NHL Entry Draft
The NHL Entry Draft is an annual meeting in which every franchise of the National Hockey League systematically select the rights to available ice hockey players who meet draft eligibility requirements. The NHL Entry Draft is held once every year within two to three months after the conclusion of the previous season. During the draft, teams take turns selecting amateur players from junior or collegiate leagues and professional players from European leagues; the first draft was held in 1963, has been held every year since. The NHL Entry Draft was known as the NHL Amateur Draft until 1979; the entry draft has only been a public event since 1980, a televised event since 1984. Up to 1994, the order was determined by the standings at the end of the regular season. In 1995, the NHL Draft Lottery was introduced where only teams who had missed the playoffs could participate; the one lottery winner would move up the draft order a maximum of four places, meaning only the top five-placed teams could pick first in the draft, no team in the non-playoff group could move down more than one place.
The chances of winning the lottery were weighted towards the teams at the bottom of the regular season standings. Beginning in 2013, the limit of moving up a maximum of four places in the draft order was eliminated, so the lottery winner would automatically receive the first overall pick, any teams above it in the draft order would still move down one spot; the first NHL Entry Draft was held on June 5, 1963 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Quebec. Any amateur player under the age of 20 was eligible to be drafted. In 1979, the rules were changed allowing players who had played professionally to be drafted; this rule change was made to facilitate the absorption of players from the defunct World Hockey Association. The name of the draft was changed from "NHL Amateur Draft" to "NHL Entry Draft". Beginning in 1980, any player, between the ages of 18 and 20 is eligible to be drafted. In addition, any non-North American player over the age of 20 can be selected. From 1987 through 1991, 18 and 19-year-old players could only be drafted in the first three rounds unless they met another criterion of experience which required them to have played in major junior, U.
S. college and high school, or European hockey. In 1980, the Entry Draft became a public event, was held at the Montreal Forum. Prior to that year the Entry Draft was conducted in Montreal hotels or league offices and was closed to the general public; the first draft outside of Montreal was held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario, in 1985. Live television coverage of the draft began in 1984 when the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation covered the event in both English and French for Canadian audiences; the 1987 Entry Draft, held at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, was the first NHL Draft to be held in the United States. SportsChannel America began covering the event in the United States in 1989. Prior to the development of the Draft, NHL teams sponsored junior teams, signed prospects in their teens to the junior teams. Players were signed to one of three forms: the "A" form; the "C" form could only be signed by the player at age eighteen or by the player's parents in exchange for some signing bonus.
The first drafts were held to assign players who had not signed with an NHL organization before the sponsorship of junior teams was discontinued after 1968. The selection order in the NHL Entry Draft is determined by a combination of lottery, regular season standing, playoff results. While teams are permitted to trade draft picks both during the draft and prior to it, in all cases, the selection order of the draft picks is based on the original holder of the pick, not a team which may have acquired the pick via a trade or other means; the order of picks discussed in this section always references the original team. The basic order of the NHL Entry Draft is determined based on the standings of the teams in the previous season; as with the other major sports leagues, the basic draft order is intended to favour the teams with the weakest performance who need the most improvement in their roster to compete with the other teams. Subject to the results of the NHL Draft Lottery, the teams pick in the same order each round, with each team getting one pick per round.
The basic order of the picks is determined as follows: The teams that did not qualify for the playoffs the previous season The teams that made the playoffs in the previous season but did not win either their division in the regular season or play in the Conference Finals The teams that won their divisions in the previous season but did not play in the Conference Finals The teams that lose in Conference Finals The team, the runner-up in the Stanley Cup Finals The team that won the Stanley Cup in the previous season The number of teams in the second and third group depends on whether the Conference finalists won their division. The teams in each group are ordered within that group based on their point totals in the preceding regular season. Tie-breakers are governed by the same rule
The Buffalo Sabres are a professional ice hockey team based in Buffalo, New York. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League; the team was established in 1970, along with the Vancouver Canucks, when the league expanded to 14 teams. They have played at KeyBank Center since 1996. Prior to that, the Buffalo Sabres played at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium from the start of the franchise in 1970; the Sabres are owned by Terry Pegula, who purchased the club in 2011. The team has twice advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals, losing to the Philadelphia Flyers in 1975 and to the Dallas Stars in 1999; the best known line in team history is The French Connection, which consisted of Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin and Rene Robert. All three players have had their sweater numbers retired and a statue erected in their honor at KeyBank Center in 2012; the Sabres, along with the Vancouver Canucks, joined the NHL in the 1970–71 season. Their first owners were Seymour H. Knox III and Northrup Knox, scions of a family long prominent in Western New York and grandsons of the co-founders of the Woolworth's variety store chain.
