AHL Report Headlines: Tuesday August 15, 2017
|On this day in hockey history… 1990 — The Ottawa Senators submit an application to the NHL to become an expansion franchise in the league. Both Ottawa and Tampa Bay are welcomed into the league by the Board of Governors and begin play in the 1992-93 season. 2005 – The Canucks hire Alain Vigneault to coach their AHL affiliate, the Manitoba Moose, and promote him to head coach in the NHL after just one season.|
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►Senators inaugural uniforms
- The Belleville Senators unveiled the uniforms they will wear during their inaugural season in the American Hockey League during a public ceremony. Players, coaches and management joined hundreds of fans as the team unveiled both a predominantly white and a predominantly black uniform. Each of these versions features a classic, heritage style “B” positioned prominently in the middle of the jersey. Both jerseys also feature a commemorative inaugural season patch on their shoulders. This inaugural season logo, unveiled today, pays tribute to the City of Belleville where the team will play its home games and will only be used on the uniform for the 2017-18 season.
— Belleville Senators (@BellevilleSens) August 13, 2017
►Beast re-sign assistant captain MacLean
- After re-signing their captain Brandon Marino earlier in the month, the Brampton Beast re-signed another piece of their leadership core. Brandon MacLean has signed a Standard Player Contract (SPC) to return to Brampton for the upcoming 2017-18 ECHL season.
— AHL Report (@TheAHLReport) August 11, 2017
► Who’s behind the bench?
- The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins that Tim Army has been named an assistant coach, joining head coach Clark Donatelli and fellow assistant J.D. Forrest behind the Penguins’ bench. Army joins the Penguins with 29 years of coaching experience in the NHL, AHL and NCAA, most recently spending the past seven seasons serving as an assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche.
► It’s signing season
- Teams continued to add to their rosters during this busy offseason, as the league gets deeper into free agency with rookie and training camps fast approaching.
- San Jose Sharks re-signed forward Barclay Goodrow to a two-year contract. Last season, Goodrow recorded 45 points (25 goals, 20 assists) in 61 games with the San Jose Barracuda, leading the team in goals and finishing fourth in points.
Two more years in teal!!!!
— Barclay Goodrow (@bgoodrow23) August 7, 2017
- New York Islanders re-signed Stephen Gionta to a one-year, two-way contract. Gionta played in 26 games for the Islanders last season, scoring six points. Gionta also played in seven games with the Islanders’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, scoring one goal and two assists.
- The Milwaukee Admirals signed right wing Bobby Butler to an American Hockey League contract for the 2017-18 season. Butler, a former two-time AHL All-Star, spent the last two seasons in Europe, including 50 games in the KHL last year split between Medvescak Zagreb and Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod.