XL CENTER RENOVATION: PART TWO

hartford-wolf-pack-logo2-150x133111XL Center Chapter 40 – Celebrating 40 Years of the Hartford Civic Center

BY: Global Spectrum

Global Spectrum, operators of the XL Center, in partnership with Powerstation Events, have released the second weekly video blog that documents the current state of the XL Center renovation project. The CRDA’s Robert Saint, Director of Construction Services, outlines the progress that has been made since last week in regards to the framing of the fan bar, concourse, nodes, and locker rooms.

A portion of the concourse has been extended from the aisles to improve the ADA accessible seating areas, allowing for a better fan experience. The new premium 8 and 16-person loges have been framed and should be completed within the week; these lower level semi-private boxes are now available to rent on an annual basis.

BRASSARD: SIGN OF THE TIMES – 5-FOR-5

ny-ranger-logo-150x145BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, July 27, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Derick Brassard.

Brassard, 26, registered 18 goals and 27 assists for 45 points, along with 46 penalty minutes in 81 games with the Rangers this past season. He established career-highs in games played, goals, game-winning goals (four), power play goals (seven), power play assists (11), and power play points (18). Brassard tied for the team lead in power play goals, tied for second on the team in power play points, tied for third in game-winning goals, ranked fourth in goals and points, tied for fourth in power play assists, and ranked fifth in assists. He tied a career-high with an eight-game point streak from January 26 at New Jersey to March 1 at Philadelphia (five goals, five assists over the span). Brassard’s eight-game point streak was the longest a Ranger had during the season. During the streak, he also tied a career-high with a three-game goal streak from January 31 vs. NY Islanders to February 6 vs. Edmonton (three goals over the span). Brassard recorded two goals, added an assist, and established a single-game career-high with a plus-four rating on March 18 at Ottawa. Brassard tallied his 200th career NHL point with an assist on December 29 at Tampa Bay, and recorded an assist while skating in his 400th career NHL contest on April 5 vs. Ottawa.

In the 2014 Playoffs, the 6-1, 205-pounder recorded six goals and six assists for 12 points in 23 games. Brassard established playoff career-highs in games played, goals, plus/minus rating (plus-four), game-winning goals (two), shots on goal (45), and power play assists (three), and tied playoff career-highs in points and power play points (three). He tied for second on the team – and tied for sixth in the NHL – in game-winning goals, ranked third on the team in goals, and tied for fourth in plus/minus rating and power play assists in the playoffs. He tallied his first career overtime goal in the playoffs in Game 1 of the Metropolitan Division Finals at Pittsburgh on May 2. Brassard also registered his first career multi-goal game in the playoffs, including the game-winning goal, and tied a single-game playoff career-high with three points in Game 5 of the Metropolitan Division Finals at Pittsburgh on May 9. Brassard became the first Ranger to record two game-winning goals on the road in one playoff series since Adam Graves tallied two in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Montreal in 1996. He also tied for the team lead in plus/minus rating (plus-two), and tied for second on the team in assists (two) and points (three) in the Stanley Cup Final against Los Angeles.

Brassard has skated in 403 career NHL games with the Rangers and Columbus, registering 81 goals and 144 assists for 225 points, along with 230 penalty minutes. He made his NHL debut as a member of the Blue Jackets on January 11, 2008 vs. St. Louis, and recorded his first career NHL point with an assist on January 20, 2008 at Colorado. Brassard established career-highs in assists (30) and points (47) during the 2010-11 season with Columbus. He registered a single-game career-high, four points (one goal, three assists) while making his Rangers debut on April 3, 2013 vs. Pittsburgh. Brassard has skated in 35 career NHL playoff games, all with the Rangers, registering eight goals and 16 assists for 24 points, along with 10 penalty minutes and a plus-five rating.

The Hull, Quebec native was acquired from Columbus on April 3, 2013, along with John Moore, Derek Dorsett, and a sixth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Marian Gaborik, Blake Parlett, and Steven Delisle. He was originally selected by Columbus in the first round, sixth overall, of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

PACK’S SONAR MAKES LOTS OF FRIENDS IN MONROE

mitch-headshot-10-13t-150x1261BY: Mitch Beck, Publisher, Howlings

The Hartford Wolf Pack‘s lovable mascot, Sonar, came to Monroe, Connecticut on Friday afternoon to visit Camp Teepee.

Founded in 1950, the Lakewood-Trumbull YMCA, which runs Camp Teepee, provides a full range of fitness, activity, sports, child care and camp programs throughout the summer for children ages 5-15 in Monroe CT. Camp Teepee is both licensed by the State of Connecticut and accredited by the American Camping Association.  The camp grounds sit on 47 acres of land and includes three pools, tennis courts, a pond, hiking trails, a field, several program pavilions.

