FINAL
Fri. Oct 10
2 IOW
3 SAN
FINAL
Sat. Oct 11
2 OKC
3 SAN
FINAL
Fri. Oct 17
3 UTI
0 SAN
FINAL
Sat. Oct 18
5 SAN
4 OKC
FINAL
Fri. Oct 24
2 SAN
5 UTI
Sat. Oct 25
6:00 PM
SAN
HAM
Sun. Oct 26
2:00 PM
SAN
HAM
Wed. Oct 29
6:00 PM
SAN
ADK
Fri. Oct 31
7:30 PM
RFD
SAN
Sat. Nov 01
7:00 PM
RFD
SAN
Fri. Nov 07
7:30 PM
TOR
SAN
Sun. Nov 09
4:00 PM
OKC
SAN
Tue. Nov 11
10:35 AM
SAN
OKC
Fri. Nov 14
7:30 PM
CHA
SAN
Sat. Nov 15
7:00 PM
CHA
SAN
Tue. Nov 18
10:30 AM
OKC
SAN
Fri. Nov 21
7:30 PM
SAN
TEX
Sun. Nov 23
4:00 PM
TEX
SAN
Sat. Nov 29
7:00 PM
OKC
SAN
Sun. Nov 30
4:00 PM
IOW
SAN
Fri. Dec 05
7:30 PM
UTI
SAN
Sun. Dec 07
4:00 PM
CHI
SAN
Tue. Dec 09
7:00 PM
CHI
SAN
Thu. Dec 11
7:00 PM
SAN
IOW
Fri. Dec 12
7:00 PM
SAN
IOW
Fri. Dec 19
7:00 PM
SAN
CHA
Sun. Dec 21
1:00 PM
SAN
CHA
Fri. Dec 26
7:30 PM
TEX
SAN
Sat. Dec 27
7:00 PM
OKC
SAN
Sun. Dec 28
5:00 PM
SAN
TEX
Thu. Jan 01
3:00 PM
SAN
UTI
Fri. Jan 02
7:00 PM
SAN
TOR
Sat. Jan 03
3:00 PM
SAN
TOR
Tue. Jan 06
7:00 PM
SAN
ADK
Wed. Jan 07
7:05 PM
SAN
ROC
Sat. Jan 10
7:00 PM
IOW
SAN
Sun. Jan 11
4:00 PM
TOR
SAN
Sat. Jan 17
7:00 PM
ROC
SAN
Tue. Jan 20
7:00 PM
TEX
SAN
Thu. Jan 22
7:00 PM
SAN
LEM
Sat. Jan 24
7:00 PM
SAN
LEM
Thu. Jan 29
7:30 PM
SAN
TEX
Fri. Jan 30
7:30 PM
CHA
SAN
Tue. Feb 03
7:30 PM
SAN
TEX
Thu. Feb 05
7:00 PM
TEX
SAN
Sat. Feb 07
7:00 PM
OKC
SAN
Tue. Feb 10
7:30 PM
SAN
TEX
Fri. Feb 13
7:00 PM
SAN
GRA
Sat. Feb 14
7:00 PM
SAN
GRA
Sun. Feb 15
4:00 PM
SAN
RFD
Wed. Feb 18
10:30 AM
SAN
RFD
Sat. Feb 21
7:00 PM
SAN
CHI
Sun. Feb 22
3:00 PM
SAN
CHI
Fri. Feb 27
7:00 PM
SAN
OKC
Sat. Feb 28
7:00 PM
SAN
OKC
Wed. Mar 04
7:00 PM
SAN
CHA
Thu. Mar 05
7:00 PM
SAN
CHA
Wed. Mar 11
7:00 PM
MIL
SAN
Fri. Mar 13
7:30 PM
LEM
SAN
Sat. Mar 14
7:00 PM
LEM
SAN
Tue. Mar 17
7:00 PM
CHA
SAN
Fri. Mar 20
7:00 PM
SAN
OKC
Sat. Mar 21
7:00 PM
HAM
SAN
Sun. Mar 22
4:00 PM
HAM
SAN
Wed. Mar 25
7:00 PM
SAN
MIL
Fri. Mar 27
7:00 PM
SAN
IOW
Sat. Mar 28
12:30 PM
SAN
IOW
Sat. Apr 04
7:00 PM
ADK
SAN
Tue. Apr 07
7:00 PM
SAN
OKC
Fri. Apr 10
7:30 PM
GRA
SAN
Tue. Apr 14
7:00 PM
TEX
SAN
Fri. Apr 17
7:30 PM
TEX
SAN
Sat. Apr 18
7:00 PM
SAN
TEX

