This weekend saw the return of the English Premier League and this Thursday marks the first Green Bay Packers pre-season game. You know what that means? We’re finally starting to get there.
The painfully long hockey off-season is coming down the final stretch and one month from today the Nashville Predators Rookie Camp opens with the Rookie Tournament starting up two days later. The official Predators training camp starts September 17th and before you know it there are pre-season games. I suspect a good amount of Milwaukee Admirals talent to be factoring in early and there could well be some names still up with Nashville when the Admirals pre-season calendar starts.
There’ll only be two pre-season games for the Admirals and the one and only pre-season home game will occur Friday October 2nd at the MSOE Kern Center. The very next night they’ll have a road pre-season game against the Chicago Wolves at Triphahn Center Ice Arena at Hoffman Estates. The AHL schedule has still yet to drop but the Admirals home opener date is set for October 16th at the BMO Harris Bradley Center and the band Foreigner will be making up for their post-game concert cancellation last season on October 24th.
For those feeling like a soda bottle that has just been given a good shake and are about to explode. Relax. That hockey we’re all jonesing for is literally a month away.
~Once An Admiral, Always An Admiral~
Remember that Jon Blum fella? Well it turns out we won’t be having to deal with him as a member of the Iowa Wild this coming season – or any other AHL team for that matter. Yesterday he signed with Admiral Vladivostok of the KHL to mark the first time in his hockey career that he won’t be playing in North America.
Blum played for the Admirals from 2008-09 until the 2012-13 season before joining the Minnesota Wild organization on a two-way deal. He played 19 games in the NHL the past two seasons and 120 games at the AHL level. Looking at this Russian team he signed for it appears that he has the easiest name to pronounce by miles.
So there you have it. Jon Blum, once again, an Admiral… just not in Milwaukee or Wisconsin or the United States or North America or the Western Hemisphere… but an Admiral again none the less.
Remember that trade last season that the Predators made? You know, the one where they ‘landed’ Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli in exchange for Brendan Leipsic, Olli Jokinen, and a first round draft pick in the 2015 NHL Draft? Would it amaze you that someone the likes of Charles-Olivier Roussel has found a home for the 2015-16 season before both Franson and Santorelli have? Because it amazes me.