Category Archives: ECHL

SHAWN O’DONNELL RETURNING TO HARTFORD

Hartford Wolf PackWOLF PACK SIGN FORWARD SHAWN O’DONNELL TO AHL CONTRACT

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Had 10 Points, 85 PIM in 57 Games Last Season 

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, August 29, 2014:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the Wolf Pack has signed forward Shawn O’Donnell to an AHL contract.

As a rookie in 2013-14, O’Donnell skated in 57 games with the Wolf Pack, scoring three goals and adding seven assists for ten points.  The 6-1, 192-pound Halifax, Nova Scotia native also served 85 minutes in penalties, the fifth-highest total on the Wolf Pack club. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: LOTS OF NEWS FROM HOCKEY

gerryBY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

I think it’s fair to say that I complain about as much as anybody else does about the late timing by the AHL in releasing it’s schedule. Well on Wednesday, it was FINALLY released.

The Hartford Wolf Pack open their 18th season and their 76 game regular season schedule on the road on a Sunday afternoon in upstate New York starting at 5pm. Their opponent, the newest member of the Northeast Division, the top affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Syracuse Crunch.

The home opener features the Portland Pirates, the top farm club of the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday October 17. The Hershey Bears come in the following day for a Sunday matinee at 3pm. Continue reading

MALCOLM RESIGNS WITH WOLF PACK

Hartford Wolf Pack LogoJEFF MALCOLM (G) RE-SIGNS WITH WOLF PACK

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2nd-year Pro Won NCAA Title with Yale                 University in 2012-13

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

HARTFORD, August 25, 2014:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the Wolf Pack has re-signed goaltender Jeff Malcolm.  Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: HOW THE WEST WAS BUILT

gerryBY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

A big development in the creation of the AHL Pacific Division.

The CHL (Central Hockey League) Denver Cutthroats formally suspended operations for the 2014-15 season yesterday. The team which went to the CHL President Cup finals is coached by former Wolf Pack Brad Smyth and the President/GM Derek Armstrong.

Then this morning the Arizona Sundogs followed suit because Denver was their closest rival by 13 hours and 23,490 miles in the Central Hockey League. Cantlon’s Corner first reported this direction last month. Continue reading

ROADIES ANNOUNCE PRESEASON SCHEDULE

rp_greenville-road-warriors_thumb2.gifRoad Warriors Announce Preseason Schedule

BY: Andy Zilch, Greenville Road Warriors

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

The team will be on the road for a pair of games that will be hosted by South Division rivals, the South Carolina Stingrays and the Gwinnett Gladiators. The first game will be played against the Stingrays on Saturday, October 11th at the Carolina Ice Palace. Opening faceoff takes place at 7:05 p.m.

The final preseason game will be played against the Gladiators on Sunday, October 12th at the Duluth Ice Forum. The game is set to start at 5:30 p.m.

The Road Warriors kick off their 5th season of hockey in the Upstate on Friday, October 24th against the South Carolina Stingrays at 7 p.m. Season tickets are available now and start as low as $170. Call a Road Warriors Account Executive at 864-674-PUCK or visit greenvilleroadwarriors.com to secure your Road Warriors season tickets today

ROADIES SIGN HEGARTY AND GEOFFRION

greenville-road-warriors_thumb21-149x150BY: Andy Zilch, Greenville Road Warriors

Greenville, SC: Today the Greenville Road Warriors, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers, announced the signings of defenseman Ryan Hegarty and forward Sebastian Geoffrion.

“As one of the most liked teammates last year, I have expectations for Ryan to bring a leadership presence to the locker room and also continue to hone his skills as a two-way defenseman,” Coach Dean Stork commented.

Hegarty, 24, returns for his third professional year after a full season with the Road Warriors. The Arlington, Massachusetts native compiled 22 points (4G, 18A) and a +8 rating in 59 games with Greenville. The previous year, Hegarty posted nine points (3G, 6A) and a -7 rating with the Fort Wayne Komets. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Anaheim Ducks. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: BOURQUES AND PUCKS

gerryBY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

The Hartford Wolf Pack roster got a big boost for upcoming 2014-15 season with the announcement of the signing of Restricted Free-Agent (RFA), Ryan Bourque.  The younger son of Hall-of-Famer, Ray Bourque, was a one year deal. Ryan joins his brother Chris after the elder Bourque son signed a deal last month with the parent, New York Rangers.

Ryan Bourque has played three years with the Pack and started last season along with Darroll Powe as the team’s key penalty killers, a unit that became the catalyst for the team’s last season surge. The Pack played .750 hockey down the stretch lifting the team out of the last overall spot in the AHL. Winning at that pace allowed the former Calder Cup champions (2000) to avert an ignominious distinction of finishing dead last for the season. They were however, unable to secure a playoff spot and the team missed the playoffs for a second year in a row – the first time in franchise history. Continue reading