Former Erie Otters D Chris Breen has been recalled by the NHL’s Calgary Flames from the AHL’s Abbottsford Heat. Breen had 14 points and 42 penalty minutes in 71 games with the Otters from 2008-10.
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Posted: January 27th, 2014
Posted: August 7th, 2013
Former Erie Otters head coach Robbie Ftorek is the new assistant coach with the American Hockey League’s Abbotsford Heat, according to the club’s website.
Ftorek, 61, who was fired by the Otters last November after posting a 139-184-15-13 record and missing the playoffs twice in five-plus Ontario Hockey League seasons, returns to coaching at the professional level for the first time since a three-year stint as head coach of the AHL’s Albany River Rats from 2003-06.
He had 20 seasons of pro coaching experience from 1985-2006. He was a NHL head coach with the Los Angeles Kings (1987-89), New Jersey Devils (1998-2000) and Boston Bruins (2001-03), as well as an assistant coach with the Quebec Nordiques (1990-91) and New Jersey (1998-2000, 2001-03). He won an AHL championship with Albany in the 1994-95 season. The Heat, based in Abbotsford, British Columbia, are affiliated with the NHL’s Calgary Flames.
“We are thrilled to be able to add such an experienced coach and teacher as Robbie Ftorek to our organization,” Flames general manager Jay Feaster said in a statement. “Robbie’s experience at every level … provides our players, and our coaching staffs, an incredible wealth of hockey knowledge on which to draw.”
Ftorek joins former Otters D Chris Breen in Abbotsford. He recently signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Flames.
Posted: July 15th, 2013
Mercyhurst rising junior forward Ryan Misiak is attending prospect development camp with the NHL’s New Jersey Devils. The camp began Monday and runs through Friday in Newark, N.J. He’s the second Lakers forward to head to an NHL rookie camp, as rising senior Daniel O’Donoghue heads into his final day at Calgary Flames camp today in Calgary, Alberta. Misiak, 21, a native of Shelby Township, Mich., posted career highs with 18 goals, 20 assists and 38 points a season ago. He has 24 goals and 57 points in 77 career games at Mercyhurst.
Posted: July 9th, 2013
Mercyhurst University rising senior forward Daniel O’Donoghue begins prospect development camp with the NHL’s Calgary Flames Wednesday in Calgary, Alberta.
O’Donoghue, 22, joins 26 other forwards and 43 prospects in all at the camp, which runs through next Tuesday at Canadian Olympic Park WinSport as one of 11 players who are attending on tryout agreements. He also experienced camps with the Washington Capitals last summer and the New York Islanders in 2011.
O’Donoghue, a native of Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., set career highs with 12 goals, 24 assists, 36 points, a plus-15 rating, three short-handed goals and 104 shots on goal. He was tied for second in NCAA Division I in short-handed goals.
Posted: February 28th, 2013
The Colorado Avalanche have announced they matched the Calgary Flames’ offer sheet for former Erie Otters captain Ryan O’Reilly. Check out this story from the Denver Post.
Posted: February 28th, 2013
Former Erie Otters captain Ryan O’Reilly could be a member of the NHL’s Calgary Flames at this time next week.
The Denver Post reported Thursday that the Flames have signed O’Reilly to a two-year, $10 million offer sheet. According to the report, the Colorado Avalanche, the team O’Reilly played with for the first three seasons of his NHL career, have seven days to match the offer.
If the offer isn’t matched, the Post reported, the Avalanche would receive the Flames’ first-round and third-round picks in the NHL Entry Draft this summer as compensation. O’Reilly, 22, earned a reported $2.64 million during during his three-year, entry-level contract, which expired at the end of the 2011-12 season. He totaled 39 goals and 107 points in 236 games with the Avalanche, including a team-leading 37 assists and 55 points a season ago. O’Reilly hasn’t played this season while awaiting a new contract. Reports have indicated he rejected two past offers from the Avalanche for $7 million over two years and $17 million over five years.
Posted: June 30th, 2011
The Buffalo Sabres traded the negotiating rights to defenseman Steve Montador, a former Erie Otter, to the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday in exchange for a 2012 or 2013 draft pick, the Sabres announced.
The seventh-round pick in 2012, which the Blackhawks acquired from the Florida Panthers on Monday in the Tomas Kopecky trade, is currently conditional to the Nashville Predators. If that pick isn’t available, the Sabres would receive the Panthers’ seventh-round selection in 2013.
