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The world of professional hockey is a small one.  Players often cross paths as teammates and opponents, trading good natured ribbing one day in the locker room one day before trading punches on the ice another. Coaching circles are much the same, as is evidenced by the two men guiding their clubs in one Stanley Cup playoff matchup. Pittsburgh’s Dan Bylsma and Columbus’ Todd Richards will lead their teams against each other in the first round of the NHL postseason.  But eight… read more
Posted on 04/16/14


By Brian Coe Tomas Vokoun has been a professional hockey player for the better part of 19 years, dating back to his ECHL debut with the Wheeling Thunderbirds (now the Nailers) in 1995.  Last September, it looked like his hockey career might come to an end due to a blood clot found in his thigh. But hockey wasn’t foremost in Vokoun’s mind as he underwent treatment for the ailment. “I have other things in my life.  Obviously my health was my primary concern,” Vokoun… read more
Posted on 04/11/14


Spencer Machacek and Barry Goers from the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins took time on St. Patrick’s Day to stop by the Danville Ronald McDonald House to assist in providing dinner to the guests.  The House provides a home-away-from-home for families of children being hospitalized or receiving outpatient care at area hospitals. It is a place of comfort and stability offering families the opportunity to relax and be together as a family unit during a time of great uncertainty.  Machacek,… read more
Posted on 03/20/14


By: Russ Hryvnak    Over the last few years and to be honest, even before that, there has always been a debate inside the sport of hockey.  In an age where rules and ideas can be changed and implemented over the course of one season, the ongoing argument over the role of fighting in the game of hockey still rages on. People who are against it say that it is too violent, too extreme and dangerous to the health of the players.  It’s setting a bad example for the younger fans. … read more
Posted on 03/17/14

Dennis Bonvie: One More Shift

By: Russ Hryvnak    |    Twitter: @RussWBS When the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced their plans for a Hall of Fame, it came as no surprise that the one of first to receive this honor would be none other than Dennis Bonvie. In the team’s inaugural season, 1999-00, Bonvie quickly found himself cast into the role of fan favorite.  The native of Nova Scotia was an undrafted player before he signed with the Edmonton Oilers organization.  He played… read more
Posted on 02/24/14

Alain Nasreddine: Never Unnoticed

By: Russ Hryvnak    |    Twitter: @RussWBS When Alain Nasreddine heard he was going to be part of the first class of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Hall of Fame it was hard for him to contain his emotion.  “To be honest, I am really happy to be a part of the first class,” Nasreddine said.  “I thought at some point I might make it, but to me it was important to be part of that first class.  It is something I am extremely proud of and… read more
Posted on 02/23/14


By Brian Coe It’s one of those “Where were you when…” questions that every American hockey fan over the age of 40 probably remembers:  Where were you when the Miracle on Ice happened? It’s a question Dan Bylsma has been asked in numerous interviews this year due to his part-time job - head coach of the United States Men’s Olympic Team at the Sochi Olympics. “I’m not entirely sure of the factual information that I have,” cautioned Bylsma,… read more
Posted on 02/22/14


By Brian Coe Originally published in BREAKAWAY, Issue 16, Volume 10 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins fans got to know Dana Bylsma pretty well during his two-and-a-half season behind the bench at the Mohegan Sun Arena – first as an assistant coach under Todd Richards, and then as head coach for part of the 2008-09 campaign. A few months later, the larger hockey world got better acquainted with Bylsma as he led the Pittsburgh Penguins to their third Stanley Cup championship in June of 2009. Now… read more
Posted on 02/18/14


By: Russ Hryvnak    Hockey is an important thing for a youngster in St. John’s, Newfoundland.  Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman John Slaney was no exception to this rule.  Following his brother Joe around to the rinks, Slaney could rarely be found without a hockey stick in his hands. In 1999, the puck dropped for the first time here in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and the love affair between the fans and the Penguins began.  John Slaney was on the… read more
Posted on 02/07/14


By Brian Coe   Philip Samuelsson was off to a solid start to the 2013-14 season through the first two months of the American Hockey League schedule.  So it wasn’t a huge surprise when the Pittsburgh Penguins gave him his first taste of NHL action with a call-up to the big club just before Christmas.   What might be surprising is how he’s responded since being sent back to Wilkes-Barre.   In his first 12 games since being reassigned on December 24, Samuelsson has recorded… read more
Posted on 01/22/14
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