On the team's inaugural board of directors were Robert E. Rich, Jr. the owner of the Buffalo Bisons minor league baseball team. Buffalo had a history of professional hockey. Wanting a name other than "bison", the Knoxes commissioned a name-the-team contest. With names like "Mugwumps", "Buzzing Bees" and "Flying Zeppelins" being entered, the winning choice, "Sabres", was chosen because Seymour Knox felt a sabre, a weapon carried by a leader, could be effective on offense and defense; the Knoxes tried twice before to get an NHL team, first when the NHL expanded in 1967, again when they attempted to purchase the Oakland Seals with the intent of moving them to Buffalo. Their first attempt was thwarted when Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney persuaded his horse racing friends James and Bruce Norris to select Pittsburgh over Buffalo, while the second attempt was due to the NHL not wanting an expansion market to give up on a team so soon. At the time of their creation, the Sabres exercised their option to create their own AHL farm team, the Cincinnati Swords.
Former Toronto Maple Leafs general manager and head coach Punch Imlach was hired in the same capacity with the Sabres. The year the Sabres debuted was an important year for major league sports in Buffalo. In addition to the Sabres' debut, the Buffalo Bills joined the National Football League, the National Basketball Association's Buffalo Braves began to play, sharing Memorial Auditorium with the Sabres; the city of Buffalo went from having no teams in the established major professional sports leagues to three in one off-season, a situation that proved to be unsustainable. Between the Braves and the Sabres, the Sabres would prove to be by far the more successful of the two. Subsequent owners of the Braves, in a series of convoluted transactions tied to the ABA–NBA merger, moved the team out of Buffalo; when the Sabres debuted as an expansion team, they took the ice to Aram Khachaturian's Armenian war dance, "Sabre Dance". The song has been associated with the team as an unofficial anthem since.
It is played between periods and after goals. The consensus was that first pick in the 1970 NHL Amateur Draft would be junior phenomenon Gilbert Perreault. Either the Sabres or the Canucks would get the first pick, to be determined with the spin of a roulette wheel. Perreault was available to the Sabres and Canucks as this was the first year the Montreal Canadiens did not have a priority right to draft Quebec-born junior players; the Canucks were allocated numbers 1–10 on the wheel, while the Sabres had 11–20. When league president Clarence Campbell spun the wheel, he thought the pointer landed on one. While Campbell was congratulating the Vancouver delegation, Imlach asked Campbell to check again; as it turned out, the pointer was on 11 handing Perreault to the Sabres. Perreault scored 38 goals in his rookie season of 1970–71, at the time a record for most goals scored by a NHL rookie, he received the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's rookie of the year. Despite Perreault's play, the Sabres finished well out of playoff contention.
