I’ve admittedly taken some time off of blogging, but there was also a combination of technical issues that prevented me from posting here. Updates will be much more frequent, especially beginning later in August, when we find out who we play, when we play them, how often we play them, and how long we’ll be away from home.
Today, we present a majority of the information you will need to get set for the 77th season of hockey here in Chocolatetown. I’m stoked, to say the least. Pre-season begins in just over two months, and it won’t be long until the puck drops “for real”, as they say.
The highlight of pre-season (is there such a thing…? I’ll let you argue that!) is that the Bears will be the first (second…) team to christen the ice at Allentown’s brand-new PPL Center. (I say first because the visiting team sometimes takes the ice first for pre-game skate.) Either way, that’s going to be an exciting time for Flyers faithful, as the top AHL developmental affiliate of Philadelphia is finally back where they belong – in Pennsylvania. Three PA teams will be in the AHL for the first time since the 2008-2009 season (R.I.P., ol’ Spectrum), and I can’t wait. That’s why I have “Pennsylvania Cup” as a part of this post’s title. I would LOVE to see that happen, even if it were for pre-season. Heck, I miss the old I-81 Cup days (should be brought back, too, even if it was just a really cool name for bragging rights between Syracuse, Binghamton, W-B/Scranton and Hershey).
The Bears and Phantoms will also meet at the GC two days later, and the pre-season will wrap up with a home-and-home set against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
We would LOVE to see you at Giant Center in early October, fans. This might be the first time in a LONG time that there will be actual prospects taking to the ice to battle for spots – not just those already destined to return to juniors or fly to South Carolina. I can already hear some complaints, though… “won’t we be seeing these teams 38 more times this season anyway?”
Probably. That’s the nature of the league right now… travel dollars just aren’t there for Western Conference crossovers unless you are in the Calder Cup finals.
But hey… it’s HOCKEY. And it’s almost here.