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The Boys are Back in Town By: Russ Hryvnak

Few things in life allow for second chances,

hear that they were giving me an opportunity

especially professional sports. This season,

to come here,” Deslauriers said. “I was very

two particular players on the Wilkes-Barre/

happy to be here and to have a chance to

Scranton Penguins are getting just that.

prove myself.”

Chris Conner and Jeff Deslauriers are back in

Deslauriers’ one season with Penguins came

town and again skating with the Pens.

in 2006-07 as part of the team’s

While Conner was one of Pittsburgh’s first signings during the National Hockey League’s free agency period this past summer, Deslauriers was brought into Wilkes-Barre/

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Scranton on a Professional Tryout Agreement

dual-affiliation with the Edmonton Oilers and it was undoubtedly one of his best. Starting in 40 games, he produced a record of 22-12-3, along with a .908 save percentage and a goals against average of 2.47.

near the end of training camp. Despite their

In the past six years, Deslauriers has gained

differing paths back to NEPA, both were key

valuable experience between the pipes.

factors in the Penguins’ 5-2 win last Saturday at Bridgeport.

Starting 118 American Hockey League contests, he is well-established at this level.

Despite being away for a few years,

The 29-year old goalie can also boast time in

Deslauriers found it an easy decision to return

the NHL, playing a total of 62 games with

to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. “It was great to

Edmonton and Anaheim.

Having made 22 saves against the Sound Tigers

his game, becoming more than just offensive

and picking up his first victory of the season,

minded. In net, Deslauriers says that he has

Deslauriers hopes to keep on adding to the win

become more seasoned. “I’m more comfortable


playing the puck,” said the net minder. “I learned

“Every time you put the skates on you have one thing in mind, to get the win at the end of the night,” Deslauriers said. “I’m kind of a perfectionist. If I win one, I still want to win another one and even if I win another one, I’m going to want more.” Wanting more is something that seems to be a recurring trend with the Penguins so far this sea-

to slow my game down, let it come to me and make the smart play. Just simplify my game.” With such great players returning, it is really a testament to the strength of the Penguins organization. “The staff, the fans, everything with the Penguins is really top-notch,” insisted Conner. “As a player that is what you want.” Conner has a few memories that stick out from his last time spent with the Penguins. The

son. Not just with the goalies, but the forwards

right-winger recalled a game against Albany

as well.

where he recorded six points in one game.

Chris Conner, who played two previous seasons in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, scored two goals last Saturday night against Bridgeport. Conner skated in 59 tilts during the Pens 2009-10 season and

On February 17, 2010, Conner tallied not only three assists, but also scored a hat trick in the Penguins 9-2 victory over the River Rats here at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

finished second on the team in scoring. The

Signs that the team is starting to mesh together

following season he only appeared in 11 games

are becoming more and more evident each day.

as he took on a more permanent role with the

Jeff Deslauriers says that teammates are feeding

Pittsburgh Penguins.

off of each other already. “It’s a circle. I feel confident that they can do their job, so I want

With his first points on the board, Conner says

them to feel the same way about me.”

that getting the first team victory is an

Deslauriers said. “Everybody has the same goals

important step.

in mind and we are all pushing in the

“It’s always good for the team to get the win and

same direction.”

build confidence,” Conner said. “That was just a

With the Penguins all sharing the same

small glimpse of what we are capable of. We are

objective, it will make them tough to beat.

far from our goals, but it felt good to get

Conner and Deslauriers are certainly helping

the win.”

push the team in a positive direction. Both of them are poised and ready to help Wilkes-Barre/

Both Conner and Deslauriers say that they have learned since last being with the Penguins.

Scranton make the 2013-14 season one to remember.

Conner has worked on the defensive aspect of

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ON THIS DAY in PENGUINS HISTORY... October 11, 2003 With the game knotted at two in the third period, the Penguins scored twice to double up the Norfolk Admirals, 4-2, on home ice. Colby Armstrong, Michal Sivek, Shane Endicott, and Thomas Surovy all tallied a goal in this early season matchup. Tom Kustopoulos provided the primary assist on Endicott’s game-winner, coming just 1:35 into the 3rd period. Goaltender Andy Chiodo grabbed the victory making 31 saves on 33 shots. With the win, the Penguins were able to even up two-game weekend series against Norfolk.

