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AHL Makes Rule Changes

The American Hockey League’s Board of Governors has concluded its 2014 Annual Meeting, held this week at Hilton Head Island, S.C. 

Chaired by AHL President and CEO David Andrews, the four days of meetings, which concluded Thursday, saw the approval of the following rules changes to be implemented beginning in 2014-15:

“With the full support of the league’s Competition Committee and Player Development Committee, the Board has approved these changes with the betterment of our game and the safety of our players in mind,” said Andrews. 

• During the regular season, the sudden-death overtime period will be seven minutes (7:00) in length, preceded by a “dry scrape” of the entire ice surface.

• Teams will change ends at the start of overtime.

• Full playing strength will be 4-on-4 until the first whistle following three minutes of play (4:00 remaining), at which time full strength will be reduced to 3-on-3 for the duration of the overtime period.

• If the game is still tied following overtime, a winner will be determined by a three-player shootout.

• An automatic game misconduct will be applied to any player who has been assessed two major penalties for fighting or three major penalties for any infraction in the same game.

• A player on the ice whose helmet comes off during play will be assessed a minor penalty unless he immediately (a) exits the playing surface or (b) puts the helmet back on with the chin strap properly fastened.

Bench

Devils Home Opener On Oct. 18

ALBANY, NY – The Albany Devils announced they will play their 2014-15 Home Opener on Saturday, October 18 at Times Union Center. The time and opponent will be determined at a later date.

Season Tickets, Flex Tickets and Mini Plan Tickets for the 2014-15 season are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (518) 4-DEVILS.

The American Hockey League will release the full schedule and opponents later this summer.


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Sizing Up The Northeast Division

With the announcement of the division alignment for the 2014-15 Wednesday, let’s take a look at the how the Devils fared against the new Northeast Division last season.

To recap real quick, the now Lehigh Valley Phantoms (formerly the Adirondack Phantoms) have shifted to the East Division. To fill that void, the Syracuse Crunch moved from the East to the Northeast. So the division now consists of the Devils, Crunch, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Hartford Wolf Pack and Springfield Falcons.

Points

15
6

Wins

7
3

Goals For

37
24

Albany

# Player GP G A PTS PIM +/-
9 Joe Whitney 10 5 6 11 6 0
29 Raman Hrabarenka 8 3 6 9 2 2
18 Stefan Matteau 8 3 5 8 4 5
11 Kelly Zajac 10 3 5 8 0 5
19 Mike Sislo 8 2 5 7 6 0
# Goaltender GP W L SL MIN GA GAA SV%
1 Keith Kinkaid 6 6 0 0 338:38 5 0.89 0.964

Bridgeport

# Player GP G A PTS PIM +/-
46 Matt Donovan 7 1 5 6 11 2
10 Scott Mayfield 9 1 5 6 13 1
26 Mike Halmo 9 2 3 5 6 -1
21 Dallas Jackson 9 1 4 5 8 -4
54 Chris Langkow 9 0 5 5 2 -1
# Goaltender GP W L SL MIN GA GAA SV%
1 Philippe Trudeau 1 0 1 0 58:20 2 2.06 0.926

Points

11
6

Wins

5
3

Goals For

25
16

Albany

# Player GP G A PTS PIM +/-
9 Joe Whitney 8 4 6 10 2 5
15 Harri Pesonen 8 2 5 7 8 6
7 Brandon Burlon 7 3 2 5 6 0
19 Mike Sislo 7 2 2 4 2 2
14 Reid Boucher 7 1 3 4 0 0
# Goaltender GP W L SL MIN GA GAA SV%
1 Keith Kinkaid 4 2 1 1 243:36 7 1.72 0.935

Hartford

# Player GP G A PTS PIM +/-
10 J.T. Miller 5 4 4 8 4 6
9 Ryan Bourque 8 3 3 6 2 5
44 Aaron Johnson 8 1 3 4 2 -1
4 Conor Allen 8 0 4 4 8 -3
29 Danny Kristo 8 1 2 3 2 -4
# Goaltender GP W L SL MIN GA GAA SV%
40 Scott Stajcer 2 0 1 0 78:00 3 2.31 0.903

Points

7
10

Wins

3
5

Goals For

24
27

Albany

# Player GP G A PTS PIM +/-
9 Joe Whitney 8 3 4 7 4 1
11 Kelly Zajac 7 2 5 7 0 2
15 Harri Pesonen 8 3 2 5 2 -2
14 Reid Boucher 4 1 3 4 4 0
16 Chris McKelvie 7 1 3 4 14 2
# Goaltender GP W L SL MIN GA GAA SV%
31 Scott Wedgewood 3 2 1 0 180:00 6 2.00 0.919

