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05-02-2013, 08:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Brooklyn Ranger View Post
No rule as far as I know. The Black Aces (as they have been called within the organization for quite a while) are up to get a feel for the atmosphere surrounding a team during the playoffs, nothing more, nothing less. And, at least as far as the Rangers go, I can never remember the Black Aces practicing with the team--they are minor leaguers, not fair game for NHLers. The practices that the team has had have been about special teams and various strategies, not having Thomas pretend to be Ovechkin.
The Black Aces aren't the same thing as the playoff taxi squad. Generally, I remember them as being the guys who were the 13th, 14th forwards and 7th, 8th defensemen. For example, the 93-94 guys were Olczyk, Hartman, Hudson, Lidster and Andersson (until he got traded). None of them spent any time in the minors.

By that standard, this year's Aces would be Gilroy, Eminger, Hamrlik.

Of course, times have changed, so call them whatever you want

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