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    icon115 Ahl 2015-2016

    Use this thread to discuss the AHL's 2015-2016 season. All discussion, stats, video, etc. should be posted in this thread.

    Updated league standings can be found here: http://theahl.com/mobile/statdisplay...k&bblh=mSafari

    Clicking on a team name will bring you its roster, and the stats of each player.

    Top league point scorers can be found here: http://theahl.com/stats/statdisplay....division_id=-1

    Top goalies can be found here: http://theahl.com/stats/statdisplay....division_id=-1
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    From theahl.com -
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    AHL's 80th season opens

    October 9, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … Just 118 days after the Calder Cup was handed out, the American Hockey League is ready to drop the puck on its 80th-anniversary season with five games on Friday night.

    NEW LOOK

    With 30 active franchises again in 2015-16, the American Hockey League remains the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League clubs – but there is a decidedly new look to the AHL for Season 80.

    Five Western Conference NHL teams have moved their affiliates to California, giving the AHL its first-ever presence in the Golden State. The Bakersfield Condors (top affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers), Ontario Reign (Los Angeles Kings), San Diego Gulls (Anaheim Ducks), San Jose Barracuda (San Jose Sharks) and Stockton Heat (Calgary Flames) all hit the ice as members of the Pacific Division this fall.

    The AHL is also returning to Winnipeg in 2015-16 with the return of the Manitoba Moose as the top affiliate of the NHL’s Jets. The Moose spent 10 seasons in the AHL from 2001 to 2011.

    Other affiliation shuffles heading into the new season have resulted in new parent clubs for the St. John’s IceCaps (Montreal Canadiens), Lake Erie Monsters (Columbus Blue Jackets), Springfield Falcons (Arizona Coyotes), San Antonio Rampage (Colorado Avalanche) and Portland Pirates (Florida Panthers).

    The AHL’s alignment underwent a change as well, with the league splitting into four divisions – the Atlantic and the North in the Eastern Conference, and the Central and the Pacific in the Western Conference. Teams will play a 76-game schedule, 38 home and 38 away, with the exception of the five California-based teams, who will play 68 games apiece (34 home, 34 away). Standings order will be determined by points percentage.

    The regular season is scheduled to end on Sunday, Apr. 17.

    CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT

    During the 2014-15 season, more than 88 percent of all NHL players were graduates of the American Hockey League. Seventeen NHL teams were led in scoring by an AHL alumnus, and 28 former AHL goaltenders led their NHL team in victories.

    There were 254 former first- and second-round NHL draft picks who skated in the AHL last year, including standouts like David Pastrnak, William Nylander, Matt Dumba and 2015 Stanley Cup champion Teuvo Teravainen. There were also 341 players who saw action in both the AHL and the NHL last season alone.

    As the 2015-16 National Hockey League season began earlier this week, there were 628 AHL graduates on the opening-night rosters of the NHL’s 30 clubs, including last year’s AHL MVP and scoring champion Brian O'Neill (New Jersey Devils), reigning Eddie Shore Award winner Chris Wideman (Ottawa Senators) and 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs MVP Jordan Weal (Los Angeles Kings).

    CROWD PLEASERS

    The AHL’s 30 teams drew nearly 6.6 million fans to games across North America in 2014-15, with the Hershey Bears leading the way for the ninth season in a row at an average of 9,791 fans per regular-season game. The Utica Comets sold out a total of 40 home dates last year, including all 13 games at the Memorial Auditorium on their run to the Calder Cup Finals.

    Contests in AHL rinks in Chicago, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Charlotte and San Antonio all drew single-game crowds of more than 13,000 last season, and the Toyota Frozen Dome Classic brought 30,715 fans inside the Carrier Dome in Syracuse to watch the Crunch take on Utica, the largest crowd ever for an indoor professional hockey game in the United States.

    The marquee event on this year’s regular-season schedule is set for Dec. 18, when the Stockton Heat take on the Bakersfield Condors in the eighth outdoor game in AHL history, part of the Golden State Hockey Rush festival at Raley Field in Sacramento, Calif.

    And the Onondaga County War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, N.Y., will be packed on January 31 and February 1 for the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic.

