July 24, 2014

Washington Capitals recall Cameron Schilling; Erskine to IR

The Washington Capitals reached into their AHL affiliate again for personnel, recalling left-handed defenseman Cameron Schilling to make his NHL debut Tuesday night against the Carolina Hurricanes. Schilling will be inserted into the lineup immediately due to injuries to John Erksine (left hand/wrist), who was placed on injured reserve to make room on the roster, and Tom Poti, who is day-to-day with an upper body injury.

Here’s Schilling’s bio information from the Caps press release:

Schilling, 24, has recorded 14 points (six goals, eight assists) and is a plus-seven in 54 games with Hershey in his first full professional season. He currently leads active Hershey defensemen in goals, plus/minus and ranks tied for second in points.

The Carmel, Ind., native played in 144 collegiate games during his four-year career with Miami, collecting 57 points (eight goals, 49 assists) and 155 penalty minutes. The 6’2”, 197-pound blueliner was a member of two NCAA All-Regional Teams (2008-2010) and helped Miami win the 2010-11 CCHA Championship.

Schilling was originally signed by Washington as an un-drafted free agent on March 27, 2012. He will participate in Tuesday’s morning skate and will wear No. 45 for the Capitals.

Schilling is well-regarded by the Capitals brass and will reunited as a pairing with Steve Oleksy, with whom he partnered earlier in the season with AHL Hershey.

Hershey Bears Sink Norfolk Admirals 2-1 in AHL Showcase at the Verizon Center

Braden Holtby stretching during warmups at Verizon Center, May 2 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Washington was alive with the sounds of skates on the ice and goal sirens Thursday night when the Hershey Bears powered their way to a 2 – 1 win over the Norfolk Admirals behind a strong start by Braden Holtby in the AHL Showcase.

With the NHL Players Association and the NHL continuing their childlike squabble over dollars and Collective Bargaining Agreement language, hockey fans were able to quench their thirst with some American Hockey League action on the Washington Capitals’ ice. When the home town fans weren’t booing the Caps or chanting “Fire Bettman” they got to catch a glimpse some Caps regulars. Dmirtry Orlov took the ice on the top defensive pairing for the Bears and Holtby, last year’s Capitals playoff savor, took up his now familiar spot between the Verizon Center pipes.

Holtby struggled mightily in Hershey last season, making some wonder whether he regressed from two years ago when he made his NHL debut and put up some strong numbers in relief of an injury depleted goaltending pairing. His struggles though disappeared once he was called upon and led the Caps on an improbable run to Game 7 of the second round of the NHL playoffs. Those Hershey struggles from last year may have followed him to Verizon Thursday, at least to open the game, as he did not start well, surrendering a goal ten seconds into the game.

“I don’t know, I’ll have to look to see if it was just the fact there was a stick in front and I thought it was going to deflect or it actually did a bit,” Holtby said about the goal following the game. “I first saw it going low, then it kind of fooled me going higher. I thought I was seeing the puck all night, so it was kind of surprising.”

Hershey fought back almost 14-minutes later when Zach Hamil and Eric Bralow combined for a beautiful play. Hamil skated up the right side of the ice before dishing to Barlow who ripped a shot past the outstretch glove of Admirals goalie Frederik Andersen. Hamil ended up on his stomach, flying over a defenders stick on his way to the net and the puck ended up in the back of the net to tie the game at 1-1.

Other Capitals regular, Orlov, showed what makes him an intriguing young player for the organization. His heavy shot from the point was respected by the Admirals and he was a mainstay on the point throughout almost all the power play chances before he left with an upper body injury in the second period.

“We had some early power plays and I thought our power play was quiet effective at generating chances and I thought Dmitry was a part of that,” Bears Head Coach Mark French said. “I thought it hurt the power play when he, when we lost him, I think he had a pretty good jump in his step today.”

