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Monthly Archives: June 2009

2009-10 Schedule Released

The Hershey Bears and American Hockey League announced six guaranteed home dates with times and opponents to be determined. Clear your calendar for a trip to the land of chocolate to take in some sweet hockey.

On Frozen Pod – Visit to Championship Chocolatetown and a Living Landmark

We talk about the Bears’ historic old stadium and their run for the Calder Cup this year.

An Open Letter to New York Islanders' Fans

Dear Isles’ Fans: Welcome to the rescue dinghy. Really it’s astounding what securing a no. 1 overall draft pick can do to assuage your agony. And not just any no.1 overall but a special player, a buzz youngster, like the one you secured Friday night in Montreal in John Tavares. It’s not that today you’ve […]

Meet Dmitri Orlov, Pick # 55

Meet Dmitri Orlov, Washington’s 2nd-round pick (#55 overall). Video courtesy of the Washington Capitals.

Coming Late to the Draft Party, But Leaving with Another Pretty Date

John Carlson may have flown under the radar at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, but his presence was conspicuous at the 2009 Draft in Montreal Friday night. For starters, the TV talking heads, which included Bob McKenzie and Pierre McGuire, gushed over Carlson’s season in London and Hershey, noting that he was a prime candidate […]

The Day the Gr8 Arrived in D.C.

Five years ago today the Washington Capitals selected Alexander Ovechkin with the first overall pick in the 2004 Entry Draft in Raleigh. Draftgeeks at the time knew well that hockey in Washington would be forever changed — but as much as it has in these past five years, well, probably not. It’s worth taking a […]

Limited Inventory, Indeed

This past Monday, the Capitals held their “Select-A-Seat” event. Season ticket holders had the opportunity to upgrade or relocte their current seats to available locations designated by a sheet of paper attached to the back of the seat.
I am quite happy with my current location but wanted to see the limited inventory for myself. The result was quite stunning.

Reports: Feds to Russia, Flyers to Fenway

Two items of note as we near the Entry Draft, neither of which can be termed ‘good’ news for Washington hockey fans: it sure appears that Sergei Fedorov’s tensure in D.C. is done. The report has him inking with Metallurg Magnitogorsk for two years, at nearly $4 million per season. When you factor in the tax rates hockey […]

Where Do Terrific Hockey Players Come From? Pretty Much Any Place with a Sheet of Ice

Note the snooty tone of Rick from Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia, in a recent online chat with TSN’s Bob McKenzie: Snooty Rick: How can anyone rationalize the final [draft] rankings when they include high school hockey players in the U.S.? Compared to CHL players, they don’t have the proven stamina for a long schedule or […]

Draft Thoughts

General observations about the 2009 Entry Draft: Upwards of seven Americans could go in round one. Last year’s draft saw a bit of a dropoff in the number of Yanks nabbed in the opening round (5), after 10 went in both the ’06 and ’07 drafts. Between 2004 and 2008 39 Americans were selected in […]