Category Archives: Greenville Road Warriors

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.

CANTLON’S CORNER: THE DAY AFTER JULY MADNESS – THE WOLF PACK VERSION

GerryBY: Gerry Cantlon, Special to Howlings

WOLF PACK ROSTER 2014-15

The remaking of the Hartford Wolf Pack for this coming fall began in earnest with Tuesday’s NHL Signing Day.

The most immediate need for the Pack was in net as the team signed five year AHL veteran Cedric “The Entertainer” Desjardins of Edmundston, New Brunswick.

Desjardins spent last season in Syracuse, the top farm team of the Tampa Bay Lightning, where he posted a record of 9-18-4 in 35 games. For his career, Desjardins has a record of 104-80-18 over 219 AHL games. He was recalled for one game to the NHL for Tampa Bay. Continue reading

EXPECT TO SEE MORE RAY BOURQUE IN HARTFORD

ny-ranger-logo-150x145RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FREE AGENT FORWARD CHRIS BOURQUE

 BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, July 2, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Chris Bourque.

Bourque, 28, split this past season between Ak Bars Kazan of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) and EHC Biel of National League A (NLA) in Switzerland. He tallied two goals, along with six penalty minutes in 11 games with Ak Bars Kazan. In 21 contests with Biel, Bourque registered six goals and seven assists for 13 points, along with 14 penalty minutes. He also tallied four goals and four assists for eight points, along with four penalty minutes in 12 postseason contests with Biel. Bourque tied for fourth on Biel in goals during the postseason.

In 51 career NHL games with Washington, Pittsburgh, and Boston, the 5-8, 180-pounder has registered two goals and six assists for eight points, along with 18 penalty minutes. Bourque made his NHL debut as a member of the Capitals on November 6, 2007 at Atlanta, and tallied his first career NHL point with a goal on December 20, 2008 at Buffalo. In 2012-13, Bourque recorded one goal and three assists for four points in 18 games with Boston. He registered the first game-winning goal of his career on February 2, 2013 at Toronto.

Bourque has also tallied 142 goals and 291 assists for 433 points, along with 306 penalty minutes and a plus-54 rating in 437 career games in the American Hockey League (AHL). In 2011-12, he led the AHL in assists (66) and points (93), and was named to the AHL’s First All-Star Team while playing with the Hershey Bears. Bourque has won three Calder Cup Championships (2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10), and was named AHL Playoffs MVP in 2010 after registering seven goals and 20 assists for 27 points in 21 playoff contests.

The Boston, Massachusetts native was originally selected by Washington in the second round, 33rd overall, of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

RANGERS SIGN A SLEW OF PLAYERS LIKELY FOR WOLF PACK

ny-ranger-logo-150x145BY: The New York Rangers

DEFENSEMAN MIKE KOSTKA

NEW YORK, July 1, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Mike Kostka.

            Kostka, 28, split this past season between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning, registering four goals and seven assists for 11 points, along with eight penalty minutes and a plus-10 rating in 28 games. He established career-highs in goals, points, and plus/minus rating, and tied a career-high in shots on goal (49). He also posted a plus or even rating in 24 of his 28 games. Kostka tallied his first career NHL goal on October 19 vs. Toronto. He registered the first multi-point game of his career by recording two points (one goal, one assist) on December 10 at Dallas. Kostka made his Tampa Bay debut on March 1 at Dallas, and tallied the first multi-assist game of his career in his second contest as a member of the Lightning on March 2 at Colorado. Continue reading