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Vikings draw more than 500,000 for Stanley Cup celebration

John Tavares throws up during championship parade

June 6th, 2022

Andrei Vasilevskiy had the Stanley Cup in his hands, the Vikings goaltender ending the parade but continuing the celebration of their first AFHL championship in their franchise history.

“It’s been amazing, let me tell you,” Vasilevskiy said to the crowd that gathered for a post-parade rally at La Mauricie National Park. “This is unbelievable. Unbelievable. We all know what it’s about. It’s about the fans, the family.

“I said in an interview at the end of the season: We’re a bunch of messed-up individuals together. From the coaches all the way down, here we go. Look at this. This is amazing. Amazing.”

What started as a cloudy and rainy day ended in sunshine, with an estimated 500,000 people watching the Vikings travel on boats and trolleys on their way to La Mauricie National Park.

“Beyond anything I could have imagined,” Vikings owner Phil Svoboda said. “I thought there’d be a lot of people, but it’s a block or two deep at some points. Wow.

“… What a jolt of energy for a city, and that’s the best thing that sports can do, is bring people together, bring positive energy to the home city.”

Players took turns walking the route with the Cup, including team captain Mika Zibanajed, Filip Forsberg, and Mike Rielly. Backup goaltender Brian Elliot walked with his young son Owen, who later took to the stage and led a “Let’s Go Vikings!” chant.

John Tavares made this victory parade one Shawinigan will never forget.

While celebrating his team’s first-ever Stanley Cup championship, the 31-year-old forward was filmed throwing up in the trolley he was riding in. From the looks of the footage on Twitter, his driver caught some splash as well.

Despite the not-so Kodak moment currently making the rounds on social media, Tavares appears to be enjoying his victory lap, which included post-parade celebrations with his wife.

“I’m a Stanley Cup Champion, baby!” John Tavares said to the crowd. “Put your glasses up right now Shawinigan. We’re Stanley Cup champs baby!”

Phil Svoboda, who took over as coach in June of 2011, exactly 11 years ago, and helped the Vikings rise from last place to first place in the AFHL standings, was greeted with chants of “Chief! Chief! Chief!”

“It’s awesome. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life,” Svoboda said. “What an incredible experience to be down here today, the parade and everything. It’s unbelievable. I’m so happy for the city and the fans. They deserved it, but more than anything, I’m so happy for our players because of how hard they played, prepared, through leadership coming through and winning that Cup.

“They came together at some point. It all started to work out. Leadership, character and hard work through January, February and most of March, being on the road that much and winning that many games, it just goes to show the hard work and character of our players.

“That’s why we’re Stanley Cup champions.”

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2022 AFHL Trade Deadline

 

 

 

The Deadline is @ 8pm EST Tonight!!!

 

February 6th, 2022

Logan Couture, Alex DeBrincat, Sidney Crosby – There are some big names rumored to be in play this year, which should make for a very interesting deadline day. TheAFHL.com and TSN will be following all of the trades today and providing some analysis of the deals as they happen. And we’ll hear lots from Pierre LeBrun, Barry Melrose, and Bob McKenzie who is at TSN’s studios for Tradecentre.

So, feel free to stay on the page and refresh for updates, which begin below:

11:35 am  Bob McKenzie: Hey everybody! Happy Trade Deadline Day!!

11:41 am  Barry Melrose: I’m predicting 20 to 25 trades today. Lots of teams are still in on Couture. Not sure if a deal will get done though.

11:45 am  Pierre LeBrun: Keep an eye on the Antigonish X-Men today. They are hungry to make a big deal. I’m hearing they called Manhattan about Couture.

11:58 am  Bob McKenzie: Boston Giants are having their best season in franchise history. Currently occupying the 6th seed. Will GM Mike Phelan strike big for the Giants? Or will he hesitate to part with his top prospects and picks for smaller deals?

12:03 pm  Barry Melrose: Just got a text from Fort Drum GM Steve Stryska and he said the “Killers are open for business”.

12:35 pm  Pierre LeBrun: AFHL Commissioner is preaching patience on Deadline Day. Says history tells us this will be a busy day with lots of trades. “Takes some time to warm up the engines.”

12:46 pm  Barry Melrose: Yeah, lots of guys tend to hold their cards close to their chest in the first half of the day.

1:03 pm  Bob McKenzie: Wonder what the Buffalo Phantoms will do today. They’re in the playoff race this year. GM Daryn Beckman was talking like Shawinigan is running away with the title this year but maybe he forgot the Vikings have been the top team for the last three of four years and a team always manages to beat them in the playoffs.

1:05 pm  Pierre LeBrun: All it takes is one week of bad goaltending for the Vikings to lose.

2:16 pm  Barry Melrose: Hearing Laval and Manhattan are nearing a deal that would send Reilly Smith to the Nomads…

3:13 pm  Bob McKenzie: Five more hours until the deadline and no trades yet. Seems like we are in a little bit of a holding pattern here. Lots of teams talking but nothing official.