    COACH CLASS

    There were eight head coaching vacancies filled during the summer of 2015, but only one of the AHL’s bench bosses will enter 2015-16 with no previous AHL experience.

    Toronto’s Sheldon Keefe is the only rookie head coach in the AHL, joining the Marlies after earning Canadian Hockey League coach of the year honors at Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) last season. Charlotte’s Mark Morris, Grand Rapids’ Todd Nelson, Lehigh Valley’s Scott Gordon, Rochester’s Randy Cunneyworth, San Diego’s Dallas Eakins, Springfield’s Ron Rolston and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Mike Sullivan bring a combined 1,346 AHL victories to their new addresses.

    Former AHL head coaches who have moved up to the NHL since last season include Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill, promoted after three seasons with the Grand Rapids Griffins that included the 2013 Calder Cup championship and the 2013-14 Louis A.R. Pieri Award as AHL coach of the year, and the New Jersey Devils’ John Hynes, whose Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins reached at least the second round of the playoffs in each of his five seasons at the helm. In addition, Terry Murray joins the Buffalo Sabres as an assistant coach after three seasons leading the Adirondack/Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

    Roy Sommer of the San Jose Barracuda, entering his 18th season as head coach of the San Jose Sharks’ AHL affiliate, needs 20 victories to pass Hockey Hall of Famer Fred “Bun” Cook (636) as the winningest AHL head coach of all time, and the Chicago Wolves’ John Anderson (391) is nine wins shy of becoming just the fifth 400-game winner in league history.

    RULES OF ORDER

    The 2015-16 season will feature some new rules, most notably a five-minute overtime period during the regular season played at three skaters aside for the duration.

    Last season, playing a combination of 4-on-4 and 3-on-3 during a seven-minute overtime, the AHL saw 201 of its 268 OT games (75.0 percent) decided in the extra session – a dramatic increase from 2013-14, when 35.3 percent of OT games were decided during the 4-on-4 period used that season.

    • Rule 85.1 (“Overtime”) now says that during the regular season, the sudden-death overtime period will be 5 minutes long and will be preceded by a dry scrape of the entire ice surface. Teams will change ends at the start of the overtime period, and full strength will be 3-on-3 for the duration of the period.

    • Rule 79.4 (“Video Review – Coaches Challenge”) permits a team – if it has its timeout available – to request a video review of any situation that would normally be subject to official review under Rule 79.3. If the challenge is successful, the team retains its timeout.

    • Rule 76.4 (“Face-Offs”) calls for the defending player to place his stick on the ice first for all face-offs except those at center ice, where the visiting player will place his stick on the ice first.

    The entire AHL Rule Book is available for viewing on theahl.com, as is the AHL Guide & Record Book.

    SOCIAL NETWORK

    The AHL’s presence in social media continues to grow, and the league’s official Twitter feed and Facebook page remain great sources for breaking AHL news, special offers, behind-the-scenes insights and fan interaction. Heading into opening weekend, the AHL has more than 105,000 “likes” on its Facebook page (fb.com/theahl) and nearly 70,000 followers of its official Twitter account, @TheAHL. The AHL communications department also maintains a news feed on Twitter (@AHLPR).

    The AHL’s digital properties are anchored by the league’s official website, theahl.com. A mobile version of the site is also available for easy use on smartphones, and an official AHL app is available for free for iPhone and Android devices.

    AHL LIVE

    Once again in 2015-16, every AHL game will be delivered both live and on-demand through AHL Live. Subscribers can watch high-quality AHL action on their desktops, laptops, iPads, iPhones or Android devices; visit ahllive.com for more information.

    ABOUT US

    In operation since 1936, the American Hockey League continues to serve as the top development league for the players, coaches, managers, trainers, executives and broadcasters of all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 88 percent of NHL players last season were AHL graduates, and for the 14th year in a row, more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2014-15. Through the years, the AHL has been home to more than 100 future members of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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    The classic name "San Diego Gulls" has been brought back to pro hockey, this time in the form of an AHL franchise (previous teams with that name played in the old IHL, the old WCHL, and the ECHL).

    The Gulls are owned by Henry & Susan Samueli, owners of the Anaheim Ducks, and serve as the Ducks' AHL affiliate. The Samuelis endeared themselves to San Diego hockey fans by giving the franchise its classic name and colors back.

