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

Calls for more co-operation to solve potential problem

Published on May 28, 2014

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