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Like Simon Fraser’s historic journey down the river that would later be named after him, the American Hockey League’s arrival in Abbotsford this fall represents a foray into foreign territory. Oh, make no mistake, B.C. is hockey country. The Vancouver Canucks sell out their barn every night, and junior hockey boasts a long and proud tradition in this province. But when the AHL’s board of governors voted on Apr. 28 to approve Abbotsford’s bid to land a franchise, it marked the first time the league had put a team in B.C. or on the West Coast. “One of the first things that we looked at as a franchise was that we needed to let our fan base know exactly what they’re getting into – what is the American Hockey League?” said Dave Sheldon, director of communications and broadcast for the Abbotsford Heat. “It’s paramount, absolutely paramount, to get that message out there.” So with the Heat’s debut fast approaching, it’s time to familiarize ourselves with the AHL.

PRO HOCKEY, JUST ONE STEP AWAY FROM NHL The AHL is the top developmental league for the NHL, and the relationship between the two circuits is a direct one. Each AHL team is affiliated with an NHL parent club, which stocks the minor league roster with players. In the case of the Heat, that parent club is the Calgary Flames, who will be shipping their best young players to the Fraser Valley on Sept. 21. The Vancouver Canucks groom their prospects in Winnipeg with the Manitoba Moose, while other affiliates are located everywhere from San Antonio, Texas (home of the Rampage, farm team of the Phoenix Coyotes) to Portland, Maine (home of the Pirates, the Buffalo Sabres’ affiliate). The AHL, in contrast to junior hockey, is a professional league. The vast majority of players are on two-way contracts to facilitate moving back and forth to the NHL. Two-way contracts pay more money if the player is called up to the big leagues and less if they’re stationed in the minors. The chief goal of AHL teams is to prepare players for the NHL, and knowing that the big show is just one phone call away is a powerful motivator for players. “The American Hockey League is the premier professional hockey league, outside the NHL, in the world,” Sheldon asserted. “Duane Sutter said it best at one of our meetings. He said that there are 700 jobs in the NHL currently, and in the American Hockey League, there are 700 more people pushing for those first

700 (NHL) jobs. “In the AHL, you’ve got the best professional players in the world who have not made the National Hockey League. And they have every intention of making it, so they’re going to give you their best effort every night.”

STARS OF TOMORROW During the 2008-09 season, 84 per cent of NHL players were AHL graduates, and the allure of watching the stars of tomorrow hone their skills is one of the AHL’s biggest drawing cards. “The fans will be able to say 10 years from now, ‘I saw that player when he was on his way up,’” Sheldon noted. “The Calgary Flames truly believe that they’ll have 24 prospects in Abbotsford who can take the jobs of the players they have in Calgary over the next four years.” For the NHL’s brightest stars, the AHL is generally a short pit-stop on the way to the big leagues. But for others, their minor league tenure stretches longer. Hall of Fame goalie Johnny Bower, for instance, spent eight full seasons in the AHL before leading the Toronto Maple Leafs to four Stanley Cups in the 1960s. A more recent example would be Miikka Kiprusoff, the late-blooming Calgary Flames keeper who won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goalie in 2006. Kiprusoff spent parts of three seasons in the AHL before finally establishing himself as an NHL star in 2003-04.

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Countless other NHL luminaries cut their teeth in the AHL, from old-school heroes like Tim Horton, Ken Dryden and Gerry Cheevers, to modern-day studs like Brett Hull, Patrick Roy, Jason Spezza, Eric Staal, Roberto Luongo, Daniel Briere . . . and the list goes on.

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HISTORY The seeds for the American Hockey League as we know it were planted back in 1936, when two pro circuits merged. The new eight-team entity was originally known as the International-American Hockey League, but the “International” was dropped from the name in 1940. By the 2000-01 season, the AHL had grown steadily to 20 teams, and membership spiked to 27 teams the following season with the absorption of several franchises after the rival International Hockey League folded. These days, the AHL boasts 29 teams, each with an affiliation to an NHL club. The lone NHL team without an AHL af-

filiate for 2009-10 is the Anaheim Ducks, who will spread their top prospects around the league. The Calder Cup is the AHL’s championship prize. It has been presented annually since 1937, making it the world’s oldest continuously awarded hockey trophy. (The Stanley Cup was not awarded in 200405 due to the lockout).

