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Colaiacovo working his way to the top

It was a warm — unseasonably so even for late summer — September Sunday morning when I met Carlo Colaiacovo in 2001. We were both in Kitchener for the Maple Leafs rookie tournament and it was early — very early. While most 18-year-old kids were still asleep in their beds, deep in dreamland, Colaiacovo was […]

Crunch’s win lets the ‘Dogs in

Syracuse’s 5-3 win over St. John’s on Wednesday night opened the door for the Hamilton Bulldogs to clinch a berth in the Calder Cup 2004 Playoffs. It will be the seventh postseason appearance in eight seasons for the Bulldogs, who are currently 36-22-10-4 and sitting atop the North Division with 86 points. Hamilton reached the […]

DeMarchi making strides despite frustrating year

There is no getting around his team’s troubles this season, Albany River Rats defenseman Matt DeMarchi says. Eastern Conference power Philadelphia had laid consecutive losses – 5-3 and 6-1 – on the River Rats in a two-game series in Philadelphia earlier in the month. After the second loss, DeMarchi spoke, his voice even-toned. “Some guys, […]

Pirates aim for comeback on ice and off

The Portland Pirates have put together a season like none other in team history. Led by goaltenders Maxime Ouellet and Rastislav Stana, they are poised to shatter a host of franchise defensive records. Admittedly, the Pirates’ offense has not matched the prowess of its defense but lately, the team has mounted a different kind of […]

Wolves, Wolf Pack clinch playoff berths

The Chicago Wolves became the third team to clinch a berth in the Calder Cup 2004 Playoffs on Saturday night. The Wolves dropped a 5-2 decision to Utah, but Houston’s 3-2 loss in Norfolk guaranteed the Wolves a trip to the postseason for the third year in a row since joining the AHL. Chicago won […]

Chicago looking to clinch tonight

Both Hartford and Chicago had a chance to secure playoff berths as the AHL kicked off another big weekend with 12 games on Friday night. The Wolf Pack needed a win over Bridgeport, combined with a Portland loss (in regulation) at Worcester, to secure its seventh consecutive postseason appearance. Portland fell in Worcester, 4-0, but […]

AHL alumni receive Lester Patrick Award

Veteran NHL broadcasters and AHL alumni Mike Emrick and John Davidson were honored earlier this week with the NHL’s 2004 Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in the United States. The award, one of the most prestigious in hockey, was presented to the National Hockey League by the New York Rangers in 1966. […]

A star on the horizon in western New York

Athleticism is probably the best word to describe Milan Bartovic. His love of athletics and fitness started at an early age. Bartovic was always very active as a child growing up in Trencin, Slovakia. One of Milan’s fond memories was the time he spent skating during the winter. “I remember skating on the frozen river […]

Building a healthier environment in Bridgeport

Though they have been together for seven years, Stacey Hahn and fiance Rob Collins, who first met when he was playing junior hockey in Elmira, Ont., have spent plenty of time apart, including most of Rob’s four years at Ferris State University where he was a finalist for the 2002 Hobey Baker Award. So when […]