Hockey's Hottest Team On Ice
No team in professional hockey (NHL or AHL) has a better record in 2012 than the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Eleven games played, 22 points available and 21 points taken. While all players have contributed, Casey Cizikas numbers are awe-inspiring. The Sound Tigers lone representative at this years AHL All- Star Classic has 8 goals, 10 assists for 18 points in calendar year 2012. For a full season in the AHL those numbers project to 56 goals, 70 assists and 126 points. Decent digits for a 20-year-old 4th round Islanders draft pick. Nice job Garth!
Casey will be wearing #53 when he moves to the NVMC, he wears #11 on his sweater here at the Webster Bank Arena. At tonight’s AHL All-Star Classic he wore #10 (#11 was taken by Keith Aucoin, a 33-year-old career AHL’er from the Hershey Bears). I promise an FAQ post about the AHL in the future, but in brief there are developmental and competitive teams. Hershey (a competitive team) has an annual payroll of $2,187,500 – Aucoin makes 300k per year, and as a 33-year-old vet deserves every penny.
Bridgeport is a developmental team with an annual payroll of $1,225,500 – Cizikas makes cap maximum of $67,500. Casey did the Islanders and Sound Tigers proud tonight scoring a goal; Mr. Aucoin served his faithful as well. Casey wasn’t the player selected to play in the AHL All-Star Classic for Bridgeport. That honor went to his friend from nearby Carp, Ontario Calvin deHaan.
deHaan could not participate because of a shoulder injury suffered early January that should keep him out 4 to 6 weeks. I spoke with Cal this afternoon. He had just returned from spending time with his friends and family and enjoying some home cooking. Though disappointed he couldn’t be in Atlantic City he was more disappointed at not being able to play. His disappointment was obvious as he talked about how difficult it is to just watch. “Just watching and thinking I would have done this or I would have done that. It’s not fun, I want to play.” And play he will, not soon enough for him I am certain, but in time for The Bridgeport Sound Tigers playoff run and then for a career in the National league.