Go on the road with the best hockey players not in the NHL
What is life really like in North American hockey’s top minor league? As told by dozens of the players, coaches, broadcasters, personnel, and owners who work a grinding schedule every winter, Chasing the Dream goes behind the scenes with seven AHL teams. Find out how players’ dreams of lacing up their skates in the NHL motivate them through long bus rides and games where they’re constantly gunning for a precious spot in the majors.
From young prospects to veterans whose own hopes have faded, hear from AHL players on why today’s minor league is no longer like Slap Shot, what playing three games in under 48 hours can do to a player, and why fighting once a staple of the minors is on the decline. Learn about the game from coaches, alumni, and broadcasters, as well as AHL president Dave Andrews, who reveals how the AHL is becoming an even more important tool for NHL teams in the salary-cap era.
Load your gear on the bus and take a tour around the many venues, personalities, pranks, and memories of the once-small AHL.
Ted Starkey is a veteran sportswriter who has authored two books, Red Rising: The Washington Capitals Story and Transition Game: The Story of the 201011 Washington Capitals. He has written for Newsday, the Washington Times, the Tampa Tribune, SB Nation, AOL Sports, and USA Hockey, and has covered two Olympics, two Stanley Cup Finals, and three Calder Cup Finals. He currently lives on Long Island, NY.
Table of Contents
Introduction Chapter 1: The Slap Shot Legacy Chapter 2: The Syracuse Crunch Chapter 3: The Business Chapter 4: The Hershey Bears Chapter 5: The Lifers Chapter 6: On the Road Chapter 7: The Chicago Wolves Chapter 8: Auditions for All Chapter 9: The Toronto Marlies Chapter 10: Fighting’s Fading Role Chapter 11: Bridgeport Sound Tigers Chapter 12: Lehigh Valley Phantoms Chapter 13: The Calder Cup Chapter 14: Rochester Americans Chapter 15: The Future Epilogue About the Author