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Ice Hockey In San Antonio
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Ice hockey was once played only at the places, which were having natural ice cover. With the availability of artificial indoor ice skating rinks, its popularity increased as it could be played through out the year. The game actually started in Canada and is now counted among one of the top games in America. This has lead to the formation of professional hockey leagues and teams across the nation. National Hockey League (NHL) is the only major professional hockey league, followed by AHL which is the most respected minor professional hockey league. Even though the game at international level is governed by International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), but these two leagues rule the nation. Ice hockey is also one of the team events in Olympics since 1920 for men, though for women it got added in 1998 only.
NHL consists of 30 teams from North America, 24 from US, and 6 from Canada. Every season, NHL conducts the league championship and awards one of the oldest and the most famous trophies in professional sports i.e. Stanley Cup. Almost all the NHL teams have affiliation with AHL teams. So you can call AHL the stepping stone to the NHL.
If you are a fan of Ice hockey and if you stay in San Antonio, Texas, you must have heard about San Antonio Rampage. San Antonio Rampage is a professional ice hockey club based in San Antonio and is associated with the American Hockey League (AHL). Their home arena is AT&T Centre. San Antonio Rampage was created in 2002 as Stampede, when it was bought by Florida Panthers and Spurs. The present owners of this club are Phoenix Coyotes and Spurs Sports & Entertainment, and it is coached by Greg Ireland. San Antonio Rampage has been playing in AHL since its inception and has reached the playoffs for Calder Cup twice.
San Antonio Rampage has consistently given players to the AHL’s All Star Classics, though it has not won the Calder Cup so far. The first player ever to play in an all star game was Fillip Novak who played for Planet USA in January 2003. This was followed by defensemen Jay Boumeester in 2005, defensemen Keith Yandle in 2007, Joey Tenute in 2008, and Brett MacLean in 2009. Apart from this, some players have also won player of the week awards starting from Jeff Toms in February 2003, Pavel Brendl in January 2006, Alex Leavitt in March 2007, and Josh Tordjman in December 2008.
You can get all the details of the players and their achievements on the official website of San Antonio Rampage. You can also buy tickets, check the schedule of the matches, check the standings, and see the team on www.sarampage.com . You can also participate in game discussions through the blogs available on this website. If you are looking for some team merchandize, you can buy the same through the online team store. In short, to know anything about Ice hockey in San Antonio you can log on to the official website of San Antonio Rampage.
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