The 1995-96 Albany River Rats – Where Are They Now?

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It is difficult in any sport to repeat as champions. In American League Hockey it has happened just eight times, with 2008-09 and 2009-10 Hershey Bears being the last to accomplish the feat. The old Springfield Indians are the lone AHL club to three-peat, doing so from 1959-62. In the 1995-96 season, the Albany River Rats were the pure definition of domination. Fresh off a Calder Cup championship season in 1994-95, the Rats and their defending Stanley Cup champion parent club New Jersey Devils, were riding high and looking to capture a second consecutive Cup. Alas it was not to be, as the free wheeling River Rats fell to the clutch and grab Conwall Aces (along with some pennies from heaven on the ice in … Continue reading

Sn 11 Ep 8: AHL HOF 2015, Scooter Vaughan and Stephen Meserve

AHL HOF 2015

AHL HOF 2015 This week on the Power Play Post Show, Hosts Bob Howard and Megan Reiff bring another information filled episode to the fans of the American Hockey League. This week the AHL announced the Hall of Fame Class of 2015 that will be inshrined in the AHL HOF during the AHL All Star Classic in Utica, NY in January of 2015. The two hosts also go through the AHL standings, the latest news and notes from around the league. Scooter Vaughan – Bridgeport Sound Tigers – Forward/Defenseman – On Twitter: @Scooter_Von – Scooter joined the #PPPShow this week to talk about growing up in California, playing for the University of Michigan on a very talented team, the increased development of US born players even from … Continue reading

Sn 11 Ep 7: Kurt Kleinendorst Fired and the Phantoms Bob Rotruck

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KURT KLEINENDORST FIRED This week on the Power Play Post Show, Hosts Bob Howard and Megan Reiff bring the latest show discussing news and notes from around the American Hockey League. The hot topic of the week is without a doubt the firing of Iowa Wild Head Coach, Kurt Kleinendorst. Host Bob provides his uncensored thoughts of Kleinendorst who won the Calder Cup with the Binghamton Senators in 2011. The two hosts then go through the all the news and notes from around the league including the Hamilton Bulldogs to honor a fallen hero, an update on the Frozen Dome game between the Syracuse Crunch and the Utica Comets plus Bruce Landon being inducted into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame. Bob Rotruck – Lehigh … Continue reading

Albany Players Return: Who Says You Can’t Go Home?

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You can go home again. Just ask Scott Clemmensen and Mark Fraser of the Albany Devils. Recently, Clemmensen was sent down by the New Jersey Devils and Fraser signed an AHL contract with Albany. Both began their professional careers in Albany, playing for the Albany River Rats, when they were a Devils affiliate. In fact, Clemmensen and his future Albany teammates, Brian Gionta and Bobby Allen, won the 2000-01 NCAA Men’s Hockey championship at the then Pepsi Arena, for the Boston College Eagles. While Fraser got into four games with the Rats in 2006 and also played for the A-Devils in 2011-12. I’m pretty sure that somewhere deep within the bowels of the now Times Union Center, there are cardboard cutouts of Clemmer and Ari … Continue reading

Sn 11 Ep 6: David Leggio Rule Change, Paul Thompson, Jim Byers and Ken Cail

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DAVID LEGGIO RULE CHANGE This week on the Power Play Post Show, Hosts Bob Howard and Megan Reiff bring a jam packed show to the fans of the American Hockey League. The two hosts talk about the award winners  from October including Binghamton Senators defenseman, Chris Wideman who won the Player of the Week for last week and Player of the Month for October as he powered a struggling BSens team with 6 goals and 5 assists. The two hosts talk about the news and notes from around the league including moving into the press-release bag to let you know what some of the teams are doing for charity. The “David Leggio Rule Change” has been the hot topic in the American Hockey League through … Continue reading

AHL New York State Of Mind

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If the AHL season ended today, well that would be one short tease of a season. All joking aside, the top of the AHL standings have a distinctly Empire State look about them. Pacing the field and positioned atop the Western Conference are the Utica Comets with 14 points. Jump over to the Eastern Conference and you’ll find the Albany Devils and their 13 points leading the charge up top. Mind you, in a New York minute, everything can change. That said, there was a lot to be excited about along the Thruway in October. Utica Comets (6-1-2-0, 14 points, 1st place Western Conference) – Jacob Markstrom knows a thing or two about playing in Upstate, suiting up for 37 games with the Rochester Americans … Continue reading

Sn 11 Ep 5: Brad Mills PED Suspension, Eric Lindquist and Bob Kaser

Brad Mills PED Suspension

BRAD MILLS PED SUSPENSION This week on the Power Play Post Show, Hosts Bob Howard and Megan Reiff return to the airwaves for another edition of the only show dedicated to the American Hockey League. This week’s show starts off with a topic that has become to known in other sports like Major League Baseball and the National Football League, rather then hockey, Performing Enhancing Drugs. This week the AHL suspended Binghamton Senators forward, Brad Mills for 20 games after testing positive for PEDs and the two host provide their thoughts on this hot topic. How long has this been going on? Will this be the last time we hear about this in the AHL? How does this effect Brad Mills and the Binghamton Senators? … Continue reading

Paul Thompson Leads Veteran Charge For Albany Devils

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In the modern day American Hockey League, there is a lot more emphasis on player development. It is a source of pride for a league which saw over 133 AHLers make their NHL debuts during the 2013-14 campaign. Yet in the process of developing and winning, having veteran players to bolster a roster and lead the way, is still important. This off-season the Albany Devils signed one such veteran AHL free agent. They chose Paul Thompson and they chose wisely. Thus far the shrewd move is paying early dividends for the A-Devils. Following a nice preseason showing, Thompson has started his Albany career with a bang, posting an AHL leading six goals, through four contests. Included in that was an impressive debut in which Thompson … Continue reading

Sn 11 Ep 4: Frozen Dome Information, Jason Shaver and Dan D’Uva

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MORE FROZEN DOME INFORMATION This week on the Power Play Post Show, Hosts Bob Howard and Megan Reiff start the show off talking about the tragedies happening north of the border in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and the impacts of sports on our way of life as an escape, healing and community. With the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs game cancelled on Wednesday night due to the tragedy, the two hosts talk about the importance of the sport when the tragedy happens and afterwards. Bob and Megan then turn their attentions to the American Hockey League with news on the Frozen Dome Classic featuring the Syracuse Crunch vs the Utica Comets in the Carrier Dome; a discussion about illegal checks to head and a look … Continue reading

AHL Read This: Trevor Gillies Fallout, 18 year olds in AHL, Pirates winning fans back

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A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. AHL suspends Trevor Gillies 12 games for head-slamming incident By Chris Peters | Hockey Writer Adirondack Flames forward Trevor Gillies, a career-enforcer throughout the minor leagues and briefly with the Anaheim Ducks and New York Islanders, has been suspended 12 games by the American Hockey League for an incident during an attempted fight with Rochester Americans forward William Carrier. After Gillies engaged the 19-year-old Carrier, who did not appear willing to drop the gloves with the 35-year-old pugilist, Gillies picked Carrier up by his jersey collar and slammed his head to the ice twice. The noted goon received 27 minutes in penalties including two misconducts for his actions. … Continue reading