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!

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Thursday Nov 02, 2023

On this edition of The Calder Farmstead, Sean and Sarah finish out the starting month of the AHL season by bringing back a couple of old friends. Mitch Anderson from Up The Turnpike jumps on to talk Bridgeport hockey and Kevin Lacy from Teal Town USA & The Teal Tinted Glasses Podcast hops on to discuss the woeful San Jose Barracuda. Plus, breakdowns of six other AHL teams, and a rousing finale of Start, Bench, Ship!Intro 0:00Tribute to Adam Johnson 3:26Bridgeport Islanders (w/ Mitch Anderson) 5:40Lehigh Valley Phantoms 32:23Utica Comets 46:36Belleville Senators 59:56Texas Stars 1:08:35Chicago Wolves 1:20:23San Jose Barracuda (w/ Kevin Lacy) 1:34:40Ontario Reign 2:02:07Start, Bench, Ship 2:16:59Outro 2:31:08Follow us on social media:Twitter- Store- links- #AHL #AmericanHockeyLeague #thecalderfarmstead Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Episode #146: Spooky Luck

Friday Oct 27, 2023

Friday Oct 27, 2023

On this episode of The Calder Farmstead, Mr. Anderson (Sean) and Tina Belcher (Sarah) have a spooky, scary edition of team overviews early on in the 2023-24 AHL season! The Eastern Conference is covered by reviews for Hartford, Hershey, Laval, and Cleveland; the Western Conference teams dived into are Grand Rapids, Milwaukee, Colorado, and Tucson. And, as is tradition, a rousing finale of Start Bench Ship to conclude the show!Join the Halloween hockey fun, will you?Intro 0:00Hartford Wolf Pack 3:35Hershey Bears 12:42Laval Rocket 21:59Cleveland Monsters 33:44Grand Rapids Griffins 40:45Milwaukee Admirals 48:42Colorado Eagles 57:31Tucson Roadrunners 1:05:10Start, Bench, Ship 1:13:11Outro 1:23:11Follow us on social media:Twitter- Store- links- #AHL #americanhockeyleague #thecalderfarmstead Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Friday Oct 20, 2023

On the season premiere of The Calder Farmstead, Sean and Sarah are BACK after taking the offseason to rest and recuperate! The two dive in to cover ALL 32 AHL teams and preview the 2023-24 regular season for each and every one, sleep be damned!ATLANTIC DIVISIONProvidence BruinsHershey BearsCharlotte CheckersSpringfield ThunderbirdsHartford Wolf PackLehigh Valley PhantomsBridgeport IslandersWilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsNORTH DIVISIONToronto MarliesSyracuse CrunchRochester AmericansUtica CometsLaval RocketCleveland MonstersBelleville SenatorsCENTRAL DIVISIONTexas StarsMilwaukee AdmiralsManitoba MooseIowa WildRockford IceHogsChicago WolvesGrand Rapids GriffinsPACIFIC DIVISIONCalgary WranglersCoachella Valley FirebirdsColorado EaglesAbbotsford CanucksBakersfield CondorsOntario ReignTucson RoadrunnersSan Jose BarracudaHenderson Silver KnightsSan Diego Gulls Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Friday Jul 14, 2023

The 2022-23 AHL season has come to a close, and what better way to celebrate its end than The 3rd Annual Calder Farmstead AHL Awards Show? Sean and Sarah invite on a number of award winners from a variety of categories, dressing to the nines to close out the most recent AHL campaign.IntroBest AHLTV BroadcastBest BroadcasterBest Coaching StaffBest Hockey FlowBest Goalie MaskBest GoaltenderBest DefensemanBest ForwardMea Culpa Award Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Saturday Jun 24, 2023

On this episode of The Calder Farmstead, Sean and Sarah wrap up the 2022-23 AHL season by recapping the thrilling seven-game series of the 2023 Calder Cup Finals! The Coachella Valley Firebirds and Hershey Bears did not disappoint in making the last games of the year an exciting endeavor, and the TCF co-hosts have plenty to say about it! Plus, the two reflect on their first full year tag-teaming AHL coverage on TCF. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Friday Jun 09, 2023

On this edition of The Calder Farmstead, Sean and Sarah have a ton of league news to cover! And, of course, there is two conference finals to recap and the Calder Cup Finals to preview! What would you expect from an AHL podcast in early June? Coaching changes, awards, and playoffs...oh my! Plus, an episode of TCF wouldn't be complete without a good old round of Start, Bench, Ship!LEAGUE-WIDE NEWSGulls Hire Matt McIlvaneSens Removed Interim Tag from David BellIowa hires Brett McLeanAHL Announces All-Prospects TeamSERIES RECAPSHershey Bears vs. Rochester AmericansCoachella Valley Firebirds vs. Milwaukee Admirals2023 CALDER CUP FINALS PREVIEWCoachella Valley vs. HersheySTART, BENCH, SHIPMost Attractive Head Coaching VacancyNew HC Most Likely To Succeed in 2023-24Best Playoff Branding Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Episode #141: Tend The Goal

Thursday May 25, 2023

Thursday May 25, 2023

The 2023 AHL Calder Cup Playoffs have reached its final four teams, and with the Eastern Conference thoroughly previewed, Sean and Sarah now jump over to the Western Conference to give their insight on the Coachella Valley Firebirds vs. the Milwaukee Admirals!But first things did we get here? The show starts with a recap of the Pacific and Central Division Finals with Calgary vs. Coachella Valley and Texas vs. Milwaukee. Then, Sean and Sarah preview the Firebirds and Ads before a special playoff rendition of Start, Bench, Ship where they flesh out who's the best MVP candidate from the four remaining teams! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Tuesday May 23, 2023

And then, there were four. The 2023 AHL Division Finals have concluded, and Sean & Sarah are ready to preview the Conference Finals for the 2023 Calder Cup Playoffs!The dynamic duo start with the east in this episode, recapping the two divisional face-offs in the Atlantic and North (Hershey vs. Hartford and Toronto vs. Rochester) before diving into the historical showdown between the Hershey Bears against the Rochester Americans! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Thursday May 11, 2023

On this episode of The Calder Farmstead, Sean and Sarah forge ahead through the 2023 AHL Calder Cup Playoffs! Recapping the divisional semifinals, the two gear up for the third round and the Division Finals from the Atlantic (Hershey vs. Hartford), North (Toronto vs. Rochester), Central (Texas vs. Milwaukee), and Pacific (Calgary vs. Coachella Valley). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Thursday Apr 27, 2023

On this episode of The Calder Farmstead, Sean and Sarah are in the thick of the AHL Calder Cup Playoffs! Both co-hosts recap the first round of the postseason while looking forward into the divisional semifinals -- Providence vs. Hartford & Hershey vs. Charlotte in the Atlantic, Toronto vs. Utica in the North (Syracuse vs. Rochester was previewed last episode), Texas vs. Rockford & Milwaukee vs. Manitoba in the Central, and Calgary vs. Abbotsford & Coachella Valley vs. Colorado in the Pacific. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


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