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Deer Park celebrates Stanley Cup

Win with Parade and Rally

April 25th, 2016

Jonathan Quick kissed and hoisted the Stanley Cup as he was introduced toward the end of the latest raucous rally honoring the Deer Park Chiefs. Then the goaltender headed toward the back of the stage. The roaring crowd wanted more and, as usual, he delivered.

“We all know this is amazing to be able to hoist this thing,” a hoarse Quick said. “But to share this with you guys, the best fans in the world — it doesn’t get any better than this.”

He thanked the crowd and added: “Maybe the only way it does get better is if we win another.”

Tens of thousands of fans turned out on a sunny, warm Monday to cheer their beloved Chiefs as they celebrated their first AFHL Stanley Cup championship with a downtown parade and a rally in Deer Park.

Forward Mats Zuccarello told the fans “you guys made this unbelievable.”

The Chiefs captured the 2016 Stanley Cup with a 6-5 victory over the Victoria Vipers. It was the first time Deer Park has won the Cup in the seven years of AFHL existence and the Chiefs haven’t stopped celebrating since.

Players, coaches and team executives rode to the rally in double-decker buses, passing screaming fans of all ages decked out in blue and black. “Let’s go Chiefs!” chants rang throughout downtown.

The crowd roared a few minutes into the rally when Chiefs GM Mike Nellany leaned in to the microphone, asked “What’s up, Deer Park?” and invited out Jonathan Quick, who walked onto the stage holding the Cup above his arms.

He had them cheering moments later, when he said: “Today as we celebrate the first Stanley Cup in seven seasons, and I wanted to reiterate that our goal will always be to reward your allegiance to the Deer Park Chiefs.”

The Chiefs let Quick speak, too. His comments were PG-rated compared to the colorful speech the usually goaltender gave at rallys in the past, although he did start this one with a word not fit for print or the airwaves.

Toward the end of the festivities, Chris Kreider and Tanner Pearson grabbed the microphone and started singing the lyrics to Macklemore’s “And We Danced.” They asked the crowd to sing and dance along with the team as confetti fell.

It was quite a celebration.


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Deer Park Chiefs win the

2016 AFHL Stanley Cup!!

April 12th, 2016

The Deer Park Chiefs defeated the Victoria Vipers by a final score of 6.5 – 5.5 to capture their first Stanley Cup in 7 years of competition.

There was a moment in the pause before the Stanley Cup arrived on the ice when Deer Park Chiefs Coach Mike Nellany looked up to the roaring, raucous crowd, and started applauding.

Cameras followed him, showing him on the scoreboard.

“Unbelievable,” Nellany said with his arms raised, hands clapping. “Unbelievable.”

The 22,424 standing, hugging, cheering, selfie-taking, blue-clad and relieved fans applauded back at their coach, loudly. Nellany smiled and pumped his fists.

“I was just trying to absorb every moment, and I’m still trying to do it,” Nellany said on the ice, long after he lifted the Stanley Cup for the first time in seven seasons. “It doesn’t feel real. Even in the dying minutes, I can’t really remember anything that happened to be honest with you. It was a dream, start to finish.

“This is pretty awesome.”

This year’s Stanley Cup Finals was a thrilling affair with little separating the two teams. It came down to a Game 7 as the Chiefs and Vipers combined for one of the most tightly-contested championship series the AFHL’s seen in a long time.

Perhaps that’s why it took a special performance from a special player to decide it.

Jonathan Quick, the Conn Smythe winner as playoff MVP, was outstanding during the entire playoffs. In the Finals, he stopped 68 shots and posted a 2.27 GAA.

“It was by far our hardest series,” Quick said. “You saw how close the games were every time. A few nights obviously could have gone both ways, especially the final game it was so intense.”

It appeared that nobody who entered the building with a coveted and expensive ticket on Sunday sat down for the final 5:14.

There was no more tension, not with a lead. There was only a celebration with chants of “We want the Cup”.

The fans sang along, “You gotta fight, for your right, to party” as the D.J. played the Beastie Boys’ classic. The shots were 32-19 in favor of the Chiefs at this time. The score was 6.5 – 5.5. Masterful.

“Everybody was standing up,” forward Brad Marchand said. “What a moment.”

They were hugging each other, holding each other arm in arm.

Finally, once the clock bled down to 10 seconds, the countdown was on. Nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one … The DJ played “Chelsea Dagger”. Bedlam. Insanity.

Fans sitting in the last row below the press box were high-fiving the Chiefs commentators. They were standing on seats. They were taking pictures of the ice, of themselves, of the crowd, the scoreboard, of anything.

They went bonkers when Jonathan Quick was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy. The party was on.

“I don’t think there’s going to be much sleeping tonight,” Marchand said.

