Friday, July 4, 2014

Independence Day links: Rockford, Regier & more

Happy Independence Day!

A few links for you, with the Indy Fuel, legendary former Checker Darcy Regier landing in the Coyotes' front office, and some development camp news.
  • Former Checker Darcy Regier was hired as the assistant GM of the NHL's Arizona Coyotes on Thursday. Regier, who played five seasons for the Checkers and was their coach for much of the year in 1984-85, had previously spent 17 years as the general manager of the Buffalo Sabres. He replaces another person with strong Indianapolis ties - Brad Treliving, who had played for the IHL Ice and was later commissioner of the CHL when the Ice played in that league. Treliving is now the Calgary Flames' GM. The Arizona Republic has more.
  • The Rockford IceHogs -- the Indy Fuel's AHL affiliate -- have signed a pair of players to AHL contracts in 29-year-old defenseman Zach Miskovic and 25-year-old forward Ryan Schnell. Both bring a measure of size and toughness to Rockford. And, as always, keep an eye on the IceHogs roster, as the Fuel anticipate 6-8 players being sent to Indy from the NHL & AHL affiliates in Chicago and Rockford.
  • IceHogs coach Mark Bernard discussed the organization's affiliation with the Fuel at a recent availability. "It's going to give us the ability to send a few more players down there if we want them to develop and work on certain things. I think they're going to be a fantastic organization in the ECHL. They've got a great coach in Scott Hillman, and we're excited to be partnered with them." Click below the jump to watch.

  • A handful of former Indiana Ice players headed to NHL development camps. Those who have been drafted are likely headed to their teams' camps (Jon Gillies-Calgary, Sam Kurker and Dwyer Tschantz-St. Louis, Sean Kuraly-San Jose, Blake Coleman and Josh Jacobs-New Jersey, Boo Nieves and Ryan Mantha-NY Rangers, Rinat Valiev-Toronto, Blake Siebenaler-Columbus, Aidan Muir-Edmonton, Brian Pinho-Washington, Justin Bailey-Buffalo, Robbie Baillargeon-Ottawa, Nick Mattson-Chicago). Brian Ferlin is not headed to Boston's development camp, but largely because he's already signed and will be reporting to the AHL affiliate in Providence this fall. According to College Hockey News' Mike McMahon, former Ice player Christian Hilbrich is headed to both Buffalo and Anaheim's development camps as an invited player. An undrafted college player, Hilbrich will be a free agent when he completes his eligibility. Those camps are going on now and will be continuing for the next couple of weeks across the NHL. 
  • And, ICYMI, Pan Am Pavilion, the Ice's part-time home for the last couple of years, is officially closed and being dismantled.

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