Devastating fires affect former Amerk

May 6, 2016 - By
Devastating fires affect former Amerk

This past week some devastating fires in Fort McMurray, Alberta forced an evacuation of the city and leveled entire neighborhoods. Thankfully there weren’t any casualties but sadly a lot of homes and personal belongings were lost in what is expected be the largest insurance event in Canadian history at over $9 billion.

One family that has been impacted is a name that Amerks fans will remember from the 2008/2009 season. Mike Brodeur was signed to a PTO in December 2008 when goaltending was a train wreck and I remember writing at the time, “he could be our only hope.” His stellar play [...]Read More

No excuses this season

April 18, 2016 - By
No excuses this season

It’s over.  One of the more disappointing seasons of at least the past 35 years has mercifully finished.

This isn’t last year’s team who could say Buffalo’s tanking devastated their roster.  It’s not a season like 2008-2009, 2010-2011, 2011-2012 or 2013-2014 where significant injuries both here and above (Florida+Buffalo) led to too many ECHL’ers playing each night.  There is no dual affiliation excuse or financial issues hanging over our head excuses.  There was no revolt against a coach like in 2009-2010 (allegedly).  There was a great veteran core ON PAPER.  There were legit prospects.  There was an experienced coaching staff. [...]Read More

Frustration

March 30, 2016 - By
Frustration

Playoff wins by era this century:

  • Last 5 years of first Buffalo era:  (2000-2001 – 2004-2005) = 15
  • 3 years of dual:  (2005-2006 – 2007-2008) = 2
  • 3 years of Florida:  (2008-2009 – 2010-2011) = 3
  • First 5 years of second Buffalo era/Buffalo owned (2011-2012 – 2015-2016) = 2

And compared to:

Last 5 years of last century:  (1995-1996 – 1999-2000) = 47

Any question as to why long-time fans are frustrated?

Open Letter to the AHL President – 60th Anniversary night

January 11, 2016 - By
Open Letter to the AHL President – 60th Anniversary night

Written by LGA contributor Ted Cichanowicz

 

Mr Andrews….if you weren’t doing anything special on this night, perhaps you should have made a visit to Rochester, NY to take in the festivities at the Blue Cross Arena. And if you had come, it may make you painfully aware of how you have so devalued, besmirched, and destroyed the integrity of this once well respected league. By caving into a few NHL bullies, you and your colleagues have turned the American Hockey League into joke, a cartoon, a caricature of its former self.  By allowing a small number to convince you that [...]Read More

Amerks 60th begins

October 8, 2015 - By
Amerks 60th begins

Typically, I don’t consider a hockey season to be a success unless the team gets out of the first round.  Sometimes that’s a reasonable goal and sometimes it’s not.  This season with the Amerks, it’s not only completely reasonable, but it may be a low expectation.  In fact, anything other than getting out of the first round should be considered a complete failure.

 

There are three main reasons for this opinion:

 

  1. Hockey is measured by winning in the playoffs. And this is the 2nd best league in North America and one of the best leagues in the [...]Read More

The Tank is over….and in Rochester….shouldn’t have ever been

April 17, 2015 - By
The Tank is over….and in Rochester….shouldn’t have ever been

This wasn’t a fun season.  The Buffalo Sabres tanking negatively affected the Amerks roster and as a result we had to suffer through a plethora of meaningless games down the stretch.  And…..no playoffs.  Again.  So, this will be the 10th consecutive season our beloved Amerks don’t get out of the first round and the 5th time in that same stretch that we don’t get to see any playoff games at all.

For most hockey fans – playoffs are what matters…and if you’re an Amerks hockey fan who followed the team in the 60’s or the 80’s&90’s – well, this is [...]Read More

Steve Donner Interview – Part IV

January 16, 2015 - By
Steve Donner Interview – Part IV

In today’s AHL, it’s getting harder and harder to achieve the string of successful seasons that we orchestrated here, and I’d like to think that that strengthens the legacy of what we accomplished.”

 LGA:  It seems unfair that your legacy is what happened at the end vs. bringing a Cup here and having several successful seasons generated in your vision.  What do you say about that?

Donner:  “True Amerk fans know my accomplishments.  In today’s AHL, it’s getting harder and harder to achieve the string of successful seasons that we orchestrated here, and I’d like to think that that [...]Read More

Steve Donner Interview – Part III

January 14, 2015 - By
Steve Donner Interview – Part III

“We weren’t asking for handouts – we just wanted to keep some of our own revenue that we were generating.”

 

LGA:  On a scale of 1-10 (with 1 being extremely difficult and 10 being extremely easy) how was the city of Rochester to work with regards to the War Memorial lease?

Donner:  “A rating is tough.  Maybe a 3-4 … overall.  Johnson was better to work with.  His administration was more like a 5-7.  Also the County Executive at the time was good to work with – Jack Doyle.  After Johnson, an extraordinarily hard line was taken. There were [...]Read More

Steve Donner Interview – Part II

January 13, 2015 - By
Steve Donner Interview – Part II

"I wanted to make Rochester proud” LGA: What do you miss the most about owning the Amerks? Donner: “The People! I miss the fans the most – their happiness after a win. The joy of watching the clock count down on a game day. I was a fan first, so being able to do that [...]Read More

Steve Donner Interview – Part I (Intro)

January 12, 2015 - By
Steve Donner Interview – Part I (Intro)

"They were the love of my life." In 1994, the Buffalo Sabres needed to divest money losing entities like the Rochester Americans – to be scuttled or sold - in order to finance and build the Marine Midland Arena, now known as the First Niagara Center. Steve Donner had already made it known to close [...]Read More

Amerks Clean Up At The Home Opener

October 11, 2014 - By

If you missed the 2014-15 Home Opener you missed one of the strongest starts to the season in recent history. The Amerks steamrolled the Flames with a 6-1 victory in a game that had a little bit of everything. The game started evenly matched and the first period ended scoreless. Goals from Schaller (RCH) and [...]Read More

Here’s Why I Think The 2013-14 Season Was A Success

May 10, 2014 - By

Unlike Eric I'm a relatively green Amerks fan. While Eric has admirably supported the team for more than 3 decades I've spent less than a decade as a fan. I discovered the Amerks after moving to Rochester for college and I only became a season ticket holder in 2011. My interest in the team [...]Read More