Photo: Kyle Mace – Chocolate Hockey
Last night in Hershey, Caps goaltending prospect Pheonix Copley did something remarkable. No, I’m not talking about the AHL rookie’s second straight shutout. Nor am I talking about his mind-boggling shutout streak of 144:28.
Copley tried to scored an empty net goal!
Photo: Kyle Mace
Friday night in Lehigh Valley, Washington Capitals defense prospect Patrick Wey suffered what the Hershey Bears are calling a “day-to-day upper body injury” after getting elbowed in the head by goon Jay Rosehill.
The play occurred in the Phantoms’ zone. As Wey pinched and tried to keep the forecheck going, Rosehill elbowed him in the head.
Photo: Hartford Wolf Pack
On Sunday afternoon, Capitals’ AHL affiliate Hershey Bears defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack 1-0 on a goal scored by Casey Wellman with just 1.5 seconds remaining in overtime. Wolf Pack goalie Jason Missiaen made 36 saves on 37 shots over 67 minutes of play, while Caps prospect Pheonix Copley held down the fort for the Bears, recording his first shutout as a pro.
Photo: Kyle Mace
The Hershey Bears lost their season opener to the Norfolk Admirals, but a goal by Steve Oleksy gave the hometown fans something to cheer about.
Oleksy, having narrowly missed a roster spot with the big club, will spend the season in the AHL unless he gets called up. Plays like this are exactly what Oleksy needs to stay on Washington’s radar.
On Wednesday, the Hershey Bears opened their preseason by playing the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at the brand new PPL Center. The result of the actual game however is secondary to the sick goal Russian prospect Stan Galiev scored.
Galiev does a 360, passes the puck to himself, goes through two defenders, and then snipes the puck to the top right corner of the net.
Just look at this!
Sarge hasn’t changed one bit! (Photo credit: Kyle Mace)
After nine glorious seasons with the Washington Capitals organization, Jeff Schultz was bought out of the final year of his four-year, $11 million contract over the summer. With that buyout ended a brilliant career. Remember the time Sarge led the NHL in plus-minus? Or the time he recited the Declaration of Independence? And the time he led the league in plus-minus? Oh, I said that already.
The Los Angeles Kings cut Schultz during training camp, so he spent the fall with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.
(Photo credit: Sweetest Hockey On Earth’s Kyle Mace)
We here at RMNB celebrate everything Russian. That’s why I’m pretty disappointed in myself for not getting around to this post until a week later.
Last Saturday night in Hershey, Washington Capitals prospect Stan Galiev had a huge milestone: Stas scored his first American Hockey League goal.
Photo: Kyle Mace
After the Hershey Bears’ season-opening loss to the Adirondack Phantoms on Saturday, the Bears auctioned off the retro 1949-50 jerseys they wore. For $1,150, somebody walked out of Giant Center with a piece of hockey history.
Bears forward Nathan Walker, who was quite impressive during Washington Capitals training camp, became the first Australian hockey player ever to suit up for the American Hockey League.
Another AHL, the Australian Ice Hockey League, where Walker played parts of two seasons with the Sydney Ice Dogs, tweeted out their congratulations after the game.
Photos via In Goal Magazine
Goaltender David Leggio spent all of last season with Buffalo’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Rochester Americans. Leggio was dominant, winning 38 games and sporting a .924 save percentage. That performance merited MVP consideration at season’s end.
With Dany Sabourin having left during the offseason in favor of playing in Austria, the Hershey Bears were in desperate need of a veteran goaltender that could share the load and help mentor Capitals prospect Philipp Grubauer. Bears’ general manager Doug Yingst found his man in Leggio and signed the goaltender to a two-way contract for 2013-14.
“Obviously, the Bears are one of the best franchises in the AHL,” Leggio said to The Patriot-News’ Tim Leone during the summer. “They’ve won championships and the arena’s always packed. I’m very excited to come to a place where I feel we’ll have a chance to win a championship. They’ve won championships in the past and have a commitment to winning.”
On Tuesday, the Bears opened training camp and Leggio arrived in style. He just might have the coolest mask in the AHL.
According to Katie Carrera, the Washington Capitals have assigned Nathan Walker and three other players to Hershey.
During the Caps Convention, Caps general manager George McPhee said Walker has signed a one-year AHL deal with Hershey:
#Caps General Manager George McPhee told those at his panel discussion Nathan Walker has signed a one-year AHL deal with Hershey.
— Katie Carrera (@kcarrera) September 21, 2013
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