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T.J Foster Signs for Guildford Flames

The Guildford Flames have announced the signing of 26 year old Canadian, T.J Foster.

Able to play either right wing or center, T.J Foster is a high quality player who formed a formidable partnership with John Dunbar at the Norfolk Admirals, which saw both men top the points charts for the team and get rewarded with European moves the following season – Foster to Fisk Asker in Norway, where he again excelled, and Dunbar, of course, to the Flames.

T.J Foster Highlights:

Despite never playing in the UK, the 11/12 WHL Champion knows the Flames team well. He was signed by Flames legend and University of Alberta GM, Stan Marple, back in 2013 and his 2 years with the Golden Bears saw him play alongside Brett Ferguson, Jamie Crooks, Kruise Reddick and Jesse Craige, plus former Flames players Rhett Rachinski, Brennan Yadlowski – All pictured below celebrating their University Cup win in 2015.

Oh, and the Head Coach of this championship winning team? Former Flames D-Man, Ian Herbers.

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The 2014-15 Golden Bears won the program’s 15th University Cup March 15 in Halifax by beating the University of New Brunswick 6-3.

Along with the University Cup success, individually, Foster was named the CIS (West) MVP, made the 1st All Star Team and won the Dave ‘Sweeney’ Schriner Scoring Trophy for scoring the most points.

The following season saw Foster sign a 2 year deal with the AHL Toronto Marlies, where he saw ice time with both the Marlies and their ECHL affiliates, the Orlando Solar Bears. Once again, Foster was impressive as he picked up 54 points in 63 ECHL games.

After just 12 games in 16/17 with the Solar Bears, he made the move to the Norfolk Admirals. Along with John Dunbar, he also played alongside Jordan Abt & Ben Davies, where he finished as the team’s top points scorer.

Head Coach Paul Dixon said: “We were not actively looking for players in any particular way, but a situation came up where we realised TJ might be interested in joining us.

“He is an excellent skating, highly skilled forward, and we know that a lot of our guys are already very familiar with him as a dressing room personality.

“It made sense for us to try and figure out a way to get him here, and we are very excited that we have been able to add him to our roster.

“He is an exciting player to watch, and we know that this addition does a great deal to help improve the skill depth of our roster.”

Foster Interview

T.J Foster commented: “I’m excited to be joining the teaml. I’ve heard nothing but good things about the organization from my former teammates, and I hope I can make a positive impact on the ice.”

Full Story – Guildford Flames.com

Featured Image: T.J Foster scoring 1 of his 2 goals for the Orlando Solar Bears during the 4-3 overtime loss to the Kalamazoo Wings at the Amway Center on Feb. 29, 2016. Photo by Ferdinand Medina.

Here is why the Toronto Maple Leafs will be the next Canadian Stanley Cup Champions

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Plan the parade, lord Stanley will once again come to Toronto despite a 51 year drought and here is why (even if fellow writer Ollie Hampson thinks otherwise).

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The Toronto Marlies are your 2018 Calder Cup Champions

It was a night full of nerves, young prospects showing off what they’ve got and controversy. However when all was said and done the Toronto Marlies emerged victorious marking the first professional hockey championship for the city of Toronto since 1967.

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Calder Cup Finals Game 7 Preview: TEX@TOR

It’s the very best hockey has to offer, a game 7 showdown for the championship. The game 7 in question will decide the winner of the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs. For Toronto hockey fans it sparks memories of utter disappointment while for Texas fans it is a welcome relief, having been able to keep the series alive on Tuesday night.

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Toronto Marlies Are Just One Step Away

Credit: Christian Bonin

With the Toronto Marlies’ 6-2 picking apart of the Texas Stars, they now return to Toronto with a chance to win their first ever Calder Cup. It isn’t quite the cup that the city desperately longs for, but it is a cup that has eluded the Marlies, despite them being consistently one of the top teams in the AHL for several years now.

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Stars go after Calder Cup!

After watching the amazing Mike McKenna stop a staggering 38 shots during the game, the clock is now running down.

10 seconds left in overtime and everyone knows that a goal at this stage will change everything.

8.5 seconds on the clock and rookie Roope Hintz buries the puck into the back of the net!

Yes! They’ve done it!

For the third time in franchise history the Texas Stars are the 2017-18 Western Conference Champions and will be going to war with the Toronto Marlies in the race for the Calder Cup!

Better luck next year IceHogs, you’ll be seeing STARS for days.

‘Wait! Hold up, what’s the Calder Cup?’

I hear you, I hear you. Let me enlighten you…

The Calder Cup is considered the Stanley Cup of the American Hockey League, or the AHL to you and I. Named after the NHL’s first President, Frank Calder, it has been the driving force for all 30 affiliate teams in an 81 year-long League. During the roaring ‘20s, Calder was responsible for bringing Hockey into the mainstream of America’s major metropolis’s, including New York, Boston and Chicago. The AHL itself is hailed as the main developmental league for the NHL, which makes the Calder Cup a pretty huge deal, It’s also pretty cool to note that some big names of the Ice Hockey world have been lucky enough to hold not only the Calder Cup, but also the Stanley Cup during their careers, including; Ace Bailey, Ab McDonald, Patrick Sharp and Eric Fehr, to name but a few.

Still with me? okay, so as a team, the Texas Stars are affiliates of… can you guess?

Yep, the Dallas Stars, and they have been part of the AHL since 2008, when the Iowa Stars dissolved their affiliation with Dallas and became the Iowa Chops.

The Texas Stars are now three-time Western Conference Champions and have been lucky enough to succeed in their Calder Cup Campaign only once, back in 2014. We are now four years on from that win, and back on the road to victory once more, with 4-7 games (and a few goals) to go. In the past four years, the Stars have been met with disappointing outcomes, but this year they came back fighting and are now 11-4 as they step up to their first game against the Marlies this Saturday.

Could 2018 be the year the Stars hold Silverware once more? Or will the Marlies beat them to it? Watch this space!


Leafs sign Kasimir Kaskisuo to a two year extension

Toronto Maple Leafs have signed Kasimir Kaskisuo to a two year two way extension.

The leafs have a lot of goalies on their books and Kaskisuo may be the likely goal tender you’d forget about.

Hailing from Vantaa Finland and playing junior hockey with Jokerit in the Finnish Jr. B SM-sarja Q before making a move to the US to man the pipes for Minnesota Wilderness and the Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth eventually being signed by the Leafs.

However, with this extension it’s now aparant that the position between the pipes are up for grabs with the Marlies and too the back up spot with the Leafs.

Photo: Christian Bonin - TSGPhoto.com