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Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, 8:00 p.m. ET
United Center – Chicago, IL
Rangers: 1-0-0 (2 pts)
Blackhawks: 0-1-0 (0 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers


  • START ME UP – The Rangers have posted a 7-3-1 record in their last 11 regular season openers, dating back to the 2005-06 season. The Blueshirts have also earned a season-opening win on the road in at least two consecutive seasons for the first time since 1955-56 – 1957-58 (three straight).
  • TOP OF THE HEAP – The Rangers have posted the best record in the NHL since Jan. 1, 2014 (79-34-11 in 124 games; .681 points percentage over the span).

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Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, 8:00 p.m. ET
United Center – Chicago, IL
Rangers: 53-22-7 (113 pts)*
Blackhawks: 48-28-6 (102 pts)*

*Records are from the 2014-15 regular season

BY: The New York Rangers

TONIGHT’S GAME The Rangers begin their 89th NHL season with an Original Six matchup against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center (8:00 p.m. ET – TV: NBCSN; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts open their regular season schedule on the road for the eighth consecutive season and for the 65th time in franchise history.


  • The Rangers are opening their regular season schedule on the road against Chicago for the 12th time in franchise history and for the first time since 1990-91. The Blueshirts’ 12 regular season openers on the road against the Blackhawks are tied for the most they have played against one opponent in franchise history (they have also played 12 on the road against Detroit).
  • Henrik Lundqvist is expected to make his 10th consecutive start in a season-opening game for the Rangers (dating back to 2006-07). By starting the regular season opener, Lundqvist would become the second goaltender in franchise history to start in at least 10 straight season-opening games (Ed Giacomin – 11; 1965-66 – 1975-76). In addition, Lundqvist would become the fourth Rangers goaltender to start in at least 10 regular season openers, joining Giacomin, Gump Worsley, and Mike Richter.
  • The Blueshirts posted an 18-5-5 record against Western Conference teams in 2014-15. In addition, New York posted a 12-2-0 record on the road against Western Conference opponents last season.

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BY: Jason Chaimovitch, VP Communications, The AHL

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … As the National Hockey League embarks on its 2015-16 season today, the American Hockey League is proud to have 628 graduates on NHL opening-day rosters, making up more than 84 percent of the NHL’s player pool to begin its campaign.

Several of last year’s notable AHL players have made the jump to the NHL as the new season gets underway. Four months removed from capturing the Calder Cup with the Manchester Monarchs, Derek Forbort, Nick Shore and 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs MVP Jordan Weal will start the 2015-16 campaign with the Los Angeles Kings, while former teammates Jean-Francois Berube (New York Islanders), Colin Miller (Boston Bruins) and regular-season MVP Brian O’Neill (New Jersey Devils) are also on NHL rosters to begin the year.

Teemu Pulkkinen begins the year with the Detroit Red Wings after leading the AHL with 34 goals in just 46 games last season; Jacob Markstrom is with the Vancouver Canucks after backstopping Utica to the Calder Cup Finals, and Chris Wideman – the 2014-15 Eddie Shore Award winner as the AHL’s outstanding defenseman – and Second Team AHL All-Star Shane Prince both earned spots with the Ottawa Senators.

Jeff Blashill, the AHL’s coach of the year in 2013-14 and a Calder Cup winner with the Grand Rapids Griffins in 2012-13, is the new head coach of the Detroit Red Wings, one of 21 former AHL bench bosses currently leading NHL teams. John Hynes, who led the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to at least the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs in each of his five seasons, is set to make his NHL debut at the helm of the New Jersey Devils.

Among the NHL stars who developed their skills in the American Hockey League are reigning Hart and Vezina Trophy winner Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens; 2015 Conn Smythe Trophy winner Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks; 2014-15 NHL scoring champion Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars; two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators; as well as former AHL All-Stars including Tyler Johnson, P.K. Subban, Jiri Hudler, Zdeno Chara, Petr Mrazek and Mats Zuccarello.

Last season, 865 AHL alumni played in the National Hockey League – 88.8 percent of all NHL players – including 341 who skated in both leagues last year alone. Seventeen AHL graduates led their NHL teams in scoring in 2014-15, and 28 AHL goaltending alumni paced their NHL clubs in victories.

In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for the players, coaches, managers, executives and broadcasters of all 30 National Hockey League teams, as well as the NHL’s on-ice officials. The AHL’s 80th-anniversary season begins Friday, Oct. 9.



