Posts Tagged ‘Don Stevens’

Amerks to Televise 11 Home Games on Time Warner

October 17, 2011 - By
Amerks to Televise 11 Home Games on Time Warner

The Amerks announced today that they’ll have 11 home games televised on Time Warner Cable SportsNet, a big difference from every game that’s been televised in recent seasons.  Whether or not having all games on TV helped or hurt the team is a discussion that could go on forever.  The games will be on Channel 26 or HD Channel 1026 in Rochester.  Since games in previous seasons were also broadcast in Buffalo these should be as well.

Below is a schedule of games and more info:



Mike Catalana joins the broadcast team of Don Stevens and Ric Seiling as host

(Rochester, NY)…   Rochester Americans Vice President of Business Operations Rob Kopacz announced today that Time Warner Cable SportsNet will televise 11 regular season Amerks games during the 2011-12 American Hockey League season.

The televised games will be simulcast with the Amerks radio broadcasts, meaning Hall of Fame play-by-play broadcaster Don Stevens, the Voice of the Amerks now in his 26th season with the club, will be joined by color analyst and former Sabre Ric Seiling in the broadcast booth.Mike Catalana, sports director for 13WHAM News, Rochester’s ABC affiliate, [...]Read More

Amerks Summer News Stories, Getting Caught Up

August 12, 2009 - By

It has been a busy summer for the Rochester Americans with a lot of great news and a couple of stories that have generated some bad press.  Looking at the bigger picture it has been a positive summer.  Here’s the start of “round up” type posts I’ll be doing once the season gets started.  There’s always a lot of news but not always enough to make an individual post for.  They’re also a great way for people to get caught up that may not read this site or the news all that often.

Here’s what has happened so far this summer:

** Training camp for the Amerks has not even been announced yet but the doesn’t mean some Amerks aren’t back on the ice already.  The Rochester Americans Summer Hockey Camps are underway at ESL being led by Amerks assistant coach Jason Cipolla.  It’s great to see so many kids sporting the Amerks logo playing hockey, a sign that the season is close.

** Matt Duffy is still an unsigned draft pick of the Florida Panthers.  He was drafted in the fourth round and #104 overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.  When his season ended with the University of [...]Read More

Amerks Announcer Don Stevens on Versus

August 5, 2009 - By

If you’ve missed hearing the voice of Don Stevens calling an Amerks hockey game all summer then you’ll be able to hear him on August 29th at 3pm on Versus as he does play by play for the Major League Roller Hockey Pro Tour Championship game.

I know that roller hockey is a popular sport, but I had no idea that this league existed.  If it wasn’t for Don Stevens doing play by play I probably never would have found this.  How many people really tune into Versus at 3pm on a Saturday?  Hit the guide button now on your DVR remote and set this to record.

Here’s the rest of the release from the league:

Major League Roller Hockey (MLRH)  has announced an agreement with the VERSUS Network to broadcast an MLRH Roller Hockey Special featuring the MLRH Pro Tour Championship game and the CO-ED Slamm Hockey Championships.  The program is set to air Saturday, August 29 at 3:00 PM EST.  The telecast marks the first time in over ten years that roller hockey will be seen on Network TV.

The Championships were played at the Pepsi Center in Buffalo and will be packaged into a one hour special.  [...]Read More

More Bad Press for Amerks

July 28, 2009 - By

The news on Monday that Fred Costello would not be returning as organist for the Rochester Americans did not have to be that big of a story but it’s turned into one.  The reason?  The way Amerks President Lewis Staats is being portrayed as handling the situation.

It also doesn’t help that this made the front page of this mornings sports section in the Democrat and Chronicle.

This quote in the D&C from Costello sums up the situation, “It’s not the fact that they made a move. It’s how I was told.”

Every sports fan in Rochester knows Fred Costello from Amerks and Rochester Red Wings games for playing the organ.  He plays the music.  That’s the way it is and has always been.

John Catalano, the Amerks vice president of production and marketing was also quoted in the D&C saying, “We realize this is not a popular decision, but sometimes unpopular decisions need to be made.”

When an unpopular decision like this is going to be made it needs to be handled a little more delicately.  All one has to do is look at the comments attached to the article in the Democrat and Chronicle.

If the team had [...]Read More

Winning is Everything for Chris Taylor

July 16, 2009 - By

The Rochester Americans put the icing on the cake Thursday afternoon by signing veteran center Chris Taylor to a 2yr American Hockey League contract.  The ownership was not joking around when they said they would be bringing in veteran leadership once free agency began.

The veteran leadership that Chris Taylor will bring to the Amerks locker room is something that has been missing in recent years.  Taylor said, “I play hockey to win, I don’t play hockey to play hockey.  I want to win and expect everyone in this dressing room wants to win.”

“This is one of those times when we can take something good that was there in the past and bring it into today to help him and help us,” Lewis Staats said before introducing Taylor.

Over the past two weeks the Rochester Americans and Florida Panthers have made a strong statement that they’re committed to winning by signing Jeff Taffe, Jamie Johnson, Clay Wilson, Graham Fink, and now Chris Taylor.

Any time a player signs a contract with a team they will say that they’re excited, most of the time they are and at other times it’s just good public relations.  When Chris Taylor said he’s [...]Read More

Amerks Announce Major Press Conference

June 30, 2009 - By

The Rochester Americans sent out a notice this afternoon that they will be hosting a major press conferenc on Wednesday afternoon to announce the new VP of Hockey Operations.  My guess was that they would be announcing that this is the new role of Jody Gage, but someone who supposedly knows the situation said it is not.

I’ll be there for the announcement and will post live on the @LetsGoAmerks Twitter account when we learn who it is.  It’s sort of exciting not knowing something ahead of time, here’s hoping it’s an exciting announcement.

Given that tomorrow is July 1st, the start of free agency hopefully we’ll be able to get more information about players being signed or the direction they’re looking to go.

In attendance will be Curt Styres (Owner and CEO of the Rochester Americans), Lewis Staats (President of the Rochester Americans), Don Stevens (Voice of the Rochester Americans), and of course the new VP of Hockey Operations.

Stay Tuned!!