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HOCKEY HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES 2016 INDUCTEES

BY: Kelly Masse, Hockey Hall-Of-Fame

TORONTO (June 27, 2016) – Lanny McDonald, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame and John Davidson, Chairman of the Selection Committee, announced today that four individuals have been elected to Hockey Hall of Fame Honoured Membership, three in the Player Category and one in the Builder Category.  The vote took place today at the annual meeting of the Selection Committee in Toronto.

“The Hockey Hall of Fame is proud to welcome these four hockey legends as Honoured Members,” said John Davidson.  “Their contributions to the game of hockey are well-documented, and their election to the Hockey Hall of Fame is richly deserved.”

In the Builder Category, Pat Quinn was elected. After nine seasons in the NHL, Pat joined the Philadelphia Flyers as an assistant coach in 1977.  Over the next almost 40 years, he held coaching, managing, and President positions, both in the NHL and with Team Canada.  At the time of his death in November 2014, he was Chair of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

 “Being recognized by Pat’s hockey peers is truly a great honor,” said his wife, Sandra Quinn. “I’m proud of Pat and what he accomplished.”

Eric Lindros exemplified the power forward position throughout his 14 year NHL career.  He won gold for Canada both at the Olympic Games and the Canada Cup and also averaged over a point a game in the NHL.

“I was very fortunate to have coaches, teammates, billets and parents who supported me throughout my career,” said Lindros.  “It also takes a lot of luck to get to the NHL.”

Sergei Makarov led the Soviet League in scoring for nine seasons, while also winning eight World Championship gold medals and two Olympic gold medals. He later joined the NHL as a member of the Calgary Flames in 1989 and went on to play in over 400 NHL games.

“For everyone who plays the game, this is the top place, “said Markarov. “It will be so nice to join all of those great players.”

Rogie Vachon joined the Montreal Canadiens in 1966 and won three Stanley Cups in his first six NHL seasons.  After being traded to the LA Kings in 1971, he continued his stellar career for 11 more seasons before retiring to become an NHL coach and executive.

“I was very lucky to play for the Montreal Canadiens at the start of my career,” said Vachon.  “My first shot on net was a breakaway by Gordie Howe.  I stopped it, and it kept me in the league for 16 more years.”

The 2016 Induction Celebration will be held on Monday, November 14th at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.   For more information regarding the 2016 Induction Weekend/Celebration, visit http://www.hhof.com.

Established in 1943, the Hockey Hall of Fame’s (“HHOF”) mandate is to recognize and honor the achievements of players, builders, and officials who bring special distinction to the game of hockey. It is also to collect, preserve, research and exhibit objects, images and resource materials connected with the game as it is played in Canada and throughout the world.  As a non-profit corporation and a registered charity under the Income Tax Act, HHOF owns and operates a museum and place of entertainment offering state-of-the-art exhibits, multimedia presentations and educational programming from its premises at Brookfield Place, Toronto, Canada.

FUEHRING: SWAMP RABBITS INK FORWARD TREVOR GERLING

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Second-year pro led Edinburgh Capitals in goals, assists and points last season

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced the club has signed forward Trevor Gerling for the 2016-17 season.

Gerling, 25, spent all of the last season, with the Edinburgh Capitals of the Elite Hockey League in Edinburgh, Scotland and established himself as a strong scoring threat. He led the team in goals (27), assists (34) and points (61) and also collected 42 penalty minutes in 59 games.

“Trevor is a high energy player that brings excellent effort at both ends of the ice,” Head Coach Brian Gratz said. “He has a strong skill set that will bring a good offensive presence to the team.”

A native of Seattle, Washington, Gerling turned pro with Elmira near the end of the 2014-15 campaign, recording six points (1g, 5a) and four penalty minutes in nine contests. Previously, the 6’0, 200-pounder played four seasons of collegiate hockey at the University of Connecticut from 2011-15. He notched 64 points (33g, 31a) and 58 penalty minutes in 124 games, including 11 goals and 18 points during his senior season – both second-highest totals on the club.

“I couldn’t be happier to sign with Greenville and have the opportunity to play for such a top-notch organization,” Gerling said. “I’ve heard great things about the city, arena and most importantly, the fans. I’ve also spoken to Coach Gratz several times and I feel comfortable with the direction the club is headed.”

Prior to his college career, Gerling played three seasons in the junior ranks with the Langley Chiefs of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). He served as team captain during the 2010-11 campaign and was honored by the Chiefs as both the club’s Co-MVP and the Community Player of the Year that season.

Get Social: Follow the Swamp Rabbits all off-season long and get behind-the-scenes coverage like never before on the team’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Ticket packages for the 2016-17 season are available and on sale now! Contact a Swamp Rabbits Account Executive at 864-674-PUCK (7825) for more information and to secure your seats today! Get the latest Swamp Rabbits gear by visiting the “Hop Shop” online at SwampRabbits.com/shop to browse the full collection of fan wear and novelties!

