Chasing the Dream Life in the American Hockey League

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2016-11-15
  • Publisher: ECW Press
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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.

Author Biography

Ted Starkey is a veteran sportswriter who has authored two books, Red Rising: The Washington Capitals Story and Transition Game: The Story of the 2010–11 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

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
About the Author

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