back at how we thought the seven AHL squads in New England would fare in 2012-13.

November 26, 2012
AHL Journal: Sound Tigers suffer meltdown in net
Bridgeport coughed up 18 goals and dropped each of their three tilts last week, blowing a chance to gain ground on the first-place Falcons in the process.

November 19, 2012
AHL Journal: New England teams the beasts of the East
If the AHL season ended today, five of the region's seven clubs would be on their way to the playoffs.

November 17, 2012
From NEHJ: Good Will still hunting
As he seeks an NHL portal, ex-Maine blueliner Will O’Neill (Salem, Mass.) fosters bond with dad.

November 12, 2012
AHL Journal: Sharks' Stalock stretches winning streak to six
After a rocky start to the season, Worcester goalie Alex Stalock has been on quite a roll and has the Sharks closing in on the division lead.

November 5, 2012
AHL Journal: Falcons have field day with Whale
The Whale likely thought their netminding woes were behind them, but after allowing 10 goals against Springfield, it's safe to say they're not.

October 29, 2012
AHL Journal: Monarchs, Falcons getting superb goaltending
Manchester's Martin Jones and Springfield's Curtis McElhinney have been superb in net, making it no surprise their squads are atop their divisions.

October 15, 2012
AHL Journal: P-Bruins, Whale stumble out of the gate
The P-Bruins and Whale dropped each of their first two games of the season this past weekend and sit at the bottom of the conference standings.

October 13, 2012
Jones leads Monarchs to 2-0 start, early division lead
Goaltender Martin Jones was lights out on opening weekend, backstopping Manchester to wins over Providence and Albany.

October 12, 2012
AHL New England preseason power rankings
How will the influx of NHL talent affect the Seaside Seven? Jesse Connolly predicts how New England's AHL teams will fare in 2012-13.

October 12, 2012
From NEHJ: New crop risin' in the AHL
With the new season upon us, Adam Kaufman has picked 15 New England natives you should keep an eye on in the American Hockey League.

October 8, 2012
Monarchs pummel Pirates, finish preseason undefeated
There’s heading into the regular season on a high note, and then there’s doing what the Monarchs did on Monday afternoon in Salem, N.H.

October 2, 2012
Former P-Bruin MacDonald catches on with ECHL's Royals
Released last month after four years in Providence, forward Kirk MacDonald signed on with the ECHL's Reading Royals Monday.

September 30, 2012
After long summer, Sharks thrilled to get back to work
The Worcester Sharks were elated to kick off training camp and hope to ensure that their offseason is a shorter one next time around.

September 28, 2012
Reds' legend Bennett part of AHL's 2013 Hall of Fame class
Longtime Providence Reds goalie Harvey Bennett has been named as one of the four members of the AHL's 2013 Hall of Fame class.

September 21, 2012
Former Maine standout Hegarty signs with AHL's Admirals
The Norfolk Admirals signed six players to contracts on Friday, including former University of Maine star Ryan Hegarty (Arlington, Mass.).

September 15, 2012
Region's AHL teams receive a ton of NHL talent
Thanks to the NHL's looming lockout, AHL teams throughout New England have received an influx of top-flight talent from their parent clubs.

September 12, 2012
Worcester Sharks promote Cunniff to associate coach
Now entering his 11th season with the club, David Cunniff (South Boston, Mass.) has been promoted to associated coach for Worcester.

August 28, 2012
Meyer joining Monarchs' coaching staff
Former NHL defenseman Freddy Meyer (Sanbornville, N.H.) has been hired by the AHL's Manchester Monarchs as an assistant coach.

August 7, 2012
Kings bringing Cup to Manchester
The Stanley Cup champion Kings will be bringing hockey's Holy Grail to Manchester, N.H., home of their AHL affiliate, next month.

July 18, 2012
Maine alum Pellerin named head coach of Sound Tigers
After six years as an assistant in Manchester, Scott Pellerin has been named head coach of the Isles' AHL affiliate in Bridgeport.

July 17, 2012
Kings re-sign Monarchs All-Star Hickey, three others
The Stanley Cup champs re-signed four members of their AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, including All-Star d-man Thomas Hickey.

July 7, 2012
Bodnarchuk moves on, signs one-year deal with Kings
After four seasons in the Bruins’ organization, Andrew Bodnarchuk will now look to nail down a job in the NHL with a different franchise.

June 29, 2012
Rangers sever ties with Whalers Sports & Entertainment
The AHL's Connecticut Whale may not call Hartford home for much longer, as the Rangers have cut ties with their ownership group.

