Category Archives: Sports

CANTLON’S CORNER: THE WIDE WORLD OF (HOCKEY) SPORTS

gerryBY: Gerry Cantlon, Special to Howlings

Some news from around the hockey world.

The role of concussions in sports and hockey in particular, have been a major topic the past five years. Work on designing a new, more protective helmet has been ongoing. In a fine piece, well worth the read, in the New York Times, current developments that are ongoing for manufacturers and the medical community to achieve success are examined.

As the conflict between Russia and Ukraine continues to escalate, the sport of hockey has been affected there and may well spill over to the US.

As August comes upon us, usually the only quiet month in hockey, here’s a look at news and notes with a Connecticut angle. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: CT BOY – ROB MALLOY

GerryBY: Gerry Cantlon, Special to Howlings

The season after winning a championship is always tough.

No different for the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL) defending Goodall Cup champion Sydney Ice Dogs.

Cheshire, Connecticut native Rob Malloy, 27 is in his fourth season -third as Sydney’s captain – became the kings of hockey in the southern hemisphere last September. Malloy has seen the high and lows.

Malloy Picture #1This season Malloy was there as the Ice Bears get off to a rocky 1-5 start and endured the sudden departure of head coach Ron Kuprowsky, who was the only coach Malloy has known since coming to play in Australia.

On April 14th, Kuprowsky, a Canadian native from Edmonton, and his two assistants Colin Downie and Brad Andrlon, left just two games into the regular season.

“We didn’t see it coming at all. It really wasn’t the way we wanted to start our season, especially after winning the championship. It left a pretty salty taste in our mouths for a while, but we moved forward.

I don’t want to go into any details regarding the departure. I’ll just say there were a few disagreements with management and leave it at that,” Malloy said in an interview conducted via e-mail.

The team briefly went with a trio of interim coaches, including the recently retired Ice Dogs defenseman Anthony Wilson, the brother of second leading scorer David Dunwoodie-Dion and Mark Page. On May 8th, they finally settling upon hiring 13-year Australian coaching veteran, Andrew Petrie.

“He has been an awesome addition. He’s perfect for the situation and he’s earned the respect from the team. We have a great relationship which helps things as well.”

Malloy Picture #2The Ice Dogs presently are in second place in the eight team circuit with a record of 11-8-1-1 (wins, losses, overtime wins, overtime losses) overcoming the early season blues to trail the Melbourne Mustangs by just two points for the top spot. The Mustangs have 38 points after this past weekend’s action.

Melbourne won its lone game, 6-3, over Newcastle and the ice Dogs cooled off a hot Perth Thunder team 5-3 in their lone weekend contest.

The two teams don’t meet until the last game of the regular season in Sydney. The game will be played at the Ice Dogs home rink, the Liverpool Catholic Club Sports Complex. Continue reading

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!

XL CENTER RENOVATION UPDATE

mitch-headshot-10-13t-150x126BY: Mitch Beck, Publisher, Howlings

You can keep up with all of the latest on the $35M in renovation that is going on at the XL Center by going to XL Center: Chapter 40. Some samples of what’s going on from the site are below…

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KREIDER SIGNS: TWO-DOWN-TWO-TO-GO

Chris KreiderBY: The New York Rangers

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

Kreider, 23, skated in 66 games with the Rangers this past season, registering 17 goals and 20 assists for 37 points, along with 72 penalty minutes and a plus-14 rating. He tied for second among NHL rookies in power play goals (six), ranked fifth in goals, tied for fifth in power play points (12), and finished sixth in points. Kreider led the Rangers in plus/minus rating and shooting percentage (12.5%), ranked third on the team in power play goals and tied for fifth in goals. He established a single-game career-high with three assists and posted a plus-two rating on November 2 vs. Carolina. He tallied his first career hat trick, established a single-game career-high with a plus-three rating, and tied a single-game career-high with six shots on goal on November 30 vs. Vancouver.

In the 2014 Playoffs, the 6-3, 226-pounder recorded five goals and eight assists for 13 points, along with 14 penalty minutes in 15 games. Kreider established playoff career-highs in assists, points, power play goals (three), power play assists (two), power play points (five), and average ice time (16:48), and tied playoff career-highs in goals, shots on goal (29), and shooting percentage (17.2%). He led the team in power play goals and shooting percentage, tied for third in assists, and tied for fourth in goals, points, and power play points in the playoffs. After returning to the lineup for Game 4 of the Metropolitan Division Finals vs. Pittsburgh on May 7, Kreider ranked second on the team in points and tied for second in goals and assists. He established single-game playoff career-highs with three assists, four points, and six shots on goal in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Montreal on May 27, and became the first Ranger to record three points in one period of a playoff game since Jaromir Jagr in 2007.

Kreider has skated in 89 career NHL games, registering 19 goals and 21 assists for 40 points, along with 78 penalty minutes and a plus-13 rating. He skated in his first career NHL regular season game on January 19, 2013 at Boston and tallied his first career NHL regular season point with a goal on February 5, 2013 at New Jersey. Kreider has also skated in 41 career NHL playoff games, recording 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points, along with 20 penalty minutes. Kreider made his NHL debut in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Ottawa on April 16, 2012. During the 2012 Playoffs, he established an NHL record by recording five goals and seven points before skating in a regular season game.

