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DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



College thread is here!

Do you find the NHL stale and boring? Need some theme nights, cheap tickets, shoe-string broadcast budgets, no-name players, and loving incredible one-off themed jerseys? WELL CONGRATS MOTHER FUCKER WELCOME TO THE MINOR LEAGUES!

Also I'm just gonna quote most of Jagged Jim's rad OP from the last thread because god drat it is so much better than I could hope to do

Jagged Jim posted:


National Women's Hockey League

Website: http://www.nwhl.zone/
YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF...91IcxpZvGqltJvw

The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season began October 11, 2015 with the Founding Four: Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters. The Boston Pride became the first team in NWHL history to raise the Isobel Cup on March 12, 2016.

American Hockey League

http://www.theahl.com
The American Hockey League (AHL) is the top-flight minor league in the US and Canada. Over 80% of the players currently in the NHL played in this league at one point. Sufficed to say, this is the league to watch if you want to see your team's future players.

With the NHL expanding to 31 teams it means that the expansion Golden Knights St. Louis Blues will have to make do without a direct AHL affiliate for a season or two.

Relocations
-Binghamton Senators fled north of the border to become the Belleville Senators (OTT).
-Binghamton then did a cross state raid to make the Albany Devils into the Binghamton Devils (NJ).
-The Habs got tired of sending their minor leaguers to the rear end end of nowhere and moved the St. John's IceCaps to Laval, Quebec to become the Laval Rocket (MTL).

Affiliation Changes
-The Chicago Wolves changed affiliates from St Louis to Las Vegas. St. Louis can still send players to the Wolves since otherwise they won't have an AHL affiliate, but who knows how that will turn out.

Division Alignment


ECHL

http://www.echl.com/

If the AHL is AAA Hockey, the ECHL would be AA. Few players who wind up in the ECHL have much chance of ever making the NHL, and those that do usually are backups and 4th liners. The ECHL used to stand for East Coast Hockey League until 2003, when it absorbed the remaining teams from the West Coast Hockey League. Prior to the 2014-15 season, it also absorbed the remaining Central Hockey League teams. As a result, the ECHL spans from Alaska to South Florida. The ECHL, however, is known for having the greatest logo in professional hockey.


Canadian Hockey League

The main prospect development league in North America, the CHL is composed of three leagues. Each league holds its own NHL-style playoffs with the winners of each league along with the host city playing in the prestigious Memorial Cup tournament. The CHL is considered a "major junior" league and is sometimes referred to this way.

Players in the CHL are aged 16-20 (with an occasional 15 year old permitted in the OHL via "exceptional player status"). 20 year olds are considered "overage" and limited to 3 per team while teams may not play more than 4 15 or 16 year olds. Age for CHL purposes is based on the calendar year so for the 2013-2014 season, a 20 year old is any player born in 1993. This contrasts with the NHL where draft eligibility is determined by age on September 15.

Each CHL league has an annual draft of bantam-aged players within their regions and the leagues hold a combined import draft for players from outside North America who may wish to play in the CHL. Teams are limited to 2 import players.

WHL (Western Hockey League)
The WHL includes 22 teams in four Canadian provinces and two American states. The WHL holds the CHL rights to players from the four western provinces, all three territories, the American Pacific Northwest and other designated states west of the Mississippi River. The winner of the WHL playoffs is awarded the Ed Chynoweth Cup.

Official website: http://www.whl.ca/

OHL (Ontario Hockey League)
The OHL is composed of 20 teams, located in the Canadian province of Ontario and the American states of Michigan and Pennsylvania. The winner of the OHL playoffs is awarded the J. Ross Robertson Cup.

Official website: http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/

QMJHL (Ligue de hockey junior majeur du Québec)
Also called "the Q", the QMJHL is the only CHL league with no American teams (although there used to be one in Maine). The QMJHL has 18 teams, based in Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. The league has CHL rights to players from these provinces as well as Newfoundland and New England. The winner of the QMJHL playoffs is awarded the President's Cup. The league is known for high scores and a style of hockey which prioritises offense. Pity the goalies.

