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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.”

 


 

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.”

 


 

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.”

 


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.”

 


 

Shawinigan Vikings Win AFHL Stanley Cup!!

Port Hope Fans Light Fires, Break Windows After Game 7

 

 

April 26th, 2022

After playing on a tight rope for three weeks, the Shawinigan Vikings held off a last-gasp rally by the Port Hope Panthers in Game 7 of the Finals to capture the franchise’s first Stanley Cup on Sunday night.

Vikings star winger Nikita Kucherov, who scored two goals and three assists in Game 7, said this was even sweeter than his first Cup with the San Diego Gulls just a few years ago.

“It seems like this was the hardest one,” Kucherov said. “I’ve been here before so I knew what to expect but I’m really enjoying this moment. Who knows how many of these opportunities come along? You always want to take advantage.”

The Vikings lifted the Cup for the first time in franchise history. They had to wait, however, as the trophy was delayed by weather and needed a police escort to the arena.

Fans didn’t leave for more than an hour after Kucherov lifted the Cup and handed it to Vikings Coach/GM Phil Svoboda, the architect of the team. They sang to “Sweet Caroline,” some banged on the glass and most simply didn’t want to leave.

“Keep the bars open tonight,” Svoboda said after he lifted the Cup for the first time in his life. “We’re going to fill the Cup up, and we’re going to share it with the city of Shawinigan!!”

A stunned crowd of 18,860 who were gathered inside of the Port Hope Panthers arena and hundreds of thousands more in the downtown streets watched their Presidents’ Trophy-winning team slump offensively with only 17 goals to the Vikings 30 goals in the series. One of the best GMs in the history of the league, Keith Cancilla, was unable to win his first Stanley Cup with such little production.

“I think anybody in our situation right now would feel real disappointed, whether you’re the favourite or not,” Cancilla said. “We battled real hard. I know we gave it our best shot, but in this one series, they were the better team. It’s that simple.”

Panthers fans did not take the loss lightly.

In one of the worst episodes of rioting the sports world has seen in decades, Panthers fans angry over losing the Stanley Cup clashed with police officers in Port Hope, set vehicles ablaze, smashed windows and looted and burned stores throughout the downtown area late Sunday night.

The Port Hope Health authority said that five people were in critical condition and that up to 139 others were treated at two downtown hospitals. Many had suffered tear gas exposure, the authority said, but there were at least eight stabbings, some cases of major trauma, and “head injuries, fractures and cuts.”

The riots stunned the police, the city and the nation, all of which had recalled rioting after the Buffalo Phantoms defeat in the finals to the Hamilton Firestorm almost 10 years ago.

But Sunday night, with the last game of the Stanley Cup finals drawing to a close and the Panthers trailing 7-2, some of the estimated 100,000 fans watching the game on giant televisions in free public viewing areas downtown began a four-hour rampage, leaving a trail of destruction, looting and violence that far outstripped the melees in Buffalo several years ago.

“We just repaved a lot of roads and built some new buildings, and people were speaking highly of Port Hope,” said Greg Matthews, 35, who lives downtown. “This is a great city and place to live in, and to see this, it’s heartbreaking.”

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City of Shawinigan to Hold Stanley Cup Boat Parade Next Monday

The Shawinigan Vikings will celebrate their Stanley Cup championship win with boat parade.

The Vikings secured their spot in AFHL history Sunday night when they became Stanley Cup champs for the first time by beating the Port Hope Panthers 7-2.

Now, the City of Shawinigan says fans will be able to celebrate their home team’s victory along the Saint-Maurice River on Monday, May 2nd.

Beginning around 10 a.m., players will be ushered onto boats stationed near Pont Shawinigan. The goal is to have the parade off and sailing by 11 a.m. Monday.

“Our fans will be in for a wild ride,” the mayor of Shawinigan said. “I justg hope the Stanley Cup doesn’t end up in the water.”

The boat parade will end around noon or 1 p.m.

After docking, players will hop on trolleys and ride to La Mauricie National Park for a community celebration, complete with food trucks, drinks, entertainment and music. Players will take the stage there sometime after 2 p.m. The park is opening up at 9 a.m. for fans.

 

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