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At the Head of the Class
..................................................................................................................................... When the Pittsburgh Penguins made their splash
Whether it was justified or not the signing of Riley
into free agency this past off-season, it seemed
Holzapfel fell under the radar. And it wasnâ€™t for
like the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins were
lack of pedigree. The fifth-year pro has totaled
actually the big winners. What may have been
119 points (48-71a) in 259 AHL games and set
depth signings for the NHL club were big-time additions for their American Hockey League affiliate. There were names with which Penguins fans were
So far this year, Holzapfel has been firmly in the spotlight as he is second on the Penguins in scoring with 15 points. He and Beau Bennett have recently come together to form one of the
against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton as he helped the
most explosive forward combos on the team.
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assists in just 48 appearances.
all too familiar. Trevor Smith put up 12 points Norfolk Admirals to the 2012 Calder Cup. Benn
career high last season with 16 goals and 21
when the Worcester Sharks down the Penguins
Holzapfel has been all over the ice and the score sheet over Wilkes-Barre/Scrantonâ€™s recent stretch at home. The first signs that something special
at the DCU Center last season. Warren Peters
was brewing came on Nov. 14 as the Penguins
played in Houston and Minnesota under former
faced off against the top team in the league, the
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton assistant Mike Yeo and
Springfield Falcons. A scoreless tie in the second
also made it to back-to-back Calder Cup finals
period gave way to the blossoming chemistry
with the Texas Stars and Aeros. Even Dylan
between Holzafpel and Bennett.
Reese and Phil Dupuis spent about half of the
Breaking up-ice on a 2-on-1 rush, the forwards
2011-12 season in the NHL.
orchestrated a give-and-go with passes that,
seemed to impossibly traverse the entirety of
To say Holzapfel has kept since it going would
the Falcons zone. Despite the degree of
be an understatement. That his points continue
difficulty, Bennett deposited Holzapfel’s feed to
to amass is one thing, but the way he finds
the back of the net and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
himself involved in about every key goal is
had a 1-0 lead.
uncanny. Go back to last Friday’s game versus
Later in the period, the pairing struck again.
had 3-1 comfortable lead in the third period, but
After a stellar keep-in at the Springfield blueline
things started to get uneasy when it looked as
by Dylan Reese, Holzalpel found himself with
though they would go through seven minutes
the puck on his stick on top of the near circle.
on the power play without converting. That was
Seeing Bennett set up camp near the left post,
until Holzapfel got behind the defense and took
Holzapfel wristed a shot that went off the
a long lead pass from Bennett for a breakaway
blocker of goalie Curtis McElhinney and directly
tally that put Wilkes-Barre/Scranton up by three.
to his linemate for the easy rebound goal. It
It turned out to be a much needed goal and the
proved to the game-winner in a 2-1 victory for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. “He has been putting himself in good situations where he has been playing a detailed game and a thorough game,” commented Hynes. “His work ethic has been high and so he’s been finding himself in positions during the game
the Syracuse Crunch. The Penguins seemingly
eventual game-winner as the Crunch staged a mini-comeback before falling 5-3. The following night the Penguins were holding on to a 4-3 tenuous edge over the St. John’s IceCaps when Holzalpfel through the puck into an empty net with a minute left in the game to officially clinch the win. At this point, it can’t be a surprise to learn that he and Bennett also had
where he can make big plays.”
the assists on Benn Ferriero’s deciding marker
When the Penguins were back at home after
earlier in period.
Thanksgiving, Holzapfel was on display
Holzapfel can’t exactly put a finger on why he
and Bennet have had such chemistry, but he is
In yet another tense match-up versus one of
more than content to enjoy the results
the better teams in the AHL, the Penguins
“I like to work hard in both ends of the ice and
found themselves in a 1-1 dead heat with the
have some offensive skill to go with that,” said
Toronto Marlies. With his team on the power
Holzapfel. “Beau’s a great player. Under
play late in regulation, Holzapfel made sure it would be a happy locker room after the game. Finding some space in the slot, Holzapfel tipped
pressure, he’s not afraid to try some risky things that might work out. He just has a lot of skill and it has been fun playing with him.”
Simon Despres’ point shot down and watched
Holzapfel helped the team to a 10-2 record in
it bounce off the ice and over the leg pad of
November and a win to start off this month. He
goalie Ben Scrivens. It was yet another win for
may have been an unknown coming into the
the Pens and a key play at an important time by
season, but as Holzapfel continues to come up
big in big moments, everyone in Penguins Nation now knows exactly who he is.