Montador, 31, had 10 goals, 49 points and 158 penalty minutes in 151 games with the Sabres the past two seasons. He has 28 goals, 117 points and 762 penalty minutes in 519 games with the Calgary Flames, Panthers, Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins and Sabres from 2001-11. He had 12 goals, 62 points and 149 penalty minutes in 87 games with the Otters from 1997-99.
Posted: May 7th, 2011
The Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League announced this morning that they have selected left wing Stephen Harper of the Burlington Eagles with the 12th overall pick in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection being held today via the Internet and conference call.
A resident of Burlington, Ontario, Harper collected 38 goals and 24 assists in 55 games this season for the Eagles. Harper is a 6-foot, 180-pound left wing that can also play on defense, as he played on the blue line through most of his career.
Harper is a player who likes to model himself after Calgary Flames star Jarome Iginla because of his leadership, goal scoring and character. He is also a model student, earning honors at Nelson High School in Burlington.
With their second round pick (34th overall), the Otters drafted center Jake Evans out of the Welland Tigers Minor Midget program. Evans scored 27 goals and added 46 assists in 59 games this season. A native of St. Catharines, Ontario, Evans now resides in Thorold. He is an honors student at Thorold High School and his favorite NHL player is San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton.
Here are the Otters’ other draft picks:
4th round – G Corey Foster (5-11, 165), Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs — 2.13 GAA, 4 SO in 39 games; Otters’ highest draft pick for a goaltender since Brandon Maxwell in the 2nd round in 2007.
5th round – D Patrick Murphy (6-0, 175), Hill Academy (Concord, ON) — 13 goals, 30 points in 37 games
5th round – D Sean Power (6-0, 170), Markham Majors – 1 goal, 18 points, 44 penalty minutes in 58 games
5th round – G Devin Williams (5-10, 145), Motor City Metal Jackets U16 – 2.17 GAA, 2 SO in 10 games
6th round – RW Nick Betz (6-3, 200), Detroit Little Caesars U16s — 9 goals, 17 points, 28 penalty minutes in 35 games
6th round – LW Ryan Coulter (5-9, 170), Welland Tigers (Harper’s teammate) — 29 goals, 72 points, 72 penalty minutes in 52 games
7th round – C Jordan Dunin (5-9, 165), York Simcoe Express — 3 goals, 9 points in 11 games
- From Erie Otters news release, staff reports
Posted: June 22nd, 2010
BUFFALO, NY (June 22, 2010) – The Buffalo Sabres and the National Hockey League announced the 2010-2011 regular season schedule on Monday. The variable pricing designations, as well as box office pricing for individual games will be released at a later date.
All Friday night home games will start at 7:30 p.m. All other home games will begin at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Times are still subject to change. Buffalo will play their 82-game schedule with the same breakdown of opponents as last season. Each team will play their divisional opponents six times (24 games), four games against each non-divisional conference opponents (40 games), one game against each of the 15 non-conference opponents (15) and three additional “at large” games (Chicago, San Jose and Columbus).
Buffalo’s 2010-11 campaign will get underway on Oct. 8 in Ottawa against the division rival Senators. The team will return to Buffalo immediately following that game to play their home opener on Oct. 9 against the New York Rangers.
The Sabres will play four of their first five games at home during the opening week of the season. Patrick Kane and the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks make their only trip of the season to HSBC Arena on Oct. 11. The week’s schedule also includes visits from the New Jersey Devils (Oct. 13) and Montreal Canadiens (Oct. 15).
The Toronto Maple Leafs travel to HSBC Arena for the first time on Nov. 26. That’s part of a Thanksgiving week that also features a home game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Nov. 24. Other highlights of Buffalo’s home schedule include a New Year’s Day game (during the IIHF World Junior Championship) against the Boston Bruins at 5 p.m.; Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on Feb. 20 at 3 p.m.; and the lone visit of the season from the Detroit Red Wings on Feb. 26. The Sabres will also play four sets of back-to-back home games: November 19-20, February 25-26, March 19-20 and March 25-26.
The Sabres will head west to Alberta for back-to-back games in Calgary (Dec. 27) and Edmonton (Dec. 28) during the Christmas break. That will be followed up by a three-game western jaunt in early January to Colorado (Jan. 4), San Jose (Jan. 6) and Phoenix (Jan. 8). The team’s longest stretch of road games takes place in March, when they will play seven games from Mar. 1-12. March is the team’s busiest month of the season with 16 games in 31 days. The Sabres will also play 22 sets of back-to-back games this season.
- From Buffalo Sabres news release