Neither team conceded any ground heading into the third with score all knotted up. After the Admirals killed off another penalty to open the period, they held the Bears goalless on eight power plays, Ryan Poltuny took a feed from Steve Oleksy, who was on the point, and sniped a missile glove side to put Hershey up 2-1 with a little over 15-minutes to go.

It looked like Norfolk tied it up with a short-handed goal with a little under five and a half minutes to play, but it was kicked it and immediately waived off. Hershey found themselves on their heals after the near equalizer was waived off and it clearly gave the Admirals a little bit of a boost in the final minutes.

With the seconds ticking off the clock, Hershey demanded just a few more saves out of Holtby. He made some fantastic saves demonstrating his technical proficiency while in the butterfly position to keep Norfolk off the board. Despite the Admirals firing with some chances late, and knocking Holtby down several times, the Bears held on to send the fans home happy with a hard fought 2-1  win to move to 10-1-1-0 in the AHL and push their point total to 19.

Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates to “co-coach” at AHL Hershey

New Head Coach Adam Oates watching Washington Capitals Development Camp Day 2 Scrimmage at Kettler, 7/10/2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

According to multiple reports Sunday morning, the Washington Capitals will assign their NHL coaching staff to positions with AHL Hershey and ECHL Reading during the NHL lockout, including head coach Adam Oates, who will serve as co-head coach of the Bears along with returning head coach Mark French. [Read more...]

Washington Capitals Assign 21 Players to Hershey Bears

Capitals Assign 21 Players to Hershey

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have assigned 21 players to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League and loaned forward Tom Wilson to Plymouth of the Ontario Hockey League, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

The players assigned to Hershey, Washington’s AHL affiliate, include forwards Mike Carman, Stanislav Galiev, Garrett Mitchell, Danick Paquette, Mattias Sjogren, Matt Clackson, Zach Hamill, Ryan Potulny and Ryan Stoa; defensemen Brett Flemming, Tomas Kundratek, Dmitry Orlov, Cameron Schilling, Dustin Stevenson, Kevin Marshall, Patrick McNeill and Garrett Stafford; and goaltenders Brandon Anderson, Philipp Grubauer, Braden Holtby and Dany Sabourin.

In addition, Washington has loaned Wilson to Plymouth (OHL).

The 11-time Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears will celebrate their 75th AHL season in 2012-13, and are scheduled to open training camp on Sept. 30.

Braden Holtby stretching during warmups at Verizon Center, May 2 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Mattias Sjogren – Captials practice at Kettler, September 14, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

 

 

2012 AHL Showcase Tickets Now Available

Missing hockey? Have the NHL Lockout blues? Here is something that hockey fans can look forward to and circle on the calendar.

Tickets are now available for the 2012 AHL Showcase at Verizon Center on December 6 when the  11-time Calder Cup Champion Hershey Bears face the reigning Calder Cup Champion, Norfolk Admirals. Washington Capitals season ticket holders may have previously reserved tickets.

Several familiar faces might still be playing with Hershey in December, depending on lockout status.

Official Team Press Release: 

2012 AHL Showcase Tickets Now Available
The 11-time Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears will face the Norfolk Admirals
at Verizon Center on Dec. 6

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 18, 2012

ARLINGTON, Va. – 2012 Washington AHL Showcase tickets are now available for purchase at 202-397-SEAT, on WashingtonCaps.com and at all local Ticketmaster outlets, including Verizon Center box office, the Washington Capitals announced today. The AHL Showcase will feature the Capitals’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Hershey Bears as they face-off versus the Norfolk Admirals in regular-season AHL action on Dec. 6, 2012, at 7 p.m. at Verizon Center.

The game marks the first Hershey Bears appearance in Washington since 1979. The Bears recently completed their seventh season as Washington’s AHL affiliate and will open their 75th season at Syracuse on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Hershey has qualified for the playoffs each of the last seven years and won the Calder Cup in back-to-back seasons as the champions of the AHL in 2009 and 2010 as well as in 2006. Hershey has reached the Calder Cup final in four of seven seasons it has been affiliated with Washington.