3:49 pm  Barry Melrose: First trade of the day is finally made. Manhattan sends Keegan Kolesar to Laval for a 2022 3rd Round Pick and Vinni Lettieri.

4:45 pm  Pierre LeBrun: Manhattan has also dealt Evan Rodrigues to Long Beach for a 2023 2nd Round Pick.

5:29 pm  Barry Melrose: Antigonish has announced Lars Eller is available for a draft pick.

5:45 pm  Bob McKenzie: Hearing talks are really starting to heat up between Manhattan and Buffalo.

5:59 pm  Barry Melrose: Source telling me the Buffalo Phantoms have won the Logan Couture Sweepstakes.

6:16 pm  Barry Melrose: Couture deal is confirmed. Manhattan sends Couture, Toews, and William Karlsson to Buffalo for Kappo Kakko, Liam Foudy, and two 2nd Round Picks.

6:31 pm  Pierre LeBrun: Apparently Vikings GM Phil Svoboda is working on a three way trade involving Alex DeBrincat.

6:35 pm  Pierre LeBrun: Text from Svoboda: “Three way deal is done. Just figuring out paperwork.”

6:48 pm  Bob McKenzie: Just got off the phone with Antigonish GM Pat McKenna. He said it has been a frustrating day so far because he was late to the trading table but he is looking for players that will help the X-Men keep up in the playoff race. He is getting lots of offers but mostly low-ball offers.

7:05 pm  Barry Melrose: The Three Way Trade is official. Shawinigan sends DeBrincat to Long Beach. Long Beach sends DeAngelo to Shawinigan and Evan Bouchard and a 2nd Round Pick to Vancouver. Vancouver sends Evander Kane to Shawinigan.

7:07 pm  Pierre LeBrun: Wow!! That is a really good trade for all teams involved. Nicely done everyone.

7:18 pm  Bob McKenzie: Buffalo GM Daryn Beckman strikes again. Robby Fabbri and Egor Sokolov to Antigonish for Alex Tuch and Brett Murray.

7:20 pm  Barry Melrose: Phones are ringing off the hook around the league right now with less than one hour to go!!

8:00 pm  Bob McKenzie: AFHL Commissioner has announced the Trade Deadline has been extended by one hour!!

8:20 pm  Bob McKenzie: There was a flurry of deals in the final 20 minutes. Since the extension it has calmed down but it should ramp back up soon. Lots of guys probably resetting and reassessing their current situations. Time to get back at it.

9:00 pm  Barry Melrose: The Trade Deadline has passed. Lots of deals in the final two hours. Too many to report here. Just like in previous years, we are absolutely wiped at this point in the night and too tired to write them up now. Have

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Washington Wolfpack Win the AFHL Stanley Cup

May 5th, 2021

As the final seconds finally ticked off the clock in Washington on Saturday night, the players on the Wolfpack bench threw their gloves in the air and streamed onto the ice with unbridled joy. An AFHL season unlike any that had come before had finally ended, and the Wolfpack had found redemption and was more than ready to celebrate.

Washington pulled off a thrilling overtime win against the Hamilton Firestorm in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals behind goals from Patrice Bergeron and TJ Oshie, giving Washington its second championship in franchise history and first since 2010. Goaltenders Tuuka Rask and Jeremy Swayman both recorded shutouts in the series.

Rask was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the postseason MVP after he racked up six wins, two shutouts, and a 2.20 GAA while anchoring the Wolfpack goalie crease.

“It’s a dream; it’s so unrealistic,” GM Rick Charron said of finally winning the Stanley Cup. “It’s what you dream of when you play on the streets back home when you grow up, and it’s what you imagine all the time.”

Washington’s victory ended an unconventional season in the AFHL amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. And after many months of being away from most of their family and friends and with limited capacity for fans in the buildings, Washington and Hamilton will finally get to go home.

But Washington will get to bring home the much-desired hardware that made it all worthwhile.

Team captain Patrice Bergeron was the first Wolfpack player to hoist the Cup on the ice after the game.

Bergeron then passed the Cup to Brad Marchand, and the tradition of players skating with the Cup and passing it down the entire roster continued. Bergeron said the choice to give the Cup to Marchand first was a no-brainer, describing the enigmatic winger as his “best friend on the team.”

“So many guys would do anything in the world to get the Stanley Cup,” Marchand said. “It was amazing to be a part of this run and so special to be a part of this moment.”

Without some friends and family there, Washington players took out their phones amid the celebration and FaceTimed loved ones so they, too, could take part in the experience.

“This is the best moment of our hockey lives,” Marchand said.

On the other side of spectrum, the Hamilton Firestorm locker room was quiet.

“The emotions are tough right now,” Hamilton GM Adam Zadorozny said. “I’m proud of this organization, all of these guys, the aces coming in when guys have been hurt, different guys stepping up at different times, going into that trainer’s room and seeing guys waiting on a line to get in because everyone’s got ice bags on them.”

