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IceCaps celebrate successful first season

AHL team introduced one year ago June 10

Thursday, 07.06.2012 / 10:00 AM / News Articles
By Donnie Power  - Director of Communications
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IceCaps celebrate successful first season

ST. JOHN’S – It was one year ago this week that the St. John’s IceCaps were born. On Friday, June 10, 2011, President and CEO Danny Williams and COO Glenn Stanford made the announcement that the American Hockey League was returning to St. John’s. They were joined by Winnipeg Jets assistant General Manager Craig Heisinger, AHL President Dave Andrews and St. John’s Mayor Dennis O’Keefe.

 In the 52 weeks since that announcement, in front of hundreds of fans inside Mile One Centre, the St. John’s IceCaps have done more than anticipated. The AHL’s newest franchise reached the conference final in its inaugural season, sold out all 46 of its home games, became part of the province through player appearances and other community efforts, contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to local charities and brought hockey excitement back to St. John’s.

 “It is hard to believe that it has been one year since we announced the return of professional hockey to the province,” said Mr. Williams. “We worked under tremendously tight timelines as we brought the IceCaps from conception to that first game at Mile One. But thanks to an outstanding team behind the scenes, incredible fans and corporate partners, our first year proved to be an enormous success.

“And of course, a huge part of that success was due to the players themselves and our coaches who gave 110 per cent. I could not be more thrilled with our first season. We look forward to even bigger and better things in year two.”

 For COO Stanford, the anniversary of the announcement brings a time to reflect on the hectic pace of the past year, and the work required to make the AHL team operational.

 “We faced a daunting task in getting the IceCaps ready for the season and the home opener,” Mr. Stanford said. “There was nobody in place on June 10, and we had to do everything – sell tickets, find corporate partners, essentially build an entire organization in less than four months. Fortunately, I was able to surround myself with an extremely competent staff to help make the workload possible.

 “The entire staff punched long hours to make it possible for us to be ready on time. The success we’ve had in our first year can be attributed to the hard work of the coaches, players and staff. We’re very happy with the love affair we’ve started between the hockey club and the province.”

 

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 62 37 20 5 183 146 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 59 29 18 12 162 152 70
9 CGY 61 33 24 4 174 158 70
10 SJS 61 30 23 8 171 174 68
11 DAL 61 27 25 9 191 202 63
12 COL 61 26 24 11 161 175 63
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Little 63 24 26 9 50
A. Ladd 63 20 30 12 50
B. Wheeler 61 16 28 12 44
D. Byfuglien 63 15 26 6 41
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 63 10 25 4 35
M. Frolik 63 13 19 3 32
D. Stafford 57 10 17 -18 27
J. Tlusty 53 13 10 -17 23
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 18 7 5 .920 2.29
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.60
 
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