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


July 19, 2007 - By



(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

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

Panthers resign Globke, Kreps

July 16, 2007 - By

7/16/2007 2:16:32 PM

Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) – The Florida Panthers announced Monday that forward Rob Globke and center Kamil Kreps accepted their qualifying offers and will return to the Panthers organization for the 2007-08 season.

Kreps, 22, played in 14 games with Florida last season, scoring one goal and one assist.

Globke, 24, played in 19 games for the Panthers in 2006-07 posting one assist.

“Both Kamil and Rob showed progress in their development this past season and stepped in to play when called upon,” Panthers general manager and head coach Jacques Martin said. “We look forward to having them in our organization for another year and watching them continue to progress to the point where they become a regular in the Panthers lineup.”

Buffalo Sabres Rookie Training Camp: A Fan Perspective

July 13, 2007 - By

The familiar crisp icy air felt good on my face. It had been far too long since I had seen the resemblance of hockey. What a perfect opportunity to see the prospects, and the young up-and-comers the Sabres organization had to offer. The opportune remedy to a hockey obsession, in much need of a fix.

The Buffalo Sabres held their Rookie Conditioning Camp from July 6th-11th at the Amherst Pepsi Center and HSBC Arena. The players had off-ice training in the mornings at HSBC arena, followed by on-ice workouts from 5-7 p.m. at the Amherst Pepsi Center.

I had the pleasure of making it out to the camp from the 8th-11th. This is my perspective on the players you can expect to see in the coming years.

I’ll start with the Goalies.

Adam Dennis – Buffalo’s sixth round pick in the 2005 entry draft. Before coming to Rochester last season, he played for the London Knights which were the OHL and Memorial Cup Champions in 2005. He seems to be more mindful when guarding the net, getting the pads much tighter. He is looking great, seems to have stepped his game up. When asked if he thought he would be [...]Read More

Sabres Rookie Camp

July 11, 2007 - By

The Buffalo Sabres wrapped up rookie training camp on Wednesday July 11 with a scrimmage game, we’ll have a more detailed report posted on Thursday.  Until then listen to some reports that WGR 550 has online as well as there own recap here.

2007 Second-round pick TJ Brennan, and 2007 Amerks Marek Zagrapan and Clarke MacArthur talked rookie/prospects camp w/ Nick Mendola. July 11. Sabres Prospects (Brennan, Zagrapan, MacArthur) Wrap Camp With Nick Mendola

Pat Kaleta talks about rookie camp with Howard Pat Kaleta Talks About Rookie Camp With Howard

Panthers make offers to 4 Amerks, 2 left behind

June 27, 2007 - By

The Florida Panthers made qualifying offers to (RW) Rob Globke, (C) Kamil Kreps, (C) Janis Sprukts, and (D) Noah Welch.  (RW) Greg Jacina and (D) Jeremy Swanson were left without offers.

In 19 games played with the Florida Panthers in the 2006-2007 season Rob Globke had 1 assist on March 20th against the Philadelphia Flyers.  In Rochester, Globke had 7 goals and 11 assists for 18 points in 48 games.

Kamil Kreps spent 14 games in Florida where he scored his first NHL goal on April 6th against the Tampa Bay Lightning and had 1 assist.  In Rochester, Kamil Had 35 points including 14 goals in 50 games.

Janis Sprukts also had his first NHL goal on April 6th against the Tampa Bay Lightning.  He spent 13 games in Florida this season and had 3 points.  In Rochester, Sprukts had 18 goals and 41 assists in 58 games.

Scoring his first goal as a Panther, also on April 6th against the Tampa bay Lightning, Noah Welch was brought the Amerks on February 27th, when he was traded to the Florida Panthers by the Penguins in exchange for Gary Roberts.

Great "Americans" Season Ticket Holder Raffle

June 25, 2007 - By

Besides saving up to $40 per ticket, there are other benefits to paying off your season tickets by this Friday.

The best benefit is the “Great ‘Americans’ Season Ticket Holder Raffle.”

All season ticket holders who pay off their 2007/2008 season ticket account by Friday, June 29, will be entered to win extra prizes.  Each season ticket holder will have their name entered once for each seat in their account.

Complete List of Prizes:

2006/07 Patrick Kaleta game worn Amerks jersey
2006/07 Noah Welch game worn Amerks jersey
2006/07 Janis Sprukts game worn Amerks jersey
2006/07 Amerks Autographed Stick
2008 Rochester Knighthawks season tickets (2 seats – $300 value)
4 Amerks suite tickets to a regular season game
Rochester @ Syracuse Bus, Dinner and Game ticket trip for two people (6 packages available)
$25.00 Nathaniel’s Gift Card
All winners of this contest will be notified by phone and a complete list of winners will be posted on http://www.amerks.com/ on Tuesday, July 3, 2007.


June 22, 2007 - By

Welcome to Lets Go Amerks!  As fans of the Rochester Americans we see an opportunity for a site dedicated to news and information about the team.  Over the next few months you’ll probably see a lot of variations of the site as it grows and develops, we’re planning for an ‘official’ launch just before the start of the 2007/2008 season.

Some of the many things we will be covering:

  • Game recaps and highlights
  • Team news
  • Player Stats, Interviews and Profiles
  • News about our Affiliate teams
  • News from around the AHL
  • Relevant NHL news
  • Pictures and Videos
  • The list will continue to expand…

We recognize the great coverage of the Amerks that the D&C, local TV and radio stations, and other print news papers and web sites offer, but in todays world there’s always room for more!

We are looking for a staff of writes, if you’re interested please register on the Forums and send a Private Message to ‘bucky.’

Stay tuned.