The Firestorm were the favorites to win the Cup after eliminating the number one seeded Vikings in the prior week.

“This is going to leave a scar, there’s no doubt,” Zadorozny said. “We’ve got a group of young men in there, but they’re kids at heart and they’re crushed.”

Hamilton forward Brady Tkachuk believes the team was tired from the grueling series with the Vikings.

“Some guys just looked gassed this week,” said Tkachuk. “We didn’t have those third and fourth efforts like we did against the Vikings so pucks obviously weren’t going in for us. Not a good time to go cold, have the well go dry, especially since we carried this on the whole year. There was a lot of fight in the dog, but it just wasn’t enough.”

The Firestorm took an all-hands-on-deck approach to the playoffs, with unlikely heroes delivering in timely moments especially in the series with the Vikings, but they couldn’t come through after falling behind early on during the Finals. Instead, Washington’s story reached its final chapter, and the celebration began.

“I’m going to be a Stanley Cup champ forever,” Charron said. “My kids, my grandkids, if they look at the Stanley Cup, they’re going to see my name.”

 

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The Wolfpack will bring the Cup to Washington this week as the players reunite with their friends and families.

The team is expected to arrive in Washington around 5 p.m. Wednesday and then travel to their home ice arena via open-air trolleys. When they arrive at the arena, they will participate in a private on-the-ice celebration with their families, Wolfpack staff and some VIPs.

While that event won’t be open to the public, two other events will be. Those are happening Thursday. Here’s what those are:

 

2021 Stanley Cup Champions Boat Parade

Time: 5 p.m. Thursday, May 13th

Location: Potomac River, Washington DC

Details: Fans can gather along the river, but the city is asking people to practice social distancing and suggests wearing face masks. Boaters in the water will be asked to move out of the way for the parade to make its way through. Washington police stress boaters will not be part of the parade.

 

2021 Stanley Cup Champions Celebration

Time: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 13th

Location: Washington’s home ice arena

Details:

Free Parking beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Stadium gates open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are free and can be claimed at ticketmaster.com, beginning at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Here’s a direct link for tickets. Ticket delivery is mobile-only.

There will be socially-distant pod seating for groups of 1-6 people. Social distancing guidelines will be in effect at the arena.

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Firestorm cap off biggest upset in AFHL History;

Defeat Vikings to advance to Cup Finals

May 3rd, 2021

Let this be a lesson.

A lesson that anything is possible, no matter the odds. A lesson in never writing off a team, no matter the circumstances. And a lesson that, no matter how good a team is in the regular season, it doesn’t make a damn bit of difference come playoff time.

Yes, the Hamilton Firestorm pulled off what many thought impossible, an upset for the ages after a 6-5 win against the Shawinigan Vikings on Sunday night in the second round of the AFHL Playoffs.

Bounced.

The first place Vikings certainly crashed and the fourth place Firestorm have advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals.

“It’s quite possibly the greatest victory in the history of this franchise, without question,” Firestorm owner Adam Zadorozny said, his voice hoarse. “I just want to say to all you Firestorm fans who have supported us throughout all these years, this trip back to the Finals is for you.”

The formula for Shawinigan seemed simple enough. Do what you did all regular season: score at will, steal souls on the power play and suck the will out of teams with superb goaltending.

It’s a recipe that cooked up a whopping 121 wins in a pandemic-shortened season. But when the Vikings checked the cupboards for ingredients in Round 2, the cupboard was bare.

Why you ask? The Firestorm implemented a near-perfect game plan from the drop of the puck in Game 1, onward. A relentless forecheck stifled the Vikings. A commitment to blocked shots took away scoring chances. Providing great screens in front of Andrei Vasilevskiy made a great goalie seem mediocre. And finding scoring from up and down the lineup, both on forward and defense, added a layer of guesswork that Phil Svoboda and his troops had no answer for.

“I mean, look, they played well,” Svoboda said. “They made some plays. We made some plays. In the end, they made a couple more than we did.”

Vikings star forward Alex DeBrincat sat in his stall, looking stunned, fielding questions about the loss on Sunday night.

“This sucks, yeah. Not much to say,” DeBrincat said. “It’s the playoffs. There’s no easy team. You have to give them credit. They fought hard. It wasn’t our time, I guess.”

Some are now beginning to wonder: The Vikings, despite all of their success in the regular season and being a statistical steamroller in so many ways, just might not know how to win in the playoffs.

“If you don’t accomplish the goal of winning it all, it’s a failure,” Clayton Keller said. “We don’t care about what happened in the regular season. We wanted to come in and play well. In that first round, we came out and we played well. But then in the second round we just couldn’t gain any momentum against the Firestorm. We didn’t defend well enough as a team, the entire series.”

So one is left wondering how, then, the Vikings can learn to win in the postseason; to handle adversity; to transfer what they did best in the regular season to the postseason.

Maybe it just takes time, like it did for the Firestorm.

