America Hockey League Reorganization For Next Season

The American Hockey League might create a new division of teams based in California.

It’s a move that has been talked about for several seasons, with some West Coast National Hockey League teams apparently anxious to bring their farm teams closer to home.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Tuesday that this could become a reality as early as next season.

According to the U-T report, the Anaheim Ducks will purchase the Norfolk Admirals AHL franchise and move that team to San Diego. It also said the league will create a five-team Pacific Division, which will require the move of the Oklahoma City Barons, the Worcester Sharks, the Manchester Monarchs, and the Adirondack Flames.

The newspaper said an official announcement is expected Thursday.

As of Monday, AHL President Dave Andrews was not ready to commit to this new reality.

He would not confirm any changes Monday at Turning Stone Resort Casino in his state of the league news conference in the midst of the AHL All-Star Classic weekend.

“We are still not across the line on a Pacific Division launch this year,” he said. “There are still unresolved issues.

“I need the grace of some bit of time to cross the T’s and dot the I’s.”

Apparently a few days is all that is needed.

Utica Comets President Rob Esche said he could not comment on any possible moves, other than to say he is not worried if the league does indeed go through some changes.

“There is no reason for the Comets and their supporters and fans to be nervous,” he said.

The creation of a new division would necessitate a realignment of the AHL’s Western and Eastern conferences and six divisions. Andrews said that would have to be done by the league’s spring meeting May 11, and that in practical terms everything would have to be set by the first week in April.

“We’re going through a process we’ve never been through before,” he said. “It is difficult for some markets, but it is something we have to do. It will strengthen the league. It is not something fans in some markets will feel good about, but strengthening the league and stabilizing the league is important to the fan base overall.”

Some markets that lose AHL franchises, if not all of them, will have professional hockey next year, Andrews said, a reference to the East Coast Hockey League. He did not discuss possible moves within the AHL itself.

Andrews said the creation of a Pacific division will reflect a movement that eventually will see the AHL’s geography more closely resemble that of the NHL, with NHL teams attempting to have affiliates in close proximity.

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Well, Everyone made it back from Pinnacle Peak Hike – Dr. Martin Luther King Day

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While the folks back on the East Coast are battling snowstorms, we have had sunny, clear weather with temperatures into the high 50s and low 60s. The bad part about all this warm weather?   The freezing level has skyrocketed up to 10,000 feet and that translates into no snowshoeing for us in January! Yikes! Normally we wouldn’t do this lower elevation hike (at this time of year) because I would much rather get out in the snow.  It’s winter, we want to see some snow!

So last week, instead of a snowshoe hike, we hiked up Pinnacle Peak in Enumclaw. My hiking partners this billy goat trip were my 12 year old daughter and two of her friends. All three happen to be part of our Girl Scout troop and I wanted to see if this would be an age appropriate hike and skill level for them. As it turned out, they didn’t have any…

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3PLs, 4PLs, and Beyond

In every EDI application, knowledge of the business needs and functions is of paramount importance. If you don’t understand a “purchase order” or a “load tender” or a “health care claim or encounter” you’ll never be able to map the ANSI or EDIFACT EDI data format for these transactions. In my experience, logistics is the toughest because of the many, many unrelated (by ownership) parties who need to be in the loop.

EDI started out simply. The manufacturer sent an EDI Purchase Order to the supplier. Gee boss, we are on EDI!!! Now we wanted to “automate” the link to the trucker or rail carrier that brought the part into the factory. Yup! Can do; but they have their own EDI format. OK, done! But were we really linked with all parties?

The manufacturer changed his concept. He started getting sophisticated. He started issuing blanket Purchase Orders and ordering his product through a Material Release. The Advance Ship Notice followed shortly. But the suppliers and the shipping companies started getting sophisticated too. But they were not all in synch….and forget about parts imported into the country.

Time to go back to school on that whole transportation thing.


Norfolk Southern / Canadian Pacific / Former Delaware & Hudson Merger

 It appears to be a group petitioning the STB to include trackage rights from Mechanicville to Fresh Pond in any CPR/NS deal.
Remember when Canadian Pacific used to exercise trackage rights to Fresh Pond Junction through its Delaware & Hudson (D&H) subsidiary? Now that a large chunk ofthe D&H has officially been sold to Norfolk Southern, it appears NS is interested in entering the New York City market, and is promising even greater traffic volumes than when D&H was controlled by Canadian Pacific! Would be if NS reactivated the Beacon Salt Pt connection to Danbury CT or even New Haven via Stevenson for an HRRC and P&W interchange.
In NS’ filing of additional shippers/RRs/politicians/communities that support their acquisition of D&H South is a support letter from UPS. AFAIK, while UPS is a Norfolk Southern customer, their containers/trailers aren’t shipped via NS 22K/23K (934/935) or NS 205/206 (939/938) to/from Ayer, MA. I don’t know if UPS ships to/from Mechanicville, though. UPS does use CSX to ship to/from Worcester, MA where UPS has a terminal. Maybe I’m reading too much into this but perhaps UPS is thinking of using the NS trains as an alternative to CSX into New England/NYS?

