|Coach Lucas Reid will help Steve Martinson this season - photo by Dianne Webster|
- I asked coach Martinson after practice what he was trying to accomplish on day two. "I was working on a long pass drill to keep the pace up enough to try and get everyone in a little better shape every day but not try to kill them. The cross ice, three on three scrimmage at the end was just for fun with a little bit of skating. When you only have three lines and practice hard for an hour and twenty minutes they are tired. If you kill them today they can give you less tomorrow. You could get the team in shape faster if you skated them more but the skill would drop off in the practices. The guys showed up in good shape so we will take it slow. It is a long season."
- Defenseman Nolan Descoteaux was signed by the Americans to a Standard Players Contract (SPC) last Friday. That brings to six defensemen that have been signed, Descoteaux, Ruopp, Pinkston, Gunn Chouinard and Gens.
- At this point there will not be any live stream of the Americans exhibition game in Wichita on Saturday. If there is any change I will let you know. If you are on Twitter and want to follow a live tweet of the game make sure you are following the Wichita Thunder (@Wichita_Thunder).
- If you have looked at the Americans promotion schedule you will see there are 10 specialty jersey auctions on the schedule. The team has released the mock ups of two of the specialty jerseys and they have certainly been well received. If you haven't seen them here is a photo along with all of the specialty jersey auction nights. It remains to be seen if so many auctions will have an impact on the prices paid for the jerseys.
October 21 - USA Hockey Jersey
November 5 - JDRF (diabetes) Jersey
December 3 - Sharks Affiliation Jersey
December 16 - Ugly Sweater Jersey
December 31 - Tuxedo Jersey
January 21 - Star Wars Jersey
February 3 - Texas Heritage Jersey
February 18 - USA Hockey Jersey #2
March 18 - Dinosaur Themed Jersey
March 25 - Military Themed Jersey
- The San Jose Sharks have assigned goalie Troy Groesnick to the Barracuda (AHL) and now have just two goalies in training camp, Martin Jones and Aaron Dell. Another big indication that Dell has won the competition to be the back up goalie when the season begins for the Sharks on October 12.
- Garrett Clarke is back in North America after starting the season in Europe. He has just signed a try out agreement with the Brampton Beast.
- Here is a sample of photos taken by Dianne Webster of the second day of training camp. If you are on Facebook and enjoy the photos you can check out all of Dianne's photos from each day of camp at "Dianne Webster Photography."
DID YOU KNOW: Here is another of the "where are they now" series courtesy of Tom Manning, Director of Game Operations for the Americans. Britt Dougherty was one of several tough guys on the Allen Americans first team (2009-10). Because of injuries Britt retired from hockey after that season. One thing he found in Allen was a girlfriend who eventually became his wife, Kelly Sklar. If you are a long time season ticket holder you may remember Kelly was an Americans ticket representative. Kelly was the ticket rep that sold me my season tickets that first season. Kelly kindly provided this update:
Since finishing his career in hockey, Britt and I have gotten married and moved back to Britt's hometown in Saskatchewan, Canada. We bought a house and enjoy visiting our hunting & fishing cabin in Northern Saskatchewan and lake house on Lake Dieffenbaker. Britt is now working in oil and gas for Baker Hughes. Hunting is still Britt's favorite hobby, and he enjoys being able to do that regularly. In a future chapter, The Dougherty's will call Texas home, again.
|Britt Dougherty lands a punch - photo by Chip Crail|