    They drew over 12,000 fans to their home opener, a 4-2 win over the Grand Rapids Griffons (Detroit's farm club).

    From the San Diego Union Tribune:

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    Fully three hours before the drop of the first puck – sounds kinda strange, eh? – the first tent was pitched in the parking lot. Given that it was a balmy 95 or so on the asphalt Saturday, the shade was appreciated by all in the sizable tailgate party.

    The really cool thing, however, was waiting inside Valley View Casino Center.

    ““This is kinda like going to the grocery store on a hot day and opening the door to the frozen-foods section,” said Jason Gencarelli, a local man about to spend many of his fall and winter nights behind the wheel of a Zamboni. “Only better. So, so much better.”

    Gencarelli, being a hockey guy who moved here decades from New England, wasn’t talking about just the difference between outdoor and room temperature. Along with nearly 13,000 fans who packed Valley View for the long-awaited debut of the San Diego Gulls – and return of minor-league professional pucks in the form of the American Hockey League – he could’ve melted ice with his sheer passion for the sport and the occasion at hand.

    Greeted to town with a standing ovation upon completion of player introductions, the Gulls responded with a 4-2 win over the Grand Rapids. The first goal -- the first of two by Nick Ritchie -- came with just under five minutes remaining in the first period of a game the Gulls never trailed.

    The night did not go off without hitches, most notably, problems with the playing surface that prompted game delays while repairs were made. The players often skated around in a fog, literally, that rose from the ice sheet.

    But it was hockey. And it was made to feel right back at home.

    “Electric,” said fan Richard Kurz. “To see this happen, it feels like a new beginning, San Diego Gulls hockey for a whole new generation.”

    A deputy sheriff who also teaches youth hockey in San Diego, Kurz was one of the aforementioned tailgaters. It sure wasn’t like this when he grew up in the Buffalo, N.Y., area, addicted to the hometown Sabres and the NHL.

    “It’s not the East Coast, but Southern California hockey,” he said. “Look around here. You won’t see a lot of people wearing shorts and flip-flop into the arenas back east.”

    A good portion of the crowd wore blue and orange Gulls t-shirts declaring “Hockey is Back,” the apparel handed out when the team held an introductory party for San Diego. An astounding 8,000 people showed up just to find out what the name of the team would be.

    Of course, San Diego hockey teams have been called the Gulls since 1966, the year the city was included in the high-level Western Hockey League. Those Gulls actually out-drew some NHL clubs during their eight-year tenure.

    Back then, the building was known as the San Diego International Sports Arena, some thinking that the facility’s limitations and former ownership were the major impediments to San Diego getting a National Hockey League team as a southern rival for the Los Angeles Kings. Instead, that role eventually went to the expansion Ducks, one-time Stanley Cup champions who moved their top affiliate from Virginia to San Diego as part of the AHL’s Pacific Division.

    Obviously, everybody here wants to be in Anaheim,” said Gulls right wing Max Friberg. “But this is one of the best towns in America. Being here makes it easier to be sent down.”

    Having learned just over the past few weeks and even days that they wouldn’t be opening the season in the NHL, most of the new Gulls have not played for a West Coast team of any kind, to say nothing of Southern California.

    A year ago, several of the Gulls were Admirals, playing home games in that other Navy hub of Norfolk, Va. Thus, they were clear across the country from their NHL team, like the other four AHL franchises that chose to go SoCal.

    “I think the fact that Anaheim is right up the road can have a mental effect by itself,” said Gulls general manager Bob Ferguson. “I have to think they feel closer to reaching their NHL dream than they did 3,000 miles away.”

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    Here are scenes from San Diego's home opener: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wIQuPBdWmU

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    From theahl.com -

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    Bears' Bourque reaches 500 points

    October 11, 2015

    In his return to the Hershey Bears, Chris Bourque wasted little time reaching a career milestone.

    With his first-period assist in the Bears' 2015-16 season opener at Springfield on Saturday night, Bourque became the 89th player in American Hockey League history to reach 500 career points.

    Bourque added a goal later in the contest as Hershey defeated the Falcons, 5-1.

