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Mike Haviland Q&A

August 30, 2010

Recently, I was fortunate enough to catch up with former Trenton Titans head coach Mike Haviland.  Haviland won the Kelly Cup with Atlantic City in 2003 and with Trenton in 2005, and went on to join the Chicago Blackhawks organization shortly thereafter.  He’s made it all the way to being an assistant coach at the NHL level, and will have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup after Chicago won it all in June.

The Middletown, NJ native was gracious enough to give me more than ten minutes of his time via his cell phone earlier this week.  Here’s how the conversation went…

Mike Ashmore: Can you take me through what you had done in coaching before arriving in Trenton in 1999?

Mike Haviland: “I had coached three years as an assistant coach in college at my alma mater, Elmira College.  And then, I’d coached four years of like a midget triple-A youth hockey team in New Jersey.  And then I got the job with Trenton.  That was my first professional job.”

Ashmore: So how did you end up with the Titans?

Haviland: “Well, basically, one of the kids that I coached in the youth league – it’s funny how the world goes around — his dad called me up.  The kid had been out of the program for a year or two, and he said, ‘I do work with the Berman family, and they’re building a new rink and they’re going to have a minor league hockey team.’  He said maybe he could get me an interview, and I said, ‘Yeah, I would love one.’  So I went down and I interviewed with Brian McKenna and Jeff Berman, and they hired me in the first year before the building was even built basically as a scout and a consultant for hockey.  I went around and scouted for them and did everything I could do and got the job as the assistant the following year.”

Ashmore: You accomplished so much when you were in the ECHL, winning two Kelly Cups as a coach (Haviland is one of just four coaches with multiple Cup wins)…when you think about your time spent in that league, what are some of the fondest memories for you?  And did you ever think your career would progress the way it has?

Haviland: “I was very fortunate, obviously.  When I think back to the ECHL years, it was probably the best thing I could have done for my career, to understand the work ethic and the commitment and preparation that had to go in to being successful.  You go 12 months a year with recruiting and you’re involved with the contracts and housing and immigration.  You wore a lot of different hats, and I think it really prepared you to when you get to the next levels and it becomes just coaching in the American League and the NHL, now you know how much preparation you need to be successful.  I was very fortunate, I was with a great ownership with the Berman’s in Trenton and went to Atlantic City and had a lot of success down there and then obviously got another chance to come back with Trenton.  But the ECHL, I think it’s an amazing league.  I think they’ve come a long way.  Did I ever think that I would get out this quick and move on?  I think I was quite fortunate to win two out of three years, once in Atlantic City and then I took a year off and won it in Trenton.  With two different teams, I think that really helped my cause.  Along the way, there were a lot of guys that got called up, too.  I would never let anybody stay down, I would never hold anybody back, and I think that got out, that I was a guy who liked to promote guys to the American League.  I got to know a lot of the other GM’s and coaches, but I think winning opened a lot of eyes, and I was fortunate enough to get out at the right time and get in with an unbelievable organization with the Blackhawks.”

Ashmore: You mentioned Atlantic City, and the Devils recently announced that their AHL and ECHL teams will be playing a handful of games there this season.  Is it nice for you to see that area getting hockey back, even if only for a couple games?

Haviland: “I think it would be awesome.  They have a beautiful, beautiful building.  It was supported somewhat down there.  At times, we’d have five and six thousand people.  It’s one of the first-class buildings, I think; historical Boardwalk Hall.  I think there’s a lot of hockey people down in that area.  I think it would be outstanding if they could get it back down there.  I think the rivalry between Trenton and Atlantic City was something that I think that both sets of fans would certainly tell you it was so much fun to be a part of.”

