Congratulations to the LA Kings who won the actual le Coup de Stanley this year. AND to the Norfolk Admirals who won the Calder Cup (the AHL Championship hardware) several days before. I have touched the Stanley Cup but not lifted it. You have to win it to do that.

It seems that to be a fan of the AHL one must be a fan of the game since players, coaches, and sometimes entire teams will trade places or generally move on to bigger and better things (or fade away if expectations are not met). This is the case with our newly-crowned champion Admirals. The Tampa Bay Lightning (our NHL parent club) has ended their affiliation with Norfolk and moved the entire team to Syracuse, while the Anaheim Ducks, who used to be in Syracuse, have moved their team here. At least there will be hockey next year…