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History of Lease Problems and Conditions at Blue Cross Arena, Mayoral Candidate Issues Statement

March 3, 2017 - By
History of Lease Problems and Conditions at Blue Cross Arena, Mayoral Candidate Issues Statement

There’s been a lot of discussion this week about the future of the Rochester Americans in Rochester with it’s lease and the condition of Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial. Anyone who has followed things behind the scenes over the last decade will recognize that none of this is new. Everything that has happened has been a non stop band-aid going all the way back to the arena renovations in the 90’s. Here we are 20 years later and it’s deja vu with the same thing happening again.

(Featured image is has been altered, was not really displayed on the marquee)

Let’s recap some Amerks ownership history over the last 10 years.

While Steve Donner was known to have some financial issue,s one thing that didn’t help was what became an unfavorable lease operating out of the building (ex. no cut of concessions). It was a mess between he, his partners, Larry Quinn, the Sabres and the City of Rochester in his final years as owner. It’s one of many reasons that lead to the unfavorable dual affiliation before the sale of the team and then the Florida Panther years.

When Curt Styres purchased the Amerks he was able [...]Read More

Sabres Respond to Reports of Amerks Moving to Another Arena

February 28, 2017 - By
Sabres Respond to Reports of Amerks Moving to Another Arena

As another lousy season heads into the home stretch and another year without a long term lease it’s time for some more rumblings and rumors about the future of the Rochester Americans in Rochester. Unless a long term lease was never reported the Amerks have been running on one year lease extensions based on the terms of a lease that expired in 2013. In the late spring of 2015 it was confirmed that the Sabres had thought about playing up to half of the Amerks games in Buffalo before backing away from that.

Here’s what developed on Monday (Wednesday afternoon update down farther):

Rumor is the Sabres have reached out to other arenas to house their AHL affiliate next season. Their lease with the BCA is up this year

— Comets Army (@CometsArmy) February 27, 2017

Report: Sabres look beyond BCA for Amerks, Russ Brandon “Nothing to that. Always need to keep options open but no plans to be anywhere else.

— Mike Catalana (@MikeCatalana) February 27, 2017

Update 3/1 – From D&CAmerks officials in Rochester referred questions to Buffalo. In a statement Wednesday, Pegula Sports said that ownership “has been engaged in [...]Read More

We don’t matter

January 13, 2017 - By
We don’t matter

Quick post….

If you thought losing coverage in your own local paper sucked, how do you feel about your owner not even acknowledging your existence?

TP: We’re involved in two professional major leagues. We’ve got 62 teams, two championships, and it’s hard to win. We have a lacrosse team also. We’re doing the best we can to bring a product to Western New York that people can be proud of as championship teams.

Buffalo News article

Thanks for thinking of us Mr. Pegula!

Playoffs are a real possibility

January 6, 2017 - By
Playoffs are a real possibility

Happy New Year! I’d like to start 2017 off with some optimism.

Because I didn’t pay attention this summer… I just learned a couple of weeks ago there was no crossover rule for playoff seeding this season (where if the 5th place team in the other division in our conference has more points than the 4th place team in our division they bump them). THIS… combined with a very good last week of 2016 has completely changed our playoff chances.

A quick look at the current standings shows the Amerks trailing Toronto by 1 point for the 4th and final playoff spot in the North Division, although the Marlies do have a game in hand. We play Toronto a whopping SEVEN times more this season, including tonight and 3 other times this month alone. Staying ahead of them along with Utica and Bingo is our ticket in. CURRENT STANDINGS

As always in the second half of the season, this will become your best friend for gauging playoff probabilities:
A scenario of a 23-18-2 finish to the season would give us better than an 80% chance of making it. Now, if Toronto were to catch on [...]Read More

Season 61 – Preview

October 13, 2016 - By
Season 61 – Preview

(10/13 PM Update)

For the third summer in the last 4 years, the Amerks roster looks good…ON PAPER.  “Blah Blah Blah”, “Yeah, whatever”, and “So what”.  I hear you, guys.  But it’s October – so I’m going to put on my hopeful and optimistic mask for the time being.

I was excited about Cunneyworth returning last season and being joined by Paul Fixter. That clearly didn’t work out and an encouraging clean sweep of the coaching staff was made, resulting in a planned move of Dan Lambert becoming head coach.  I REALLY like this guy.  I’ve said before that the last time a rookie head coach replaced a Hall of Fame head coach we won the cup – with Torts replacing Boxie in 1996.  I feel like Lambert is a straight shooter and has a desire to win here.  I’m just as excited about the assistants.  Brad Tapper seems like a no-nonsense guy who understands that competing for a Calder Cup is still important and Chuck Weber was a head coach I liked here in 2010-2011 and with a little roster luck might have won here that season.   I think we’ve needed more fire from our coaching staff and these [...]Read More

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 delivered on that hope and helped turn the season around. Mike also played in The AHL All-Star Game that season. After that Amerks season he went on to play for the Binghamton Senators before injuries ultimately ended his career early.

Click through and help them out if you can through this GoFundMe page –

Along with his wife Melissa they also have two sons, Beckam (4yrs old) and Ryan (4 months old). They left their home with only some clothes in a suitcase as the city was quickly evacuated. Their home and everything else was wiped out [...]Read More

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 it is OK to play fewer games than the rest of your teams; that practice is more important than competition; that so-called development trumps winning despite still charging admission to watch these lifeless contests, you have succeeded in making a mockery out of a well established and storied institution.