October 12, 2010 In what would be the second of a nine-game win streak to start up the 2010-11 season, the Penguins edged the visiting Adirondack Phantoms, 2-1, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Though Zach Rinaldo put the Phantoms on the board just 42 seconds into the contest, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton would even things up just before the intermission on Tim Wallace’s power play goal. Joe Vitale’s marker just 1:06 into the second period turned out to be the deciding factor as John Curry and the Penguins pitched shutout hockey the rest of the way. Curry finished the match with 25 saves.

October 13, 2006 A 4-for-7 effort on the power play helped the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defeat the Syracuse Crunch, 6-1, at Onondaga County War Memorial at Oncenter. The Penguins’ Ryan Stone and Alexandre Picard of the Crunch traded goals at the end of the first tying the game at one. The tide quickly turned in favor of the Pens as they went on to score five unanswered goals. Pens’ Goalie Jeff Deslauriers made 30 saves on 31 shots and was named the first star of the game. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton tallied goals from Ryan Stone, M. DuPont, Alain Nasreddine, Tyler Kennedy, Erik Christensen and Maxime Talbot.

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October 13, 2011 In their first road game of the season, the Penguins took down the Rochester Americans by a score of 5-1 at Blue Cross Arena. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton notched the first five goals of the game before Marcus Foligno broke up Brad Thiessen’s shutout bid with 3:33 left in regulation. Eric Tangradi opened the scoring at 5:10 of the first with an unassisted goal, while defenseman Brian Strait doubled the Penguins lead late in the same period. Colin McDonald and Bryan Lerg would also find the back of the net in the second period as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton built a four-goal cushion. Tangradi and Lerg would each collect a goal and an assist. Thiessen made 29 saves on 30 shots as the Penguins picked up their first win of the season.





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of play in 2013-14, continuing a tradition of excellence that began in 1936 when the Canadian-American Hockey League merged with the International Hockey League to form what is today known as the AHL. Eight teams hit the ice that first season, playing in Buffalo, Cleveland, New Haven, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Providence, Springfield and Syracuse.

A Tradition of Excellence Est. 1936

Frank Calder, the National Hockey League’s president at the time, was instrumental in the forming of the new league, and his name would be given to its championship trophy. The first Calder Cup was won by the Syracuse Stars in 1937; the 77th championship was captured by the Grand Rapids Griffins last spring. LEGENDS

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Over the past three-quarters of a century, the American Hockey

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League has been home to some of the greatest players in the history of our sport. In fact, more than 100 honored members of the Hockey Hall of Fame have been affiliated with the AHL during their careers. All-time greats like George Armstrong, Toe Blake, Gump Worsley, Terry Sawchuk, Glenn Hall, Brad Park, Ken Dryden and Brett Hull came through the AHL ranks and now find themselves enshrined in Toronto, and the coveted Calder Cup trophy is inscribed with the names of legendary AHL alumni like Patrick Roy, Larry Robinson, Gerry Cheevers, Andy Bathgate,Tim Horton, Al Arbour, Emile Francis, Doug Harvey and Billy Smith.

The American Hockey League has created its own legends as well, and in 2006 began

honoring them with the formation of the AHL Hall of Fame. The eighth class of inductees, recognized in 2013, included Harvey Bennett, Ken Gernander, Jim Morrison and Peter White. They join the likes of Johnny Bower, Fred Glover, Jody Gage, Mitch Lamoureux, Willie Marshall, Frank Mathers, Eddie Shore, Bruce Boudreau, Tim Tookey, Zellio Toppazzini and others as distinguished members of the American Hockey League Hall of Fame.


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n today’s National Hockey League more than 87 percent of the players are AHL alumni, including 2013 Norris Trophy winner P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens and 2013 Lady Byng and Art Ross Trophy recipient Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The 2013 Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks were stocked with AHL graduates as well, among them Duncan Keith, Patrick Sharp, Corey Crawford, Bryan Bickell, Brandon Saad, Dave Bolland and head coach Joel Quenneville.

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During the 2012-13 season, more than 800 AHL alumni played

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in the National Hockey League, including 346 who skated in both leagues last year alone. Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux, Boston’s Brad Marchand, Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf and Minnesota’s Zach Parise were among the 21 AHL graduates who led their NHL teams in scoring, and former AHL All-Stars Pekka Rinne, Tuukka Rask, Cory Schneider, Braden Holtby and Jimmy Howard were among the 27 AHL goaltending alumni who paced their NHL clubs in victories. More than 270 former first- and second-round draft picks developed their skills in the AHL last season, including 2013 AHL scoring champion Brandon Pirri and 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs MVP Tomas Tatar.