In the middle of the sea of people on the ice, players with family members, credentialed media with cameras and microphones and recorders and notebooks, Chiefs GM Mike Nellany found Mats Zuccarello, the best of Deer Park’s second-generation core, and embraced him.

“I gave a hug and I said, ‘This is the first of many, we’re going to win a lot together,'” Nellany said. “He gave me a big hug and said, ‘Let’s go.’

“I don’t think he would want to leave after this scene here.”

Nobody did. Nobody wanted to miss a moment.

“Incredible,” Zuccarello said. “Incredible.”

Deer Park is one of the AFHL’s “Original Seven” franchises (along with Toronto, Manhattan, Fort Drum, Boston, Buffalo, Oshawa City) and this is the first time they have won the AFHL Stanley Cup.

Next up for the Chiefs is their victory parade in Deer Park next week. Stay tuned.

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Fans Around the World Prepare for AFHL Playoff Festivities

March 21st, 2016

During the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, fans around the world are preparing to participate in several activities to kick off the postseason.


Teams are encouraging their fans to participate in one of hockey’s most visible traditions – the playoff beard. The AFHL Beard-a-thon® is an opportunity for fans to grow their own beard while raising money for charity.

Fans may elect to grow a beard themselves or make a financial donation in support of a player or a fan who has elected to grow a playoff beard.

Confirmed beard-growers include Manhattan coach Tony Furino, Deer Park goaltender Jonathan Quick, Victoria forward Alex Ovechkin, Toronto defenseman Brent Burns, Atlantic City forward Patrick Kane, and Hamilton forward Steven Stamkos.

Download the official app to enroll in the 2016 AFHL Beard-a-thon®. The app allows growers and supporters to sign up, create a profile, post beard picture updates, view their donation leaderboard and promote their cause on social media. All donations for the AFHL Beard-A-Thon are tax deductible.

A prize will be awarded each round for the leader, and the overall leader will receive a team signed jersey.

Official Team Viewing Parties

Fans are encouraged to attend their favorite team’s viewing parties during each game of the playoffs. Go to your team’s website to find out official locations. Most parties are expected to offer fans opportunities to win autographed prizes.

School Playoff Pep Rallies

Teams such as the Atlantic City Sharks will host pep rallies at local schools during each round of the playoffs while school is in session. Principals, teachers and students are encouraged to get their schools involved by making signs, posters and videos to show their team spirit.

Students in Atlantic City will have the opportunity to play in a street hockey scrimmage, participate in an accuracy shot station, take a photo with mascot Sharky, engage in goalie shootout with their teacher and take part in a stickhandling station. All participants will leave the Pep Rally with a Sharks playoff T-shirt.

Rock the Team Color

Fans attending lives games during the playoffs have been encouraged to wear the color of their favorite team to the game.

The Toronto Red Devils have asked their fans participate in “Rock the Red” where every home game the arena will fill up with fans wearing the color red. Alternatively, the San Diego Gulls will ask their fans to participate in a “Whiteout” during one of their playoff games in the opening round versus the Vipers.

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The Deadline has passed.


 Live Coverage of the 2016 AFHL Trade Deadline

February 11th, 2016

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.


8:30 am Bob McKenzie: Hey everybody! Welcome to our AFHL Trade Deadline live chat extravaganza!

8:45 am Barry Melrose: Greetings all from the War Room :) Should be a fun day.

8:50 am Pierre LeBrun: Hey everyone!! Drinking a beer this year instead of the usual coffee haha. Ready to go here in the War Room!

8:52 am Bob McKenzie: What will happen today? Lots of star players are expected to have new homes by the end of today including Westbury’s Filip Forsberg, Victoria’s Carey Price, Hamilton’s Henrik Sedin and recently announced Toronto’s Steven Stamkos!!

9:00 am Barry Melrose: Well here we go boys – First trade of the day is made by Comox Valley GM Pat McKenna and Westbury GM Winston Bambrick… Comox deals Noah Hanifin and Haydn Fleury for Elvis Merzlikins, Anton Forsberg, Reto Berra, Oskar Dansk, and Joonas Korpisalo.

9:15 am Pierre LeBrun: Winston is at it again!! Trades Filip Forsberg, Shea Theodore, Brad Richards, Kasperi Kapanen, and a 2017 first rounder to San Diego for Johnny Gaudreau and Brandon Pirri!!

9:20 am Bob McKenzie: That guy Winston has the itchiest trigger finger I have ever seen in my 7 years of covering this league.

9:35 am Barry Melrose: Spoke with a couple of GMs this morning. They say it’s been pretty quiet but it’s still early.

9:44 am Barry Melrose: Text from Fort Drum GM Steve Stryska: “I’m not rushing to make moves.”