For more information on 2012 AHL Showcase contact 202-266-CAPS or visit WashingtonCaps.com.

Saturday is a Busy Day for DC Sports

It is a very exciting time for Washington DC sports fans.  To help keep your head from spinning, here is a quick list of the events and games scheduled for Saturday, April 28.

 

 

 

 

 

WASHINGTON REDSKINS:
11:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. – FREE Draft Party. FREE Parking. Sign up to get your FREE Draft Party Pass and welcome RGIII to DC.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS:
3:00 p.m.Game 1 vs. New York Rangers in New York City at Madison Square Gardens

POTOMAC NATIONALS:
6:35 p.m.Chien-Ming Wang is scheduled for a rehab start in Woodbridge.

HERSHEY BEARS:
7:05 p.m.Game 5 of round one (Decisive game) for Calder Cup at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (“Baby Pens”)

DC UNITED:
7:30 p.m. – Home game vs. Houston Dynamo; Armed Forces Appreciation Day.

WASHINGTON NATIONALS:
9:00 p.m.MLB Debut of Bryce Harper at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles with Stephen Strasburg on the mound.

Cheryl Nichols is a Columnist and Photographer for District Sports Page. She is credentialed to cover the Washington Capitals and has reported on the community service and fan events for Nats News Network and Caps News Network since 2006. Cheryl is an accomplished action photographer and has been published in The Washington Post and many other local media. She was a credentialed photographer for the 2010 season covering the Washington Nationals. You can follow her on Twitter @cnichols14.

CAPS/BEARS: Bourque, Aucoin Named to AHL First All-Star Team

Chris Bourque and Keith Aucoin named to AHL First All-Star Game (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

04/05/2012 -
HERSHEY, Pa. – The HERSHEY BEARS, in conjunction with the American Hockey League, announced today that forwards Chris Bourque and Keith Aucoin have been named to the AHL First All-Star Team. The announcement was made today by BEARS President/GM Doug Yingst.

Voting for the First and Second All-Star Teams was conducted by AHL coaches, players and media in each of the league’s 30 member cities.

Bourque and Aucoin, the BEARS’ top two scorers, will represent two-thirds of the forwards on the First All-Star Team.

Bourque, 26, earns his first postseason All-Star Team honor, adding it to his three Calder Cup Championships and the 2010 Calder Cup Playoff MVP. In just 67 games, he has established single-season career highs in assists (64) and points (90) and is poised to become the third BEARS player in four years to win the AHL scoring title.

Bourque currently ranks ninth all-time on the BEARS’ career assists list (260) and 15th all-time with 390 points in his HERSHEY tenure.

Aucoin, 33, sets an all-time record for an AHL center with his sixth career postseason All-Star Team selection (Second Team 2006, ’07, ’11; First Team ’09, ’10, ’12). Aucoin was recalled on February 3 by the parent Washington Capitals, for whom he has nine points in 25 games this season, yet still ranks second in the AHL in assists (59) and fourth in points (70). The native of Waltham, MA now ranks sixth with 554 career assists and 15th with 777 career points over his decorated AHL career.

Bourque (left wing) and Aucoin (center) join Syracuse Crunch right wing Kyle Palmieri, Norfolk Admirals defenseman Mark Barberio, St. John’s IceCaps defenseman Paul Postma, and Oklahoma City Barons goaltender Yann Danis in earning AHL First All-Star Team recognition.

CAPS/BEARS: Joel Rechlicz Named Bears’ AHL Man of the Year

Defenseman Joel Rechlicz in Hershey (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

04/02/2012 -

HERSHEY, Pa. – The HERSHEY BEARS are proud to announce that right wing Joel Rechlicz has been named the team’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the HERSHEY community during the 2011-12 season. The announcement was made by BEARS President/GM Doug Yingst.