“I don’t know,” Svoboda said. “It’s funny: We’re expected to go to the Finals this year, and we go nowhere. It’s hard to win in this league. It’s tough not to be holding up the Stanley Cup at the end. We just have to keep knocking at the door.”

Changes will come for the Vikings. They have to, after a disaster of this magnitude. But given the core, and given the ages of the core, the window remains wide open to win.

Perhaps one day, while hoisting the Cup, the Vikings will think back to how this defeat was a formative moment. Or, perhaps, they’ll think back to what might have been, as one of the greatest regular-season teams in AFHL history saw its postseason last only two weeks.

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2021 Trade Deadline

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The AFHL Trade Deadline

 

 

 

Deadline is at 9pm EST Tonight!!!

 

Welcome to 2021 AFHL Trade Deadline day. After weeks of speculation and reports, AFHL teams face a 9 p.m. ET deadline to make moves that will put them in better position for a Stanley Cup Playoff run or help build for the future. TheAFHL.com will have coverage all day long by Pierre LeBrun, Barry Melrose, and Bob McKenzie who is at TSN’s studios for Tradecentre.

 

10:00 am Bob McKenzie: Hey everybody! The most dramatic day of the season has arrived!!!

10:07 am Barry Melrose: Deadline Day is here!! Let the fun begin…

10:14 am Pierre LeBrun: Lots of big names on the block. Rumors are flying. I have a source telling me Fort Drum and Manhattan agreed to a blockbuster deal late last night and they have been working on the paperwork all morning. Wonder who is involved.

10:28 am Barry Melrose: Pierre, I just received a text from Fort Drum GM Steve Stryska: Confirmed – Big deal in place with Manhattan. Announcing shortly.

10:40 am Bob McKenzie: As Pierre had mentioned there are a lot of big names on the trading block today which includes Leon Draisitl in Shawinigan, Patric Hornqvist in Vancouver, and Evgeni Malkin in Moncton.

10:45 am Pierre LeBrun: Source telling me it is taking a while to finalize the trade but Semyon Varlamov is 100% heading to Manhattan. 

10:52 am Barry Melrose: The deal has been announced. First trade of the day is a big one. Fort Drum sends Semyon Varlamov, Christian Fischer, and a 2023 first to Manhattan for Anthony Beauvillier, forward prospect Mavrik Bourque, goaltending prospects Dryden McKay and Alexei Melnichuk.

10:59 am Bob McKenzie: Talk about some fireworks in the morning. Wow. Explosive deal like that sets the stage for what should be a very busy day. 

11:01 am Barry Melrose: Manhattan now has FIVE starting goalies. That is one too many goalies. Would not be surprised if Furino ships one out.

11:03 am Bob McKenzie: Comox Valley has announced Brent Burns is OTB.

11:40 am Pierre LeBrun: Just spoke on the phone to Deer Park GM Mike Nellany. He said he is looking to shake up his roster today. He wants to ship out Mike Smith who is performing very well this year and would like to acquire a younger goalie. All of his prospects and draft picks are available.

12:05 pm Barry Melrose: Washington and Port Hope are working to finalize a trade for Tyler Seguin.

12:15 pm Barry Melrose: Seguin, one of the biggest names in the league, is on his way to Port Hope along with Ryan Strome. Defensemen Jacob Trouba and Shea Theodore are headed to Washington in the return.

12:25 pm Bob McKenzie: Yep Seguin to Port Hope is official. Interesting that the first two trades are big ones that have been made between four GMs who are best friends in real life. 

2:10 pm Barry Melrose: Bizarre turn of events here on Deadline Day. The Varlamov trade to Manhattan was vetoed by the Trade Review Committee. The League Commissioner / Manhattan GM Tony Furino flipped out and said he was quitting the league.

2:12 pm Barry Melrose: According to Furino’s assistant when he flipped out he grabbed a baseball bat and smashed his office window out of frustration and anger. 

2:15 pm Barry Melrose: I just spoke with Furino and he said his wild reaction was uncalled for and he let his emotions get the best of him. He has decided to “accept the veto in an effort to focus and accomplish certain things today” because he wants to win the Cup this year but he is certainly not happy with the veto and believes it was poorly handled. He added he “cannot waste any more time on it” and is happy to keep a top forward for his Cup run and he may use those bluechip prospects in a different trade. When asked about the future with the league he replied “no comment”.

2:27 pm Pierre LeBrun: Seems like Furino needs time to process what happened today as there is a lot to unpack with multiple parties involved. Either way let’s try to switch focus and enjoy the rest of this Deadline Day.

2:31 pm Bob McKenzie: Agreed!

2:35 pm Bob McKenzie: Washington makes their second trade of the day. Nick Jensen and Jaden Schwartz to Comox Valley for Brent Burns and Ryan Suter.

3:27 pm Barry Melrose: Vancouver sends David Krejci and a 2023 Third Round Pick to Comox Valley for Ridley Greig, 2022 Third Round Pick, and 2023 Second Round Pick.

