Category Archives: NWHL

CANTLON’S CORNER: THE LAST WEEKEND OF WOLF PACK ACTION FOR THE SEASON

CANTLON’S CORNER: THE LAST WEEKEND OF WOLF PACK ACTION FOR THE SEASON

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – Just two games remain in the 2017-18 season for the Hartford Wolf Pack. The games are a home-and-home with the Binghamton Devils, who they meet for the first time this season.

Friday night at the XL Center will be the front -end of the pair of games and is “Fan Appreciation Night.” During play stoppages, the team player award winners will be announced. Fans will also be selected to win prizes based on their seat location.

Pack head coach Keith McCambridge has slated Alex Georgiev to start in the net for the home finale.

McCambridge will have a chance to see two potential major pieces for the 2018-19 season and evaluate a few others. Continue reading

WARD: PACK SWEEP SEASON SERIES FROM FIRST PLACE PHANTOMS

WARD: PACK SWEEP SEASON SERIES FROM FIRST PLACE PHANTOMS

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Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Lehigh Valley Phantoms 2 (OT)

BY: Nick Ward, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, April 7, 2018 – Vinni Lettieri’s 22nd goal of the season, a power-play goal 51 seconds into overtime, lifted the Hartford Wolf Pack past the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Saturday at the XL Center, 3-2.

With the win, the Wolf Pack finished their season series with the Atlantic Division-leading Phantoms 6-0-0-0.

The Wolf Pack came out strong defensively in the first period, as both Chris Bigras and Hubert Labrie delivered big hits. The Wolf Pack also had some good offensive chances in the first period, one coming from a Cole Schneider slap shot from the top of the right faceoff circle that was gloved by Phantoms goaltender Dustin Tokarski. Continue reading

CANLTON’S CORNER: WOLF PACK OFF SEASON VOLUME 11

CANLTON’S CORNER: Wolf Pack Off Season Volume 11

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – NFL football camps are opening. In basketball, the free agent signing period is in full-swing while in the NHL, nothing seems to be slowing down as the summer moves along.

RANGERS SIGNING

Of the many problems that existed for the Hartford Wolf Pack last season, the most glaring concern was between the pipes as the goaltending was far beneath an acceptable level.

The theory was that with both Magnus Hellberg, returning off a solid season, and a healthy and seeming revitalized Mackenzie Skapski, who is now fully recovered from hip surgery, could be the foundation upon which the team could build as the team’s young members adjusted to life in pro hockey.

It’s pretty apparent, that never materialized.

Hellberg freely admitted at the end of the year that he was sub-par. He seemingly was always fighting the puck and had problems shoulder high to his glove side and getting beaten early in too many games. Skapski just never seemed to recover sinking deeper and deeper on the depth chart as the season progressed.

Skapski never seemed to recover and sunk deeper and deeper on the depth chart as the season progressed.

After such an impressive training camp in New York, Skapski had a terrible performance in an early season game in Providence. “The Buffalo Killer,” as Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault dubbed him in his rookie season after two wins against the Sabres, dropped to 0-4 and was getting beaten cleanly on long shots. He also was apprehensive in his decision making deciding to stay back in his net instead of getting to a loose puck that the Bruins Jake DeBrusk raced in to get before beating him to the top shelf. His performance earned him a return ticket to the ECHL and the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, where he remained except for a few emergency recalls. Skapski ended the year with his getting bombed in a 6-1 shellacking in his only playoff appearance. He did not even dress for the following game.

Hellberg has since signed in Beijing, China with the Kunlun Red Star, a KHL team there. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: WOLF PACK OFF SEASON VOLUME 4 PART 2

Wolf Pack Off Season Volume 4 Part 2

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – So much going on right now that one story wasn’t enough to cover it all.

PLAYER AND COACHING MOVEMENT

Magnus Hellberg is getting as far away from Hartford as he possibly can. The now ex-Pack netminder signed a one-year contract with the Kunlun Red Star in Beijing, China for the KHL team that is entering its second season. Hopefully, Hellberg got his yuans up front. Below is a story from the AP on the financial problems of the KHL.

