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CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK SIGN FORWARD SCOTT KOSMACHUK

WOLF PACK SIGN FORWARD SCOTT KOSMACHUK

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Three-year Vet Played eight NHL Games with Winnipeg in 2015-16

 BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

HARTFORD, September 13, 2017:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Chris Drury announced today that the Wolf Pack has signed forward Scott Kosmachuk to an AHL contract.

Kosmachuk, a 6-0, 192-pound native of Toronto, is entering his fourth season of pro hockey, after spending his first three years with the Winnipeg Jets organization.  The 23-year-old Kosmachuk played 58 games with the AHL’s Manitoba Moose in 2016-17, registering 11 goals and 17 assists for 28 points, along with 41 penalty minutes.

In 2015-16 with the Moose, playing under current Wolf Pack head coach Keith McCambridge, Kosmachuk tied for the team lead in goals, with 19, and also added 17 assists for 36 points, good for third-best on the Manitoba squad.  Kosmachuk also earned eight NHL games of action with the Jets that season and contributed three assists to the Winnipeg attack.

Kosmachuk has totaled 195 career AHL games with the Moose and St. John’s IceCaps and has amassed 44 goals and 48 assists for 92 points, along with 150 penalty minutes.

Kosmachuk was a third-round (70th overall) selection by Winnipeg in the 2012 NHL Draft, from the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).  He played four seasons for the Storm, posting career totals of 120 goals and 126 assists for 246 points, plus 323 PIM, in 271 games.  That included a 2013-14 season in which Kosmachuk tied for second in the OHL in goals, with 49, finished third in the league in points (101) and tied for third among OHL skaters in plus/minus (+52).

The Wolf Pack open their 2017-18 regular season Friday, October 6, with their home-ice opener vs. the Charlotte Checkers.  Faceoff is 7:15 PM.  Tickets for that and all 2017-18 Wolf Pack home games are on sale now at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.

Season ticket information for the Wolf Pack’s 2017-18 AHL campaign can be found online at hartfordwolfpack.com.  To speak with a representative about all of the Wolf Pack’s many attractive ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451, or click here to request more info.

CANTLON: McCAMBRIDGE NAMED NEW WOLF PACK HEAD COACH

McCAMBRIDGE NAMED NEW WOLF PACK HEAD COACH

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT: Well that didn’t take long.

Last year’s assistant coach, Keith McCambridge, was named the sixth head coach in Hartford Wolf Pack history on Monday just three weeks after long-time head Ken Gernander as relieved of his duties.

McCambridge is ready to go but was careful not to step on Gernander’s skates.

“It’s a very tough part of the hockey business,” McCambridge said. “Kenny gave a lot to Hartford and I can’t be anyone other than myself and I’m looking forward to getting at it. I have been in this situation before in Manitoba following popular coaches like Scott Arniel, and Claude Noel. I really believe in and demand hard work in practice as much as games and I think we have a lot of young talented prospects here.”

McCambridge, 43, joined the Rangers organization as the Wolf Pack’s Assistant Coach on August 3, 2016. Prior to working with the Wolf Pack, McCambridge served the previous five seasons (2011-12 – 2015-16) as Head Coach of the Winnipeg Jets’ AHL affiliate (St. John’s IceCaps from 2011-12 – 2014-15 and Manitoba Moose in 2015-16). He posted a 179-158-23-20 record (wins-losses-overtime losses-shootout losses) during his five seasons as Head Coach of the IceCaps/Moose and guided the team to a playoff berth twice over the span.

With back-to-back losing seasons and finishing dead last in the AHL with Manitoba and Hartford, McCambridge isn’t gun shy.

“It’s tough. I like the challenge and the have changed and the speed of the game is so much different than when I played. Then you would have three or four speedy guys now its everybody. We’re going to do our best to mimic the Rangers systems and have these guys ready to help in New York,” McCambridge stated.

In his first season with the team in 2011-12, McCambridge helped St. John’s finish in first place in the Atlantic Division with a 43-25-5-3 record and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. The IceCaps earned 99 points during the regular season in 2013-14 (46-23-2-5 record), and McCambridge helped the team advance to the Calder Cup Finals. In addition, McCambridge served as the Head Coach of the Eastern Conference All-Stars at the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic.

Prior to becoming Head Coach of the Winnipeg’s AHL affiliate, the Thompson, Manitoba, native served as an Assistant Coach with the Manitoba Moose for two seasons (2009-10 and 2010-11). In 2009-10, McCambridge worked alongside current Rangers Associate Coach Scott Arniel (former New Haven Senator), who was the Head Coach of the Moose.

