Category Archives: AHL

RANGERS GO, “JOEY CHESTNUT” ON CHEESESTEAKS

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New York Rangers 6, Philadelphia Cheesesteaks 3

Mon. Sept. 29, 7:00 p.m. ET

Madison Square GardenNew York, NY

Team notes:

  • Spreading the wealth … Nine different Rangers tallied a point in the contest, and seven different Blueshirts recorded at least two points. Four Rangers tallied a goal for the third consecutive preseason game, and at least nine Rangers have registered a point in each of the team’s three preseason games this year (10 players tallied a point in each of the first two preseason games). Over the first three preseason games, 10 different Rangers have recorded a goal and 22 different Blueshirts have registered a point. Continue reading

RANGERS PRESEASON DIET INCLUDES BACK-TO-BACK CHEESESTEAKS

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NEW YORK RANGERS vs. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Mon. Sept. 29, 7:00 p.m. ET

Madison Square GardenNew York, NY

TONIGHT’S GAME: The Rangers continue the 2014-15 preseason against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. – TV: MSG Network). The matchup marks the third of six preseason games for the Rangers, and is also the first half of a home-and-home set with Philadelphia. The Blueshirts enter the contest with a 1-1-0 preseason record (0-1-0 at home, 1-0-0 on the road) following a 4-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night at United Center. The Flyers had posted a 2-1-1 record through four preseason games before Sunday’s game against the New Jersey Devils. Continue reading

HAWK’S EYE: MUELLER CHAMPIONSHIP EXPERIENCE TO HARTFORD

Mueller Action Shot - Dallasbob-crawford_thumb5BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Centerman Chris Mueller brought nearly 400 games of pro experience with him when he signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers July 1, and he is fresh off of a 2013-14 season that was full of highlights.

In his sixth pro campaign, and his first with the Dallas Stars organization after four years in the Nashville Predators’ system, Mueller scored 25 goals and had 57 points in 60 AHL games with the Texas Stars last year, got his first taste of NHL playoff action with Dallas, and helped lead the Texas club all the way to its first Calder Cup championship.

“It was great,” Mueller said of his 2013-14 ride, in an interview after a Ranger training camp skate.  “Going to a different organization for the first time in four years, a little nervous, just don’t know anybody, not even like security guards at the rink or the equipment manager, so just getting to know everybody in Dallas and down in Austin (where the AHL Stars are based), they’re first-class, just great people.  And we started winning right away in Austin, that makes things good, and I got my handful of games with the big club.  I was up and down a lot, then I finished with Dallas in playoffs, and that was an experience, my first NHL playoff experience. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: BIG AHL/ECHL/CHL CHANGES COMING… WOLF PACK PREPARE FOR NEW SEASON

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Before moving on to all the excitement building up in preparation for the new season of hockey in Hartford, there are bigger and more important changes afoot to share.

Minor league hockey sources have told Cantlon’s Corner to expect a change in the ECHL schedule shortly as they will add some games with Central Hockey League teams as the two sides are heading toward a merger. Cantlon’s Corner reported exclusively over the summer the now seven team CHL will likely fold after this season with four teams likely to head to the ECHL next year (Allen, Missouri, Rapid City and Quad City) and two teams that suspended operations this year, Denver and Prescott Valley (Arizona Sundogs) will resurface next year in the AHL as affiliates for the two NHL teams in their cities Colorado Avalanche and Arizona Coyotes respectively.

Announcements that the teams and/or local ownership have purchased an AHL team to formally apply for relocation will likely be made after the New Year. Continue reading

PACK ANNOUNCE OPENING TRAINING CAMP, SCHEDULE, ROSTER

hartford-wolf-pack-150x140WOLF PACK ANNOUNCE TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE, ROSTER
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Physicals, Testing Friday, First Practice is Saturday

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, September 24, 2014: Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld today announced the schedule for the opening of the Wolf Pack’s 2014 training camp, as well as the camp roster.

The Pack’s initial group of 30 players will undergo physicals this Friday, September 26, followed by on-ice testing at Champions Skating Center in Cromwell, CT, beginning at 11:15 AM.