Rampage Offseason Update: Coach Chuck Weber

By Jim Charshafian

The San Antonio Rampage may have played their last game in May, but their head coach, Chuck Weber, has not stopped working. Weber has spent much of his offseason in the film room; learning, studying, and preparing, to make the 2012-13 season as successful as possible.

“We have two goals,” said Weber, “to provide players to the Florida Panthers to help them win a Stanley Cup, and for us to win a Calder Cup. If we do those two things, then we’re doing our job.”

Weber and his assistant coach, Jason Cipolla, were rewarded with contract extensions last week after guiding the Rampage to their best season in franchise history this past year. The team clinched a playoff berth on the final day of the regular season and won their first ever postseason series when they defeated the Chicago Wolves in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

“When we went to San Antonio we understood what was going to be necessary to continue to build the relationship between Florida and San Antonio,” said Weber. “Making the playoffs and having some success was going to be imperative, and I’m really fortunate that the Panthers recognized the hard work Jason and I put into last year. We look forward to coming back and, hopefully, building on the success that we had. We want to continue to develop players for the Panthers while winning games for San Antonio.”

The Rampage head boss headed north after the season ended, visiting family and unwinding in Cincinnati and Niagara Falls. When Weber reconvened with Cipolla, the two, along with Panthers assistant general manager Mike Santos and Panthers director of scouting Scott Luce, reviewed the 2011-12 campaign and started laying out what they wanted the roster for next season’s team to look like. Then in June, Weber headed to Pittsburgh, where the NHL Draft was held, to take part in the NHL Coaches’ Clinic before getting back into the film room.

“I’ve done a lot of talking, getting caught up with former mentors and with other coaches, to talk ‘shop’ a little bit,” he said. “The Coaches’ Clinic was great for that. We also reviewed a lot of film, including the NHL playoffs, looking at [Stanley Cup Finalists] New Jersey and Los Angeles to see what they did to be successful. No one in the coaching world has reinvented the wheel. Everyone just kind of takes different things, tweaks them along the way, and makes them their own.”

Over the first week of July, Weber ran the Panthers’ Development Camp in Florida, where the organization’s brass had the chance to examine how their prospects have progressed.

“From where we were two years ago, when [Panthers general manger Dale Tallon] and Mike first got involved, to where we are now, the difference in skill level is night and day,” said Weber. “It’s great competition for these kids because they get to see where they stack up within the organization and what they need to do to become regulars at the NHL level, which is the ultimate goal. So from that standpoint, I think it was a good measuring stick for them. Whether they’re 18, 19, or 20, whatever the case is, we want them to be prepared for whenever it is their time to turn pro.”

The goal for Weber and the rest of the Panthers’ staff on hand at the camp was to instill what the organization expects from the players who wear their uniform.

“The biggest thing that we’re trying to do at these camps is to create a culture where everyone wants to be a Florida Panther. We’re trying to create those expectations of work ethic, of accountability and of character.”
 
Weber has high aspirations for next year’s Rampage squad, which will feature many new faces. Several of the Panthers’ highly-touted prospects will don the silver and black and San Antonio’s head coach is looking forward to helping them improve their game.

“Some of the ‘black aces’ who were here at the end of the year and some of the kids who we had in games, the [Drew] Shores, the [Quinton] Howdens, the [Alex] Petrovics, that got a taste of playoff hockey, we’re going to see how they develop. We’re going to be a younger team this year, but it’s exciting because there’s going to be a lot of guys who are hungry to get better every day and those are the situations that are fun to work with.”



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