Swamp Rabbits training camp roster grows to 31 players

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, S.C. – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced defenseman Charlie Dodero and goaltender Allen York have been loaned to the club from the Syracuse Crunch (AHL).

With the additions, Greenville’s training camp roster now stands at 31 players; 17 forwards, 10 defensemen and four goaltenders.

Click here to view the current training camp roster.

Dodero, 23, signed a one-year AHL contract with Syracuse on September 2, where he spent 36 games last season and recorded five points (1g, 4a) and a +7 rating. His ECHL rights were previously acquired by the Swamp Rabbits in a deal with Idaho for future considerations.

A native of Bloomingdale, Illinois, Dodero debuted with Greenville during the 2013-14 campaign and collected two assists in 14 games. The third-year pro also registered 31 points (7g, 24a) in 77 games with Idaho over the last two seasons.

Prior to turning pro, Dodero played four seasons of major junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) from 2009-13. In 248 career contests, the 6’2, 200-pound blue-liner amassed 69 points (11g, 58a) and 286 penalty minutes with the Sudbury Wolves and Kitchener Rangers.

York, 26, was also signed to a one-year AHL deal with Syracuse this past summer, where he spent eight games between the pipes last season. He also dressed 26 games with the Florida Everblades and posted a 17-5-3 record with a 2.63 goals against average, .903 save percentage and a career-high four shutouts.

A native of Wetaskiwin, Alberta, York played 11 NHL games with the Columbus Blue Jackets during the 2011-12 season, going 3-2-0 with a 2.30 goals against average and a .919 save percentage. He made his NHL debut on October 25, 2011 against Detroit and earned his first victory on March 28, 2012 against the Red Wings.

In addition, York boasts 48 games of AHL experience on his resume including time with Charlotte, Texas, Rockford, Springfield and Syracuse. The 6’4, 170-pound netminder owns a 23-15-4 record, 2.66 goals against average, .905 save percentage and three shutouts in those games. He has also taken the net in 62 ECHL contests with Chicago, Evansville, South Carolina and Florida.

York was selected in the sixth round (158th overall) by Columbus in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Ticket plans for the inaugural season of the Swamp Rabbits’ era are available now and start as low as $81! Call an Account Executive today at 864-674-PUCK to secure your seats! The Swamp Rabbits open the home portion of the 2015-16 season on Friday, October 23 with a 7:00 p.m. puck drop against the South Carolina Stingrays.



BY: Jason Chaimovitch, VP Communications, The AHL

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League and NeuLion, Inc., announced today that early-bird pricing on AHL Live packages for the 2015-16 season is now available. The AHL Live online streaming platform gives AHL fans more access and options than ever before, with games available to be viewed on PC, iPhone, iPad and Android devices all through a single user account. Fans who take advantage of early-bird pricing on season packages through Oct. 16 will see a savings of up to $50 off normal pricing, which goes into effect on Oct. 17. Separate packages for the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs will be announced in April. Seven packages are available for fans to purchase on AHL Live. In addition to single live and archived games, fans will have the ability to purchase five- or 10-game packages, allowing them to pay in advance and select the games they want to watch during the regular season. Also available are packages allowing fans to purchase every away game played by their favorite team during the 2015-16 regular season, or a Team – Home & Away pass which allows them to every one of their team’s games. Fans can also subscribe to the “All Access” Pass which includes viewing of all 1,120 games on the AHL schedule during the 2015-16 regular season, as well as access to the library of current season archived footage to watch prior games all year round.

2015-16 AHL Live Pricing Early Bird (through Oct. 16) Regular Season (beginning Oct. 17)
Single Live Game $7.99 $7.99
5-Game Package $34.99 $34.99
10-Game Package $64.99 $64.99
Single Archived Game $3.99 $3.99
*Team – Away $99.99 $124.99
*Team – Home & Away $149.99 $199.99
*All Access $299.99 $349.99
* Team Packages and All Access include viewing of current season archived games within each respective package