GEOGRAPHY Planting a team on the West Coast marks a major departure for the AHL in terms of geography. The league is predominantly based on the East Coast, with only four franchises (not including Abbotsford) west of the Mississippi. In fact, Abbotsford’s nearest AHL neighbour is the Winnipeg-based Manitoba

Moose. Owing to Abbotsford’s far-flung location relative to the rest of the league, each of the Heat’s home games will be part of a doubleheader set against the same team. According to Sheldon, the back-toback format figures to enhance the intensity between teams. “When you have a division rival in here, fourpoint games become eight-point weekends,” he said. “Those games are going

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Marlies, Hamilton Bulldogs, Grand Rapids Griffins, Lake Erie Monsters and Rochester Americans. Of Abbotsford’s 80 regular season games, half will be played against divisional opponents – 20 at home, 20 on the road. A further 28 games will be played against conference foes from the West Division, while 12 out-ofconference games round out the regular season schedule. The top four teams in each division advance to the Calder Cup playoffs.

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In each edition of FACEOFF, Abbotsford Heat head coach Jim Playfair will sit down with beat reporter Dan Kinvig to give fans the inside scoop on the team. For future editions of FACEOFF, fans are invited to pose their own questions to Playfair. Submit your questions for consideration via e-mail to sports@ abbynews.com, and please include “Behind the bench” in the subject line. We caught up with Playfair last week, during the Flames’ prospects camp in Calgary, and it’s clear that the coach can’t wait for the games to get started.

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“Absolutely, I think we will. When you look at the fitness level of the players and their commitment to train in the off-season so that they’re ready to go, I think that’s a good indication of a team that’s prepared to work. “Just getting them on the same page, system-wise and competewise, that’s what sets up the identity of your team. And then you go from there.”

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ers who have been here (at prospects camp) for two or three or four years, their (fitness) numbers are certainly ahead of the players who are just here for the first time. Overall, the fitness level is probably as high as it’s ever been in camp.”

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Total number of teams in the AHL for the 2009-10 season.

1936

The year that the AHL was founded.

80

Regular season games for each AHL team.

5,115

84

Percentage of National Hockey League players, during the 2008-09 season, who were AHL graduates.

130

Approximate number of players and coaches who have won both the Calder Cup and the Stanley Cup.

200

The number of first- and second-round NHL draft picks who spend time in the AHL each year. Also, the number of AHL games that are televised in the U.S. and Canada each season.

300

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7:30 PM

FRIDAY, NOV. 6 Rockford Ice Hogs

7:30 PM

SUNDAY, DEC. 6 Rochester Americans

6:00 PM

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 13 Manitoba Moose

7:30 PM

MONDAY, FEB. 15 at Toronto Marlies

SATURDAY, OCT. 10 San Antonio Rampage

6:00 PM

SATURDAY, NOV. 7 Rockford Ice Hogs

6:00 PM

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 9 at Hamilton Bull Dogs

4:30 PM

FRIDAY, JAN. 15 Lake Erie Monsters

7:30 PM

FRIDAY, FEB. 19 at Providence Bruins

TUESDAY, OCT. 13 at Manitoba Moose

5:30 PM

THURSDAY, NOV. 12 at Milwaukee Admirals

5:00 PM

FRIDAY, DEC. 11 4:05 PM at Rochester Americans

SATURDAY, JAN. 16 Lake Erie Monsters

4:00 PM

SATURDAY, FEB. 20 4:00 PM at Bridgeport Sound Tigers

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 14 at Manitoba Moose

5:30 PM

FRIDAY, NOV. 13 at Peoria Rivermen

5:00 PM

SATURDAY, DEC. 12 at Hamilton Bull Dogs

1:00 PM

FRIDAY, JAN. 22 Houston Aeros

7:30 PM

FRIDAY, OCT. 16 Milwaukee Admirals

7:30 PM

SATURDAY, NOV. 14 at Rockford Ice Hogs

5:05 PM

SATURDAY, DEC. 19 Peoria Rivermen

6:00 PM

SATURDAY, JAN. 23 Houston Aeros

4:00 PM

SATURDAY, OCT. 17 Milwaukee Admirals

6:00 PM

TUESDAY, NOV. 17 Hamilton Bull Dogs

7:30 PM

SUNDAY, DEC. 20 Peoria Rivermen

6:00 PM

FRIDAY, JAN. 29 at Texas Stars

5:30 PM

TUESDAY, OCT. 20 Toronto Marlies

7:30 PM

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 18 Hamilton Bull Dogs

7:30 PM

SUNDAY, DEC. 27 at Manitoba Moose

5:30 PM

SATURDAY, JAN. 30 at Texas Stars

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 21 Toronto Marlies

7:30 PM

FRIDAY, NOV. 20 7:30 PM Bridgeport Sound Tigers

MONDAY, DEC. 28 at Manitoba Moose

5:30 PM

FRIDAY, OCT. 23 4:00 PM at Grand Rapids Griffins

SATURDAY, NOV. 21 6:00 PM Bridgeport Sound Tigers

SATURDAY, OCT. 24 at Chicago Wolves

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 25 at Peoria Rivermen

SUNDAY, OCT. 25 2:00 PM at Grand Rapids Griffins WEDNESDAY, OCT. 28 at Milwaukee Admirals

