Category Archives: ECHL

VAIVE COMING BACK TO GRENVILLE

greenville-road-warriors211BY: Andy Zilch, Greenville Road Warriors

Greenville, SC: Today the Greenville Road Warriors, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers, announced the signing of forward Justin Vaive.

“I am thrilled to be adding Justin to the roster again this year. He is the type of player that can not only score but also brings a physical presence on the ice,” Coach Dean Stork said. “His ability to crash the net and fight for loose pucks makes him a tremendous offensive threat.”

Vaive (vie-vuh) only skated in 13 regular season games as a Road Warrior last season while splitting the year with the Hartford Wolf Pack. In his brief stint with Greenville, the power forward posted ten goals, eight assists and 20 penalty minutes. Vaive also played in 13 postseason games with Road Warriors, scoring six goals and five assists. The Buffalo, New York native dressed in 27 games with Hartford tallying one goal and four assists. He was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the fourth round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Season tickets for the Greenville Road Warriors’ 2014-15 season 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 HOLD HOCKEY DEMO DAY ON AUG. 2ND

greenville-road-warriors211Road Warriors to Hold Hockey Demo Day

BY: Andy Zilch, Greenville Road Warriors

Greenville, SC: Today the Greenville Road Warriors, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers, announced the date and time of the second annual Hockey Demo Day held at Dick’s Sports Goods off Woodruff Road.

Hockey Demo Day, scheduled for Saturday, August 2nd from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., will be a hands-on opportunity for fans of all ages to learn the growing sport of Hockey. While fans learn about the sport, Coach Dean Stork will be on-hand to assist with the rules of the game and tips on how to play. Rowdy will also be in attendance to interact and show off the skills he has learned in his time with the Road Warriors!

Along with the fun of trying out hockey, special prizes will be given away by the Road Warriors and Dick’s Sporting Goods. The Road Warriors official practice facility, The Pavilion, will provide equipment needed for Hockey Demo Day so everyone can participate! There is no charge to come out and play!

“Hockey Demo Day is a fantastic opportunity for everyone in the Upstate to try the great game of Hockey,” said General Manager Chris Lewis. “We are excited to work with Dick’s Sporting Goods and the Pavilion to deliver this free event for all to enjoy.”

Season tickets for the Greenville Road Warriors’ 2014-15 season 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!

CANTLON’S CORNER: OFF-SEASON ACTIVITY CONTINUES

gerry-300x260BY: Gerry Cantlon, Special to Howlings 

Preparations for big changes in the AHL after next season have already begun with the announcement of division realignment for the upcoming 2014-15 season.

For the Hartford Wolf Pack and Bridgeport Sound Tigers, things will remain the same. Both teams are parked in the Northeast Division along with the Albany Devils (New Jersey) and Springfield Falcons (Columbus). The only change that’s coming is that Adirondack is now an affiliate of the Calgary Flames. This leaves the Western conference, North Division, with three other Canadian affiliated teams Utica Comets (Vancouver), Hamilton Bulldogs (Montreal) and Toronto Marlies (Maple Leafs) and Rochester Americans (Buffalo). Continue reading

CLARK RETURNS TO GREENVILLE

greenville-road-warriors211BY: Andy Zilch, Greenville Road Warriors

Emerson Clark Returns to Road Warriors for 2014-15 Season

Greenville, SC: Today the Greenville Road Warriors, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers, announced the team has signed forward Emerson Clark.

“Emerson is one of the toughest pound-for-pound players I have seen as a coach at this level,” head coach Dean Stork stated. “He fits our style of play and the identity of being a hard team to play against every single game. I am thrilled to bring back a passionate player like Emerson.”

Clark returns to the Road Warriors after skating in 25 games with Greenville last season. He was acquired on February 3rd from the Toledo Walleye. The 21 year old also played 25 games with the Walleye amassing 150 penalty minutes. Clarke notched seven penalty minutes in his first game as a Road Warrior on February 7th and amassed 81 PIMs during the remainder of the regular season for Greenville. The Whitby, Ontario native scored his first professional goal on February 23rd with the Road Warriors en route to a two-goal game. Clark tallied 12 points (5G, 7A) in his 25 games with the Road Warriors. He also added five points (2G, 3A) and 35 penalty minutes in 14 playoff games. Prior to his rookie season, the winger spent four full seasons in the Ontario Hockey League.

Season tickets for the Greenville Road Warriors’ 2014-15 season 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!

CANTLON’S CORNER: WOLF PACK PLAYERS COMING AND GOING

gerry-300x260BY: Gerry Cantlon, Special to Howlings

The comings and goings continue in the NHL as well as the AHL on Thursday, the third day of player movement under free agency.

The Wolf Pack will have a new captain for Head Coach Ken Gernander‘s team in 2014-2015. Last season’s captain, defenseman Aaron Johnson, has signed a one year deal with the Ottawa Senators which will likely see him lacing up his skates for the Binghamton Senators.

On the arrival front, Hartford has picked up some serious physicality on the left wing. Nick Tarnasky, who skated with the Hamilton Bulldogs last year and notched 13 goals and had 22 points in 77 games and 144 PIMs was signed by the Rangers. A Rocky Mountain House, Alberta native, Tarnasky has 369 AHL games with 60 goals, 111 points and 715 penalty minutes.

In AHL moves directly related to Connecticut, defenseman Jamie Sifers, a Stratford, CT native who played his public high school hockey at Fairfield Prep and a year at Taft of Watertown, has signed a one year deal with the Springfield Falcons.

Sifers, a speedy right handed shot was an AHL All-Star with Toronto several years ago and just finished his third year in Germany in the DEL League with Adler Mannheim. Sifers played his collegiate career with the University of Vermont where he was team captain his final three seasons.

