Tag:American Hockey League
Posted on: November 26, 2011 9:14 am

Tempers flare following Holtby's celebration

By: Adam Gretz

As far as rivalries in the American Hockey League go, the one between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Hershey Bears is probably as good (and intense) as it gets. That's kind of fitting when you remember that they are the affiliates of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals, which has been a pretty good NHL rivalry dating all the way back to the early 1990's and their Patrick Division days.

On Friday night Hershey picked up a shootout win in Wilkes-Barre, and Bears goaltender Braden Holtby was a little pumped up after stopping Nick Petersen's shot to secure the win, giving a series of fist-pumps as he skated toward center ice to greet his teamamtes. That, of course, resulted in some heated exchanges at the middle of the ice. Apparently Holtby's response was a bit of a retalliation for Penguins defenseman Simon Despres making a similar gesture following an overtime win earlier this season.

Here's the video, via Sweetest Hockey On Earth:

Holtby, one of the Capitals' top prospects, was issued a 10-minute misconduct after the game was over.

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Posted on: November 25, 2011 9:55 am
Edited on: November 25, 2011 10:07 am

Ugly, yet perfect WBS Penguins holiday jersey

wbssweaterBy: Adam Gretz

Now that Thanksgiving is in our rear view mirror for the year, and the Christmas season is quickly approaching (actually, I guess it's already here) it's time to bust your best, and ugliest, Holiday sweaters.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, are one step ahead.

On Wednesday the Penguins unveiled their holiday jersey that was inspired by actual holiday sweaters. The ugly ones.

The one pictured to the right is being modeled by forward Brian Day, and doesn't he look festive?

The plan is for the Penguins to wear these jersey's for the Dec. 17 game against Norfolk, and the team has taken to its official Twitter account and urged fans to turn the arena that night into a Christmas sweater party.

The game-worn jersey's will be auctioned off for charity following the game.

Is it ugly? Of course it's ugly ... but it's supposed to be. It's perfect.

Photo: WBS Penguins

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