Readers know that I have been keeping up - somewhat - with the minor league teams in Texas. Because it's a lot of fun seeing those players doing it with love.. not to mention, their dreams for upward movement into AHL and -big daydreams - maybe even NHL.
So here is a bit on the start of CHL hockey"
Thanksgiving: the Evansville IceMen at the Dayton Gems; the Mississippi RiverKings at the Tulsa Oilers; the Fort Wayne Komets will play on Turkey Day hosting the Quad City Mallards. Christmas Day: the Tulsa Oilers hosting the Wichita Thunder.New Year’s Eve: Teams hosting games on New Year’s Eve are Allen, Arizona, Dayton, Fort Wayne, Missouri, Odessa, Texas and Rapid City.
and New Year’s Day: Colorado Eagles visiting the Allen Americans on January 1.
2010-11 Central Hockey League Home Openers
Allen Americans – Friday, October 15 vs. Texas
Arizona Sundogs – Friday, October 22 vs. Fort Wayne
Bloomington PrairieThunder – Friday, October 22 vs. Odessa
Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs – Friday, October 15 vs. Mississippi
Colorado Eagles – Friday, October 15 vs. Arizona
Dayton Gems – Saturday, October 16 vs. Evansville
Evansville IceMen – Saturday, October 23 vs. Quad City
Fort Wayne Komets – Saturday, October 16 vs. Rapid City
Laredo Bucks – Saturday, October 23 vs. Rio Grande Valley
Missouri Mavericks – Friday, October 15 vs. Odessa
Mississippi RiverKings – Saturday, October 16 vs. Bossier-Shreveport
Odessa Jackalopes – Thursday, October 28 vs. Laredo
Quad City Mallards – Saturday, October 16 vs. Odessa
Rapid City Rush – Saturday, October 23 vs. Colorado
Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees – Friday, October 15 vs. Laredo
Texas Brahmas – Friday, October 22 vs. Rio Grande Valley
Tulsa Oilers – Friday, October 15 vs. Wichita
Wichita Thunder – Saturday, October 16 vs. Tulsa For complete schedule visit: http://www.centralhockeyleague.com/
AEROS schedule is not complete yet, times and opponents are still missing, even as 6 home game dates have been announced - http://www.aeros.com/
And from the opera world, we hear that Deborah Voigt will sing Annie in Glimmerglass next summer, somewhat of a departure for this soprano best known for her Verdi and Wagners. But will she belt it like Ethel Merman did? Maybe having sung "Fanciulla" recently inspired her to take on another 'gal with a gun role' -')?
BTW, I believe I was present when she sang her first Amelia in Verdi's Ballo en Maschera
at the Met, however her Tenor then was NOT Luciano Pavarotti (as in this clip from a recital), he had cancelled and a Japanese tenor sub'ed well enough but not a match to Voigt's powerful voice. And much later heard her sing Agathe in 'Der Freischuetz' in Seattle.