6:00 pm Bob McKenzie: Three more hours until the deadline!

6:50 pm Barry Melrose: Hearing Claude Giroux played his last game as a Mustang.

7:01 pm Barry Melrose: Confirmed. Giroux is on his way back to the Manhattan Supermen along with Evgeni Malkin and Shea Weber.

7:05 pm Barry Melrose: London to receive Anders Lee, Alex Pietrangelo, Oliver Wahlstrom, and goaltending prospect Logan Thompson in the return.

7:32 pm Bob McKenzie: Not many trades up until this point with almost an hour to go. What I have been hearing from several GMs is that there are way too many buyers this year and not enough sellers probably because of the shortened season. Lots of teams still in the playoff race right now putting a cramp on the market.

8:00 pm Pierre LeBrun: One hour until the deadline!! Talks are really starting to pick up!!

8:01 pm Barry Melrose: The Shawinigan Vikings have just traded Leon Draisitl!!! 

8:10 pm Pierre LeBrun: Big return on Draisitl – 2021 first round pick expected to be a top three pick, 2022 first round pick, Tolvanen, Kapanen, and Jack Quinn.

8:45 pm Bob McKenzie: Talks are intense right now!!!

8:48 pm Barry Melrose: Manhattan sends a 2022 3rd rounder to Fort Drum for Christian Fischer.

9:05 pm Pierre LeBrun: The trade deadline has passed.

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2020 AFHL Trade Deadline

     
February 10th, 2020 It’s a new year and a new trade deadline with a live-blog that will be your guide through this hectic and crazy day. What can you expect here? You can expect to find the latest news, rumors, breaking news and some analysis too. It’s going to be a good time, keep refreshing every hour or so, and enjoy the coverage by Pierre LeBrun, Barry Melrose, and Bob McKenzie who is at TSN’s studios for Tradecentre.  

Deadline is at 9pm EST Tonight!!!

