San Diego Gulls

Even though the San Diego Gulls of the AHL are a relatively new team, they’ve had a very successful entry into the AHL. In 2015, the Anaheim Ducks bought their then-AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, and moved them to San Diego so that they could be closer to the big club. In their first two seasons, they finished second in their division, and made it to the second round of the playoffs, while putting up 82 wins over their first 136 games, good for a 0.603 winning percentage, while also boasting a +51 goal differential across both seasons.

Their team is nearly filled with prospects from their parent team, the Anaheim Ducks, save for four players signed to AHL deals. The team has had current NHLers grace its roster such as Shea Theodore, John Gibson, Anton Khudobin, and Brandon Montour. What’s exciting for Ducks fans is the names that are currently on the roster, developing their game for the NHL level. Players like Kalle Kossila, Jacob Larsson, Jacob Megna, Julius Nattinen, and others are playing for the Gulls, learning the system set out by the Ducks in order to succeed in the NHL in the future.

While their team has prospects on it, and while the team’s intent is to develop those prospects, the Gulls also have some experienced veterans who lace up for them on a nightly basis. The Gulls are the 10th oldest team in the AHL, and only by 0.2 years. While the team is lead in scoring by Kossila, they have six players over the age of 30, and had 16 over the age of 25 play for them this season. The AHL is a delicate balance of developing prospects by giving them playing time, and having veterans to model the game for those same prospects. It’s one of the reasons that the Gulls took Eric Fehr on loan for 34 games; they wanted a seasoned professional of over 500 games to mentor their younger players. In fact, the team has over 1600 games of NHL experience, and both of their goalies have over 25 games of experience at the IIHF World Hockey Championships. What may be their most impressive number, however, is the nearly 4000 games of AHL experience on the roster. While the team may be new to the league, it’s players certainly aren’t.

And who gets to run this team? At the top, you have Bob Murray as the President of Hockey Operations, who is also the GM of the Anaheim Ducks. Bob Ferguson works with Murray as the GM of the Gulls, to bring it the right players, and manage the rest of the staff. Head Coach Dallas Eakins has both AHL and NHL head coaching, and assistant coaching experience with the Toronto Marlies/Maple Leafs, and the Edmonton Oilers. He’s a sound hockey mind with a knack for developing young talent, which is likely part of the reason that the Ducks have such a solid young core of players.

This season has been much of a reflection of the past success by hte Gulls. They currently sit in second place in the Pacific division, though their cross state rivals, the Ontario Reign are right behind them, with 64 points, because the AHL ranks teams by their point percentage.  If the playoffs started today, they would square off with the Texas Stars, who actually have two more wins than the Gulls. San Diego faces a tough test for the rest of the season, as they need 27 more points to clinch a playoff birth, based on how their division stacks up, and they currently have 14 games left to do so. That will change as the season plays itself out, and other teams begin to slide down to the bottom of the division, but the Pacific division is strong. If history shows us anything, it’s that the Gulls will finish in a respectable position, make the playoffs, and have a strong showing from their team balanced between young NHL prospects, and AHL veterans.

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A review of

Today I published a review of on my other site

Radar is a New York-based tech company, and members of its executive team have experience at companies such as Uber and Foursquare. That gives you an idea of the type of company that could deploy a location platform like Radar to drive future business growth. Big-name clients of Radar already include Chick-fil-A, Warby Parker, Gas Buddy, Raise and Seat Geek.

Radar has been installed on millions of devices and currently processes billions of locations each week. Radar regularly tweets out geographic maps, showing exactly how much data is being sent out each week.

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Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Nestled deep within San Diego, California lies a place where once only a dream dwelled within the minds of two college grads and eventually built into a reality. Two men, Chris Cramer and Matt Rattier, both of which had a dream to provide the people of southern California with some of the best craft brews around as well as a place for friends and family to gather to enjoy those brews in true camaraderie. After much hard work and years of dedication they brought their dream to reality and founded Karl Strauss Brewing Company in 1989 and now continues on as a landmark of craft beer in southern California.

The name chosen for the brewery, of course, is unique in and of itself as it was named after Karl Strauss, a famed brewer for the Pabst Brewing Company starting there in 1939 and ultimately became part of the team that helped formulate the beer recipe and help tremendously improve sales within the company as well as the cousin of Chris Cramer. He went on to receive awards throughout the years including the MBAA Award of Merit in 1981, Award of Honor in 1992, and The Distinguished Lifer Service Award in 2003. After retiring Pabst in 1983 he went on to help both Chris and Matt found the brewery as well as helped many others within the craft beer industry until his death in 2006.

Over the years of brewing, serving and ultimately growing, Karl Strauss Brewing Company has now become one of the largest breweries in the state of California with many branches throughout the state including La Jolla, Sorrento Mesa, Carlsbad, Temecula, Anaheim, Los Angeles and several others. Included in this growth are several events held at their brewery throughout the year that brings everyone together for great fun and delicious brews. One of these events is Collabapalooza where they collaborate with several different brewers locally and independently resulting in many divergent styles of brews ranging from Pale Ales to IPA’s to Saisons and stouts. Other events they host include their annual Oktoberfest, Arts and Amps, and Changing of the Barrels event.

The overall growth has also brought about a growth in the line of beers that are brewed up at the brewery with their year round brews ranging from a crisp pilsner to a hop-filled IPA to a caramelized amber to a dark roasted stout. Beyond the year round brews lies the seasonal selection that encompasses a deliciously malted Oktoberfest, a strong Belgian quadrupel, refreshing IPA, a smooth english summer ale, and a deliciously rich, and yet robust peanut butter cup porter.

When the holidays roll around they brew up special, limited releases that help compromise whatever holiday celebration and weather condition coexist at the time to help provide the best quality of flavors and enjoyment. To help enhance the beer drinking experience even more they brew up special barrel aged and small batch brews as well as do collaborative works of art including a tequila barrel aged imperial pilsner, barrel aged sours, a doppelbock, belgian blonde ale, imperial IPA and much more.

When the brewery isn’t busy brewing up a batch of malty and hoppy goodness they are seeking ways to help their community by helping local artist display their work within the brewery’s tasting room as well as hosting different local bands during the weekend, providing live music to the fellowship of local craft beer lovers. They also seek to help the environment by supporting local non-profit organizations that have goals of helping the environment and the brewery host it’s own annual clean up with the Surfriders Foundation where they go to nearby beaches and clean all lingering trash left by beach goers.

This California destination is definitely one you will not want to miss and regardless of where one may live, make sure you write this one down on your bucket list. Even if craft beer is not your thing, a good visit to this brewery may just completely change your life. Expansion and growth has been exponential over the years and to see where it where lead to next is something any and all craft beer lovers get excited about. Keep your eye on Karl Strauss Brewing Company as you never know when a branch may pop up near you and until then, sip and savor. Cheers!

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