We didn’t go on a permavaction, but we have been enjoying some much needed relaxation time. Have a couple updates to nibble on:
–The ECHL wrapped the Board of Governors Meetings in Las Vegas and the Cyclones Front Office walked away with some hardware; Ticket Rep Josh Burdine was named Ticket Rep of the Year and Kristen Ropp was names Executive of the Year. Also, hang on to those American Conference Champions T-Shirts; the League has decided to rename the Conferences. The American Conference will now be known as the Eastern Conference and the National Conference will be called the Western Conference. Personally, I think they should have called the American Conference the ECHL and then called the National Conference “Those other teams that think they are better than they are.” There were two Division name changes as well, the old American Conference Eastern Division will now be the Atlantic Division and the former National Conference Western Division is now the Mountain Division.
– Assistant coach Dean Stork was named the head coach of the new Greenville (SC) Road Warriors. Congratulations to Coach Stork. He’ll be coaching the former Johnstown Chiefs in their new home. Best of luck to him – but not too much!
– Nothing is official as of yet, but latest rumblings about Head Coach Chuck Weber are hinting toward his future home being behind the bench of the Rochester Americans. Weber told Kevin Oklobzjia of the Rochester Democrat-Chronicle that he’d love to coach the Amerks. According to the article, Mike Santos, formerly of the Nashville Predators, was named Assistant GM of the Panthers (Rochester’s affiliate). Prior to joining the Panthers, Santos worked in player development for Nashville — in close quarters with Milwaukee & Cincinnati.
–ECHL announced the players receiving Qualifying Offers. As expected the Cyclones qualified the maximum (8) number of players. Jamie Coghlan, Brett Robinson, Matt Pierce, Kevin Roeder, Chris Morehouse, Brock Sheahan, Brian O’Hanley, and Brett Motherwell were all given qualifying offers by the Cyclones. If signed, these 8 players will give the Cyclones a good building block for the 2010-2011 season. Whether or not these players will sign if Coach Weber moves on is another story we can’t speculate on. Absent from the list are notables such as Dwayne Zinger, Scott Reynolds, Dustin Sproat and Barret Ehgoetz. Reynolds and Sproat have signed with teams over seas while Ehgoetz and Zinger are both veterans.
– If you haven’t heard by now, we’ll go ahead and fill you in, John “the Hammer” Hamel is no longer with the Cyclones. There was no official statement from the Cyclones but it was all over Twitter and was confirmed by John on his personal Facebook account. It came as a shock to most fans and John will be missed. Taking John’s place will be Nick Brunker. Nick hosted the Cyclones Coach’s Show this past season and will have big shoes to fill. Best of luck to both John and Nick!