Hershey should give thanks for team's loss Flyers' switch to Phantoms opens door to Avalanche

AHL notebook

November 06, 1996|By Phil Jackman | Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF

Feelings still run deep in Hershey over Philadelphia ending its 12-year affiliation with Chocolate Town in order to put its Triple-A team, the Phantoms, into the Spectrum, across the street from the Flyers' new home, the Core- States Whatever.

Hershey should live and let live. It inherited a better team that plays more interesting and successful hockey (as opposed to that waterfront stuff) and the parent Colorado Avalanche organization is winning right now, although.

An outfit called Ascent Entertainment Group owns the Avalanche and the NBA Denver Nuggets and it wants out of McNichols Arena. Trouble is the proposed new Pepsi Center is on hold and the basketball team has 10 years left on a lease. Maybe Quebec wasn't too bad a spot after all.

Hot stuff

Under "Personal" in the thumbnail sketch of backup goalie Todd MacDonald in the media guide of the Carolina Monarchs is "Loaned team account executive Jason Smith his stereo this past off-season." What next, the last time he went in for an oil change?

In 94 regular-season games in their history, the Bandits are 0-35-5 when trailing after two periods. Conversely, Hershey has already won four games this season when trailing after heading into the third period.

Prediction: Next time the Bandits score on a power play, the man scoring the goal and the man credited with the first assist will be called up to Anaheim. The Ducks are having trouble with their power play, going 1-for-38 recently, and the team has a history of panic moves.

Speaking of call-ups, the Monarchs lost trainer Mike Spilman for two games when the Florida Panthers needed him to spell regular trainer Dave Smith, absent as his wife was giving birth to a son.

Still Canada's game

Two-thirds of the 483 players on AHL rosters are Canadian (325). The U.S. has 96 representatives, or about 20 percent. All told, 10 other nationalities are represented and they're all East European or Scandinavian.

Mitch Lamoureux, a guy who has worn more sweaters than Lana Turner in her heyday, just went past the 700-point mark with two goals and an assist for the Providence Bruins to gain the No. 19 spot on the all-time AHL points list.

One of the problems with a minor-league team maintaining affiliations with a couple of NHL clubs is its starting lineup can get wiped out in an instant if both of those clubs suddenly find themselves in need. On the same day recently, Adirondack lost players to Detroit and Tampa Bay.

New man

Sylvain Blouin, who led the AHL in penalty minutes last year, has equaled his goals output of last season already with five. Is it possible he'll cut down the fisticuffs? Friends indicate no way.

Jarrod Skalde, who had eight points in 11 games for the Bandits last year before being traded to Saint John for Bobby Marshall, had four goals, including two game-winners, and three assists as the Flames went 3-0 last week.

Portland's Jaroslav Svejkovsky won Sher-Wood Player of the Week honors by having two goals and five assists as the Pirates were going 2-0-1.

All it took for the Bandits' alter ego, the Mighty Ducks, to record their second victory after a 1-9-2 start is a hat trick by Teemu Selanne.

It's easy to trace future expansion in the AHL by what's going on in the NHL. The Florida Panthers are talking about putting an AHL team in the Miami Arena when they move to their new digs in Broward County and, with West Palm Beach expected in the AHL fold next year or the year after, the league might have a Florida division before Cal Ripken sits out a baseball game.

Pub Date: 11/06/96

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