The St. John’s IceCaps may have fallen a bit short in the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup final last month, but according to the AHL’s board of governors, were tops in just about everything else this season.
The league held its annual board meetings in Hilton Head Island, S.C. this week, where it announced the IceCaps as the winner of the President’s Award for overall organization excellence and both the Eastern Conference Community Relations and Fan Experience awards.
The President’s Award recognizes the IceCaps for ongoing leadership in overall business, success in areas such as fan experience, game presentation and social media, and selling out every game at Mile One Centre for a third consecutive season.
The IceCaps have had a sell-out for 133 consecutive games — regular-season and playoff — since being established here in 2011.
The team was also honoured for hosting the 2014 AHL All-Star Classic, while on the ice, the IceCaps reached their first Calder Cup final, losing in five games to the Texas Stars.
Other IceCaps-related news
• Veteran local linesman Jim Vail has been named 2013-14 recipient of the AHL’s Michael Condon Memorial Award for outstanding contributions by an on-ice official.
Vail has been a member of the league’s officiating staff since 1991, when the AHL first arrived in St. John’s.
• The Winnipeg Jets’ annual development camp, which featured a number of current and future IceCaps, wrapped up Friday in Winnipeg.
Among those in attendance were forwards Adam Lowry, JC Lipon and Austen Brassard, along with goalie Jussi Olkinuora, all IceCaps rookies last season, as well as forwards Ryan Olsen and Scott Kosmachuk, expected to turn pro with St. John’s this fall.
• The IceCaps will be selling unused, team-issued hockey sticks and a limited amount of other equipment, while also offering sale prices on selected merchandise from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at IceCaps Alley at Mile One Centre.
Those attending are asked to enter through Gate 2. Payments must be made in cash, but an ATM will be on site.