The Calder Farmstead AHL Podcast

The Calder Farmstead AHL Podcast

Covering the American Hockey League, co-hosts Sean O'Brien and Sarah Avampato give an analytical take on the NHL's feeder league while having a good amount of fun along the way!


January 19, 2023 95 mins
On this edition of The Calder Farmstead, Sean and Sarah discuss the news and notes of the AHL before digging into team-focused dives. First, the two dissect the trade of Kyle Criscuolo to the San Jose Sharks/Barracuda for Kyle Weatherby (who heads to Detroit/Grand Rapids). Second, Vincent Arseneau is suspended for contact of an official. And, after focusing on the eight teams from across the AHL, the two co-hosts finish the show of...
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On this edition of The Calder Farmstead, Sean and Sarah break down the 2023 AHL All-Star Classic selections (released on Wednesday, January 11). There is plenty of debate, as both co-hosts reveal their own picks in comparison to the players given the all-star nod by the American Hockey League.

All-Star Intro (2:45)
Atlantic Division (7:25)
North Division (18:14)
Central Division (30:26)
Pacific Division (40:42)
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December 29, 2022 75 mins
To round out the calendar year of 2022, Sean and Sarah decide to wrap things up a little differently. Each co-host has filled out an AHL bingo card for 2023, with $100 at stake (to be donated to charity) for who gets a bingo first in the next year.

What makes up each co-hosts' bingo card? Have a listen...only on The Calder Farmstead!
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December 22, 2022 104 mins
It's time for an episode for the rest of us, as Sean and Sarah wind down 2022 with another edition of The Calder Farmstead! The two cover a couple trades (including a three-team deal), Wilkes-Barre/Scranton & Springfield in the Atlantic Division, Rochester & Belleville in the North, Chicago & Texas in the Central, and Tucson & San Diego in the Pacific. Plus, as always, another rousing round of Start, Bench, Ship...
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December 15, 2022 92 mins
On this edition of The Calder Farmstead: An AHL Podcast, Sean O'Brien and Sarah Avampato are feeling merry and in the holiday spirit...sort of. The two dig in to team check-ins, two from every division: Providence & Bridgeport, Utica & Syracuse, Grand Rapids & Iowa, and Colorado & Ontario. And, per usual, we've got some Start, Bench, Ship -- cellar dweller turnaround candidates, defensive prospects, and Chri...
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December 8, 2022 97 mins
On this episode, Sean and Sarah jump back into AHL coverage after a short break!

On this episode, Sean and Sarah jump back into AHL coverage after a short break!

AHL News and Notes (3:42)
Hartford Wolf Pack (7:34)
Hershey Bears (23:44)
Toronto Marlies (33:30)
Cleveland Monsters (42:02)
Manitoba Moose (53:02)
Milwaukee Admirals (1:00:53)
Henderson Silver Knights (1:07:47)
San Jose Barracuda (1:16:44)
Start, Bench, Ship (1:24:58)
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November 24, 2022 63 mins
Sean and Sarah talk about what's been surprising to them about the AHL season so far in this (not so) mini-episode for American Thanksgiving, as well as name their Calder Cup favorite.

0:00- Intro
3:28- Chicago Wolves
13:46- Henderson Silver Knights
24:39- Cleveland Monsters
29:52- Providence Bruins
35:38- Laval Rocket
43:56- Calder Cup Favorites
55:04- Thanksgiving Favorites

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On this edition of The Calder Farmstead, Sean and Sarah dive into yet another group of AHL teams as we approach US Thanksgiving! This week's episode includes two Atlantic Division teams (Bridgeport & WBS), one from the North (Laval), one from the Central (Iowa), and four from the Pacific (Bakersfield, Tucson, Abbotsford, & Ontario).

Intro (0:45)
AHL Transactions (3:34)
Bridgeport Islanders (9:25)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pengu...
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November 11, 2022 72 mins
We are closing in on a calendar month into the 2022-23 AHL season, and Sean & Sarah are here to check in on seven AHL teams and how they're doing thus far! Grabbing one from the Atlantic (Springfield) and two from the North (Utica & Syracuse), O'Brien and Avampato then head to the Western Conference to cover two teams from the Central (Manitoba & Rockford) and the Pacific (San Jose & Colorado) before playing...
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November 3, 2022 97 mins
On this edition of The Calder Farmstead, Sean and Sarah cover some early AHL season transactions, as well as the weekly team deep dives! And, of course, the final segment of Start, Bench, Ship -- talking AHL goalies, former AHL teams, and promo nights!

