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ARRAL: NWHL NEWS – SARAH CASORSO SIGNS WITH BUFFALO BEAUTS

NWHLNWHL NEWS: SARAH CASORSO SIGNS WITH BUFFALO BEAUTS

Defenseman is Attending Buffalo Free Agent Camp This Weekend

BY: Savanna Arral, NWHL

Buffalo, NYSarah Casorso has signed a contract with the Buffalo Beauts for the 2016-17 season, General Manager Ric Seiling announced Saturday at the NWHL Free Agent Camp in Buffalo. Casorso and the Beauts agreed to terms on a one-year, $13,500 contract.

“I think this league is one of the best in the world,” said Casorso. “It’s been a goal of mine to play at the highest level I can and this will give me the best opportunity to do so. I’m excited to be a part of this, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, and hopefully I’ll inspire younger girls to achieve their goals.”

Casorso played for the University of British Columbia from 2010-2015, collecting 66 points (21g, 45a) in 121 games played. The defenseman from Kelowna, BC was named a First Team Canada West All-Star and a First Team CIS All-Canadian after the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.

The NWHL is currently holding the second Free Agent Camp of the offseason in Buffalo, NY, at HARBORCENTER. Alexa Gruschow signed with the New York Riveters after the first Free Agent Camp in Newark, NJ.

The restricted free agency began on April 1 and lasted until April 30. Free agency began May 1 and lasts until 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 – CRAIG MUNI NAMED CO-COACH OF BUFFALO BEAUTS

Craig MuniNWHL NEWS: CRAIG MUNI NAMED CO-COACH OF BUFFALO BEAUTS

NHL Veteran Played for Buffalo Sabres From 1993-96

BY: Savanna Arral, NWHL

Buffalo, NYCraig Muni, retired three-time NHL Stanley Cup champion, has been named Co-Coach of the Buffalo Beauts for the 2016-17 season, General Manager Ric Seiling announced Saturday.

“Craig and I have coached together before when our sons played together,” said Seiling. “We have history and his wealth of knowledge from his playing career is something that will be invaluable to the Beauts this season.”

Muni played 819 games in the NHL over the course of his career, mainly with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, and Buffalo Sabres. He won three Stanley Cups in 1987, 1988, and 1990, and retired from hockey in 1998. Muni is an active member of the Toronto and Buffalo NHL alumni groups and previously coached softball with the New Era Diamond Girls.

“I’m hoping to be able to work with the newer, younger players and help them with their development so they have a chance to aspire and achieve their goals, whatever they might be,” said Muni. “Whether those are Olympic teams, national teams, or something else, to be able to see those dreams to the end would be great.”

General Manager Ric Seiling will also hold the title of Co-Coach of the Beauts for the 2016-17 season.

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.

RANGERS: NEW YORK ACQUIRES DEFENSEMAN NICK HOLDEN FROM COLORADO

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Rangers trade their own fourth round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft to Colorado

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, June 25, 2016 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Nick Holden from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for their own fourth round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Holden, 29, skated in 82 games with Colorado this past season, registering six goals and 16 assists for 22 points, along with 24 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in several categories in 2015-16, including games played, assists, average ice time (21:52), hits (217), and blocked shots (118). Holden ranked second on Colorado – and led Avalanche defensemen – in hits, ranked third in average shorthanded ice time (2:20) and blocked shots (118), and ranked fourth in average ice time this past season. Also, he was one of five players on Colorado – and one of two Avalanche defensemen – who skated in all of the team’s 82 games in 2015-16.

The 6-4, 210-pounder has skated in 221 career NHL games over parts of five seasons (2010-11; 2012-13 – 2015-16) with Columbus and Colorado, registering 21 goals and 40 assists for 61 points, along with a plus-one rating and 74 penalty minutes. Holden established career-highs in goals (10), assists (15), points (25), and plus/minus rating (plus-12) in 2013-14. In his three seasons with the Avalanche (2013-14 – 2015-16), he led Colorado defensemen in hits (491), and he ranked third among Colorado defensemen in goals (21), assists (40), and points (61).

The St. Albert, Alberta, native was originally signed by Columbus as an undrafted free agent on March 28, 2008.

