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 […]

Morris reflects on his road to Manchester

by Mark Morris || AHL On The Beat Archive Little did I know back in 1970 that attending a hockey school in Lake Placid, N.Y., would lead me to a career in the coaching business. It was called the Northwood Hockey School and it was held for six weeks. The price tag was $125 for […]

Welcome to Conacher Country

by Renae Goettel || AHL On The Beat Archive Cowboy hats, cowboy boots, Texas-sized belt buckles and country music are common things here in Texas. And though San Antonio Rampage head coach Pat Conacher hasn’t purchased the belt buckle, he feels right at home. Growing up in Calgary, Alta., which is known for the Calgary […]

After 25 years, Hershey sweet as ever for Yingst

by Julie Sensenderfer || AHL On The Beat ArchiveThrough the long and illustrious history of the Hershey Bears, strong leadership has been one of the hallmarks of the franchise. From John Sollenberger to Lloyd Blinco to Frank Mathers, the Bears have achieved success not only because of play on the ice, but leadership in the […]

Corazzini rekindles the dream in Norfolk

by Keith Phillips || AHL On The Beat ArchiveLots of kids grow up dreaming of the chance to don the sweater of their favorite National Hockey League team and to play in the arenas that their heroes skated in. Very few actually live their dream. Nearly three years ago, Carl Corazzini did just that by […]