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Born and raised in Pittsburgh until I departed for Penn State at age 18. Joined the United States Air Force at 21. Separated to Civilian life in 2005.

Grew up playing hockey, breathing hockey and that has never changed.

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User Blog

Fixing Supplemental Discipline - An Elegant Solution

Is there a way to take the human bias out of NHL discipline?


An Open Letter to Penguins Management

To whom it may concern, I've been a hockey fan since I was 3 years old when I saw the US Olympic Team defeat the Soviet Union at Lake Placid. That game made hockey an essential part of who I am. ...


Wait, That's 24 Guys

The NHL's current collective bargaining agreement signed in 2005 states the following: 16.4 Active Roster Size; Playing Roster. (a) For the 2005/06 League Year and thereafter, there shall be a...


Ovechkin Still Doesn't Get It

Alexander Ovechkin was suspended 3 games yesterday for his illegal charge into Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek during Sunday's OT win again the Washington Capitals. I initially thought the...

Oilers recall Green, Barons recall Kytnar


The Edmonton Oilers recalled forward Josh Green from the Oklahoma City Barons, Oilers General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today. In a separate transaction, the Barons recalled forward Milan Kytnar from the Stockton Thunder..


The All-Star Game and All It's Stupidity

The NHL All-Star Game is good for one thing, for me, every year. It starts up a lot of useless and sometimes downright stupid talk from loads of people. It's important for me to say up front...


Injuries - What's to Blame?

[Editor's Note: This is a great piece that was written prior to Saturday's game against Islanders, so any reference to "tonight' refers to that game - FrankD] Today's newest round of injuries to R...


All We Want Is The Same Standard

To say that over the past 8 days that Penguins fans feel they have been handed the short end of the stick by NHL officiating would be an understatement. When we visitited Montreal we saw Brooks...


The NHL Makes Up Its Own Rules For Carlson

At the conclusion of the Penguins 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals Thursday night at Verizon Center, Capitals defensemen John Carlson skates into Penguins' forward Matt Cooke delivering an...


Cooke's Goal Should Have Counted

At 17:35 of the second period in the Rangers/Penguins game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Pittsburgh forward Matt Cooke highsticked the puck and it went off Rangers...

Penguins Recall Defenseman Simon Despres from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton


The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled defenseman Simon Despres from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, and re-assigned defenseman Alexandre Picard to WBS, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

Boudreau Replaces Carlyle as Ducks Head Coach


The Ducks have announced that they have named Bruce Boudreau head coach, replacing Randy Carlyle. The club has also relieved Assistant Coaches Dave Farrish and Mike Foligno, and Video Coordinator Joe Trotta of their duties. Brad Lauer has been added to the Ducks staff as an assistant coach. One additional assistant will be named at a later date.

Despres recalled by Pens, who send Picard to WBS


Shawn Rine was the first credible source to break the roster move which will likely become official early on 12/1 Despres had posted on his FB page earlier that he had been recaled. Picard was an Emergency Callup due to Letang/Michalek injuries and should not face Waivers


Pens Face Interesting Decisions with Waviers Set to Start

According to the NHL's Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) the Waiver system activates 12 days prior to the start of the regular season.  For those counting that is tomorrow, September 24th.  In...

Video: Malkin Speaks on Lokomotiv Tragedy (from )


Video: Malkin Speaks on Lokomotiv Tragedy (from )

Preorder: 24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic DVD


Costs $24.93 on 7-day shipping. Orders will ship in November.

After not showing Wednesday's Press Conference, NHL Network sits down for 90 seconds with Sidney...


After not showing Wednesday's Press Conference, NHL Network sits down for 90 seconds with Sidney Crosby

Crosby Scheduled to Speak To Media Wednesday

UPDATE: Sidney Crosby will address the media Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 12:30 pm ET. The media conference will stream live on From Shelly Anderson at the PG: It's what Penguins fans have been waiting a long time for -- Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will meet with the media at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Consol Energy Center. We're sure he will tell us all he can about where he stands in his concussion recovery and what he expects in terms of training camp. And, if we get a chance, we'll ask him about a few other things, such as his buddy Max Talbot signing with the Flyers. On a side note, I am launching into the world of Twitter and hope to Tweet as Crosby is talking or seconds afterward. Please follow me, @pgshelly.

