The Aeros head into this weekend with a 4-0-0-0 record, which is their best start since 2002-03 when they went 8-0-0-0. Their last game was a 4-3 victory on Sunday afternoon against the San Antonio Rampage in San Antonio.
The team’s leading scorer is Corey Locke, the new acquisition who played with Hamilton last season. He has seven points (three goals and four assists) after the four games, including having three goals and three assists in the last two games – he set the team record for most points in a period when he scored four points (two goals and two assists) in the third period on Saturday night. After Locke is Ryan Hamilton, a returning player, who has five points (three goals and two assists) this season, including two game winning goals.
The coaches and front office have been busy because of roster moves. Forward Cal Clutterbuck was in Houston for the first two games, but has been up with big club, the Minnesota Wild, since then. Forward Krys Kolanos has been up to the Wild and back to Houston since last Friday. Goalie Anton Khudobin has been loaned out to the Florida Everblades of the ECHL so that he can get some playing time. And forward Petr Kalus has split for Europe. Forward Ryan Lang has been called up from Florida, then sent back down without playing a game. Forward Riley Emmerson was called up from Florida for the purpose of loaning him out to the Rochester Americans. And forward Jason Deitsch was called up from the CHL’s Fort Worth Brahmas on Saturday, arriving in Houston in time to score a goal that night. And defenseman Jon Insana has been signed to a tryout contract.
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The Aeros play the Manitoba Moose in Winnipeg on Friday and Saturday, then play the Toronto Marlies in Toronto on Sunday afternoon. They return to Houston on Tuesday for a game against the expansion Iowa Chops. They will also play on Halloween against the Providence Bruins, and all fans are invited to wear Halloween costumes. And for the Sunday November 2 game against the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins, the first 3,000 fans will receive John McCain and Barack Obama bobbleheads.
And while I’m sure the costumes and bobbleheads will make for a fun fan experience, I don’t think anything is going to top what happened in Stockholm the other night when a game had to be stopped so that dildos could be removed from the ice.
That’s right. I said dildos. Courtesy of the blog Puck Daddy comes the story of defenseman Jan Huokko, a player for the Swedish team Leksund. He used to play for the Swedish team AIK, and his team was playing AIK in AIK’s home rink. And apparently, earlier this year, Huokko was involved in a bit of a sex scandal when the cell phone video of him having sex with a young lady was released for public consumption. So the fans of AIK decided to remind him of the scandal and spent the game taunting him with dildos, profanity, and giant penises.
Yeah, we won’t be seeing anything like that any Aeros game anytime soon. – John Royal