9:52 am Pierre LeBrun: Former Washington GM Rick Charron just called into our studios and chatted with us for a while. He said Deadline Day was his favorite day of the year. Sounded like he really misses the league.

9:44 am Barry Melrose: Who wouldn’t? Like Winston said yesterday – this is the best league out there. Best format. You get a Stanley Cup trophy if you win.

9:59 am Bob McKenzie: London GM Matt Plachta just told me he’s fielding multiple offers from teams trying to make that playoff push as well as some rebuilding teams trying to get younger.

10:00 am Barry Melrose: Source is telling me Manhattan is ‘pretty close’ to a trade.

10:12 am Pierre LeBrun: Text from Vikings GM Phil Svoboda: “Lots of potential movers in Shawinigan… in talks for mackinnon, loungo, malkin, ryan, phanueuf, wennberg, teravainen… could be a busy day!!!!

10:20 am Bob McKenzie: There’s a rumor that London is listening to offers for their 2016 first round pick – expected to be a top 3 pick.

10:21 am Barry Melrose: We have Hamilton GM Adam Zadorozny on the phone right now. He says by the end of the day today, we will see where Hamilton stands going into the playoffs. With several quality, yet aging vets, it might be time to start a rebuild, or go all in for the playoffs. It will all depend on what is available on the trade front.

10:45 am Bob McKenzie: Third trade of the day has been made. Zack Smith goes from Cape Breton to Hamilton in exchange for goaltender Ben Scrivens.

10:49 am Pierre LeBrun: Small trade for Cape Breton GM Liam Goyetche. He told me earlier he has been taking calls on certain players but the offers are not what he is looking for right now. Expecting it to heat up as we get closer to the deadline.

11:59 am Barry Melrose: The Mustangs and Vikings just hooked up for a pretty big trade. Teravainen and Wennberg to London for Thomas Hertl and a 2016 third round pick.

12:35 pm Pierre LeBrun: We have Pittsburgh GM Jason Henley on the line and he’s telling us the Heroes are doing their best to kick start a playoff run for next season. Henley is looking to deal all his current veterans for draft picks and all third tier prospects for new veterans.

12:40 pm Barry Melrose: Sources are telling me Toronto has just traded Stamkos.

12:45 pm Bob McKenzie: Stamkos’ agent: ‘A misunderstanding took place. Stamkos is still a Red Devil and I don’t know anything about any done deals involving him’

1:26 pm Barry Melrose: Text from Vikings forward Evgeni Malkin: “I’m thinking about the Vikings. Not trade talks.”

1:30 pm Pierre LeBrun: Victoria GM Chris Hartley will be calling in shortly to discuss this year’s deadline and the status of his team.

1:31 pm Bob McKenzie: Should be interesting to see what he does today. Not long ago he took a leave of absence to clear his mind – needed a break from the league. That guy is one of the best we have ever seen at wheeling and dealing. Several years of experience in this league so he knows how to handle a day like today.

1:40 pm Pierre LeBrun: Victoria GM Hartley: “I’m happy with where our team is at. We’re as prepared to trade as we are to stay put. We have a great group of guys that we have full confidence in.”

1:42 pm Pierre LeBrun: He added that he wants to be the first to win two Stanley Cups in the AFHL and he hopes to accomplish that this year. He is uncertain about his future with the Vipers franchise after this year but he has vowed not to change his tactics and will continue to do what is best for the franchise long-term.

1:47 pm Barry Melrose: Westbury just traded Johnny Gaudreau, Torey Krug, and a 2016 first round pick to Cape Breton for Max Domi, Rasmus Ristolainen, and Aaron Ekblad.

2:43 pm Pierre LeBrun: I’m hearing Hamilton and Manhattan just agreed to a trade.

2:43 pm Pierre LeBrun: Confirmed. Manhattan trades goaltender Chad Johnson to Hamilton for a 2016 Second Round Pick and a 2017 Third Round Pick.

3:05 pm Barry Melrose: Manhattan with another trade. Deals forward Joakim Nordstrom to Montreal for defenseman Kevin Miller.

3:30 pm Bob McKenzie: Teravainen and Sam Reinhart go from London to Westbury in exchange for Max Domi and a 2016 first round pick.

3:50 pm Pierre LeBrun: A deal has been made between Fort Drum and Toronto – Thomas Greiss to the Red Devils… Martin Hanzal and Jordan Subban to the Killers.

6:22 pm Barry Melrose: Slowed down a bit over the last couple of hours. Just spoke to Pierre McGuire and he said don’t be surprised if there’s not much activity until the final hour at this point. Every year it slows down like this and then there’s a huge rush in the final hour.

8:06 pm Bob McKenzie: Talks are starting to heat up again…

8:07 pm Barry Melrose: Yeah and I just heard from Pittsburgh GM Jason Henley that prices are high for draft picks. He said he hopes they come down in the offseason or he’ll have to roster a bunch of guys of shaving age haha.

