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Habs Join Tradition of St. John’s Hockey

by Nic Phelan, Lead Correspondent, IceCaps Hockey Report

Mile One Centre (Photo by Colin Peddle)
Mile One Centre (Photo by Colin Peddle)

ST. JOHN’S, NL. — St. John’s, Newfoundland. The most easterly city in North America, the oldest city in North America. Growing up in Newfoundland we knew three things: Fog, Snow and Hockey.

The St. John’s Maple Leafs were the first professional team to call “The Rock” it’s home. Arriving in 1991, the Leafs became the culture of the city, children grew up idolizing AHL greats like Nathan Dempsey or Marcel Cousineau. Rivalries with the Fredericton Canadiens and Saint John Flames dominated as Atlantic Canada hit its peak in popularity.

Fast forward to 2005, the Baby Leafs were on their way out as the big club wanted to move it’s prospects closer to the Air Canada Centre for ease of access and lowering travel costs. All the while, the local community still craved hockey and the city dipped into the QMJHL, announcing it’s new affiliation with the St. John’s Fog Devils. Once again St. John’s had it’s team, and once again the city watched them leave in short order.


Without a full time resident, Mile One and the local economy took a hit. Insert former Premier and local folklore legend, Danny Williams. Mr. Williams paired up with Glenn Stanford, better known locally as the VP of Hockey Operations for the St. John’s Maple Leafs between 1991 and 2005. Glenn is also familiar with the Canadiens organization, serving as the president of the Hamilton Bulldogs from 2006-2011 winning a Calder Cup with the Carey Price at the helm in 2007.

The Bulldogs made a stop at Mile One in October 2010 to play an exhibition game against the Binghamton Senators (Ottawa) with names like Aaron Palushaj, J.T. Wyman and David Desharnais in the lineup. Goaltender Robert Mayer picked up the shootout victory for the Baby Habs.

In 2011, the St. John’s IceCaps were born. Inheriting the team from the Manitoba Moose and True North Sports & Entertainment, the executive committee opted to change name to the IceCaps due to an ongoing struggle between the the Provincial Government, the people of Newfoundland and Labrador surrounding overpopulation of moose, which had become hazardous causing numerous accidents annually.

So here we are, on the day of the 2015 IceCaps jersey release. Growing up a Habs fan I can only hope it pays proper tribute to Le Bleu Blanc Rouge. The city is buzzing again, a crowd which had sold out 127 straight games from it’s inception, ready to crowd Mile One once again and cheer on a competitive young squad. Habs fans who had been forced to watch the prospects of Toronto and Winnipeg develop before our eyes finally have their turn.

Ignore Press release

IceCaps Appoint Jason King as Director of Hockey Operations

IceCaps Make Front Office Changes

The St. John’s IceCaps today announced changes to the club’s front office staff.


St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S — Former IceCaps player and assistant coach Jason King will join the front office as the team’s Director of Hockey Operations, replacing Brad Andrews who is assuming a new position with the Winnipeg Jets organization. In his new role, King will be responsible for managing all team travel and serve as support for the coaching staff.

Glenn Stanford, Chief Operating Officer and Governor of the IceCaps, said King is a perfect fit to fill the void left behind by Andrews.

“Jason is a smart, capable young man with an intimate knowledge of the role from working closely with Brad over the past four years,” said Stanford. “Additionally, Jason’s relationships throughout the American Hockey League will be a huge asset as he enters this new phase of his career with the IceCaps.”

While pleased for Andrews, Stanford says he will be deeply missed by the IceCaps organization.

“Brad’s work ethic was second to none and he served as a great ambassador for our organization and community,” said Stanford. “Over the last four years Brad developed this job into a state of the art position and created such a mold, that it will be so much easier for Jason to step in. We wish Brad and his family all the best in the future.”

Press release

Hamilton Bulldogs Official Statement Regarding Possible Relocation



HAMILTON, ONT. – The Hamilton Bulldogs issued the following statement today in regards to the reports of the relocation of the team:

“We are aware of the reports but at this point nothing is official. We don’t want to add to the speculation with unconfirmed and inaccurate information. What we can tell you is that Michael Andlauer has been committed to our community, the fans and hockey in the city of Hamilton for over a decade and that will not change moving forward. We have no further comment at this time.”

Press release

Bulldogs Welcome Tangradi as Habs Trade Budaj, Holland


Hamilton Bulldogs Media Release

Eric Tangradi (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)
Eric Tangradi (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

MONTREAL, QUE. – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Canadiens have acquired forward Eric Tangradi from the Winning Jets in exchange for goaltender Peter Budaj and forward Patrick Holland. Tangradi will report to the Bulldogs.

Tangradi spent the 2013-14 season in the National Hockey League with the Jets. In 55 games with Winnipeg, the 25-year-old recorded six points (three goals, three assists) and 21 penalty minutes. A veteran of five professional seasons, the Philadelphia, Pa. native has played more than 300 NHL and American Hockey League regular season games combined. In 136 career NHL regular season games with the Jets and Pittsburgh Penguins, he has recorded 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) and 69 penalty minutes. In 178 career AHL regular season games with the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins, he has recorded 121 points (60 goals, 61 assists) and 214 penalty minutes. Tangradi was originally selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the second round (42nd overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Holland spent most of the past two seasons with the Bulldogs. In 2013-14, played five games with the Canadiens, recording no points or penalty minutes. In 126 career AHL regular season games with the Bulldogs, he recorded 45 points (16 goals, 29 assists) and 10 penalty minutes. Originally selected by the Calgary Flames in the seventh round (193rd overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Holland was acquired from the Flames on Jan. 12, 2012 with forward Rene Bourque and a second round selection in 2013 (Zachary Fucale) in return for Mike Cammalleri and a fifth-round pick in 2012 (Ryan Culkin).

The Bulldogs open the 2014-15 regular season on Saturday, Oct. 11 when they will visit the Rochester Americans at Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial at 7:05 p.m. The puck drops for Hamilton’s home-opening weekend on Friday, Oct. 17, when the ‘Dogs host the Toronto Marlies at FirstOntario Centre at 7:30 p.m.

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