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Friday, June 16, 2006

To Hell With the IHL

I'm a comedian and a poet, so anything that doesn't get a laugh is a poem

The Hershey Bears defended the honor of the original AHL last night, defeating IHL interlopers the Milwaukee Admirals in Milwaukee, 5-1, to win the 2006 Calder Cup championship in six games.

The win was Hershey's ninth AHL championship, tying them with the Cleveland Barons for the most championships in League history-- although the Barons' record remains somewhat in dispute, since it conflicts with the ironclad rule that no team from Cleveland will ever win anything.

The Admirals were attempting to become the 4th former International Hockey League team to win the Calder Cup in the 5 years since the American Hockey League absorbed the bankrupt and miserable IHL after the 2000-2001 season. Ex-IHL teams won the AHL title in each of the first three seasons after the IHL folded: Chicago in 2002, Houston in 2003, and Milwaukee in 2004.

Fittingly, the Hershey Bears are the oldest franchise in the AHL, with a history that dates back to the 1901 season, when Chris Chelios played goalie for one game with the Bears or slept with a hot dog vendor or something like that. In any case, it was a long time ago.


Anonymous mrs. brushback said...

I am absolutely amazed that Boyd Kane has been on the Calder Cup champion teams for the last two years. He was completely useless for anything other than a face wash while he was in Hartford or Springfield. I just don't get it. Oh, well. More power and congratulations to the Bears!

6/16/06, 3:17 PM

Blogger Matt said...

Don Cherry met his (1st) wife while playing with the Hershey Bears, back in the '50s. Hard to believe that as of this moment, that's still in the "last half" of the franchise's existence.

6/16/06, 3:19 PM

Blogger Brushback said...

I think it's funny that the Manchester season ticket holders literally ran Bruce Boudreau out of town after last season, and he goes on to win the Calder Cup the next year with Hershey.

Meanwhile, this year the Monarchs were bounced from the playoffs in the first round yet again.

6/16/06, 3:23 PM

Anonymous Gkelly said...

That's because we pig fuckers up here in New Hampshire really don't know shit about hockey or coaching we just think we do.
Glad to see Nycolat get a ring though.
And my son is still light in the shoes also.

6/17/06, 1:19 AM

Blogger Brushback said...

Pig farmers... I'm P.C., remember?

6/17/06, 10:28 AM


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