In the team's second season, 1971–72, rookie Rick Martin, drafted fifth overall by Buffalo in 1971, Rene Robert, acquired in a late-season trade from the Pittsburgh Penguins, joined Perreault and would become one of the league's top forward lines in the 1970s. Martin broke Perreault's record at once with 44 rookie goals, they were nicknamed "The French Connection" after the movie of the same name and in homage to their French-Canadian roots. The Sabres made the playoffs for the first time in 1972–73, just the team's third year in the league, but lost in the quarterfinals in six games to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens. After a subpar year in 1974 that saw them miss the playoffs, the Sabres tied for the best record in the NHL in the 1974–75 regular season. Buffalo advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in
1985–86 NHL season
The 1985–86 NHL season was the 69th season of the National Hockey League. This season saw the league's Board of Governors introduce the Presidents' Trophy, which would go to the team with the best overall record in the NHL regular season; the Edmonton Oilers would be the first winners of this award. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Calgary Flames four games to one in the final series to win the Stanley Cup. On June 13, 1985, the NHL board of governors voted 17–4 in favour of amending a penalty rule. Coincidental minor penalties would result in 4-on-4 play; the amendment allowed teams to substitute another player to keep the play 5-on-5. It was seen by many as a shot at trying to slow down the high-flying Edmonton Oilers. Wayne Gretzky was quoted as saying, "I think. I think the NHL should be more concerned with butt-ending and three-hour hockey games than getting rid of 4-on-4 situations." It wasn't until 1993, with the Oiler dynasty a thing of the past, that the NHL reverted to the original 4-on-4 rules.
The Edmonton Oilers once again regained control of top spot in the NHL and last year's best team, the Philadelphia Flyers slipped to second. The Flyers continued their dominance of the Wales Conference despite the death of their Vezina-winning goaltender, Pelle Lindbergh, in a car accident on November 11. Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky won his seventh straight Hart Memorial Trophy and his sixth straight Art Ross Trophy; this season saw Gretzky score 52 goals, set records of 163 assists and 215 points. This was the fourth time in five years. Edmonton's defenceman Paul Coffey broke Bobby Orr's record for most goals in a season by a defenceman by scoring 48 times. Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF= Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points, PIM = Penalty Minutes The playoffs of 1986 saw three first place teams eliminated in the opening round and the fourth, bowed out in the second; the Montreal Canadiens decided to go with a rookie goaltender by the name of Patrick Roy. This decision proved to be a good one just like when the Canadiens rode rookie goalie Ken Dryden to a Stanley Cup championship in 1971.
In the Final, the Canadiens beat the Calgary Flames, who were riding a rookie netminder, Mike Vernon. Patrick Roy won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP and had a sparkling 1.92 goals against average along with 15 wins. The 1986 Stanley Cup playoffs are the last time to date that all active Canadian teams have qualified in the same season, it is the second time that all seven active teams at the time qualified, the first occurring three years earlier. The Hartford Whalers won their only playoff series during their tenure in Hartford against the Quebec Nordiques. Source: NHL Source: NHL New Jersey Devils: Tom McVie New York Islanders: Al Arbour New York Rangers: Ted Sator Philadelphia Flyers: Mike Keenan Pittsburgh Penguins: Bob Berry Washington Capitals: Bryan Murray Boston Bruins: Butch Goring Buffalo Sabres: Jim Schoenfeld and Scotty Bowman Hartford Whalers: Jack Evans Montreal Canadiens: Jean Perron Quebec Nordiques: Michel Bergeron Chicago Black Hawks: Bob Pulford Detroit Red Wings: Harry Neale and Brad Park Minnesota North Stars: Lorne Henning St. Louis Blues: Jacques Demers Toronto Maple Leafs: Dan Maloney Calgary Flames: Bob Johnson Edmonton Oilers: Glen Sather Los Angeles Kings: Pat Quinn Vancouver Canucks: Tom Watt Winnipeg Jets: Barry Long and John Ferguson, Sr.