Known widely as an enforcer on the ice, a protector of teammates and a cheerleader when he isn’t on an active shift, Rechlicz carries an infectious laugh and outgoing demeanor the moment his job is over. Throughout the 2011-12 season, Rechlicz went above and beyond what is expected of players and spent an average of two days per week making visits around HERSHEY and the surrounding central Pennsylvania communities.

After beginning this season visiting schools during the BEARS Care Reading Program, he went on to help distribute stuffed toys that were collected from the team’s annual Teddy Bear Toss Game, played in front of a crowd of 10,238 on December 3rd against the Portland Pirates. As many toys were collected from the ice after the BEARS’ first goal as there were fans in attendance, and Rechlicz helped ensure that some made their way to some of the Harrisburg area’s children in need. Since such toys were not allowed to be given directly to ill children at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, Rechlicz worked with teammates Keith Aucoin, Chris Bourque, Boyd Kane and Graham Mink to purchase gifts and give the children happiness as Christmas approached.

Occasionally working with other teammates, Rechlicz spent several off-days on Monday evenings during the season at HERSHEY Junior BEARS on-ice clinics, encouraging the youngsters that the only fights they should have on the ice is in their work at being the best player they can.

With community visits winding down as the trade deadline approached and with several injuries preventing some players from fulfilling their offers of time, Rechlicz stepped up without question to substitute. He wrapped up his busy season by serving as one of three guest speakers at the Junior BEARS’ End-of-Season Banquet, held at the HERSHEY Lodge just two weeks ago. Rechlicz signed photos and sticks, and took pictures with every person who came up to him and stayed until the final guest table emptied.

Rechlicz is now one of 30 finalists for the AHL’s 2011-12 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, honoring the overall IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year. The league award is named after the former HERSHEY BEARS forward and AHL All-Star who died in 1997 following a 16-month battle with leukemia. The winner of the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award will be announced by the American Hockey League in the coming weeks.

Defenseman Joel Rechlicz at Capitals practice at Kettler (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

CAPS/BEARS: Hershey Bears Ryan Potulny Named Reebok/AHL Player of the Week

04/02/2012 -

HERSHEY, Pa. – The HERSHEY BEARS, in conjunction with the American Hockey League, announced today that center Ryan Potulny has been selected as the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Apr. 1, 2012.

Potulny scored five goals and added two assists for seven points in three games to help HERSHEY clinch a berth in the Calder Cup Playoffs for the seventh consecutive season.

Potulny began the week with a two-point showing, notching a goal and an assist in the Bears’ 5-2 road win over Binghamton on Wednesday night. He added a goal in a 3-2 loss to St. John’s on Saturday, and his third career AHL hat trick included two third-period goals and was part of a four-point night as HERSHEY rallied from three goals down to earn a point in a 6-5 shootout loss to Binghamton on Sunday. Potulny now owns an eight-game scoring streak (8-6-14), including goals in six consecutive games.

A former third-round draft choice by the Philadelphia Flyers, Potulny is tied for fourth in the AHL with 31 goals (including a league-best 17 power-play markers) and is tied for seventh with 62 points, skating in 56 games for the Bears this season. The sixth-year pro has totaled 126 goals and 128 assists for 254 points in 299 career AHL games, as well as 22 goals and 27 assists for 49 points in 126 career contests in the National Hockey League. Potulny, a native of Grand Forks, N.D., led the AHL in playoff scoring in 2011, helping Binghamton win the Calder Cup.

Potulny’s 62 points also matches a single-season AHL career high, which he last totaled in 2008-09 as a member of the Springfield Falcons.

In recognition of his achievement, Potulny will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Bears home game.

