Category Archives: Minor Pro Hockey

Dateline, Muskegon: Where the Ascendancy of American Hockey Continues

It isn’t a particularly bad time for American hockey fans to stop and smell the roses a bit. Consider the unexpected silver medal performance by the Americans at the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, which for most portend another serious medal … Continue reading

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A Mid-Summer State of the Bears

Barely a month ago, the town of Hershey was ensconced in celebration.  Again. A fitting conclusion to the best season in AHL history — and arguably one of the greatest in all of hockey — the Bears hoisted the club’s … Continue reading

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Hershey, Going Ugly, Earns a Beautiful Finals Date

For the fourth time in the past five years the Hershey Bears advanced to the Calder Cup finals, defeating the Manchester Monarchs 3-2 in game 6 Saturday night at Giant Center. They did so with what has become convention for … Continue reading

Posted in American Hockey League, Andrew Gordon, Calder Cup, Hershey Bears, Hockey Towns, Michal Neuvirth, Minor Pro Hockey, Prospects | 1 Comment

Postscript on a Punk: Cormier Suspended, Devil Lou Offers a Lament (Sort of) (at Long Last)

New Jersey Devils’ General Manager Lou Lamoreillo met with media yesterday in the aftermath of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s decision to suspend Patrice Cormier for the remainder of the season, playoffs included.  OFB reader Eric kindly tipped me … Continue reading

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A New Level of Intolerable Violence Plagues Hockey

Today the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League will announce its final sanctions against Rouyn-Noranda center Patrice Cormier for his nauseating attack on Mikael Tam of the Quebec Remparts on January 17. The brutality hospitalized Tam with brain trauma and destroyed … Continue reading

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A Homecoming Debut

By now you know the Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Tyler Sloan from Hershey for this west coast road trip.¬† It is expected that Sloan will make his NHL debut tonight in his native city of Calgary. A nice piece … Continue reading

Posted in American Hockey League, Corey Masisak, Hershey Bears, John Walton, Minor Pro Hockey, Tarik El-Bashir, Washington Post, Washington Times | 2 Comments

Ahead, a Promising Harvest on the Farm

Development camps such as that recently completed by the Capitals have a way of imbuing DraftGeeks and even the more balanced of hockey fan with horizons of heightened optimism. Always it seems there are a handful of young standouts there, … Continue reading

Posted in American Hockey League, Andrew Gordon, Chris Bourque, College Hockey, Development Camp, Eric Fehr, Hershey Bears, Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Mathieu Perreault, Minor Pro Hockey, Morning cup-a-joe, Prospects, Washington Capitals | 19 Comments

Finals’ Agony Is the Order of the Spring in PA

We’d be remiss if we failed today to congratulate the Chicago Wolves on doubling the pleasure of our Schadenfreude Spring, in sending yet another Penguins’ team — last night it was Pittsburgh’s affiliate in Wilkes Barre-Scranton — to a playoff … Continue reading

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A Facelift for Hockey in Portland, Maine

The Buffalo Sabres today announced a brand new American League affiliation, in Portland, Maine, with the Pirates. Such news generally doesn’t catch¬†the OFB eye, but in this instance, the affiliate happens to be in one of our favorite towns, one … Continue reading

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Hockey as a Desert Rose in Sin City

I was dreading my business trip to Las Vegas this past week. For starters, Monday’s temperature there was a hockey unfriendly 108 degrees. And please, spare me the “It’s a dry heat” defense. Pizza ovens harbor little humidity, and I … Continue reading

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