The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1985–86: Bill Ranford, Boston Bruins Daren Puppa, Buffalo Sabres Brian Bradley, Calgary Flames Gary Suter, Calgary Flames Brett Hull*, Calgary Flames Adam Oates, Detroit Red Wings Petr Klima, Detroit Red Wings Bob Probert, Detroit Red Wings Shayne Corson, Montreal Canadiens Kirk McLean, New Jersey Devils Craig Wolanin, New Jersey Devils Scott Mellanby, Philadelphia Flyers Craig Simpson, Pittsburgh Penguins Jeff Brown, Quebec Nordiques Cliff Ronning*, St. Louis Blues Wendel Clark, Toronto Maple Leafs Dave Lowry, Vancouver Canucks Jim Sandlak, Vancouver Canucks The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1985–86: Tom Lysiak, Chicago Black Hawks Mike Rogers, Edmonton Oilers Mario Tremblay, Montreal Canadiens Bob Nystrom, New York Islanders Pelle Lindbergh, Philadelphia Flyers Denis Herron, Pittsburgh Penguins Don Edwards, Toronto Maple Leafs Marian Stastny, Toronto Maple Leafs Jiri Bubla, Vancouver Canucks Dan Bouchard, Winnipeg Jets Trading deadline: March 11, 1986.
March 8, 1986: John Anderson traded from Quebec to Hartford for Risto Siltanen. March 10, 1986: Peter Andersson traded from Washington to Quebec for Quebec's third round choice in 1986 Entry Draft. March 10, 1986: Reed Larson traded from Detroit to Boston for Mike O'Connell. March 10, 1986: Darren Veitch traded from Washington to Detroit for John Barrett and Greg Smith. March 11, 1986: Bob Crawford traded from Hartford to NY Rangers for Mike McEwen. March 11, 1986: Ron Duguay traded from Detroit to Pittsburgh for Doug Shedden. March 11, 1986: Dwight Foster traded from Detroit to Boston for Dave Donnelly. March 11, 1986: Nick Fotiu traded from NY Rangers to Calgary for future considerations. March 11, 1986: Glenn Resch traded from New Jersey to Philadelphia for Philadelphia's third round choice in 1986 Entry Draft. March 11, 1986: Phil Russell traded from New Jersey to Buffalo for Buffalo's 12th round choice in 1986 Entry Draft. March 11, 1986: John Tonelli traded from NY Islanders to Calgary for Steve Konroyd and Richard Kromm.
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American Hockey League
The American Hockey League is a professional ice hockey league based in the United States and Canada that serves as the primary developmental league for the National Hockey League. Since the 2010–11 season, every team in the league has an affiliation agreement with one NHL team; when NHL teams do not have an AHL affiliate, players are assigned to AHL teams affiliated with other NHL teams. Twenty-seven AHL teams are located in the United States and the remaining four are in Canada; the league offices are located in Springfield and its current president is David Andrews. In general, a player must be at least 18 years of age to play in the AHL or not be beholden to a junior ice hockey team; the league limits the number of experienced professional players on a team's active roster during any given game. The AHL allows for practice squad contracts; the annual playoff champion is awarded the Calder Cup, named for Frank Calder, the first President of the NHL. The reigning champions are the Toronto Marlies.
The AHL traces its origins directly to two predecessor professional leagues: the Canadian-American Hockey League, founded in 1926, the first International Hockey League, established in 1929. Although the Can-Am League never operated with more than six teams, the departure of the Boston Bruin Cubs after the 1935–36 season reduced it down to just four member clubs – the Springfield Indians, Philadelphia Ramblers, Providence Reds, New Haven Eagles – for the first time in its history. At the same time, the then-rival IHL lost half of its eight members after the 1935–36 season leaving it with just four member teams: the Buffalo Bisons, Syracuse Stars, Pittsburgh Hornets, Cleveland Falcons. With both leagues down to the bare minimum in membership, the governors of each recognized the need for action to assure their member clubs' long-term survival, their solution was to play an interlocking schedule. While the Can-Am League was based in the Northeast and the IHL in the Great Lakes, their footprints were close enough for this to be a viable option.
The two older leagues' eight surviving clubs began joint play in November 1936 as a new two-division "circuit of mutual convenience" known as the International-American Hockey League. The four Can-Am teams became the I-AHL East Division, with the IHL quartet playing as the West Division; the IHL contributed its former championship trophy, the F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy, which would go to the regular-season winners of the merged league's West Division until 1952. The Oke Trophy is now awarded to the regular-season winners of the AHL's Northeast Division. A little more than a month into that first season, the balance and symmetry of the new combined circuit suffered a setback when its membership unexpectedly fell to seven teams; the West's Buffalo Bisons were forced to cease operations on December 6, 1936, after playing just 11 games, because of what proved to be insurmountable financial problems and lack of access to a suitable arena. The makeshift new I-AHL played out the rest of its first season with just seven teams.