Training camp practices will start at Champions this Saturday, September 27 at 10:00 AM, and the Wolf Pack will also skate at Champions this Sunday, September 28 at 2:10 PM, and Monday, September 29 and Tuesday, September 30 at 10:00 AM.

The Wolf Pack’s preseason opener is Wednesday, October 1, a 7:00 PM game at Champions Skating Center vs. the Albany Devils.

Following is the Wolf Pack’s training camp roster of 19 forwards, 9 defensemen and two goaltenders.

Goal (2): Jeff Malcolm, Mackenzie Skapski

Defense (9): Nick Crawford, Troy Donnay, Sean Escobedo, Andrew Himelson, Dallas Jackson, Brandon Martell, Sam Noreau, Steve Spinell, Mikael Tam

Forwards (19): Tyler Brown, Mike Catenacci, Emerson Clark, Kyle Jean, Michael Kantor, Nick Latta, Paxton Leroux, Chris McCarthy, Pat Mullane, Chad Nehring, Logan Nelson, Richard Nejezchleb, Josh Nicholls, Shawn O’Donnell, Trevor Parkes, Michael St. Croix, Vinny Saponari, Justin Vaive, Andrew Yogan

The Wolf Pack will open the home portion of their 2014-15 AHL regular season Saturday, October 18 at the XL Center, hosting the Portland Pirates at 7:00 PM. Tickets for that game, and all 2014-15 Wolf Pack home games, are now on sale at the XL Center ticket office, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499. Wolf Pack tickets start as low as $12 for youth 12 years old or younger.

To speak with a Wolf Pack representative about season or group tickets, or any of the Wolf Pack’s many ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451.

RANGERS MAKE FIRST CUTS – NO SURPRISES

new-york-r_thumb8-150x143RANGERS REASSIGN 20 PLAYERS 

43 Players Remain in NHL Camp

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, September 24, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has reassigned 20 players from its training camp roster.

Twelve of those players  will report to Hartford’s training camp: Troy Donnay, Michael Kantor, Nickolas Latta, Paxton Leroux, Chris McCarthy, Richard Nejezchleb, Logan Nelson, Josh Nicholls, Sam Noreau, Mackenzie Skapski, Michael St. Croix, and Andrew Yogan.

Six players will report to their Junior teams: Ryan Graves, Brandon Halverson, Keegan Iverson, Ryan Mantha, Adam Tambellini, and Daniel Walcott.

Two players were released from their tryout agreements: Nathan Burns and Dallas Valentine.

The Rangers have 43 players remaining in training camp. The roster breakdown is listed below:

Forwards (25): Chris Bourque, Ryan Bourque, Derick Brassard, Anthony Duclair, Jesper Fast, Tanner Glass, Carl Hagelin, Ryan Haggerty, Kevin Hayes, Marek Hrivik, Chris Kreider, Danny Kristo, Oscar Lindberg, Matthew Lombardi, Ryan Malone, J.T. Miller, Dominic Moore, Chris Mueller, Rick Nash, Ryan Potulny, Martin St. Louis, Lee Stempniak, Derek Stepan, Nick Tarnasky, Mats Zuccarello

Defensemen (14): Conor Allen, Mat Bodie, Dan Boyle, Dan Girardi, Tommy Hughes, Matt Hunwick, Steven Kampfer, Kevin Klein, Michael Kostka, Ryan McDonagh, Dylan McIlrath, John Moore, Marc Staal, Petr Zamorsky

Goaltenders (4): Cedrick Desjardins, Henrik Lundqvist, Jason Missiaen, Cam Talbot

HAWK’S EYE: PACK OF BOURQUE BROTHERS

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rp_bob-crawford_thumb5.jpgBY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

With Ryan Bourque, a three-year Hartford Wolf Pack mainstay, being five years younger than his brother Chris, a veteran of nine seasons of pro hockey, the opportunities for the two siblings ever to play together have been limited.

“Just in summer leagues,” Ryan said recently about his and Chris’ experience wearing the same jersey.  “Me and Chris played together with a bunch of our buddies, and actually the old man (Ryan and Chris’ father, Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque) was on our team too, but he’s had to limit his playing the past few years.”  Continue reading