Ashmore: One of the players you coached with Trenton, Rick Kowalsky, did a nice job coaching the T-Devils for four seasons and was promoted to head coach at Albany for this season.  I’m sure that had to make you proud…

Haviland: “Very proud.  He certainly was a major, major part of us winning that Kelly Cup in Trenton.  He was the captain of that team, and like I said, he played a major part.  Rick and I built a very good relationship over the years, and I was fortunate enough that he took my offer to go to Norfolk in the American League as an assistant.  He was ready, and he got his chance back in Trenton as a head coach and was coach of the year.  He’s done quite well for himself.  I’m very, very happy for him and his family.  To see him progress the way he’s been progressing and for the Devils to promote from within, I think is outstanding, especially in this tough business that we’re in.  It’s certainly well deserved, and I’m proud of him.  I know he’s going to do outstanding in the American League and he’s got a bright future ahead of him.”

Ashmore: Could you tell that he was going to go on to be a coach someday when you were both in Trenton?

Haviland: “Oh, yeah.  He just understood the game so much.  He had that quality of calming things down and understanding what buttons need to be pushed in the room, and he was a winner.  The guy was a winner.  He won in juniors, he won a Memorial Cup.  He won at the East Coast level, the American League level; he won an awful lot.  He understood that, but he understood the game and he understood how to communicate with people.  That’s the biggest thing for me, was his communication skills.  You have to communicate with your players to get the best out of them, that’s what coaches need to do, and I think Rick really understood that.  He was the captain in a lot of places he was at, and like I said, I knew right away he would be very good at it for sure.”

Ashmore: The Blackhawks had such a magical run last season…what was it like to be a part of that and have a hands-on role in winning Chicago a Stanley Cup?

Haviland: “It was outstanding, words can’t really describe it.  I think you dream of it as a little boy…your whole life to get your hands on that thing or being a part of something that special and that magical.  That was a very, very young a team.  A team that was very driven, very focused, very business-like.  I think the year before, going to the conference finals and losing to Detroit really helped us and matured us.  It was such a wonderful, magical ride.  To see those guys progress — I certainly had a different perspective than a lot of people, I was fortunate enough to have had nine of those guys play for me in the American League for a couple years, so I got to see them progress from young men into these hockey players who won the Stanley Cup — and to do all that together in the same organization, it was even more special for me.”

Ashmore: What was your perspective from the bench on Patrick Kane’s game-winning goal?  Did you know it went in right away, or were you holding your breath like the rest of us?

Haviland: “I’ve got to tell you…I actually jumped, because I thought it went in right away.  From the angle I was at, it was obviously pretty far away, but I jumped and I turned to Quenneville and I said, ‘It’s in.’  And he was like, ‘Are you sure?’  And when Kaner went by, I said, ‘He knows.’  Only guys that are at that level — when you’re an elite player, and he certainly is — they know when they score.  The whole time, I was adamant that it was in.  Then, we were radio-ing back and forth with our video guy to make sure and eventually it was ruled in.  It was a little anticlimactic, but I knew right away, at least I thought I knew.  Then it kind of calmed down, but it was certainly still the same celebration no matter how it happened.”

Ashmore: For your day with the Stanley Cup, you’re bringing it to New Jersey…you could bring it anywhere, why bring it back home?

Haviland: “All my family is here, my kids, my mom and dad.  I grew up in New Jersey, and a lot of my lifetime friends are all here.  I grew up playing youth hockey here and it was rightfully so, this is where it belongs to come.  If I’m fortunate enough to win maybe one or two more, then certainly I can move it around, but this one here is awful special.  With all my family and friends here, this is certainly where it needed to be.”

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Devils Re-Sign Caruso, Seven Others

August 28, 2010
(PR) Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Devils today announced the signings of eight players to American Hockey League contracts. Signed were: goaltender Dave Caruso; defensemen Tyler Miller and Chris Murray; and forwards Matt Anderson, Matt Lombardi, Jeff Prough, Myles Stoesz, and Darcy Zajac. The announcement was made by Albany/Trenton Devils General Manager Chris Lamoriello. As per club policy, no further terms were disclosed.