    Bourque, who has played 393 of his 511 career regular-season AHL games with the Bears, has now totaled 172 goals and 329 assists for 501 points. He has won three Calder Cups with Hershey (2006, 2009, 2010), and earned the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as playoff MVP in 2010.

    The 29-year-old native of Boston is just the seventh U.S.-born player to reach 500 AHL points. Bourque is a three-time AHL All-Star Classic participant and has twice been named a First Team AHL All-Star, including last season with Hartford.

    Bourque was originally selected by Washington in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He has recorded two goals and six assists in 51 career NHL games with Washington, Pittsburgh and Boston.

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    One thing I hate is that the two conferences still never play each other. The only time an Eastern conference team will meet a Western conference team is if they play each other in the Calder Cup Finals. This makes the AHL essentially two different leagues.

    This is horrible also: Teams will play a 76-game schedule, 38 home and 38 away, with the exception of the five California-based teams, who will play 68 games apiece (34 home, 34 away). Standings order will be determined by points percentage.

    An uneven number of games for the California based teams? I know they are trying to save on travel expenses, but that is HORRIBLE.

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    What makes it even dumber is that the two Texas-based teams (Texas Stars and San Antonio Rampage) play in the Pacific Division ... but play the full 76 while the other five division members will play 68.

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    Ya I'm really mad at the AHL for caving to the NHL clubs on this. I understand that the West Coast teams wanted their affiliates closer, but if thats what they wanted, they should have to observe the same rules as everyone else. What kind of pro-league has teams playing different numbers of regular season games? I think the California teams are gonna keep pushing for less travel and fewer games. The NHL is slowly choking the independently owned clubs out of minor league hockey. I feel bad for the fans in places like Worcester, Manchester and Glenn Falls. Springfield too since they're probably next...

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    To try and give you a feel for the AHL's pace and skill level, I'm going to post a random highlight video each week during the season.

    Here is a 4 minute video from the Hartford-Syracuse game that took place October 23, 2015, won 4-3 by Hartford.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2MpcEyxYiU

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    I happened to be in Hershey, Pennsylvania this past weekend with my family and got to see a Bears game vs. the St. John's IceCaps (Montreal's farm club). The AHL has operated since 1936 and Hershey has been playing since 1938; it is the AHL's most historic club. The Bears play in the Giant Center, an absolutely beautiful arena that seats 10,500 and has great sightlines and a terrific atmosphere. It was my first time seeing the Bears play at their home rink and I am hoping it won't be the last. In my opinion, this is the best place to watch a minor pro hockey game in North America. The city and surrounding community really support the team, regardless of who their NHL parent happens to be in any given year.

    Here are game highlights from 10/31/15, won 4-2 by Hershey after coming back from a 2-0 deficit:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yE_HkwXPdg

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    Really excited to see the SD Gulls back and winning games.... it's been a long time since the WCHL.

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    2016 CALDER CUP PLAYOFFS


    FIRST ROUND

    Atlantic Division Semifinals

    HERSHEY vs. PORTLAND

    Game 1 - Fri Apr 22 7:00 PM Hershey at Portland
    Game 2 - Sat Apr 23 7:00 PM Hershey at Portland
    Game 3 - Thu Apr 28 7:00 PM Portland at Hershey
    Game 4 - Sat Apr 30 7:00 PM * Portland at Hershey
    Game 5 - Sun May 1 5:00 PM * Portland at Hershey

    Atlantic Division Semifinals

    PROVIDENCE vs. W-B/SCRANTON

    Game 1 - Wed Apr 20 7:05 PM W-B/SCRANTON 3, Providence 2 OT
    Game 2 - Thu Apr 21 7:05 PM Providence at W-B/Scranton
    Game 3 - Sat Apr 23 7:05 PM W-B/Scranton at Providence
    Game 4 - Mon Apr 25 7:05 PM * W-B/Scranton at Providence
    Game 5 - Tue Apr 26 7:05 PM * W-B/Scranton at Providence

    North Division Semifinals

    TORONTO vs. BRIDGEPORT

    Game 1 - Sat Apr 23 7:00 PM Toronto at Bridgeport
    Game 2 - Sun Apr 24 5:00 PM Toronto at Bridgeport
    Game 3 - Thu Apr 28 7:30 PM Bridgeport at Toronto
    Game 4 - Fri Apr 29 7:30 PM * Bridgeport at Toronto
    Game 5 - Sun May 1 3:00 PM * Bridgeport at Toronto