RANGERS: 2016 RANGERS PROSPECT DEVELOPMENT CAMP ROSTER

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BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, June 26, 2016 – The New York Rangers will hold their annual prospect development camp from Monday, June 27 to Friday, July 1 at MSG Training Center. The camp will feature several of the Blueshirts’ top prospects, including Pavel Buchnevich, Ryan Gropp, Robin Kovacs, and Ryan Graves.

Thirty-one players are attending the Rangers’ prospect development camp this year, including five of the Blueshirts’ selections in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft: Sean Day, Gabriel Fontaine, Tim Gettinger, Ty Ronning, and Tyler Wall.

          Buchnevich, 21, split this past season between Severstal Cherepovets and SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), registering 16 goals and 21 assists for 37 points, along with 24 penalty minutes in 58 games. He established KHL career-highs in games played, goals, assists, points, game-winning goals (three), power play goals (four), and average ice time (16:10). Among KHL players younger than 24 years old, Buchnevich ranked third in assists, ranked fourth in points, and tied for seventh in goals. He agreed to terms on an entry-level contract with the Rangers on May 13, 2016.

          The 6-2, 176-pounder registered 13 goals and 17 assists for 30 points, along with a plus-eight rating and 16 penalty minutes in 48 games with Severstal during the 2014-15 season. Buchnevich’s 30 points were the third-most a KHL player younger than 20 years old has recorded in one season in the league’s history. He also represented Russia at the IIHF World Junior Championship in 2014 and 2015. In those tournaments, he recorded 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 14 contests and helped Russia earn a medal each year (silver medal in 2015 and bronze medal in 2014).

          Buchnevich was selected by the Rangers in the third round, 75th overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

          Gropp, 19, skated in 66 games with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League (WHL) this past season, registering 34 goals and 36 assists for 70 points, along with a plus-10 rating and 40 penalty minutes. He established WHL career-highs in goals, assists, points, plus/minus rating, and power play goals (12), and tied his WHL career-high in game-winning goals (six) in 2015-16. Gropp tallied at least 30 goals for the second consecutive season, and he tied for 11th in the WHL in power play goals this past season. He agreed to terms on an entry-level contract with the Rangers on Dec. 31, 2015.

The 6-2, 187-pounder led the Thunderbirds in goals, tied for the team lead in power play goals, ranked second in points and game-winning goals, ranked third in assists, tied for third in power play assists (17), and tied for fourth in plus/minus rating in 2015-16. Gropp tallied a point in 44 of 66 games in which he played during the season, including 25 of his final 31 regular season games (16 goals, 22 assists in his final 31 regular season contests). He established WHL playoff career-highs in games played (11), goals (six), points (nine), and game-winning goals (two) while helping Seattle advance to the WHL Championship.

The Kamloops, British Columbia, native was selected by the Rangers in the second round, 41st overall, of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Kovacs, 19, skated in 44 games with AIK IF of Allsvenskan in Sweden this past season, registering 21 goals and 13 assists for 34 points, along with a plus-two rating and 54 penalty minutes. The 6-0, 176-pounder was named the winner of Guldgallret, which is an award given annually to the top junior player (20 years old or younger) in Allsvenskan, for the second consecutive season. Kovacs also led all players younger than 20 years old in Allsvenskan in goals and points for the second consecutive season. In addition, he led Allsvenskan in shootout goals (eight) and game-deciding goals (four), tied for second in game-winning goals, ranked third in goals per game (0.48), and ranked fifth in goals and shooting percentage (17.1) in 2015-16. Kovacs helped AIK win the league championship in Allsvenskan. Kovacs also played with Rögle BK in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), registering one assist in four contests.

The Stockholm, Sweden, native was selected by the Rangers in the third round, 62nd overall, of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Graves, 21, skated in 74 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) this past season, registering nine goals and 12 assists for 21 points, along with a plus-six rating and 53 penalty minutes. The 6-5, 226-pounder led Hartford defensemen in goals and ranked second among team defensemen in plus/minus rating. Graves represented the Wolf Pack in the 2016 AHL All-Star Challenge, and he won the AHL Skills Competition’s Hardest Shot contest with a 103.4 MPH shot.

The Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, native was selected by the Rangers in the fourth round, 110th overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Complete Roster of participants – Click to Enlarge

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FUEHRING: SWAMP RABBITS RE-SIGN FORWARD MATT JOHNSON

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Rookie skater made professional debut with Greenville last season

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced the team has re-signed rookie forward Matt Johnson for the 2016-17 season.