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kontinental Hockey League has cut a Russian team as it tries to fix worsening financial problems, including debts to league players of over $17 million.

KHL president Dmitry Chernyshenko said Wednesday that the league is removing the Metallurg Novokuznetsk team, which had a 14-46 record and small crowds this season, as it bids to become leaner and more commercially successful.

Croatian team Medvescak Zagreb said in March it would withdraw to join the Austrian-based EBEL league.

Chernyshenko says the KHL — widely considered the world’s strongest league outside the NHL — has been hit by “unprecedented” wage delays to players totaling over 1 billion rubles ($17.7 million).

Seven of the KHL’s 29 teams are “regularly” late with salaries and some players have been waiting over six months for payment.

“The KHL will not stand for this,” Chernyshenko said.

From 27 teams next season, the KHL will cut three more for the 2018-19 season, Chernyshenko said. A statistical rating system measuring teams’ on-ice ability, their finances and crowd appeal will be used to determine who quits the league.

The league also plans to lower the salary cap and close some loopholes which help big spenders. That could make the league more competitive and reduce the dominance of wealthy teams like CSKA Moscow and SKA St. Petersburg, which are funded by state-owned oil and gas companies.

SKA won its second KHL championship in three years last month after posting a 46-14 record in the regular season and then winning all but two of the 18 games it played across four rounds in the playoffs.

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ARRAL: NWHL NEWS – JESSICA KOIZUMI ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

NWHLNWHL NEWS: Jessica Koizumi Announces Retirement

Whale Adds Practice Player and Calls Up Orlando

BY: Savanna Arral, NWHL

Brooklyn, N.Y.—  Today Jessica Koizumi of the Connecticut Whale announced her retirement from professional hockey and has accepted a full-time coaching position at The Ohio State University.

“This was the hardest career decision I have had to make — to retire from playing professionally in the NWHL in what I thought would be my last season,” Koizumi wrote in a letter announcing her retirement. “Being a part of the first paid professional league in North America (NWHL) last season is something I didn’t believe would happen in my lifetime. I hope the league sustains for generations to come because it was a dream come true… I am looking forward to the next chapter of giving back to the game from a different vantage point.”

Koizumi was captain of the Whale and scored the first goal in NWHL history.

Elena Orlando (F/D) will fill in on the full-time roster with a one-year, $12,000 contract. Orlando was signed by the Whale as a practice player this past offseason after playing for the New York Riveters last season. She registered one assist and 17 penalty minutes for the Riveters in the 2015-16 season.

Juana Baribeau (F) has also been signed by the Whale as a practice player. Baribeau is from Amos, Quebec and scored 52 goals and had 56 assists during her 150 game college career at Clarkson.

About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)

The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season began October 11, 2015 with the Founding Four: Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters. The Boston Pride became the first team in NWHL history to raise the Isobel Cup on March 12, 2016.

ARRAL: NWHL NEWS – BOSTON PRIDE ANNOUNCE PRACTICE PLAYERS FOR 2016-17 SEASON

NWHLNWHL NEWS: BOSTON PRIDE ANNOUNCE PRACTICE PLAYERS FOR 2016-17 SEASON

Marissa Gedman and Lindsay Berman Return to NWHL For Season Two

BY: Savanna Arral, NWHL

Boston, MAThe Boston Pride have signed their practice players for the 2016-17 season, General Manager Hayley Moore announced Tuesday. Kathryn Tomaselli (F), Lindsay Berman (F/D), Maggie Taverna (D), Marissa Gedman (D), Michaela Levine (F), and Natalie Robinson (G) have agreed to practice player contracts.

Lindsay Berman (NWHL)

<> at Prudential Center Practice Facility on March 12, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey.

<> at Prudential Center Practice Facility on March 12, 2016, in Newark, New Jersey.

“We are very lucky to be adding an incredibly talented and well-rounded group of practice players to our Boston core,” said Moore. “These players add different areas of experience and skills to our team, and will be truly instrumental to our success this season.”

