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.


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

Amerks Put Down the Bulldogs 3-2

September 28, 2007 - By

The Amerks put down the Bulldogs in their first preseason game tonight with a 3-2 victory at the ESL Centre, with goals from Tanner Glass, Kenndal McArdle and Adam Taylor.

Adam Dennis had a great showing stopping 16 of 18 shots faced.

Goals for Hamilton came from Duncan Milroy and Thomas Beauregard.

The Amerks took the victory in the first of a two game series with the defending Calder Cup Champions.  The second game will be played tomorrow at the Hagersville Memorial Arena in Hagersville, Ontario at 4:00PM.

The Americans’ home opener is Friday October 5 at 7:35PM against the Syracuse Crunch.

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.

Democrat and Chronicle

New Amerks Jerseys Revealed!

September 27, 2007 - By

The new Reebok Edge jerseys that the Rochester Americans will be wearing for the 07/08 season were ‘revealed’ in EA Sports NHL ’08 earlier this month, and as expected they are exactly what they’ll be wearing as Recognition Experts now has them for sale online.

Looks like we’ll see these in action at Fridays pre-season game against the Syracuse Crunch, one would’ve expected an ‘official’ press release by now, but here they are:

07/08 Amerks White Jersey07/08 Amerks Red Jersey

The jerseys are no longer baggy as we’ve all known for decades, welcome the new lightweight streamlined jerseys that cling to your body and are resistant to moisture.  Many fans in the past have stuck with wearing their jerseys only on game days due to the size of them.  On a recent trip to HSBC arena for a morning at the Sabres training camp I tried on one of the new style of  jerseys and was amazed how it’d be much more comfortable to wearing more often.

Amerks Camp 09-26-2007

September 27, 2007 - By

Here’s some video I took at the Amerks training camp on Wednesday September 26, 2007.  No claim to have anything professional here, just some clips put together.

2007 Training Camp Roster

September 26, 2007 - By

When training camp for the Amerks opened on Monday they provided a roster of players at this years camp (not including players still not sent down by the Panthers and Sabres).

Amerks 2007 Training Camp (74kb .pdf)

Speedy McArdle should spark Amerks

September 26, 2007 - By

Today’s Democrat and Chronicle wrote this article about Rochester Americans rookie Kenndal McArdle..

He clearly made the right decision. McArdle, a first-round pick of the Florida Panthers in 2005, should make a solid impact as a rookie left winger with the Rochester Americans this season.

“He’s an exceptionally fast skater,” said Panthers pro scout Jack Birch. “He’s got big-time speed, and he’s strong as a horse.”

The 5-foot-11, 205-pound McArdle is coming off a season of fulfillment in junior hockey. In early January, he helped Canada win the gold medal at the World Junior Championship.

Complete Article // D&C Practice Photo Gallery

Sabres Send a few back..

September 26, 2007 - By

The Buffalo Sabres have announced that Dylan Hunter, Patrick Kaleta, Mike Card, Marc-Andre Gragnani, Mike Weber and goaltender Adam Dennis will be rejoining the Amerks this week at training camp.  Clarke MacArthur, Mark Mancari and Marek Zagrapan are still battling for a possible starting spot as a forward for the Sabres and Andrej Sekera and Michael Funk are trying for the opening at defense that has been left vacant by Teppo Numminen as he recovers from heart surgery.

Another report from camp coming on Wednesday afternoon!

Amerks Open Training Camp!

September 25, 2007 - By

The Rochester Americans opened training camp on Monday September 24 at the ESL Sports Center in Henrietta for the 2007/2008 season!  Many players that will form the core roster are still at training camps for the Buffalo Sabres and Florida Panthers but should be expected back by the end of the week.  In the Democrat and Chronicle they talked about how the squad may have no one older than 23, so expect a young team who we’re hoping won’t listen to everyone who doubts them.  Bob Mathews also talkes about how “AHL aint what it used to be.”

So, it seems that we may be the only ones here at LetsGoAmerks.com who’re excited about the upcoming season!

AHL 2007-2008 schedule released

August 7, 2007 - By


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League today released the complete schedule of regular-season games for the 2007-08 season, the league’s 72nd year of operation. The season, comprising an all-time high of 1,160 games, begins on Wed., Oct. 3 and concludes on Sun., Apr. 13. Each of the league’s 29 clubs will play 80 games, 40 at home and 40 on the road. With a divisional format again in place for the 2008 Calder Cup Playoffs, more than two-thirds of this year’s schedule (782 of 1,160) will feature games between division rivals. The top four teams in each division will qualify for the 2008 postseason, with one possible exception: if the fifth-place team in the West Division finishes with more points than the fourth-place team in the North Division, it would cross over and compete in the North Division playoffs. For the eighth year in a row, the AHL’s regular season opens with a game at the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza, as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins play host to the two-time defending Eastern Conference champion Hershey Bears on Oct. 3 at 7:05 p.m. ET.

The AHL returns to Cleveland in 2007-08 as the Lake Erie Monsters hit the [...]Read More