At the end of the 1936–37 season, a modified three-round playoff format was devised and a new championship trophy, the Calder Cup, was established. The Syracuse Stars defeated the Philadelphia Ramblers in the final, three-games-to-one, to win the first-ever Calder Cup championship; the Calder Cup continues on today as the AHL's playoff championship trophy. After two seasons of interlocking play, the governors of the two leagues' seven active teams met in New York City on June 28, 1938, agreed that it was time to formally consolidate. Maurice Podoloff of New Haven, the former head of the Can-Am League, was elected the I-AHL's first president; the former IHL president, John Chick of Windsor, became vice-president in charge of officials. The new I-AHL added an eighth franchise at the 1938 meeting to fill the void in its membership left by the loss of Buffalo two years earlier with the admission of the two-time defending Eastern Amateur Hockey League champion Hershey Bears; the Bears remain the only one of these eight original I-AHL/AHL franchises to have been represented in the league without interruption since the 1938–39 season.
The newly merged circuit increased its regular-season schedule for each team by six games from 48 to 54. After the 1939–40 season the I-AHL renamed itself the American Hockey League, it enjoyed both consistent success on the ice and relative financial stability over its first three decades of operation. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the cost of doing business in professional ice hockey began to rise with NHL expansion and relocation and the 1972 formation of the World Hockey Association, which forced the relocation and subsequent folding of the Cleveland Barons, Baltimore Clippers, Quebec Aces; the number of major-league teams competing for players rose from six to thirty in just seven years. Player salaries at all levels shot up with the increased demand and competition for their services; this did not seem to affect the AHL at first, as it expanded to 12 teams by 1970. However, to help compensate for the rise in player salaries, many NHL clubs cut back on the number of p
Thomas Patrick Barrasso is an American professional ice hockey coach and former player. Barrasso was a goaltender for 18 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins, Ottawa Senators, Carolina Hurricanes, Toronto Maple Leafs, St. Louis Blues, he was the only goaltender to play in the NHL directly from high school, without having played major junior, college, or some other form of professional hockey first. He was the youngest winner of the league's Vezina Trophy for best goaltender, as an 18-year-old rookie in 1984, he was the youngest goaltender to win Calder Memorial Trophy, a record he still holds as of the end of 2017-18 season. Barrasso was a member of successive Stanley Cup championship teams in 1991 and 1992 with the Pittsburgh Penguins, he was inducted as a member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009. After retiring from active play, Barrasso was an assistant coach and in charge of goaltending development for the Carolina Hurricanes for five years.
In June 2012, Barrasso joined former Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice on the coaching staff at Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the Kontinental Hockey League. In 2016 he joined Asiago Hockey in the Alps Hockey League as their head coach, winning the championship during the 2017-18 season. In October 2018, Barasso left Asiago to become head coach of the Sheffield Steelers of the EIHL. Barrasso grew up in the town of Stow, playing ice hockey on an outdoor rink, he started playing goaltender at the age of five years and by the time he was a teenager, was playing in net for Acton-Boxborough with fellow NHL players Bob Sweeney and Jeff Norton, Barrasso was considered one of the most promising American goaltending prospects of all time. He was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres with the 5th overall pick in 1983. Skipping a college career, he went straight from high school to the NHL. At the time of his debut with the Sabres on October 5, 1983, less than six months after graduating from high school, Barrasso was the youngest goaltender to play and win a game in the NHL since Harry Lumley nearly forty years prior.
