Monday, August 27, 2012

Providence Announces Pre-Season Schedule

Bruins Will Have Just Two Games
August 29, 2012

The Providence Bruins, entering their 21st season in the American Hockey League, announced today that they will face the Springfield Falcons in two pre-season games.

The P-Bruins' pre-season schedule begins on Wednesday, October 3 at 7:05 p.m. as Providence serves as the host team to the Falcons at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, MA. For information or tickets for the game, please contact the Sports Center at (508) 229-2700.

Providence will then travel to the MassMutual Center on Saturday, October 6 where they will wrap up the pre-season in a 7:00 p.m. contest against the Falcons.

*Information gathered from


Saturday, August 18, 2012

Great New Mobile App For Hockey Fans

Full Launch of App is Fast Approaching
August 18, 2012
By Thomas Chace Jr.

October is a big month for two Princeton graduates who also play hockey in the AHL.  Dustin Sproat and Kyle Hagel are co-founders and developers of a mobile app that will most certainly appeal to all hockey fans and already has received rave reviews fom players in the NHL, AHL, and ECHL.

The app has a "retro" look and it's not by accident.  These two players along with three other members formed a team to really give both the players and the fans an app that provides a lot of info in one location and make it appealing to the eye.  They compare it to the back of a "vintage hockey card."
I would agree, only there is so much more.  I would almost call it an "interactive vintage hockey card".

The app will include career stats, contract status, news articles, Twitter feeds, as well as up to date season stats for each player and links to box scores. They are most excited about the "pound" button that will allow fans to acknowledge the players for playing a good game, making contributions in the community, a cool tweet, or simply a happy birthday. 

The best part is that the app allows the player to  respond back with a "pound" of his own via a push notification, making for a quick and easy personal interaction.  Every true hockey fan already knows that hockey players are the most approachable of all athletes in the world of professional sports. Good job, boys!

The hope is that players will engage even more, with polling questions, customizing their "stall", or even interacting  among themselves via the app. 

The founder and President of the company is Sproat, a 2006 graduate of Princeton who most recently played with the Cincinnati Cyclones in the ECHL and is currently working on his MBA at the University of British Columbia. The company has an office in Vancouver.  No rude remarks please, Bruins fans!

Hagel, has played for the Rockford and Peoria clubs in the AHL the last few years and has been in a consultant role since April of 2011 and is listed as a co-founder of the company.

Two other MBA candidates and a full time programmer round out their team.  The team is preparing for a "soft" launch into the app store next month in September.  The "hard" launch is scheduled for the opening of the NHL season, which is in serious jeopardy of happening. The two sides are far apart on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.  

I'll be "tracking" their progress, of course.  "Tracking" is another feature available on their app.  You can track your favorite players and have their info at your fingertips.  Not while driving, please.

Good luck boys, it sure looks good, and they've certainly done their homework in offering hockey fans and players a great new mobile app.
Keep your eye out for this great new addition to the mobile hockey apps!
I'll keep you informed on the progress and the dates of the launch.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Providence Bruins Schedule Released

Providence Opener on Friday Night October 12
August 17, 2012

The Providence Bruins, entering their 21st season in the American Hockey League, today announced their schedule for the 2012-13 season. The P-Bruins will play a 76 game schedule led by head coach Bruce Cassidy and assistant coach Kevin Dean. The club will open the season on Friday, October 12 at 7:05 p.m., hosting Atlantic Division rival, the Manchester Monarchs at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.

The P-Bruins' 38-home game schedule features all weekend dates, including 21 Friday night games and 17 Sunday afternoon contests. All Friday night games will be played at 7:05 p.m., while all Sunday games will begin at 3:05 p.m., with the exception of Sunday, October 21 which will begin at 1:05 p.m. and Sunday, December 9 which will begin at 4:05 p.m.

Providence will compete in the five-team Atlantic Division and will face their Atlantic Division rivals in 38 of the 76 contests on their 2012-13 schedule. The P-Bruins will face-off with the Monarchs and Worcester Sharks 12 times apiece, the Portland Pirates 10 times and the St. John's IceCaps four times.

The Black and Gold will also play each team from the Northeast Conference, which includes the Adirondack Phantoms, Albany Devils, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Connecticut Whale and Springfield Falcons. In the East Division, the P-Bruins will play one home-and-home series with the Hershey Bears and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins as well as four contests versus the Norfolk Admirals.

Providence will see the most ice time in December and March, each with 13 contests scheduled. The club will play a season high seven home games in November and January, while hitting the road a high of seven times in December and March.

The P-Bruins' longest home stand is three games, which occurs twice throughout the season in November and January. The longest road stretch of the year is six games from March 27 to April 7, during which the club faces Portland, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Hershey, Albany, Manchester and Connecticut.

Here is the link to the Providence Bruins Schedule.
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*Information gathered from