Archive for October 8th, 2010

Your TGIF Update

October 8, 2010

— Ask and ye shall receive.  A few of you have been asking me about the whereabouts of former Trenton Devils defenseman Matt Cohen.  So I went straight to the source.

I exchanged a few messages with Matt, who tells me that he’s now playing for Hamburg Freezers in the DEL.  A simple glance at the indispensible confirms this, and has Cohen with an assist to his name in four games with Hamburg.

Cohen was a pleasure to cover over the past two seasons, and I wish him nothing but the best overseas.

— And the season is officially underway.  No, not the NHL season, the ECHL preseason.  Elmira will host Trenton tonight, but the Jackals fell to the Reading Royals last night, 5-3.

Adam Courchaine, recently sent down to Reading by the Bruins was the goalie of record for the Royals, while it was Marco Cousineau who picked up the loss for Elmira.  That would likely have Shane Connelly slotted for the start tonight.     

Andrew Sarauer scored twice for Reading, but it was John Scrymgeour who tallied the game-winner.  Eric Castonguay added an assist.

— Single-game ticket information for the Albany and Trenton games to be played in Atlantic City has been released.  Here are the relevant parts of the press release…

(PR) Boardwalk Hall today announced that individual tickets for the five Devils games to be played in Atlantic City will go on sale Saturday, October 9 at 12:00 noon.

In August, the New Jersey Devils announced that their top development squad, the American Hockey League’s Albany Devils, would play four games at Boardwalk Hall. 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.

Single game tickets purchased in advance are priced at $25 for the first two rows on the glass, $20 for the lower bowl and $15 for the upper bowl. Group rates and discounts for kids 2 – 12, seniors 65+ and groups of 10 or more are $15 for the lower bowl and $10 for the upper bowl. 4-Packs, which include four tickets in the upper bowl, four soft drinks and four hot dogs, are $61 per game and must be purchased in advance.

Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-736-1420 or at For group bookings, call 609-348-7021.

* The series schedule is as follows: Sunday, December 5 4:00 p.m. Albany Devils vs. Adirondack Phantoms Sunday, December 12 4:00 p.m. Albany Devils vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Sunday, January 23 4:00 p.m. Trenton Devils vs.Wheeling Nailers Friday, February 4 7:00 p.m. Albany Devils vs. Hershey Bears Sunday, February 27 4:00 p.m. Albany Devils vs. Norfolk Admirals 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.

— I’m told that broadcasts of Trenton’s preseason game against Elmira tonight will be available online.  Both Dan D’Uva’s radio broadcast and an online video broadcast should be available.  I’ll pass along details when I can.

— Elmira loaded up yesterday, getting a signed contract back from Justin Donati, as well as the assignments of Yannick Tifu and Brennan Turner from AHL Binghamton.

A guy like Donati returning to the league makes you question if the league itself is really serving its purpose.  Not yet 24 years old, he lit up the league in his third professional season, scoring 42 goals and adding 62 assists in 65 games with the Jackals.  That’s 104 points in 65 games — not to mention 9 points in 5 playoff games — and he’s back?  Doesn’t seem right.

Tifu tallied 56 points in 48 games for Elmira last season, and enjoyed two separate stints with the Albany River Rats and Binghamton Senators at the AHL level.

Turner racked up 144 penalty minutes in 62 games for the Jackals last season, and the blueliner posted a 6-15-21 line in the process.

— In addition to the moves I mentioned, local fans may recognize the name of Mark Magnowski on the Jackals roster.  Magnowski was just added to the training camp roster after a four-year collegiate career at Princeton.  He scored ten or more goals in three of the four seasons, and posted a career-high 27 points last season.  He made his pro debut with the Victoria Salmon Kings last season, going scoreless in two games.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT