The Quebec Aces known in French as Les As de Québec, were an amateur and a professional men's ice hockey team from Quebec City, Quebec. The Aces were founded in 1928 by Anglo-Canadian Pulp and Paper Mills, the name Aces standing for Anglo-Canadian Employees with an s to form a plural; the French name was added later. The Aces played from 1930 on playing home games at the Quebec Coliseum. Most notable of the Aces' players was the legendary Jean Béliveau, who played for the Quebec Aces in 1951-52 and 1952-53; the Aces were Allan Cup champions in 1944. The Aces turned professional the following season, joining the Quebec Senior Hockey League, Quebec Hockey League and American Hockey League; the Aces were league champions of the Quebec Hockey League in 1953–54 and 1956–57, winning the Thomas O'Connell Memorial Trophy. The Aces challenged for the Edinburgh Trophy both seasons, versus the Western Hockey League champions, losing in 1953–54 versus the Calgary Stampeders, winning in 1956–67 versus the Brandon Regals.
During the team's years in the AHL, the Aces were the farm club for the Philadelphia Flyers four seasons from 1967 to 1971, giving the early Flyers teams a strong Quebec presence with players such as Andre Lacroix, Jean-Guy Gendron, Simon Nolet, Serge Bernier and Rosaire Paiement, all former Aces. The Flyers owned the "Junior Aces" team which played in the Quebec Junior Hockey League since the 1964–65 season; the Flyers sold the junior team's assets in 1969 to group. Paul Dumont, served as the general manager of the Junior Aces. In 1971, the Flyers chose to relocate their farm team to Virginia; the Aces became the Richmond Robins for the 1971–72 season. 1928–1936 1936–1941 1941–1953 1953–1959 1959–1971 Some results unavailable from 1928 to 1944. † From Quebec played some 4-point games against Victorias and McGill. 1936-41: Source: Ottawa Citizen,1943–44: Ottawa Citizen American Hockey League seasons only. †One game tiebreaker to determine final playoff position. The Aces name was revived by a team from the Ligue nord-américaine de hockey from 1997 to 1998, 2001 to 2003.
The team is now known as Pont Rouge Lois Jeans. Quebec Aces history website
The Binghamton Senators were a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. Nicknamed the B-Sens, they played in Binghamton, New York, at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena; the B-Sens were minor league affiliates of the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League. In 2017, the B-Sens' franchise was relocated by the Ottawa Senators to become the Belleville Senators. Binghamton replaced the franchise with the Binghamton Devils, the AHL franchise of the New Jersey Devils, they were the AHL's 2010–11 Calder Cup champions. The Senators' main rivals were the nearby teams, the Syracuse Crunch, the Rochester Americans, the Albany Devils, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Hershey Bears; the arrival of the B-Sens marked the return of the AHL to the area after a five-year absence. The Rhode Island Reds, a charter member of the AHL, moved to Binghamton in 1977 and played there until 1997, known variously as the Binghamton Dusters, the Binghamton Whalers, the Binghamton Rangers.
While no AHL team played in Binghamton between 1997 and 2002, the market was served by the B. C. Icemen of the United Hockey League; the Binghamton Senators enjoyed a successful 2002–03 inaugural season, going 43–26–9 with 100 points. They breezed by their first two playoff rounds, but were defeated by the Hamilton Bulldogs in five games. By contrast, the 2003–04 season was not as successful as the loss of both Antoine Vermette and Jason Spezza weakened the team, they exited the playoffs in a two-game sweep at the hands of the Norfolk Admirals. The 2004–05 NHL lockout meant Binghamton got a return visit from their recent graduates and several other NHL players, including Jason Spezza, Antoine Vermette, Anton Volchenkov, Chris Neil, Josh Langfeld, Brian Pothier, making the Senators a legitimate Calder Cup contender. Jason Spezza lead the way with a league high 117 points; the Senators ended the regular season with only 21 regulation losses, tied for second fewest in the league, taking the division title with a league high 276 goals scored.
The Senators entered the playoffs on a roll, winnering 11 of their last 13 games, continued their dominance by cruising through the first two games of their first round best-of-seven series against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, scoring nine goals. But the offense stalled and the Sens scored only five goals in the remaining four games as the Penguins eliminated Binghamton. On July 17, 2009, Don Nachbaur was named head coach of the Binghamton Senators. During the 2009–10 AHL season, Nachbaur coached the Senators to a 36–35–6–3 record and 81 points to finish fifth in the AHL's East Division. On June 22, 2010, after only one season behind the bench, Nachbaur announced that he was resigning as head coach citing personal reasons. Kurt Kleinendorst was appointed the head coach of the B-Sens with a two-year contract. Kleinendorst had spent the previous year leading the USA Hockey National Team Development Program's under-18 team to a gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World U18 Championships in Belarus.
In hist first season as head coach, Kleinedorst lead the Senators to a fifth-place finish in the East Division. The B-Sens qualified for the 2011 playoffs against the Manchester Monarchs in the first round, they won games five and six in overtime to force a game seven. The Senators fell behind 5–4 in game seven, but Erik Condra tied the game with 1:45 to go in the game. Ryan Potulny scored 3:07 into overtime to send the Senators to the second round. Next, the Senators faced the Portland Pirates andwon the first two games in Portland to go up 2–0 in the series, they lost two of the next three games at home to the Pirates and had their series lead cut to 3–2. The Senators shut out the Pirates in 3 -- 0 to go to the Eastern Conference final. In the Eastern Conference final, the Senators faced the Charlotte Checkers; the Senators dominated the series, outscoring the Checkers 21–8, 11–4 at home and 10–4 on the road. In game four, Ryan Keller got the game-winning goal in overtime to send the Senators to the Calder Cup finals.
In the finals, the Senators played the Houston Aeros. The Senators fell behind 2–1 in the series, but a two-game home-ice winning streak gave them the 3–2 lead; the Senators won game six in Houston on June 7, 2011, to capture their first Calder Cup, with Ryan Keller scoring the game-winning goal 9:09 into the third period of the deciding game. In the 2011–12 season, the Senators faced a revised lineup as free agents left to join other NHL organizations and several players became full-time Ottawa Senators; the team finished out of the playoffs. Head coach Kleinendorst resigned after the season to pursue other opportunities, he was replaced by former NHL player and Ottawa assistant coach Luke Richardson as the team's seventh head coach. In the 2012–13 offseason, the Senators made several moves in free agency, including bringing back former player Andre Benoit to be the Senators' captain; the NHL lockout allowed several Ottawa top prospects, such as Jakob Silfverberg and Mika Zibanejad, to start the season in Binghamton.
The Senators stormed out to a 27–10–4 start by the all-star break, holding the best record in the AHL at one point. The Senators lost many players, including Benoit, Silfverburg and Patrick Wiercioch, to Ottawa as the NHL regular season started; the Senators went 17–14–4 the rest of the way to finish second in the East Division, claim the fourth seed for the playoffs, finish with a 44–24–8 record overall. However, the Senators offense struggled against the physical play of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and swept the Senators out of the playoffs, three-games-to-none; the Senators returned the entire team from
Cleveland Indians (ice hockey)
The Cleveland Indians was a professional ice hockey team in Cleveland, that played home games in the Elysium Arena. In 1929, the Kitchener Dutchmen International Hockey League franchise was transferred to Cleveland. In the summer of 1934, the team was renamed the Cleveland Falcons, under that name became a charter member of the International-American Hockey League—today's American Hockey League. Subsequently, the team was renamed the Cleveland Barons for the 1937–38 season, a name they kept until 1973
The Syracuse Crunch are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. They play in New York, at the Oncenter War Memorial Arena, they are the primary development affiliate of the National Hockey League's Tampa Bay Lightning. The franchise originated in 1992 as the Hamilton Canucks, which were an affiliate of the NHL's Vancouver Canucks; the Canucks played in Hamilton, for two seasons, before relocating to upstate New York in 1994. They were renamed the'Crunch' in a public vote of five names. Soon the team was among the most popular of the AHL, leading the league in sellouts in 1996–97 and 1997–98. After the relocation from Hamilton was complete, the Crunch remained the AHL farm team of the Canucks until 2000 – with a season hosting Pittsburgh Penguins players in 1997–98 – when it switched its NHL affiliation to the newly formed Columbus Blue Jackets, an affiliation it retained for a decade, before the Jackets switched their affiliation to the Springfield Falcons in 2010; the Crunch spent two seasons affiliated with the Anaheim Ducks before signing a multi-year affiliation deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning effective for the 2012–13 season.