Rugged ruffian, and ex-Wolf Pack, Trevor Gillies will be back in the East and playing with the Adirondack Flames. Gillies has 1,548 PM in 359 AHL games – an average per game of 4.31. Interestingly, Gillies will now have played in every AHL Northeast city in his career except Manchester.

In executive movement, one time Hartford Whalers’ assistant coach, Darcy Regier was hired by another former Whaler and a Ranger as well, Don Maloney. Regier was hired by the Arizona Coyotes  as Senior VP and assistant GM.

Here’s the official release on the Tarnasky signing…

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Nick Tarnasky.

Tarnasky, 29, skated in 76 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League (AHL) this past season, registering 13 goals and nine assists for 22 points, along with 144 penalty minutes. He established a career-high and led Hamilton in games played. Tarnasky also led Hamilton in penalty minutes and tied for fifth on the team in goals and power play goals (four). He skated in his 300th career AHL game on October 26 at Utica, and tallied his 100th career AHL point with an assist on December 28 at Utica.

The 6-2, 230-pounder has skated in 245 career NHL games over parts of five seasons with Tampa Bay, Nashville, and Florida, registering 13 goals and 17 assists for 30 points, along with 297 penalty minutes. Tarnasky made his NHL debut with the Lightning on October 20, 2005 at Atlanta, and tallied his first career NHL point with an assist on November 5, 2005 at Toronto. He skated in a career-high 80 games during the 2007-08 season, ranking fourth on Tampa Bay in hits (119) and tying for second among forwards on the team in blocked shots (45). Tarnasky has skated in six career NHL playoff games, all of which were with Tampa Bay during the 2007 Playoffs.

In 369 career AHL games, Tarnasky has recorded 60 goals and 51 assists for 111 points, along with 715 penalty minutes. During the 2012-13 season, he established AHL career-highs in goals (16) and points (26) with the Rochester Americans. Tarnasky also added one goal in three games with the Americans in the 2013 Playoffs.

The Rocky Mountain House, Alberta native was originally selected by Tampa Bay in the ninth round, 287th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

ROADIES RETURN THREE AND GET A NEW FACE

greenville-road-warriors211BY: Andy Zilch, Greenville Road Warriors

Road Warriors Return Three Familiar Names, Add Skelly

Greenville, SC: Today the Greenville Road Warriors, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers, announced the signings of returning forward Scott Arnold and defensemen Andrew Himelson and Matt Bruneteau. The team also added a new face in former Las Vegas Wranglers forward Shawn Skelly.

“Scott is a reliable forward with very strong character. He is the type of player that can be relied upon as a leader.” Head Coach Dean Stork said. “Andrew and Matt are defensemen that can shut down the opposition and make seamless plays with quick and accurate puck movement. Shawn provides more scoring ability to the team with his high offensive talent.”

Arnold played 49 games with the Road Warriors last season, including 16 postseason games after being acquired in a trade with the Toledo Walleye. During the regular season, Arnold scored nine goals and tallied five assists. The Montreal, Quebec native scored five goals in the postseason, including an overtime winner in round one against Kalamazoo. After spending two years at Niagara University, Arnold split the 2012-13 season between the Gwinnett Gladiators and the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League.

Himelson returns to the Road Warriors after skating in 35 games during the regular season and 13 games in the playoffs. The defenseman began his rookie season last year with the Tulsa Oilers in the CHL and the Knoxville Ice Bears of the SPHL. The 24-year-old played his first game with the Road Warriors on January 3rd and went on to post 10 points (1G, 9A) and a +6 rating. Himelson was born in Monroe, New York.

Bruneteau, 24, split the remainder of last season between Greenville and Fort Wayne after finishing his collegiate career with Lake Superior State University. Professionally, he totaled ten games played and notched two assists; both while playing with the Road Warriors. The Omaha, Nebraska native served as an alternate captain for the Lake State last season. He finished the NCAA season with one goal and three assists in 36 games played. His career as a Laker finished with 146 games played, 18 points (3G, 15A) and 100 penalty minutes.

Skelly, 27, becomes the second former member of the Wranglers to join the Road Warriors this offseason. The Wolverine Lake, Michigan product scored eight goals and seven assists in 23 appearances with Las Vegas last year. Skelly’s pro career began in 2011 with the Mississippi Surge and has continued in the ECHL with Toledo, Alaska and Bakersfield.

Season tickets for the Greenville Road Warriors’ 2014-15 season 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!

MISSIAEN BACK TO HARTFORD

Jason-Missiaen-Greenville1BY: Mitch Beck, Editor, Howlings

According to the NHL transaction wire, and in a bit of a surprising move, the New York Rangers have resigned restricted free agent goaltender, Jason Missiaen to a one year, two way deal.

According to capgeek.com, the deal is for $715K should Missiaen make it to the NHL level and will pay the 6’8 24 year old from Chatham, Ontario $67,500 at the AHL.

The deal is surprising in that Missiaen struggled mightily while in Hartford with the Pack last season, especially at the beginning of the season. When the Rangers sent he and Jeff Malcolm to the ECHL, they brought in Dov Grumet-Morris, the team’s MVP and then David LeNeveu to replace them.

Missiaen found his game while in Greenville and played very well for the Road Warriors. Missiaen led the team into the playoffs and through the first couple of rounds but was injured in the Roadies run to the conference finals where they were knocked out of Kelly Cup contention.

It is unclear if Missiaen will stay in Hartford and understudy Cedric Desjardins or head back to Greenville to lead the Roadies. Obviously that will be determined at training camp.