He won the Calder Memorial Trophy and Vezina Trophy in his first season, becoming the third player to win both awards in the same year. November 12, 1988, the Sabres traded Barrasso with a 3rd round draft pick in the 1990 draft to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Doug Bodger and Darrin Shannon, he won the Stanley Cup twice, in 1991 and 1992. It was his play in these Cup runs that established him as a "money goalie". In the following years, Barrasso entirely missed two seasons, the 1994–95 NHL season and the 1996–97 NHL season with injuries but came back with good performances in the next years. In 1997, he became the first American goaltender to record 300 NHL wins. A fiercely proud competitor, in his seasons in Pittsburgh he developed a strained relationship with the local media, who he felt were disrespectful of him and his family. In March 2000, he was traded to the Ottawa Senators for Janne Laukkanen, he spent the entire 2000–01 season out of hockey and returned with the Carolina Hurricanes in time for the 2001–02 season.
He enjoyed some late international success. In his last few seasons he played for several teams, the Ottawa Senators, the Carolina Hurricanes, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the St. Louis Blues until retiring from ice hockey in 2003, he signed a pro forma contract with Pittsburgh on the day he declared retirement so he could leave hockey as a Penguin. Barrasso won an Olympic silver medal as part of the U. S. national men's ice hockey team at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City. He played in one game, an 8–1 victory over Belarus on February 18. Barrasso had intended to play for the 1984 U. S. Olympic team in Sarajevo, but chose to begin his professional career instead and left the team in September 1983 to sign with the Sabres, he made his debut for Team USA at the 1984 Canada Cup, at the age of 19. He played in the 1983 World Junior Championships, the 1986 World Ice Hockey Championships and the 1987 Canada Cup. Barrasso was goaltending coach and assistant coach of the Carolina Hurricanes. In the 2012–13 season he moved to KHL's Metallurg Magnitogorsk as assistant coach.
During the Summer of 2015 Slovan Bratislava hired Barrasso as goaltending coach, but on October 31 he left the team and moved to Italy's Valpellice as head coach. The team refused to join the newly founded Alps Hockey League. Barrasso, did not leave Italy: he moved to Asiago as head coach. Barasso was named as Head Coach of the Sheffield Steelers in the EIHL in October 2018. Barrasso and his wife, Megan have three daughters. Barrasso founded the Ashley Barrasso Cancer Research Fund during the early 1990s after his oldest daughter survived a bout with neuroblastoma cancer. Most NHL assists by a goaltender - 48 Most NHL points by a goaltender - 48 Most consecutive NHL playoff wins - 14 Shares record for most consecutive wins in one NHL playoff season - 11 in 1992 Shares record for most wins in one NHL playoff season - 16 2nd most wins by a US born Goaltender 1984 - Calder Memorial Trophy 1984 - Vezina Trophy 1984 - NHL First All-Star Team 1985 - NHL Second All-Star Team 1985 - William M. Jennings Trophy 1985 - Played in NHL All-Star Game 1991 - Stanley Cup champion 1992 - Stanley Cup champion 1993 - NHL Second All-Star Team #17 all time in Wins in regular season with.
#9 all time in Saves with in regular season career. #13 all time in Playoff Wins with. 2002 - Olympic ice h
Kirkland Lake is a town and municipality in Timiskaming District in Northeastern Ontario, Canada. The 2016 population, according to Statistics Canada, was 7,981; the community name was based on a nearby lake which in turn was named after Winnifred Kirkland, a secretary of the Ontario Department of Mines in Toronto. The lake was named by surveyor Louis Rorke in 1907. Ms Kirkland never visited the town, the lake that bore her name no longer exists because of mine tailings; the community comprises Kirkland Lake,as well as Swastika, Chaput Hughes and Morrisette Twp. Kirkland Lake was built on gold, but it is well known for producing world-famous hockey players. Indeed, legendary hockey broadcaster Foster Hewitt called Kirkland Lake "the town that made the NHL." The town celebrated this via Hockey Heritage North, renamed in the meantime to Heritage North. Until January 1, 1972, the town was known as Township of Teck. A by-law was introduced, on July 20, 1971 to change the municipality's name to Town of Kirkland Lake, effective January 1, 1972.