Caruso and Jeff Lerg are likely to make up the goaltending duo in Trenton this season.  Prough and Stoesz also saw time in the capital city last season as well.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Meet Mike Haviland, Get Your Picture Taken With The Stanley Cup

August 26, 2010

Here’s a list of places where former Titans head coach Mike Haviland will be taking the Stanley Cup for public events…

Sunday, August 29

2:15 – 3:00 p.m.
Donovan’s Reef
1171 Ocean Avenue
Sea Bright, NJ 07760

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Brannigan’s Bar & Grill
14 Wharf Avenue
Red Bank, NJ 07701

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Kelly’s Tavern at the Jersey Shore
Route 35 South
Neptune City, NJ

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 pm.
The Headliner
1401 State Highway 35 South
Neptune, NJ 07753

Monday, August 30

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Mike Haviland Day

Middletown Arts Center
36 Church Street
Middletown, NJ
Mike will meet fans, sign autographs and pose for photos with the Stanley Cup.

Trenton To Play In Atlantic City On January 23rd

August 24, 2010

Atlantic City, NJ – Get ready for more hockey at the Hall – great news for the thousands of loyal ice hockey fans throughout New Jersey. Boardwalk Hall and the New Jersey Devils today announced that the team’s top development squad, the American Hockey League’s Albany Devils, will play four games at Boardwalk Hall from December 2010 through February 2011. Their ECHL team, the Trenton Devils, will also play one game on Atlantic City’s ice. The series is sponsored by the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority and Caesars Atlantic City.

“Bringing these games to Atlantic City is a positive family friendly addition to the region and will provide southern New Jersey hockey fans a chance to see one of the state’s many great sporting teams – the New Jersey Devils Hockey team’s development squad.  I am glad I could be a part of today’s announcement and hope to see more creative public-private ventures like this one developing in Atlantic City in the coming months,” said Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, who also serves as Secretary of State responsible for travel and tourism.

The series kicks off Sunday, December 5 with the Albany Devils taking on the Adirondack Phantoms followed by a game Sunday, December 12 pitting the Albany Devils against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. On Sunday, January 23, the ECHL Trenton Devils will take the ice to play the Wheeling Nailers. Friday, February 4 marks the return of the Albany Devils when they face off against the Hershey Bears, and the series concludes on Sunday, February 27 with the Albany Devils vs. the Norfolk Admirals. Sunday games are set for 4:00 p.m.; Friday night’s game time is 7:00 p.m.

“The New Jersey Devils are Jersey’s team and proudly wear ‘NJ’ on our chest,” said Devils’ Chairman/Managing Partner Jeff Vanderbeek. “We are delighted to be playing at Boardwalk Hall as part of our effort to bring more entertainment to Atlantic City and expand our fan base at the same time.”

“We’re very excited to give our fans in southern New Jersey an opportunity to watch some of our top prospects,” added New Jersey Devils President/CEO/General Manager Lou Lamoriello. “The players on our Albany club represent the next generation of Devils, and this is a chance to see them before they reach the NHL.”

Tickets for the five-game Boardwalk Hall Devils series package are priced at $120 for first two rows on the glass, $95 for the lower bowl and $70 for the upper bowl, and will go on sale Saturday, August 28 at noon. Ticket prices and the on-sale date for the individual Boardwalk Hall Devils games will be announced in September. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-736-1420 or at http://www.ticketmaster.com.

As part of today’s announcement and in recognition of the team’s commitment to the communities where they play, the New Jersey Devils will donate tickets to the Department of Children and Families for use by children in foster care in the Atlantic City area.

“Caesars Atlantic City is excited to partner with the New Jersey Devils Hockey organization and the ACCVA on this great sporting event,” said Don Marrandino, President of the Eastern Division for
Harrah’s Entertainment.  “Partnerships and events of this magnitude are what continue to help grow our market and position Atlantic City as the East Coast’s top entertainment destination,” continued Mr. Marrandino. 