  9:30 am Bob McKenzie: Hey everybody! Welcome to our AFHL Trade Deadline live chat extravaganza! 9:39 am Barry Melrose: Greetings all from the War Room 🙂 Should be a fun day. 9:44 am Pierre LeBrun: Hey everyone!! Changing it up again this year and drinking a beer instead of coffee!! Ready to go here in the War Room! 9:49 am Bob McKenzie: Last year there was a record number of trades on Deadline Day. I wonder if the GMs can set a new record again today… 9:50 am Pierre LeBrun: This current group of GMs this year is probably the most active group I’ve seen in my ten years of covering this league so I wouldn’t be surprised if today is crazy. 9:58 am Barry Melrose: Biggest names on the trade block entering Deadline Day: Brent Burns (Seattle), Tyson Barrie (Moncton), Torey Krug (Moncton), Derek Stepan (Hamilton), PK Subban (London), Max Domi (Shawinigan), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Port Hope), Erik Karlsson (Westbury), Zach Parise (Washington), Robin Lehner (Boston), and Jordan Staal (Laval). 10:21 am Pierre LeBrun: Fort Drum GM Stryska texted me saying it’s quiet right now although most GMs are probably still trying to plan their day. #CalmBeforeTheStorm 10:59 am Bob McKenzie: First trade of the day. It’s a big one. The defending champions, Seattle Kraken, just traded TAYLOR HALL to the Westbury Royals!!!! 11:09 am Barry Melrose: Yep. Seattle sends Taylor Hall to Westbury for prized prospects Alex Turcotte and Kristian Vesalainen, as well as a 2020 2nd Round Pick. Shocking trade. 11:15 am Pierre LeBrun: Unbelievable. How’s that for some fireworks to start the day? 11:19 am Bob McKenzie: LOL. Yes that oughta wake some people up. 11:32 am Barry Melrose: Westbury GM Stephen LeDrew has been doing a tremendous job with rebuilding that franchise. 11:50 am Pierre LeBrun: I’m hearing there is a potential trade between Hamilton and Manhattan. 12:01 pm Bob McKenzie: Text from Brent Burns regarding the persistent trade rumors: “Whatever happens, happens. I’m done thinking about it. I’m done worrying about it.” 12:29 pm Barry Melrose: Wondering what moves are in store for the Vikings today… 12:31 pm Pierre LeBrun: I think they’re in on just about everything. 12:35 pm Bob McKenzie: Asked Seattle GM Henley about the Taylor Hall trade. Here is his response: The Krakens are a small market team with a small market budget and small market values. You’re going to make me say it, aren’t you? Taylor Hall slept with my wife and had to go. Now my life is in shambles. I need a semblance of normalcy. Bob, let’s go go-carting. Let’s get root beer floats. Don’t let me be alone Bob. Bob!? 12:56 pm Barry Melrose: Elliote Friedman is reporting the Buffalo Phantoms have finally traded Sidney Crosby!! 1:06 pm Barry Melrose: Sorry folks. That was a tweet posted by a fake Elliote Friedman account on Twitter. 1:07 pm Pierre LeBrun: It’s that time of year again. Be AWARE of FAKE Twitter Accounts everybody. 1:08 pm Bob McKenzie: Pierre Lebrun just told me several GMs are saying they are still at work but the trade winds are blowing. Just like in previous years we see it pick up mid-to-late afternoon. 1:10 pm Barry Melrose: Yes, the first half of the day is usually everybody just gauging the market and kicking tires but I’m hearing there will be some high rollers today. 1:24 pm Pierre LeBrun: Second trade of the day. Vancouver trades 2020 2nd Round Pick (Comox Valley) to Montreal for two 2020 3rd Round Picks (Seattle and Toronto). 1:25 pm Pierre LeBrun: I’m hearing Montreal informed Nick Bonino he has been traded shortly after the trade with Vancouver. More picks have been moved. 1:28 pm Pierre LeBrun: Confirmed. Montreal makes another trade. Nick Bonino and a 2021 3rd Round Pick (Vancouver) heading to Hamilton for a 2020 2nd Round Pick (Washington). 1:45 pm Bob McKenzie: Comox Valley X-Men GM Pat McKenna just walked into the room, put his balls on the table, and said Johnny Gaudreau is OTB for a Top Ten 1st Round Pick and an active prospect. 2:22 pm Barry Melrose: Giants GM Mike Phelan says he is still undecided on whether to be a buyer or seller today. 2:45 pm Bob McKenzie: The Hamilton Firestorm have just acquired Chris Tierney from Long Beach for a 2020 2nd Round Pick (Vancouver). 3:10 pm Pierre LeBrun: Philip Danault was told not to go to Ice Dogs practice today. He might be Lucas’ biggest trade chip at this year’s deadline. Should be interesting to see where he ends up. 3:55 pm Barry Melrose: What are the Atlantic City Sharks going to do today? First place in the American Conference – do they just stand pat? 4:01 pm Pierre LeBrun: There’s no question in my mind the Sharks are trying to do something as significant as possible. 4:29 pm Bob McKenzie: Asked X-Men forward Johnny Gaudreau how he is spending his Deadline Day. He replied: “Eating Chipotle” 5:30 pm Pierre LeBrun: Mustangs forward Jakub Vrana is not on the ice for pregame right now. 5:35 pm Pierre LeBrun: Vrana has been traded to Seattle. Waiting for details… 5:37 pm Pierre LeBrun: London has traded Jakub Vrana, Stephen Johns, and a 2022 2nd Round Pick to Seattle for Ondrej Palat and Ivan Provorov. 5:58 pm Barry Melrose: Pierre McGuire just texted us: “Alex Killorn is going to Manhattan” 6:09 pm Bob McKenzie: Yes, the Manhattan Supermen have just dealt bluechip prospect Simon Holmstrom to Seattle for Alex Killorn. 6:22 pm Pierre LeBrun: Hearing there has been a lot of offers for Alex Ovechkin and Vancouver GM Ben Rauscher has been listening. 6:25 pm Barry Melrose: Boy, adding a player like Ovechkin could make some waves. 6:32 pm Pierre LeBrun: Port Hope and Shawinigan are closing in on a big trade right now. 6:37 pm Pierre LeBrun: The Vikings have just traded Aleksander Barkov to the Port Hope Panthers for Anthony Cirelli, Dylan Strome, and a 2020 1st Round Pick (Port Hope). 6:44 pm Bob McKenzie: Quiet in Fort Drum today, eh? 6:46 pm Pierre LeBrun: I guess Killers GM Steve Stryska is sitting on his hands. 6:53 pm Barry Melrose: Teams are definitely talking a lot now as we approach only two hours left! 7:05 pm Pierre LeBrun: Lucas has just agreed to a deal with Rick. 7:07 pm Pierre LeBrun: Long Beach trades Tyler Ennis to Washington in exchange for Zach Aston-Reese, Adam Pelech, and Jon Gillies. Nice trade. 7:26 pm Bob McKenzie: Lots of rumors flying right now – hearing several big deals are currently in the works. 7:34 pm Barry Melrose: Montreal sends forward Calle Jarnkrok to Boston for a 2021 3rd Round Pick. 7:37 pm Bob McKenzie: The Brent Burns Sweepstakes finally has a winner. Seattle trades Burns to Washington for Chris Kreider and Jack Drury. 7:51 pm Pierre LeBrun: The trade pot is boiling!! 8:00 pm Barry Melrose: One more hour until the Trade Deadline!!!! 8:11 pm Pierre LeBrun: London makes another trade. Mikael Backlund to Comox Valley for Vladislav Kamenev and Landen Bow. 8:25 pm Barry Melrose: Comox Valley trades Johnny Gaudreau to Port Hope for Christian Dvorak, 2020 1st (Vikings), and 2021 1st (Port Hope). 8:39 pm Pierre LeBrun: Boston trades Curtis McEhlinney to Comox Valley for a 2022 3rd Round Pick. 8:44 pm Bob McKenzie: Montreal trades Lars Eller to Comox Valley for a 2021 3rd Round Pick. 8:52 pm Pierre LeBrun: EVERYBODY IS RUSHING!!!! LAST MINUTE DEALS!!!! 9:00 pm Bob McKenzie: The Commissioner has made a statement: “In honor of our ten year anniversary, we are extending the deadline by TEN MINUTES!!” 9:30 pm Barry Melrose: Another year and another wild finish. Too many trades to recap in the final ten minutes. Please refer to the Fantrax Transactions Board for the remaining deals as we are exhausted and going to bed!! Goodnight all!! And Long Live the AFHL!!!!!
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Famous Dobber from DobberHockey.com

Currently Mulling Over Joining the A?

