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The AHL is Waterlogged

10/29/2009 3:36 PM - Chris Etheridge
The conversation in the office this afternoon turned to the number of water-themed teams we play in the American Hockey League.  Looking at the list, we counted nine in the league (River Rats, Sound Tigers, Lake Erie Monsters, Milwaukee Admirals, Norfolk Admirals, Rivermen, Pirates, Penguins, Sharks).  It all started when we realized that we played Peoria four times, Lake Erie once and Milwaukee three times in October.

My Wisconsin friends would point out that the Milwaukee Admirals were not named for a sea-faring officer, but we're counting it because the skeleton has a tri-corner hat on in the logo.  As for Monsters, you'll just have to see their logo.  The rest are self-explanatory.

So we expanded our search to other professional leagues and discovered that the AHL is above average for the number of water-themed nicknames.

Major League Baseball claims four (Marlins, Mariners, Rays and Pirates).  The NFL also has four (Dolphins, Vikings, Seahawks and Buccaneers).  The NBA is last with a measly two (Clippers and Lakers).

The NHL is close in names with six (Sharks, Canucks, Ducks, Hurricanes, Penguins, Islanders).

Oddly, both NBA teams play in Los Angeles, where we're pretty sure there's no water.  It is also worth pointing out that the New York Knickerbockers were named after a type of pants, which are most commonly only water-based when in the washing machine or when worn by small children.

The official ruling from Judge Mike Peck is that the Thunder and Lightning do not count as water-based.  They are a part of an event that creates water, but they are not a body of water, water craft or riding in water craft.

I also asked for and received an official ruling on Islanders (yes because they had, for a brief period, a guy that looks like the fishstick dude in their logo) and Avalanche (no and this one is a sticky topic).

I also want to admit that I had to look up a Pacer, Thrasher and Clipper to determine what they were.

The only minor league system of equivalent level in North American pro sports is AAA baseball.  The Beavers and River Cats are holding tight in the Pacific Coast League while the Tides and Clippers are representing the International League.  Let's say they combine for four in AAA baseball.

Maybe tomorrow we will check out the ECHL and AA baseball leagues.

Game Notes for 10/30/09

10/29/2009 3:06 PM - Chris Etheridge
Goals By Committee:  The IceHogs are tied for third in the American Hockey League with 33 goals for, averaging exactly three goals a game through 11 contests in the 2009-10 season.  But only Nathan Davis (twice) and Matt Keith have recorded multi-goal games.  That means the Hogs have seen every goal scored by a different player in seven games, including the 6-1 win over Milwaukee the last time the two teams played.  A total of 15 players have recorded a goal for Rockford.

On The Road Again:  Rockford is playing in their league-leading ninth road game in the campaign.  The Hogs are 2-4-1-1 away from the MetroCentre, playing four of their next six on the road.  After a Nov. 6-7 trip to Abbotsford, the Hogs play their second longest home stand, hosting Texas (three times), Chicago, Abbotsford and Manitoba between Nov. 13 and Thanksgiving Day.

Stone Cold, Legace:  The IceHogs couldn’t find the back of the net in five attempts in Wednesday’s shootout with Manny Legace and the Chicago Wolves.  The last time the Hogs were without a goal in a shootout was March 7, 2008 in Peoria (4-3 loss) but it is the first time since Rockford joined the AHL that Hogs shooters have gone 0-for-5.

Davis Milestone:  Second-year Winger Nathan Davis scored his fifth goal of the season on Wednesday, matching his goal total from his rookie campaign (5g-7a-12pts in 49 games) in just nine games this season.

Down on the Farm: Goalie Alec Richards has a 2-1-0 record with a .944 save percentage and 1.63 goals against average in three games with the Toledo Walleye (ECHL). He shut out the Trenton Devils  on Oct. 24 in a 64-minute marathon 1-0 game on Oct. 24 for his second professional win.  Goalie Joe Palmer is looking for his first pro win with the Texas Brahmas of the Central Hockey League.  He is 0-0-1 in two appearances with a 1.67 GAA and .947 save percentage.