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Justin Schultz was an All-Rookie Team selection in both the NHL and the AHL in 2012-13.


At the start of the 2013-14 season, the National Hockey League featured 23 head coaches who

were former AHL bench bosses, including recent Stanley Cup champions Joel Quenneville (Chicago, 2010, 2013), Claude Julien (Boston, 2011), Dan Bylsma (Pittsburgh, 2009), Mike Babcock (Detroit, 2008), Randy Carlyle (Anaheim, 2007), Peter Laviolette (Carolina, 2006) and John Tortorella (Tampa Bay, 2004). “The American Hockey League has been essential in developing my potential both as a player and as a coach. Being able to hone my skills and improve at a high level of competition was key to reaching my goals of playing in the NHL, becoming a head coach and winning the Stanley Cup.” -- Dan Bylsma, Head Coach, Pittsburgh Penguins and 2014 U.S. Olympic Team 2011 Jack Adams Award Winner, 2009 Stanley Cup Champion FANS


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Of the 630 players to take part in the AHL All-Star Classic since 1995, more than 93 percent have competed in the National Hockey League, including Patrice Bergeron, Daniel Briere, Ryan Callahan, Zdeno Chara, Niklas Kronwall, Chris Kunitz, Ryan Miller, Bobby Ryan, Jason Spezza and Eric Staal. /TheAHL

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Age: 20 Birthplace: Kingston, Ontario

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Hometown: Kingston, Ontario

What was your favorite Halloween costume growing up or recently? My costume from last year. I went as Harry

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Who was your favorite hockey player?

Besides golf, what other sport, would you

Nicklas Lidström

like to play? Maybe baseball. I never really got into it,

What was your first car? 2001 Toyota 4Runner

because it’s not big in Canada. I think it would be pretty cool to be able to play that many games in one season.

What is your favorite hockey memory?

Why do you wear #6?

Winning the OHL for the first time two seasons ago. It was my first time winning the OHL. I know guys who ended up winning multiple Stanley Cups and they say their first one stays on their mind. It was the first major thing in my career and we did it at home.

I wore #4 throughout my entire childhood.

What was your favorite hockey moment watching while you were growing up? Watching the United States versus Canada in the World Junior Tournament in Ottawa, Ontario on New Year’s Eve with my family. It was the same night John Tavares scored a hat trick. Ed Note: Tavares’ hat trick back in 2009 helped Canada rally past the Americans and earn a bye to the semifinals. The Canadians would later take home the gold, defeating Sweden, 5-1, in the championship game.

Bobby Orr wore that number. My favorite defenseman in the NHL was Wade Redden who wore the #6 for Ottawa at that time. When I got to London, #4 was taken. I went with #6 and stuck with that. What was your favorite team growing up? I was an Ottawa Senators fan. Kingston is right between Toronto and Ottawa. My dad got me into them. My best friends were Toronto Maple Leafs fans, so we had a little rivalry there. What was your favorite goal – your first playoff goal last Spring or your first

Do you have any siblings? Do they play sports? Yes, I have a sister who is a year younger than I am. She goes to the University of Ottawa. She played hockey growing up and was a defenseman, just like I am. She stopped playing when she starting attending school but still plays in an intramural league. Who would win a one-on-one hockey battle between you and your sister? It all depends, if I’m on offense, then she might be able to stop me but if she’s on offense, then probably me. She has a good stick. She’d fit in well in Pittsburgh.

regular season last Saturday? I’ll take the regular season goal. I think the one in the playoffs went in off a defenseman’s shoulder. So I’ll take the one I scored myself. How does it feel to score a goal in both your playoff and the regular season debuts? It’s a big relief. When I first turned junior, in my first year, it took me 52 games my first year to score a goal. I remember it was March and it was my birthday. They had me on the power play as center against the last-place team. I was on the line with

If you weren’t playing hockey, what would you be doing right now?

Nazem Kadri. That was the only way they

Maybe a physical therapist or high school teacher.

I scored that season.

could get me a goal and it was the only one

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