June 24, 2012
From NEHJ: Recapping the 'Seaside 7'
The Calder Cup hasn’t resided in New England since Hartford captured it in 2000. A dozen years later, that distinction hasn’t changed.

April 17, 2012
Bourque brothers stick together
In a follow-up to his profile on the Bourque brothers, Adam Kaufman takes a closer look at the relationship between Ray's sons, Chris and Ryan.

April 15, 2012
From NEHJ: Brothers Bourque
Bruins' legend Ray Bourque's sons, Chris and Ryan, are trying to make a name for themselves as pros.

April 4, 2012
P-Bruins sign Michigan captain Glendening to ATO
Forward Luke Glendening, who has spent the past two seasons wearing the 'C' at Michigan, signed an Amateur Tryout Agreement with Providence.

April 3, 2012
AHL Journal: Legace feeling like a kid for Falcons
Manny Legace, a spry 39, has played with renewed vigor since returning this season in prodigal fashion to the Springfield Falcons.

March 28, 2012
AHL Journal: A look back at preseason predictions
Dan Hickling takes his annual look back at his preseason predictions and assesses how he thought each of the region's AHL clubs would fare.

March 25, 2012
From NEHJ: Portland's shooting star
Swedish sensation David Rundblad makes quick impression for the Pirates.

March 16, 2012
AHL Journal: Lokomotiv victim Vasyunov sorely missed
Tyler Eckford remembers his close friend and former teammate, Yaroslavl plane crash victim Alexander Vasyunov, fondly but forlornly.

March 2, 2012
AHL Journal: Trade deadline has widespread impact
Monday's NHL Trade Deadline Day doings didn't just send a shudder through a slew of big league rosters.

February 19, 2012
AHL Journal: Bridgeport's Wotton hangs 'em up
The biggest news in Bridgeport came off the ice with the official retirement of Mark Wotton, the team's former longtime captain.

February 13, 2012
AHL Journal: Bridgeport's Landry finally getting fair shot
Sound Tigers defenseman Jon Landry has traveled far and wide for an opportunity to prove himself. He now hopes to stick in Bridgeport and prove himself worthy of a call-up to the NHL.

February 5, 2012
AHL Journal: Dainton helping Falcons find their way
Former UMass standout Paul Dainton is leading Springfield to an impressive turnaround since being summoned from the ECHL.

January 27, 2012
AHL Journal: Oversights abound at All-Star Game
Do the AHL All-Star selectors always get it right? Of course not.

January 19, 2012
AHL Journal: Whale's Christensen just wants ice
With so many career AHL players straining to get up to the NHL, what possessed Erik Christensen of the New York Rangers to want to come back the other way?

January 10, 2012
AHL Journal: Bridgeport's Poulin takes run at record
It seemed to come out of nowhere, this imitation of a modern day Johnny Bower. In fact, it came from Bridgeport Sound Tigers goalie Kevin Poulin, who came within a period-and-a-half of breaking the “Great Wall's” AHL shutout string.

January 3, 2012
AHL Journal: Questions linger at halfway point
It's as good a time as any to take a midseason look at the AHL's seven-team New England contingent and opine where things have gone right (and wrong).

December 23, 2011
AHL Journal: For IceCaps' Ramsey, the journey continues
Orono, Maine, isn't the end of the world. But it may seem that way to someone hailing from sunny Southern California.

December 16, 2011
AHL Journal: Portland's Hoffman returns to his roots
He's a little thinner on top and perhaps a bit thicker through the upper body. But Mike Hoffman (Scituate, Mass.) is still pretty much the same guy who spent parts of two seasons as a Portland Pirate muscleman five years ago.

December 9, 2011
AHL Journal: Falcons' Lebda is the voice of experience
He was talking about his Springfield Falcons mates, but veteran defenseman Brett Lebda could well have been speaking of himself, following a recent overtime loss to the Worcester Sharks.

December 2, 2011
AHL Journal: Phantoms' Zolnierczyk bringing his 'A' game
It may have come as something of a surprise that Harry Zolnierczyk, who went undrafted by the NHL, has become something of an A-list player as a first-year pro.

November 27, 2011
From NEHJ: Manchester's Johnson giving career a fighting chance
It’s not that Justin Johnson wants you to believe that he’s a sniper trapped in a fighter’s body. He knows his role, and he plays it well.

November 22, 2011
AHL Journal: League a case in graduate studies
As much as the rabid fans found throughout the AHL – including those in the league's seven New England outposts -- hope for the best from their club, they aren't the only ones.

November 17, 2011
AHL Journal: Shift to wing has Hamill positioned nicely
Making the shift from center to wing has been a potential career saver for Zach Hamill.

