Sn 11 Ep 11: OKC Barons to Cease Operations, Bears Tim Kennedy and Kevin Oklobzija

Hershey Bears forward, Tim Kennedy talks about his career and playing once again with Kris Newbury.

OKC BARONS TO CEASE OPERATIONS This week on the Power Play Post Show before the Christmas holiday, Hosts Bob Howard and Megan Reiff bring one of the most news filled shows to the fans of the American Hockey League. With the news just breaking hours before the show was recorded, Bob and Megan provide details into the Oklahoma City Barons announcement to cease operations after the 2014-15 season. However the plan for the Edmonton Oilers to not continue their affiliation agreement with the Barons may have been sparked by the Oilers plan to play in California even as soon as next season. Hosts Bob and Megan also react to Darren Dreger‘s tweet from earlier today: AHL sources won’t divulge details, however, a west division comprised of LA, … Continue reading

Sn 11 Ep 10: Griffins Chris Bruton, Comets Cal O’Reilly and Jessica Highman

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GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS CHRIS BRUTON This week on the Power Play Post Show, Hosts Bob Howard and Megan Reiff have another jam packed show for the American Hockey League fans. The two hosts start the show off with a quick look around the AHL standings and the league leaders. Then its down to the AHL new and notes from around the league including the Charlotte Checkers getting a new/old home to play in, the Milwaukee Admirals working with the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA on a new home arena, the AHL Player of the Week and the two discuss the latest two articles centered around AHL western movement. Chris Bruton – Grand Rapids Griffins – Right Wings – On Twitter: @chrisbruton1987 – Chris joined Bob this week on … Continue reading

Sn 11 Ep 9: Monarchs Forward Brian O’Neill, Doug Plagens and Chris Roy

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MONARCHS FORWARD BRIAN O’NEILL This week on the Power Play Post Show, Hosts Bob Howard and Megan Reiff bring another excited and jammed packed broadcast to the fans of the American Hockey League. Bob and Megan open the show with Megan’s thoughts on her mini “Arena Tour” from this past weekend, a look at the standings in the AHL, the trades from this week effecting AHL teams and a discussion on fancy stats. Brian O’Neill – Manchester Monarchs – Right Wing – On Twitter: @Brian9ONeill – Brian joined the show this week to talk about growing up outside of Philadelphia in the suburb of Yardley, Pennsylvania, the challenges of a young hockey player in that part of the country, playing with the Yale Bulldogs and playing within … Continue reading

Albany Devils Review and Glance Ahead

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An inauspicious start to November, left the Albany Devils pining for October hockey. Considering the callups, injuries and a couple of minor suspensions, Albany rebounded well and gained some momentum into December. Despite a depleted roster, the A-Devils have gained a point in each of the past four contests. Albany finished the month of November at 4-6-1-3 (12 points). On the season, the Devils are 10-6-1-4 (25 points) and are in a three-way-tie for fourth in the AHL Eastern Conference standings. On the leader-board, Joe Whitney and Paul Thompson are among the top 20, posting 19 and 18 points respectively, while Thompson is tied for second in the AHL with eleven goals scored. Through two months, Albany ranks 16th on the power play (16.7%) and … Continue reading

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

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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