About the AHL Formed in 1936 and celebrating its 80th-anniversary season in 2015–16, the American Hockey League (, @TheAHL) serves as the top development league for the players, coaches, managers, executives, broadcasters and staff of all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 88 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the 14th year in a row, more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2014–15. Through the years, the AHL has been home to more than 100 future members of the Hockey Hall of Fame. About NeuLion NeuLion, Inc. (NLN) offers solutions that power the highest quality digital experiences for live and on-demand content up to 4K on any device. Through its end-to-end technology platform, NeuLion enables digital content management, distribution and monetization for content owners worldwide including the NFL, NBA, World Surf League, Univision Deportes, Euroleague Basketball, AHL, ECHL, and others. With the recent acquisition of DivX, LLC, NeuLion also operates a robust consumer electronics licensing business that has enabled over 1 billion devices worldwide with secure, high-quality video playback, and delivers a DivX consumer software offering that has been downloaded over 1 billion times. NeuLion’s customers include major sports, entertainment and global content companies as well as major consumer electronics manufacturers and software companies. NeuLion is headquartered in Plainview, NY. For more information about NeuLion, visit


gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The Hartford Wolf Pack have made their final cuts and made them official on Monday. Some will be elated at their getting an AHL job while others are less enthusiastic with their hard work coming up short.

But given how things go with the NHL waiver wire, and then of course there are the potential trades, anything at all could still happen to the lineup prior to Saturday night’s home opener against the St. John’s IceCaps.

The official cuts according to the team are as follows:

Reassigned by the New York Rangers from the Wolf Pack to Greenville (ECHL):

Forwards (1):         Michael Kantor

Loaned by the Wolf Pack to Greenville (ECHL):

Defensemen (1):    Kodie Curran

Released from training camp tryout and joining Utah (ECHL):

Forwards (1):         Alex Krushelnyski

Released from training camp tryout:

Defensemen (1):    Brett Bellemore

Krushelnyski, Curran, and Kantor all played very well and probably in years past might have taken that last spot or two with a contract in hand, but roster space and contract numbers were tight within the Rangers’ organization. There is a good chance these players will be first recalls when a roster change occurs.

This leaves the roster for the game against the Ice Caps and their new affiliation the Montreal Canadians as follows:

Goal (2):           Magnus Hellberg, Jeff Malcolm

Defense (8):      Calle Andersson, Mat Bodie, Raphael Diaz, Ryan Graves, Tommy Hughes, Brady Skjei, Chris Summers, Petr Zamorsky

Forwards (12):   Luke Adam, Ryan Bourque, Tyler Brown, Brian Gibbons, Marek Hrivik, Jayson Megna, Chris McCarthy, Chad Nehring, Richard Nejezchleb, Shawn O’Donnell, Travis Oleksuk, Adam Tambellini

The Pack will start the 20156- 2016 season with the following players beginning on the injured list. They are:

  • Cedrick Desjardins (knee)
  • Mat Linblad (back)
  • Nick Tarnasky (irregular heartbeat)
  • Mackenzie Skapski (hip)


Among those with Connecticut or Wolf Pack connection who were cut from AHL Training camps include the following:

Chicago – D Mike Vernace (CT Whale) released

Hershey – Aaron Ness (BST)

Lehigh Valley –  G Jason LaBarbera (Wolf Pack), Andrew MacDonald (BST) and Colin McDonald (Wethersfield/Sound Tigers)

San Jose – Micheal Haley (Wolf Pack/Sound Tigers), Jeremy Langlois (Quinnipiac University) and Gus Young (Yale University).

Utica – Alex Biega (Salisbury Prep)

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton – Tim Erixon (CT Whale/Wolf Pack/son of ex-Ranger Jan)

The Islanders grabbed a top flight AHL goalie for the Sound Tigers signing Jean-Francois (J.F.) Berube who won the Calder Cup with the Manchester Monarchs last spring. An injury left Berube out of the finals, however.

Now that AHL camps have ended, the ECHL camps get under way. Some of the names showing up on their rosters are surprising.

Adirondack – C.J. Chartain (Salisbury Prep), Luke Curadi (Cheshire/ND-WH (CTPUB)/Hartford (ATJHL), Stefano Momesso (HWP camp cut) and Jeff Silengo (Madison/South Kent Prep).

Alaska – Mitch Jones (son of Nighthawk Brad)

Allen (Texas) Americans – Justin Courtnall (BST) and Danny Federico (Quinnipiac University)

Brampton –  Scott Howes (BST), Guy LeBouef (BST), Yannick Riendeau (BST) and Steve Tarasuk (BST).

Elmira –  Chris Langkow (BST) and C.J. Motte (BST).

Florida – Mike Cornerll (BST) and Mike Nemec (BST).

