— I took a few days completely away from my computer. When seemingly all you do is stare at a computer all day, you have no idea how good it feels to just put it down for a few days and actually enjoy things. Anyway, let’s catch up on things you probably know already…shall we?
— Trenton has placed defenseman Brad Miller back on the 3-Day IR and activated forward Ryan Hayes. Trenton plays Toledo on Friday and Wheeling on Saturday and Sunday…all on the road.
— To the surprise of no one who’s seen him play, Ryan Ginand truly was one of the stars of the ECHL All-Star Game. In a bizarre twist, the game featured a collection of ECHL All-Stars (well, best young players, really…) taking on the hometown Bakersfield Condors. And Ginand scored two goals on four shots on former NHL netminder Josh Tordjman and was a plus-one on the game in a 9-3 All-Stars win over Bakersfield.
They have to re-visit that format next season, right? Bakersfield actually had to borrow Barry Goers, who plays for the Las Vegas Wranglers, for the game. Awwwwwwwwwwwkwaaaaaaaaaaaard. If I’m on the Condors, why do I want to play an extra, meaningless game in the middle of the season that they’ll inevitably lose? And why is the focus only on younger players? I get it, you want to give the younger guys a shot to get looked at by scouts…but some of the veteran guys deserve another look to maybe get an opportunity in the AHL at the very least as well, don’t they? If you’re going to play with the format…a rookies vs. veterans setup would seem to make some sense, no? What do you think? How would you change the All-Star Game?
— Wheeling’s Patrick Killeen won the
Murphy Group MeiGray Group King of the Shootout award at the Skills Competition by stopping all six shots he saw. South Carolina’s Josh Godfrey established a new record in the Reebok Hardest Shot contest by unleashing a 102.7 MPH bullet. Raise your hand if you’d love to see Justin Pender give that a shot. OK, now raise your hand if you’d like to be in the net when he does it…and watch those hands go down.
— Elmira released goalie Daren Machesney. I already let you in on my thoughts on him when he first got dealt there, so suffice it to say, this isn’t too surprising. He has, however, caught on with Reading for the time being. Princeton alum and Hobey Baker finalist Zane Kalemba was placed on the 3-Day IR, further ensuring I’ll never see him as a pro.
As for Machesney, who shares a birthday with me (four years later), he’s posted GAA’s over four and save percentages under .875 in both ECHL stops this season, and has posted a 2-12 record.
— Congratulations to former Stingray Travis Morin, who made his NHL debut for the Dallas Stars on Wednesday. Morin, who skated on Trenton’s sheet of ice on Bertoli Night in 2009 for South Carolina, was the subject of a recent ECHL.com interview I did. It’s always so nice to see guys come all the way up to the NHL through the ECHL. Speaking of which, I recently did phone interviews with Pittsburgh’s Deryk Engelland and Mark Letestu…add those to the long list of stories you should be expecting on ECHL.com. I’m also working on a story focusing on the impact ECHL alumni have made on the year’s outdoor games. It will entail going to Washington, DC on February 8th to speak to the Capitals involved in the Winter Classic and hopefully Hartford on February 19 to cover their outdoor game.
— If I’m not mistaken, the All-Star game signifies the changing of the jerseys…so Trenton will likely be clad in red when they come back home on February 5.
— Also, straight from Trenton PR…The next 4 for $49 Sunday is February 6, a 1 p.m. game vs. the Reading Royals. Don’t forget autographs after the game!
4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 sodas, all for only $49!
The only remaining 4 for $49 Sundays this season are: Feb. 6, Feb. 20 and March 13.
Orders must be placed by 4 p.m. the day before the game.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com // Twitter: mashmore98