In the first year of the new partnership, the team reached the 2013 Calder Cup Finals, losing to the Grand Rapids Griffins. The team reached the Calder Cup Finals again in 2017, facing Grand Rapids once again; the result was the same, as the Griffins took the series in 6 games and won the series 4-2. On March 17, 2002, the Crunch played against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins; this game was infamously named the "St. Patrick's Day Massacre"; the Crunch piled up 124 penalty minutes. The Penguins racked up 162 penalty minutes. There were 202 penalty minutes related to fighting and a grand total of 286 penalty minutes all together; the Crunch won the game 4-0. At the time of defeat, the Syracuse Crunch were the 12th team to blow a 3-1 series lead and the fourth of the 12 to lose on home ice, they had a 3-1 series advantage in the Division Semifinals Round of 2004 Calder Cup Playoffs over the Rochester Americans before losing game 7 in overtime. The Crunch could've won the game, but Crunch forward Kent McDonnell missed an empty net.
Amerks goalie Ryan Miller was caught out of position on the empty net. Rochester stormed down the ice on an odd-man rush and Norm Milley beat Crunch goalie Karl Goehring to win the game in overtime and the series, they blew a 3-1 series lead four years in the 2008 Calder Cup Playoffs against the Toronto Marlies. The Crunch played the first outdoor game in AHL history on February 20, 2010, against the Binghamton Senators; the Mirabito Outdoor Classic took place at the Grandstand at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. The game set an AHL attendance record of 21,508. Syracuse won the game 2–1. At the end of the 2012–13 regular season, Tyler Johnson was named league MVP, he was the first MVP in Crunch history. He totaled scoring 37 goals and assisted on 28 goals. At the end of the season he was awarded the President's Award for outstanding accomplishments on the ice. On November 22, 2014, the Syracuse Crunch set a new United States Indoor Professional Hockey attendance record by playing in front of 30,715 fans at the Carrier Dome for the "Toyota Frozen Dome Classic".
Syracuse defeated the Utica Comets 2–1. On May 5, 2018, the Syracuse Crunch played their longest game in team history, which the Crunch lost 2–1 in double overtime to the Toronto Marlies; the game lasted 10 seconds. The Crunch played two double overtime games, both in the 2017 Calder Cup playoffs, they played a double overtime game in round 1 against the St. John's IceCaps, resulting in a 4–3 double overtime win; that game lasted 37 seconds, their previous record. They played another double overtime game in the 2017 Calder Cup Finals, a 6–5 loss in double overtime to the Grand Rapids Griffins, lasting 87 minutes and 2 seconds; the Crunch achieved 900 franchise victories with a 6-2 win over the Utica Comets on March 30, 2019. 1992–2000: Vancouver Canucks 1997–1999: Pittsburgh Penguins 2000–2010: Columbus Blue Jackets 2010–2012: Anaheim Ducks 2012–present: Tampa Bay Lightning The Crunch raised a banner following a fan vote during the team's fifth season in honor of fan favorite #14 "Big Bad" John Badduke.
It is not retired, as it would be worn by former United States Olympian Darby Hendrickson, Serge Aubin, Richard Panik, Justin Courtnall, Brandon Alderson, Mike McNamee and most Kevin Lynch During the 2008–09 AHL season, the team temporarily reserved, but not retired, #7 as a tribute to Paul Newman after his death. This honors Reg Dunlop, the player-coach for the fictional Charlestown Chiefs, which Newman played in the movie Slap Shot; the movie was filmed at Onondaga County War Memorial. Coincidentally, other scenes were filmed at Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown, the home ice of the Crunch's former ECHL affiliate, the Johnstown Chiefs; the banner was raised October 14 and was up for the entire season, but the number was not retired, as it was most worn by Crunch player Mathieu Joseph. On March 26, 2016, the Syracuse Crunch retired Dolph Schayes' number #4. Schayes played for their successor, the Philadelphia 76ers, he was the first player in the National Basketball Association to score 15,000 points in his career.
