Weekend notebook: Honesty best policy for Laperriere

Ian Laperriere did not manage to play 1,083 NHL games as a seventh-round draft pick by grasping for silver linings or by making excuses. The first-year Lehigh Valley Phantoms head coach is a results guy.

Spezia still shares bond with late father

Hockey can shape a life in many ways. A father can, too. Tyler Spezia and his late father, Brian, know that bond. Years later, Tyler has carried that bond with him in his journey through pro hockey.

AHL clubs have lots to be thankful for

Each AHL club has plenty for which to be thankful as November comes to a close, not the least of which is that the AHL is back playing a full schedule in front of fans in all 31 cities.

Wolf Pack clicking in season’s early going

Hartford Wolf Pack head coach Kris Knoblauch’s unflappable personality has found chemistry with his hungry, eager-to-learn roster to pose a challenging combination for AHL opponents this season.