Springfield

# Player GP G A PTS PIM +/-
18 Jonathan Marchessault 5 3 5 8 0 -5
12 Ryan Craig 3 4 2 6 2 -2
39 Jean-Francois Jacques 6 4 2 6 0 2
16 Michael Chaput 5 3 3 6 7 0
8 Patrick McNeill 5 1 5 6 6 1
# Goaltender GP W L SL MIN GA GAA SV%
35 Anton Forsberg 1 0 0 0 32:54 0 0.00 1.000

Points

8
5

Wins

4
2

Goals For

15
9

Albany

# Player GP G A PTS PIM +/-
15 Harri Pesonen 6 2 3 5 4 1
9 Joe Whitney 6 0 5 5 0 2
14 Reid Boucher 6 4 0 4 0 1
29 Raman Hrabarenka 5 1 3 4 0 2
11 Kelly Zajac 6 1 3 4 0 3
# Goaltender GP W L SL MIN GA GAA SV%
1 Keith Kinkaid 1 1 0 0 65:00 1 0.92 0.967

Syracuse

# Player GP G A PTS PIM +/-
18 Jonathan Marchessault (total) 9 4 5 9 2 -5
86 Nikita Kucherov 2 3 2 5 2 2
90 Vladislav Namestnikov 5 0 4 4 6 0
23 J.T. Brown 1 2 0 2 0 1
28 Brett Connolly 5 1 1 2 4 -4
# Goaltender GP W L SL MIN GA GAA SV%
35 Kristers Gudlevskis 1 1 0 0 60:00 1 1.00 0.941
McPherson

AHL Announces 2014-15 Alignment & Playoff Format

SPRINGFIELD, MA – With the Phantoms relocating to Lehigh Valley and the Heat becoming the Adirondack Flames, changes were bound to happen to the divisional alignment for the 2014-15 season. For the past three seasons, the Devils have shared the Northeast Division with the Phantoms, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Hartford Wolf Pack and the Springfield Falcons.

The league announced Albany, Bridgeport, Hartford and Springfield remain in the Northeast Division, which now includes the Syracuse Crunch.

Eastern Conference

East Division
Binghamton Senators
Hershey Bears
Lehigh Valley Phantoms
Norfolk Admirals
WB/Scranton Penguins
Northeast Division
Albany Devils
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Hartford Wolf Pack
Springfield Falcons
Syracuse Crunch
Atlantic Division
Manchester Monarchs
Portland Pirates
Providence Bruins
St. John’s IceCaps
Worcester Sharks

Western Conference

North Division
Adirondack Flames
Hamilton Bulldogs
Rochester Americans
Toronto Marlies
Utica Comets
West Division
Charlotte Checkers
Iowa Wild
Oklahoma City Barons
San Antonio Rampage
Texas Stars
Midwest Division
Chicago Wolves
Grand Rapid Griffins
Lake Erie Monsters
Milwaukee Admirals
Rockford IceHogs

What Changed

• Calgary’s affiliate relocating from Abbotsford, B.C., to Glens Falls, NY, and playing in the North Division 
• Philadelphia’s affiliate relocating from Glens Falls, NY to Allentown, PA, and playing in the East Division 
• Syracuse moving from the East Division to the Northeast Division 
• Lake Erie moving from the North Division to the Midwest Division 
• Iowa moving from the Midwest Division to the West Division 

Playoff Format

Mini-Plan_200x250The format for the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs has also been approved by the Board of Governors and remains the same as 2014: Eight teams in each conference will qualify for the postseason, with the three division winners earning the top three seeds and the next five best teams in order of regular-season points seeded fourth through eighth. The conference quarterfinals will be best-of-five series; the conference semifinals, conference finals and Calder Cup Finals will be best-of-seven series. Teams will be re-ordered after the first round so that the highest-remaining seed plays the lowest-remaining seed. 

The playing schedule for the 2014-15 regular season, which begins Oct. 10, will be announced later this summer. 

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Google+ Page

For the past two-plus seasons we have been manning an Albany Devils Google+ profile page. Well, that is no more. Starting today, the Devils will be posting on the newly created Google+ page.

We are constantly striving to bring you up-to-date content surrounding the organization and this move will certainly bring news and info to you in the most convenient way possible.

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