Aug 182011
 


The American Hockey League was finally able to release their 2011-12 regular season schedule on Thursday, exactly fifty days prior to the league’s official opener, October 7th.

Rockford will open its season on Saturday night, October 8th versus the Grand Rapids Griffins at the formerly-named MetroCentre, now the BMO Harris Bank Center.

The next day the IceHogs play their first road game at Peoria.  That October 9th contest against the Rivermen begins a four-game road trip continuing with two games in Abbotsford on Oct 14 and 16.  After five days off, the IceHogs make their first trip to Allstate Arena in Rosemont for the ’11-12 seasons’ initial meeting with the Chicago Wolves, brand new affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks.

In all, the IceHogs and Wolves meet twelve times during the new campaign.  In a weird twist, the Hogs-Wolves season series will be complete by Feb 26th.  The rivals will meet on back-to-back days on three separate occasions: Oct 21-22, Jan 20-21 and Feb 10-11 (both of these games are in Rockford). Continue reading »

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Aug 172011
 


Adam Jahns of the Sun-Times has a quick Q&A with Dan Carcillo here.

Jahns asked Carcillo to describe himself away from the ice.  Carcillo said what pretty much every one of his former teammates will say, and its that he’s “pretty much the exact opposite.”  (Opposite, that is, of a loose cannon. My words)

Carcillo: “If something irks me or gets me upset, I usually take it out on the ice.”

That explains a lot.

–Former Blackhawk goaltender Jimmy Waite is the new goaltending coach for the Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL).  Waite is the younger brother of current Blackhawks’ goaltending coach Stephane Waite.  Jimmy, who is now 42, continued his playing career in Europe until retiring at age 40.  He returns to coach the team he played junior hockey with, the same Chicoutimi organization Waite was playing for when the Hawks drafted him 8th overall in 1987 NHL Draft.  The president of the current day Sagueneens is Guy Carbonneau.

–Apparently there is a site in Europe pushing a rumor saying David Aebischer will be traded to Fribourg-Gotteron soon and Cristobal Huet is out attributing me as the source.  That’s not even close to what I wrote.

–The Maple Leafs revealed their roster for the round-robin rookie camp tournament taking place September 10 – 13 in Oshawa.  The Blackhawks, Senators and Penguins are the other teams involved.

Jeremy Roenick reenacts famous “Swingers” scene. [Yahoo!]

–For those who missed our note the other day, yesterday, August 16, marked the 15-year anniversary of the trade that sent Jeremy Roenick to Phoenix for Alexei Zhamnov. Continue reading »

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Feb 232011
 

Rockford continues its busiest week of the season tonight when they bus to Rosemont, Illinois for the 7th of 10 matchups this season with the Chicago Wolves.  The two teams have split the games even so far.

As a team, the IceHogs have been nothing short of awful of late.

Rockford has lost 13 of their last 15 games (2-11-2-0).  Seven of those losses have come on home ice.  When this recent stretch of losses began back on January 21st, Rockford was three games above the .500 mark (19-16-1-4) having won seven of ten.

Today, the IceHogs (21-27-3-4) are deeply trenched in last place in the West division, trailing 7th place Chicago by 15 points.  With only 25 games left in the regular season, the IceHogs would essentially have to run the table now in order to grab a spot in the postseason.  Just two teams in the league (Adirondack and Bridgeport) hold fewer wins than Rockford.

The chief culprit in this recent swoon has been some inexplicable poor starts.

Dating back to Jan 21st, Rockford is being outscored 27-11 in the opening period.  It gets a little better in the middle stanza (10gf-15ga) while the 3rd period rings dead-even (14-14).

On five occasions in the last 15 starts, Rockford has trailed by two or more goals after the opening twenty minutes.  Three times, they trailed by three or more.  On Feb 13 at Milwaukee, the IceHogs trailed after the first period 5-1.

While the goaltending of Alec Richards and Hannu Toivonen has been less than adequate at times over the downturn, Rockford’s defense has largely been to blame. Continue reading »

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Feb 222011
 

Rockford is visiting their Interstate-90 rival Chicago Wolves on Wednesday night.  It’ll mark the 7th of 10 regular season matchups between the two teams.  The Wolves and IceHogs have split the first six even, with the Wolves technically having the better points percentage because it took overtime for Rockford to win their first meeting on October 23rd at the MetroCentre.

Here are the highlights from their most recent meeting…. Chicago’s 4-3 victory last Friday night in Rockford.

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