Florida East Coast Role In State of Florida

Not too many railroads have been instrumental in the development of their home State. Yes, we can find a few like the New York Central in NY State. One we can definitely point to is the Florida East Coast Railway in Florida.

Early on, Henry Flagler built many important Florida projects.

The Casa Marina Resort sits in an enviable spot on one of the few beaches in Key West, a town built on an ancient coral reef that’s not conducive to long stretches of sand. This is a geological fact that many tourists don’t appreciate. And although the resort sits next to a rocky shore, it has water views nonetheless, a rare amenity since most of Key West’s most fashionable inns are landlocked by million-dollar, tin-roofed conch houses.It occurred to me that the Casa’s guests in the 1920s stayed here for a few days before taking the island ferries to Havana. In the late ’20s and ’30s, they flew Pan Am’s propeller planes to Cuba. I wondered whether Key West would once again be a gateway to Cuba, only 90 miles away — certainly a short distance for a high-speed ferry. The Casa Marina was the vision of Standard Oil co-founder Henry Flagler, who promised the citizens of Key West he would build a luxury hotel here to accommodate the passengers arriving on his Overseas Railway. The railroad officially opened when a steam locomotive pulled several passenger cars including Flagler’s private railcar, Rambler, into the new terminal at Trumbo Point in Key West at precisely 10:43 on the morning of Jan. 21, 1912. His railroad from Miami went over 42 bridges including his masterpiece — the Seven-Mile Bridge. He had finished an engineering feat called the Eighth Wonder of the World by those who considered Flagler a visionary, and Flagler’s Folly by naysayers. Key West was the last stop on the Overseas Railway, which itself was the last segment of his Florida East Coast Railway that ran the length of the state from Jacksonville to Miami. Along with the railroad, Flagler built some of the state’s most fabulous hotels: the Ponce de Leon (now part of Flagler College) and the Alcazar, now the Lightner Museum, in St. Augustine; the Palm Beach Inn, destroyed by fire in 1903 and rebuilt and named The Breakers in Palm Beach; and the Royal Palm Hotel in Miami. He put new seaside towns on the national map, attracting an elite group that included John D. Rockefeller, John Jacob Astor, J.P. Morgan, William Randolph Hearst and Andrew Carnegie. He had built a railroad to nowhere, which subsequently led to creating a somewhere.


But now the tradition continues. Florida East Coast Railway / All Aboard Florida is building high speed passenger rail between Miami and Orlando. Many of the towns and cities are complaining about this and that. Instead, the construction will have favorable fallout. An example is in Palm Beach. At least 17 of urban designer and “walkability expert” Jeff Speck’s ideas to improve downtown West Palm Beach can be done right away, and should, a city committee says. After Speck submitted his 101-page report in the fall, a committee began meeting weekly, Rick Greene, director of development services and a member of the group, said.

Grand Central Terminal: Secrets, Rumors, Accomplishments


It is amazing the hype that is starting to surround Grand Central Terminal in New York City. But most of it is very factual (with a little bit of fun and fiction added on). All of the stories are contained in our Kingly Heirs WebSite and our Ominous Weather WebSite but there are a lot more

What Is Mysterious Track 61?

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 Mysterious Track 61 Grand Central Terminal Track 61, which FDR used to sneak in and out of Grand Central and hide his disability (he had severe polio) from the public. Was Track 61 used other times by Presidents? Matt Lauer of NBC put on his best play clothes May 8 2008 to examine “The Mystery of Track 61? on the Today show. Lauer went 30 feet below the Waldorf to investigate the secret train track that has intrigued urban explorers for decades. Lauer ended…

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Railroads in Ogdensburg, New York


I read on a railroad forum that the steel for the Ogdensburg-Prescott bridge across the St. Lawrence River was shipped on the New York Central Railroad. Instead of continuing on the Central’s branch from DeKalk Junction to Ogdensburg, it instead went to Norwood and did the last few miles to Ogdensburg on the Rutland Railroad. Another member surmised that the bridge was being built on the east side of the river in Ogdensburg while the NY Central line terminated on the west side.

Now a more knowledgeable person on the forum responded.


At the time, there were only two bridges across the Oswegatchie River, Lafayette St and Lake St. Lafayette at the time could not support heavy loads. Lake Street could support traffic as State Route 37 used this bridge. But… people in Ogdensburg weren’t very pro-New York Central.

Ogdensburg is where the Northern Railroad, which became the Ogdensburg…

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