Chirps from Center Ice

A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins

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Boost me up Scotty…

Fellow WBS fan and good friend Siena Slusser e-mailed me the WBS Penguins Booster Club travel schedule for the season. I love my booster club. For only being 12 years old it is probably one of the best in the league. Dues are $12/year and travel costs are cheap. Chip runs the travel and you need to be on his bus because his mind has invaluable places you need to be while in an AHL city.

Without further adieu, here is the travel schedule:

  • Oct 15-18 to Charlotte. (leaving midnight on the 15th and travel through the night)
  • Nov 13-14 to Worcester.
  • Dec 12 to Atlantic City to see Albany v. WBS.
  • Jan 14-16 to Providence, Adirondack and Hartford.
  • Feb 18-20 to Norfolk.
  • Mar 12-13 to Pittsburgh v. Montreal.
  • Mar 25 to Bingo.
  • Apr 3 to Syracuse.
  • No bus to the Dec 30 game v. Hershey. Hotels are expensive with the Winter Classic.
  • No Abbotsford / Manitoba.

Few things: 1) Do not like the fact the Booster Club is driving to Charlotte. I am flying. I am renting a car. I am visiting the NASCAR Hall of Fame and going to the Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery. Charlotte is a big city I have never been in, so I want to explore it, interact with fans, all that. 2) Love the Worcester trip. The Sharks Booster Club always takes care of us. I love that it’s an overnight too. Everything about Worcester I love. Great city. Easy access from I-84. 3) Love the Providence / Adirondack / Hartford trip. This almost guarantees an overnight in Glens Falls, and a visit to the Davidson Brothers. Only this time, I am visiting AFTER the game, instead of before. 4) Love that the Booster Club is headed to Norfolk. 5) Do not like the fact they are not going to Canada again. Well, never fear, I am!

NHL trips don’t interest me. I do Binghamton on my own. Let’s get going!

Schedule is out…

It got serious today around 4 p.m. for me when the AHL announced the schedule for the upcoming 2010-2011 season.

Full 30 team schedules can be found here in .pdf format. Wilkes-Barre’s is on the last page in the middle if you care to just print out the last page.

Eric P at the Wilkes-Blog offered analysis on the games. If I can piggyback Eric, the home opener Oct 9 vs. Hershey is huge. Adirondack follows on Oct 12 then we hit the road for Charlotte for two games Oct 15 and 17 in the Queen City. Carolyn Christians from Canes Country tweeted me earlier about this being the Checkers home opener, which crowds of over 12,000 are expected for both nights. Busloads from parent city Raleigh are no doubt anticipated. The Checkers some say are loaded up for a serious run at the Calder Cup this year. What better way for the WBS Pens to set the tone with Hershey, destroy the hapless Phantoms, then take the show on the road and completely let the air out of the Time Warner Cable Arena both nights (to avenge the sweep last year) and come home to Hershey Oct 22 4-0.

Beat writer Jonathan Bombulie was blogging like a boss earlier. His rock-solid analysis is here.

A quick glance of the schedule include the following potential road trips for me which do not include @ Binghamton / Hershey / All-Star Classic which are automatic for me:

  • Charlotte – October 15 and 17
  • Rochester – Nov 7
  • Worcester – Nov 13*
  • Albany – Dec 12 (in Atlantic City)
  • Syracuse – Dec 18
  • Hershey – Dec 30 (in Pittsburgh)**
  • Charlotte – Jan 4 and 5*
  • Providence / Adirondack / Hartford – Jan 14, 15, 16*
  • Adirondack – Jan 21 (in Philadelphia)
  • Albany / Binghamton – Jan 28 and 29
  • Syracuse – Feb 5
  • Bridgeport – Feb 11
  • Norfolk – Feb 18 and 19
  • Abbotsford / Manitoba – March 11, 12, 15, 16*
  • Bingo / Adirondack / Hershey / Norfolk – Mar 25, 26, 27 and 30
  • Syracuse – April 3

(Everything is predicated on weather, health, money, a reliable vehicle, etc.)

* – potential Booster Club trip — ** – counts as a home game for WBS. Likely will be included in the tickets for full share season ticket holders.

I do not like: 

  • Marlies Mar 4 in Toronto not part of the Abbotsford / Manitoba road trip.
  • The yearly Thanksgiving game in Binghamton against Wilkes-Barre. Family trumps hockey for me (most of the time) especially on holidays.
  • Rochester Nov 7 in Rochester, followed by a home game vs. Syracuse Nov 8 then back to Rochester Nov 9. I checked the Amerks schedule. They are on the road v. Albany Nov 8. Makes no sense.
  • Jan 1 game v. Norfolk. Same day as the Winter Classic in Pittsburgh. WBS is raffling 400 tickets to the game to its season ticket holders. What if I am one of the lucky ones who get a ticket to the Winter Classic? Just seems not logical (unless the Jan 1 game v. Norfolk was set in place before the game with Hershey in Pittsburgh.)

That’s all I have for now. Stay tuned to my Twitter feed for more analysis and more. We are inside of 50 days. Let’s Go Pens!

Stay tuned…

There is absolutely NOTHING going on hockey-wise these days. What is news you probably have seen already and will set us up nicely here at Chirps from Center Ice for blog fodder in the coming weeks.

The AHL tweeted Friday that the schedule is near done. I’m interested in whether I am going to Canada this year or next.

Pensfest is this Friday. I cannot attend since I am attending a wedding. Not my own. I bought a suit. First time in years I’ll be wearing one (we do business casual at work). Will probably put some pictures of me in this suit sometime this week. I need a haircut.

Binghamton needs a beat writer. If I had an English degree and watched hockey longer I would probably apply.

Like I said, NOTHING going on. Stay tuned!

So are we or aren’t we?

Eric P over at the Wilkes-Blog picked up this gem which I totally missed this morning until around lunch-time.

If true, it’d be the first time in years that the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins travel to the parent city Pittsburgh to play a game.

Nothing official from the team’s Twitter or website. Nothing from Bombulie (he is on vacation this week) and speculation abounds on when the game would be (article says January 1 in Consol Energy Center, I have heard outside at Heinz Field the week of) and nothing on who the opponent would be (logical choice is Hershey, closest AHL team to Pittsburgh is Lake Erie but they are not on the schedule this year) but the Hershey boards are silent and nothing from them or beat writer Tim Leone.

If it is true, once announced you’ll get immediate reaction from me on Twitter. If so, add Pittsburgh to the places I’ll be visiting as I continue to chase this team.