Ft. Wayne – P.J. Fenton (son former Whaler/Nighthawk Paul), Drew Daniels (Kent Prep), Jordan Sims (UCONN/son of former Whaler-Nighthawk Al)

Idaho – Andrew Carroll (HWP), Mark Louis (BST), and Quinn Smith Fairfield/Avon Old Farms)

Indianapolis – Kevin Quick (Salisbury Prep)

Manchester – Dmitry Antipin (BST) and Joey Diamond (BST)

Missouri – Wes Cunningham (BST), Connor and Kellen Jones (Quinnipiac University) and Jason Missiaen (HWP).

Norfolk – Greg Chase (nephew ex-Whaler Kelly), Jordan hill (BST) and Mike Pelech (HWP).

Orlando – Scott Tanski (HWP)

Quad City – Vladimir Nikiforov (BST)

Rapid City – Kale Kerbashian (HWP)

Reading – Nick Luukko (Salisbury Prep) and Mike Pereira (West Haven/ND-WH/Avon Old Farms).

South Carolina – Derek DeBlois (Hotchkiss Prep) and Trevor Gillies (HWP/BST).

Toledo – Tommy Fallen (Yale University), Jared Nightingale (HWP), and Scott Spinnell (HWP)

Tulsa – Andy Iles (Salisbury Prep), Mathieu Gagnon (BST), Nathan Lutz (New Haven Senators) and Brandon Wong (HWP/Quinnipiac University).

Utah – Ryan Walters (BST)

Wheeling – Tyler Fernandez (Bloomfield) and Gentry Zollars (DW).

*BST-Bridgeport Sound Tigers, DW-Danbury Whalers and HWP-Hartford Wolf Pack

Brian O’ Neill (Yale University) last season AHL regular season MVP was traded by Los Angeles to New Jersey for a 7th round draft pick.

Two sons of ex-Whalers are on the move. Mason Marchment, son of Bryan was traded by Erie (OHL) to Hamilton (OHL) with a 4th round pick for Hamilton’s 3rd round (acquired from Sarnia) and 9th round pick (acquired from Saginaw) in the 2016 OHL Priority Draft.

On the move in a few years is the youngest Samuelsson boy, Adam. He is the son of course of Ulf Samuelsson, a former Whaler great, an assistant coach with the Wolf Pack and Avon Old Farms prep school, and of course, he’s the current Rangers assistant coach. Currently, Adam Samuelsson at age 15 is with the Connecticut Jr. Rangers U-16 team in the USPHL U16 league and already is 6’3 195 lbs. has made an oral commitment to Boston College (HE) for 2018-19 where his other brother Phillip played.

Drake Rymsha, son of ex-Nighthawk Andy was traded from London (OHL) to Ottawa (OHL).

Four more AHL’ers from last year have signed European deals. The group is led by ex-Pack Joey Crabb who signed with Vaxjo HC (Sweden-SHL). Devin Setgouchi goes from Adirondack to HC Davos (Switzerland-LNA), Philippe Cornet of Hershey to Stavanger (Norway-NEL) and Scott Valentine of Texas with Krefeld (Germany-DEL). That brings the AHL signed overseas list to 80.

Ex-Pack Bryan Rodney signs with HC Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic-CEL).

Please keep one of the Wolf Pack goalie judges, Jim McCaffrey, who is currently battling prostate cancer,  in your thoughts. Our best wishes go out to him for a speedy recovery.


bob-crawfordWOLF PACK WEEKLY: October 5-11, 2014

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack’s 19th season of AHL play gets going this Saturday, October 10, as the Pack host the St. John’s IceCaps at the XL Center in a 7:00 PM game.  The Pack played three preseason games to tune up for the new season, and won two of the three.  Hartford bested the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in overtime, 3-2, Thursday night at Wonderland of Ice in Bridgeport, and then the Wolf Pack captured a 3-1 victory Saturday night at Lehigh Valley.  In the Pack’s only home exhibition contest Sunday at Champions Skating Center in Cromwell, the Sound Tigers downed the Wolf Pack by a score of 3-1. 

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The Wolf Pack opens its 2015-16 campaign at its XL Center home ice this Saturday, October 10, hosting the St. John’s IceCaps at 7:00 PM.  The Wolf Pack will be raising the Northeast Division championship banner that the team won last season, and the first 5,000 fans will take home a Wolf Pack magnetic schedule, courtesy of CT-DOT.  Continue reading