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Matthew Speck covers the Washington Capitals organization for The Hockey Writers. He's credentialed for Washington's AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, and covers most home games. Matthew also covers high school sports for the Lebanon Daily News. You can email him at with any questions or comments.

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Ryan Stoa (Annie Erling Gofus/The Hockey Writers)

Washington Capitals, Ryan Stoa Haven’t Talked Contract

With the Hershey Bears season over, the team looks to make some changes to get back to the AHL postseason in the 2014-15 campaign. The team only has a few […]

by · April 22, 2014 · 0 comments · Washington Capitals
Hershey Bears bench (Annie Erling Gofus/The Hockey Writers)

Hershey Bears: Why They Missed the Playoffs

Postseason play had become a yearly tradition for the Hershey Bears and their fans since they became affiliated with the Washington Capitals. However, this season the Bears underachieved monumentally and […]

by · April 20, 2014 · 0 comments · AHL, Hershey Bears
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Washington Capitals: Why George McPhee Should Stay

Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis has a huge offseason ahead of him. It starts with big decisions at the General Manager position and determining Washington’s 2014-15 head coach. Due to […]

by · April 17, 2014 · 4 comments · Washington Capitals
Dane Byers (Annie Erling Gofus/The Hockey Writers)

Hershey Bears Top Binghamton Senators

The Hershey Bears 2013-13 campaign came down to the wire and the club reached the playoffs on the final day of the season. The 2013-14 Bears club could have their […]

by · April 13, 2014 · 0 comments · AHL, Hershey Bears
Hershey Bears (stat19/flickr)

Hershey Bears Weekly: Playoff Push

The Hershey Bears (37-25-4-4) are feeling pretty good about their play of late. They’ve won five straight games and their defense has substantially improved, up to 11th in the league, […]

by · April 10, 2014 · 0 comments · AHL, Hershey Bears
Ritchie celebrates goal #4 with (L to R) Derek Meech, Maxime Fortunus, Mike Hedden and Justin Dowling. (Ross Bonander/THW)

AHL Power Rankings: Week 27

The final two weeks have arrived in the 2013-14 American Hockey League season, with multiple teams closing in on playoff spots. Two teams in the Eastern Conference and four teams […]

by · April 8, 2014 · 0 comments · AHL, Power Rankings
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Washington Capitals March Prospect Report

With the Washington Capitals season coming to an abrupt conclusion, The Hockey Writers continues to give Caps’ fans a look at the team’s prospects. Both college and junior seasons have […]

by · April 8, 2014 · 0 comments · Washington Capitals
Chandler Stephenson (Keith Hershmiller/Regina Pats)

Washington Capitals: Who is Chandler Stephenson?

After locking up 2013 second round draft pick Madison Bowey, the Washington Capitals are closing in on officially adding another prospect to the system. Capitals brass is working on a […]

by · April 5, 2014 · 0 comments · Washington Capitals
Washington Capitals forward prospect Riley Barber (Miami Athletics)

Washington Capitals: When Will Riley Barber Go Pro?

There are certainly not a lot of positives to be drawn from the 2013-14 Washington Capitals season. With the playoffs almost completely out of the question, many have taken a […]

Andy Miele (Credit: stat19/flickr)

Hershey Bears Weekly: Chris Brown Returns

The Hershey Bears (34-25-4-4) picked up two big wins last weekend at Giant Center, giving them a shot at redemption following a troubling past few weeks. They’ll venture on a […]

by · April 1, 2014 · 0 comments · AHL, Hershey Bears
Tyson Strachan (Tom Turk/The Hockey Writers)

Analyzing the Hershey Bears Defense

The Hershey Bears’ defense was outstanding throughout the 2012-13 campaign under former head coach Mark French. That trend has continued under the tutelage of first-year Bears coach Mike Haviland, who […]

Philipp Grubauer has definitely earned his shot at goaltending duties in Washington, especially with Braden Holtby and Michal Neuvirth struggling. (M. Richter-Capitals Outsider)

Hershey Bears Weekly: Running Out Of Time

A tough road trip awaited the Hershey Bears last weekend, with a substantial opportunity to inch closer to a playoff spot. The Chocolate and White came out unsuccessful, winning just […]

by · March 27, 2014 · 0 comments · AHL, Hershey Bears