The Albany Devils, who competed as the AHL’s Lowell Devils from 2006-07 through 2009-10, will call Times Union Center in Albany, New York home for the 2010-11 season. Albany previously served as home ice for the organization’s AHL team for 13 seasons through 2005-06. The NHL Devils
originally signed a working agreement with the AHL’s Capital District franchise on May 5, 1993. In
1994-95, the organization won both the NHL Stanley Cup/AHL Calder Cup Championship.

The Trenton Devils (formerly known as the Trenton Titans) are a team in North America’s premier “AA” hockey league, the ECHL.  The Devils play their home games at Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, New Jersey.  Since its inception in 1999, Trenton has brought competitive and
exciting hockey to New Jersey’s capital city.  They have also formed one of hockey’s best developmental programs, with more than a dozen former players going on to play in the National Hockey League. Local sports fans have fond memories of the 2005 Kelly Cup Playoff series that saw Trenton defeat Florida en-route to the ECHL Championship.

“We are proud to continue to provide hockey fans exciting events at Boardwalk Hall and committed to bringing diversity to our entertainment options in Atlantic City,” said Jeff Vasser, president of the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority. “Booking nine hockey games at Boardwalk Hall this winter adds to Atlantic City’s roster of year-round events that appeals to those of all ages.”

Last year the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority announced Boardwalk Hall would serve as host to the 2011, 2012 and 2013 ECAC Hockey Men’s Championship. ECAC Hockey consists of Division I hockey teams from the following institutions: Brown, Clarkson, Colgate, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Quinnipiac, Rensselaer, St. Lawrence, Union and Yale. The 2011 ECAC Hockey Championship will be contested March 18 and 19. Tickets for the four-game Championship are on sale now at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office or through Ticketmaster.

Fans can also reserve the Boardwalk Hall Top Shelf Package, which includes tickets to the five Devils games at Boardwalk Hall as well as the four ECAC hockey games by calling 609-348-7021.

To inquire about Atlantic City’s game sponsorships or marketing opportunities, call 609-348-7022. For information about the Albany Devils, visit http://www.thealbanydevils.com. For more information about the Trenton Devils, visit http://www.trentondevils.com.

Boardwalk Hall enjoys a life-long association with ice hockey dating back to December 28, 1929 when Ottawa faced off against the New York Rangers. The following year saw the debut of the first of
Boardwalk Hall’s two home hockey teams, the Atlantic City Seagulls, who played until 1952. An NHL pre-season game was contested in 1982, and following the $90 million renovation to Boardwalk Hall, the ECHL-affiliated Boardwalk Bullies took to the ice in October 2001 and won the Kelly Cup in 2003.

However, Atlantic City hockey had its biggest audience ever in 1933. On March 1, the Seagulls hockey team played the New York Rangers before the largest crowd at that time to see a hockey game. 22,157 people turned out for a benefit, bearing groceries and store orders for food, clothing and fuel in lieu of an admission charge. All items were turned over to the A.C. Chapter of the American Red Cross. The pro team Rangers defeated the amateur league Sea Gulls 6 – 2.

Historic Boardwalk Hall, which first opened in 1929, underwent a three year, $90 million
renovation to transform the building into a modern special events arena capable of variable seating for up to 14,770 people. Listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks, Boardwalk Hall’s renovation produced a glimpse into the dramatic and original Roman Renaissance style, while providing
a 21st century experience in terms of comfort and amenities. Upon its reopening in 2001, it has been
recognized as the destination’s premier entertainment venue, known for high profile concerts, family
shows and sporting events. SMG manages Boardwalk Hall on behalf of its client, the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority. For more information, visit us at http://www.boardwalkhall.com or http://www.facebook.com/Boardwalkhall.com. For destination information about Atlantic City, please visit http://www.atlanticcitynj.com

The Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority serves as the destination’s principal marketing arm, stimulating economic growth through convention, business and leisure tourism development.  The Authority oversees the management of the Atlantic City Convention Center and Boardwalk Hall. The Authority is the first in New Jersey to achieve Destination Marketing Accreditation by the Destination Marketing Association International. The Authority is among an elite group of 47 accredited convention and visitor bureaus throughout the United States. For complete Atlantic City information, visit http://www.atlanticcitynj.com. Also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AtlanticCityNJ.