Come to Rochester and talk to the former players who wore the Amerks crest; who won Calder Cups; and who said, in many cases that their time here was a highlight of their hockey careers. The pride of team; the work ethic of striving for excellence; and the ultimate goal of [...]Read More

Live From the AHL All-Star Game; Amerks Brodeur Starting

January 26, 2009 - By

It’s night number two of the AHL All-Star Classic event and time for the actual game.  Mike Brodeur of the Rochester Americans is getting the start in goal for Team Canada.  Brian Elliott of the Binghamton Senators was slated to get the start but when the Ottawa Senators called him up the starting position shifted to Brodeur.

Mike Brodeur said, “someone must have just flipped a coin or something,” regarding him getting the starting job.  Mike is very humble and unsure of himself in the role that he has earned.  The most exciting part of being the starter for Brodeur isn’t about the honor that goes with it, but rather not having to sit on the bench for two hours prior to being able to play.

The game is being broadcast to over 100 million people, and tonight the world gets to see the player that has turned the season around for the Rochester Americans.  All-Star games are all about offense, so he’s going to be put to the test early.  When we talked about the lack of defense and him really being put to the test some of the defensemen in the locker room started laughing.

The theme of [...]Read More

Third Straight Loss, but Difference is Night and Day

January 25, 2009 - By

The Rochester Americans were shutout and lost their third straight game on Saturday night against the Albany River Rats in Albany as the league enters the All-Star break.  With the All-Star break typically considered the mid way point of the season, one thing is for certain about this Rochester Americans team – the difference is night and day compared to the way they started.

Getting back to last nights game, the deciding factor was the first period when the team just couldn’t get any offense generated.  The Rats took advantage of that and was able to score two goals.  The first one that deflected in wasn’t good, but that’s the type of bounces teams look for to be able to win games.  The second power play goal for the Rats was something they should have been able to stop from reaching the net.

“We played hard, very happy with the effort, very disappointing weekend in terms of the the outcome, thought we deserved better today and last night, but a bad game on thursday,” commented Benoit Groulx after the game.

The Amerks continue to struggle on the power play, going 0 for 5 on Saturday night.

Asked Groulx about the [...]Read More

Live from Times Union Center; Amerks vs Rats

January 24, 2009 - By

It’s the last game before the All-Star break for the Rochester Americans as they battle the Albany River Rats here at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY.  Updates will continue throughout the end of the game (just getting posted at the end of the 2nd period as we got the internet connection working)

Right when the puck dropped tonight Tanner Glass and Blanchard dropped the gloves to get in a nice long fight.  Decision to Blanchard he had some good zingers right in the beginning and everything else

Only 4 minutes into the game and the Amerks are already on their first penalty kill.  Neil Clark took an Albany playerinto the net and was called for roughing.  Mike Ryan scored his 23rd goal of the season making the score 1-0 already.  The Amerks aren’t looking bad…it was a great tip in by Ryan.

Second goal of the night will be credited to Chris Beckford-Tseu.  A routine shot on goal by Samson…Becks gets hit in the chest with it, it goes in the air, over his head and in slow motion crosses the line.  If he would have turned around for even a split second, he would have been able [...]Read More

Thursday Gameday: Amerks vs Crunch

January 22, 2009 - By

The Rochester Americans are back at home tonight for an odd Thursday night home game against thruway rivals Syracuse Crunch, game time is at 7:05pm.  The Amerks lost the first three games this season against the Crunch but have won the last two.  The last win was back on January 9th, final score was 3-1.

The team has won six of its last eight, including two road wins this past weekend against the Manchester Monarchs and Providence Bruins.  Looking at the past 15 games they are 10-4-0-1.  Something strange is happening here in Rochester, the team is creeping closer to a .500 record.

The Crunch are coming off of a 6-3 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs on Monday afternoon, they have won three of their past four.

Goaltender Mike Brodeur, who has started 17 of the last 19 games for Rochester, and will start again tonight, boasts a 12-4-1 record in 17 games between the pipes for the Amerks. His 2.07 goals-against average and .933 save percentage presently rank him third and second among AHL netminders, respectively. Further, his two shutouts tie him for fourth in the league.

The game will be broadcast live on SportsRadio 1280 WHTK, [...]Read More

Sprukts Leads Depleated Amerks Over Monarchs and Bruins

January 18, 2009 - By

Janis Sprukts had an eight point weekend, leading the Amerks to two victories out East.  On Friday night he posted a hat trick and an assist.  Tonight, Sprukts had another goal and three assists.  The player everyone has been waiting for has returned.

Team captain Rory Fitzpatrick had a goal and an assist in tonight’s win over the Providence Bruins.  He took 6 shots which sometimes is as many as the whole team gets in a game.

The Amerks played without many key players.  Stefan Meyer is still out with a knee sprain.  Mike Caruso is out.  Riley Emmerson is out.  Franklin MacDonald had to travel home this weekend because of a death in the family (our condolences to you and your family Frank).  And Jason Garrison didn’t play in tonight’s game after having a four point night on Friday.

Players stepped up this weekend to make sure the team didn’t slump because of injuries.  Drew Larman, who has been nearly impossible to find on the ice this season, had three points this weekend (an assist on Friday and a goal and an assist on Sunday).  Peter Aston did his job, getting a +2 rating on Friday night [...]Read More