The number was most worn by Matt Petgrave. % = Retired player Eddie Shore AwardAndy Delmore Matt Taormina James C. Hendy Memorial AwardVance Lederman James H. Ellery Memorial AwardsAdam Benigni Seth Everett Lindsay Kramer Ken McKenzie AwardTim Kuhl (1994–95, 199
Buffalo Bisons (AHL)
The Buffalo Bisons were an American Hockey League ice hockey franchise that played from 1940 to 1970 in Buffalo, New York. They replaced the original Buffalo Bisons hockey team, which left the area in 1936 after its arena collapsed, they were the second professional hockey team to play their games in the Buffalo city proper, after the short-lived Buffalo Majors of the early 1930s. The Bisons played at the newly constructed Memorial Auditorium, at various times had affiliations with the Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Black Hawks and New York Rangers; the team was brought to Buffalo from Syracuse by Louis M. Jacobs owner of the buffalo based Jacob's Concessions and the father of Jeremy Jacobs the current owner of the Boston Bruins; the team's unusual logo stems from the Bisons being purchased in 1956 by the owner of the local franchise of Pepsi-Cola Ruby Pastor, who changed the team's colors and logo to reflect the soft drink company. They were Calder Cup champions in 1943, 1944, 1946, 1963 and 1970, runners-up in 1948, 1951, 1955, 1959 and 1962.
The team ceased operations after the 1969–70 season due to the awarding of a National Hockey League expansion team, the Buffalo Sabres, to begin play in 1970–71. Like the Pittsburgh Hornets three years earlier, the Bisons closed out their existence with one final championship. Goaltender Roger Crozier had the unusual distinction of playing for the Sabres, he played eight games for eight years for the latter. Broadcaster Rick Jeanneret called several games during the Bisons' final season and moved into a similar role with the Sabres in 1971. After the Bisons folded, the Sabres were granted an AHL franchise, used to establish the Cincinnati Swords in 1971; the Sabres used old Bisons jerseys in the team's first training camp in 1970. On September 18, 2010, the Sabres announced that they would be adopting a third jersey that pays homage to the Bisons during their 2010–11 season; the Bisons-inspired third jersey was used for that and the following season before being discontinued. Elements from the Bisons-inspired throwbacks were incorporated into the Sabres' 2018 NHL Winter Classic jerseys.
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2004–05 AHL season
The 2004–05 AHL season was the 69th season of the American Hockey League. Twenty-eight teams played 80 games each in the schedule; the Rochester Americans finished first overall in the regular season. The Philadelphia Phantoms won the Calder Cup; this season featured a wealth of talent in the AHL, as the National Hockey League was in the midst of a lockout. Many players who otherwise may have been called up to be members of NHL teams for the season spent the full season in the AHL instead; the lockout provided opportunity for several NHL arenas — including those in Anaheim, Nashville, San Jose and Tampa — to host AHL games during the season. The Edmonton Road Runners, played the entire season in Rexall Place the home of the NHL's Edmonton Oilers. In addition, the shootout was reintroduced to the league, to decide a winner in games which remained tied following the overtime period; the team winning a shootout was credited with a win, the losing team with an overtime loss. The AHL announced a series of experimental rule changes, most notably a restricted area for goaltenders.
Playing the puck outside the restricted area results in an automatic two-minute delay of game penalty. The Toronto Roadrunners moved to Edmonton, becoming the Edmonton Road Runners. Note: GP = Games played. Team PlanetUSA defeated. In the skills competition held the night before, team PlanetUSA defeated team Canada 17-13. List of AHL seasons AHL official site AHL Hall of Fame HockeyDB
The Springfield Indians were a minor professional ice hockey franchise based in West Springfield and Springfield, Massachusetts. The Indians were founding members of the American Hockey League, they were in existence for a total of 60 seasons with three interruptions. The Indians had two brief hiatuses from 1933 to 1935, from 1942 to 1946; the team was known as the Syracuse Warriors from 1951 to 1954. The Indians won seven Calder Cup championships, one while known as the Kings in 1971; the Indians had their start in the Canadian-American Hockey League in 1926. The "Can-Am", as it was called, was founded in Springfield and the Indians were one of the five initial franchises, it was run at the time by Lester Patrick and the National Hockey League's New York Rangers, future NHL stars such as Charlie Rayner, Earl Seibert, Cecil Dillon and Ott Heller saw their start in Springfield uniforms. The Indians played in the Can-Am League until the 1932–33 season, having to fold thirteen games into the season.