Gedman and Berman return to the NWHL after playing in the inaugural season. Gedman collected 6 assists in 18 regular season games with the Pride, as well as two assists in the Isobel Cup Playoffs. Berman notched one assist in three regular season games with the Connecticut Whale.

Levine finished her senior season at Williams this year as her team’s leading scorer with 55 points (30g, 25a) in 96 games. Tomaselli, another 2016 graduate, led her team with 50 points (31g, 19a) in 135 games with Union College.

Taverna was a defenseman for Boston College from 2005-2009, where she scored 67 points (15g, 52a) in 141 games. Goaltender Robinson, an Ontario native, played at the University of Maine from 2012-2016.

About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)
The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season began October 11, 2015, with the Founding Four: Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters. The Boston Pride became the first team in NWHL history to raise the Isobel Cup on March 12, 2016.

ARRAL: NWHL NEWS – NY RIVETERS ANNOUNCE PRACTICE PLAYERS FOR 2016-17 SEASON

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NWHL NEWS: NEW YORK RIVETERS ANNOUNCE PRACTICE PLAYERS FOR 2016-17 SEASON

Remaining Sixth Spot Will Be Filled Via Open Tryout This September

BY: Savanna Arral, NWHL

Newark, NJThe New York Riveters have signed their practice players for the 2016-17 season, General Manager Chad Wiseman announced Friday. Gabie Figueroa (D), Taylor Holze (F), Rebecca Morse (D), Julia Herr (F), and Sarah Bryant (G) have agreed to practice player contracts.

Gabie FigueroaFigueroa and Holze return to the Riveters as veterans of the inaugural season team. Figueroa played in 18 regular season games, scoring one goal, and played in both Isobel Cup Playoff games. Holze captured one assist in 7 regular season games with the Riveters.Taylor Holze
Bryant and Morse both join the Riveters from Providence College. Bryant graduated in 2016 and earned a .877 SV% and 3.29 GAA in 4000 minutes played. Morse, who played for the Friars from 2010-14, collected 61 points (16g, 45a) in 135 games.

Julia “Cheeky” Herr played in 90 games at Trinity College from 2012-16, where she collected 82 points (38g, 44a).

To fill the remaining practice player slot, the New York Riveters will be holding an open tryout at practice. Interested players may contact fa@nwhlhq.com.

The restricted free agency began on April 1 and lasted until April 30. Free agency began May 1 and ended July 31. The 2016 NWHL Draft was on June 18.

About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)
The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season began October 11, 2015, with the Founding Four: Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters. The Boston Pride became the first team in NWHL history to raise the Isobel Cup on March 12, 2016.

ARRAL: NWHL NEWS: NWHL ANNOUNCES 2016 PRESEASON SERIES AGAINST TEAM RUSSIA

NWHLNWHL NEWS: NWHL ANNOUNCES 2016 PRESEASON SERIES AGAINST TEAM RUSSIA

Teams Will Also Face Boston College, Brock University in Preseason

BY: Savanna Arral, NWHL

New York, NYThe National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) today announced the details for the 2016 preseason games. Preseason begins on September 22nd and ends on October 2nd, less than one week before the start of the regular season.

The Russian National Team will play a five-game series against NWHL teams, with one game against the Boston Pride and two games against the New York Riveters and Connecticut Whale.

The full preseason schedule is as follows (all times Eastern):

Boston Pride at Boston College
Thursday, September 22nd, 7:00PM
Kelley Rink at Conte Forum

Boston Pride vs. Team Russia
Saturday, September 24th, 7:00PM
Warrior Ice Arena

New York Riveters vs. Team Russia
Sunday, September 25th, 4:30PM
Barnabas Health Hockey House at Prudential Center

Buffalo Beauts vs. Buffalo Jr. Sabres
Sunday, September 25th, 7:00PM
HARBORCENTER

New York Riveters vs. Team Russia
Monday, September 26th, 7:00PM
Mennen Arena in Morristown, NJ

Connecticut Whale vs. Team Russia
Tuesday, September 27th, 7:00PM
Northford Ice Pavilion

Connecticut Whale vs. Team Russia
Thursday, September 29th, 7:00PM
Northford Ice Pavilion

Buffalo Beauts at Brock University
Sunday, October 2nd, 2:15PM
Jack Gatecliff Arena in St. Catherines, ON

All preseason tickets are available for purchase for $5 on nwhl.zone/tickets. Season ticket holders can attend preseason games for free with tickets provided by the league via email.

