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Jr. Kings grad, Gilroy native Wolf named AHL’s MVP, top goaltender for ’22-23 season

April 23rd, 2023

The AHL has announced that Dustin Wolf of the Calgary Wranglers is the winner of the Les Cunningham Award as the league’s MVP and also the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL’s outstanding goaltender for the 2022-23 season. The awards are voted on by coaches, players and members of the media in each…

Firebirds beaming with confidence, dazzling on, off ice in first AHL season

February 2nd, 2023

With half of their inaugural AHL season put to bed, it would seem that the first-year Coachella Valley Firebirds are very much for real. The expansion franchise, the top affiliate of the NHL’s Seattle Kraken, is not only a legitimate contender to capture a Calder Cup playoff berth, but perhaps even a division championship ……

Jr. Kings grad, Gilroy native Wolf takes home AHL Goaltender of the Month honors

January 12th, 2023

The AHL has announced that Calgary Wranglers goalie Dustin Wolf has been named the AHL Goaltender of the Month. Wolf went 8-1-0 over nine starts in December, stopping 263 of 277 shots to record a 1.57 goals-against average and a .949 save percentage to lead Calgary to the top of the AHL standings. The Gilroy…

San Diego native, top scorer Moskal garners monthly honors from FPHL

December 2nd, 2022

The Federal Prospects Hockey League has announced that Elmira Mammoth forward Parker Moskal has been named the Player of the Month for October/November. Moskal played in 13 games for the Mammoth during the first two months and recorded 13 goals with 18 assists for 31 points to lead the league in scoring, putting together a…

Firebirds get off to successful AHL start with home opener approaching in Coachella Valley

October 21st, 2022

How do you build a professional hockey franchise from the desert floor up? The Vegas Golden Knights certainly accomplished that daunting feat in their inaugural season by posting the fifth-best record in the NHL during the regular season en route to winning a division title, Western Conference playoff championship and a runner-up finish in the…

Jr. Reign alum, trio of Jr. Sharks grads selected in 2022 NHL Draft

July 11th, 2022

The 2022 NHL Draft was held July 7-8 in Montreal, and four players with California connections saw their dreams get one step closer as they were picked by NHL clubs. San Jose Jr. Sharks alum Garrett Brown was selected by the Winnipeg Jets in the fourth round (99th overall) by the Winnipeg Jets, while the…

Grier returns to San Jose, selected Sharks’ new general manager ahead of ’22-23 NHL season

July 5th, 2022

Mike Grier became the first black general manager in NHL history when he was hired by the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday. The 47-year-old replaces Doug Wilson, who stepped down April 7 after 19 seasons to focus on his health. Assistant GM Joe Will held the position while San Jose conducted its search. Grier played…

Campbell named Firebirds’ assistant coach, will be first female to serve behind AHL bench

July 3rd, 2022

The Coachella Valley Firebirds, the 32nd AHL team debuting in fall 2022 and the affiliate of the NHL’s Seattle Kraken, have announced the hiring of Jessica Campbell as its first assistant coach in team history. Campbell will be the first female assistant coach in the AHL. “We’re very excited to welcome Jessica to the Kraken…

AHL’s Firebirds tab NHL veteran Bylsma as first head coach for ’22-23 season

June 21st, 2022

The Coachella Valley Firebirds, the 32nd AHL team debuting in fall 2022 and the affiliate of the NHL’s Seattle Kraken, have announced the hiring of Dan Bylsma as the team’s first head coach in team history. Bylsma comes from the Charlotte Checkers, home of the defending Calder Cup Champions, where he was named assistant coach…

Barracuda, new Tech CU Arena selected to host 2024 AHL All-Star Classic

May 13th, 2022

The American Hockey League has announced that the league’s board of governors has unanimously approved the San Jose Barracuda as hosts of the 2024 AHL All-Star Classic. The event will be held at Tech CU Arena, the crown jewel of a 200,000-square-foot expansion of the Sharks Ice at San Jose public skating facility that will…

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