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New Faces In the Crowd

..................................................................................................................................... It was an active off-season for the Penguins

seasons with his hometown Blades, Peters broke into

organization this summer. Draft Night not only saw

the pro ranks in 2003-04 with the Idaho Steelheads

the selection of the next crop of Pittsburgh

of the ECHL. It did not take long for him to find his

prospects, but also the trade that brought in

way to the American Hockey League, however, as

Brandon Sutter, Brian Dumoulin and eventual No. 8

he joined the Utah Grizzlies for 55 games that same

pick Derrick Pouliot in exchange for Jordan Staal.

season. A burgeoning AHL career was put on hold for

General Manager Ray Shero didn’t rest there as the

a year as Peters spent the 2004-05 lockout with the

Penguins made a slew of signings that added depth

Steelheads. The following season he would find a

and firepower to both Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre/

permanent home in the AHL as he played for four

Scranton. In this edition of Breakaway, we take a look

seasons with the Calgary Flames affiliates, Omaha

at the free agents that have been added to the roster.

Ak-Sar-Ben Knights and Quad City Flames. It was in

Warren Peters

2008-09 with Calgary that he made his NHL debut and appeared in 16 games overall with the Flames. appearing in a career-high 58 NHL games with the

brings to this squad. The ten-year veteran was a

Wild in 2011-12.

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Peters spent the last two seasons with Minnesota,

against the Senators, you get a sense of what Peters

A captain since his junior hockey days with the Sas-

record-setting Calder Cup run. The former thorn in

katoon Blades of the Western Hockey League, Peters

the Penguins side already started to make amends

has been a leader in just about every locker

by scoring the team’s first goal of the season on

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If you caught last weekend’s season-opening game

room he’s inhabited. Undrafted after playing five

Saturday in Binghamton.

force down low in the offensive zone and absolutely dominating in the face-off circle. He even rang one off the crossbar during a penalty kill.

Trevor Smith Smith joins Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after skating with the Norfolk Admirals last season during their


Smith has scored at least 20 goals in all five of his AHL

Jeff Zatkoff

seasons and ranked sixth in the entire league last year

Zatkoff will couple with Brad Thiessen to provide the

with 69 points (26g-43a) in 64 games.

Penguins with a pair of AHL All-Stars between the pipes.

Smith led the University of New Hampshire in points (43) his sophomore year and turned pro after the season, signing on with New York Islanders as a free agent.

The Detroit, Michigan-native got the start for Wilkes-Barrre/Scranton’s first game of 2012-13 and was stellar in net despite a 2-1 loss that saw him make 23 saves.

The Ottawa, Ontario-native became an offensive mainstay for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers over the next three seasons. His most productive year came in 2008-09 when he recorded 30 goals, 32 assists and 62 points in 76 contests. Smith made his NHL debut with the Islanders on New Year’s Eve of 2008 and has since appeared in 23 NHL games, including 16 last season for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Last year, Zatkoff’s 21-17-1 record with the Manchester Monarchs belies a season that saw him earn his first-ever AHL All-Star selection, post a. 920 save percentage and win AHL Goaltender of the Month for December of 2011. Having totaled a 14-5-1 record during his freshman season at Miami University of Ohio, Zatkoff was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the third round (74th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He continued his

Dylan Reese

stellar collegiate career with Red Hawks that culminated

Reese will incorporate himself into the defense corps of

with going 27-8-1 his junior year with a 1.72 GAA that

the Penguins after two-plus seasons split between the

ranked second in the entire nation.

New York Islanders and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. After a trade on Mar. 1, 2010 brought the defenseman from the Columbus Blue Jackets organization to New

Zatkoff’s first year as a pro came with the ECHL’s Ontario Reign, but also made three appearances with the Monarchs that season. He went on to record a

York, Reese appeared in 74 games with the Islanders

52-45-6 record for Manchester with a 2.64 GAA and a

while posting 17 points (3g-14a). The 27-year old also

.915 save percentage in 114 games.

recorded seven goals, 28 assists and 42 penalty minutes in 65 games with the Sound Tigers from 2010-2012.

Riley Holzapfel A former second-round pick of the Atlanta Thrashers in

A four-year letterman at Harvard University, Reese

2006, Holzapfel split time in the AHL last season

was drafted by the New York Rangers in the 7th round

between Syracuse and St. John’s after being traded

(209th overall) in 2003. Though he skated in 10 games

by Anaheim to Winnipeg in exchange for Maxim

and two postseason matches for the Rangers’ affiliate,

Macenauer. With the Crunch, Holzapfel was almost a

the Hartford Wolf Pack, following his senior year with

point a game player, compiling eight goals and 14

the Crimson, Reese went on to sign with the Phoenix

assists in 28 games.