ARRAL: NWHL NEWS – SARAH CASORSO SIGNS WITH BUFFALO BEAUTS

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Defenseman is Attending Buffalo Free Agent Camp This Weekend

BY: Savanna Arral, NWHL

Buffalo, NYSarah Casorso has signed a contract with the Buffalo Beauts for the 2016-17 season, General Manager Ric Seiling announced Saturday at the NWHL Free Agent Camp in Buffalo. Casorso and the Beauts agreed to terms on a one-year, $13,500 contract.

“I think this league is one of the best in the world,” said Casorso. “It’s been a goal of mine to play at the highest level I can and this will give me the best opportunity to do so. I’m excited to be a part of this, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, and hopefully I’ll inspire younger girls to achieve their goals.”

Casorso played for the University of British Columbia from 2010-2015, collecting 66 points (21g, 45a) in 121 games played. The defenseman from Kelowna, BC was named a First Team Canada West All-Star and a First Team CIS All-Canadian after the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.

The NWHL is currently holding the second Free Agent Camp of the offseason in Buffalo, NY, at HARBORCENTER. Alexa Gruschow signed with the New York Riveters after the first Free Agent Camp in Newark, NJ.

The restricted free agency began on April 1 and lasted until April 30. Free agency began May 1 and lasts until July 31. The 2016 NWHL Draft was on June 18.

About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)
The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season began October 11, 2015, with the Founding Four: Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters. The Boston Pride became the first team in NWHL history to raise the Isobel Cup on March 12, 2016.

ARRAL: NWHL NEWS – CRAIG MUNI NAMED CO-COACH OF BUFFALO BEAUTS

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NHL Veteran Played for Buffalo Sabres From 1993-96

BY: Savanna Arral, NWHL

Buffalo, NYCraig Muni, retired three-time NHL Stanley Cup champion, has been named Co-Coach of the Buffalo Beauts for the 2016-17 season, General Manager Ric Seiling announced Saturday.

“Craig and I have coached together before when our sons played together,” said Seiling. “We have history and his wealth of knowledge from his playing career is something that will be invaluable to the Beauts this season.”

Muni played 819 games in the NHL over the course of his career, mainly with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, and Buffalo Sabres. He won three Stanley Cups in 1987, 1988, and 1990, and retired from hockey in 1998. Muni is an active member of the Toronto and Buffalo NHL alumni groups and previously coached softball with the New Era Diamond Girls.

“I’m hoping to be able to work with the newer, younger players and help them with their development so they have a chance to aspire and achieve their goals, whatever they might be,” said Muni. “Whether those are Olympic teams, national teams, or something else, to be able to see those dreams to the end would be great.”

General Manager Ric Seiling will also hold the title of Co-Coach of the Beauts for the 2016-17 season.

About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)
The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season began October 11, 2015, with the Founding Four: Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters. The Boston Pride became the first team in NWHL history to raise the Isobel Cup on March 12, 2016.

RANGERS: NEW YORK ACQUIRES DEFENSEMAN NICK HOLDEN FROM COLORADO

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Rangers trade their own fourth round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft to Colorado

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, June 25, 2016 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Nick Holden from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for their own fourth round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Holden, 29, skated in 82 games with Colorado this past season, registering six goals and 16 assists for 22 points, along with 24 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in several categories in 2015-16, including games played, assists, average ice time (21:52), hits (217), and blocked shots (118). Holden ranked second on Colorado – and led Avalanche defensemen – in hits, ranked third in average shorthanded ice time (2:20) and blocked shots (118), and ranked fourth in average ice time this past season. Also, he was one of five players on Colorado – and one of two Avalanche defensemen – who skated in all of the team’s 82 games in 2015-16.

The 6-4, 210-pounder has skated in 221 career NHL games over parts of five seasons (2010-11; 2012-13 – 2015-16) with Columbus and Colorado, registering 21 goals and 40 assists for 61 points, along with a plus-one rating and 74 penalty minutes. Holden established career-highs in goals (10), assists (15), points (25), and plus/minus rating (plus-12) in 2013-14. In his three seasons with the Avalanche (2013-14 – 2015-16), he led Colorado defensemen in hits (491), and he ranked third among Colorado defensemen in goals (21), assists (40), and points (61).

The St. Albert, Alberta, native was originally signed by Columbus as an undrafted free agent on March 28, 2008.

RANGERS: 2016 RANGERS PROSPECT DEVELOPMENT CAMP ROSTER

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BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, June 26, 2016 – The New York Rangers will hold their annual prospect development camp from Monday, June 27 to Friday, July 1 at MSG Training Center. The camp will feature several of the Blueshirts’ top prospects, including Pavel Buchnevich, Ryan Gropp, Robin Kovacs, and Ryan Graves.

Thirty-one players are attending the Rangers’ prospect development camp this year, including five of the Blueshirts’ selections in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft: Sean Day, Gabriel Fontaine, Tim Gettinger, Ty Ronning, and Tyler Wall.

          Buchnevich, 21, split this past season between Severstal Cherepovets and SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), registering 16 goals and 21 assists for 37 points, along with 24 penalty minutes in 58 games. He established KHL career-highs in games played, goals, assists, points, game-winning goals (three), power play goals (four), and average ice time (16:10). Among KHL players younger than 24 years old, Buchnevich ranked third in assists, ranked fourth in points, and tied for seventh in goals. He agreed to terms on an entry-level contract with the Rangers on May 13, 2016.