Official website: http://theqmjhl.ca/

The Memorial Cup
Each member league in the CHL holds its own separate playoffs. The three champions of these playoffs and the host city advance to play for the Memorial Cup. The host city is normally rotated between member leagues, but since this year is the 100th anniversary of the Memorial Cup the host city was selected from a pool of every member league instead of just one. This means that the Memorial Cup will be played in Regina, Saskatchewan instead of in a QMJHL city like normal.

The 4 teams in the Memorial Cup play each other once in a round robin format before advancing to the knockout phase of the tournament. The team with the best record receiving a bye to the championship game with the second and third place team having a play in game to determine the other team in the championship. The fourth place team is eliminated, but if they are tied with the third place team they will play a tiebreaker game.

Kontinental Hockey League

Russia is pretty into hockey. They've had aspirations to create a pan-Europe league to rival the NHL, but for now they have the KHL. Originating from the Russian Superleague, the league has expanded beyond Russia with teams in Belarus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Slovakia, Ukraine and Finland. Prominent ex-NHLers include Alexander Radulov (CKSA Moscow) and Ilya Kovalchuk (SKA Saint Petersburg). Some Russian prospects take their time moving over to North America from the KHL.

Changes for 2016-17: Medveščak Zagreb and Metallurg Novokuznetsk are out, whoever they are. Maybe other stuff too, I dunno. Russia is far away.

Official website: http://en.khl.ru/

FAQ
Sounds cool! How can I watch?
The best way is in person. Minor hockey is cheap and you can probably get decent seats for $10-$15. Check your local team's Twitter or Facebook for additional promotions (e.g. my local WHL team has a limited number of seats on sale on Mondays for $5).

But if you don't live near a team, or want to keep up with their away games, the best way to keep up for free is radio. Yes, that's still a thing. Most if not all of these teams have all their games broadcast by a local radio station, and radio is almost universally available to stream (legally!) for free online with no restrictions on location. Sure, this means you can't see the games to judge your team's precious prospects with your own eyes, but radio commentating is very thorough and hearing the players' names to know who has been involved in the play gives a pretty good idea of who has played well. Hockey Webcasts is a fairly comprehensive source to stream radio for almost every North American team from the NHL, AHL, ECHL, WHL, OHL, and QMJHL. If your team is missing, check the official league page or team website.

The AHL, WHL, OHL and QMJHL all have sites like NHL Gamecenter Live where you can watch the games online. However, they are expensive and the quality tends to be pretty bad, with the video often just being a low-res feed of whatever goes up on the jumbotron. On occasion, games are televised locally in which case you might be able to find them on your favourite illegal streaming site. All KHL games are streamed through onhockey.ru, but they happen in the middle of the (North American) night and are in Russian, so that may or may not be your thing.

Why can't my team's hot prospect play in the AHL if he doesn't make the NHL team?
You can blame the NHL/CHL Agreement, a.k.a. why I didn't get to see Seth Jones play in Milwaukee.

Somewhere around 60% of all NHL players played in the CHL, making it the main pool from which the NHL drafts its players. To prevent NHL teams from taking their best players and immediately sending them to one of their minor league affiliates, the NHL and CHL made an agreement. If a player was drafted from a CHL team, they have to either be 20 years old by Dec. 31 (i.e. overage) or have played four years in the CHL in order to play in the AHL. Otherwise, the player must be sent back to the CHL team that has their rights. Note that this only applies to players drafted from the CHL, not players drafted from European leagues or the NCAA, even if they go on to play in the CHL after the draft.

If anything is wrong, blame Hockles.

Some of these affiliations at the AHL and ECHL level have changed. Colorado Eagles move up from the ECHL to the AHL, and expansion team Newfoundland Growlers Goodboys have been added to the ECHL ranks.

Come talk about your rad minor/junior league teams here!

If anything is wrong, blame Hockles!