9:01 pm Bob McKenzie: Blockbusters are in the works right now.

9:10 pm Bob McKenzie: Close source telling me Stamkos has finally been traded.

9:11 pm Bob McKenzie: Confirmed. Toronto trades Stamkos and Bozak to Hamilton for Pekka Rinne, Leo Komarov, and Melkker Karlsson.

9:15 pm Barry Melrose: The X-Men have just acquired Nathan MacKinnon from the Vikings in exchange for Jake Allen.

9:17 pm Pierre LeBrun: Feel the rush!!!

9:20 pm Pierre LeBrun: Hamilton trades Claude Giroux to the Vikings for Roberto Luongo, Cam Atkinson, and a 1st round pick.

10:19 pm Barry Melrose: Sorry for the delay everybody. In the final half hour our phones and computers blew up with all of the activity and we were unable to report the final trades. Too many trades to report.

10:21 pm Bob McKenzie: It was by far the most action-packed final hour the AFHL has ever seen. We have never seen so many trades come down to the wire. There must have been at least 5 trades in the final minute including a blockbuster between the Vipers and Vikings. We will try to recap the missing trades tomorrow morning. Goodnight all!!

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2016 AFHL All-Star Game Box Score 


All-Star Team
American Conference
9 9 18 1 0 0 0 1 15.00 .820 24 1 4
Canadian Conference 9 14 23 0 0 0 0 0 9.00 .860 19 0 4

For the first time in AFHL history, the All-Star Game ended in a Tie!! 


American Conference All-Star Team:

P Hits
F1 Patrick Kane - 1 - - - - - -
F2 Tyler Seguin - 1 2 - - - - -
F3 Jaromir Jagr - 1 - - - - - -
F4 John Tavares - - - - - - - -
F5 Steven Stamkos - - - - - - - -
F6 Claude Giroux - - - - - - - -
F7 Dylan Larkin - - 3 - - - - -
F8 Matt Duchene - - 2 - - - - -
F9 Ryan O’Reilly - - 1 - - - - -
UT John Scott - 2 - - 1 - - -
P Hits
D1 PK Subban - 1 - - - - - -
D2 Kris Letang - 1 - - - - - -
D3 Drew Doughty - 1 1 - - - - -
D4 Roman Josi - 1 - - - - - -

G Jonathan Quick - 1 0.00 ? 14/17 1
G Cory Schneider - - 0.00 .833 10/12 -



Canadian Conference All-Star Team:

P Hits
F1 Jamie Benn - - 1 - - - - -
F2 Evgeni Kuznetsov - 1 - - - - - -
F3 Claude Giroux - - - - - - - -
F4 Vladimir Tarasenko - - 2 - - - - -
F5 Taylor Hall - 2 1 - - - - -
F6 Evgeni Malkin - 1 1 - - - - -
F7 Nicklas Backstrom - - - - - - - -
F8 Johnny Gaudreau - 1 2 - - - - -
F9 Corey Perry - 1 2 - - - - 1
UT Dustin Byfuglien - 1 1 - - - - -
P Hits
D1 Erik Karlsson - 1 - - - - - -
D2 Justin Faulk - - 1 - - - - -
D3 Brent Burns - - 3 - - - - -
D4 Aaron Ekblad - 1 - - - - - -

G Braden Holtby - - 0.00 .800 8/10 -
G Ben Bishop - - 0.00 .917 11/12 -



Canadien All Star Team Lineup submitted by London GM Matt Plachta in Jordan Carbone’s absence


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2016 AFHL All-Star Game Eligible Players Announced;

Format same as last year with Draft beginning this Tuesday

January 11th, 2016

The AFHL will showcase it’s best and brightest on January 30th and 31st as the American Conference (5-1) will try to improve on it’s overall record versus the the Canadian Conference (1-5) in the sixth annual AFHL All-Star Game.

The format for this year’s festivities will see a fantasy draft, conducted by all GMs from each conference, to determine the rosters for each team.

The All-Star Fantasy Draft will begin on Tuesday, January 12th. The 2016 AFHL All-Star Game will be played on January 30th and 31st and it will be hosted for the first time by the Fort Drum Killers.

“This format was very successful last year so there is no doubt that the competitive juices will once again rise when the GMs select the line-ups for their All-Star teams as well as deciding who will go head-to-head in this draft pick challenge,” said AFHL Commissioner Tony Furino. “We are looking forward to the excitement this format creates for the fans, the players, and the coaches.”

“The goal of the All-Star format change was designed to make the game more fun for everyone. By giving everyone input on team selection, we feel the All-Star Fantasy Draft will inject more excitement and intrigue into all the events surrounding All-Star weekend,” said Furino.

