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12-12-2003, 08:55 AM
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Like Mike8 said, the biggest difference between the two leagues is the speed at which plays occur. I've been to most of the Dogs games this year and last, and I would say plays have a little more time to develop in the AHL than the NHL.

But one thing that stands out is the officiating. Not just cause I'm a homer for the Dogs but that it is brutal for most sides on any given night. For the series with Houston last year, besides Bob Langdon, I don't they could've picked two worse referees in the league than Spada and O'Rourke, and for the Calder Cup you would expect to have the best referees available.

All in all, for how much cheaper it is to go to an AHL game, it pretty well cancels out the separation between the two leagues, and plus you get to watch some really great rookies, but still have to live with guys like Traverse and Blouin (who ever told him he should be a hockey player? He belongs on the fourth line in a beer league).

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