The New Jersey Devils are a member of the 30-team National Hockey League. Established in
1982, the Devils celebrated their 25th Anniversary season in the Garden State in 2006-07. During that
time, the club has won the league’s championship on three occasions, lifting the Stanley Cup, the most
famous trophy in team sports, in 1995, 2000, and 2003. In 2007-08, “Jersey’s Team” moved into its
new home, Newark’s Prudential Center. For more information, please visit http://www.newjerseydevils.com.
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Caesars Atlantic City sets the standard for excitement and luxury. Reigning at the center of the Atlantic City Boardwalk, Caesars features more than 1,100 hotel guest rooms and suites, eight diverse restaurants and cafes including Mia by George Perrier and Chris Scarduzio and Morton’s Steakhouse, Qua Baths & Spa, and a lavish 140,000 square foot casino. The 1,600 seat Circus Maximus Theater spotlights leading entertainers such as Jerry Seinfeld, Sheryl Crow and Tony Bennett. The Pier Shops at Caesars deliver the pinnacle of designer boutiques, chic eateries and abundant entertainment in a $175 million oceanfront complex. Caesars is located at 2100 Pacific Avenue in Atlantic City, New Jersey. For more information, call 1-800-223-7277 or visit http://www.caesarsac.com

Quick Study

August 22, 2010

NASHVILLE — Just three seasons ago, Jonathan Quick was stopping pucks with little fanfare in ECHL arenas across the country.  Earlier this year, however, he was trusted with getting a chance to play against the world.

Quick, who played in 38 games for the Reading Royals in 2007-08, was named as Team USA’s third goalie for the 2010 Olympics.  While he didn’t get to play, he did earn a silver medal and gained valuable international experience. 

“I enjoyed my time up there, we had a great group of guys,” Quick said.

“It was a great learning experience being around players like that and playing with them every day for a couple weeks.  It didn’t end the way we wanted it to, but looking back, you’re happy with what the team accomplished.  The only unfortunate thing is we didn’t win that game at the end.”

While Quick didn’t get any game experience — Ryan Miller started every game for Team USA and Tim Thomas saw the only relief action — he did earn valuable time in practice against the best players the country has to offer.

“They’re the best in the country and some of the best in the world,” he said.  “Being around those guys and practicing with them every day is definitely going to improve your game.”

Those initial improvements in Quick’s game began in the ECHL, where he was assigned by the Los Angeles Kings after two seasons between the pipes at UMass-Amherst.  Drafted in the third round by Los Angeles in 2005, Quick…well, quickly shot up their goaltending depth chart and made his NHL debut in December of 2007, less than three months into his first professional season.

The Milford, Conn. native would ultimately split his season between Reading, Los Angeles and Manchester, but vividly recalls his time with the Royals.

“It was a great learning experience for me,” he said.

“I enjoyed my time there, I enjoyed my team.  I remember Reading had a real good fanbase.  It was fun to play in front of the crowd there.”

Quick, just 24 years old, also got a chance to play in front of…well, less than packed houses in Trenton during his time with Reading.

“I always remembered those being hard-fought games,” said Quick of Reading’s rivalry with Trenton.

“The teams really get into it, they get emotional.  There’s a lot of physical play.  It was a big rivalry, and every time I played them, it was always a close game.”

Not too many players graduate from the ECHL all the way to the NHL.  Quick, as well as his Olympic teammate Tim Thomas, are notable exceptions.  At the time, an NHL career seemed far, far away.

“It is tough, when you’re playing there, to envision what happened happening,” he said.

