AHL League Update – Fall 2019
By Tom Bourdon,
Head Athletic Trainer, Cleveland Monsters
PHATS AHL Executive Committee President
In just the first month of the 83rd season of the American Hockey League 30 AHL players have already made their NHL debuts. At the start of the 2019 ? 2020 season 622 former AHL players were on the opening day rosters of NHL teams. Last season the AHL welcomed more than 7.1 million fans to games during the regular season and playoffs. The second largest total in league history and since 2001 the league has had over 120 million fans attend games.
We would like to congratulate staff of both the Chicago Wolves and Charlotte Checkers on a tremendous season. The two teams battled it out for the Calder Cup. Eventually the Charlotte Checkers secured their first ever Calder Cup title after also winning the Macgregor Kilpatrick trophy as regular season champs.
The AHL remains the premier development league for the NHL and without the dedicated professionals of PHATS and SPHEM this league would not operate to its fullest potential. We would like to welcome all of the new head athletic trainers and head equipment managers, this list includes; Michael Dhesse of the Rochester Americans, Matt Aiello of the Charlotte Checkers, Josh Chapman of the Grand Rapids Griffins, Bill Nervig of the Tucson Road Runners, Zach Salmonson of the Manitoba Moose, Dustin Stuck of the Providence Bruins, Bryan Erspamer of the Stockton Heat, Roman Kaszczj of the Utica Comets, Zac Guercia of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Richard ?Shakey? Krouse of the Iowa Wild, Donny White of the Charlotte Checkers and Craig Lewis of the Hartford Wolf Pack.
The AHL will also, for the first time in their history, host the AHL All-Star game on the west coast when the Ontario Reign, affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, host the best and brightest stars of the AHL on January 26th and 27th at the Toyota Arena in Ontario, CA.
We would like to wish good health and good luck to all teams, and we look forward to seeing all of you in Orlando at the 2020 PHATS-SPHEM meetings.