Last Saturday I joined Eric McErlain and Jon Press¬†and Rebecca¬†from A View from the Cheap Seats¬†for a spirited Saturday night live blogging session from Verizon Center. Eric will host another live-blog this Saturday from the Phone Booth, for the Devils’ game. I’ll join in again but do so from Giant Center in Hershey, Pa., where the Bears will take to the ice for their 2008-09 home opener against the Syracuse Crunch. So we’ll have live coverage of¬†both parent club and affiliate then.
I’ll be seated near Bears’ beat reporter Tim¬†Leone of the Patriot News, and surrounded by able Bears’ PR staffers. So come at me with questions Bears and I’ll do my best to get them answered. We are also working on delivering SovetskySport’s Dmitry Chesnokov to Hershey for his first-ever appearance with Bears’ play-by-play voice John Walton, who I know is eager to learn more about Bears’ rookie netminder Simeon Varlamov.
I’m eager to eyeball Bears’ rookie center Mathieu Perreault, whom Leone notes this week is off to a conspicuous start:
“Just two Hershey Bears — Mike Green in 2005-06 and Mike Gaul in 1997-98 — have made the AHL’s All-Rookie team since the designation was established in 1996-97.
Hershey has a number of promising contenders this season, and Mathieu Perreault has gotten out of the gate fast.
The centerman, who has notched points in all three Hershey games, has two goals and two assists to rank second to Lowell’s Matt Halischuk (five points) in rookie scoring.
The 5-foot-8, 166-pounder is delivering big production.
“He’s strong and he’s so quick that he never stands still,” Bears coach Bob Woods said today. “He doesn’t allow size to be an issue.”