Howdy SenShot readers, sorry for the lack of posts over the last few weeks, these summer months really slow down the hockey news. There have been a few B-Sens stories lately that I’ll recap and give my thoughts on. Enjoy.
The B-Sens have announced their 2010-2011 schedule. Their season will begin at home versus the Adirondack Phantoms on October 8th with a 7:05 p.m. start time. Two dates to look out for are when the B-Sens play the Hamilton Bulldogs in Montreal and Ottawa. The first game will be on Friday, November 5th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, and the second game on Friday, November 26th at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa. Both games start at 7:30 p.m. and will give a chance for both franchises to see their prospects in game action.
In other scheduling news, the AHL and CBC have reached a one-year agreement to broadcast 10 AHL games to help celebrate their 75th anniversary season. All 10 games will feature AHL teams affiliated with one of the six Canadian NHL teams. The first game will featured the B-Sens on Sunday, Oct. 17th at 1 p.m. against the Toronto Marlies. Unfortunately, this will be the one and only game for the Binghamton Senators that will be broadcast on CBC.
The Binghamton Senators announced the hiring of Steve Stirling as an assistant coach to head coach Kurt Kleinendorst. 60 year old Stirling brings a wealth of coaching experience to the B-Sens bench, having coached at the college level, for numerous teams in the AHL and in the German elite hockey league. Stirling also had a brief stint in the NHL as head coach of the New York Islanders and also lead the Islanders AHL affiliate to the Calder Cup.
The Binghamton Senators held a press conference to introduce head coach Kurt Kleinendorst and assistant coach Steve Stirling to the Binghamton media and community. Got to like the communication and enthusiasm from Kleinendorst. He made a strong first impression.
Jonathan Cheechoo, last seen doing nothing much for the B-Sens, has been invited to the Dallas Stars training camp on a tryout. After being bought out by Ottawa this past summer, hopefully Cheechoo can get his career back on track.
The Ottawa Senators have announced the 22 player roster that will participate in the four team round robin rookie tournament in London, Ontario. The rookie tournament will run between September 11th to the 14th. The other three teams in the tournament are prospects from the Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks and the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Senators rookies will be coached by Kleinendorst and Stirling with Ottawa’s hockey management team looking on. The rookie team will be made up of two goaltenders, six defencemen and 14 forwards. The players on the rookie roster are listed below:
Goaltenders: Brandon Foote, Robin Lehner
Defencemen: Jared Cowen, Eric Gryba, Matthew Hobbs, Craig Schira, Adam Sedlak, Patrick Wiercioch
Forwards: Jason Bailey, Bobby Butler, Erik Condra, Corey Cowick, Jakub Culek, Kaspars Daugavins, David Dziurzynski, Colin Greening, Mike Hoffman, Jim O’Brien, Tim Spencer, Mark Stone, Shawn Szydlowski, Adam Wallace
This rookie tournament will give us a first glance of a few of the Bingo hopefuls for the upcoming season. It is only a few days away and we’ll be able to see if the hype Cowen, Wiercioch and Hoffman receive is deserved.
The schedule for the rookie tournament is as follows:
Saturday, Sept. 11: Pittsburgh vs. Ottawa at 2 p.m.; Chicago vs. Toronto at 7 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 12: Ottawa vs. Chicago at 2 p.m.; Toronto vs. Pittsburgh at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 14: Chicago vs. Pittsburgh at 2 p.m.; Toronto vs. Ottawa at 7 p.m.
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