Calgary’s AHL team in Stockton officially unveils name, jerseys

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The Stockton Heat unveiled their official logo Wednesday. (via Stockton Heat)

When Calgary’s AHL team takes the ice in Stockton next season, they’ll do so as the Stockton Heat.

In an event held Wednesday evening at Stockton’s University Plaza Waterfront Hotel, Stockton’s AHL team president Dave Piecuch unveiled both the name – Stockton Heat – and jerseys for the team which will begin play in the AHL in 2015-16 in the newly formed Pacific Division. Take your first look at the jerseys: Read more

Los Angeles Kings create their own luck at the draft

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Nick Shore (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

I have learned not to doubt the Los Angeles Kings.

A few years back, I was at an Oshawa Generals game and a fan asked me if Andy Andreoff had any shot at getting drafted. Considering that Andreoff had already been passed over twice, I told him that anything was possible, but privately, Andreoff hadn’t really been on my radar.

Sure enough, the Kings picked up the gritty left winger in the third round that summer (the 2011 draft) and Andreoff has already played 13 games for the squad this season.

This past summer, I was standing with another reporter at the draft in Philadelphia, marvelling at the bizarre order in which the Kings were picking – taking certain kids way earlier than expected, leaving higher-rated kids to the end. But I’m not going to second-guess GM Dean Lombardi and his crew, which is headed by Mike Futa, VP of hockey operations and director of player personnel, and director of amateur scouting Mark Yanetti because they clearly know what they’re doing.

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Red Wings prospect Athanasiou humiliates two defenders, scores highlight-reel goal

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Andreas Athanasiou (via @Slapshotgoal/Imgur)

Eventually, a time will come when the Detroit Red Wings don’t have a list of prospects that make other teams envious. Until that day, feel free to watch this goal by Andreas Athanasiou on a loop because it’s unbelievable.

Not only does Athanasiou send one Charlotte Checkers’ defenders stick into the third row, he then rockets ahead with the puck, toe drags past the check of Mike Cornell and then follows it all up by popping Drew MacIntyre‘s water bottle off the top of the net with a slick backhand. See it for yourself: Read more

Report: AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps relocating to Winnipeg next season

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Mike Keane was the captain of the Manitoba Moose for five seasons. The Moose may be returning to the AHL next season. (Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

Five seasons after their relocation from Winnipeg to St. John’s, the Manitoba Moose may be back skating on MTS Centre ice in 2015-16.

According to a report from the Winnipeg Free Press’ Tim Campbell, the AHL’s Board of Governors are expected to meet on Thursday to vote on two potential transfers that could see the St. John’s IceCaps, the AHL affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets, relocate to Manitoba’s capital and the Hamilton Bulldogs, the Montreal Canadiens’ AHL affiliate, move to Newfoundland.

The latter move of Hamilton to St. John’s is reportedly less likely to happen, but the IceCaps leaving St. John’s for Winnipeg appears to be a strong possibility. Read more

Penguins prospect Matt Murray sets AHL shutout streak record. Who is this guy?

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Matt Murray (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)

Matt Murray, 20, did something extremely special in the AHL on Sunday, and context is important here.

Murray set the league record for the longest shutout streak ever, extending it to 304 minutes and 11 seconds before allowing a goal to Springfield’s Dana Tyrell. Murray’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins went on to a 4-1 victory. He had four consecutive shutouts entering Sunday’s game. He stopped 130 straight shots during his run. He annihilated Barry Brust’s 2012 record of 268:17.

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NHL and AHL numbers show 3-on-3 OT is only way to reduce shootouts

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David Schlemko on Tuukka Rask  (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

The next time Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland shows up at the GM meetings trying to convince his colleagues to change the rules governing overtime and shootouts and go to 3-on-3 hockey in extra time, he’ll have some real data to bolster his argument. And that data will tell him and everyone in the hockey world that the only way to lessen the impact of shootouts is to go to 3-on-3.

It will also tell them that the customary and cautious half measures the NHL took to do a quick shovel scrape of the ice and change ends to force the long change have done almost nothing to decide games in overtime. Read more

NHL 2015 Trade Deadline Central

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Weeks of rumors and speculation are over. The trade deadline is finally upon us.

The Hockey News’ Trade Deadline Central offers up-to-the-minute analysis for every March 2 trade as soon as it happens. Our experts break down the ins and outs of every deal from the minor deals to the newsmakers of the day.

From the time the first deal of the day is made, make sure you head back to The Hockey News, the authoritative source for hockey, for immediate insight and information.

(To see deals that happened prior to March 2, check out THN’s Trade Log, maintained by The Sports Forecaster.)

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