Atlantic City’s historic Boardwalk Hall played the host to the AHL All-Star Game. It was an attempt to revive hockey in the city, which hasn’t held a professional ice hockey team since the Boardwalk Bullies of the ECHL played in the Hall from 2001-05.
It was the first time ever the AHL held its annual All-Star game in a city that didn’t play host to a team in the league.
On Sunday, the Eastern and Western conferences battled it out in the skills competition. The West took the competition, 18-10.
No team in professional hockey (NHL or AHL) has a better record in 2012 than the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Eleven games played, 22 points available and 21 points taken. While all players have contributed, Casey Cizikas numbers are awe-inspiring. The Sound Tigers lone representative at this years AHL All- Star Classic has 8 goals, 10 assists for 18 points in calendar year 2012. For a full season in the AHL those numbers project to 56 goals, 70 assists and 126 points. Decent digits for a 20-year-old 4th round Islanders draft pick. Nice job Garth!
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers had their streak of minutes played without allowing a goal end Sunday afternoon in the second period of their game against the Providence Bruins. Just over three minutes into the period a shot got past goalie Kevin Poulin stopping the streak at 224 minutes.
Two other streaks, however, continue. The Sound Tigers notched their season best 4th consecutive win with a nice 3-2 shootout victory over the Bruins. Solid in the exhibition period, four Sound Tigers; Sean Backman, Tony Romano, Kael Mouillierat and Scott Howes each scored.
The New York Islanders sent out an official press-release today stating that Russian defensive prospect Anton Klementyev has been suspended by the club for a failure to report to his ECHL assignment to the Idaho Steelheads.
Per the Islanders official press-release:
UNIONDALE, NY (January 7, 2012) – The New York Islanders announced today that defenseman Anton Klementyev has been suspended for failure to report for his ECHL assignment to the Idaho Steelheads. Klementyev began the 2011-12 season with the Islanders American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
After all that he had been through, Michael Leighton didn’t expect his return to Philadelphia to be anything like it was on Friday.
His tenure in Philadelphia has been nothing short of odd. In 2009, Leighton went from unemployed to starting in the 2010 NHL Winter Classic in Boston and eventually being the savior that led the Flyers to their first Stanley Cup Finals berth since 1997.
Dream situation, right? Little did Leighton know that the already roller coaster ride he was on would continue and that his impact on Philadelphia Flyers hockey would be both glamorous and infamous.
That brings Leighton’s career to Friday night in Philadelphia. Two years removed from playing on the outdoor ice in Boston, Leighton started for the Adirondack Phantoms in the AHL Outdoor Classic in front of 45,653 people.