The BEARS will visit the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Friday, April 6 at 7:05 PM. The club returns to GIANT Center for the final home games of the regular season on Saturday, April 7 at 7:00 PM against the Syracuse Crunch and Sunday, April 8 at 5:00 PM against the Connecticut Whale. A limited number of tickets remain for both games. Individual tickets are on sale by calling (717) 508-BEAR, or by visiting ticketmaster.com.

HERSHEY BEARS: FIGHT NIGHT (PHOTOS)

“Saturday night’s alright for fighting. Get a little action in.” – Elton John

With the Caps on the road, I decided to make the trip up to Hershey, PA to take in a Bears game. The Hershey Bears hosted the Adirondack Phantoms (Flyers affiliate) in front of almost 11,ooo fans. Saturday night was a re-match of Friday’s AHL Outdoor game at Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia where the Bears fell to the Phantoms in OT.

You know the old joke “I Went To A Fight and a Hockey Game Broke Out?” That saying pretty much sums up the mayhem at Giant Center on Saturday night (see list of penalties below with a total of 154 PIMs). The game was chippy from the start, maybe some residual emotion from the Outdoor Classic. Bears prevailed this time though, with a 5-2 win over Phantoms.

Here are a sample of photos. Will post additional ones later (hotel connection is slow).

Brandon Manning started things up with Jacob Micflikier, causing spin-off brawls (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

After Ben Holstrom starting things up with Keith Aucoin, Aucoin got in a solid punch (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Tempers flare towards end of third period (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Bears teammates cheer on Zack Miskovic during his brawl Brandon Manning, part of the

Blood on Zack Miskovic

LIST OF PENALTIES:

1st V J. Kalinski 2.00 Hooking 1:31
1st V K. Marshall 5.00 Fighting 11:12
1st H A. Carroll 5.00 Fighting 11:12
1st H J. Rechlicz 10.00 Misconduct – Unsportsmanlike conduct (75.4) 11:12
1st H K. Greentree 2.00 Cross-checking 12:17
1st H J. Micflikier 2.00 Unsportsmanlike conduct 16:06
1st V B. Holmstrom 2.00 Interference 16:09
1st H R. Potulny 2.00 Slashing 18:49
2nd H J. Micflikier 2.00 Hooking 14:08
2nd V T. Brown 2.00 Tripping 17:29
3rd V C. Eddy 2.00 Tripping 1:12
3rd V B. Manning 2.00 Roughing 2:01
3rd H J. Micflikier 2.00 Roughing 2:01
3rd V B. Holmstrom 2.00 Roughing 13:06
3rd V B. Holmstrom 2.00 Roughing 13:06
3rd H K. Aucoin 2.00 Roughing 13:06
3rd V T. Brown 2.00 Roughing 16:30
3rd V T. Brown 2.00 Roughing 16:30
3rd V C. Eddy 5.00 Fighting 16:30
3rd V C. Eddy 10.00 Game misconduct – Secondary altercation (46.6) 16:30
3rd V O. Lauridsen 10.00 Misconduct – Unsportsmanlike conduct (75.4) 16:30
3rd V B. Manning 5.00 Fighting 16:30
3rd V T. Sestito 5.00 Fighting 16:30
3rd V T. Sestito 10.00 Game misconduct – Fighting off the playing surface (46.7) 16:30
3rd H A. Carroll 2.00 Roughing 16:30
3rd H A. Carroll 2.00 Roughing 16:30
3rd H Z. Miskovic 5.00 Fighting 16:30
3rd H J. Rechlicz 5.00 Fighting 16:30
3rd H J. Rechlicz 10.00 Misconduct – Continuing altercation (46.5) 16:30
3rd H J. Rechlicz 10.00 Misconduct – Unsportsmanlike conduct (75.4) 16:30
3rd H J. Rechlicz 10.00 Game misconduct – Unsportsmanlike conduct (75.5(i)) 16:30
3rd H D. Richmond 5.00 Fighting 16:30
3rd H D. Richmond 10.00 Game misconduct – Secondary altercation (46.6) 16:30

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