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Joe Dipenta's Blog: Where the mind wanders in the off-season

Joe Dipenta's Blog: Where the mind wanders in the off-season

by Joe DiPenta - May 24, 2010 9:05 AM EDT

The AHL defenseman looks back on the season that was, looks ahead to the future, and explains what runs through the head of a 31-year-old journeyman during the summer.
I’m sitting here soaking up the sun at my summer home in California with my feet up. Life’s tough, right? While I indulge in the annual off-season pleasures, my mind is trapped elsewhere.


Joe DiPenta's Blog: Preparing for the stretch drive and playoffs

Joe DiPenta's Blog: Preparing for the stretch drive and playoffs

by Joe DiPenta - March 11, 2010 10:40 AM EST

The Stanley Cup-winner currently plying his trade in the American League takes an inside look at preparing for the post-season.
While the NHL took a two-week break for the Winter Olympics, that certainly was not the case for the American League. In fact, during the “Olympic Break” we had our toughest and most important stretch of the season, an eight-games-in-10-nights run that we had been preparing for all season.


Joe DiPenta's Blog: Finding time to celebrate the holidays

Joe DiPenta's Blog: Finding time to celebrate the holidays

by Joe DiPenta - December 31, 2009 10:14 AM EST

The 30-year-old defenseman writes about the festive season in the AHL and how he and his teammates will ring in the New Year.
Our team holiday party this year was the best one I’ve ever been a part of – but maybe that’s because I didn’t have to wear one of the unsightly sweaters.


Joe DiPenta’s Blog: Getting used to AHL life

Joe DiPenta’s Blog: Getting used to AHL life

by Joe DiPenta - November 5, 2009 10:10 AM EST

The former NHLer currently skating with Portland of the American League talks about riding the bus, keeping in shape and helping young players develop.
It’s been four years since I played in the American League and one thing is for sure: I don’t remember the bus rides being as taxing back then as they are now.


Joe DiPenta's Blog: Preparing for the season

Joe DiPenta's Blog: Preparing for the season

by Joe DiPenta - September 25, 2009 9:23 AM EDT

The Buffalo Sabres defenseman explains why it's good to be back after a year in Europe and how he's getting ready for 2009-10.
In three years I feel like I have played hockey in all corners of the world. Not quite, but close enough. Not to take anything away from Sweden, but it is certainly good to be back in North America.


Joe DiPenta's Blog: To Sweden and back

Joe DiPenta's Blog: To Sweden and back

by Joe DiPenta - August 6, 2009 9:48 AM EDT

In his first THN.com Insider Blog, the recently signed Sabres defenseman discusses playing last season in the Swedish Elite League and his return to the NHL.
People say hockey players use too many cliches, but I’m afraid I have to throw another one out there: What a difference a year makes. I finished the 2007 season playing a limited, but valued, role on the blueline of a Stanley Cup-winning team.


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