MINOR LEAGUE HOCKEY: MELTING UNDER NEW-FOUND GLARE?
A mix-up in preparing the ice at The Summit in Houston left
the surface "thin, soft and unplayable," causing Sunday night's
Houston Aeros-Atlanta Knights IHL game to be postponed (HOUSTON
CHRONICLE, 10/17). The game was supposed to be played last
night, but was cancelled indefinitely due to the poor ice
conditions. The next games scheduled at the Summit are this
weekend and should go on as planned (Aeros)....The IHL's Peoria
Rivermen announced the relocation of their October 30 match-up
with the Cincinnati Cyclones from Peoria Civic Center to the Kiel
Center in St. Louis. The Rivermen are affiliated with the Blues.
The game will be the first pro hockey game played in the new
facility (Rivermen). Blues President Jack Quinn was happy the
Rivermen found a "working date in St. Louis" (ST. LOUIS POST-
DISPATCH, 10/18)....The CANADIAN PRESS profiles the AHL and its
"new-found exposure." Both ESPN2 and Canada's The Sports Network
are broadcasting AHL games to fill the void left by the NHL. AHL
President Dave Andrews says he does not see the relationships
with ESPN2 and TSN as an "interim arrangement": "We've now
established working relationships that will be long-term.
They'll be more interested in looking at us for programming in
the future now that they've seen what we can deliver" (Toronto
GLOBE & MAIL, 10/18).