SUNDAY, FEB. 21 at Providence Bruins

11:00 AM 4:05 PM

1:05 PM

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24 4:00 PM at Bridgeport Sound Tigers

SATURDAY, MAR. 20 at Lake Erie Monsters

4:30 PM

SUNDAY, MAR. 21 at Toronto Marlies

1:00 PM

FRIDAY, MAR. 26 Hamilton Bull Dogs

7:30 PM

SATURDAY, MAR. 27 Hamilton Bull Dogs

4:00 PM

4:05 PM

MONDAY, MAR. 29 Manitoba Moose

7:30 PM

5:00 PM

FRIDAY, FEB. 26 at Worcester Sharks

TUESDAY, MAR. 30 Manitoba Moose

7:30 PM

5:05 PM

SATURDAY, FEB. 27 at Worcester Sharks

4:05 PM

MONDAY, FEB. 1 at Houston Aeros

7:30 PM

FRIDAY, APR. 2 Grand Rapids Griffins

7:30 PM

THURSDAY, FEB. 4 Chicago Wolves

TUESDAY, MAR. 2 Providence Bruins

7:30 PM

FRIDAY, JAN. 1 5:00 PM at San Antonio Rampage

FRIDAY, FEB. 5 Chicago Wolves

7:30 PM

SATURDAY, APR. 3 Grand Rapids Griffins

6:00 PM

SATURDAY, JAN. 2 5:00 PM at San Antonio Rampage

WEDNESDAY, MAR. 3 Providence Bruins

7:30 PM

5:00 PM

SUNDAY, JAN. 3 at Houston Aeros

2:05 PM

MONDAY, FEB. 8 Toronto Marlies

7:30 PM

7:30 PM

4:00 PM

5:30 PM

FRIDAY, MAR. 5 Worcester Sharks

WEDNESDAY, APR. 7

FRIDAY, NOV. 27 at Chicago Wolves SATURDAY, NOV. 28 at Rockford Ice Hogs

5:05 PM

FRIDAY, JAN. 8 Texas Stars

7:30 PM

TUESDAY, FEB. 9 Toronto Marlies

7:30 PM

SATURDAY, MAR. 6 Worcester Sharks

6:00 PM

SATURDAY, APR. 10 at Lake Erie Monsters

4:30 PM

5:00 PM 4:30 PM

TUESDAY, DEC. 1 at Toronto Marlies

4:00 PM

SATURDAY, JAN. 9 Texas Stars

4:00 PM

FRIDAY, FEB. 12 4:05 PM at Rochester Americans

FRIDAY. MAR. 12 Lake Erie Monsters

7:30 PM

SUNDAY, APR. 11 at Toronto Marlies

1:00 PM

FRIDAY, OCT. 30 at Hamilton Bull Dogs SUNDAY, NOV. 1 at Lake Erie Monsters

1:00 PM

SATURDAY, DEC. 5 Rochester Americans

6:00 PM

TUESDAY, JAN. 12 Manitoba Moose

7:30 PM

SATURDAY, FEB. 13 at Hamilton Bull Dogs

SATURDAY, MAR. 13 Lake Erie Monsters

4:00 PM

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dling the play-by-play duties for the American Hockey League franchise. Sheldon took a roundabout route to his current profession. His childhood fascination with calling play-byplay never took him to broadcasting school. Rather, he ended up going into business and started a golf tour company called Double Eagle Events. It wasn’t until the age of 31 that Sheldon first dipped his toe into the sports media pool. He got his first break filing weekly Vancouver Canucks updates for an ESPN radio station out of Everett, Wash. That led to a gig as the colour commentator for the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League. The Silvertips were an expansion franchise, and Sheldon’s mandate was to educate the fans about the sport. “Our intermission features would be Hockey 101,” he said. “We’d talk about two-line passes, faceoffs, penalties.” After two years of commuting to Everett, Sheldon landed a job closer to home with the WHL’s Chilliwack Bruins. Following two years in the ’Wack, he moved over to call games for the Vancouver Giants. These days, Sheldon wears multiple hats in his new role with the Heat. “Broadcasting is an iceberg,” he explained. “Broad-