“I’ve been extremely fortunate along the way the past couple years here.  I’ve caught a couple bounces and had good opportunities that I didn’t see coming as quickly as they did.  It’s been great, it’s been a lot of fun.  I’m really enjoying it.”

Quick’s road to the NHL earned him some respect in the room before he ever set foot on the ice.

“Everybody takes a different avenue to get here,” said Ryan Smyth.

“Some have to work a little harder than others, and in his case, he did.  It’s awesome to see that he never forgets where he came from.”

Slated as the Kings starting goaltender going into the 2010-11 seaon — although he’ll have stiff competition from Jonathan Bernier — Quick’s teammates were eager to praise his rapid rise to success.

“He’s really calm in the net,” said Anze Kopitar.

“I think his calmness really spreads throughout the locker room.  He gives us a chance every night, and that’s the most important thing for us.  I’m really comfortable with him and the way he’s playing.  He’s really flexible, and he reads the play really good.  I think he’s one of the best goalies in the league, for sure.”

Smyth didn’t hesitate to echo Kopitar’s sentiments.

“I don’t think we’d be where we are today without him,” Smyth said.

“Most goalies nowadays are square to the puck, but he’ll scramble to make that second effort to give us a chance.”

Sometimes, however, Quick may play a little too well for his teammates liking, especially in practice.

“I just don’t shoot on him, I don’t want to kill my confidence,” cracked Kopitar.

However, confidence is just what Quick provides to a Western Conference team that’s on the rise, thanks to a young nucleus of players like Drew Doughty, Kopitar, Quick and Jack Johnson.

“Whenever you have a good goaltender, it gives you some confidence,” said Johnson, who was teammates with Quick in leading Team USA to a silver medal.

“You know that whenever there’s some miscommunication or a mishap in the D zone, he’ll be there to bail you out.” 

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Should I Stay Or Should I Go Now: Forwards (Part 3)

August 21, 2010

#22 Kyle Kucharski (49 GP, 8 G, 13 A, 21 P, -5, 36 PIM)

For a guy who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs in at 200 pounds, Kyle Kucharski was invisible way too much last season.  In his first professional season after a four-year collegiate career at Boston College, the 23-year-old struggled for most of the year.  Towards the end of the season, he fell completely out of favor with the coaching staff and was a healthy scratch for several games.

Kucharski showed flashes of talent at times, but never really played up to his size or potential.  With the depth in the Devils organization slowly starting to increase, it would be hard to envision a spot for the Massachusetts native in 2010-11.

Verdict: Gone

#25 Jeremy Akeson (35 GP, 8 G, 9 A, 17 PTS, +2, 54 PIM)

Akeson’s second season in Trenton was somewhat of a disappointment, as he missed more than half the season and posted just 17 points in 35 games.  Ever since injuring his knee in the first game of the playoffs in 2008-09, things simply haven’t gone right for the 25-year-old native of Ottawa.

Off the ice, Akeson is a great character guy and could be a future captain of the team if he were to return.  He isn’t afraid to step in and stand up for his often smaller teammates and is a pleasure to deal with from a media standpoint as well.  With a solid 2008-09 season under his belt (18-24-42 in 60 GP), Akeson would likely be welcomed back to the capital city for a third go-around.

Verdict: Back

#32 Kevin Cormier (10 GP, 1 G, 0 A, 1 PT, +1, 24 PIM)

Cormier returned to Trenton for just ten games last year after a brief stint in Lowell and some time away from the game to address some off-ice issues.  There is no doubting that he is an imposing physical presence and is one of the more talented and feared pugilists in the league.  There’s also little doubt that his game has not improved anywhere near the amount it would need to for him to get a regular shift.

Since debuting in Trenton in 2008-09, Corms has made strides with conditioning, which has led to improvements in his skating.  However, with questionable hands and discipline and his brother Patrice now out of the organization, it would be tough to see the tough guy back in 2010-11.

