There are 30 AHL member clubs, affiliated with 30 NHL teams. Here we take a look, a snapshot if you will, at those cities and teams that makeup the American Hockey League. Let’s take a look at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Since 1999, the city of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has been home to the Penguins. In that time the Penguins have a franchise record of 529-379-48-47-33. Aside really from their inaugural campaign, the baby-Pens have been a model AHL franchise. Thrice has Wilkes-Barre/Scranton reached the Calder Cup Finals (2000-01, 2003-04, & 2007-08). Along with those three Eastern Conference Championships, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton also has three division titles, five 100-point seasons, including a regular season title, with a league best 117 points and 58 wins in 2010-11.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has qualified for the playoffs in 11-of-13 seasons, including ten straight and 11-of-12. Before bringing their top prospects to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pittsburgh housed its top farm club in the IHL, as the Cleveland Lumberjacks.
Name: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
NHL Parent Club: Pittsburgh Penguins
2011-12 Record: 44-25-2-5 (95 points), second place in East Division. Defeated Hersey in first round, lost to St. John’s in second round.
Coach: John Hynes
Notable Alumni: Ramzi Abid, Colby Armstrong, Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Ryan Bayda, Kris Beech, Paul Bissonnette, Patrick Boileau, Dennis Bonvie, Robert Bortuzzo, Jesse Boulerice, Kyle Brodziak, Wade Brookbank, Sven Butenschoen, Luca Caputi, Daniel Carcillo, Matt Carkner, Sebastien Caron, Erik Christensen, Ty Conklin, Chris Conner, Jean-Philippe Cote, Ryan Craig, Greg Crozier, John Curry, Shane Endicott, Deryk Engelland, Andrew Ference, Marc-Andre Fleury, Alex Goligoski, David Gove, Nate Guenin, Andrew Hutchinson, Dustin Jeffrey, Nick Johnson, Tyler Kennedy, Tom Kostopoulos, Milan Kraft, Kris Letang, Ben Lovejoy, Ross Lupaschuk, Ryan Malone, Colin McDonald, Chris Minard, Joey Mormina, Scott Munroe, Matt Murley, Alain Nasreddine, Cal O’Reilly, Brooks Orpik, Michel Ouellet, Janne Pesonen, Toby Petersen, Corey Potter, Marc-Antione Pouliot, Peter Ratchuk, Michal Rozsival, Dany Sabourin, Miroslav Satan, Rob Schremp, Rob Scuderi, Reid Simpson, Michal Sivek, John Slaney, Nathan Smith, Wyatt Smith, Carl Sneep, Garth Snow, Brett Sterling, Maxime Talbot, Rob Tallas, Eric Tangradi, Brad Thiessen, Chris Thorburn, Darcy Verot, Joe Vitale, Tim Wallace, Steve Webb, Nolan Welch, Ryan Whitney, Jason Williams, Mike Wilson, Andy Wozniewski.
Calder Cup(s): 0
Arena: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Capacity, 8,300
Mascot: Tux the Penguin
Team colors: Black, gold, red and white
Top Rival: Hershey Bears