The Draft Order is based on the current League Standings and the players eligible to be drafted are based on the players eligible for the NHL All-Star Game.

The top GM in each conference (All-Star Team Head Coaches) will be allowed to pick for the GMs who run out of time when they are OTC. Representing the Canadian Conference once again will be Toronto GM Jordan Carbone and the American Conference will be Manhattan GM Tony Furino.


More details and the Draft Forum can be found on the Yuku Message Board:



- Scoring is based on the 2016 NHL All-Star Game

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2015 AFHL Awards Show

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Live Blog Coverage of the 2015 AFHL Awards Show


October 7th, 2015

Pre-show: Red Carpet Arrivals

The red carpet is a go, the fans turned out in full force and we’re now about 10 minutes from the start of the 2015 AFHL Awards ceremony.

Hello everyone. This is Harry Beaver – I’ll be bringing you the action right here at, award by award, via live blogging.

That said, the red carpet arrivals are about to begin.

6:00 PM: A red carpet is seen leading into the front of the hotel. The carpet is roped off and there’s a crowd a few people deep on each side who are screaming for the first arrival.

6:01 PM: New Montreal GM Jeff Carpenter has arrived in a Maybach borrowed from Birdman’s garage.

6:02 PM: Carpenter is decked out in a slick grey suit and a black tie and he is accompanied by Hayden Panatierre.

6:06 PM: Victoria Vipers GM Chris Hartley has arrived. Hartley cheeses it up with a pair of supermodels during a photo ops.

6:15 PM: Several players have arrived including Alex Ovechkin of the Vipers, Ryan Miller of the Wolfpack, and Evgeni Malkin of the Vikings.

6:17 PM: Evgeni Malkin just proclaimed in an interview that he wants to purchase a home in Shawinigan.

6:18 PM: New Ottawa Knights GM Alex Chau has just arrived in a Tesla… because he’s eco-friendly. He’s wearing a hawaiian shirt and flip flops. He left his wife at home so he is accompanied by Jessica Alba.

6:22 PM: San Diego Gulls GM Lucas Main has arrived in a DeLorean – black on black – wearing a blue shirt. On one arm is Jennifer Lawerence and the other arm is Kate Upton.

6:26 PM: Comox Valley X-Men GM Pat McKenna just pulled up in a 2004 Honda Accord. He’s wearing shorts and a hawaiian shirt. He is with his Wheaton Terrier “Rufus” and the X-Men mascot.

6:28 PM: McKenna is telling a reporter that the X-Men are ready to contend for a playoff spot this season after years of rebuilding.

6:33 PM: New Philadelphia Crunch GM Liam Goyetche has just arrived in a limousine with his wife. Liam is wearing a blue tux with a red and white tie, white shoes, and he has a mohawk hair cut.

6:37 PM: Red Devils GM Jordan Carbone has just arrived on his bicycle. Behind him are a couple of Red Devils players carrying the Stanley Cup.

6:40 PM: More players have arrived including Sidney Crosby of the Phantoms and John Tavares of the Leafs.

6:44 PM: Deer Park Chiefs GM Mike Nellany has arrived in a new Tulsa. He’s wearing shorts, a shirt and a tie with pro ked sneakers. Toronto GM Jordan Carbone’s girlfriend is rubbing Nellany’s balls while walking alongside him.

6:46 PM: New Crunch GM Liam Goyetche says he’s “thrilled to be here” in an interview with a news reporter.

6:47 PM: Manhattan Supermen GM Tony Furino has just arrived on a motorcycle with Megan Fox. He drives down the red carpet while slapping hands with the fans over the guard rails.

6:48 PM: Fort Drum Killers GM Steven Stryska is here on a Phunkeeduck. He’s wearing the Vanity Fair magazine cover Caitlin Jenner dress because he thinks he can pull it off better. He is accompanied by former Hamilton GM Gates Imbeau. He says Gates told him he has missed the league so much since his departure and he begged him to be his +1.

6:50 PM: Pittsburgh Heroes GM Jason Henley has just arrived on one of those half bicycle/half mo-peds that most D.U.I. recipients have to drive, only he’s doing it “ironically”. He said he’s not really sure what that means, but he hears the kids saying it a lot.

6:51 PM: Henley’s wearing a “Hello my name is..” name tag because of all the new guys this year and also a floppy hat because he believes he needed some flair. He is accompanied by Pat Dwyer who, although he unceremoniously fired from the team to make room in the locker room for an Icey Machine, is still the personification of what the Pittsburgh Heroes represents… last place.

6:51 PM: Carbone greets Henley and offers him a trade for one of his prized prospects. Henley responds with “Give me Steven Stamkos.”

6:53 PM: New Warriors GM Mike Toporek has just arrived in his lavishly new white Porsche 911 Turbo S. Mike is dressed to the T in a Gucci suit accompanied by Blake Lively.

