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

http://theahl.com

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

JANIK AND MCMORROW CELEBRITY BARTENDING JULY 19TH

July 19, 2007 - By

FORMER AMERKS JANIK AND MCMORROW CELEBRITY BARTENDING JULY 19TH

Janik

(Rochester, NY) The Rochester Sports Group will hold a Celebrity Bartending Event for CURE Childhood Cancer Association on Thursday, July 19th from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Nathaniels Pub (251 Exchange Blvd.). All proceeds will go to CURE Childhood Cancer Association.

Former Rochester Americans Doug Janik and Sean McMorrow, Rochester Knighthawks defenseman Pat Cougevan, and Rochester Rhinos goalkeeper Scott Vallow and defender Jason Perry will work for tips for CURE. Members of the Rochester Venom and Rochester Rhinestones dance teams will also be present at the event. The 2007 Champions Cup will also be on display.

The mission of CURE Childhood Cancer Association is to “improve the lives of families coping with childhood cancer or chronic blood disorders by providing emotional, educational and financial assistance.

Amerks coach Cunneyworth eyes options

July 18, 2007 - By

(July 18, 2007)  The Buffalo Sabres are holding open the job as head coach of the Rochester Americans for Randy Cunneyworth, but whether he returns for an eighth season will be based upon decisions made by other NHL teams.

Cunneyworth met with Florida Panthers coach and general manager Jacques Martin over the weekend. Martin has an opening on his coaching staff because assistant George Kingston won’t return.

Cunneyworth played under Martin with the Ottawa Senators and was the team’s captain for four seasons (1994-95 to 1997-98).

New Ottawa Senators coach John Paddock reportedly is giving consideration to hiring him as an assistant as well.

Cunneyworth has coached the Amerks the past seven seasons, the longest uninterrupted tenure in the franchise’s 51-year history.

But with no changes planned on the Sabres coaching staff, he is looking elsewhere for a chance to move up to the NHL. He is under contract to the Sabres until the end of August but Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier said he has granted “more than one” [...]Read More

Funk and Sekera looking for big seasons!

July 17, 2007 - By

As the Rochester Americans battled the Hamilton Bulldogs at the end of the 06/07 season in the playoffs, besides the outstanding goal tending by Corey Price of the Crunch, our defense were too bruised to hold off the Bulldogs.  As we head into the upcoming season Michael Funk and Andrej Sekera are hoping to make a big difference on the Rochester Americans team.

Two current defenseman for the Sabres, Jaroslav Spacek and Dmitri Kalinin were criticized for their performances during the playoffs, Funk and Sekera have their sights set on improving their play to one day replace them.  Great news for them, let’s just hope the Sabres have some defenseman to replace them on the Amerks if the day comes!

07/17/07 Buffalo News Article

Funk, Sekera seeing spots Young defensemen ready if Kalinin, Spacek falter

By John Vogl NEWS SPORTS REPORTER
Updated: 07/17/07 7:02 AM

 Sometimes, it’s all about taking advantage of someone elses misfortune. Michael Funk and Andrej Sekera are working hard to do just that.

The Buffalo Sabres prospects are focused on themselves this summer, striving to improve every area as their second pro season approaches. If the defensemen don’t get better, their chances of advancing [...]Read More