Rivermen’s Thompson on a journey of faith

by David Rak || AHL On The Beat Archive September 11, 2001 will live in infamy for the United States of America after the terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C. and western Pennsylvania. Many believe that out of the carnage that ensued, people rose to new spiritual heights and renewed their faith in […]

Pirates celebrate 30 years of pro hockey in Portland

By Jim Mancuso || AHL On The Beat Archive The 2006-07 season marks the 30th anniversary of the first season of professional hockey in Portland, Maine. Professional hockey in Portland was born in 1977-78 when the Maine Mariners became members of the American Hockey League (AHL). The Philadelphia Flyers were the Mariners’ first NHL affiliation. […]

Peverley emerging as leader in Milwaukee

by Barry Holloway || AHL On The Beat Archive Rich Peverley doesn’t have much of a pre-game routine, he doesn’t take part in elaborate superstitious rituals, and he has no particular choice of music to fire him up in the locker room. It is not by any gimmick that Peverley leads his team in scoring […]

In step with Aeros rookie John Scott

By Michael McHugh || AHL On The Beat Archive December 30, 2006, will be a day “Big” John Scott will never forget. The 6-foot-7, 255-pound Houston Aeros defenseman/forward signed his first professional NHL contract with the Minnesota Wild, and the entire season has been quite an adventure of sorts for him. “It feels good,” said […]

Sound Tigers’ Marshall in with the band

by Andy Hutchison || AHL On The Beat Archive Bridgeport Sound Tigers head coach Dan Marshall draws up game plans and puts them to the test – stick in hand – on ice, during practices. Throughout the years, Marshall has also spent some of his time writing music and playing his songs, guitar in hand, […]

Local connection paved way for Rats’ Guite

by Don Helbig || AHL On The Beat Archive Ben Guite was 17 years old when he first played hockey in the area for Jim Salfi’s Capital District Selects junior team. While he played just one season for the team in 1995-96, that experience was the start of a path in hockey that has led […]

Griffins Youth Foundation a community centerpiece

by Randy Rice || AHL On The Beat Archive The sight of a Grand Rapids Griffins player speeding down the ice is hardly unique. But when he’s doing it while sitting down and competing against teenage sled hockey players, or at 4 a.m. alongside fans on a frozen January night in downtown Grand Rapids, it’s […]

Sharks practice from a fan’s perspective

by Marc Lachance || AHL On The Beat ArchiveThe Worcester Sharks got back to practice today [Tuesday] at the DCU Center after having a day off Monday. Today’s objectives were to take different angles on shots for the forwards and for the defensemen to take away the center of the ice from opponents. Practice began […]

Old college friends back together with Wolves

by Scott J. Powers, Daily Herald || AHL On The Beat Archive Being the newcomer isn’t easy. You don’t know anyone. You don’t understand how things are done. You have a lot of questions, but don’t always have the courage to ask them. Being a Chicago Wolves rookie is no different. The coaches and teammates […]

Carkner leads Penguins in spirit of giving

by Brian Coe || AHL On The Beat Archive Penguins defenseman Matt Carkner is one of the most imposing figures in the American Hockey League. His 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame is enough to make opponents think twice about venturing into the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton zone and, if they do decide to take him on, chances are they’re going […]