TCH: Americans on the road in Central Division

By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald

The dressing rooms and parts of the lower bowl of the Calgary Saddledome were destroyed in the June 21 flood that devastated parts of Southern Alberta. Nothing could be salvaged from the eighth row of seating down to ice level.

Tuesday, Tri-City Americans coach Jim Hiller and overage defenseman Mitch Topping said you wouldn’t know anything happened there unless you looked at the photos on the wall that showed the damage. The building reopened in September.

“With the flooding, it was amazing to see how fast they got everything together,” Topping said after Tuesday’s practice.

The Americans took in the Calgary Flames-Chicago Blackhawks NHL game Tuesday night, and will play the Calgary Hitmen tonight at the Saddledome as they start the second half of their Central Division swing in Alberta.

“For the young guys who haven’t played in an NHL rink, it will be special,” Topping said.

The Americans (24-21-2-3, 53 points) went 2-0-0-1 during their first trip to the Central Division in November, beating Kootenay and Lethbridge, while losing to Medicine Hat in a shootout.



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