Hershey Bears’ man about all manner of communications, John Walton, has penned a terrific read on Joe Finley for the AHL’s web site. On another quality Bears’ club Big Joe, who serves as a part-time OFB correspondent, has skated a +3 in four games this season, adding 10 PIMs for ornery measure, and even partnered with Sheldon Souray before the former NHL All Star went down with an injury.
“Making the team here in Hershey was step one, and becoming an everyday player is step two,” Finley told Walton. “I think I’m making a good case for myself so far, and we’ve got a very talented veteran team here that won’t be an excuse by any means. It just gives me more fuel to go out and earn my spot.”
With the Bears having graduated Karl Alzner and John Carlson from their Calder Cup-winning blueline, Fins has a chance — if he can stay healthy — to finally put his pro career into serious development, and mentoring under Souray can only aid that cause.
We’re really looking forward to heading back up to Chocolatetown soon and catching up with our Development Camp diary keeper, and checking out his progress for ourselves.