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DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



PotatoJudge posted:

The Quad City Mallards of the ECHL folded. A different ownership group grabbed an SPHL franchise (the old Lousiana IceGators). They have an awesome logo:



The SPHL stays at 10 teams with the Mississippi RiverKings going dark this year (forever).

oh my god i love it

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



Toledo Walleye theme jerseys for the year:

Black Panther, We Can't Say It Out Loud Because Warner Brothers' Lawyers Are loving Terrifying But It's Totally Harry Potter, Blackfish jerseys while Fort Wayne wears Night's Watch, All-star weekend, Ninja Turtles.

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



Troy Queef posted:

You guys better do the Goaldiggers night again

godddddd i know, those were so fuckin' rad

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



yellowcar posted:

I love minor league snarl™

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



Hell yeah sup hockles

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



ECHL preseason schedule has been released

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



https://twitter.com/SwampShop/statu...918840676622336

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



HOCKLEEESSSSS

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



The ECHL will experiment with video replay in 4 arenas this year

quote:

At the referee’s discretion, the following circumstances are eligible for instant replay utilizing overhead cameras on each of the goal nets:

Puck crossing the goal line
Puck entering the net using a distinct kicking motion
Puck directed, batted or thrown into the net by an attacking player
Puck entering the net before the goal frame is dislodged from moorings

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



ElwoodCuse posted:

In what universe does the ECHL have money for video replay, the players have to like, wash their own jerseys and stuff

It's not exactly an ultra detailed system in this instance. it's just the camera directly above the goal looking straight down.

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



ECHL opening rosters are out

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



https://twitter.com/MonroeBlade/sta...9749885953?s=19

I LOVE OUR FAT ADULT SONS

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



https://twitter.com/FlintFirebirds/...956172184158208

good for him

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



Today in Amazing Minor League Promotions

Toledo Blade posted:

“No, that’s just not gonna fly, Bob.”

We can’t quote a horse, of course, but we feel pretty strongly that’s an objective read of equine sentiment as former Toledo Mercurys trainer Bob Bunker tries to lace up “Tony, Jr.,” for what was a briefly lived annual gimmick at the Toledo Sports Arena early in the hockey season.

No, the horse didn’t skate, but from our records, in 1960 and 1961, “Pony Night” featured a raffle where a pony “will be given to the youngster holding the winning ticket number.”



DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



https://twitter.com/TheWHL/status/1054433532083232768

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



If you're not following nhlhistorygirl you really should

https://twitter.com/NHLhistorygirl/...854190638055433

https://twitter.com/NHLhistorygirl/...854612723499013

https://twitter.com/NHLhistorygirl/...854989330079744

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



listenig to a 10:30AM game because the minor leagues own

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



ElwoodCuse posted:

Did they bus in school kids? That's usually what those morning games are for

sounds like it, and yeah I know toledo does one or two of those a year as well

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



Fish win in a shootout hell yeah

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



Hockles posted:

I'm guessing the high-pitched whine made it over the radio?

oh yeah easily, lol. the basic DJ "make some nooiiiissse!' call answered by a near dog-whistle high pitch scream

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



Hockles posted:

Story-time with Hockles: The last time the Monsters did a game like this, it was at the tail-end of a really bad winter where schools canceled school a bunch. In order to make-up for days missed, a lot of schools bailed on coming to the game. So, there was roughly 500 people in attendance for a 11am start game. Take a look at the "attendance" for the game: https://lscluster.hockeytech.com/ga...game_id=1011906
Anyway, one of the schools that did show up was in the section behind where I work. It was the worst game I ever worked.

ahaha that suuuuucks

Makes me think of that.... I think it was a Charlotte Checkers game? last year where snow and ice shut down all the roads but their opponent was already there so they played an empty arena game.

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



PotatoJudge posted:

Thunderbolts? They are not great this year.

Toledo Walleye/Kalamazoo Wings

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



yooooooooooooooooo

https://twitter.com/ToledoWalleye/s...380120057524224

E: THERE'S A LITTLE GOLD MEDAL ON IT TOO AAAAA

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



The Cincinnati Cyclones did a Sensory Friendly Night

quote:

The decreased stimulation for the game vs. Wheeling featured no goal horn, decreased in-arena microphone volume, decreased music volume, no strobe lights, no pre-game pyrotechnics, and the lights were on in-arena for the entire duration of the event.

