Posts Tagged ‘The Moose’

Much Delayed 2012 AHL All-Star Game Recap

February 2, 2012 - By
Much Delayed 2012 AHL All-Star Game Recap

The 2012 version of the American Hockey League All-Star festivities ended on Monday night and for the most part I’d say it was another successful event.  The skills competition was “so so” and the game itself didn’t get exciting until the last half of the third period when the West realized it needed to make a comeback.  One of the real highlights was the mascots game during the first intermission and the Hall of Fame induction ceremony featuring Joe Crozier.

(The delayed recap is due to forgetting to hit publish after a well rested night of enjoying Atlantic City and not realizing it until now)

One complaint I heard from people who weren’t there was that they didn’t like the fact that the game wasn’t in a league city.  If you weren’t planning on going anyways does it really matter?  Atlantic City was an excellent host city with a lot to do at all times.  The fact is that cities haven’t been banging down the door trying to host the game so when the opportunity was there for AC the league accepted.

Rob Sanderson (Drop the Puck Radio) and I arrived in Atlantic City a little later than expected [...]Read More

AHL Mascots Help Clear Snow and Entertain Fans

January 21, 2010 - By

One aspect of the AHL All-Star Game and Skills Competition that probably doesn’t get all that much air time is the impact that the mascots have on the crowd.  They entertain fans inside and outside of the building on both days.

Yes, I am writing an article about people wearing costumes.  As I talked to a lot of people at the event it seemed like everyone enjoyed them but they (adults) were not sure if they should admit to it or not.

The Portland Pirates have two mascots, Crackers and Salty Pete.  The city of Portland received over a foot of snow the night before the skills competition so of course there was a lot of digging out to do.  On his way to the arena we caught Crackers helping out a local business with clearing snow off of the sidewalk.

You can view a full gallery of pictures of the mascots we took during the two day event below.

T-Bone from the San Antonio Rampage was clearly the fan favorite during the event as he performed around the arena.  At one point during the game a section chanted his name [...]Read More

Salak Shines in First Period at the AHL All-Star Game

January 19, 2010 - By

Rochester is well represented at this years AHL All-Star Classic event with Graham Mink, Alexander Salak, Keaton Ellerby and also The Moose!

“This is for the fans,” P.K. Subban talked about during an on ice interview to start the game.  It is a great event to see the star players from every team around the league.  The games can go either way.  They can be a snoozefest or an exciting fast paced high scoring event.

Either way, it’s a fun time.

Alexander Salak was the starting goalie for PlanetUSA and only allowed two goals on eight shots.  He almost let in a wrap around goal less than 10 seconds into the game which would have been a new AHL record for fastest goal scored.

The real highlight for Salak though was his antics.  He made three great saves and the crowd acknowledged him with an ovation to which he answered back by waving his glove in the air to the crowd.

He was also given credit for an assist on the third goal of the game for PlanetUSA scored by Brett Sterling from the Chicago Wolves.  Salak’s assist on the third PlanetUSA goal was just the [...]Read More

Sweets in the Suites and a Red Hot Sunday

October 22, 2009 - By

The Amerks play their first earlier Sunday home game of the season this weekend (October 25, 2009) and they have a couple of great promotions to go along with the game.  The game starts at 5:00pm and it’s against the Syracuse Crunch.  It’s a great chance to get out to a game and be home at a decent time.

The team is off to a hot start playing some entertaining hockey.  Tell a friend, pass the word on!!

After Wednesday nights game they’re currently on a four game winning streak prior to this weekends three games in three days.  The team is playing some great hockey especially on their home ice, don’t miss out.

Sweets in the Suites

*** In the spirit of Halloween, the Amerks will again host their third annual “Sweets in the Suites” promotion, courtesy of BJ’s Wholesale Club. Wear your Halloween costume to the game and receive best-available seating for as low as $10.00.  Kids can trick-or-treat, be selected to carve pumpkins or have a chance to win trick-or-treating with The Amerks Moose or Eagle, R. Thunder. The highlight of the evening is the Best Costume Contests with fan voting selecting the [...]Read More

Top Six Amerks Stories That Needed a Followup

August 28, 2009 - By

I’ve posted a number of stories about the Rochester Americans this summer and found six that needed a follow up prior to the new season starting.  If anyone ever comes across something I’ve posted or said in the past that needs correcting please share.

1. This summer the Amerks HAVE done everything they said they were going to do.  A lot of people have been skeptical about the team and changes that were announced at the end of last season and for good reason.  I believe that this organization wants to be open and honest which they have been.

2. The Moose is NOT going anywhere.  I’ve talked to a few people that there was talks at some point but it was probably just one of those things tossed around.  Bottom line – he’s safe as a mascot.

3. Andrew Peters is NOT signing with the Amerks.  There’s no room for him.  The Amerks have six veterans currently signed right now which is the limit in the AHL.  Could that change if one of the current players earns a full time spot in Florida and Peters still needs a job?  Of course, but not likely (although I [...]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 Mascot The Moose in Trouble? E5

July 31, 2009 - By

The mascot for the Rochester Americans, The Moose, could be in jeopardy of being shipped back into the wild.  There have been rumors floating around that The Moose could be replaced by R. Thunder as the teams mascot.

With the recent news this week that Fred Costello would not be returning after 32 years and the news back in May that Jody Gage was no longer going to be General Manager after 14 years it’s not really all that surprising that The Moose could possibly be next.

The first thought about The Moose being released was that there’s no way it could ever happen.  I started asking around and continued to hear that the idea either was brought up or is even still an option.  Over the past couple of years I’ve tried to stay away from reporting rumors, but this one ranks an E5 on Eklunds scale.  I’ve sent numerous emails to people in the front office to comment about this but no one has replied.  I know that others have sent emails as well but and did not receive a reply.

I held off on writing this hoping someone would say, “that’s a crazy idea.”  But apparently it [...]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