Wolves’ Oystrick not a typical rookie

by Scott J. Powers || AHL On The Beat Archive Nathan Oystrick joined the Chicago Wolves last season just as they were fighting for their playoff life. The Wolves weren’t about to risk playing a defenseman fresh from college with so much at stake. Oystrick practiced with the team but had to sit out the […]

Penguins fan putting talents on display

by Will Beekman || AHL On The Beat Archive Ken Frantz grew up around Wilkes-Barre, and he still resides in the area today. In between now and then, he has had a few detours – the odd job here and there, some time spent in Germany during World War II – but wherever he has […]

Getting to know Chris Harrington

by Cynthia Tremblay || AHL On The Beat Archive Growing up in St. Cloud, Minn., a small city one hour northwest of Minneapolis, Chris Harrington was surrounded by influences that would one day propel him into the world of professional hockey. The long and cold winters of Minnesota provided the perfect surroundings for Chris to […]

American-bred Guenin making waves in Philadelphia

by Brian Smith || AHL On The Beat Archive While growing up in the Pittsburgh suburb of Aliquippa, Nate Guenin was of course a Pittsburgh Penguins fan. But as is the case in all sports towns, there are residents that are also quietly rooting for the enemy, so as not to be publicly scorned. Guenin […]

Trio turns Norfolk into Badgertown

by Pete Michaud || AHL On The Beat Archive It’s more than 1,000 miles from the campus of the University of Wisconsin to Scope in Norfolk, Va. The northern land of bratwurst and cheese seems worlds away from the sandy beaches and southern hospitality of the Atlantic coast. For Norfolk Admirals forwards Adam Burish, Jake […]

Noah Welch and the lost wooden stick

by Justin Swackhamer || AHL On The Beat ArchiveWith the aid of new technology, hockey stick manufacturers are able to create high-tech sticks that are sworn by their makers to give players harder shots even though they weigh less than the average wooden stick. Mostly, the ultra-light, ultra-expensive composite sticks are trendy alternatives to the […]

Ramo’s rookie season a learning experience

by Damon Markiewicz || AHL On The Beat Archive Springfield Falcons rookie goaltender Karri Ramo has probably been the Falcons’ most valuable player during the 2006-07 season, and on Jan. 28, the first-year pro was named the Rbk Hockey Top Goaltender during the AHL’s Skills Competition, part of the 2007 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic […]

Small-town Cabana has eyes on NHL

by Brian Smith || AHL On The Beat Archive The small town of Fleurimont, Que., has a population of just over 16,000 people, which wouldn’t even fill the Wachovia Center if the whole city came to watch its pride and joy make his NHL debut. Frederik Cabana took that unofficial title in 2004 when the […]

“Zinger” answers fan questions

AHL On The Beat ArchiveManitoba Moose general manager Craig Heisinger has been involved in pro hockey for decades. The former equipment manager for the Winnipeg Jets and current top decision-maker for the Western Conference-leading Manitoba Moose has a unique perspective on the business side of hockey, a perspective he recently shared with hockey fans from […]

Common ground: Taratukhin gets an assist in Omaha

By Mike Patterson || AHL On The Beat ArchiveIt took a while, but Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights forward Andrei Taratukhin has warmed up to the idea of playing hockey far from his native Russia. And he has a 12-year-old friend to thank for that. Taratukhin has proved to be an important member of the Ak-Sar-Ben Knights. […]