Past temples of the game still host regular hockey in Toronto; Maple Leaf Gardens and Varsity Arena are two great examples, but no arena manages to retain its historical flair and combine it with modern conveniences quite like Ricoh Coliseum, the home of the legendary Toronto Marlborough Hockey Club, later known as the Marlboros, then the Marlies.
The AHL (American Hockey League) Admirals are becoming a hit in Milwaukee. The move from the BMO Harris Bradley Center to the UW Milwaukee Panthers Arena was a great one for the team and its fans.
The Rockford IceHogs are the AHL (American Hockey League) affiliate of the NHL Chicago Blackhawks. They began their hockey endeavor with the now defunct UHL (United Hockey League) in 1999. The IceHogs spent eight seasons in the UHL, transitioning to the AHL in the 2007-2008 season. The IceHogs negotiated a 10-year affiliation with the nearby Chicago Blackhawks in March, 2007. That deal has since been extended another five years, securing an affiliation with the Blackhawks through the 2021-2022 season.
On the latest installment of the Stadium Journey podcast, the gang takes an in-depth look at the American Hockey League. Has the western movement been good for the league, and does the league belong in bigger venues at the expense of its traditional footprint? Finally, we discuss some of our favorite AHL rinks.
In October, 2017 it was announced that the Colorado Eagles would become the 31st AHL team beginning with the 2018-2019 hockey season. Advancing leagues is not new to the Colorado Eagles. They began play in the now defunct CHL (Central Hockey League) in 2003. The team transitioned to the ECHL (the “double A” league of hockey) at the conclusion of the 2010-2011 season. And next season, they’ll advance again to the AHL (American Hockey League), the “triple A” league of ice hockey in North America.
You would think that sharing your home with a major league basketball team would be a less than ideal situation for a minor league hockey team. This hardly seems to be the case in Cleveland, where the Monsters are regularly among the American Hockey League’s leaders in attendance. While Quicken Loans Arena is clearly too big for the Monsters, the melding of major league amenities with minor league enthusiasm makes a trip to downtown Cleveland a trip worth taking.