By Brian Compton
It sounds crazy, but an equipment manager’s promotion to the American Hockey League may very well be the main reason why the Dayton Bombers are in the American Conference Finals.
Because it was Pete Bureaux (pictured) — who was the Bombers’ equipment manager for nearly a decade before landing a job with Rochester last summer — who made a phone call to Dayton head coach Don MacAdam prior to the start of last season.
“Hey listen … there are a lot of goalies here,” Bureaux told MacAdam.
One of those netminders happened to be Adam Berkhoel. MacAdam immediately phoned Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier and convinced the latter to send Berkhoel to Dayton, where he would be penciled in as the team’s No. 1 goaltender.
The rest, as they say, is history.