A Rundown of Pens Prospects


While I may not agree with the rankings, this HF Boards run down still has good information in it. 1. (3) Beau Bennett, RW, 8C Drafted 1st round, 20th overall, 2010 2. (1) Simon Despres, D, 8C Drafted 1st round, 30th overall, 2009 3. (2) Eric Tangradi, LW/RW, 7.5B Acquired via trade with Anaheim Ducks, February 2009 4. (5) Tom Kühnhackl, C/W, 7.5C Drafted 4th round, 110th overall, 2010 5. (NR) Joe Morrow, D, 7.5C Drafted 1st round, 23rd overall, 2011 6. (4) Dustin Jeffrey, C/W 6.5B Drafted 6th round, 171st overall, 2007 7. (7) Robert Bortuzzo, D, 7C Drafted 3rd round, 78th overall, 2007 8. (6) Brian Strait, D, 6.5B Drafted 3rd round, 65th overall, 2006 9. (9) Ken Agostino, LW/RW, 7C Drafted 5th round, 140th overall, 2011 10. (8) Brad Thiessen, G, 6.5B Signed as a free agent, April 2009 11. (NR) Paul Thompson, LW/RW, 7C Signed as a free agent, March 2011 12. (NR) Scott Harrington, D, 7C Drafted 2nd round, 54th overall, 2011 13. (11) Phil Samuelsson, D, 6.5C Drafted 2nd round, 61st overall, 2009 14. (13) Bryan Rust, RW/LW, 6.5C Drafted 3rd round, 80th overall, 2010 15. (10) Carl Sneep, D, 6.5C Drafted 2nd round, 32nd overall, 2006 16. (14) Nick D'Agostino, D, 6.5C Drafted 7th round, 210th overall, 2008 17. (18) Keven Veilleux, RW/C, 6.5C Drafted 2nd round, 51st overall, 2007 18. (16) Patrick Killeen, G, 7D Drafted 6th round, 190th overall, 2008 19. (NR) Dominik Uher, RW, 7D Drafted 5th round, 144th overall, 2011 20. (19) Reid McNeill, D, 6.0B Drafted 6th round, 170th overall, 2010 Read All The Details

University of Alberta to use helmet sensors to study concussions


A University of Alberta professor will study 11- and 12-year-old peewee hockey players, using a device attached to their helmets to figure out how much force is likely to damage the brain. "We want to get a sense of what’s going on when kids get bodychecked or they fall on the ice or hit their head against the glass — what forces are involved — because that leads to our bigger question: Is there a certain threshold or certain force that will induce a concussion?" The device will give researchers a good look at three-dimensional movement, including force that rotates the head to the side, which seems to be the most likely to cause of concussions and prolonged symptoms, [Neuropsychologist Martin] Mrazik said. "Unfortunately, a good example is Sid Crosby, where you saw the guy go by and his whole head and body contorted. What that does is it causes diffuse axonal injury where the brain tissue actually stretches. Those type of hits are more problematic because the neck muscles are not as strong going side to side." Read the full article

That's why Maxime Talbot, a six-year veteran with the Penguins, was a bit surprised that one of the...


That's why Maxime Talbot, a six-year veteran with the Penguins, was a bit surprised that one of the first phone calls he got when he became an unrestricted free agent July 1 came from Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. "The Flyers called and I stopped for a second," Talbot told, "and I'm like, is this something I could do? And I said yes. "The first step for me this summer was to realize that I was not going to be back with the Pens," he said. "That was obviously tough. It was a hard thing, because I had been there six good years. But when that was set aside, I wanted to make the best decision for Max Talbot -- the best organization that gave me the chance to win, an organization that treats its players well and takes pride in winning and doing the right things." "We created something down there," Talbot said of Pittsburgh. "It's the love. It's more about being a fan favorite down there and starting my own foundation down there, making an effort to build a brand, something special with the fans, the fan mail, trying to respond through websites. It was something I took pride in. It was a special situation for me in Pittsburgh. But what stops me from building something like that here? Changes are tough, but changes are life. It's not for the worst sometimes; it can be for good or better."

