The Bridgeport Sound Tigers released defenseman Kevin Mitchell from
his pro tryout. Mitchell had a goal and four assists and was minus-7
in 18 games.
"We have six defensemen now," Bridgeport coach Steve Stirling said
Monday from the Fleet Center in Boston, where he was inducted into the
Beanpot Hall of Fame. "I liked what I saw, but I didn't think it was
right to keep him in and out of the lineup."
The Cleveland Barons had inquired about Mitchell's status and were
negotiating with the defenseman.
Most anticipated in AHL president Dave Andrews' State of the League
address was the league's plans in case labor warfare shuts down the
NHL in 2004-05. Andrews' message was, regardless of what big brother
does, the AHL show will go on. As was the case during the 1994 NHL
lockout, when the AHL got added media exposure, that can be beneficial.
"We have good buildings, good owners. We have a league capable of
functioning with any player supply," Andrews said. "We think we're
positioned, if the NHL doesn't play for some period of time, even a
long period of time, we'll be playing."
Yet to be seen, of course, is which players will play. Andrews flatly
said no when asked if the league might allow more than seven veterans
per team to play in the event of a long labor hiatus in the NHL.
Other highlights from the address:
n Andrews called Des Moines, Iowa, the "most likely candidate" to
complete the 30-team AHL. A new arena there will be ready in 2005. "It
has the feel of an American League city," Andrews said.
n Next year's season will run one week later, to add weekend dates and
to increase practice time without reducing the number of games.
n The league has asked the Professional Hockey Players Association to
discuss a visors rule with its players. The ECHL recently unilaterally
instituted a visor requirement for next season.
n Following the NHL's lead, teams will wear their dark sweaters at
home next season. The nod to traditionalism has an added benefit of
encouraging third jerseys and increasing merchandising.
n The current delay of game rule, for players who clear the puck into
the stands from their defensive zone, has the support of the
competition committee and appears here to stay despite criticism from
Canadian rookie Darren Haydar of Milwaukee played Monday night after
undergoing a root canal Monday morning.
Hunter records 2 assists as Canada take All-Star Classic
By MICHAEL FORNABAIO
Jon Sim's second goal of the game, on a breakaway with 7:51 remaining,
broke a tie and led the Canadian All-Stars to a 10-7 win over Team
PlanetUSA in the AHL All-Star Classic Monday night.
Sim, from the Utah Grizzlies, added an assist and was named Most
Valuable Player for the Canadians, who have won the last four games.
Bridgeport right winger Trent Hunter had two assists for the victors,
including the second assist on the second of five unanswered goals
Canada scored to close the game. Hunter, who made his All-Star debut,
played all three forward positions.
"It was fun. You could kind of see as the game went on, the guys were
getting competitive," Hunter said.
"I got a couple (of points)," added Hunter, who won the accuracy
shooting event at the skills competition Sunday. "I couldn't find the
net with my shot, so I don't know how accurate it is."
John Slaney of Philadelphia tied the game 7-7 at 8:53 of the third
period off assists from former Sound Tiger and current Albany River
Rat Ray Giroux and Hunter. The goal gave Slaney a career All-Star
record with his eighth point in four games.
Giroux has five points in three career games.
Darren Haydar of Milwaukee and Charlie Stephens of Hershey (empty net)
scored in the last two minutes to extend the lead and to give both two
goals and an assist.
A glitch at the Cumberland County Civic Center kept the arena sound
system silent until late in the second period.
SOUND TIGERS RELEASE D KEVIN MITCHELL
Blueliner let go from PTO
BRIDGEPORT, CT - The American Hockey League's 2001-02 Regular Season
Champion and Eastern Conference Playoff Champion Bridgeport Sound
Tigers, top affiliate of the National Hockey League's New York
Islanders, have announced the release of Defenseman Kevin Mitchell.
Mitchell signed a professional tryout contract with the Sound Tigers
in December after starting this season with the East Coast Hockey
League's Louisiana IceGators. He notched one goal, four assists, five
points and 16 penalty minutes in 18 games with the Sound Tigers making
his final appearance with the team in last night's 5-4 road win over
the Albany River Rats.
The Sound Tigers will return from the AHL All-Star break with a pair
of home games this weekend hosting the Hartford Wolf Pack Friday at
7:35 p.m. and the Saint John Flames Saturday at 7:05 p.m.
AHL All Star Boxscore: Hunter two assist for team Canada.