McCambridge also spent six seasons with the Alaska Aces of the ECHL (2003-04 – 2008-09), serving three seasons as a player/Assistant Coach (2003-04 – 2005-06), one season as an Assistant Coach after finishing his playing career (2006-07), and two seasons as the Aces’ Head Coach (2007-08 and 2008-09). Continue reading

CRAWFORD: KEITH McCAMBRIDGE NAMED WOLF PACK HEAD COACH

KEITH McCAMBRIDGE NAMED HEAD COACH OF THE AHL’S HARTFORD WOLF PACK

Becomes Sixth Head Coach in Wolf Pack history

 BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

NEW YORK, June 12, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has named Head Coach of the Rangers’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack. McCambridge is the sixth head coach in Wolf Pack history.

McCambridge, 43, joined the Rangers organization as the Wolf Pack’s Assistant Coach on August 3, 2016. Prior to working with the Wolf Pack, McCambridge served the previous five seasons (2011-12 – 2015-16) as Head Coach of the Winnipeg Jets’ AHL affiliate (St. John’s IceCaps from 2011-12 – 2014-15 and Manitoba Moose in 2015-16). He posted a 179-158-23-20 record (wins-losses-overtime losses-shootout losses) during his five seasons as Head Coach of the IceCaps/Moose and guided the team to a playoff berth twice over the span.

In his first season with the team in 2011-12, McCambridge helped St. John’s finish in first place in the Atlantic Division with a 43-25-5-3 record and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. The IceCaps earned 99 points during the regular season in 2013-14 (46-23-2-5 record), and McCambridge helped the team advance to the Calder Cup Finals. In addition, McCambridge served as the Head Coach of the Eastern Conference All-Stars at the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic.

Prior to becoming Head Coach of Winnipeg’s AHL affiliate, the Thompson, Manitoba, native served as an Assistant Coach with the Manitoba Moose for two seasons (2009-10 and 2010-11). In 2009-10, McCambridge worked alongside Rangers Associate Coach Scott Arniel, who was the Head Coach of the Moose. McCambridge also spent six seasons with the Alaska Aces of the ECHL (2003-04 – 2008-09), serving three seasons as a player/Assistant Coach (2003-04 – 2005-06), one season as an Assistant Coach after finishing his playing career (2006-07), and two seasons as the Aces’ Head Coach (2007-08 and 2008-09).

Prior to beginning his coaching career, McCambridge played 11 seasons of professional hockey (1995-96 – 2005-06) in the AHL, ECHL, and International Hockey League (IHL). In seven AHL seasons, he registered nine goals and 21 assists for 30 points, along with 1,057 penalty minutes in 378 games. In his final season as a player in 2005-06, McCambridge won the Kelly Cup as ECHL Champions while serving as the captain of the Alaska Aces. In addition, McCambridge helped the Kamloops Blazers win the Memorial Cup while playing his final season of junior hockey in 1994-95. He was selected by the Calgary Flames in the eighth round, 201st overall, of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.

GERNANDER & SCHOENFELD OUT IN HARTFORD – DRURY IN

RANGERS ANNOUNCE HOCKEY CLUB PERSONNEL CHANGES

Ken Gernander relieved of head coaching duties with Hartford Wolf Pack;

Chris Drury named General Manager of the Hartford Wolf Pack

 BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, May 16, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that Ken Gernander has been relieved of his coaching duties with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL). A replacement will be announced by the team at a later date.

“We want to thank Ken for his service and all of his contributions to the Wolf Pack and the Rangers organization,” Gorton said. “We wish him and his family all the best in his future endeavors.”

In addition, Rangers Senior Vice President and Assistant General Manager Jim Schoenfeld has relinquished his duties as General Manager of the Wolf Pack and will focus solely on his duties in New York. Rangers Assistant General Manager Chris Drury will assume the role of General Manager of the Wolf Pack.

“I want to thank Ken for his tireless work and dedication to the Wolf Pack and the Rangers organization,” Schoenfeld said. “He represented the organization the right way, both on and off the ice. I have had the good fortune working closely with Kenny as a player, assistant coach, and head coach over the last 12 years and wish him all the best going forward.”

Drury completed his first season as Assistant General Manager in 2016-17 after being promoted to the post on September 2, 2016. He served as Director of Player Development for one season after rejoining the Rangers organization on September 4, 2015.

Gernander served as the Wolf Pack’s Head Coach for the past 10 seasons, posting a 388-304-84 record in 776 games. He guided Hartford to the playoffs in five of his 10 seasons as the team’s Head Coach and helped the Wolf Pack advance to the Eastern Conference Final in 2014-15.