          The 6-2, 176-pounder registered 13 goals and 17 assists for 30 points, along with a plus-eight rating and 16 penalty minutes in 48 games with Severstal during the 2014-15 season. Buchnevich’s 30 points were the third-most a KHL player younger than 20 years old has recorded in one season in the league’s history. He also represented Russia at the IIHF World Junior Championship in 2014 and 2015. In those tournaments, he recorded 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 14 contests and helped Russia earn a medal each year (silver medal in 2015 and bronze medal in 2014).

          Buchnevich was selected by the Rangers in the third round, 75th overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

          Gropp, 19, skated in 66 games with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League (WHL) this past season, registering 34 goals and 36 assists for 70 points, along with a plus-10 rating and 40 penalty minutes. He established WHL career-highs in goals, assists, points, plus/minus rating, and power play goals (12), and tied his WHL career-high in game-winning goals (six) in 2015-16. Gropp tallied at least 30 goals for the second consecutive season, and he tied for 11th in the WHL in power play goals this past season. He agreed to terms on an entry-level contract with the Rangers on Dec. 31, 2015.

The 6-2, 187-pounder led the Thunderbirds in goals, tied for the team lead in power play goals, ranked second in points and game-winning goals, ranked third in assists, tied for third in power play assists (17), and tied for fourth in plus/minus rating in 2015-16. Gropp tallied a point in 44 of 66 games in which he played during the season, including 25 of his final 31 regular season games (16 goals, 22 assists in his final 31 regular season contests). He established WHL playoff career-highs in games played (11), goals (six), points (nine), and game-winning goals (two) while helping Seattle advance to the WHL Championship.

The Kamloops, British Columbia, native was selected by the Rangers in the second round, 41st overall, of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Kovacs, 19, skated in 44 games with AIK IF of Allsvenskan in Sweden this past season, registering 21 goals and 13 assists for 34 points, along with a plus-two rating and 54 penalty minutes. The 6-0, 176-pounder was named the winner of Guldgallret, which is an award given annually to the top junior player (20 years old or younger) in Allsvenskan, for the second consecutive season. Kovacs also led all players younger than 20 years old in Allsvenskan in goals and points for the second consecutive season. In addition, he led Allsvenskan in shootout goals (eight) and game-deciding goals (four), tied for second in game-winning goals, ranked third in goals per game (0.48), and ranked fifth in goals and shooting percentage (17.1) in 2015-16. Kovacs helped AIK win the league championship in Allsvenskan. Kovacs also played with Rögle BK in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), registering one assist in four contests.

The Stockholm, Sweden, native was selected by the Rangers in the third round, 62nd overall, of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Graves, 21, skated in 74 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) this past season, registering nine goals and 12 assists for 21 points, along with a plus-six rating and 53 penalty minutes. The 6-5, 226-pounder led Hartford defensemen in goals and ranked second among team defensemen in plus/minus rating. Graves represented the Wolf Pack in the 2016 AHL All-Star Challenge, and he won the AHL Skills Competition’s Hardest Shot contest with a 103.4 MPH shot.

The Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, native was selected by the Rangers in the fourth round, 110th overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Complete Roster of participants – Click to Enlarge

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FUEHRING: SWAMP RABBITS RE-SIGN FORWARD MATT JOHNSON

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Rookie skater made professional debut with Greenville last season

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced the team has re-signed rookie forward Matt Johnson for the 2016-17 season.

Johnson, 24, began his pro career with the Swamp Rabbits near the end of last season following a three-year career at Lake Superior State University. He recorded four penalty minutes in six games with Greenville Previously, the Clinton Township, Michigan native notched 18 points (4g, 14a) and 93 penalty minutes in 93 contests at Lake Superior State. He collected four assists and 23 penalty minutes in 27 games as a senior.

“We were impressed with Matt’s work ethic and playmaking abilities during his limited time in Greenville last season,” Head Coach Brian Gratz said. “He’s capable of opening up space and developing high-percentage chances, and I’m very excited to have him back.”

Before his college career, Johnson spent three seasons at the junior level with the Albert Lee Thunder and Amarillo Bulls of the North American Hockey League (NAHL). He set career highs in goals (21), assists (28), points (49), and plus-minus (+18) with Amarillo during the 2010-11 campaign and served as co-captain the following season. Overall, the 6’1, 204-pound forward earned 108 points (42g, 66a), 147 penalty minutes and a +22 rating in 159 NAHL games.

Get Social: Follow the Swamp Rabbits all off-season long and get behind-the-scenes coverage like never before on the team’s official Facebook and Twitter

Ticket packages for the 2016-17 season are available and on sale now! Contact a Swamp Rabbits Account Executive at 864-674-PUCK (7825) for more information and to secure your seats today! Get the latest Swamp Rabbits gear at the “Hop Shop” team store or visit the “Hop Shop” online at SwampRabbits.com/shop to browse the full collection of fan wear and novelties!