Category Archives: Connecticut Whale

PACK OUTRANK ADMIRALS IN 3-0 WIN

Hartford Wolf Pack Logo      VERSUS      Norfolk Admirals

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT - The Hartford Wolf Pack played an economical defensive game, scored a goal in each period and snapped a two game losing streak 3-0 over the Norfolk Admirals at the XL Center Sunday afternoon before a crowd of 2,094. The team’s first shutout of the season was also the first for rookie goaltender, Mackenzie Skapski in his AHL debut.

“We played a pretty sound game and a good way to get off the schneid,” said Head Coach Ken Gernander

The Wolf Pack’s third goal came on the powerplay at 10:48 of the third period.

Justin Vaive used his 6’4 frame perfectly to screen Admirals netminder and former Wolf Pack standout, Jason LaBarbera, in deflecting Danny Kristo’s left wing faceoff circle drive for his first of the season. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: TURN UP THE LIGHTS IN HARTFORD

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

The doors are ready to be opened.

Hartford Wolf Pack fans will get their first taste of the newly renovated XL Center and all its glitzy interior work, new food and brew offerings and as an added bonus, they’ll see the 2014-15 edition of the New York Ranger‘s AHL affiliates begin year number 18 of their existence in Connecticut’s capitol.

Then captain Ken Gernander was there the very first night and now enters his seventh season as the team’s head coach. His teammates included PJ Stock, who’s now with, “Hockey Night in Canada;” Brent Thompson is now the head coach in Bridgeport with the Sound Tigers; Pierre Sevigny watches his son Mathieu – born in Hartford – play with the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL and the team’s head coach at the time, EJ McGuire, he watches the team from above. Continue reading

CANTLON: WOLF PACK SEASON PREVIEW

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

CROMWELL, CT - Another season of  Hartford Wolf Pack hockey is ready to get underway.

The 18th edition of AHL hockey in Hartford starts Sunday afternoon at 5pm (WPOP-1410 and AHL Live) in Syracuse against a new division opponent.

The Pack ran a strong hard skating practice and it left head coach Ken Gernander smiling and ready to go. “Practice has been over for awhile now, but you see the guys out there working on various things with lots of enthusiasm. I’m very pleased.” Continue reading

PAINT THE ICE IN HARTFORD

Hartford Wolf Pack LogoWOLF PACK INVITE FANS TO HELP PAINT ICE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12

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Paintbrushes will be out from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

 BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

HARTFORD, October 8, 2014:  Global Spectrum, operators of the XL Center and Hartford Wolf Pack, announced today an opportunity for fans to participate in the painting of the XL Center ice markings this Sunday, October 12, starting at 11:00 AM.

All those interested in taking part in, or simply getting a glimpse of, the ice-painting process, are asked to go to the XL Center atrium at 11:00 AM on Sunday.  Wolf Pack staff will escort all those assembled to ice level, where they will have a chance to take paint brush in hand and apply a portion of the special “Jet Ice” paint to one of the rink lines.

“We want to extend the opportunity to our fans to take part in the creation of the ice-building process. It will give our fans a sense of pride and belonging,” said Global Spectrum’s Chris Lawrence, General Manager of the XL Center and Hartford Wolf Pack Business Operations.   “We are obviously excited about all of the XL Center renovations these past few months, and this is a great event for fans to take a look at the changes before the home opener on October 18th.”

The Pack 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, or click here to request more info.

PACK INTRODUCE NEW HOCKEY STAFF MEMBERS

Hartford Wolf Pack LogoWOLF PACK ANNOUNCE HOCKEY STAFF ADDITIONS

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New Athletic Trainer, Assistant Strength  and Conditioning Coach, & Video Coordinator on Board 

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, October 8, 2014:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the Wolf Pack has welcomed three new additions to its hockey staff.

Brian Fairbrother is the Wolf Pack’s new athletic trainer, Paul Secola joins the team as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach and Shawn Roche has been hired as Video Coordinator.

Fairbrother comes to the Wolf Pack from Quinnipiac University, where he has worked in sports medicine for eight years.  The 32-year-old native of Littleton, NH provided medical services for the Bobcats’ Men’s Ice Hockey program, and also served as an approved clinical instructor and lecturer for Quinnipiac’s Athletic Training Program.  Continue reading

MUELLER SENT TO HARTFORD

new-york-rangers_thumb13-150x150RANGERS REASSIGN CHRIS MUELLER

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, October 7, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has reassigned Chris Mueller to the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL).

The Rangers have 23 players on their active roster. The roster breakdown is listed below:

Forwards (14)*: Derick Brassard, Anthony Duclair, Jesper Fast, Tanner Glass, Carl Hagelin, *Kevin Hayes (injured), Chris Kreider, Ryan Malone, J.T. Miller, Dominic Moore, Rick Nash, Martin St. Louis, Lee Stempniak, Mats Zuccarello

Defensemen (7): Dan Boyle, Dan Girardi, Matt Hunwick, Kevin Klein, Ryan McDonagh, John Moore, Marc Staal

Goaltenders (2): Henrik Lundqvist, Cam Talbot

*Derek Stepan is on long-term injured reserve

CRAWFORD: PACK SHOT OUT BY FALCONS

Hartford Wolf Pack Logo      VERSUS      Springfield

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Springfield Falcons 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 2 (SO)

Springfield, MA, October 5, 2014 – Shawn O’Donnell scored a pair of goals to bring the Hartford Wolf Pack back from a 2-0 deficit Sunday afternoon at the MassMutual Center, but the Springfield Falcons prevailed 3-2 in a shootout, in the Wolf Pack’s preseason finale.

Mike Hoeffel and Hubert Labrie scored in regulation for Springfield, and T.J. Tynan scored the only goal of the shootout.  Anton Forsberg made 24 saves in the Springfield net and went three-for-three in the shootout.  Jason Missiaen started in goal for the Wolf Pack and stopped nine of the ten shots that he faced, and Jeff Malcolm allowed one goal on 22 shots. Continue reading