AHL Hall of Fame Inductees, Markham arena update, Malkin’s award and QMJHL players’ favorite moments

AHL Hall Of FameThe American League announced its 2013 Hall of Fame class today which consists of:

Harvey Bennett – goaltender

  • Thirteen seasons with the Hershey Bears (1946-47) and Providence Reds (1947-48 to ’58-59)
  • 260-239-41 record, 3.51 goals-against average and 15 shutouts in 540 regular season games
  • 19-18 record, 2.86 goals-against average and two shutouts in 27 playoff games
  • Won Calder Cup in 1947 and 1949
  • Fourth all-time in games played and wins in AHL
  • Passed away in 2004 at 79

Ken Gernander – right wing

  • Fourteen seasons with the Moncton Hawks (1991-92 to ’93-95) and Binghamton Rangers/Hartford Wolfpack (1994-95 to ’04-05)
  • 292-332-624, plus-89, 341 PIM in 973 regular season games
  • 26-29-55, 20 PIM in 123 playoff games
  • Most points by an American in league history
  • Ninth all-time in regular season games played, retired with most playoff games played
  • Current head coach of the Connecticut Whale: 228-178-34 career coaching record in six seasons

Jim Morrison – defenseman

  • Twelve seasons with the Pittsburgh Hornets (1951-52), Quebec Aces (1960-61 to ’67-68) and Baltimore Clippers (1968-69, 1971-72 to ’72-73)
  • 85-341-426, 556 PIM in 721 regular season games
  • 12-27-39, 66 PIM in 61 playoff games
  • Second-team All-Star six times, first-team All-Star in 1966
  • Played in Calder Cup final in 1972
  • First President of AHL Players’ Association

Peter White – center

  • Twelve seasons with the Cape Breton Oilers (1992-93 to ’94-95), St. John’s Maple Leafs (1995-96), Philadelphia Phantoms (1996-97 to 1999-2000, 2002-03 to ’04-05), Norfolk Admirals (2001-02 to ’02-03) and Utah Grizzlies (2004-05)
  • 250-533-783, plus-101, 286 PIM in 747 regular season games
  • 28-42-70, 53 PIM in 92 playoff games
  • Won Calder Cup in 1993 and 1998
  • Eighth all-time in assists, 14th all-time in points
  • One of four players with three 100-point seasons (Bill Sweeney, Bruce Boudreau, Tim Tookey)
  • One of two players with three scoring championships (Sweeney)

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Ken Campbell of The Hockey News discusses the politics behind the proposed Markham Arena and why it’s a bigger matter of when than if. For one thing, local councilor Jim Jones doesn’t want the $325 million arena funded by the local government, believing the arena can be built privately. It’s former Montreal Canadiens owner George Gillett who is proposing a loan from Markham, half of which would be paid back over 20 years with the other half through levies on developers and ticket and parking charges.

Campbell has more on the future of the GTA Arena, the development of which hits a pivotal point on Tuesday:

A backdrop to all of this is a crucial vote Tuesday night that will go a long way toward dictating the future of the project. There is a motion to essentially kill the arena project as it stands, with the city of Markham withdrawing its offer to borrow the money. As of Saturday, six of the 13 councilors said they would support that motion, four said they would vote against and three did not respond to repeated queries by thn.com.

Meanwhile, the area’s 10 biggest developers, who would be subject to paying a fee for each home or condo built to fund the arena, took out an advertisement in the local newspaper urging the city council to keep the arena project alive.

Check out the link for more from Campbell including why he believes the city of Markham should take as much time as needed in order to get this project done right.

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Evgeni Malkin already has some hardware for the 2012-13 season as he was named the Kontinental League player of the month for December. Accepting “one of the newest and most coveted honors in hockey” on behalf of Malkin was Hockey Operations Vice-President for HC Metallurg Magnitogorsk Gennady Velichkin who will send a photo of the prize to Malkin via email and will make sure he gets it over the summer.

In 37 games for Magnitogorsk, Malkin recorded 23-42-65 with 58 PIM and a plus-23. In five games for Pittsburgh so far this season he has 1-5-6 with 16 PIM and a minus-3.

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Check out this video of Quebec Major Junior League players’ favorite moments so far in their career. Topics discussed include Anthony Mantha (Val d’Or Foreurs) getting drafted when he was 15, Dillon Fournier (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies) playing for a year with his brother in Lewiston, Nathan MacKinnon (Halifax Mooseheads) winning gold in the Ivan Hlinka tournament and more

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