AMERKS TAKE ON CSKA MOSCOW IN SECOND ROUND OF PRELIMINARIES TODAYNews | 12/27/2013 4:26:49 AM | ROCHESTER AMERICANS
Today’s Game: The 2013 Spengler Cup continues this afternoon as the Rochester Americans go up against CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League in the second round of the preliminaries at Vaillant Arena in Davos, Switzerland. Game time is slated for a 3:00 p.m. start (9:00 a.m. EST) and will again be live across Europe via Eurosport and in Canada on TSN.
Amerks Notes: Rochester enters the contest after suffering a 5-0 whitewash at the hands of Geneve-Servette in Thursday’s Spengler Cup opener at Vaillant Arena. Matthew Lombardi, a veteran of 538 NHL games with Calgary, Phoenix, Nashville, Toronto and Anaheim, notched three points (2+1) and goaltender Tobias Stephan stopped all 23 shots he faced to earn the shutout. Kaspars Daugavins, who spent several years in the American Hockey League with the Binghamton Senators, and Juraj Simek each notched a goal and an assist while former AHL forward Cody Almond rounded out the scoring for Geneve-Servette, which is making its second Spengler Cup appearance in four years. Alex Hutchings and Brayden McNabb each finished with a team-high three shots for the Amerks and goaltender Matt Hackett recorded 32 saves in Rochester’s return to Switzerland for the first time since 1996. The Amerks remain without three of their top veteran forwards in Jamie Tardif and Mike Zigomanis, who missed the trip due to injury, and captain Matt Ellis, who remains on NHL recall with the parent Buffalo Sabres.
CSKA Moscow: One of Russia’s historic clubs, CSKA Moscow is a member of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) and is coached by American John Torchetti, former head coach of the AHL’s Houston Aeros and a longtime NHL assistant coach who won a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2009-10. Torchetti, currently in his first season at the helm of CSKA Moscow, has ties to Rochester as the former AHL bench boss coached four current Amerks during his reign in Houston, including goaltender Matt Hackett, defenseman Drew Bagnall and forwards Colton Gillies and Johan Larsson. This year’s team features several former NHL players, including Alexander Radulov, Oleg Saprykin, Viktor Kozlov and Alexei Morozov. Headlining CSKA Moscow’s roster, however, is perennial NHL All-Star and three-time Stanley Cup champion Sergei Fedorov, who also serves as the general manager for the club. Fedorov boasts one of the most distinguished careers in professional hockey and still stands as one of the most decorated players in NHL history. Originally a fourth-round selection of the Detroit Red Wings in 1989, Fedorov’s illustrious NHL career spanned 19 seasons, recording 1,179 points (483+696) in 1,248 games with Detroit, Anaheim, Columbus and Washington while becoming the first Russian-born player to reach 1,000 NHL points and setting a league record for the most goals scored by a Russian. In addition to his three Stanley Cups with the Red Wings, Fedorov is also a three-time President’s Trophy winner, a four-time Clarence Campbell Bowl winner, a three-time KHL champion as well as earning 10 medals during his tenure with Team Russia over various international events, including two Olympic Games and two World Championships. The only thing missing from Fedorov’s impressive career is a Spengler Cup.
The Spengler Cup: The Spengler Cup is an annual ice hockey tournament held in Davos, Switzerland. First held in 1923, the Spengler Cup is often cited as the oldest and one of the most prestigious invitational ice hockey tournaments in the world. The tournament’s magic formula is a mix of its location in the Swiss spa town of Davos, the unique arena, the timing between Christmas and New Year’s, the coming together of various ice hockey philosophies and its longstanding tradition. The event is hosted by the Swiss team HC Davos and played each year in Davos, Switzerland, between Christmas (December 25) and New Year's Day. All games are held at the historic Vaillant Arena, situated appropriately between the Swiss Alps.
Back in Switzerland: The Amerks are no strangers to the international event, having competed in the 1996 tournament, where they finished third only behind Team Canada and host club HC Davos. Rochester also has the distinction of being the sole North American participant to ever partake in the 90-year history of the Spengler Cup.
The Competition: The Amerks will spend the holiday season in Switzerland taking on a variety of opponents from various elite leagues all over the world, as this year’s tournament includes entrants from Canada, Switzerland, Russia and the Czech Republic.
Up Next: Rochester’s next opponent will be determined depending on outcome of this afternoon’s game. The Spengler Cup is being televised live across Europe via Eurosport and in Canada on TSN.