Summer Blog Entry: May 29
05/29/2009 8:18 AM - Adam Turner
The 2009-2010 ECHL schedule is probably about a week away from being released. Looking at the first few drafts of it, it’s pretty vanilla with only one lengthy home stand early on and a round-the-world road trip to start the new year in 2010.
To give you one more hint, get ready for a lot of Idaho and mostly Las Vegas early on in the schedule.
The final two weeks of hockey are here with the Kelly Cup, Calder Cup and Stanley Cup Finals all or soon will all be underway. The season of major junior hockey has come to an end with Windsor winning the Memorial Cup last weekend. Apparently the Memorial Cup trophy this year was tweaked to become a little more sturdy as I haven’t seen photos of it breaking in half during the presentation as was the case last year when Spokane reigned as the best of the CHL.
Though I’ll be honest with you, when the Bruce Taylor Trophy was shipped to the E-Center last year by the ECHL in the event it needed to be presented to Las Vegas, which it ultimately did, some assembly was required. No offense to Mr. Taylor or the ECHL, but the trophy was not exactly K-Mart quality. In fact, most little leagues provide better when presenting participation awards.
Hopefully the Stanley Cup will be a little more competitive than the two conference finals series. While Chicago and Detroit went to overtime in three of five games, the Red Wings seemingly never lost control of the series winning in five games. Sunday’s 6-2 win over the Blackhawks at United Center really sealed the deal and put them up three games to one. And the Penguins/Hurricanes series was not competitive to say the least with the Pens sweeping to setup the Finals rematch of last year’s memorable one, which was won by Detroit in six games, with late local news broadcasts everywhere being pre-empted by the Monday night triple overtime game won by Pittsburgh in game five to force the series back to western Pennsylvania.
Just a “heads up” if you are having a hard time keeping up where to watch the Stanley Cup, I understand your three options will be of course VS. and KSL 5 with local channel 30 being the wild card in the event of a channel 5 preemption.
In the Kelly Cup, I don’t see South Carolina blowing a two games to one series lead as they look to become just the second ECHL team in history to win three league championships. Hampton Roads also won three before joining the AHL as Norfolk.
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Until next Friday, GO GRIZZLIES!