October 13th, 2020

The AFHL Commissioner is still waiting to hear back from Daryl Dobbs on Tuesday night, after he approached the legendary fantasy hockey guru about taking over a franchise in the league.

“This is a very exciting development for the AFHL for obvious reasons,” said Fort Drum Killers GM Steven Stryska. “Dobber has so many championship rings that he can’t even wear them all at once.”

A number of reports suggested that Dobber is considering accepting the offer to join the league, however, Dobber’s agent didn’t respond to a request for comment.

While many have assumed Dobber would be given the reins to Atlantic City’s franchise—a top five roster in the league that is currently in a ‘win now’ mode – it remains unclear whether that particular offer is on the table.

“There has been some back and forth,” Commissioner Furino told TheAFHL.com earlier today. “He keeps saying he is busy and is starting to think about retirement, but how can you go into retirement without being able to say you won a championship in the AFHL?”

Seems like the Commissioner is challenging the famous Dobber but Dobber will have to decide what he wants personally, and whether or not joining such a competitive league is worth his time.

“Look, he’s a big fish and all of these guys are hoping he joins,” Furino said. “Many fingers are crossed that he won’t let us down and help make this the most memorable season ever. Not a lot of people can say they competed against Dobber. We would all love to have that opportunity.”

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2019 AFHL Awards

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2019 AFHL Awards

Norris Trophy
Awarded annually to the Amazing Fantasy Hockey League’s top defenseman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-around ability in the position (consider offensive stats, hits, and contribution to team success).

NOMINEES:

  • Brent Burns, Toronto Red Devils
  • Mark Giordano, Atlantic City Sharks
  • John Carlson, Shawinigan Vikings

And the winner is… Brent Burns, Toronto Red Devils

Calder Trophy
Awarded annually to the Amazing Fantasy Hockey League’s best rookie in the regular season.

NOMINEES:

  • Jordan Binnington, Cape Breton Crunch
  • Rasmus Dahlin, Port Hope Panthers
  • Elias Pettersson, Atlantic City Sharks

And the winner is… Elias Pettersson, Atlantic City Sharks

Trash Talker Trophy
Awarded annually to the best trash talking GM in the Amazing Fantasy Hockey League.

NOMINEES:

  • Deer Park Chiefs GM Mike Nellany
  • Pittsburgh Heroes GM Jason Henley
  • Buffalo Phantoms GM Daryn Beckman

And the winner is… Buffalo Phantoms GM Daryn Beckman

Laugh Out Loud Trophy
Awarded annually to the GM judged to be the best at making fun of anyone and/or anything. The funny GM says things that are completely unexpected and different from the norm to surprise people. Basic categories of humor include absurdity, exaggeration, mockery/ridicule, verbal humor. A funny GM is at his best when he forgets himself. He says the first thing that comes into his head and doesn’t even try to be funny. He throws himself into an unknown future and doesn’t even think about limits or boundaries. He’s relaxed and loose and bold. He’ll just go for it. He’ll go off on some crazy tangent. A funny GM lives in the moment and sometimes he just doesn’t give a fuck.

NOMINEES:

  • Pittsburgh Heroes GM Jason Henley
  • Deer Park Chiefs GM Mike Nellany
  • Comox Valley GM Pat McKenna
  • Buffalo Phantoms GM Daryn Beckman

And the winner is… Pittsburgh Heroes GM Jason Henley

Vezina Trophy
Awarded annually to the Amazing Fantasy Hockey League’s best goaltender.

NOMINEES:

  • Andrei Vasilevsky, Shawinigan Vikings
  • Sergei Bobrovsky, Boston Giants
  • Ben Bishop, Atlantic City Sharks

And the winner is… Ben Bishop, Atlantic City Sharks

Hart Trophy (MVP)
Awarded annually to the player judged most valuable to his team in the Amazing Fantasy Hockey League during the regular season.

NOMINEES:

  • Connor McDavid, Pittsburgh Heroes
  • Ben Bishop, Atlantic City Sharks
  • Andrei Vasilevsky, Shawinigan Vikings
  • Nikita Kucherov, Pittsburgh Heroes
  • Marc-Andre Fleury, Manhattan Supermen

And the winner is… Nikita Kucherov, Pittsburgh Heroes

Jack Adams Award
Awarded annually to the Amazing Fantasy Hockey League’s “Best” Coach/GM of the Year.
Important skills to be considered: winning, trading, brewing rivalries, posting on message boards, being active on a regular basis, and having fun.

