Friday, October 25, 2013

Daily Dish - October 25th

- After posting a couple of championship ring pictures yesterday (side views) that were taken by Chip Crail (  I had a couple of requests to include a top view picture. Here it is:

- The CHL is in full swing this weekend with 11 games scheduled. Scheduling for the CHL must be difficult at best with teams so widely scattered but it does make one wonder how some things happen. Brampton plays in Rapid City for two games this weekend and will play 16 of their next 19 games on the road. With the exception of three games at home against Allen (November 7, 8, & 10) Brampton has no home games from October 21 to December 12.

- Allen plays Tulsa 11 times this season but 8 of those games are between today and November 24. Eight of Allen's next thirteen games are against Tulsa including five out of the next six. They then play just three times from December through March.

- The team made the trek from Allen to St. Charles yesterday afternoon. A long ten hour bus trip. After the game tonight the team will get back on the bus and travel to Tulsa (7 hours) for games Saturday & Sunday.

- Phil Fox was on the ice with the team at practice yesterday and participated in some of the drills. His rehab seems to be going very well. He did not travel with the team on this road trip. 

- Based on practice yesterday Americans lines versus the Chill: Schaafsma-Kerbashian-Snowden, Bootland-Lavoie-Lessard, Tamblyn-Lukin-Asuchak with defensive pairings: Tetrault-Tyler Ludwig, Berube-Hendrikx, Rouleau-Trevor Ludwig.

- Keep in mind it is typical for roster moves to continue to take place this time of year as current players are seen in game action and players get released from other teams and leagues. Recruitment is a big part of being a coach and general manager in the CHL. The roster currently only has six defensemen and teams most often carry seven. Wouldn't be surprised if the next roster move would be to add a seventh defensemen. 

- The CHL will honor its second hall of fame class and the Americans will get to witness these festivities as it will take place at the Allen/Tulsa game in Tulsa on November 2. Here is a little information on the CHL Hall of Fame:

The Central Hockey League Hall of Fame welcomed its first class on January 10, 2012.

The creation of a CHL Hall of Fame allows for recognition and to celebrate individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions specifically in the CHL.  There are three categories that a person can go into the Hall of Fame; Player, Official or Builder.  A person must be a unanimous selection by the CHL Hall of Fame Selection Committee in order to gain entrance.  No more than five people can enter during an individual year (no more than three players).

The first class of inductees honored were Joe Burton, the top scorer in Central Hockey League history; Rick Kozuback, co-founder and former President of the Western Professional Hockey League and a key member in the combining of the WPHL and CHL in 2001; and Brad Treliving, key person in the joining of the WPHL and CHL in 2001 and the CHL's President from 2001-2007.

On January 18, 2013, the second class of inductees were announced with Doug Lawrence (Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Shreveport) and Hardy Sauter (Oklahoma City) going in as 'Players' and Doug Sauter (Oklahoma City), Brad Lund (Oklahoma City) and N. Thomas Berry (Commissioner Emeritus) going in as 'Builders'.

- Jersey Update: Stopped by the team store yesterday and the expectation is some jerseys will be delivered late today (Friday). Team store staff will be in early Saturday morning to check for the shipment, unpack and mark the merchandise.

- The Ice Angels have a busy weekend planned as they have a couple of photo shoots and are also preparing for the game on October 30th which is the Halloween celebration. It is all very secretive but I am told to look for special costumes and performances.

- The Bloomington Thunder, formerly the Bloomington Blaze, who left the CHL for the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) this year play their first SPHL game tonight.

DID YOU KNOW: The Oklahoma City Blazers, who were part of the CHL from its inception in 1992 until 2009, led the CHL in average attendance for 16 consecutive seasons and on five occasions ranked number one in all of minor pro hockey.  During both the 1993-94 and 1994-95 campaigns, the Blazers averaged more than 10,000 fans per game. 

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