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Vikings Raise Stanley Cup Banner

Before Bludgeoning the Killers in Week 1

The Vikings’ summer of celebration was supposed to come to an end with last Monday’s banner raising. Instead, they gave Shawinigan fans reason to think about adding another one to the rafters.

October 17th, 2022

Last Monday night, Shawinigan and the Vikings celebrated the franchise’s first championship one last time. The banner-raising ceremony began with blue glowsticks flickering in a dark arena. It included three video tributes, full of highlights of the playoff run and the wild, boozy celebrations that followed across the region. The festivities ended at 7:45 p.m., when captain Mika Zibanejad kissed the Cup one final time and set it down in a black trunk, bidding it farewell.

“Hopefully, for just a little bit,” Zibanejad said. “[Until] next summer.”

“Thank you. From the bottom of our collective hearts, thank you,” Coach/GM Phil Svoboda said to the fans. “Our players delivered the Stanley Cup because they love and respect you.”

As part of the ceremony, the crowd sang “We are the Champions!” — a moment that hit home for the players.

“Gave me chills. I was just looking up and I was hearing the crowd sing that song,” center Steven Stamkos said, added with a laugh: “I want to experience that again.”

For John Tavares, the ceremony got him thinking ahead to this season’s playoffs.

“When you’re part of something like that [ceremony],” said Tavares, “how can you not be excited to get going and try to do it again?”

The home opener was a celebration for Vikings fans inside and outside the arena. Streets were shut down to facilitate both a red-carpet entrance for the players and a viewing party for the fans, much like the festivities they had during the postseason.

Those fans sent a message to their team at the end of the opening night ceremony, chanting “BACK-TO-BACK” as the Stanley Cup banner was raised to the rafters.

Nikita Kucherov said earlier in the week that it was back to business for his team.

“We have to realize it’s over. It’s a new season. We know how we have to play. We know what gives us a result,” Kucherov said. “I think we’ve already moved on. We’re professionals. We know how hard it is to reach that point.”

Opening week felt like a continuation, not a culmination, as the Vikings followed up the banner raising with a dominating shutout win over the Fort Drum Killers to a final tune of 11-0. They forechecked hard, retrieved pucks fast, and generated high-quality offensive chances all week long. It was the same biting recipe that clinched three straight series in the playoffs last spring. And the kind that can make the mind wander far to what Shawinigan might witness next.

“Big roof,” Svoboda says. “A lot of room for more banners.”

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Winston Fired for an AFHL Record 3rd Time

Corey Freeman Hired as Replacement


September 23rd, 2022

After seemingly getting lost in the woods, the AFHL announced Winston Bambrick has already been relieved of his duties as GM of the Washington Wolfpack. This was his third try at being a GM in the AFHL.

Corey Freeman has been announced as his replacement.

“Winston went MIA just a week after he was re-hired a little over a month ago,” the AFHL Commissioner said in a statement. “Apparently, he has been living in the woods with no internet connection. That is not a joke. We only learned of that shortly after he was re-hired.”

The AFHL requires their GMs to be active on a regular basis. It would be next to impossible for Winston to be active on a regular basis if he has no connection to the internet. That became quite clear just days after he was re-hired because Washington did not make a single transaction.

“It was very un-Winston-like”, said a fellow AFHL GM. “You had a feeling something was up.”

After interviewing several candidates, the AFHL Commissioner held a press conference in Washington today and announced that Corey Freeman was hired as the new GM of the Wolfpack franchise.

“This franchise is in dire need of a real, smart leader,” said the Commissioner. “So we are thrilled to welcome Corey Freeman as the new General Manager of the Washington Wolfpack. Corey has an excellent mind for this game today. We believe he possesses great prowess for evaluating talent and building success.”

Corey Freeman strolled into the press conference looking perfectly at home. You could immediately tell the decision made sense once he began talking into the mic.

“I’m humbled and honored to accept the position of General Manager of the Washington Wolfpack,” said Freeman. “My family and I want to thank the Commissioner and the AFHL for their confidence in me for this opportunity with the Wolfpack. I believe in this organization and I am incredibly proud to be a part of it. Our team has great potential and I look forward to start working together in building something special in Washington. I can’t wait to get to work.”

Washington is set to open training camp next week. Freeman is ready to lay down some rules and explain his expectations for the upcoming year.

“This league is trending to a faster more aggressive game,” said Freeman. “And that opens the door for younger players to step in. Guys like Roslovic, Schmaltz, Tage Thompson, they’re becoming a huge part of the core of this team, and this year we could see big steps forward from Owen Tippett, Gabe Vilardi, Yegor Chinakov, especially if they play well enough in the preseason. That’s the exciting part of camp right now.”

The preseason will go quickly. Washington will have an intrasquad scrimmage next weekend and then will play exhibition games the following Monday and Tuesday. The roster will get cut down quickly over the next several days and then the real battle for positions will get heated up.