Intro (0:45)
AHL Deals (3:27)
Hershey Bears (13:18)
Lehigh Valley Phantoms (22:34)
Belleville Senators (30:00)
Toronto Marlies (37:56)
Texas Stars (47:52)
Milwaukee Admirals (56:07)
San Diego...
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Sean and Sarah get spooky on this Halloween edition of The Calder Farmstead! The two co-hosts talk Rockford's busy day of transactions (and questionable new mascot), plus who's been trending up and trending down just a couple weeks into the 2022-23 AHL season!

Intro (0:45)
Rockford trades two (3:50)
Rockford's new mascot isn't going as planned... (8:29)
Kyle Rau signs with Abbotsford (13:19)
Hartford Wolf Pack (18:27)
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October 22, 2022 71 mins
Sean and Interim Co-Host Sarah Avampato play over/under with the model's season outlook for all 32 AHL teams in our last bit of preseason catch-up.

Also some news on changes to the podcast format.

0:52- Intro
3:47- Updates to the podcast
4:30- How the model was made
5:32- The Atlantic Division
36:55- The Central Division
50:57- The Pacific Division

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Our last division to preview for the 22-23 season, it's the 10-team Pacific Division.

Links to our social media, Sean's stats page, and merchandise store can all be found here-
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With the Eastern Conference complete, it's time to preview the AHL's Central Division for the 2022-23 season! C.C. and Sean go from top to bottom based on last year's standings...

New Intro Music! (0:45)
Show Intro (1:50)

Chicago Wolves (4:16)
Manitoba Moose (23:33)
Milwaukee Admirals (41:30)
Rockford IceHogs (1:05:12)
Texas Stars (1:22:59)
Iowa Wild (1:39:48)
Grand Rapids Griffins (1:56:32)

Outro (2:15:50)
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October 12, 2022 115 mins
The boys finish out the AHL's Eastern Conference 2022-23 regular season previews with the North Division! C.C. and Sean take a look at each of the seven teams making up the North this coming year in the American Hockey League.

New Intro Song! (0:45)
Show Intro (1:51)

Utica Comets (4:13)
Syracuse Crunch (19:55)
Laval Rocket (36:55)
Belleville Senators (56:05)
Rochester Americans (1:10:11)
Toronto Marlies (1:24:51)
Cleveland Monsters (1:3...
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We are less than a week away from the 2022-23 AHL regular season, and C.C. and Sean need to preview the year ahead! The boys start out with the Atlantic Division.

New Intro Music! (1:02)
Show Intro (2:06)

Charlotte Checkers (4:55)
Springfield Thunderbirds (18:32)
Providence Bruins (34:09)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (48:19)
Hershey Bears (1:03:44)
Bridgeport Islanders (1:18:37)
Hartford Wolf Pack (1:34:13)
Lehigh Valley Phantoms (1:48:59)

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On this edition of The Calder Farmstead, C.C. and Sean welcome on AHL Vice President of Hockey Operations Hayley Moore!

Intro and AHLTV Giveaway Contest (1:17)
Hayley Moore Intro (4:05)
Hockey Front Office with A...Biology Degree? (6:05)
Challenges in Both The AHL and PHF (7:46)
Responsibilities Compared to AHL VP of Hockey Ops/Governance Melissa Caruso (9:24)
Favorite AHL Destination So Far (11:18)
Calder Cup Presentation and Atmosphere ...
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September 19, 2022 43 mins
The offseason continues for the Farmstead boys! Joining the show once again (and probably for the last time), she served two years as the Hershey Bears video coach in the AHL before being promoted to video coordinator of the Washington Capitals on June 30. Appearing for a second time on the show is Emily Engel-Natzke!

Intro (0:29)
Emily's Intro (3:25)
Comparing role with Hershey to new job in DC (4:33)
Staying as video coach, or de...
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September 9, 2022 71 mins
On the latest edition of The Calder Farmstead, C.C. and Sean bring back Chicago Wolves General Manager Wendell Young for questions about Wolves roster moves, standard GM FAQ's, skaters he's played with, and some more general inquiries!

Wendell Young Intro (4:13)

Roster Movement:
-The departure of Ryan Warsofsky and hiring of Brock Sheahan as Wolves HC (5:39)
-What happened to Dominik Bokk (7:23) and Tarmo Reunanen (10:21)?
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September 6, 2022 72 mins
After a much needed two-month break, the boys are back for the 2022 offseason at The Calder Farmstead! On this episode, C.C. and Sean invite legendary AHL goaltender Mike McKenna to talk about his extensive playing career, stories from the road, and observations on goaltending in general!

Episode Intro & 2021-22 Goalie Pull 80 Challenge (1:32)
Mike McKenna Intro (5:24)
ECHL Prep to Become AHL Ready (7:04)
Mindset Behind Frequently ...
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