Johnson, 24, began his pro career with the Swamp Rabbits near the end of last season following a three-year career at Lake Superior State University. He recorded four penalty minutes in six games with Greenville Previously, the Clinton Township, Michigan native notched 18 points (4g, 14a) and 93 penalty minutes in 93 contests at Lake Superior State. He collected four assists and 23 penalty minutes in 27 games as a senior.

“We were impressed with Matt’s work ethic and playmaking abilities during his limited time in Greenville last season,” Head Coach Brian Gratz said. “He’s capable of opening up space and developing high-percentage chances, and I’m very excited to have him back.”

Before his college career, Johnson spent three seasons at the junior level with the Albert Lee Thunder and Amarillo Bulls of the North American Hockey League (NAHL). He set career highs in goals (21), assists (28), points (49), and plus-minus (+18) with Amarillo during the 2010-11 campaign and served as co-captain the following season. Overall, the 6’1, 204-pound forward earned 108 points (42g, 66a), 147 penalty minutes and a +22 rating in 159 NAHL games.

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CANTLON’S CORNER: UCONN’S TAGE THOMPSON READY FOR THE NHL

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlingsgerry-150x130

STORRS, CT The long hours and years of hard work are about to pay off for UConn‘s Tage Thompson.

The poised winger, listed at 6’5 has the potential to be drafted in the first round of the NHL’s Entry Draft on Friday night in Buffalo, New York at the First Niagara Center. The draft will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network starting at 7 pm.

The Thompson clan will be all be on hand, including his parents (Brent and Kim), as well as his grandparents. They’ll all be there except for his younger brother, Tyce, who is attending the US-17 Development camp in nearby Amherst. The coach of that team is Hartford Wolf Pack assistant coach, and assistant GM, Pat Boller.

Thompson Action # 3 Agaisnt QUMaybe he’ll be excused to head over to see the big moment?

“It’s very exciting to be projected in the first round,” said Thompson. “I’ve dreamt of it, my entire life, and now it’s starting to become a reality. It’s been a little bit of a whirlwind lately, but we’re hoping for the first round, and we’ll see where Friday takes us. I’ll just be happy whoever selects me,”

At age 18, Thompson has been hard at work in the off-season, weight training, and following a nutritional plan to add some weight to his already impressive size.

“I’d say I’m in pretty good shape right now.  I’ve been training all summer; I was up at UConn during May, and I can feel myself getting stronger, putting on some weight. I think I am ready for this. I’d like to be between 200 and 205 [pounds] before the (Hockey East) season starts. Right now, I’m at 195.” Thompson said.

Last year playing as true freshmen, he formed one of college hockey’s most potent power play combos with center Maxim Letunov. Thompson led the nation in power play goals with 13, en route to posting a total of 14 along with 18 assists in 36 games. Thompson has the ability, as big as he is, to consistently find a way to be in the right position to release his rocket of a shot.

“It was a natural connection,” Thompson said of playing with Letunov. “We knew Thompson Action #2 Against SHUwhere each other was and playing with him helped me as a player.”

Thompson is currently a resident of Orange, Connecticut. He grew up in a hockey environment. His father, Brent, was a former, Wolf Pack defenseman who had a 14-year pro career. Currently, the elder Thompson is the head coach of the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the New York Islanders’ top farm team. Having a father with Brent’s experience and teaching ability has been a great lifelong resource at his disposal that few others rarely have.

“It’s obviously helped so much to have a father who has played the game and is now into coaching. He’s been around the sport his entire life and growing up with him helped show me what it takes to get there. He’s given me advice that’s had a huge impact on my game and development. And his competitiveness is definitely a part of who I am as a player.” remarked Thompson.

Brent is on his second tour of duty as the head coach of the Sound Tigers. He played 121 NHL games in his career and took part in 635 AHL games, of which 153 were with the Wolf Pack in their first two seasons. Brent was a second round pick, 39th overall, in 1987 by the L.A. Kings while playing for the Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL).

Thompson has his father’s frame but a bit more angular than bulk, but his hockey idols give a key to his mindset.

He admires Evgeni Malkin of the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins, as well as Jeff Carter (LA) and Jamie Benn (Dallas Stars). Certainly not a bad trio to emulate.