Once the Cyclones decided to host the Sensory Friendly Night, they reached out to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to ensure they were working with the disability experts in the community to adequately prepare for the event.

...

Motivated to ensure that any family who had someone with a sensory sensitivity had a positive experience at their Sensory Friendly Night, the Cyclones also considered those who might require a break from the action during the game. For the event, the team set up a ‘Chill Zone’ which was a designated area away from game action. The Chill Zone gave those who felt overwhelmed an area to relax and was highlighted by a ‘feel zone’ which had hockey-specific items (snow from the zamboni, pucks, skates, etc.) for any attendees to interact with.

As Smith pointed out, everyone in the Cyclones organization was dedicated to the success of the event. “Jay Kruz, the in-arena announcer, he was amazing, and he really set the stage for what the evening was going to be like. Instead of clapping when something good happened, he taught the crowd the American Sign Language sign for clapping. So anytime the Cyclones would score or do something cool, or even during the player announcements, people would do that, so that was really just a breathtaking moment.”

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



CBJSprague24 posted:

It's rare that I go back and watch a hockey game I know the outcome of in its entirety, but I DVRed and am currently watching what sounds like a delightful gong show from Cleveland last night.

And just as I post this, Holy poo poo that Kevin Stenlund goal .

e- How is that nowhere on the internet? Stenlund takes the puck at center ice, turns Sandin(?) inside out at the top of the near circle, cuts back to the middle across the faceoff dot, and buries it.

Anything minor leagues going viral is entirely dependent on either the team's social media or maybe the local station broadcasting it.

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



inferis posted:

This was pretty great to see last night even though it was against my team.

https://twitter.com/TheWHL/status/1058613846565281792

Oh man yeah that's lovely

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



"So Warner Bros charges a shitload for licensing, welcome to WIZARD WEEKEND "

https://twitter.com/ToledoWalleye/s...837957048295424

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



GAT drat

https://twitter.com/CincyCyclones/s...918443007356929

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



Congrats to the Rapid City Rush, who in 13 games played so far, already have a league-leading two hundred eighty-one penalty minutes

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



El Gallinero Gros posted:

I fully expected them to be like, 2-10-1 with that many PIMS but they're 6-5-1-1 which isn't that bad.

yeah the ECHL is still very much a war-of-attrition league

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



man I've been calling poo poo rear end high school and occasional college hockey for over a decade now but I would lose 100% of my poo poo if I got to call a goalie goal

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



lol that rules

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



I FUCKIN LOVE IT

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



oh man

TSN posted:

Newfoundland Growlers head coach Ryane Clowe is on an indefinite leave from the ECHL team due to medical reasons, the Toronto Maple Leafs confirmed Tuesday.

Clowe, who appeared in 491 career NHL games before retiring in 2015, has missed five road games over the past month and is expected to miss more time moving time moving forward.

“Growlers head coach will continue to be on leave for medical reasons until further notice," Maple Leafs assistant general manager Laurence Gilman told the St. John's Telegram in a statement. "The health and well-being of our staff and players is first priority within our program, and our focus is on supporting Clowe and the team in whatever manner is needed.

“Assistant coach John Snowden will continue to assume the head coaching duties during this time. The club asks to respect Clowe’s privacy and will not be making any further comment.”

The Growlers, who are in their first ECHL season, lead the league with a 13-5 record through 18 games. The team is currently in the midst of an eight-game winning streak and will visit the Jacksonville Iceman on Wednesday.

Clowe spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils before joining the Growlers.

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



Lol that rules

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



https://twitter.com/ToledoWalleye/s...795388906782721

oh hell yeah

E: better look at it:

https://twitter.com/SwampShop/statu...803480503582720

DJExile fucked around with this message at 15:34 on Nov 28, 2018

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



Fish up 4-1 on Indy. Ben Storm is a fuckin unit.

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007



i love goofy CHL trades


https://twitter.com/tsnjamesduthie/...973087310045185

https://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie/...983487749443584

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Jun 27, 2007



https://twitter.com/MonroeBlade/sta...762957443874816

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