Browsing posts in the ‘Players’ category

Panthers fall 2007 AHL/ECHL update

December 19, 2007 - By

Check out Hockey’s Future Panthers fall 2007 AHL/ECHL update, a pretty good assessment on players up until this point in the season.

Featured Player: Stefan Meyer

December 18, 2007 - By
Featured Player: Stefan Meyer

#10 Stefan Meyer
Center/Left Wing
6’2″ (187.96 cm)
200 lbs
Fox Valley, Saskatewan

Stefan Meyer is a player who isn’t afraid to use his size to create space on the ice and is a great physical winger.  He isn’t going to let anyone push him or his teammates around and he isn’t going to back down from a challenge.

From 2000-2005, Meyer played for the Medicine Hat Tigers in the Western Hockey League (WHL) where he played 282 games and racked up 123 goals and 123 assists for a total of 246 points in his junior career.

Stefan was drafted in the 2nd round (55th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Florida Panthers.

Meyer was a hit his rookie year in Rochester.  He scored 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points in 68 games. Because of his great play, he was named the Amerks Rookie of the Year.  He scored his first professional goal in his first pro game with the Amerks on October 29, 2005.

Last season (2006/07) cut back on the penalty minutes he was taking (from 139 in the previous season to 90).  He also scored a [...]Read More

AHL Upholds Mike Weber's Suspension

December 11, 2007 - By

After reviewing the tapes sent to them by the Rochester American’s office, the AHL agreed that Mike Weber intentionally tried to hit referee, Francois St. Laurent. 

Mike Weber was dealt a three game suspension and will miss all three games in this weekend’s trip out west.  The Amerks will be playing in Chicago on Thursday, Rockford on Friday and Peoria on Saturday this weekend.

More information on Mike Weber’s suspention:

Vote Your Favorite Player Into The AHL All-Star Game

December 11, 2007 - By

Starting tomorrow afternoon at noon, you can vote for your favorite Rochester Americans’ player for the 2008 AHL All-Star game.  Voting will take place on 

Here is the article from

The American Hockey League announced today that 2008 AHL All-Star Classic Fan Balloting presented by Reebok will begin Wednesday, December 12, at noon EST, exclusively on the official Web site of the AHL,

Fans will have the opportunity to vote for the most deserving AHL players by visiting and completing the official Reebok AHL All-Star Fan Ballot. The players receiving the most votes by position will earn berths in the starting lineups of both the Canadian AHL All-Star team and the PlanetUSA AHL All-Star team at the 2008 AHL All-Star Classic, to be held Jan. 27-28 in Binghamton, N.Y.

A committee of AHL coaches will select the remaining All-Stars, and all 29 clubs will be represented on the final rosters.

By completing the official ballot, fans will be entered to win various prizes, including the grand prize of a team-signed authentic 2008 AHL All-Star jersey. Ten second-prize winners will each win an autographed commemorative magazine from the event, and 10 third-prize winners [...]Read More

Mike Weber Suspended for Three Games

December 10, 2007 - By

Mike Weber has been suspended for the next three games following an incident Sunday night in which referee Francois St. Laurent accussed Weber of trying to shoot the puck at him.

The AHL is going to review the play further which could do anything from shorten to lengethn the suspension.

A recap of the incident from Kevin O in the Democrat and Chronicle:

The play occurred with 25 seconds left in the second period, just four seconds after the Senators had scored a power-play goal with Weber serving his second of two minors.

St. Laurent called Weber for roughing, then tacked on an unsportsmanlike conduct minor when the defenseman yapped back.

Weber came out of the penalty box after Josh Hennessy’s goal at 19:31 and stayed on the ice for the final shift of the period. The Senators were ahead 4-1.

Defense partner Martin Lojek passed across the blue line to Weber, who looked to pass but instead banked the puck high off the glass.

St. Laurent immediately stopped play and motioned for Weber to leave.

Said Weber: “The linesman grabbed me, and I said, ‘What for?’ and he said, ‘You shot the puck at him.’ I said, ‘Excuse [...]Read More

More Chances To Meet Your Rochester Americans

December 3, 2007 - By

Drew Larman Reading Power Play There are still plenty of chances to meet your Rochester American players coming up.  The Reading Power Play program is continuing at local libraries this week.

On Monday, December 3rd, Patrick Kaleta will be at the Mumford Library at 4:00 p.m.  At 7:00 p.m. on the same day, David Brine will be reading at the Fairport Library.

On Wednesday, December 5th, Kaleta will be at the Brockport Library at 4:00 p.m.  Co-captain of the Rochester Americans, Drew Larman will then make a 7:00 p.m. appearance at the Penfield Library.

Also this week, Patrick Kaleta and Dylan Hunter will be at the Original Charbroil House on Thursday, December 6th, at 6:30 p.m.  They will mingel and sign autographs for about an hour.  The Amerks will have multiple visits to the Charbroil House these season.  The dates are as follows:

Thursday, December 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Amerks Around the Town

November 8, 2007 - By

No one can say that the Amerks players aren’t seen around the community.  With a slew of events coming up where people can meet and greet the players of the Rochester Americans, there is plenty for a fan to do.

