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High On The Hog: Wrapping Up The Season

The Rockford IceHogs have put the 2014-15 season in the rear view mirror. It was a memorable campaign for many reasons. Several rookies made impressive pro debuts, a couple of veteran skaters won the hearts of the Rockford fans and the Hogs made the second round of the playoffs.

This year’s version of the IceHogs made some memories…but this is the AHL. Things are gonna change, regardless of how warm and fuzzy the feelings are about this group.

Before we move on, let’s quickly recap the season that was for Rockford.

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Start The Machine: Hawks at Ducks Game 5 Preview/Pregame Thread/Whiffle Ball Tournament

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Puck Drop: 8pm Central 

TV/RADIO: NBCSN, CBC Up ‘Dere, WGN Radio 720

IN LINE AT SPACE MOUNTAIN: Anaheim Calling. Battle Of California

And now we get to the business end. Someone’s leaving on the brink tonight. And it’s become something of a race to see which happens first: The Hawks lose their legs or the Ducks lose their minds.

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Beard Of The Day – May 25th – Staff Sgt. Marc J. Small

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Born in Collegeville, PA, Marc Small volunteered for military service in the early 2000’s. In 2004 he entered the army as a Special Forces Trainee and by 2007 had earned his Green Beret. In 2009, he was deployed to Afghanistan as a medical sergeant. During his time in Afghanistan, Small treated sometimes upwards of 50 patients a day before he was killed in an attack on his unit in February 2009. His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War of Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, NATO medal, Overseas Service, Parachutist Badge, Combat Infantry Badge, and Special Forces Tab.

Happy Memorial Day to everyone – and thank you to all that have served.