In 1935–36, Lucien Garneau transferred his Quebec Beavers franchise to Springfield, resurrecting the Indians name. The Great Depression caused cutbacks all around, the Can-Am merged with the International Hockey League to form the International-American Hockey League, which changed its name to the American Hockey League, having lost its last Canadian franchises, in 1941, but before that time, the man who cast his shadow over the team for four decades, Boston Bruins superstar defenseman Eddie Shore, purchased the team in 1939. Industriously, he split games between the Bruins and the Indians going so far as to provoke a trade to the Amerks to make the train commute easier, he played for Springfield for two more seasons. Shore's often-controversial but ever-colorful management style would permeate the team for the next 36 years and provide generations of hockey players and fans with anecdotes. Despite early stars like Shore, Fred Thurier, Frank Beisler and Pete Kelly, success eluded the Indians on the ice.
However, in the 1941–42 season, the Indians finished in first place. Disaster struck in the following season. With World War II, the United States army requisitioned the Eastern States Coliseum, Springfield's home arena, for the war effort, leaving the Indians homeless. Shore loaned Indians players to the Buffalo Bisons for the duration, returning the players to Springfield for the 1946–47 season. However, on ice success continued to elude the team, despite the presence of stars such as Harry Pidhirny and Jim Anderson the franchise failed to have a winning record for over a decade more, including a temporary franchise relocation as the Syracuse Warriors from 1951–54. During those three seasons, Shore fielded a Springfield team in the low-minor Eastern Amateur Hockey League and the Quebec Hockey League using the Indians name. Led by future Boston Bruins goaltender Don Simmons, scoring leader Vern Pachal, player–coach Doug McMurdy, the EAHL Indians finished 3rd and 1st their two seasons in the loop, but finished in last place in 1954 in the QHL, the only team in the loop located outside of the province of Quebec.
Meanwhile, disappointed with attendance in Syracuse, Shore moved the AHL franchise back to Springfield – disbanding the QHL team – for good for the 1955 season. The team's few superlatives for the rest of the decade included the 1955 season – during which Ross Lowe won the only league MVP award in franchise history and Anderson was named rookie of the year – and All-Star Team citations to Eldie Kobussen at center in 1948, Billy Gooden in 1951, Gordon Tottle and Don Simmons in 1955, Gerry Ehman and Cal Gardner in 1958, Pidhirny in 1959. Matters turned around in dramatic fashion for the 1959–60 season. Behind an affiliation with the Rangers bringing stars Bill Sweeney and goaltender Marcel Paille over from Providence, an immensely deep team with star forwards Pidhirny, Ken Schinkel, Bruce Cline, Brian Kilrea, defensemen Ted Harris, Kent Douglas, Noel Price and Bob McCord, the Indians led the league in the regular season three straight years and won three straight Calder Cups, losing only five playoff games in that span.
Sweeney won the league scoring title three years in a row, Paille the best goaltending record two years running, Springfield defensemen won the best defenseman award two years running. The 1959–1962 Indians were the most dominant team the AHL has seen; the stands in the old Coliseum were filled night after night. The Indians of that time were so dominant that it was said they could have made a good account of themselves in the NHL. 1959–60: Sweeney finished second in league scoring behind Fred Glover of Cleveland with 96 points, Floyd Smith finished third and Bruce Cline ninth. The Indians led the league with a 43–23–6 record, defeated Rochester four games to one in the finals for the franchise's first Calder Cup. Sweeney was named to the First All-Star Team at center, Paille to the Second Team at goal, McCord to the Second Team at defense, Smith to the Second Team at left wing, Parker MacDonald to the Second Team at right wing. 1960–61: Indians led the league with a 49–22–1 record, a mark unsurpassed until the 1973 season.
The magnificent offense scored 344 goals, nearly a hundred more than any other team. Sweeney led the league in scoring, while Cline placed third, Kilrea fourth, Bill McCreary Sr. fifth and Anderson seventh in a show of offensive dominan