Tom Price discovered a boulder containing gold on a visit to the area in 1906. In 1911, important claims were made along the Main Break. John Hunton staked claims on 18 Feb. 1911, which were incorporated as the Hunton Gold Mines Ltd. in April 1914 becoming part of the Amalgamated Kirkland. Stephen Orr filed claims on 22 Feb. 1911, the basis for the Teck-Hughes Mine and the Orr Gold Mines Ltd, incorporated in June 1913. George Minaker staked claims on 23 Feb. 1911, part of which he sold to Oakes in Sept. 1912, becoming part of the Lake Shore Mine. John Reamsbottom filed claims on 18 April 1911. C. A. McKane staked claims on 20 April 1911. A. Maracle staked claims on 5 June 1911. Melville McDougall staked claims on 27 June 1911, which he transferred to Oakes on 6 Sept. 1912, became the part of the Lake Shore Mine. Jack Matchett staked a claim on 7 July 1911 acquired by Oakes, which became part of the Townsite Mine. On 10 July 1911, Dave Elliott staked claims. "Swift" Burnside staked claims on 26–28 July 1911 which became part of the Tough-Oakes Burnside Mine.
Bill Wright filed claims on 27–29 July 1911, on 16 Sept. 1911 with his brother-in-law Ed. Hargreaves, which became part of the Sylvanite Mine; this claim extended into the lake's southeastern portion. More Wright found free gold near the future site of the Discovery Shaft. Ed. Horne staked a claim on 12 Oct. 1911, which became part of the Townsite Mine, the incorporation of Kirkland Townsite Gold Mines Ltd. in 1917. On 8 Jan. 1912, Harry Oakes partnered with the Tough brothers plus Clem. Foster, who owned the Foster Silver Mine in Cobalt, staked claims which incorporated the No. 2 Vein and led to the incorporation of Tough-Oakes Gold Mines Ltd. in 1913. Oakes filed additional claims on 30 July 1912, Wright on 26 Aug. 1912, both within the lake and becoming parts of the Lake Shore Mine. By 1914, there was one mine in operation, the Tough-Oakes, which included electric power transmitted from Charlton. A settlement had formed at the southwest arm of the lake, which included a post office, stores and a hotel.
In order to maximize taxation revenue from existing and potential mines in the area, the six square mile Municipal Corporation of the Township of Teck was formed with Wellington J. McLeod as the first reeve in 1919, their first task was the establishment of public utilities, including roads and water pipes, in the growing area. Kirkland Lake had numerous mines, in the early years, including the Teck-Hughes, Lake Shore, Kirkland Minerals, Wright-Hargreaves, Tough-Oakes-Burnside, Macassa Mine; the Kirkland Lake camp produced $636,667 worth of gold in 1918 and that rose to a value of $17,000,000 in 1930. As Pain points out, "Kirkland Lake camp came to occupy a position of real importance in the mining world." By 1934 the production had reached 2,000,000 tons were being milled annually. Peak employment of 4761 wage earners occurred in 1939, but that dropped to 2064 by 1944; the 1939 population was 24,200. Early in the Second World War gold production in the area decreased due to personnel being lost to more essential war industries.
In 1942, gold mining was declared a non-essential industry to the war effort which resulted in gold mines across the country being at a lower priority for personnel and supplies relative to producers of base metals. After the war, local soldiers returned to the newly created Federal area in the northern section of the town; the Kirkland Lake Cemetery is a member of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and is the location of the graves of 12 soldiers, 3 airmen of the Canadian forces who died during the Second World War. Kirkland Lake's first fire hall was established in 1935 and the second fire hall in 1955. In 1963 the open pit Adams Mine began developing its iron ore resources; the mine would stay in production until 1990. The Kirkland Lake Community Complex, now the Joe Mavrinac Community Complex, opened in 1979. In the early eighties, LAC Minerals reopened the main shaft of the Lake Shore Mine and worked it from 1982 to 1987 to extract pockets of gold, left behind. Between 1987 and 1991 Vancouver based Eastmaque Gold Mines reprocessed tailings, or "slimes", from early inefficient mill operations, extracting 70,000 ounces of gold.
