It’s official, Binghamton has a new hockey team for next season.
“I’ve very pleased today to announce that the New Jersey Devils will be bringing their American Hockey League development team to Binghamton, and the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena will be their home,” Executive Vice President Tom Mitchell told those assembled at a press conference yesterday.
The new team will be known as the Binghamton Devils. They will be the seventh pro hockey franchise to play at the Arena since the Broome Dusters started in 1973. The current Binghamton ownership group will continue running day-to-day operations for the Devils and the affiliation agreement is for five years. Season tickets are on sale now online at www.binghamtondevils.com.
The Binghamton Senators have scheduled a press conference for tTuesday, where it is expected they will announce that the New Jersey Devils will move their AHL affiliate here starting next season. AHL Commissioner Dave Andrews deferred to answer any questions about a possible relocation this morning, saying that announcement should be done by the teams involved. The Albany Times Union and other media outlets have reported that it is a done deal for the Devils to replace the outgoing Senators. If true, they would become the seventh pro hockey team to play in Binghamton. Tomorrow’s press conference is scheduled for 1pm.
It looks like Binghamton will have a new hockey team next year. The Albany Times Union is reporting that the New Jersey Devils are ready to move their AHL team from Albany to Binghamton for the 2017-18 season. The move is expected to receive final approval from the AHL Board of Governors this weekend. The Devils’ AHL team has played in Albany for the past seven seasons, but the franchise has ranked near the bottom of league attendance each year. The Binghamton ownership group will pay the New Jersey franchise $2 million and provide the day-to-day staff to run the AHL team. The Binghamton Senators are moving to Ontario after this season. Albany has had an AHL team since 1993.
In sports, Syracuse came from behind to beat Wake Forest 81-76 live on WEBO last night. Andrew White scored a season-high 27 points to lead the Orange to their 12th win of the season. Also at Syracuse, the ACC has released the 2017 football schedule. The Orange will host seven games at the Dome, including their first three weeks and a home tilt against National Champion Clemson on Oct. 13. Click here to see the full schedule.
In high school, Section 4 Football tweeted out preliminary 2017 schedules for all divisions last night. Changes include a plan to lump all eight of the Class B teams – including Owego and Waverly – into one division, and doing the same with the seven teams in Class C. Also in high school football, longtime Chenango Forks assistant Dave Chickanosky is retiring after six decades on the sidelines for the Blue Devils. “Chick” started coaching at Forks in 1968 after two years at Walton and was named “Assistant of the Year” by his peers at last year’s state football clinic.
NASCAR has announced major changes to the race format this season. Races for the Monster Energy Cup, the Xfinity Series, and the Truck Series will now be split into three segments. The first two segments will make up about half the race. Points will be awarded for each stage and the winner of each final stage will qualify for the chase. The length of the races will remain the same, but the segment lengths will change each week. The new format was put together by a panel of drivers, teams, and track officials. They hope it will make races more competitive and enjoyable for fans. You can hear every NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series race live on WEBO this season, beginning next month at Daytona.
Some local high school football coaches are in Texas today coaching for USA Football. Maine-Endwell’s Matt Gallagher is the head coach of USA Football’s Team Stripes, which will play Team Stars on Tuesday as part of International Bowl XVIII. Accompanying Coach Gallagher on the trip are his assistants John Frieser and Duane Titus, Windsor assistant Ben Amorese, and head coaches Steve Virkler from Owego, Waverly’s Jason Miller, and Dave Hogan from Chenango Forks. Together, they are overseeing the 50-player Under-15 team during practices this weekend before playing at 11am Tuesday in AT&T Stadium on the same field where the Dallas Cowboys play. It will be streamed live on ESPN3. The International Bowl event showcases 500 of the country’s top middle and high school football players.
All-state football teams for New York’s Classes AA and A were released yesterday and they include a trio of Section 4 players named second-team selections. Union-Endicott defensive lineman Josh Greenwood was selected for Class A, while Binghamton’s Devin Young and Elmira’s Dan Fedor were honored in Class AA. The all-state teams for Classes B, C, and D were named last week.
The Buffalo Bills have a new head coach. Sean McDermott was named the new coach of the Bills yesterday. He had been the defensive coordinator at Carolina for the past five seasons after starting his coaching career with the Philadelphia Eagles.
NASCAR driver Carl Edwards announced his retirement this morning in a special press conference. The 37-year-old won 28 races over his 13-year career in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup. Edwards will be replaced in the No. 19 car by reigning Xfinity Series Champion Daniel Suarez. Our partners from MRN and PRN will continue to cover today’s announcement throughout the day on WEBO.