Category Archives: Calder Cup

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, American Hockey League, Bruce Boudreau, Calder Cup, Hershey Bears, Jason Arnott, Marcus Johansson, Michal Neuvirth, Morning cup-a-joe, NHL playoffs, Nicklas Backstrom, Tampa Bay Lightning, Ted Leonsis, Washington Capitals, Washington the hockey town | 28 Comments

In Central Pa., the Calder Cup Is Three Miles High

Engineers and construction workers in hard hats, utility communicators and administrative staff, even cafeteria workers expressed a common line of inquiry near 1:30 Tuesday afternoon at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Operating Station in Harrisburg. Pa.: Is it here yet? … Continue reading

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Ted, Shall We Have a Wager on Next Spring?

The owner isn’t thrilled with me. Infrequently but once in a while we squabble, always respectfully. He and I share a passion for seeing greatness on the ice here; we just might go about its architecture in different ways. I’d … Continue reading

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Own a Jar of Hershey History

I have snow enthusiast friends about the region who today still have a snowball from each of our three blizzards from last winter tucked away in home freezers. (Captured and stored there most often by their small children.) Looking ahead … Continue reading

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Amid Euphoria, a Family Affair

I watched John Carlson skate around Giant Center ice in the early moments of his team’s Calder title celebration Monday night with a cell phone to his ear, his eyes scanning the stands, and in that moment I thought of … Continue reading

Posted in American Hockey League, Andrew Gordon, Calder Cup, Chris Bourque, Hershey Bears, John Carlson, Prospects, Washington Capitals | 2 Comments

A Great Time To Pop Open a Puck Soda

We’d all agree — little Matty Perreault had himself one heck of a hockey season. And at its conclusion, in glory, why shouldn’t he pop open a cold one — a Canadian cold one, of course — and savor it? … Continue reading

Posted in American Hockey League, Calder Cup, Francois Bouchard, Hershey Bears, Hockey Towns, Mathieu Perreault, Prospects, Washington Capitals | 10 Comments

Blogging in a Swirl and Swarm of Champions

This footage we shot last night won’t be entered in any¬†filmfests any time soon, but that wasn’t the design. We simply hoped to capture the spirit and flavor of a remarkable moment, one we were beyond fortunate¬†to have been invited … Continue reading

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A Dream Monday To Remember, Concluding Another Memorable Hockey Season

Turns out, it was rust on their game that undermined the Hershey Bears in the early going of the 2010 Calder Cup finals, when they dropped the first two games at home. By the time the finals started the Bears … Continue reading

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This Hockey Organization Goes to 11 (Titles)

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Were Shakespeare a Washingtonian, He’d Ask, ‘What’s with This Hoops Name?’

The most striking aspect of Ted Leonsis’ early reign as owner of all things winter sports here is his professed surprise at so many Washingtonians expressing their dissatisfaction with the name of the basketball team. It is, the owner admits, … Continue reading

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