Tag: CHL


Report: ECHL and CHL to merge


The East Coast Hockey League and Central Hockey League are reportedly in talks to merge.

According to hockey agent Darryl Wolski, the president of the 2112 Hockey Agency, the two professional hockey leagues, which have teams primarily in the U.S., could merge as early as the 2015-16 season.

Wolski added that Bakersfield, Las Vegas, Stockton and Ontario – all teams currently in the ECHL – could join the American Hockey League next year to form a true Western Conference. The AHL has been in discussions with western-based NHL teams about moving their affiliations to the west making it easier for player transactions to occur.

The ECHL currently has 22 teams while the CHL has nine teams schedule to play during the 2014-15 season. The AHL meanwhile has 30 clubs all currently affiliated with an NHL team.

PHT Morning Skate: Sharks rebuild talk makes no sense

Mike Brown, Brent Burns, Joe Thornton

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

So… Just why are the San Jose Sharks seemingly ready to do a rebuild? Sure they can deal Joe Thornton or Patrick Marleau, but why bust up a Stanley Cup contender? James Mirtle asked that question and says it doesn’t make a lick of sense.  (Globe And Mail)

With Jordin Tootoo on waivers from the Detroit Red Wings and destined to be bought out, they’re wondering in Winnipeg if he’d be a good fit with the Jets. (Winnipeg Free Press)

Ron Wilson and Marc Crawford are both candidates to land the coaching job in Pittsburgh. What year is it again? (Toronto Sun)

With all the talk going on about the Washington NFL team’s nickname, some have asked what’s up with the Chicago Blackhawks. (Chicago Tribune, The Hockey News)

There are some in Edmonton who are expecting the Philadelphia Flyers to trade with the Florida Panthers to get the No. 1 overall pick and take Aaron Ekblad. That’d be a bold way for the host team to make a splash. (Broad Street Hockey)

The Team USA roster for the World Junior Evaluation Camp in August was released — Have a look at who USA Hockey is looking at for the next World Junior Championships. (USA Hockey)

New Jersey Devils prospect Steven Santini is one of those names and he spoke with Tom Gulitti about getting another shot to represent his country. (Fire & Ice)

Finally… The Arizona Sundogs of the CHL have been doing anything they can to drum up attention to sell tickets including burying their owner alive. (Canoe)

Don Cherry to coach CHL/NHL Top Prospects game

Don Cherry

On Wednesday, the Canadian Hockey League announced the captains, alternates, rosters and coaches for its annual NHL Top Prospects Game — and judging by the names involved, it promises to be a stellar affair.

CBC Hockey Night in Canada’s Don Cherry will coach Team Cherry while longtime NHLer and Stanley Cup champion Mike McPhee will coach Team Orr, with both inheriting one of the top two prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft.

Cherry will get Nathan MacKinnon, the Halifax Mooseheads center that’s tearing up the Quebec League this season with 43 points in 25 games.

McPhee will get Seth Jones, the Portland Winterhawks defenseman who has 17 points in 24 WHL games this year.

McKinnon and Jones will captain their respective squads in what’s traditionally been an important showcase for draft-eligible players.

Since the Top Prospects Game was introduced in 1996, 10 participants have been chosen first overall in the NHL Draft: Chris Phillips, Joe Thornton, Vincent Lecavalier, Rick Nash, Marc-Andre Fleury, Patrick Kane, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

It’s widely believed that either Jones or MacKinnon will go first overall in 2013.

That said, this game is not all about those two. A number of players that featured prominently in the Central Scouting draft rankings have also been selected to play — Darnell Nurse and Jonathan Drouin, two of the top-ranked skaters in the OHL and QMJHL, will serve as alternate captains for Team Cherry.

Sean Monahan and Hunter Shinkaruk — The No. 1 and No. 2 ranked skaters in the WHL and OHL respectively — will be the alternates for Team Orr.


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