November 9, 2011
AHL Journal: Waiting game benefits Pirates
When the lords of the AHL acquiesced to the NHL's wishes and trimmed its schedule from 80 games to 76, it ridded the league of those dreaded four-games-in-five-days stretches.

November 1, 2011
AHL Journal: Gibbons getting chance to soar with WBS
AHL Journal: Gibbons spreads his new wings

October 30, 2011
From NEHJ: Black (and Gold) Aces enjoyed the ride
From the mag: Ride of a lifetime

October 28, 2011
AHL Journal: Good first impression by Macias
AHL Journal: Macias makes impression

October 19, 2011
AHL Journal: Patient Bodnarchuk waiting in B's wings
Andrew Bodnarchuk, whose pro genes are exclusively Black and Gold, has a message for Bruins' management: “Don't forget about me.”

October 12, 2011
AHL Journal: Portland's Gongalsky gladly staying back
Igor Gongalsky was the only roster holdover after the Phoenix Coyotes replaced the Buffalo Sabres as the Pirates’ NHL parent.

October 6, 2011
AHL Journal: Monarchs' Clune will get under your skin
If Richard Clune had tried his hand at acting instead of hockey, he might have been perfectly cast in any “Leave It To Beaver” remake as the irascible Eddie Haskell.

July 6, 2011
Boston native Torchetti named head coach of AHL's Aeros
Torchetti now boss of AHL's Aeros

July 5, 2011
AHL unveils new six-division alignment
AHL unveils new division format

June 27, 2011
Portland Pirates affiliate with Phoenix Coyotes
Pirates now Phoenix Coyotes affiliate

June 25, 2011
Cassidy promoted to Providence Bruins head coach
Bruce Cassidy named coach of Baby B's

June 18, 2011
From NEHJ: Hopes reign, despite Calder Cup drought
From the mag: Getting thirsty in the AHL

June 1, 2011
Pirates' Dineen named coach of Florida Panthers
Dineen named coach of Florida Panthers

May 25, 2011
From NEHJ: Daughter with Down syndrome lifts Whitfield
From the mag: Trent Whitfield's inspiration

May 25, 2011
Biggest assist: Whitfields raise awarenes for Down syndrome
Ever since Alstyn Whitfield entered the world, her parents, Trent and Colleen, have worked diligently to raise the awareness of Down syndrome.

May 11, 2011
AHL Journal: Pirates' exit closes book on year
AHL Journal: Pirates done, questions linger

April 12, 2011
AHL Journal: Storylines abound for N.E. entrants
AHL Journal: Playoff storylines abound

April 6, 2011
Goalie John Muse signs with Portland Pirates
Muse signs with Portland Pirates

April 5, 2011
AHL Journal: Thiessen rewarded for stellar season
AHL Journal: Thiessen nets Bastien Award

March 30, 2011
AHL Journal: History-making weekend for Pereira
AHL Journal: A record for Pereira?

March 15, 2011
AHL Journal: Monarchs-Pirates rivalry heats up
AHL Journal: Monarchs, Pirates wage war

March 8, 2011
AHL Journal: De Kastrozza finds home with Hershey
AHL Journal: Former UMaine star thrives

March 1, 2011
AHL Journal: Trade day vibrations filter down
AHL Journal: Lots of comings and goings

February 15, 2011
AHL Journal: Falcons' Commodore making best of demotion
AHL Journal: New role for Commodore

February 8, 2011
AHL Journal: Springfield in tune with Hartford buzz
AHL Journal: Springfield keeps eye on Hartford

February 2, 2011
AHL Journal: Butler rules All-Stars
AHL Journal: Butler rules All-Stars

January 25, 2011
AHL Journal: Mancari stars despite snubs
AHL Journal: Mancari stars despite snubs

January 12, 2011
AHL Journal: Cavanagh's death stuns ex-mates
AHL Journal: Cavanagh death stuns ex-mates

January 4, 2011
AHL Journal: Whale of a weekend for Kennedy
AHL Journal: Kennedy's whale of a weekend

November 1, 2010
AHL Journal: P-Bruins' poor start unexpected
AHL: Providence poor start surprising

April 1, 2010
Carlson headlines AHL rookie team
Natick, Mass., native John Carlson was named to the AHL's All-Rookie team, along with three players from N.E. teams.

April 1, 2010
Scoring leader Aucoin named AHL All-Star
Chelmsford, Mass., native Keith Aucoin and Manchester Monarchs goalie Jonathan Bernier were among those named to the AHL All-Star team on Thursday.