6:54 PM: Toporek tells a reporter he’s moving the team to Atlantic City and making it a new attraction to the city. He plans on redoing his arena adding casinos and gambling to the game.

6:59 PM: Bartender shouts “Last call for borbet at the bar!”

7:01 PM: Commissioner Furino is acknowledging the fellow GMs. He wants them to know how much they mean to him. He knows they are the backbone of the league and without them, the AFHL would not exist.

7:03 PM: A helicopter being flown by Arnold Schwartznegger is hovering over the red carpet. Inside is London GM Matt Plachta and a few of the Mustangs players. They are all wearing Mustangs jerseys as a homage to their no pressure rebuilding season. Plachta and the players were to be accompanied by their favorite pet until Sean Couturier made it known that he was planning on bringing his pet Kiki, the Komodo Dragon. The team didn’t have a problem with that but the airforce denied a boarding pass for Kiki stating; “It will be a cold day in hell before we allow a Dragon in the skies over Canada!”

7:07 PM: All GMs and players have arrived.

7:15 PM: We see a sneak peak into the staging and seating for the big night.

7:30 PM: Red Carpet draws to a close.


The Main Event: 2015 AFHL Awards Show


Norris Trophy

Awarded to the top defenseman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-around ability in the position (consider offensive stats, plus/minus, and contribution to team success).


The nominees are…


PK Subban, Toronto Red Devils

Erik Karlsson, Toronto Red Devils

John Carlson, Victoria Vipers


And the winner is…


PK Subban, Toronto Red Devils



Calder Trophy

Awarded to the best rookie


The nominees are…

Filip Forsberg, F, Ottawa Knights

Mark Stone, F, Manhattan Supermen

Johnny Gaudreau, F, San Diego Gulls

Aaron Ekblad, D, Philadelphia Crunch


And the winner is…


Johnny Gaudreau, F, San Diego Gulls



Trash Talker Trophy

Awarded to the best trash talking GM


The nominees are…

Toronto Red Devils GM Jordan Carbone

Lakehead Ice Holes GM Jason Briggs

Deer Park Chiefs GM Mike Nellany

Pittsburgh GM Jason Henley


And the winner is…


Deer Park Chiefs GM Mike Nellany



Vezina Trophy

Awarded to the best goaltender


The nominees are…

Devan Dubnyk, Montreal Xtreme

Braden Holtby, London Mustangs

Carey Price, Victoria Vipers


And the winner is…


Carey Price, Victoria Vipers



Laugh Out Loud Trophy

Awarded 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.


The nominees are…

Buffalo Phantoms GM Daryn Beckman

Lakehead Ice Holes GM Jason Briggs

Toronto Red Devils GM Jordan Carbone

Deer Park Chiefs GM Mike Nellany

Pittsburgh Heroes GM Jason Henley


And the winner is…


Pittsburgh Heroes GM Jason Henley



Hart Trophy (MVP)

Awarded to the player judged most valuable to his team in the regular season.


The nominees are…

Sidney Crosby, F, Buffalo Phantoms

John Tavares, F, Oshawa City Leafs

Alex Ovechkin, F, Victoria Vipers

Marc-Andre Fleury, G, Toronto Red Devils

Carey Price, G, Victoria Vipers



And the winner is…


Carey Price, G, Victoria Vipers




Jack Adams Award

Awarded to the “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.


The nominees are…

San Diego Gulls GM Lucas Main

Washington GM Rick Charron

Victoria Vipers GM Chris Hartley

Toronto GM Jordan Carbone


And the winner is…


Toronto GM Jordan Carbone





Maurice Richard Trophy

Top goal scorer in regular season

Winner: Alex Ovechkin, Victoria Vipers


Presidents Trophy

Team with the best record in regular season

Winner: Toronto Red Devils


Art Ross Trophy

Player who leads the league in scoring points at the end of the regular season

Winner: Jamie Benn, Toronto Red Devils


Stanley Cup

League Championship / Winner of the Stanley Cup Playoffs

Winner: Toronto Red Devils



Toronto – 5

Victoria – 3

San Diego – 1

Deer Park – 1

Pittsburgh – 1



Toronto Red Devils – 12

Pittsburgh Heroes – 10

Victoria Vipers – 9

Deer Park Chiefs – 9

Buffalo Phantoms – 8

Washington Wolfpack – 6

Lakehead Ice Holes – 6

North Bay Warriors – 6

Hamilton Firestorm – 5

San Diego Gulls – 4

London Mustangs – 2

Boston Giants – 2

Manhattan Supermen – 2

Philadelphia Crunch – 2

Montreal Xtreme -1

Oshawa City Leafs – 1

Twin City Vikings – 1

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Mike Toporek Hired as New Warriors GM
July 6th, 2015
The North Bay Warriors introduced Mike Toporek as their new general manager Monday morning at their home ice arena. The ceremonial news conference came about two weeks after the team fired former GM Bill Johnson following another disappointing first round exit in the AFHL Playoffs.
Toporek, boasting an impressive track record in fantasy hockey, takes on a team that’s looking to finally go the distance and win the AFHL Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history.
The new GM had plenty to say during Monday’s proceedings in North Bay. Here are some of the highlights.
On getting started as the Warriors’ new GM …