Internationally, the Boxford, Massachusetts native has represented Team USA in numerous tournaments, including the World Junior Championship and the World Championship. During the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship, he tied for the team lead with six goals in seven games to help Team USA win the gold medal.

Kreider was originally selected by the Rangers in the first round, 19th overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

(Editor’s Note: Several sources indicate that the former Wolf Pack forward accepted a $4.95 million deal, $2.35 million next season and $2.6 million in 2015-16. The deal comes just minutes before his arbitration hearing would have begun. Often those hearings create long term hostility between the two parties so it’s a great thing to avoid that. Glen Sather calls these, “Bridge deals.” His feeling is a player gets a small one after their entry level deal and then the payday comes after that when they’ve proven themselves.)

LOMBARDI SIGNS WITH RANGERS

ny-ranger-logo-150x145RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FREE AGENT FORWARD MATTHEW LOMBARDI

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, July 16, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Matthew Lombardi.

Lombardi, 32, skated in 46 games with Genève-Servette of National League A (NLA) in Switzerland this past season, registering 20 goals and 30 assists for 50 points, along with 54 penalty minutes and a plus-16 rating. He led the NLA in assists and points, while tying for sixth in the league – and leading Genève-Servette – in goals. In the playoffs, Lombardi registered nine points (three goals, six assists) in 12 games. He tied for fifth in the NLA in assists and tied for seventh in the league in points in the playoffs, while ranking second on the team in each category. Lombardi also tallied four goals and four assists for eight points, along with a plus-five rating in three games while helping Genève-Servette win the Spengler Cup. Lombardi was named to the Spengler Cup All-Star Team, as he led all skaters in the tournament in points, tied for the tournament lead in goals and assists, and tied for second in plus/minus rating.

In 536 career NHL games over parts of nine seasons with Calgary, Phoenix, Nashville, Toronto, and Anaheim, the 5-11, 195-pounder has registered 101 goals and 161 assists for 262 points, along with 293 penalty minutes and a plus-six rating. Lombardi recorded eight points (four goals, four assists) in 28 games with Phoenix and Anaheim during the 2012-13 season. He has reached the 40-point plateau three times in his career, and has tallied at least 14 goals in five of seven seasons in which he has played at least 55 games. Lombardi has also tallied three goals and 13 assists in 40 career NHL playoff games. He recorded one goal and five assists for six points in 13 playoff games in his rookie year while helping Calgary advance to the 2004 Stanley Cup Final.

Internationally, the Montreal, Quebec native has represented Canada in numerous tournaments. Lombardi registered two goals and two assists for four points, and ranked second among tournament skaters with a plus-nine rating in nine games to help Team Canada win a silver medal at the 2009 IIHF World Championship. He also tallied six goals and six assists for 12 points, and posted a plus-four rating in nine games to help Team Canada win a gold medal at the 2007 IIHF World Championship. Lombardi tied for third among all skaters in goals and tied for fourth among all skaters in points in the tournament.

Lombardi was originally selected by Edmonton in the seventh round, 215th overall, of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. Upon re-entering the Draft, he was selected by Calgary in the third round, 90th overall, of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

CT’S NHL PLAYERS COME HOME FOR BIG ASSIST VI

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BY: Mitch Beck, Howlings

The Big Assist is an exhibition hockey game with NHL, AHL, Elite European League players and current and former Division I/III college players, hosted by Ryan Shannon of the Zurich Lions and Stanley Cup winner with the Anaheim Ducks. 100% of the proceeds are donated to the Obie Harrington-Howes Foundation.

Players from prior years’ games and invitees for this year include*:

  • Marty St. LouisNY Rangers
  • Ryan Shannon – Zurich Lions
  • Brad Richards – NY Rangers
  • Max Pacioretty – Montreal Canadiens
  • Torey Krug – Boston Bruins
  • James vanRiemsdyk – Maple Leafs
  • Kevin Shattenkirk – St. Louis Blues
  • Matt Moulson – Minnesota Wild
  • Jonathan Quick – LA Kings
  • Nathan Gerbe – Carolina Hurricanes
  • Ben Bishop – Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Chris Kreider – NY Rangers
  • Cam AtkinsonColumbus Blue Jackets
  • Matt Lashoff – Zurich Lions
  • Brian Lashoff – Grand Rapid Griffins
  • Jaime Sifers – Mannheim Eagles
  • Tom Atkinson – Boston College
  • Kevin Sullivan – Union College

The event takes place this coming Wednesday, July 23rd at 7 pm at the Terry Conners Rink in Stamford, CT as a fundraiser for The Obie Harrington-Howes Foundation.

The Obie Harrington-Howes Foundation makes financial assistance grants to individuals living with spinal cord injuries in the state of Connecticut. Obie was Ryan Shannon’s first hockey coach. Obie suffered a spinal cord injury while body-surfing in 1997. The Foundation was established in his name to help others with these
catastrophic injuries.

Tickets may be purchased on-line at OHHF.org or at the following retail locations:

Darien:

Barrett Bookstore, Bodytuning, Blueline Sports at the Darien Ice Rink.

Rowayton:

Fairfield County Bank

For more information and Sponsorship opportunities, please contact:
Pat Shannon – 203-249-5691 – pshannon@innov-llc.com
Candy Wheelock – 203-656-3051 – cwheelock@optonline.net