By Chris Block
The full AHL regular season schedule is supposed to drop on Tuesday. It was finalized Monday. This is the latest I can recall the American Hockey League taking to get its schedule done. The reason it took until the last week of August (less than six weeks prior to Opening night) this time around is because the NBA schedule wasn’t completed just a couple of weeks ago, in mid-August. AHL franchises, Lake Erie (Cleveland), Charlotte, San Antonio and Oklahoma City share buildings with NBA teams and the AHL couldn’t lock in those teams’ home dates until the NBA finalized its schedule.
Impression I get is a roster spot is essentially Teuvo Teravainen’s to take in training camp. If he’s ready, the Blackhawks will not hold him back for any reason. However, if he’s still hesitant, over-thinking or a bit over-matched physically (these things will all come around, no one is doubting that) in half or more of his preseason appearances, there would be no hesitation to give Teravainen a month, two or however long it may take in Rockford. Read more
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Tagged Barry Smith, Blackhawks, Brandon Segal, Chris Block, Croatia, Darren Haydar, IceHogs, Jason Krog, Jeremy Morin, Keith Seabrook, Kenndal McArdle, KHL, Kyle Beach, Martin St. Pierre, Mats Hallin, Matt Carey, Mike Hedden, Pascal Pelletier, Phillip Danault, Rockford, Ryan Hartman, Stephen Johns, Teuvo Teravainen, Zagreb
By Chris Block
Kyle Beach will make his Swedish Hockey League debut later today for the HV71 hockey club. He will wear sweater number 8.
Beach was officially loaned to HV71 on September 29th. He learned of the opportunity to play hockey this season in Sweden the day before in a meeting with Blackhawks officials after an IceHogs team meeting at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford. He flew to Sweden the next day. At the time, HV71 general manager Fredrick Stillman indicated that Beach was being taken in on a three week “try-out” agreement. Although, Stillman was quoted as saying “the hope is it will work out well and he will remain throughout the year.”
In the video interview above, Beach gave the indication that his journey to Sweden may not be a brief one.
“I’m coming over here with an open mind,” Beach told the reporter. “I’m just here. I want to help this team win and get into the playoffs.” Read more
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Tagged Aaron Gagnon, Blackhawks, Brett Sterling, Chris Block, HV71, IceHogs, Jason Krog, Kyle Beach, Riley Holzapfel, Rockford, Swedish Hockey League, Ulf Dahlen