“Our plan will start being put into place to get the Warriors back to the sustained success this city deserves. The first order of business is to study every sngle one of our current players on both the pro team and farm team. Right now, that is the most critical thing I am doing. I’m not going to get into specific player analysis’ today but I can assure you I understand the importance of knowing what we have to work with.”

On creating a successful blueprint …

“Important parts of the recipe to winning Stanley Cups is making good trades and stringing successful drafts together again and again. We are not just collecting athletes. We are acquiring hockey players that fit the North Bay Warriors. There will be a major emphasis on character, toughness, instincts and intelligence. Guys, it’s all about winning games and that’s what I’m here to do. Every decision we make goes back to what’s best for this organization. It’s as simple as that.”

On why, at age 22, this felt like the right time and fit …

I wasn’t one of those guys looking to jump into any dynasty league. This was a very thorough and calculated decision by me. And that’s because this is a historic franchise that desperately wants to win and they’re willing to do whatever it takes for that to happen. And I want to be leading that charge.” 

On what he looks for in a player…

Icing the right players are obviously critical to achieve sustained success. For us to have a lot of success, all 55 guys are going to be accounted for. So yeah, I witnessed things in my previous leagues that I have in my mind, that I know makes the difference between success and failure. And those are ingrained in me. But I want to get to know the players we currently have, I want to get to know them further before I come to any conclusions.”

Closing remarks…

“It may be summer time in America but a blizzard is sweeping in from the northeast. I have taken over the Warriors franchise and I plan on moving it into a new environment and I pledge to kill the curse of never being able to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals.”

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Red Devils Celebrate Stanley Cup

with Victory Parade and Rally


April 6th, 2014

Jordan Carbone patted the glistening rim of the Stanley Cup, and a roar erupted from the Toronto Red Devils’ joyous fans.

“See this baby right here?” GM Carbone asked. “We worked six years to get her, we’re happy she’s home.”

The Stanley Cup champions’ offseason party got into full swing Thursday with a triumphant parade through the streets of Toronto and a rally at the Red Devils’ arena to celebrate their first AFHL title in six seasons.

The team estimated 300,000 fans lined the streets on a postcard-perfect Toronto day as the Red Devils rode nine double-decker buses and a flatbed truck about one mile to their home ice arena.

The players showed off the Stanley Cup while confetti flew and fans gave a nonstop standing ovation to the relentless team that has turned the Red Devils franchise into a dynasty.

The Red Devils then gathered at their arena for a packed rally celebrating their first championship in Red Devils history.

“I’m honored and ecstatic to finally put a ring on my finger,” said Steven Stamkos. ” Now let’s add to it next year.”

After a weekend spent celebrating with the Cup all around the city of Toronto, the Red Devils and their supporters were still in a partying mood. Their rally was repeatedly punctuated by chants of “Go Devils Go!” and “We Want the Cup!”

Toronto Mayor John Tory even cursed while addressing the crowd early in the live television broadcast, drawing laughs and cheers.

“It’s been a pretty incredible experience these six years,” said Carbone “And what we went through this year was something after losing in the Finals last year. Ultimately you do your best for the people you care about. Us, as a team, we did that because we didn’t want to let anyone down on the team. I’m privileged and honored to be the coach of this team.”

The players wore their home jerseys on the parade route, with many sporting Red Devils baseball caps. Carbone changed shirts during the parade, drawing laughs from the crowd while momentarily going bare-chested in the Toronto sun.

The Red Devils’ players and staffers were individually introduced at the rally. The fans saved their wildest cheers for Marc-Andre Fleury and Steven Stamkos — who brought the Stanley Cup into the rink.

Toronto GM Jordan Carbone has built a powerhouse through patient development and judicious trades, including the deals that secured star players such as Steven Stamkos and Marc-Andre Fleury. He has over 10 trophies to his name including multiple Presidents Trophies and now the Stanley Cup.

And the Red Devils are in position to be a contender for years to come, with most of their key players still in their primes and signed to multiyear contracts.

Carbone got emotional as he saluted his players at the podium, saying they won because they became “deadly afraid of letting each other down.”

“This franchise has now evolved to another level,” Carbone said.

