Marketing the Amerks as a breeding ground?

October 15, 2007 - By

With what seems to be very little marketing done for the team outside of advertisements in the DandC, Insider, and City News, the Rochester Americans have released some ad’s featuring Thomas Vanek, Jason Pominville and Ryan Miller.

This is sure to be something that will “irk” a number of loyal fans.  While it’s true that older players who’ve been around bring a great deal of leadership to a team, hockey as we know it today is led by the young, and the young care about one thing – getting into the NHL.

So it’s to no great suprise that the Amerks are going to start taking the approach of using that to there advantage to fill seats at home games.

If there isn’t a ‘veteran’ who’s been in town for years that people can identify with, it would be smart to let fans know that the players they see today may be the future stars of tomorrow.

I can imagine a lot more kids will want to have there parents take them to games knowing they’re not only going to see a great game of hockey, but also players that they won’t be able to see by traveling to an NHL game [...]Read More

Amerks unable to hold on, lose 4-3

October 13, 2007 - By

The Rochester Americans stopped two penalty shots, but gave up three second period goals, as they lost tonight to the Providence Bruins, 4-3, in front of 7,734 at The Blue Cross Arena. 

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MacArthur spoils Bulldogs home opener!

October 12, 2007 - By

Clarke MacArthur scored the only goal in the shootout to spoil opening night celebrations at the Copps Coliseum for the Hamilton Bulldogs.  The Rochester Americans squandered a 4-1 lead towards the end of the 2nd period, yet managed to hold on through regulation and overtime.

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Amerks 2007/08 TV Schedule

October 11, 2007 - By

Time Warner Sports Net has announced that they will broadcast 17 home games, and 4 away games LIVE on TWSN!  There will also be 9 tape delayed games which will be announced at a later time.

AMERKS ANNOUNCE 2007-08 TV SCHEDULE (Rochester, October 11)… The Rochester Americans announced their television schedule today for the 2007-08 American Hockey League season. For the second straight season, Time Warner SportsNet (TWSN) will carry live home and road Amerk hockey games.“We are excited about our second season on Time Warner SportsNet,” said Amerks President and CEO Steve Donner. “We are delighted to bring quality hockey to the fans of Western New York. We are also working hard to bring additional road games to the schedule. Time Warner has become a significant partner of the Rochester Americans and we are enthusiastic about our continually growing relationship.”In 2007-08, TWSN will carry 17 live home games and live four road contests. There will also be up to nine taped-delayed games that will be released at a later date. The first live game is scheduled for Saturday, October 13th as the Amerks host the Providence Bruins at 7:30 p.m. at The Blue Cross Arena. TWSN will also carry [...]Read More

'Reading Power Play' Dates

October 11, 2007 - By

The reading campaign, which will run from November to February, will consist of weekly appearances from the Amerks players and The Moose to several libraries in and around the Monroe County area. The visiting player will read to the youth and give a hockey demonstration. Each appearance will also feature a raffle for Amerk memorabilia and an autograph session by the visiting player and The Moose.

COMPLETE READING APPEARANCE SCHEDULE
Monday, November 5th at 6:30 p.m. at Parma Public Library
Wednesday, November 7th at 7:00 p.m. at Gates Public Library
Monday, November 12th at 6:30 p.m. at Ogden Public Library
Tuesday, November 13th at 3:30 p.m. at Lincoln Branch
Wednesday, November 14th at 4:00 p.m. at Sully Branch
Tuesday, November 27th at 4:30 p.m. at Monroe Branch
Tuesday, November 27th at 7:00 p.m. at Mendon Public Library
Wednesday, November 28th at 7:00 p.m. at Charlotte Branch
Monday, December 3rd at 4:00 p.m. at Mumford Public Library
Monday, December 3rd at 7:00 p.m. at Fairport Public Library
Tuesday, December 4th TBA
Wednesday, December 5th at 4:00 p.m. at Brockport Public Library
Wednesday, December 5th at 7:00 p.m. at [...]Read More

3-2 Overtime loss to the Bulldogs

October 7, 2007 - By

The Hamilton Bulldog’s Maxim Lapierre scored 39 seconds into overtime to give Hamilton a 3-2 win over the Rochester Americans tonight in front of a crowd of 6,985 at The Blue Cross Arena.  Right wing Mark Mancari and left wing Clarke MacArthur provided Rochester with its two goals, while David Shantz made 18 saves in his first start of the season.

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Amerks lose first game of the season, 4-1

October 6, 2007 - By

The Toronto Marlies scored four unanswered goals to hand the Rochester Americans their first loss of the new season today at Ricoh Coliseum.  Second-year right winger Adam Taylor scored Rochester’s only marker of the game. The goal was his first as an Amerk.  Rochester goalie, and Toronto native, Adam Dennis made 32 saves.

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Amerks win season opener 6-4

October 5, 2007 - By

The Rochester Americans opened there season with a 6-4 win on October 5th versus central NY rivals the Syracuse Crunch.  We will be providing as much original content as we can for games once we’re fully up and running.

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Home Opener / Offical Launch..

October 5, 2007 - By

The Rochester Americans start the 2007/08 regular season tonight at Blue Cross Arena versus rivals Syracuse Crunch, lets go amerks!!!! 

Lets Go Amerks Offical Launch is coming in a few days.  We had hoped to have it fully up and running by the start of the season, but have experienced some delays due to work schedules.  A few finishing touches to put in place and we’ll be up and running (with a completely different look)!

Everblades Receive Nasby, Tuma From Panthers

October 3, 2007 - By

October 2, 2007 ESTERO, Fla. – The Florida Everblades announced that the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League have reassigned defensemen Martin Tuma and Bret Nasby to the club.The Everblades are the ECHL affiliate of the Panthers and the Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL and the Rochester Americans and the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League.

Selected in the fifth round (162nd overall) by Florida in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and under NHL contract to the Panthers, the 22-year-old Tuma had nine assists and 77 penalty minutes in 32 regular season games and six penalty minutes in three Kelly Cup Playoff games for the Everblades in 2006-07 while also playing in the AHL where he had 33 penalty minutes in 23 regular season games and appeared in one playoff game for Rochester.

Selected in the fifth round (152nd overall) by Florida in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and under NHL contract to the Panthers, the 21-year-old Nasby had four points (1g-3a) and 19 penalty minutes in 31 games for the Everblades.

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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).

Amerks lose to Syracuse 4-3

September 30, 2007 - By

(Oswego, NY – September 30)… The Rochester Americans dropped their preseason finale today, 4-3, to the Syracuse Crunch at the Oswego State Campus Center Ice Arena. The Amerks ended the preseason with a 1-2-0-0 record.Rochester got three second-period goals from Martin Lojek, Mike Card and Drew Larman. Rookie Tyler Plante made his first preseason start in goal for Rochester and made 14 saves. Forward Kamil Kreps, who was assigned to Rochester today, did not make the trip.Syracuse got a stellar effort in goal as Tomas Popperle made 37 saves. Jeffrey Szwez led the Crunch with one goal and one assist. Geoff Platt netted the game-winner at the 13:00 mark of the second period.Syracuse opened the game with a 2-0 lead as Chanse Fitzpatrick and Szwez scored first-period goals.Rochester tied the game with goals by Lojek and Crad early in the second period. The Crunch, however, regained the lead on a short-handed goal by Andrew Murray at 5:33. The Amerks evened the score at three at 9:28 on a goal by Larman. Syracuse answered midway through the period as Platt scored on the power play for a 4-3 advantage.Popperle made the score holdup as he made 15 saves in the second [...]Read More