18 April, 2014

Category Archives: American Hockey League

An Awakening (Fleeting?)

Hi, hockey. Don’t think of you much these days. Not an insult, just how it’s going. My passion for you is dormant. ish. I’ve been in the unexpected and strange position of being involved in a few negotiations in my life – less than peanuts, compared to the deals that the greedy owners/greedy players/your libel of […]

Up North, Reconvened in a Perfect Circle of Puck Cheer

Part springtime sinus relief, part faith statement celebration: I am weekending in New England, where vestiges of winter are still to be found, supporting the Bears, the Caps, and the region’s craft beer culture, in the irreplaceable company of my puckhead pals Mike and Marleen. We were last united rather recently, over an elongated Presidents’ […]

Impact Callup: John Walton Named Capitals’ Radio Voice

I trace my passion for puck in Washington back to the 1970s, and Ron Weber’s radio calls of Caps’ games on WTOP. Radio men in hockey back then — most particularly in this region of the world — had a novel responsibility to be the eyes and ears for hockey fans unable to be inside […]

Tim Leone, Appropriately Honored

Wonderful news out of Chocolatetown today: The Patriot News‘ Tim Leone, Hershey Bears beat reporter, is the 2011 recipient of the James H. Ellery Award for outstanding contributions to the American Hockey League in the newspaper category. There can be no more deserving winner when it comes to chronicling the AHL than Leone. The Bears […]

Referendum Hockey Is Here

We are going to learn a great deal about the DNA of the Washington Capitals over the next 36 hours. Immediately before them is an enormous if suddenly unexpected task: attempting to gain, on the road, viability in a series everyone predicted them to win but in which tonight they face what is almost certainly […]

Washington’s Biggest Mistake

Capitals General Manager George McPhee has made some absolutely gorgeous decision this season. Whether it be the trade for Scott Hannan, picking up Marco Sturm off waivers or acquiring what appears to be the team’s new locker room leader, Jason Arnott, for almost nothing, GMGM should be in the running for GM of the year. To bad his most recent decision, to send Braden Holtby back to Hershey, is his worst of the year and one that could really hurt the Caps in just a few weeks.

A Mental Challenge for the Future No. 1

If you make it to the Verizon Center early enough you make get a chance to witness one of the biggest upsides to Braden Holtby’s game. Before anyone steps out on to the ice, before the lights are even turned all the way up and certainly before he has even put his equipment on, Holbty begins his pre-game routine. It can be lengthy and a little confusing, more on that later, but it is just one part of his mental game.

OFB TV: Getting a More Detailed Assessment of Dmitri Orlov

On our visit last week to Hershey we not only got to visit a bit with ‘buzz’ prospect Dmitri Orlov but get an expert eye’s view of him from Patriot News Bears’ beat reporter Tim Leone, who caught the eye of HockeyWashington with this tweet about the new arrival from Russia during his North American […]

The A’s Grueling Grind, and a Carousel of Goalies

The Hershey Bears (39-21-1-4) dropped a shootout decision in Portland, Maine, last night. Let’s just hope their bus driver is fresher than the skaters he’ll convoy through week’s end. When John Walton told me last weekend that beginning Saturday night the club was embarking upon a seven-games-in-nine-day stretch, I didn’t quite believe him. I actually […]

Fresh Imagery from a Great Old Barn

On every visit to Hersheypark Arena, as more and more evidence of its physical decline confronts me, I find myself compelled to snap stills of its architectural charm for posterity. I don’t know how much longer we’ll have it. I don’t know if anyone knows. But in the meantime, I think it’s a wonderful thing […]