Category Archives: Hershey Bears

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 … Continue reading

Posted in American Hockey League, Hershey Bears, National Hockey League, NHL Labor Strife, NHL Lockout | 2 Comments

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 … Continue reading

Posted in American Hockey League, Boston Bruins, Hershey Bears, Mike and Marleen, Morning cup-a-joe, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, playoff hockey, Portland Pirates, Washington Capitals | 3 Comments

In an Autumn of Challenge, I’m Counting Special Blessings This Thanksgiving

I thought I knew what a really bad clock was — the one that counted down the Capitals’ demise in game 7 here against the Pens a couple of springs back. Not a terrific reckoning of time to be sure … Continue reading

Posted in Eric McErlain, Francois Bouchard, Hershey Bears, Hockey Heroes, Kevin Kaminski, Morning cup-a-joe, Tara Wheeler, Washington Capitals | 4 Comments

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 … Continue reading

Posted in American Hockey League, Hershey Bears, John Walton, Media, Morning cup-a-joe, New media, Radio, Ron Weber, Washington Capitals | 3 Comments

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 … Continue reading

Posted in American Hockey League, Hershey Bears, Media, Print, Tim Leone, Washington Capitals | 1 Comment

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

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. Continue reading

Posted in American Hockey League, Braden Holtby, Hershey Bears, Michal Neuvirth, National Hockey League, NHL, Semyon Varlamov, Washington Capitals | Tagged , , , , , , | 19 Comments