Thompson will be among several second generation players likely to be drafted in the first round. One of those will be Alexander Nylander, (Missuagua Steelheads OHL), the son of ex-Hartford Whaler and New York Ranger, Michael Nylander. Another is Logan Brown (Windsor Spitfires, OHL) the son of former NHL’er Jeff Brown, and Matt Tkachuk, the son of 19-year veteran Keith Tkachuk. The younger Tkachuk scored the Memorial Cup winning goal in OT for the London Knights (OHL) and of course Kieffer Bellows, the son of Brian Bellows, from the USNDTP (US National Development Team Program). Bellows will attend Boston University in the fall.

Thompson Action # 1 Agaisnt BrownThompson also has had access to the hockey community over the years including his father’s trusted assistant coach and West Haven native, Eric Boguniecki, who played his prep school hockey at Gunnery and Westminster and had been invaluable to him.

“He has played the game in the NHL (178 games, and 341 points in 351 AHL games) and I’ve been able to talk with him to get advice on certain aspects of the game that you could only get from somebody with experience,” Thompson stated.

Thompson came to UConn via the USNDTP program which now operates out of Plymouth, Michigan. He plays in the Junior A USHL (United States Hockey League) and a fellow former teammate and Connecticut native from Ridgefield, Chad Krys; a defenseman who’s also a projected first round pick. Krys is heading to Boston University, and the two have been training together.

“We have been working out down here (Fairfield County), and he is top flight player himself,”

As tempting as it might be, even in jest, there haven’t been any side bets on who gets drafted first between the two pals.

“No, no,” Thompson said with a laugh. “I wish him the best.“

The two were at the NHL Combines, for a strictly off the ice, dry land situation, and no skating in the evaluation process.

“For the first few days, we met with all the teams, interviewed with their staff and so on so they could have an opportunity to get to know you,” Thompson said. “Then they put us through all sorts of tests, like the long jump, vertical leap, stuff like that. There was no skating at all, just all off-ice things.”

The decision to go to UConn as a true freshman last year was not an easy decision for the then 17-year-old when he arrived at Storrs.

“There was a certain wow factor playing against 24-year-old men. There was an adjustment to that, and I got more comfortable as the year went on.”

UConn head coach Mike Cavanaugh’s trust in his prized freshmen on one of the youngest Division I teams in the country, was not unnoticed by Thompson.

“I’m in a really good spot here at UConn They’ve given me many opportunities to be successful. I feel comfortable with the coaching staff, my teammates, and I feel like we’re going to have a solid team next year. Coach showed his faith in me by trusting me, even though I was young coming in. There were growing pains he had to work with (with me) along the way.”

In addition to the joy coming tomorrow night, Thompson was selected on Monday to take part in next month’s trip to Michigan as a part of the 42 player World Junior Championship Evaluation Camp. The highly regarded Christmas time (December 26-January 5) tournament will be held in Toronto and Montreal this year. The Pool A Group the US is in will play in Toronto and games at the Air Canada Centre.

Thompson, who has dual citizenship, said college, not Canadian major junior, was the preferred route for him and that he will be back for his sophomore season at UConn, only he’ll return with an NHL jersey to sport with his name on it.

NOTES:

Thompson’s teammate, defenseman Joseph Masonius (Spring Lake, NJ), is also draft eligible. Masonius was also named to the WJC Evaluation Camp next month.

The last time the NHL Draft took place in Buffalo was in 1991 and was held in the old Aud. That year, there were two Connecticut natives drafted. The first was Mike Pomichter of North Haven. He played at Boston University and was chosen by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round. The other selection was former Wolf Pack, Todd Hall. He was taken by the Hartford Whalers in the third round out of The University of New Hampshire.

Thompson’s linemate, Letunov had his NHL rights dealt for the second time on Monday as the Arizona Coyotes sent his rights to the San Jose Sharks along with a 2017 6th round pick for the Sharks 2016 4th round pick this year and 3rd round pick next year.

Letunov was originally drafted by the St. Louis Blues in 2014 in the second round, 52nd overall. St. Louis sent Letunov to Arizona for D Zybnek Michalek and last year’s third-round pick.

The 6’2 swift skating and puckhandling Russian came to UConn after changing his mind and rescinding his commitment to Boston University. He was named to the All-Hockey-East Rookie Team and selected to the All-Conference second team. Letunov set the Huskies record for regular season points.