This was not the first time Sonar has made a visit to Monroe over the years. In fact Sonar has been there several times at the request of Don Casey, Jr, a professional educator at Stepney Elementary School and a Camp Tepee Unit Leader.

Casey is a HUGE New York Rangers and Hartford Wolf Pack fan. As a part of Camp Teepee’s, annual “Favorite Team Jersey and Cap Day,” Casey invited Sonar to come and share the lunch hour with the kids. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: THE WIDE WORLD OF (HOCKEY) SPORTS

gerryBY: Gerry Cantlon, Special to Howlings

Some news from around the hockey world.

The role of concussions in sports and hockey in particular, have been a major topic the past five years. Work on designing a new, more protective helmet has been ongoing. In a fine piece, well worth the read, in the New York Times, current developments that are ongoing for manufacturers and the medical community to achieve success are examined.

As the conflict between Russia and Ukraine continues to escalate, the sport of hockey has been affected there and may well spill over to the US.

As August comes upon us, usually the only quiet month in hockey, here’s a look at news and notes with a Connecticut angle. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: CT BOY – ROB MALLOY

GerryBY: Gerry Cantlon, Special to Howlings

The season after winning a championship is always tough.

No different for the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL) defending Goodall Cup champion Sydney Ice Dogs.

Cheshire, Connecticut native Rob Malloy, 27 is in his fourth season -third as Sydney’s captain – became the kings of hockey in the southern hemisphere last September. Malloy has seen the high and lows.

Malloy Picture #1This season Malloy was there as the Ice Bears get off to a rocky 1-5 start and endured the sudden departure of head coach Ron Kuprowsky, who was the only coach Malloy has known since coming to play in Australia.

On April 14th, Kuprowsky, a Canadian native from Edmonton, and his two assistants Colin Downie and Brad Andrlon, left just two games into the regular season.

“We didn’t see it coming at all. It really wasn’t the way we wanted to start our season, especially after winning the championship. It left a pretty salty taste in our mouths for a while, but we moved forward.

I don’t want to go into any details regarding the departure. I’ll just say there were a few disagreements with management and leave it at that,” Malloy said in an interview conducted via e-mail.

The team briefly went with a trio of interim coaches, including the recently retired Ice Dogs defenseman Anthony Wilson, the brother of second leading scorer David Dunwoodie-Dion and Mark Page. On May 8th, they finally settling upon hiring 13-year Australian coaching veteran, Andrew Petrie.

“He has been an awesome addition. He’s perfect for the situation and he’s earned the respect from the team. We have a great relationship which helps things as well.”

Malloy Picture #2The Ice Dogs presently are in second place in the eight team circuit with a record of 11-8-1-1 (wins, losses, overtime wins, overtime losses) overcoming the early season blues to trail the Melbourne Mustangs by just two points for the top spot. The Mustangs have 38 points after this past weekend’s action.

Melbourne won its lone game, 6-3, over Newcastle and the ice Dogs cooled off a hot Perth Thunder team 5-3 in their lone weekend contest.

The two teams don’t meet until the last game of the regular season in Sydney. The game will be played at the Ice Dogs home rink, the Liverpool Catholic Club Sports Complex. Continue reading

VAIVE COMING BACK TO GRENVILLE

greenville-road-warriors211BY: Andy Zilch, Greenville Road Warriors

Greenville, SC: Today the Greenville Road Warriors, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers, announced the signing of forward Justin Vaive.

“I am thrilled to be adding Justin to the roster again this year. He is the type of player that can not only score but also brings a physical presence on the ice,” Coach Dean Stork said. “His ability to crash the net and fight for loose pucks makes him a tremendous offensive threat.”

Vaive (vie-vuh) only skated in 13 regular season games as a Road Warrior last season while splitting the year with the Hartford Wolf Pack. In his brief stint with Greenville, the power forward posted ten goals, eight assists and 20 penalty minutes. Vaive also played in 13 postseason games with Road Warriors, scoring six goals and five assists. The Buffalo, New York native dressed in 27 games with Hartford tallying one goal and four assists. He was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the fourth round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Season tickets for the Greenville Road Warriors’ 2014-15 season are available now and start as low as $170! Call a Road Warriors Account Executive at (864) 674-PUCK or visit GreenvilleRoadWarriors.com to secure your Road Warriors season tickets today!

XL CENTER RENOVATION UPDATE

mitch-headshot-10-13t-150x126BY: Mitch Beck, Publisher, Howlings

You can keep up with all of the latest on the $35M in renovation that is going on at the XL Center by going to XL Center: Chapter 40. Some samples of what’s going on from the site are below…

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