Talbot ready for other side of Flyers-Pens rivalry

Belak silently suffered from depression


As teammates and friends remembered Wade Belak as a dressing room joker who never seemed to have a bad day, two sources who knew Belak, the former Leafs enforcer who committed suicide Wednesday at age 35, said the retired tough guy had suffered from depression. The sources, who asked not to be identified, said Thursday that Belak took medication to treat his mental illness but had been loath to speak about it. Brent Sopel, the ex-NHL defenceman who now plays in Russia, posted a dim view of post-NHL existence on Twitter: "It’s true when you’re gone from the NHL it’s like you never played. We’re all just pieces of meat." Jarkko Ruutu, an NHL free agent, wrote on Twitter: "I feel that teams as employers should act instead of just releasing statements. Real action is required. (The) drop from playing in the NHL to retiring is HUGE. Most of the players have trouble dealing with it. This needs to be taken seriously."

Researchers study brain of NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard


Researchers at Boston University are studying the brain of deceased NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard to determine whether he suffered from a degenerative brain condition associated with repeated hits to the head. Dr. Robert Cantu, a neurosurgeon and co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University's School of Medicine, confirms Boogaard's family donated his brain. Cantu leads a research team studying the long-term effects of head trauma in sports.

Stuccio Leaves Baby Pens Booth For Rival Bears


From Jason Iacona of Chirps from Center Ice: The Hershey Bears announced today that Scott Stuccio has been named the new broadcaster and media relations coordinator for the team. Stuccio replaces John Walton, who took the same position for the Bears parent team, the Washington Capitals a few weeks ago. Scott had served as the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins Director of Communications and provided color commentary in the Penguins radio booth with the teams play by play voice, Tom Grace.

Belak Death Ruled Suicide


Former NHL player Wade Belak hanged himself, according to a person familiar with the case. The person familiar with Belak's death said he hanged himself at a downtown luxury hotel and condo building. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because details of the investigation were confidential. The deaths of Belak, Rypien and Boogaard this summer prompted a joint statement from the NHL and NHLPA today. Read the full article for the statement. Wade Belak's funeral will be Sunday, Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. in Nashville. Family asks for donations to The Andie and Alex Belak Scholarship Fund.


Summer Tragedy Epidemic Generates Serious Questions

This article is going to be written in many forms in the coming days and this is just my take on it.  With the tragic news of the death of Wade Belak coupled with the already devastating losses of R...

Burnside Draws Parallels Between Savard and Crosby

Scott Burnside wastes no time asking if the uncertainty surrounding Bruins' forward Marc Savard's uncertain career future should also be asked of Sidney Crosby. It seems impossible, even absurd, that a chance collision between Washington's David Steckel and Crosby during January's Winter Classic might end the career of someone as obviously special as Crosby. But when we see Wednesday's news out of Boston and if we're honest, we accept the reality that any shift can be the last shift regardless of a player's pedigree, and given Crosby's long absence from the game, it is natural to wonder about the worst. Thanks to Savard, we know what the worst can mean.

Wade Belak Found Dead in a Toronto Hotel


[Retired NHL] tough guy Wade Belak was found dead in a Toronto hotel Wednesday. The 35-year-old from Saskatoon was found in the tony 1 King West hotel and condo residence. Belak retired in March after a long NHL career that included stops in Colorado, Calgary, Toronto, Florida and Nashville. He was recently announced as one of the ex-NHLers who would be performing on CBC's Battle of the Blades this year. Cause of death was not spoken of in the article. Nashville, Tenn. (August 31, 2011) - "The entire Nashville Predators organization and family is shocked and saddened by the sudden and untimely passing of Wade Belak. Wade was a beloved member of the organization, a terrific teammate and wonderful father and husband. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Jennifer and children Andie and Alex. We offer our full support to them at this very difficult time."

Jay McKee named Amerks Assistant Coach.


The parent Buffalo Sabres will announce their AHL assistant coaches for Rochester at an 11 a.m. news conference on Wednesday. Jay Mckee will be named one of the assistants. McKee played 13 seasons in the NHL, his last season was with the Penguins. #Amerks Head Coach Rolston announces staff: Assistants- Chad Cassidy & Jay McKee, Development Coach- Chris Taylor, Goalie Coach- Bob Janosz via Twitter

Penguins’ Success Ensured by Team Defense, Goaltending


Contrary to the internet, the Pittsburgh Penguins will not burst into flames if Sidney Crosby is forced to miss parts or the whole of the 2011-12 regular season. Rather, those elements of the team which helped to secure 106 standings points last season (the second-most in franchise history) will be back, and in many cases healthier and more familiar with their roles within the team structure. Crosby or no Crosby, team defense and goaltending will get the Penguins where they want to go. No one will have to step up in the possible absence of their captain—they’ll need only to do their jobs.

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