From THN.com American League correspondent Patrick Williams, Around The AHL focuses on the top NHL feeder league, exploring the news of the day and the prospects who will soon be making headlines.

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Young Admirals start strong

Young Admirals start strong

by The Hockey News - October 22, 2011 10:40 AM EDT

The Milwaukee Admirals are off to another fast start; lots of suspensions across the AHL; milestones reaches; and more.
Last season’s top regular season team from the Western Conference, the Milwaukee Admirals, are off to another hot start, winning each of their first three games.


New look league

New look league

by The Hockey News - October 13, 2011 2:25 PM EDT

The AHL has a few new looks, from a team to the standings and schedule, while the defending champs get off to a slow start.
The American League season is underway and there are a few new looks to the circuit this season. The most noticeable is the transplanted Manitoba Moose, who began their inaugural season as the St.


Senators win the Calder Cup

Senators win the Calder Cup

by Patrick Williams - June 9, 2011 3:55 PM EDT

After narrowly sliding into the playoffs as a crossover team and falling behind 3-1 in Round 1, Binghamton won it all.
The American League concluded 75 years of play this week and one of its flagship cities made some history of its own. The Binghamton Senators completed an unlikely journey to the Calder Cup on Tuesday by taking out the Houston Aeros in six games, delivering the small New York State city its first Calder Cup.


Calder Cup final preview

Calder Cup final preview

by Patrick Williams - May 26, 2011 4:50 PM EDT

In a surprising final, the Binghamton Senators and Houston Aeros battle to claim the AHL's 75th championship.
And then there were two. The American League has whittled down its 30-team contingent to a pair of clubs that will battle it out in a somewhat unlikely Calder Cup final.


Senators streak to Calder Cup final

Senators streak to Calder Cup final

by Patrick Williams - May 19, 2011 2:41 PM EDT

After trailing their opening round series 3-1, the Ottawa Senators affiliate fought back and is now in its first-ever final.
The Binghamton Senators achieved an unlikely accomplishment Wednesday night when they finished off the Charlotte Checkers in the American League’s Eastern Conference final.


The final four

The final four

by Patrick Williams - May 12, 2011 3:58 PM EDT

The Calder Cup playoffs are down to the semifinals and here's a breakdown of the remaining teams.
Most years, the Calder Cup playoffs are anything but predictable and this spring ranks among the most topsy-turvy post-seasons in the circuit’s 75-year history.


Unpredictable Moose

Unpredictable Moose

by Patrick Williams - May 5, 2011 5:13 PM EDT

Will they show up or not? No one knows which Manitoba team will show up, but when it's the good one, watch out.
If you think the Stanley Cup playoffs are a nightly roller-coaster ride, you’d really like the American League’s Calder Cup playoffs.


Admirals, Predators strike balance

Admirals, Predators strike balance

by Patrick Williams - April 28, 2011 3:50 PM EDT

The Preds and their AHL affiliate have figured out how to ice competitive teams at both levels without sacrificing development.
The Nashville Predators and Vancouver Canucks are the only two NHL organizations that saw the parent club and farm team both extend their seasons past the first round.


Playoff and prospect watch

Playoff and prospect watch

by Patrick Williams - April 21, 2011 3:06 PM EDT

The start to the AHL playoffs has been filled with excitement and a few CHL prospects have made the jump up as well.
Cedar Park, Texas - A week of American League playoff hockey has been recorded and the surprises have already arrived. The Peoria Rivermen, a club with three Calder Cup winners in Dean Arsene, Graham Mink and Nathan Oystrick and a stout goaltending tandem of Jake Allen and Ben Bishop, are no more.


Calder Cup playoff preview

Calder Cup playoff preview

by Patrick Williams - April 14, 2011 4:11 PM EDT

As the Hershey Bears chase their third straight Calder Cup, we look at all the first round matchups complete with predictions.
Playoff time has arrived in the American League. The Hershey Bears are bidding to become the second team in AHL history to win three consecutive Calder Cup championships.


Crunch time

Crunch time

by Patrick Williams - April 7, 2011 4:28 PM EDT

As the AHL enters the final weekend of the regular season there is still plenty left to settle on the playoff front.
The final weekend of the American League’s regular season has arrived. However, the playoff picture in the NHL’s top developmental circuit remains murky.


Award watching

Award watching

by Patrick Williams - March 31, 2011 4:00 PM EDT

As the regular season winds down we take a quick look at the tight races before handing out some hardware.
The start of April means all eyes in the American League turn to potential playoff matches and year-end awards. First, here is a look at the AHL’s playoff races.


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