The Dirtsheet, Feb. 1

The All-Star break is officially behind us. I hope you all enjoyed watching the NHL and AHL All-Star festivities. I caught some of the NHL game on Sunday and tuned in to FSN’s coverage of the AHL game on Monday night. They did a great job, I thought. Being a broadcaster at heart, I was a little disappointed to see they didn’t have a current AHL voice provide the play-by-play for the game. That said, Mike Emrick had a solid call and, having paid his dues riding the bus in the AHL way back when, was a good choice.

It was nice to see Mitch Lamoureux get inducted into the AHL Hall of Fame and drop the first puck at the game Monday night. He was an offensive threat as a player. I saw him play as a member of the Hershey Bears and Providence Bruins in the mid-late 90’s and also got to know him a little bit during his stint as the Director of Hockey Operations for the United Hockey League.

The Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin chimes in with the annual “AHL looking to shorten schedule” story. Writer Joy Lindsay, who covered Laredo in the CHL for the past couple of years, Joy Lindsay swapped her sombrero and jalapenos for a winter cap and spieidies. That topic has been mulled over for as long as I can remember. Still, some interesting tidbits.

I, for one, am in favor of it for a couple of reasons. For one, teams don’t have much time to practice and really work on things. It’s even more of a challenge for the Aeros with the way the travel schedule works out. All those 3-in-3’s and 4-in-5’s really take a toll. The other thing is that reducing the schedule to say, 72 games, would likely work out better financially for most teams. You’d funnel the 2-3,000 fans you’d get on a Wednesday to a weekend game plus the visiting teams would save on travel expenses.

As for the Aeros, the team had an optional skate today at Sugar Land. Assistant equipment manager Denver Wilson strapped on the pads and played goal. The team gets back at it with a full practice Wednesday.

Finally, is everyone in Houston sick right now? The front office is a walking infirmary. Even going to the store, it seems like every one is coughing, sniffling, sneezing, whatever. Someone told me my allergies would really kick in living here, but yikes.




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