By Tim Leone
Of The Patriot-News
MANCHESTER, N.H. – Top-to-bottom roster contributions have been a hallmark of the Hershey Bears during their commanding playoff run.
Former Gwinnett Gladiator Troy Milam took his turn in the spotlight on Saturday at Verizon Wireless Arena as Hershey swept the Manchester Monarchs in the Eastern Conference final.
The defenseman had a hand in two Bears goals in a 3-1 Game 4 victory, which advanced Hershey to the Calder Cup final for the second straight year.
“It epitomizes what our whole concept is about, team,” said Bears head coach Bruce Boudreau, who coached Mississippi to the Kelly Cup title in 1999.
“I’m of the belief that you need 28-30 players [to contribute in the playoffs] to win the Cup. He was ready and he always wanted to go in. He had a great game.”
Defending champion Hershey will play the Hamilton Bulldogs, who eliminated the Chicago Wolves on Saturday in the Western Conference final at Copps Coliseum, for the AHL title. It’s a rematch of the 1997 Calder Cup final, which Hershey won by beating Hamilton in five games.