Most young boys who fall in love with the sport of hockey imagine themselves scoring the gamewinning goal in overtime of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. As a youngster, Dave Sheldon wasn’t like most kids. True enough, when he and his brother played hockey in their back yard, Sheldon would pretend to be one of his beloved Montreal Canadiens, usually Guy Lafleur or Ken Dryden. His brother would always be the Toronto Maple Leafs – Darryl Sittler or Tiger Williams or Mike Palmateer. But ultimately, Sheldon didn’t envision himself growing up to be an NHL star. From the time he was 10 years old, he always pictured himself high above the ice surface in the broadcast booth, calling the action. “I even made tapes of myself that I never kept, calling play-by-play as a kid,” Sheldon recalled with a smile. “I’d tape it and then go back and listen to it, and try to figure out how to make myself better.” Sheldon paused a beat, shook his head and chuckled. “You do it because you love it.” Fast forward three decades, and Sheldon is living his dream. The 40-year-old Burnaby native is the director of communications and broadcast for the Abbotsford Heat, and the most public aspect of his job will be han-

casting might be an eighth of what I do, between keeping the website up to date, keeping the media informed, keeping our team in the loop. “The people who just want to be in broadcasting so they can be the mouth that roars are in it for the wrong reasons,” he continued. “You’ve got to be in it for the complete job, because it gives you a depth of knowledge that you can pass on to the fans.” Asked to rate the most exciting games he’s ever called, Sheldon reaches back to the 2003-04 season when he was broadcasting for the Everett Silvertips. The Silvertips were a first-year WHL expansion team, but they made their way to the Western Conference final, where they fell behind the heavily favoured Kelowna Rockets three games to one. Improbably, the Silvertips won each of the next three games in overtime to earn a spot in the WHL final. “Everett was a bug on the bottom of Kelowna’s shoe that they were supposed to scrape off,” Sheldon marveled. “If that doesn’t get you excited, then holy cow.” Sheldon’s connection with the sport of hockey dates back to his early days, playing the game in the back yard with his brother. He was a self-described “sports junkie” who also loved baseball, football and golf, but hockey earned a particularly special place in his heart

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after he attended his first Canucks game. “My uncle gave my brother and I tickets to a game – Vancouver against the St. Louis Blues back in 1976 or ’77,” he reminisced. “Gary Unger was still playing for them, back when he had the big ironman streak going. “I just felt the excitement of the audience, and the speed of those players skating, with their hair flying behind them. I just instantly knew I had to be involved in sports at some point. I found the flow of the game intriguing.” This fall, Sheldon will hit the airwaves with colour commentator Craig MacEwen riding shotgun. All of the Heat’s regular season and playoff games will be carried live on Country 107.1 FM. When Sheldon talks about the upcoming season, his excitement is palpable. “It’s going to be a marvelous honour to be with this team every game and be the eyes for the fans who might not be able to be there,” he said. “That is humbling, it truly is.”

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Bringing the game to life HEAT COMMENTATOR MCEWEN LOVES LIFE IN THE SPORTS MEDIA Gary AHUJA BLACK PRESS

Craig MacEwen is a familiar face to B.C. sports fans in his role as bureau chief for Sportsnet Pacific. This fall, MacEwen will move into a new role as the colour commentator for the Abbotsford Heat. He’ll join play-by-play man Dave Sheldon on Heat radio broadcasts, which will be carried live on Country 107.1 FM. After growing up on the North Shore and graduating from West Van Secondary, MacEwen graduated from SFU with a degree in communications (he also played on the soccer team) and then earned his broadcast journalism diploma from BCIT. Prior to joining Sportsnet, he worked for CKVU’s Sports Page. MacEwen, who is married with a son and a daughter, has lived in Walnut Grove for 11 years.

Q Why sports media? A “Because it beats working for

a living. Being a frustrated athlete and realizing a secondary career in the Canadian Soccer League wasn’t going to pay the bills, if I could be involved in sports in any way without being professional, this was probably going to be as close as you could get.”

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“To stay sharp. Sometimes when you get comfortable in your surroundings, you have to find ways to motivate yourself. Trying to stay on top and do things as best or better than you have done them before.”

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upstanding children. Professionally, my first Olympic Games (Salt Lake, 2002) and seeing Canada win their first Olympic gold medal in men’s hockey in 50 years. That was a neat moment. As a journalist, you are there to cover a story, but as a Canadian, you are really proud of what they have accomplished.”

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