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Toronto Red Devils Win 

2015 AFHL Stanley Cup!!!


March 30th, 2015

Maybe the true nature of this Toronto Red Devils team was revealed in the moment captain Steven Stamkos took the victory lap with the Stanley Cup and then handed it to a person who didn’t play on the ice, GM Jordan Carbone.

“It took 6 years for me to get the opportunity to do that,” said Carbone, who watched from behind the bench while his Red Devils came from behind to defeat the cinderella San Diego Gulls 6-5 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals Sunday night to secure their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. “It was an amazing feelings.”

Maybe the measure of this team that traveled such a different path to the top of the hockey world this spring is the genuine awe in goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury’s voice as he tried to describe the moment of hoisting the Cup over his head for the first time.

“Once I heard the final buzzer, I think I blacked out,” Fleury said. “I’m just so happy for these guys. And when I lifted the Cup, it was a feeling that you just — I didn’t know what to do. Cry. Laugh. Jeez. It’s just it’s unbelievable it’s actually here and it happened and it’s crazy.”

Last year, the Red Devils suffered a heartbreaking loss in the Finals to the Victoria Vipers. This year, they made a statement that basically said this Red Devils team is resilient, relentless, and remarkable.

And now they have the Stanley Cup.

“We have a team that simply will not be denied,” said forward Steven Stamkos. “The Cup is so special. What we went through in the offseason after losing in the Finals, and what we went through this year, we really earned it.”

Since the loss in the Finals last year, one wondered if Jordan Carbone would make some big changes to the team but he stood pat and stayed with the same mix of guys. A mix of talented youth and battle-tested veterans that proved its mettle this spring.

“It’s a blend. You’ve got to have a special blend,” forward Jeff Carter explained. “We’ve got guys that have been around, they’ve seen it all, done it all, won, lost. It helps with the younger guys coming in giving them advice on what to expect and how to handle it.”

You watch the ice at Red Devils home ice arena, crowded with happy family members and team officials and the media and, of course, the Stanley Cup making its rounds, thousands of Red Devils fans still in the stands sharing the moment, and you wonder how a team like this gets built. Not just the draft picks, but the identity and the will to be this good against sometimes long odds. Then you see general manager Jordan Carbone making his way to players — not necessarily the star players, but the young players who never got on the ice during the playoffs or veteran role players Patrik Elias who continues to perform well at such an old age.

Hockey analyst Barry Melrose said he remains amazed at the constant ability of this team to find another level of compete, another level of will to push forward.

“But it always felt like these guys just had such a belief in each other,” Melrose told

Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury who backstopped the Red Devils to victory kept insisting he “blacked out” from joy.

“I tossed my gear, the guys jumped in and I couldn’t breathe for a while. It was a surreal moment,” Fleury said.

For the San Diego Gulls, they felt they gave away too many of their good chances.

“I knew going into this series it was going to end in tears, tears of joy or tears of heartbreak,” Gulls coach Lucas Main said. “It’s extremely tough.”

Everyone loves an underdog and the Gulls were certainly the underdog this Spring. After finishing at the bottom of the standings last year, they overcame odds with plucky hearts and determined spirits to capture the imagination of the masses in this year’s Stanley Cup Finals. But alas, the clock struck midnight for their cinderella story. Their horse drawn carriage they rode to the ball turned into a pumpkin at the final buzzer on Sunday night. Still, their story won’t be forgotten.

“So close, an inch here and an inch there, that’s what it’s been about all series,” goaltender John Gibson said. “There’s no little play in this series. Every play meant something, and they just made some big plays when they had to, to get the timely goals.”

“It’s got to be the worst feeling for a hockey player,” Gulls forward Logan Couture said. “You get this far, you do so much as a group, as a team, and then you fall short; I’ve never felt any worse. It’s going to be a long summer.”

On the winner’s side, Red Devils defenseman PK Subban was asked why the Red Devils are so resilient.

“Character and leadership in the locker room,” Subban said. “We’ve got an unbelievable group in the room. [General manager] Jordan [Carbone] has always said that we’ve got to be able to play hockey well together, but we’ve also got to like each other. All the guys in that locker room, we love each other. It’s an unbelievable group.”



Crowds of fans are expected to line a one-mile stretch of streets in downtown Toronto on Thursday for the parade celebrating the Red Devils’ Stanley Cup victory.

It’s the first victory lap for the Red Devils in their six years of existence in the AFHL.

Players will be making their way down the streets atop double-decker buses as thousands of fans cheer them on.

The procession, beginning at noon on the streets and ending at Red Devils home ice arena, is expected to last 30 to 40 minutes, with a number of street closures taking effect at 6 a.m.

The Red Devils will also host a sold-out hourlong fan rally at their home icea arena starting at 1 p.m.

Officials are encouraging fans to take public transportation to the area to avoid getting caught up in heavy traffic.

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