Verdict: Gone

#34 Jeff Prough (61 GP, 30 G, 31 A, 61 PTS, -1, 60 PIM)

What does Jeff Prough have to do to get out of the ECHL for good?  Easily the best player the Trenton Devils had for the majority of the season, the 24-year-old Michigan native posted his second consecutive 61 point season, giving him 122 points in 123 T-Devils games.

Prough was finally rewarded by the organization with an eight-game stint in the AHL last season, and he performed well.  In eight games, he posted a 1-2-3 line and just two penalty minutes.  A workout nut, Prough prides himself on conditioning and will unquestionably be in great shape for the start of this season.  If brought back by the organization — and they’d be very wise to do so — he should be given every opportunity to compete for a regular shift in Albany.

Verdict: Back

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Trenton Devils To Play Game In Atlantic City

August 21, 2010

The New Jersey Devils will hold a press conference on Tuesday to announce that the Albany Devils and Trenton Devils will combine to play a total of five games in Atlantic City.  Albany will play four games and Trenton one.

The Devils were kind enough to call and invite me to attend the conference, but I will be unable to attend due to prior commitments related to covering the Trenton Thunder.

I would have to imagine that the T-Devils opponent would either be Reading or Elmira given the amount of times they play them and their proximity to the location.  Wheeling would also be an option.  There is no immediate word on a possible date for the game, but I will pass along the news when I obtain it.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Trentonian: A Killer Promotion

August 16, 2010

Don’t miss my story in The Trentonian with quotes from former Trenton Devils head coach Rick “Killer” Kowalsky on his promotion to Albany.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Blog Extras: Kevin Dean

August 14, 2010

Kevin Dean brings Calder Cup and Stanley Cup rings to Trenton. Can he deliver a Kelly Cup?

Hope you all got a chance to check out my story in the paper about new T-Devils head coach Kevin Dean.  But, I promised you guys some quotes that didn’t make The Trentonian

“At some point, you’ve got to try something new.  Have some new challenges.”

“I’m not going to try to change too much.  I’m going to put it on the players to be professionals.  At the end of the day, that’s what they are.  They’re playing hockey, and they’re getting paid for it.  They need to know that they’re pros.  They need to conduct themselves like pros and that means practice and games and between games.  They need to carry themselves like professionals and be representatives of our organization.  Everything they do, do it in a professional way.  Eventually, that trickles over to the ice.  If they take it seriously everywhere, I think their play in the long run will be better.”

“(Quality guys from Trenton) That’s a tribute to Rick and Chris Lamoriello and Lou Lamoriello and Vince, they did a nice job preparing these guys.  Lou and Chris set a good tone, organizationally.  I think that’s important.  You let the personal stuff slide a little bit, and the game slides with it.”

“I don’t have (a coaching goal) mapped out like that.  Kind of like when I was a player, I didn’t have it mapped out either.  I just know I enjoy it and I want to keep doing it and keep growing and just kind of see where it takes me.”

“We haven’t discussed (a roster) at all.  That’s something for Chris Lamoriello.  We haven’t talked about that at all.”

“I checked (Trenton’s stats) two or three times a week to see who was playing well, who was scoring, what their record was like.  We had a few guys that came from Lowell down here, and I followed their progress.”

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Catching Up With Kowalsky

August 14, 2010

Rick Kowalsky (left) is heading to Albany. Vince Williams will remain as an assistant coach in Trenton.

Albany Devils head coach Rick Kowalsky was kind enough to give me about ten minutes of his time today via cell phone.  Killer had just arrived in Albany with his wife and kids, checking out places to live and schools for the youngsters.

I’ll have a Trentonian story on Kowalsky on Monday, and will post the extra comments on here.  On a personal note, I couldn’t be happier for Rick.  A really great guy who deserved an opportunity at the next level.  I’m very happy to see him get it, and hope Albany does well under his guidance next season.  You couldn’t ask for a more accommodating guy from a media standpoint. 

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com


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