Around the Hrink
Last Sunday, the St. Louis Blues' AHL affiliate, the Worcester Ice
Cats, played a game against the Utah Grizzles (Dallas Stars) at the
Savvis Center in St. Louis and drew an announced crowd of 2,232 fans.
On Jan. 22, the New Jersey Devils' minor league team, the Albany
River Rats, will play host to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (New York
Islanders) at the Continental Airlines Arena. It will be the first
time the River Rats will play a game on the Devils' home ice. Why are
these AHL games being played in NHL venues? Well, in the event of a
lockout, the clubs will be looking to help fill dates in their
buildings. So, these games are a test run, aimed at gauging interest.
Of course, if there's no NHL next year, there might be a lot of