P.3 | Breakaway 2012-13 Season
Pens Player Profile: Bobby Farnham ................................................................................................................................ Position: Left Wing Number: 24 Height: 5’10” Weight: 180 Shoots: Left Age: 23 Is there any story behind your number? Not 24. I wore 46 at Brown [University] though. I was the fifth person in my family to wear 46 in college. My dad, two uncles and cousin all wore number 46 playing football at Brown and I wore it playing hockey. What was your last job before being a hockey player? I worked at Market basket in New Bedford, Massachusetts. I stocked shelves and worked grocery and produce. What was your first car? A gross, tan-colored, old 1990-something Lumina. If you could skate on line with any other two players, who would they be? Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux. If you could skate in on any one goaltender of all time on a breakaway, who would you take a shot at? Dominik Hasek Where is the best vacation you’ve ever been on? The Caribbean. I went to Virgin Gorda with my family. If you could go anywhere in the world right now for a week’s vacation, where would you go? I’d head back to he Caribbean. Who would play you in a movie of your life? Gerard Butler. What is your favorite TV shows? Arrest Development. What is your favorite movie? The Shawshank Redemption.
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Who is your favorite band/artist on your iPod right now? Definitely Kesha Who had the biggest influence on your hockey career outside of your parents? Brian Daccord, my coach my first two years at the Brooks School and Dean Boylan, my coach at Phillips Academy for my second two years of high school. Who was your favorite player growing up? Cam Neely when I was younger, but as I got older I really loved Patrice Bergeron. What is your favorite hockey memory? The one year we made the ECAC Final Four at Brown in 2010. We played up in Albany against Cornell.
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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 Leagueâ€™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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Billy Smith Honored Member, Hockey Hall of Fame 1971 Calder Cup Champion
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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 todayâ€™s National Hockey League, more than 88 percent of the
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During the 2011-12 season, more than 850 AHL alumni played in the
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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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Penguins Prospects Head to National Team Tryouts ..................................................................................................................................... With the 2013 World Junior Championship less
who own the best record in the Ontario Hockey
than a month away, the team selection process
League (OHL) – and has notched eight points
began this week as invitations for national team
(1G-7A) in 30 games.
tryouts were announced. The 2013 WJC will run from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Ufa, Russia and could feature a number of prospects from the
drafted by Pittsburgh in the second round
(54th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.
Defensemen Scott Harrington and Derrick Pouliot
An OHL First-Team All-Star last season,
are among 37 players invited to Team Canada’s
Harrington has appeared in 196 career OHL
National Junior Team selection camp, which
regular-season contests for London, tallying 70
will take place Dec. 11-13, 2012 at the Markin
points (11G-59A) and posting a plus-47 rating.
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MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park
A native of Kingston, Ontario, Harrington was
Harrington has added 10 points (1G-9A) in 37 OHL playoff games. He helped London reach the
Harrington, 19, is looking to make his
final of the Memorial Cup last spring, where
second-straight WJC appearance for Canada
the Knights fell to Shawinigan in the
after helping the Canadians earn a bronze medal
last year with four points (1G-3A) and a plus-7 rating in five games during the ’12 WJC in
Pouliot, 18, will be attending his first selection
Edmonton and Alberta, Canada.
camp. He has previously represented Team
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Harrington is in his first year as team captain for the London Knights –
Canada at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, where he earned a gold medal, and
the 2010 Under-17 Challenge when he was
Zlobin, 19, will be auditioning for a spot on
named to the tournament all-star team.
Russia’s entry at the 2013 WJC. The 19 year-old
This season, the 5-foot-11, 195-pound blueliner has helped the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL) to that league’s best record by ranking fifth on the squad – and first among D-men – with 27 points (6G-21A) and a plus-19 rating through 28 games. Pouliot’s 19 assists also lead team blueliners. Pouliot, who was selected by Pittsburgh in the first round (8th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft at CONSOL Energy Center with the choice acquired from Carolina in the Jordan Staal trade, has totaled 115 points (22G-93A) in 172 career WHL
has ranked among the top offensive performers in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) this year in his first season with the Val d’ Or Foreurs following an offseason trade. He currently ranks third on the team with 37 points (14G-23A) in 27 games. The 5-foot-11, 189-pound Zlobin, who hails from Moscow, has been red hot over the past two months, tallying at least one point in 19 of his last 21 games played for a total of 33 points (11G-22A) – including a 15-game point streak between Oct. 7-Nov. 14.
regular-season games. He has added 21 points
Last season, the 2012 sixth-round (173rd overall)
(4G-17A) in 43 postseason games.
draft pick enjoyed a breakout campaign with the
Maatta will be looking to appear in his thirdstraight WJC. Maatta, who was chosen by the
with 40 goals (making him 1 of just 6 players in the QMJHL to reach that number) and 76 points in his second year playing in North America.
Penguins with their second first-round pick (22nd
Zlobin was instrumental in helping the Cataractes
overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft, ranks fourth on
earn a Memorial Cup championship as the top
London – and first among defensemen – with 24
team in the CHL. In addition to scoring both of his
points (3G-21A) in 30 games.
team’s goals in the decisive victory over London,
Last season, the native of Jyvaskyla, Finland led all London defensemen in scoring with 32 points (5G-27A) in 58 contests.
he led all players in the tournament with five goals in six games, while his nine points ranked second (tied) overall. Zlobin also added 10 points (3G-7A) in 11 QMJHL postseason contests.
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selection camp roster. The 6-foot-2, 206-pound
Shawinigan Cataractes, tallying team-best totals
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