Coyotes in the summer of 2007. He played for two seasons with their affiliate the San Antonio Rampage and enjoyed his best year offensively in 2008-09 as he posted 28 points (1g-27a) in 75 games. Reese originally hails from the Pittsburgh area and was teammates with

The Regina, Saskatchewan native began his professional career with the Chicago Wolves and recorded 82 points (32g-50a) in 201 games. Holzapfel also played four seasons of junior hockey with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League. He led the Warriors in

former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Ryan Lannon

scoring during the 2006-07 with 82 points (39g-42a) in

at both Harvard and San Antonio.

72 contests.

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Obie's Observations

................................................................................................................................ The 14th season of play for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins has begun and, despite a tough loss on opening night to Binghamton Senators, there is still plenty to be excited about as we head into the second weekend of the regular season. It’s been a lively off-season and the moves made during the summer have made the start of this season one of the most anticipated in team history. Here are few things I’ve noticed as we kick off 2012-13: • The question I get before every season is: “Are the Penguins going to win the Calder Cup this year?” You might as well be asking what the weather is going to be on June 15. The simple and honest answer is, “I don’t know.” Nor does any other team in the AHL. Do you think the Binghamton Senators knew they were destined for the Calder Cup in 2011 when they snuck in as the last playoff team in the Eastern Conference? Did the Norfolk Admirals known in October that they would go on a record-setting win streak before claiming the championship in 2012? That’s the beauty of sports though. When the season starts, every team has a chance, and it seems with the personnel they have, the Penguins chances are as good as any other squad in the league. • It fell under the radar somewhat last season, especially given the depth Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had at center, but faceoffs were an area that the Penguins didn’t necessarily own an advantage. That should change big time this season. If last Saturday’s game versus the Senators was any indication, the Pens could well be dominant on draws. It seemed like free-agent signee Warren Peters did not lose a single faceoff in the Binghamton match and the other men in the middle were not far behind. If Wilkes-Barre/Scranton can consistently win the battle on the dots, it will go a long way to the team’s ability to dictate offensive play. • For any fans out there who might be concerned about the Penguins only managing one goal against the Senators, don’t be. The offense will come. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton came out flying in the first period, outshooting Binghamton, 17-9, and easily could have had a multi-goal lead if not for some brilliant saves by netminder Robin Lehner. The former Calder Cup MVP was the hot goalie on that particular night and a big reason the Senators were able to rally for the win. If the Penguins continue to use their speed, size and attention to detail on the forecheck, they should be creating plenty of grade A scoring chances for themselves.

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• It’s only one game, but WBS’s power play units were generally able to move the puck around the zone at will. The time of possession and chances on net during the man-advantage are a good start and it seems like the Penguins have the talent and ability to make opposing teams pay for taking penalties. • The East Division looks to be absolutely loaded once again. The Norfolk Admirals switched affiliates and didn’t miss a beat, going undefeated over opening weekend. Reigning AHL Rookie of the Year Cory Conacher compiled five points in two contests and has the Syracuse Crunch just behind the Admirals in the standings. The Penguins saw firsthand the young talent that Binghamton has stockpiled on its roster. Hershey had a rough go to start 2012-13, but you can expect them to get back into the mix quickly. What’s it all mean? Surprise! The division is once again going to be a dogfight all season. Mike O’Brien is Director of Communications and Color Analyst for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He has over ten years of sports broadcasting experience and has worked with the Lowell Devils of the AHL, the ECHL’s Trenton Titans and, in the collegiate ranks, the Boston College and St. Lawrence University men’s hockey teams.


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MISCONDUCT Called for various forms of unsportsmanlike conduct

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ELBOWING

Using the elbow to impede an opponent

BOARDING

Driving opponent into the boards

ROUGHING Engaging in fisticuffs or shoving.

SLASHING

Swinging the stick at an opponent

HIGH STICKING Carrying the stick above the shoulder against an opponent.

UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT

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SPEARING

Using the stick like a spear

ICING

Shooting the puck across the opponent’s goal line from behind the center red line allowing the opponent to touch the puck first

INTERFERENCE

Having contact with an opponent not in possession of the puck.

CROSS CHECKING Hitting an opponent with both hands on the sticks on the ice

KNEEING

Using the knee to impede an opponent

TRIPPING

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HISTORY

The American Hockey League is enjoying its 77th season

of play in 2012-13, 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 76th championship was captured by the Norfolk Admirals last spring. LEGENDS

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

Billy Smith Honored Member, Hockey Hall of Fame 1971 Calder Cup Champion

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 seventh class of inductees, recognized in 2012, included Joe Crozier, Jack Gordon, John Stevens and Zellio Toppazzini.They join the likes of Johnny Bower, Fred Glover, Jody Gage, Mitch Lamoureux, Willie Marshall, Frank Mathers, Eddie Shore, Bruce Boudreau, Tim Tookey and others as distinguished members of the American Hockey League Hall of Fame.