First, at your local public library, you can see the Amerks read to your children at the “Reading Power Play” events.  These are being held to promote reading and literacy in children.  A player and the Moose will be at each library and they will read to everyone and also sign autographs.

Mon., Nov. 12th at 6:30 p.m. at Ogden Public LibraryPatrick Kaleta
Tues., Nov. 13th at 3:30 p.m. at Lincoln BranchDavid Brine
Wed., Nov. 14th at 4:00 p.m. at Sully BranchPatrick Kaleta
Tues., Nov. 27th at 4:30 p.m. at Monroe BranchDrew Larman
Tues., Nov. 27th at 7:00 p.m. at Mendon Public LibraryMike Weber
Wed., Nov. 28th at 7:00 p.m. at Charlotte BranchTanner Glass

Also coming up on Thursday of next week (November 15th), is the [...]Read More

Dylan Hunter Named AHL Player of the Week

November 5, 2007 - By

 Today, Dylan Hunter was named the Rbk/AHL Player of the Week for the week ending November 5, 2007.  Hunter registered seven points for the Rochester Americans this weekend in their tough three games in three days schedule. 

On Thursday, Hunter had one assist in the Amerks 3-1 win in Grand Rapids.  Back at home in Rochester on Friday, Dylan had a great game.  He registered two goals and three assists.  This gave him a hand in every goal in the 5-3 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins.  Again on Saturday, he had another assist in the 3-0 shutout of the Hamilton Bulldogs.

In honor of this award, Dylan Hunter will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Americans home game (TBA).

This is Dylan’s second year with the Rochester Americans.  Last year, he registered 8 goals and 20 assists for 28 points in 67 games.  This season in the first 14 games, he has scored 5 goals and 6 assists for 11 points.

Prior to playing for the Amerks, Hunter was the captain of the London Knights in the Ontario Hockey League.  In five seasons with the Knights, Dylan scored 369 points (95 goals and 274 assists).  He was also on [...]Read More

Patrick Kaleta expected back this week!

November 4, 2007 - By

Patrick Kaleta stated on Saturday night that he expects to be back this coming weekend against either the Hamilton Bulldogs on Friday or Syracuse Crunch on Saturday, he has played only two games this season.

When asked if he’s really ready to go for the rest of the season he smiled and said, “I sure am planning on it!”  He has been out with a groin injury that has plagued him from training camp with the Buffalo Sabres.

Patrick Kaleta became a fan favorite last year with his hard hitting style of hockey.  In the 06/07 season he played 58 games with the Amerks for 5 goals, 10 assists, and a whopping 133 penalty minutes.  He also played in 7 games for the Buffalo Sabres where he tallied 2 assists and 21 penalty minutes, he is best known for his part in the brawl versus the Ottawa Senators.

Filip Novak vs Patrick Kaleta 1/13/07

Meyer/Kreps called up to Florida

October 22, 2007 - By

After multiple injuries to the Florida Panthers last week, Stefan Meyers and Kamil Kreps have been called up today.

 After nine games played with the Amerks this season, Stefan has 1 goal and 4 assists for 5 points.  Kreps has 1 goal and 5 assists in six games played this season.

 This is Meyer’s first call up this season and Krep’s second.  Kamil played two games in the beginning in October.

Mancari, Zagrapan, and Funk being sent back?

September 30, 2007 - By

After the Buffalo Sabres final pre season game against the Pittsburgh Penguins the team held autograph sessions throughout the arena with different players at various locations.  The only players who appeared to be missing that were scheduled were Mark Mancari, Marek Zagrapan, and Mike Funk.

Seems like an almost safe bet that we’ll see an announcement that they are being sent down to the Amerks to start the season.  It’s not likely that the Sabres would allow anyone to skip the sessions while their names were plastered all over every video screen in the arena, unless they had already been given the news.

I havn’t heard much about Funk this pre season, but Mark Mancari and Marek Zagrapan are two players stepping up their game who will be a great asset for the Amerks (assuming the Sabres don’t get run down with injuries and they get called up often).

Stefan Meyer and Martin Lojek

September 27, 2007 - By

Panthers send 2 players to Amerks

(September 27, 2007) Forward Stefan Meyer and defenseman Martin Lojek will be reassigned to the Rochester Americans by the Florida Panthers.

Lojek blossomed into a solid defenseman last season. He bounced between the AHL and ECHL as a rookie but was one of the more consistent defensemen until suffering a season-ending shoulder injury on the final weekend.

Meyer was chosen Amerks rookie of the year by the booster club in 2005-06 but struggled to find a role last year.

The Amerks play their only home preseason game on Friday, hosting the Hamilton Bulldogs at 7:35 p.m. at the ESL Sports Centre. Tickets are $8.

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