Williams says IceCaps could have scheduling issue at Mile One if they get to Calder Cup final

Brendan McCarthy
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Updated to show Texas Stars lead their series after Game 3 win


St. John’s IceCaps president and CEO Danny Williams says the team could be facing a major scheduling problem at Mile One Centre if the IceCaps advance to the American Hockey League's Calder Cup final.

During an interview with IceCaps’ broadcaster Brian Rogers during the first intermission of Wednesday night's Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final between St. John’s and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Williams suggested that if St. John’s advances to the Calder Cup championship series and the Texas Stars are the opponents, probable dates — during the second week of June — for home games at Mile One for that particular matchup would be unavailable because the building has the Canadian Anaesthesiologists Society's annual meeting and trade show pre-scheduled For June 13-16.

Williams was quite animated in his comments and didn’t hold back in calling on Mile One to be more co-operative with the IceCaps, the building’s major tenant. 

If there was a Stars-IceCaps final, the best-of-seven series would would be have a 2-3-2 format, with the Stars holding home-ice advantage because they had the better regular-season record. As a result, the middle three games of the series would be played in St. John’s.

The Stars lead their AHL Western Conference final against the Toronto Marlies after a 3-2 win in Game 3 tonight at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto. 

If the Marlies advance from the West, and the IceCaps from the East, St. John's would have home-ice advantage based on regular-season records. In that case, a scheduling conflict at Mile One would be unlikely since the middle three games of the series would be played in Toronto.

bmcc@thetelegram.com

Organizations: IceCaps, Texas Stars, Ricoh Coliseum

Geographic location: Wilkes-Barre, Toronto

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  • Corey
    May 30, 2014 - 14:39

    bring em to corner brook.......

  • Ryan
    May 29, 2014 - 12:50

    It's pretty bad to see that, mile one had little faith in the icecaps making it to the finals, to actually rent out mileone to a trade show.

  • icejester
    May 29, 2014 - 11:45

    If they can't resolve the issue we'd love to have the baby "Jets" here in Winnipeg. We could pack in 15,000 playoff starved fans that would blow the roof off the NHL's loudest building if they could bring the Calder finals here. Call up Chevy and Zinger and make it happen !!!

  • James
    May 28, 2014 - 22:36

    Gotta be kidding us! You mean to say the huge deal negotiated with Mile One didn't give him dibs on the stadium for the play-offs? What an oversight! Almost as bad as accidentally buying an old paper mill with a $100 million clean-up bill. Even brilliant people need someone to advise them. But then of course you have to be willing to take advice.