    North Division Semifinals

    ALBANY vs. UTICA

    Game 1 - Fri Apr 22 7:00 PM Utica at Albany
    Game 2 - Sat Apr 23 5:00 PM Utica at Albany
    Game 3 - Tue Apr 26 7:00 PM Albany at Utica
    Game 4 - Thu Apr 28 7:00 PM * Albany at Utica
    Game 5 - Sat Apr 30 5:00 PM * Utica at Albany

    Central Division Semifinals

    MILWAUKEE vs. GRAND RAPIDS

    Game 1 - Fri Apr 22 7:00 PM Grand Rapids at Milwaukee
    Game 2 - Sat Apr 23 7:00 PM Grand Rapids at Milwaukee
    Game 3 - Tue Apr 26 7:00 PM Milwaukee at Grand Rapids
    Game 4 - Wed Apr 27 7:00 PM * Milwaukee at Grand Rapids
    Game 5 - Sat Apr 30 7:00 PM * Grand Rapids at Milwaukee

    Central Division Semifinals

    LAKE ERIE vs. ROCKFORD

    Game 1 - Wed Apr 20 7:00 PM Lake Erie 3, ROCKFORD 0
    Game 2 - Thu Apr 21 7:00 PM Lake Erie at Rockford
    Game 3 - Sat Apr 23 7:00 PM Rockford at Lake Erie
    Game 4 - Mon Apr 25 7:00 PM * Rockford at Lake Erie
    Game 5 - Thu Apr 28 7:00 PM * Rockford at Lake Erie

    Pacific Division Semifinals

    ONTARIO vs. SAN JOSE

    Game 1 - Fri Apr 22 7:30 PM Ontario at San Jose
    Game 2 - Sat Apr 23 7:30 PM Ontario at San Jose
    Game 3 - Thu Apr 28 7:00 PM San Jose at Ontario
    Game 4 - Fri Apr 29 7:00 PM * San Jose at Ontario
    Game 5 - Sun May 1 3:00 PM * San Jose at Ontario

    Pacific Division Semifinals

    SAN DIEGO vs. TEXAS

    Game 1 - Thu Apr 21 7:30 PM San Diego at Texas
    Game 2 - Sat Apr 23 7:00 PM San Diego at Texas
    Game 3 - Thu Apr 28 7:05 PM Texas at San Diego
    Game 4 - Fri Apr 29 7:05 PM * Texas at San Diego
    Game 5 - Mon May 2 7:05 PM * Texas at San Diego


    (* if necessary)

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    Almost ready for the Calder Cup finals. The Lake Erie (Cleveland) Monsters swept the Ontario (California) Reign 4-0. The Hershey Bears lead the Toronto Marlies 3-1. They won the first three games, the third one in an 8-2 rout, before Toronto stayed alive in game four with a 5-0 home win led by a William Nylander hat trick.

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    Fantastic quality highlights, Hershey vs. Toronto:

    Game 1: https://youtu.be/yzOhGWKloSk

    Game 2: https://youtu.be/1Zb3tEgCtmY

    Game 3: https://youtu.be/xeG_cZs8zng

    Game 4: https://youtu.be/K-uQEI1ygqk

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    Hershey won last night, and the GWG was scored by the Australian, Nathan Walker
    Twitter: @CSmeeth

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    Hershey eliminated Toronto with a 3-2 win to take the series 4-1. The Marlies were the top team in the regular season.

    Hershey now is back in the Calder Cup Finals for the 5th time in the last 11 seasons.

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    Hershey-Toronto Game 5 highlights: https://youtu.be/icMaoYBEl54

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    Lake Erie won Game 1 of the Calder Cup finals on the road, defeating Hershey by a score of 4-1.

    High quality video highlights here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5F13sk5N-gA

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    Lake Erie won Game 2 in Hershey by a 5-3 score and has seized a commanding 2-0 series lead. The next 2 games are in Cleveland, as is a fifth game if it becomes necessary. Hershey now must win 2 out of 3 on the road to keep their chances alive. Anton Forsberg has been the difference in the series so far - he's been a monster in goal for Lake Erie (pun fully intended).

