Riding a two-game winning streak (woo?), last week the Walleye looked forward to a singular game on the road before returning for some home-cooking on Friday and Saturday night.
Week 15 was essentially another must-win week for the IceHogs. Two divisional games (surprise, surprise) were on tap for Rockford, along with a Monday matinee with an opponent from the South to start week 16. These three games in four nights featured events that everyone loves: many goals and a bench-clearing brawl.
I mean what.
Let’s be honest, folks. It’s been difficult for me to write up much of anything while the lockout drags on. I’ve gone from hopeful to despairing to apathetic, and that’s put a damper on my writing.
But now I’ve found the perfect article to break the dry spell — a ridiculous video of the Toledo Walleye miming along to the Drifters’ version of White Christmas. (Thanks to Puck Daddy for finding it.)
I begin this post with extremely important news.
Sadly, I’d prefer a banana split, but the season’s still young.
After playing their season opener on the 13th, the Walleye had to wait nearly a week to play game number two on the year. Go ECHL scheduling, go! Toledo finally laced up the skates again last Friday at home vs. the Cincinnati Cyclones and traveled to Kalamazoo on Saturday to take on the Wings.
Some of you may remember me as your erstwhile Chicago Express reporter. Well, as we all know, the Express went to the big ice rink in the sky shortly after the conclusion of their inaugural season. So what is a newly minted Chicago-area ECHL fan to do?
The upcoming 2012-13 ECHL season has seen four new teams added to the league, including two “local” entities, the Fort Wayne Komets and Evansville IceMen. I say “local” because in reality, Kalamazoo is closer to either one of those locations from Chicago, and it’ll be a cold day in hell before I root for the Wings (*gag*).
So my allegiances (and somewhat limited reporting skillz) has fallen behind the Toledo Walleye, the farm team of the Blackhawks and dreaded Detroit Red Wings. What sadist in the Toledo front office came up with that marriage made in Hades?
The Rockford IceHogs trimmed six players from their roster today.
- Terry Broadhurst (reassigned to the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye)
- Byron Froese (reassigned to the Toledo Walleye)
- Kent Simpson (reassigned to the Toledo Walleye)
- David Gilbert (reassigned to the CHL (Central Hockey League)’s Bloomington Blaze)
- Mac Carruth (reassigned to the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks)
- Chris DeSousa (released from training camp try-out agreement)
The IceHogs take on the Peoria Rivermen tonight in Peoria at 7:05pm for their last preseason game. Follow Runs On Duncan‘s own Kim Wrona on Twitter at @kimwrona7 for live updates during the game.
On The Farm provides news from the Chicago Blackhawks‘ farm teams: the Rockford IceHogs and Toledo Walleye.
The Rockford IceHogs signed Brett Lebda to a Professional Try Out contract today to round out their training camp roster.
While Lebda, a native of Buffalo Grove, would probably like you to remember him as a former Stanley Cup champion with the Detroit Red Wings, it’s more likely that you remember his disastrous stint as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. My favorite “Lebda being Lebda” moment was when the Maple Leafs beat the holy hell out of the Atlanta Thrashers 9-3 — but he somehow managed to still be a minus-3 on the night.
He then signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets earlier this year — mostly because the Blue Jackets had, like, two healthy defensemen left at that point.
It’s safe to say that Lebda won’t make it anywhere near the Blackhawks even after the lockout, but if he can crack the IceHogs’ roster and provide some veteran leadership, more power to him.
Ahead of the lockout, the Blackhawks have assigned 26 players to their AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs. The list follows after the jump.
Blackhawks prospect camp finished with a thriller of a scrimmage on Friday. The goals came early and fairly often in this one.