Letunov played US junior hockey with the Youngstown Phantoms (USHL) and then the Swift Current Broncos (WHL) selected him in the first round, 36th overall, in the 2014 CHL Import Draft. The Moscow native saw the Russian team, Salavat Yulaev, select him in the KHL Draft in 2013.

Enfield native Robbie Baillargeon might have achieved a college hockey first. As a graduate transfer from Boston University to Arizona State, under current NCCA guidelines, Baillargeon can play this season only as an undergraduate or would have to wait a year. Grad transfers have happened in football and college baseball.

In Hockey East news, goalie Patrick “Packy” Munson has left the University of Vermont and headed back home to Minnesota. Rumors were that he was going to transfer to the Minnesota Golden Gophers, but he decided on the University of Denver.

Two more underclassmen from college hockey have signed with NHL clubs this week.

Boston College lost big defenseman Ian McCoshen to the Florida Panthers, and would likely see him start the season with the Springfield Thunderbirds (AHL).

RW Nick Schmaltz of the national champion, the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks (nee Fighting Sioux), has signed with the Chicago Blackhawks and will start next year with the Rockford IceHogs (AHL).

Jimmy Vesey of Harvard could be a third to sign an NHL deal. The much-heralded left-winger has his four-year degree in hand. He had his rights traded from the Nashville Predators to the Buffalo Sabres, who gave up a third round pick. Vesey has elected under the CBA rules to become a free agent, so Buffalo enters the same sweepstakes as the rest of the NHL to win his rights. Toronto is one of the biggest players in that pursuit and just made his father Jim Vesey, a team scout after drafting his brother Nolan (University of Maine) last year, The Rangers and Boston Bruins are both considered to be players in the Vesey Sweepstakes.

35 Division 1 underclassmen have signed professional deals thus far, 143 players in total have departed for the pro ranks since the end of last year’s collegiate season among the five college hockey conferences.

North Dakota, Michigan, and Boston College have lost the most with five underclassmen each.

Former Yale Bulldog, and Bridgeport Sound Tiger, Jesse Root, heads overseas to HC Bolzano in Italy. HC Bolzano plays in the Austrian Elite League. Root spent most of the last year with the Missouri Mavericks (ECHL) and just seven games in Bridgeport.

At the US U-17 Select Camp, Pat Boller is not the only HWP connection. As mentioned, Boller is the head coach, but one of the goalie coaches is none other than ex-Wolf Pack, Phil Osaer. The Team’s GM is Danbury native, Kenny Rausch, who played at Immaculate High School. Besides Tyce Thompson, one other Connecticut prep school player invited was Ben Mirageas of Avon Old Farms.

Our condolences on the passing of Michigan State’s great head coach Ron Mason, who dies earlier this month at age 76. Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, MI was the site of the memorial service and honored the second all-time winningest coach in college hockey history (Jerry York BC is tops). Mason had a career record of 924-380-83. Mason also coached at Lake Superior State and Bowling Green University and played at St. Lawrence University in the early 1960’s.

His son-in-law was Shawn Walsh of the University of Maine and his grandson, Travis Walsh, just graduated from Michigan State. Travis went undrafted and played three games apiece with the Missouri Mavericks (ECHL) and the Chicago Wolves (AHL). Tyler Walsh is an assistant coach with the USNDTP U-18 Team.

Photos Courtesy Of UConn Athletic Department

CANTLON’S CORNER: WOLF PACK OFF-SEASON VOLUME 9

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT –  The Stanley Cup Championship has been won, and now the leaders of the thirty NHL teams are beginning the hardest part of their jobs…drafting prospects, trading players and signing free agents. But there is a LOT more than that going on.

AHL NEWS

The Tucson Roadrunners it is.

On Saturday, the Arizona Coyotes christened their new AHL team ready to begin to play in the fall at the Tucson Convention Center. They named the team The Tucson Roadrunners, a very familiar name to several generations of hockey fans in the state of Arizona. You can read about it in two well-written stories, HERE and HERE

While the former Springfield Falcons will now be in Arizona, there’s a new sheriff in town. The new team in Springfield will be known as, The Springfield Thunderbirds.