In today’s National Hockey League, more than 88 percent of the

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players are AHL alumni, including 2012 Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators and Selke Trophy recipient Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins.The 2012 Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings were stocked with AHL graduates as well, among them Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, Dustin Penner, Jarret Stoll, Willie Mitchell and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jonathan Quick. Jonathan Quick 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy Winner


PLAYERS

During the 2011-12 season, more than 850 AHL alumni played in the

COACHES

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National Hockey League, including 329 who skated in both leagues last year alone. Edmonton’s Jordan Eberle, Ottawa’s Jason Spezza and Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux were among the 11 AHL graduates who led their NHL teams in scoring, and former AHL All-Stars Pekka Rinne, Kari Lehtonen and Ryan Miller were among the 28 AHL goaltending alumni who paced their NHL clubs in victories. More than 200 former first- and second-round draft picks developed their skills in the AHL last season, including 2012 AHL All-Stars Kyle Palmieri, Thomas Hickey, Brandon Pirri, Colby Robak, Alex Plante and Zack Kassian.

Former AHL forward Claude Giroux finished third in the NHL scoring race with 93 points for the Flyers in 2011-12.

At the start of the 2012-13 season, the NHL featured 22 head coaches who were former AHL

bench bosses, including recent Stanley Cup champions Claude Julien (Boston, 2011), Joel Quenneville (Chicago, 2010), 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 2011 Jack Adams Award Winner, 2009 Stanley Cup Champion

Attendance was up nearly 5 percent in 2011-12 as 6.4 million fans FANS

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attended games; since 2001,AHL games have been played before more than 72 million fans in arenas across North America. The Hershey Bears paced the league for the sixth year in a row, averaging 9,872 fans per game last season, and outdoor showcases in Philadelphia (45,653 - an all-time AHL record) and Hamilton (20,565 - largest ever for AHL in Canada) set league attendance marks. The Norfolk Admirals set a franchise single-season attendance record in 2011-12 en route to their first Calder Cup championship.

STARS

The AHL All-Star Classic showcases the league’s top talent each

Of the 597 players to take part in the AHL All-Star Classic since 1995, more than 92 percent have competed in the National Hockey League, including Dan Boyle, Daniel Briere, Ryan Callahan, Brian Campbell, Chris Kunitz, Zach Parise, Bobby Ryan, Martin St. Louis, Eric Staal and Tomas Vokoun. /TheAHL

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scoring his sophomore and junior seasons, while

transaction that sent Jordan Staal to the Carolina

being named a 2012 Hobey Baker Finalist.

Hurricanes for Brandon Sutter, Brian Dumoulin

Eagles with 11 goals, 72 points and +87 plus/

with which the Penguins selected Derrick Pouliot.

minus rating in 123 games.

With summer months firmly in the rearview mir-

After the semester ended, Dumoulin readied for

ror, it’s the time of year when all the talk is put

what he thought would be his rookie season with

aside and players get to the business of playing

the Carolina Hurricanes. Instead, the trade on

hockey. For Dumoulin, the happenings of Draft

Draft Night altered his path, but it also put him on

| Breakaway 2012-13 Season

Night are long past. He moves on from a superb

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He wrapped up a three-year career with the

and the eighth overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft

a road with a lot of familiar faces and systems.

career at Boston College that included two NCAA

With three former teammates (Brian Gibbons,

Championships to the beginning of his

Philip Samuelsson and Carl Sneep, not to mention

professional career.

new Video Coach, Samson Lee) currently on the

Dumoulin is part of a defense corps for the

Penguins roster, stepping into the Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton locker room must feel like walking into

Penguins that are both extremely talented and

Conte Forum some days. The familiarity goes

deep. The native of Biddeford, Maine would seem

beyond a few friendly faces and even extends to

to have the size – he measured in at 6-3, 210

some of the X’s and O’s.


“Coach [Jerry] York at BC took a liking to Pitts-

plenty to work on during training camp and the

burgh’s system. He coached [Pittsburgh Head

preseason, but the young defensemen knows

Coach] Dan Bylsma at Bowling Green and knows

the areas he needs to improve in order to have

Pittsburgh has a winning tradition. Coach York

success at this level.

brought Pittsburgh’s system into our system. Coming into training camp, I was familiar with

“For me, it’s consistency. Whether it’s every

some of the terms, but you still need to go out

shift, every practice, every game, I want to

and execute.”

make sure I’m bringing a high quality effort.

To that end, Dumoulin got his first taste of AHL regular season hockey during the Penguins’ opener last Saturday in Binghamton. Although

Be it 1-on-1 in the corners or gap control, there are little areas that we are working on in practice that I want to improve upon. An offseason of transition and change is over

the blueliner, it was the first step in Dumoulin’s

for Dumoulin and now he looks to become a

development as a pro hockey player.

permanent and stable member of the

that [John Hynes] and [Alain Nasreddine] are telling us to do in practice, whether it’s breakouts or regroups. You’re thinking about that when you’re trying to execute. There’s a lot going on in your mind to make sure you make the right decisions.” The Penguins coaching staff has given Dumoulin

Penguins blueline.

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“It’s different. You’re trying to put in everything

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