“Next week will be an initial look at seeing some guys playing together,” Freeman said of potential line combinations. “This is the time when you can really experiment with different things. As the season gets going, it gets tougher to just throw stuff at the wall and hope something sticks. But right now everybody is reall excited and I can’t wait to get started.”

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It’s Winston Time in Washington

Controversial GM Returns to AFHL for Third Stint

August 17th, 2022

The AFHL’s worst kept secret is finally no longer a secret.

The league has officially announced the hiring of Winston Bambrick as the new head coach and GM of the Washington Wolfpack and it did not take long for reactions to flood social media.

“Winston’s Back!!! LFG!!!!”

“How many trades will he make on the first day? Five? Ten?”

“Somebody tell the Wolf mascot to start packing his bags now!”

“This is terrifying for Wolfpack fans!!”

“Fire Winston again!! Fire the guy who re-hired Winston!”

This is Winston’s third try at competing in the AFHL. He is known for being incredibly engaged on a daily basis but he is especially known for having an uncontrollable trigger finger when it comes to making trades that can rub other GMs the wrong way. He also got into it several times with reporters when he was the bench boss of the Westbury Royals and Moncton Black Bears.

Former Black Bear John Tavares sent his thoughts and prayers to the current members of the Wolfpack on his twitter feed with the message: “Praying for the Wolfpack players!”

Winston is about the only AFHL GM with such a motley compilation of highlight reels. There are censored versions of his rants. Uncensored versions. He gets angry at other GMs after they criticize his trades. He gets angry at his players. There is a youtube video of “6 minutes of Winston Bambrick Angry Moments,” which one can click after watching 10 minutes of his funniest moments.

The Washington Wolfpack are sure to enter next season with little shot of winning a Stanley Cup.

So why watch the Wolfpack? Because with Winston calling the shots, the Wolfpack sure won’t be boring.

Winston, though, is more than a sound bite — as the AFHL Commissioner believes he has the commitment, passion, and hard lessons learned to undertake an extensive rehabilitation project and turn this team into a winner once again.

The Wolfpack, as currently constructed, are not ready to win right now.

Under the GM named Winston, he promises they will be — soon.

“I am going to coach that team hard right away,” Winston said at the press conference on Wednesday morning. “It’s going to be a very difficult camp, a high volume of skating. They will be told about this during the summer here as far as how we’re going to approach this. We’re attacking. It’s not going to be, I guess it’s a rebuild, a retool, whatever language that’s used. But these players will understand what I am all about very quickly.”

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Trevor Schiller replaces Adam Mancin

as Coach/GM of the Atlantic City Sharks

August 1st, 2022

Trevor Schiller knows that becoming the head coach and GM of the Atlantic City Sharks will be scrutinized because this is a team that has had the potential to go deep in the playoffs for the last several seasons.

But Schiller, who is highly thought of by the AFHL Commissioner, is not worried about anything regardless of expectations. He brings an attitude to the team and the league that is second to none.

”Beware of the wrath of a patient man,” said Schiller. ”I’m looking forward to that opportunity and challenge. I’m taking over a great franchise and I’m going to do the best that I can with it.”

Schiller was talking over a cell phone that had been bombarded with calls from the curious and the congratulatory following news he would become the new coach and GM of the Atlantic City Sharks, succeeding Adam Mancin who was not active enough by league standards.

Mancin did not show up to last year’s trade deadline and was disengaged for most of the season

“He failed to set his roster on most nights,” said the AFHL Commissioner. “He made very few moves and probably no trades all year and we barely heard from him in our group chat. That is not the kind of activity level we seek from our GMs in the AFHL. We expect everyone to be engaged on a regular basis. I wish Adam the best of luck in his future endeavors.

Expectations are high for the next man in line.

“I know I’m going to be watched,” Schiller said. “I know the team is going to be watched.”

The AFHL commissioner interviewed over a dozen prospective GMs for the Sharks franchise and ultimately decided that the best replacement for the team would be Trevor Schiller.

”It was a difficult decision,” said Furino. “But I just felt in the end that Trevor was the man for this hockey club. He took his time getting to know the league, getting to know the team, he knows the players, and he knows their roles. More importantly, he is an all-around GM who will be active in all areas of fantasy hockey.”

Everyone understands the Sharks will reconvene this season with about as much muscle and firepower as several other teams that made the playoffs last Spring. The only thing they might be lacking is a good starting goaltender. Otherwise, they have a great offense containing several superstars. They have a couple nice-looking rookies ready to audition. And they have a new coach.

“I’ve studied the league and I’ve studied the team for a very long time, I know the team has great leadership and can be a Stanley Cup winner,” Schiller said of the Sharks. “And whether I like it or not, I’m going to be compared to the guys that came close before me, and there are going to be some tough nights along the way. But this will be a lot of fun and I’m really excited to get started.”

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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


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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. 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.”




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


Free Parking beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Stadium gates open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are free and can be claimed at, 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.


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


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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. 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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