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07-31-2013, 12:00 PM
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Islanders Announce Affiliation Agreement with ECHL Stockton Thunder

According to Staple, Isles are adding an ECHL affiliate.

https://twitter.com/StapeNewsday/sta...18428068081664

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According to Staple, Isles are adding an ECHL affiliate.

https://twitter.com/StapeNewsday/sta...18428068081664
Wow, slowly becoming a real sports franchise again. Pretty soon the games will be on a real radio station again too.

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#ISLES NEWS: Islanders announce affiliation agreement with ECHL Stockton Thunder http://nyisl.es/nvk64

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Wow, slowly becoming a real sports franchise again. Pretty soon the games will be on a real radio station again too.
Another sign that Wang is willing to spend more this year. Not a ton, and we are probably still the lowest spending team overall, but baby steps in the right direction.

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I am not very familiar with the ECHL is this more of a AA or single A kind of baseball deal? Will prospects move from ECHL to the AHL?

Is this an impact of the barclays taking over business operations?

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Another sign that Wang is willing to spend more this year. Not a ton, and we are probably still the lowest spending team overall, but baby steps in the right direction.
I'm not sure what kind of ramifications having an ECHL affiliate will have, but I take it as another indicator of the Isles taking the development of their prospects seriously. There's a numbers game developing and the ECHL is an option for some of the more dark horse type of kids that get squeezed out of Bridgeport. Can only be a good thing, right?

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I am not very familiar with the ECHL is this more of a AA or single A kind of baseball deal? Will prospects move from ECHL to the AHL?

Is this an impact of the barclays taking over business operations?
From the miniscule I understand ECHL is to AHL, what AHL is to NHL.

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This may be the team that moves to LI if Ratner wins his bid. It's always good to have a third tier league to continue to develop talent. We haven't had an ECHL affiliate in quite some time, more evidence the team is starting to spend money.

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From the miniscule I understand ECHL is to AHL, what AHL is to NHL.
OK thats what I assumed. thanks

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The best part of adding an ECHL affiliate is that usually all teams will implement the same system so that pieces become interchangeable on understanding even though maybe not on skill level.

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Jason Clark's plane ticket to Stockton is already booked.

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Seems like Tony DeHart is already playing in Stockton Thunder. Bring him back!

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I am not very familiar with the ECHL is this more of a AA or single A kind of baseball deal? Will prospects move from ECHL to the AHL?

Is this an impact of the barclays taking over business operations?
ECHL is like "A" ball, and the AHL is like "AAA".

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Jason Clark's plane ticket to Stockton is already booked.
Stockton, I'd hate to have to live there, though the cost of living is low. Basically all the cities in the Central Valley of California basically look all alike. Tough to tell the difference between Modesto and Stockton.

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Funny stat Richard Kromm the head coach and Director of Hockey Ops of Stockton played for the Isles from 86-93:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/staff.php?staff=2677

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Funny stat Richard Kromm the head coach and Director of Hockey Ops of Stockton played for the Isles from 86-93:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/staff.php?staff=2677
Of course, there is some connection. It wouldn't be an Isles move without some sort of nepotism/cronyism. Kromm should be well versed in hahd and smaht hockey.

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Funny stat Richard Kromm the head coach and Director of Hockey Ops of Stockton played for the Isles from 86-93:

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Steve Konroyd and Richard Kromm - traded for John Tonelli. I remember that like it was last week:

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4. Richard Kromm and Steve Konroyd for John Tonelli, March 11, 1986

Playing in his eighth season with the Islanders, John Tonelli was coming off a career year with 100 points, and had amassed 20 goals by the 1986 trade deadline. And even though the Islanders were in the thick of the playoff hunt, Bill Torrey knew his dynasty was in decline and thought it was time to slowly change the guard.

So Tonelli was traded to the Calgary Flames for Kromm and Konroyd, a deal that worked out for both teams down the stretch. Tonelli helped Calgary to the Stanley Cup finals. Kromm scored 14 points in his 14 games on the Island that year and Konroyd played solid defense, helping the Islanders make it into the playoffs for a 12th straight season.

But while Tonelli would go on to have two more 30-goal seasons in his career, Kromm and Konroyd provided little to the Islanders for the short time they remained on the Island.
Tonelli was OLD (uhmmmm almost THIRTY) - damn.

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Of course, there is some connection. It wouldn't be an Isles move without some sort of nepotism/cronyism. Kromm should be well versed in hahd and smaht hockey.
Or it could be that he has 14 seasons of head coach experience, including seasons in the AHL and IHL. I'm not sure how much more qualified one could really expect someone to be for an ECHL coach.

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Or it could be that he has 14 seasons of head coach experience, including seasons in the AHL and IHL. I'm not sure how much more qualified one could really expect someone to be for an ECHL coach.
Apologies for my ignorant comment. Was just trying to make a joke.

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Islanders Announce Affiliation Agreement with ECHL Stockton Thunder

http://islanders.nhl.com/club/news.h...id=DL|NYI|home

The New York Islanders announced today an affiliation agreement with the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL, beginning in the 2013-14 season. Stockton will join the American Hockey League’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers as the Islanders primary minor league affiliates.

“We are thrilled to have the Stockton Thunder join the Islanders as the organization’s ECHL affiliate,” General Manager Garth Snow said. “The culture of success in Stockton will benefit our prospects and develop them into better hockey players as they work their way from the ECHL, to the AHL and eventually playing for the New York Islanders.”

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ECHL is like "A" ball, and the AHL is like "AAA".
ECHL is the "AA" of the minors. The CHL (Central League) is "A" to the AHL's "AAA"

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Tonelli was OLD (uhmmmm almost THIRTY) - damn.
For the sake of argument players careers generally seemed to nose dive in the early 30s in the mid 80s so trading a 30 year old in 1986 would be like trading a 35 year old in todays game

In terms of the ECHL, should help us most with our goaltending and defense situation(I think we have an over abundance of guys in both positions, especially after next season).

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ECHL is like "A" ball, and the AHL is like "AAA".
It's "AA"

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I'll see them play a couple of times this year when they come to Vegas.

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The Kings ECHL affiliate is the Ontario Reign, and they play in San Bernadino County (about 40 minutes from downtown LA). I've been out to see them a couple of times, especially when they played the Utah Grizzlies, when the Grizzlies were affiliated with the Islanders (Butch Goring coached the Grizzlies at one time).

It will be great to actually go out and see Islander prospects in person when the Thunder come to Ontario, especially considering I live on the west coast.

I might have to pick up a jersey. There's emblem is a mean looking viking guy.

For those of you that enjoy going to Las Vegas, the Thunder will also play the Las Vegas Wranglers. The arena is in the Orleans Casino.

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