As the Tucson Roadrunners prepare for Friday’s home debut, it’s easy to forget that this is a pro hockey team with two key directives. Maybe three.
The new coach of the Charlotte Checkers certainly seems like a nice guy – a Swedish fellow with four children and a quick smile. But hockey-star-turned-coach Ulf Samuelsson has long had an alter ego – a dark side that came out on the ice for 17 years during a lengthy NHL career that ended in 2000.
Bob McCord, a two-time Eddie Shore Award winner and four-time Calder Cup champion during a decorated AHL career, passed away on Oct. 21.
Every year, young players learn that establishing oneself as an AHL regular is one of the defining challenges of their careers.