    Highlights here: https://youtu.be/QsGbWk20ziM

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    Lake Erie won Game 3 in overtime, 3-2. Want to get the feel for the pace and skill level of an AHL contest? Highlights of Game 3 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHdzfkeR7PY

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    Lake Erie won the Calder Cup with a 1-0 overtime win against Hershey in Game 4 before a crowd of almost 20,000 fans. Lake Erie (Cleveland) swept the final series 4 games to 0.

    This was the Monsters' first ever Calder Cup, but the city of Cleveland's 10th (the old Cleveland Barons, who played in the AHL from 1937-1973, won 9 Calder Cups).


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    CLEVELAND (theahl.com) ... The Lake Erie Monsters won their first Calder Cup on Saturday night, defeating the Hershey Bears, 1-0 in overtime, in Game 4 of the American Hockey League's championship series at a sold-out Quicken Loans Arena.

    Oliver Bjorkstrand scored with 1.9 seconds left in the first overtime period as the Monsters finished off the Bears, four games to none. Lake Erie completed its postseason run with 15 wins in 17 games, the best record ever for a team requiring four playoff rounds.

    Bjorkstrand, a 21-year-old rookie and a third-round selection by Columbus in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, was awarded the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the MVP in the Calder Cup Playoffs after totaling 10 goals and six assists for 16 points in 17 games. Bjorkstrand tied an AHL record with six game-winning goals and set a new mark with three overtime goals in a single postseason.

    Anton Forsberg, who made 23 saves in the Game 4 shutout, finished the postseason with a 9-0 record in his 10 appearances, a 1.34 goals-against average and a .949 save percentage.

    In their first season as the top development team of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, the Monsters followed up their second-place finish in the Central Division (43-22-6-5, 97 points, .638) with series wins over the Rockford IceHogs (3-0), the Grand Rapids Griffins (4-2) and the Ontario Reign (4-0) before sweeping Hershey in the Finals. Including their final 11 regular-season contests, Lake Erie went 24-4 over its final 28 games in 2015-16 en route to winning the 10th Calder Cup ever for the city of Cleveland; the original Cleveland Barons won nine titles in their existence from 1936-72, the last coming in 1964.

    Attendance at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday night was 19,665, the largest crowd ever to see a professional hockey game in the state of Ohio and the second-largest postseason crowd in American Hockey League history. For the regular season and Calder Cup Playoffs combined, a total of 7,129,963 fans attended AHL games across North America in 2015-16, the highest total ever.

    Lake Erie’s victory brings an end to the AHL’s historic 80th-anniversary season. In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 88 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and more than 100 honored members of the Hockey Hall of Fame spent time in the AHL in their careers.

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    Game 4 highlights & Calder Cup celebration here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ue1DLBEgWU

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    The famous New York Times newspaper ran a story on Lake Erie (Cleveland)'s championship in the AHL - very surprising. You can read it here: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/12/sp...ters.html?_r=1

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    21-year old Danish forward Oliver Bjorkstrand scored the Calder Cup-winning goal in Game 4's overtime and was awarded the playoff MVP award.

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    'Bjorkstrand, 21, was a third-round selection in the 2013 NHL Draft. His postseason play earned him the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the MVP of the Calder Cup playoffs. Bjorkstrand had 10 goals and 6 assists for 16 points in 17 games. And Bjorkstrand tied an AHL record with six game-winning goals. He also set a new mark with three overtime goals in the postseason.

    The Calder Cup trophy and MVP award almost overwhelmed Bjorkstrand.

    "To get an overtime winner in the final game is an amazing feeling," Bjorkstrand said. "Doing it is something that every kid dreams of. Winning the MVP is a huge honor. A lot of guys on the team could've gotten it. I'm not too worried about the MVP because winning the Calder Cup is on my mind." '

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    His older brother Patrick played for the last three seasons in Medveščak. During the first two seasons he was typical fourth liner, lot of speed, occassional goal from turnover and sitting on the bench when the things were tight. In third season he got more ice time and scored more. At the same time he was regular in the Dannish NT and now he waits for the possible call from NHL/AHL before he rejoins Medveščak for his fourth season in KHL.

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