In the Fold
Posted By: Aaron Sims
The Admirals have signed three players to AHL contracts for next season: Mark Van Guilder, Jeff Foss and Joel Champagne.
I really liked Jeff Foss
in his short time here. He’s a smart player that isn’t flashy but he can get the job done. Foss helped RPI make the NCAA tournament for the first time in 16 years, losing in Green Bay in March to North Dakota
Joel Champagne is intriguing. A 5th round pick by the Maple Leafs in 2008
, Champagne wasn’t signed by Toronto and ended up a free agent after a big season for Quebec in the QMJHL. He’s played with three teams the past two seasons.
With all big men, you wonder about foot speed. We’ll see what Champagne can bring to the table. He doesn’t have the most penalty minutes, but there is evidence on Youtube
of him standing up for a teammate that was the victim of a cheap shot.
The Stanley Cup Finals begins tomorrow night. There are 13 former U.S. college hockey players in the series. Boston has only two of them. Can you name them? The answer is at the bottom of this blog.
Now that hockey fans in Winnipeg are getting ready to buy season tickets for the yet-to-be-named NHL team (which I believe will keep the name Manitoba Moose) that is coming from Atlanta, Admirals fans are probably wondering what will happen with the AHL Moose. The NHL Board of Governors meets June 21 to approve the sale of the Thrashers to True North Sports. Then, the AHL will meet the beginning of July. There have been several reports already that the AHL Moose will be in St. John’s, Newfoundland
. What that will do for Division alignment remains to be seen and will be sorted out at the July meeting in Hilton Head, SC.
I will miss visiting Winnipeg. Yes, it’s cold there in the winter. The intersection of Portage Ave and Main St is the brunt of popular jokes referring to it as the coldest and windiest in Canada.
Congrats to Winnipeg! I do wonder why the NHL continues to fight so hard for Phoenix, though, when it doesn’t seem (at least publicly) that it did for Atlanta. The Thrashers owners released a statement
. Check out the signature on the right. Come on, man. Let people know who you are.
The best part of going to Winnipeg was the morning skate. Many members of the media attended and it had a real “big-time” feel. No other city that I've worked in has that kind of coverage at this level. It was pretty awesome. I’d made friends with a lot of people up there and I’ll miss seeing them. The pressbox was excellent, too. It is a great area to broadcast from: straight over the ice.
Here’s a Mass Comm theory question: Will the announcement of the move from Atlanta to Winnipeg help, hurt, or not affect ratings for Stanley Cup Finals beginning tomorrow? Remember baseball was upset with announcements regarding Alex Rodriguez during the World Series a couple years ago. Baseball didn’t want anything taking the shine away from its premier event. Clearly, the NHL didn’t feel the same way. Will more people be curious to see what the sport is about, or won’t it matter?
The Calder Cup Finals series between Houston and Binghamton is tied at one. Games three, four and five will be played in Binghamton.
Former Admirals Kevin Ulanski and Scott May were members of the CHL Colorado Eagles that lost in the championship series to Bossier-Shreveport last weekend. Ulanski finished third in league scoring with 96 points and second in plus-minus. May had 48 points in 40 games.
The two Boston players that also played collegiately are Tim Thomas and former Admirals star Rich Peverley.