Having a team in Springfield makes Bruce Landon, the long-time face of hockey in Springfield, happy, though his role has significantly changed.

“I obviously couldn’t be more pleased that hockey is going to be in Springfield this fall and for a long time to come, but I’m no longer involved in the day-to-day business. I really defer to Mr. (Paul) Picknelly and attorney Frank Fitzgerald, who really put this together. I’m a consultant now, and I helped them with some pieces of this, but for any comment on the franchise, it’s theirs, and I will be strictly consulting on hockey matters like I was last year,” Landon said.

The team has acquired Paul Thompson, re-signed Connor Brickley, and are coming off a ninety point season in Portland where they posted a 41-27-6-2 record.

“They had a very good season in Portland, were in the playoffs and Florida had a good year last year, so things are trending in the upward direction. This week is a busy week in our business, with the draft and free agency, so the roster will be a little more formed, but we should have a strong team this season.”

ON THE MOVE

The National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) has four teams, and they held their draft last Saturday.  A few names of Connecticut interest were selected.

In that draft, there were a few names selected that could be of interest to Connecticut residents.

Sydney Daniels of Harvard, a former Westminster Prep (Simsbury) player, and the daughter of ex-Hartford Whaler, Scott “Chief” Daniels, was selected in the second round by the New York Riveters and its General Manager/Head Coach and former Hartford Wolf Pack forward, Chad Wiseman.

In the fifth round, the Connecticut Whale selected Quinnipiac University standout goaltender, Sydney Rossman, the ECACHL Goalie of the Year.

Former New York Rangers’ forward, Matthew Barnaby, has been named as an assistant coach with the Kitchener Rangers (OHL). Barnaby’s son, Matt Jr., has left Avon Old Farms to play for the Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) where he will be coached by a former teammate of his father’s, Philippe Boucher. Joining him on the team will be Igor Larionev Jr.

The USNDTP that plays in the USHL could be renamed, “The Sons of Former NHL’ers.” Next year’s roster features eight players who are son’s of former NHL’ers and several with Connecticut connections.

Jack DeBoer, the son of the NHL San Jose Sharks’ head coach Peter Deboer, leaves Avon Old Farms to for USNDTP. Adam Samuelsson, the fourth and youngest child of Ulf Samuelsson, who was a one time Whaler favorite as well as an assistant coach with the Rangers, Wolf Pack, and Avon Old Farms goes as well. The youngest of the Samuelsson boys is Boston College-bound in two years. Mattias Samuelsson, no relation to Ulf, is the son of ex-New Haven Nighthawk, Kjell Samuelsson and he’s committed to attend the University of Michigan. While DJ King is the son of former Whaler and Springfield Indian, Derek King is another headed to the USNDTP.

Jack Barre (Greenwich/Salisbury Prep), who finished his four years at Dartmouth and was the team’s MVP, has signed an AHL deal with the Grand Rapids Griffins.

TRAVERSE CITY

The date for the annual Prospects Tournament has been released. The games will be played September 16-20. Playing in the tournament are the same eight teams as last season. The Detroit Red Wings are the host team while the Rangers, the St. Louis Blues, the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Minnesota Wild, the Carolina Hurricanes, the Dallas Stars, and the Chicago Blackhawks make up the participants.

A complete schedule will be released at a later date.

UCONN HOME SCHEDULE

The Huskies announced their third season schedule as part of Hockey East. However, the times for the games are still being worked on as is the same for its entire 2016-17 schedule.

Oct 7 & 8 vs. Alabama-Huntsville
Oct. 21 vs. AIC
Nov. 18 vs. BU
Nov. 22 vs. BC
Nov. 26 vs. Sacred Heart
Dec. 3 vs. UMass-Lowell
Dec. 9 vs. UMass
Jan. 7 vs. Yale
Jan. 27 vs. Vermont
Feb. 4 vs. Merrimack
Feb. 8 vs. Providence
Feb. 17 vs. Northeastern
Feb. 25 vs. New Hampshire

UConn will also play some non-conference games on the road. The one’s they’re already committed to include:

Quinnipiac, Colgate, RIT, Ohio State (a two-game series), and another trip to the Desert Hockey Classic in Phoenix against Arizona State, St Cloud, and Brown.

Speaking of UConn, expect Cantlon’s Corner to have a feature story on an interview with Tage Thompson shortly.