Category Archives: ECHL

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

BRIAN GRATZ JOINS ROADIES AS ASST COACH

Alan FuehringBY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Road Warriors

Greenville, SC: The Greenville Road Warriors, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced today that Brian Gratz will join the organization as assistant coach for the 2014-15 season.

“Brian brings a solid base of professional coaching experience to the organization,” said General Manager, Chris Lewis. “He’s been around the game as both a coach and a player for many years and has had tremendous success in both roles. Brian has a tireless work ethic and will be a great addition from both the hockey and front office business perspectives.” 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

FUEHRING NAMED VOICE OF WARRIORS

greenville-road-warriors_thumb16-148x150Alan Fuehring Named Voice of the Road Warriors

BY: Andy Zilch, Greenville Road Warriors

Greenville, SC: The Greenville Road Warriors, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced today that Alan Fuehring will join the organization as the team’s play-by-play broadcaster and Media Relations Manager.

“We are excited to have Alan join our team,” said Road Warriors General Manager Chris Lewis. “Alan brings professional play-by-play experience to our booth and will also be a valued member of our ticket sales team. I think our fans will enjoy the way that he will deliver the excitement of Road Warriors hockey this season.”

Fuehring comes to the Road Warriors after spending last season with the Peoria Rivermen of the Southern Professional Hockey League. In addition to being Peoria’s play-by-play broadcaster, Fuehring also oversaw media relations, maintained the organization’s website and social media pages, and served as an account executive. The Morton, Illinois native was very active in the community and was a key corporate sales producer for the Rivermen. Continue reading

ROADIES ANNOUNCE TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE AND ROSTER

rp_greenville-road-warriors_thumb16.gifRoad Warriors Announce Training Camp Schedule and Roster

BY: Andy Zilch, Greenville Road Warriors

Greenville, SC: The Greenville Road Warriors, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers, announced the 2014 training camp schedule and roster today.

Training camp will once again be held at the Official Practice Facility of the Greenville Road Warriors, The Pavillion in Taylors, South Carolina. Training Camp is open to the public and runs from Monday, October 6th until Thursday, October 16th. The dates for training camp are as follows: Continue reading

ZILCH: ROADIES CONTINUE MAKING SIGNINGS

rp_greenville-road-warriors_thumb5.gifRoad Warriors Continue to Make Free Agency Splash with More AHL Experience

BY: Andy Zilch, Greenville Road Warriors

Greenville, SC: Today the Greenville Road Warriors, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers, announced the signing of defenseman Dallas Jackson and forwards Pat Mullane. In addition, the Road Warriors have signed forward Paul Rodrigues.

“Dallas has the tools to be a shut down defenseman and can play with the top power play unit. He is a guy who will log a lot of minutes and I am excited to have this type of defenseman join the team,” Coach Dean Stork said. “Pat has very good habits and strong attention to detail. This is what has made him a smart and talented player. We feel these players can help us work toward our goal of bringing a championship to the city of Greenville.” Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: GERNANDER TALKS ABOUT TRAVERSE CITY

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

The future of the New York Rangers begins to take form this weekend in Traverse City, Michigan with the team’s participation in the eight team annual NHL Prospects Tournament Showcase. The first game on Friday features a contest with Dallas Stars. On Saturday the Rangers’ prospects take the ice against their Buffalo Sabres counterparts. Monday sees the Carolina Hurricanes and their young hopefuls mix it up with the the Baby Blueshirts before the placement round starts next Tuesday.

A full cross section of the organization’s future will be on display. Continue reading