The Rochester Americans are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. The team plays its home games in New York, at the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial; the Americans are the fourth-oldest franchise in the AHL, have the second-longest continuous tenure among AHL teams in their current locations after the Hershey Bears. They celebrated their 60th anniversary in the 2015–16 season. Rochester was awarded a new franchise in June 1956, when the Pittsburgh Hornets were forced to suspend operations after their arena, the Duquesne Gardens was razed in an urban renewal project. With the Hornets franchise in limbo until a new arena could be built, there was room in the league for a team in Rochester; the Americans' team colors are red and blue. The logo is a patriotic badge with "Americans" written in cursive script; the Americans have played for the Calder Cup 16 times. They have won six Cups: in 1965, 1966, 1968, 1983, 1987 and 1996, they have lost in the finals ten times: in 1957, 1960, 1967, 1977, 1984, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1999 and 2000.
Hockey was popular in a city known for its cold weather, as far back as the 1920s. Professional hockey arrived in 1935 in the form of the Rochester Cardinals, a member of the International Hockey League; the Cardinals, who played at Edgerton Park Arena, lasted only one season, compiling a 15–29–3 record and a host of financial difficulties. In the early 1950s, with the Rochester Community War Memorial under construction, Montreal Canadiens manager Frank Selke promised an American Hockey League team to Rochester at some point in the future, with 1956 one target year, mentioned. Demonstrative of the support for hockey in Rochester, 7,092 fans turned out for a game between the AHL Buffalo Bisons and the NHL Montreal Canadiens on November 21, 1955; when 60-year-old Duquesne Gardens in Pittsburgh was scheduled for demolition in 1956, it left the Pittsburgh Hornets without an arena and forced them to go idle, freeing up room in the AHL for a Rochester team. Prior to the AHL franchise, the Arpeako Packers played before thousands at the new Rochester War Memorial.
Center Sam Toth and Left Wing Ed House started the original group tasked to bring professional hockey to Rochester. The Central Hockey League was sold on Rochester as its next expansion city; the CHL told Toth and House the CHL was a league that promised more fans than the AHL due to the rougher, more violent product on the ice. Toth and House ended up losing out to the group backed by Canadians; the AHL granted a group which included Rochesterians Sam Toth and Ed House a conditional franchise for Rochester that June. The terms required that the group raise $150,000 of capital, two thirds of, to be raised by the sale of stock in less than two weeks; when their effort to secure the funds failed to reach its goal, a new group, backed by Selke of the Canadiens and Conn Smythe of the Toronto Maple Leafs, was awarded the franchise. The Leafs and Canadiens each owned 27.5% of the team, with the balance sold to Rochester interests. The team was named the "Americans". Upon entering the league for the 1956–57 season the Americans became a joint affiliate of both the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League, though the club was operated by the Canadiens.
Under Coach Billy Reay the team finished in third place in the AHL standings and played the defending champion Providence Reds in the opening round of the Calder Cup playoffs. With Bobby Perreault in goal, the Americans defeated Providence and goaltender Johnny Bower in five games. Rochester was defeated in a five-game final by the Cleveland Barons, who won the Calder Cup; the Americans reached the playoffs in 1959. The 1959 Americans were led by the "WHAM" line of center Rudy Migay, left wing Gary Aldcorn and right wing Billy Hicke. Migay and Hicke were named co-MVP for the AHL that season and Hicke was chosen league rookie of the year. In the summer of 1959, the Maple Leafs bought out the Canadiens ownership share of the club, giving them a 55% controlling interest, due to concerns that with Montreal operating the club they were giving their prospects priority over those of the Leafs, they purchased most of the remaining 45% in 1963, boosting their ownership share to 98% by November 1964. In 1959–60 the Americans became the first team in American Hockey League history to win a playoff series after trailing three-games-to-none.
The Amerks' comeback against the Cleveland Barons included the efforts of the veteran Migay, right wing Pat Hannigan and league-leading goaltender Ed Chadwick. A crowd of 7,762 at the War Memorial witnessed a 4-1 triumph in game seven. Rochester went on to lose the Calder Cup finals in five games to Eddie Shore's Springfield Indians. Following the 1960–61 season, in which the Americans failed to qualify for the playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens transferred their working agreement to the Quebec Aces of the American Hockey League and sent Rochester players Guy Rousseau and Claude Labrosse to Quebec; as the exclusive affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Americans made the playoffs the next two seasons but never contended for the Calder Cup championship. Beginning in 1963–64 former Americans defenseman Joe Crozier became the team's coach and general manager. Under Crozier, the Americans won the Calder Cup in 1965, 1966 and 1968 and were finalists in 1967.
Inang Yaya is a 2006 film directed by Pablo Biglang-awa and Veronica Velasco and stars Maricel Soriano as Norma, a nanny who has to choose between Ruby or Louise. The film won Best awards given by the Young Critics Circle. Norma straddles between being a nanny to her employer's daughter, Louise. Norma left her daughter in the province to be a nanny to another person's daughter. An emergency forces Norma to bring Ruby with her to Manila and her employer is kind enough to accept Ruby in the household. However, the daughter of Norma's employer, competes with Ruby for Norma's affection. Now, Norma has to balance her love and attention for the two special people in her life: her daughter and her ward. Maricel Soriano as Norma Erika Oreta as Louise Tala Santos as Ruby Sunshine Cruz as May Zoren Legaspi as Noel Liza Lorena as Lola Toots Marita Zobel as Lola Tersing Matthew Mendoza as Mon Kalila Aguilos as Luz JM Reyes as Carlo Jessu Trinidad as Cocoy Erica Dehesa as Alexa Julia Buencamino as Margarita Janneke Agustin as Nana Roence Santos as Tess Mother Nanny on IMDb
Cale Sampson is a Canadian hip hop artist. Sampson first emerged in the early 2000s as a member of the group Rhythmicru, who released several independent albums which were popular in the Toronto hip hop scene, their biggest hit was a song called "The Facts of War" about the war in Iraq. It appears as a track on Sampson's self-titled debut. After Rhythmicru split up, Sampson started a solo career, he joined forces with some of Canada's most prominent hip hop producers, including Classified and DJ Kemo of The Rascalz and opened for such acts as Guru from Gang Starr, Maestro Fresh-Wes, The Hilltop Hoods, Eyedea & Abilities, Scratch from The Roots. He has performed on the Van's Warped Tour, as well as at NXNE. Sampson released his first full-length album, Cale Sampson in 2009 and his second album The Big Picture in 2013. Sampson's debut solo album, Cale Sampson received positive reviews from the critics and peaked on both the Earshot and ChartAttack charts as the #3 most played hip hop album on Canadian college radio.
In 2009, Cale Sampson was named "Best Songwriter of the Year" by Now Magazine for their annual "Best of T. O." edition. Sampson's second album, The Big Picture which focused on global issues such as war and economics, was very well received. Writing for The Caper Times in September 2013, George Pink responded positively to the album stating that "the lyrics are nothing short of spectacular" and calling The Big Picture "a brave and fantastically written hip hop album, it is a gift to the ears as well as the mind". In his youth, Sampson had a small acting role opposite Vince Vaughn in the feature film A Cool, Dry Place, he had no acting experience prior to taking this role. Sampson tried out as an extra after being handed a flyer in his school. Despite his lack of previous experience, he was given the role of a high school basketball player named "Peter". Cale Sampson – 2009 The Big Picture – 2013 Cale Sampson Official Website AUX TV - Interview with Alan Cross MuchMusic – Music Video for “Never Had A Choice”