NOMINEES:

  • Shawinigan Vikings GM Phil Svoboda
  • Pittsburgh Heroes GM Jason Henley
  • Manhattan Supermen GM Tony Furino

And the winner is… Pittsburgh Heroes GM Jason Henley

ALL-TIME TROPHY TOTALS PER TEAM:


Pittsburgh Heroes – 18
Toronto Red Devils – 15
Deer Park Chiefs – 13
Port Hope Panthers – 9
Buffalo Phantoms – 9
Atlantic City Sharks – 9
San Diego Gulls – 6
Washington Wolfpack – 6
Lakehead Ice Holes – 6
Hamilton Firestorm – 5
Boston Giants – 3
London Mustangs – 2
Manhattan Supermen – 2
Philadelphia Crunch – 2
Montreal Xtreme -1
Oshawa City Leafs – 1
Twin City Vikings – 1
Comox Valley X-Men – 1

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The Tao of Lucas: Hall-of-Fame GM leaves San Diego for Cape Breton,

Fan Favorite GM Ben Rauscher Returns to the AFHL to Replace Him

July 23rd, 2019

The Cape Breton Crunch have just taken a massive step forward in turning their franchise around. They have hired two-time Stanley Cup winner Lucas Main to be their next head coach/GM.

Lucas officially resigned from the San Diego Gulls on Monday after successfully rebuilding the team and coaching them to back-to-back AFHL Stanley Cup championships in 2017 and 2018.

“When you step down you take some chances,” Lucas said. “I decided it was time to go in a different direction. I love the idea of rebuilding the worst team in the league and making it a championship team. That’s what I did with the San Diego team. Granted, when I took over the San Diego team it wasn’t the worst so this time the stakes are a little higher. Cape Breton is undoubtedly the worst team in this league but I want to cement my legacy as the best GM in the history of this league.”

Terms of Lucas’ contract were not released.

“He brings experience, he brings knowledge and he brings success, which is the most important thing,” the AFHL Commissioner said. “You have to win. He knows how to win, and he’s a good human being. So I think he’s a great role model for what we’re trying to do as far as bring to the organization.”

Lucas replaces Liam Goyetche who stepped down after years of trying to rebuild the team into a contender.

“I think that what we had said [was] we would try to get the best coach available, and when time is on your side, you use it,” the AFHL Comissioner said. “We were in no rush to hire Liam’s replacement. There were several people that we considered.”

The Cape Breton Crunch finished last season with the worst record in the league (63-163-38).

“There are some nice pieces I can build with,” Lucas said. “Jordan Binnington in net and Jeff Skinner up front. A few good prospects in the pipeline. I can work with all of that. However, there’s alot of work to be done, there’s no question, but at the same time, I know I need to be patient and the fans need to be patient.”

Lucas knows he’s got his work cut out for him but patience is the key.

“I know I need to be patient,” said Lucas. “The fans need to be patient as well. One move at a time. But I’m excited. I’m excited to come to Cape Breton and turn this ship around. It’s a great hockey town and when this building gets loud, it’s one of the loudest I’ve ever been to.”

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San Diego found the successor to their two-time Stanley Cup-winning coach on Tuesday morning when he Ben Rauscher was officially announced as the new GM of the Gulls.

Rauscher is a highly regarded coach/GM who competed in the AFHL back in 2009 – the AFHL’s inaugural year – and was the man who laid the foundation of the Pittsburgh Heroes franchise, one of the most storied franchises in the history of the league. He was quite possibly the most active and vocal GM the AFHL has ever seen.

A Trip Down Memory Lane: Ben Rauscher Clashes with Chiefs GM Mike Nellany in 2009

“We feel that Ben is the perfect leader for this hockey club,” the AFHL Commissioner said in a statement. “Based on his hockey knowledge, coaching experience, communication abilities, his approach to the game and the respect he commands in locker rooms, we feel that Ben deserves this opportunity to compete right away.”

The Comissioner confirmed that Rauscher is the only person they interviewed to succeed Lucas.

“He’s got history with this league and he has already proven his worth,” the Commissioner said. “I think he can handle the personalities in this league.”

Rauscher will take over a team whose core looks very much intact from the group that won the Cup two seasons ago and with players like Claude Giroux, Alex

Ovechkin, and John Gibson, the Gulls are expected to contend for another title this year.

“I look forward to keeping the tradition going,” Rauscher said at Tuesday’s press conference. “But in order so, I need to restock the the prospect shelf to be able to make this one of the top A teams for years to come. For the other GMs, I enjoy trade talks and am always willing to listen to offers and work to make deals that are good for everyone involved… but make no doubt that I look after my squad first and foremost. Active and available, I love hockey and can’t wait to get started.”

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