If there’s anything people love to debate, it’s jerseys.
Some people (me) like a good, dark colored sweater with an intricate logo and an old-school feel. Others (not me) like team names used as sweater designs and want the world to go back to using team whites at home (seriously, who are you people?).
It’s no surprise, then, that new jersey reveals always come with some controversy.
The Colorado Eagles should see no exception. They revealed their new AHL uniform designs on Wednesday at a meet-and-greet with new head coach Greg Cronin, and the changes they’ve made will undoubtedly get some tongues wagging:
Maybe you like them. Maybe you hate them. Maybe, like me, you’re still trying to get someone to send you a Lansing Lugnuts practice tee and can’t be bothered to spend time debating minor league teams that use normal, everyday mascots like ‘eagles’. Pfft.
Anyways. I digress.
As promised, we took a deeper look at the victory the baby Avalanche pulled out at the rookie showcase on their last day, defeating the San Jose Sharks 6-3 in their final game. [Mile High Hockey]
We’ve also got an in-depth look at training camp, including dates, locations, and players to look for. [MHH]
Speaking of players to look for!
Among the names listed on the Avalanche training camp roster was Cody Bass, the 31-year-old minor league forward who served as an alternate captain for the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals last year.
Bass will presumably join the Avalanche on a PTO, auditioning to bring some grit and veteran presence to the Eagles next year. Even if he does sign a new deal, it would take another league-wide mumps outbreak for him to sniff NHL ice time - the last time he did so was when Nashville gave him a whopping nine games two seasons ago - but he could be a fun guy to have around the locker room as the Eagles look to break the Avalanche minor league slump. He’s a 2011 Calder Cup Champion, has worn an A six different times in the AHL, and once managed to rack up 31 penalty minutes in eight playoff games. He’s been in Milwaukee for the last three seasons, but don’t be too shocked if he sticks around for the Eagles this year.
One player that is also on the list of training camp participants is Brandon Saigeon. The 20-year old was selected in the 5th round this past June with the intention of sending him directly to the Eagles. Unfortunately, due to some poor contract management, the team might not have a spot to sign the left-winger. Without an ELC, it is looking more like he is going to be sent back to the OHL this season. In that vein, here is a look at some predictions for the 2018-19 season from a group of junior hockey fans at a cool new site called The OHL Collective.
In other training camp news, the St. Louis Blues just mashed the panic button and the season hasn’t even begun. Good times!
Blues say goalie Jake Allen will be sidelined for the first 10 to 14 days of camp because of back spasms. Forward Erik Foley also sidelined because of concussion suffered in Traverse City. Hip issues (again) sideline goalie Luke Opilka indefinitely.— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) September 12, 2018
I feel for Opilka, I really do. Hip issues in net can end a career before it begins.
I also feel bad for Allen, who was likely hoping training camp could shake off any preseason jitters. But if he’s dealing with injury trouble, there’s an only mildly-used Steve Mason still floating around in free agency!
For our Athletic money-givers out there, this is a must-read piece. This 22-year-old woman has never played hockey, but she’s about to take on a huge role for the Denver Pioneers - and she’s proven it’s poised to be a perfect fit. [The Athletic]
Finally, this is the moment of the week that will make you cry:
The Humboldt Broncos were on their way to a playoff game against the Nipawin Hawks when their bus was hit by a semi truck. The SJHL team family lost 16 members in the crash, including head coach and general manager Darcy Haugan and team captain Logan Schatz, along with nearly half the team, their athletic trainer, the team announcer, the team statistician, and the bus driver.
Five months later, the team took the ice again for the first time, losing by a tight 2-1 final score.
The end result was far less important, though, than the very playing of the game itself. And with every lost player’s number retired at the end of the game in a heartbreaking ceremony, it was a night that was about so much more than hockey:
Tonight was an incredibly emotional and beautiful tribute to the 2017-18 Humboldt Broncos. Thank you for all of your prayers, best wishes and support for the past 5 months. The “hockey family” has helped is through. It’s a great day to be a Bronco. pic.twitter.com/ILpKghXtyj— Humboldt Broncos (@HumboldtBroncos) September 13, 2018