About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)
The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season began October 11, 2015, with the Founding Four: Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters. The Boston Pride became the first team in NWHL history to raise the Isobel Cup on March 12, 2016.

ARRAL: NWHL NEWS – BOSTON PRIDE ADDS TODD LAMPERT TO COACHING STAFF

Bobby Jay (NWHL)NWHL NEWS: BOSTON PRIDE ADDS TODD LAMPERT TO COACHING STAFF

Lampert Joins Bobby Jay, Lauren McAuliffe, and Dave Jensen on Pride Bench

BY: Savanna Arral, NWHL

Boston, MAThe Boston Pride have announced their coaching staff for the 2016-17 season, General Manager Hayley Moore announced Tuesday. Bobby Jay, Lauren McAuliffe, and Dave Jensen will return as Head Coach, Assistant Coach, and Associate Coach. Todd Lampert will join the Pride as Goaltending Coach.

“It’s an honor to be asked to join the Boston Pride staff this season,” said Lampert. “I love coaching goaltenders, it’s what I enjoy the most about hockey. There’s world-class talent on this team and I’m excited to be on board.”

Lampert currently serves as the Goaltending Coach for the Northeastern University women’s hockey program. He has previously coached at Danvers High School and Curry College.

Bobby Jay, Lauren McAuliffe, and Dave Jensen coached the Boston Pride to the first Isobel Cup championship last season. Jay previously served as Assistant Coach of the Harvard Crimson men’s hockey team and coached for the US Women’s National Team at the 2014 Olympic Games and at the US National Festival this August.

McAuliffe played her collegiate career at Harvard and was formerly the Assistant Coach for the Northeastern Huskies. Jensen was a member of Team USA at the 1984 Olympic Games and is an active member of the Boston Bruins Alumni Team, in addition to running his own hockey skills center.

About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)
The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season began October 11, 2015, with the Founding Four: Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters. The Boston Pride became the first team in NWHL history to raise the Isobel Cup on March 12, 2016.

ARRAL: NWHL NEWS – BUFFALO BEAUTS ANNOUNCE PRACTICE PLAYERS FOR 2016-17 SEASON

Hayley Williams (NWHL)NWHL NEWS: BUFFALO BEAUTS ANNOUNCE PRACTICE PLAYERS FOR 2016-17 SEASON

Signings Include Inaugural Season Forward Williams & Free Agent Camp Attendees 

BY: Savanna Arral, NWHL

Buffalo, NYThe Buffalo Beauts have signed their practice players for the 2016-2017 season, General Manager Ric Seiling announced Thursday. Morgan Beikirch (F), Jacquie Greco (D), Kelsey Neumann (G), Kayla Parsons (D), Ashley Vesci (F), and Hayley Williams (F) have agreed to practice player contracts.

All six Beauts practice players attended the Buffalo Free Agent Camp in June. Returning to the Beauts is Hayley Williams, a member of the inaugural season team who posted 2 points (1g, 1a) in 17 games in 2015-16.

Vesci and Beikirch are both graduates of Robert Morris University. During her career at RMU, Vesci scored 12 goals and 14 assists in 96 games played. Beikirch netted 24 goals and 33 assists in 110 games played from 2005-2008.

Parsons, a Fairbanks, Alaska native, is a graduate of Norwich University, where she played 111 games and scored 68 points (16g, 52a). Greco skated in 124 games for Syracuse, where she collected 21 points (12g, 9a). Neumann played in net for SUNY Plattsburgh and Clarkson University during her college career.

The restricted free agency period began on April 1 and lasted until April 30. Free agency began May 1 and ended July 31. The 2016 NWHL Draft was on June 18.

About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)
The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season began October 11, 2015, with the Founding Four: Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters. The Boston Pride became the first team in NWHL history to raise the Isobel Cup on March 12, 2016.