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CANTLON: PACK BEAT VETERAN LADEN DEVILS 301

Hartford Wolf Pack Logo         VERSUS    Albany Devils

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

CROMWELL, CT - It was a test in more ways than one and the rookie-laden Hartford Wolf Pack as the team passed their first exam with a gritty 3-1 pre-season opening win over the visiting Albany Devils at the Champions Ice Skating Center Wednesday night.

Surprisingly, Albany dressed eleven of the veterans on their roster to six for the Pack, but despite the overwhelming experience advantage, Hartford prevailed with two third period goals. Continue reading

RANGER CUTS – NO BAND-AIDS NEEDED

new-york-r1-150x1441RANGERS REASSIGN NINE PLAYERS
34 Players Remain in NHL Camp

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, October 1, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has reassigned nine players from its training camp roster to the Hartford Wolf Pack.

The players who were reassigned are: Conor Allen, Mat Bodie, Chris Bourque, Ryan Bourque, Tommy Hughes, Danny Kristo, Jason Missiaen, Nick Tarnasky, and Petr Zamorsky.

The Rangers have 34 players remaining in training camp. The roster breakdown is listed below:

Forwards (21): Derick Brassard, Anthony Duclair, Jesper Fast, Tanner Glass, Carl Hagelin, Ryan Haggerty, Kevin Hayes, Marek Hrivik, Chris Kreider, Oscar Lindberg, Matthew Lombardi, Ryan Malone, J.T. Miller, Dominic Moore, Chris Mueller, Rick Nash, Ryan Potulny, Martin St. Louis, Lee Stempniak, Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello

Defensemen (10): Dan Boyle, Dan Girardi, Matt Hunwick, Steven Kampfer, Kevin Klein, Michael Kostka, Ryan McDonagh, Dylan McIlrath, John Moore, Marc Staal

Goaltenders (3): Henrik Lundqvist, Cedrick Desjardins, Cam Talbot

Editor’s Note: Several of the New York beat writers report that Ryan Potulny is actually being sent to the Wolf Pack and was cut, but with Michael Lombardi still out injured he has been taking his place temporarily. Also Cedrick Desjardins is going to be reassigned as well, but he has an injury that has been pronounced as, “day-to-day” and cannot be sent back while he is injured per NHL rules.

RANGERS COME UP SHORT ON SECOND HELPING OF CHEESESTEAK

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NEW YORK RANGERS 2 vs. PHILADELPHIA CHEESESTEAKS 4
Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia, PA
September 30, 2014

Team notes:

Out for the kill … The Rangers were 3-for-4 on the penalty kill, and registered a shorthanded goal in the contest. New York is 13-for-15 (86.7%) on the penalty kill in the preseason. The Blueshirts were tied for third in the NHL in shorthanded goals (10) in 2013-14.

Sacrificing the body… New York was credited with 25 blocked shots in the game. Eleven different skaters were credited with at least one blocked shot for the Blueshirts, while four Rangers blocked at least three shots. Continue reading

CANLTON’S CORNER: PACK SCHOOL NOW IN SESSION

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Class is in session.

The 2014-15  Hartford Wolf Pack season officially got underway this past Saturday at what felt like a frozen meat locker or as it is otherwise known, the Champions Skating Center in Cromwell, CT. The location will be the team’s sole training camp site renovations continue at the XL Center.

There are plenty of new faces all over the ice each attempting to securing an AHL job or even an ECHL position with the Pack’s affiliate there, the Greenville Road Warriors. All of the activity is under the watchful eye of Head Coach, Ken Gernander. The one-time captain of the team is now in his seventh season behind the bench. General Manager Jim Schoenfeld was observing everything from above the ice in the offices of the Hartford Junior Wolf Pack sitting with assistant coach,  Jeff Buekeboom, Meanwhile, on the ice playing the part of a linesman is Assistant General Manager and the team’s other assistant coach, Pat Boller. 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.