Between October and December 1988, Kirkland Lake was the filming location for the drama film Termini Station. On the morning of Sunday, May 20, 2012, a forest fire was discovered about 3 km north of Kirkla
RPI Engineers men's ice hockey
The RPI Engineers men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I college ice hockey program that represents Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The Engineers are a member of ECAC Hockey, they play at the Houston Field House in New York. Men's ice hockey at RPI is one of the oldest programs in the United States; the team played as an independent NCAA Division I team from its inception in 1901 through 1938. The team resumed after World War II for the 1949–50 season, in the following season Rensselaer joined Clarkson, Middlebury, St. Lawrence, Williams to form the Tri-State League for the 1950–51 season; the next three seasons, the 1952–1954 team won the Tri-State League season championships. RPI's first NCAA Tournament berth in 1953, coming in third, the following season in 1954 the team won its first NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Championship. After a six-year drought the program again made the NCAA Tournament in 1961; the 1960–61 season would be the last season RPI competed in the Tri-State League, as RPI and fellow Tri-State League members Clarkson and St. Lawrence joined the new ECAC Hockey League.
Depending on how the rules are interpreted, the RPI men's ice hockey team may have the longest winning streak on record for a Division I team. Continuing into the 1985–86 season, RPI continued undefeated over 38 games, including two wins over Toronto. Adam Oates and Daren Puppa, two players during that time, both went on to become stars in the NHL. Joe Juneau, who played from 1987 to 1991 spent many years in the NHL. Graeme Townshend, who played in the late 1980s, had a brief NHL career, he is the first person of Jamaican ancestry to play in the National Hockey League. The hockey team plays a significant role in the campus's culture, drawing thousands of fans each week to the Houston Field House during the season; the team's popularity sparked the tradition of the hockey line, where students lined up for season tickets months in advance of the on-sale date. Today, the line begins a week or more before ticket sales. Another tradition since 1978 has been the "Big Red Freakout!" Game held close to the first weekend of February.
Fans dress in the schools colors Red and White, gifts such as tee-shirts are distributed en masse. From 1995 to 2009, RPI's Division III teams were known as the Red Hawks; however the hockey, cross-country and track and field teams all chose to retain the longstanding Engineers name. The Red Hawks name was, at the time unpopular among the student body; this was a major factor behind "Engineers" being restored for all teams in 2009. The official hockey mascot, The Puckman–an anthropomorphic hockey puck with an engineer's helmet–has always been popular; the RPI Engineers men's ice hockey plays between 35 and 42 regular season games per season in the ECAC Hockey Conference. They usually play one exhibition game against a Canadian college hockey team from Ontario, Nova Scotia, or Quebec. During the season, RPI will play 22 conference games against the other 11 teams in the ECAC. RPI will play each team home game at the Houston Field House and each away game at the respective university's campus; the conference games are played on Friday and Saturday nights, with the ECAC scheduling reflecting the Ivy League scheduling of having traveling partners.
RPI's travel partner has been Union College. They play 10-12 non-conference games against teams not in the ECAC; these games take place at the beginning of the season in October and around the Thanksgiving and New Year holidays. RPI plays one non-conference game against their Capital District geographic rival, Union, at the Times Union Center on the last Saturday of January in what has become known as the Mayor's Cup. RPI has opened ECAC Hockey conference play on the last weekend of October against Union since the 2012-13 season; the first conference home game is known as Black Friday or Black Saturday which alternates each year. Other highlights of the season include the Big Red Freakout, played on the last or second to last Saturday home game in February. At the conclusion of the regular season the team will play a minimum of two postseason games in the ECAC Hockey Men's Ice Hockey Tournament in the beginning of March. If RPI wins the ECAC Tournament or is invited to the NCAA Tournament as an at-large team, they would play at least one postseason game in late March in the single elimination tournament.
RPI last played in the NCAA Tournament in 2011. As of August 31, 2017. RPI Engineers men's ice hockey