CHAIMOVITCH: AHL RELEASES REALIGNMENT AS TEAMS SHIFT LOCATION

BY: Jason Chaimovitch, The AHL

SPRINGFIELD, MA – American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced that the league’s Board of Governors, convening for its Spring Meeting earlier this week in Chicago, Ill., has approved the following division alignment for the 2017-18 AHL season:

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Atlantic Division
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Charlotte Checkers
Hartford Wolf Pack
Hershey Bears
Lehigh Valley Phantoms
Providence Bruins
Springfield Thunderbirds
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

North Division
Belleville Senators
Binghamton Devils
Laval Rocket
Rochester Americans
Syracuse Crunch
Toronto Marlies
Utica Comets

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Central Division

Chicago Wolves
Cleveland Monsters
Grand Rapids Griffins
Iowa Wild
Manitoba Moose
Milwaukee Admirals
Rockford IceHogs

Pacific Division
Bakersfield Condors
Ontario Reign
San Antonio Rampage
San Diego Gulls
San Jose Barracuda
Stockton Heat
Texas Stars
Tucson Roadrunners

The format for the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs will be finalized by the Board of Governors at its Annual Meeting in Hilton Head Island, S.C., July 2-6, and the complete playing schedule for the 2017-18 regular season, which begins Oct. 6, will be announced this summer.

In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 88 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the 16th year in a row, more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2016-17.

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CANTLON’S CORNER: FUTURE LOOKING BRIGHT FOR LETTIERI

CANTLON’S CORNER: FUTURE LOOKING BRIGHT FOR LETTIERI

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT Hockey and sports have always been a huge part of Vinni Lettieri’s life.

Lettieri took the first steps towards becoming a professional athlete when he signed an Amateur Try-Out (ATO) deal to play for the Hartford Wolf Pack for the last nine games of the regular season after the elimination of his college team, the Minnesota Golden Gophers, in the NCAA Regionals.

Lettieri played on several different combinations in Hartford including an extended stay with winger Chris Brown.

“It’s a great experience coming here to start to get a taste of pro hockey,” Lettieri said. “I have gone to several player development camps (two with the Rangers and one with Nashville), but this is my first real action. A guy like Brownie is a big body and gets the puck out of the corner. He has been helpful to remember the full cycle in the offensive zone. Sometimes coming out of college you get to a half cycle. There’s always something to learn.”

Shooting the puck has been his main strength. While he did not get that first pro goal, he did show a knack and fearlessness about putting the puck on net. Continue reading

TOSTI: GAME 4: SWAMP RABBITS LOOK TO RESPOND ON THE ROAD

GAME 4: SWAMP Rabbits Look to Respond on the Road

Greenville’s 2-1 series lead on the line in North Charleston tonight as the puck drops for Game 4 of the South Division Semifinal

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

DATE TIME OPPONENT FOLLOW
Tues, Apr. 18 7:05 p.m. (EDT) Game 4: at South Carolina Stingrays ListenWatchTwitter

RABBIT TALES

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, are back in action tonight for Game 4 of the South Division Semifinal in North Charleston, SC. After Greenville took a 2-0 advantage in the series, South Carolina responded on home ice to earn a 6-0 win last night. Parker Milner earned a shutout in the game and Rob Flick led the scoring charge with two goals. After last night’s contest, the teams are even with 10 goals each in the series. Greenville and South Carolina will see each other for the 18th time this season and the tenth time in the Low Country. The Swamp Rabbits completed the regular season with a 3-4-1-0 record in North Charleston and 5-7-1-1 overall mark against their intra-state rival. Greenville has only lost back-to-back playoff games seven times in franchise history and is 9-6-1 following a postseason loss. Continue reading

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS MOVE TO NORTH CHARLESTON FOR GAME 3

GAME 3: Swamp Rabbits Move to North Charleston for Game 3

Greenville hits the road for the first time to continue South Division Semifinal matchup against South Carolina Stingrays

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

DATE TIME OPPONENT FOLLOW
Mon, Apr. 17 7:05 p.m. (EDT) at South Carolina Stingrays ListenWatchTwitter

RABBIT TALES

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, take their 2-0 series lead against the South Carolina Stingrays to North Charleston, SC. The Swamp Rabbits hit the ice at the North Charleston Coliseum tonight at 7:05 p.m. after playing on the coast eight times during the regular season. Greenville powered out to the lead in the series with a 6-3 win on Thursday before adding a 4-1 victory on Friday. Three Swamp Rabbits forwards contributing to the offensive surge now rank among the ECHL’s top-five postseason scorers. Greenville has taken over both games early, never surrendering the lead. In addition to the group of scorers, goaltender Jeff Malcolm has also been a star, delivering 73 saves in two games.

BROWN IN

Forward Tyler Brown has tallied three goals in two games for Greenville and is among the ECHL’s top goal scorers in the playoffs. The winger scored twice on Friday night for the Swamp Rabbits after recording one multi-goal game during the regular season. The sixth-year pro is one goal shy of tying his regular season total. Brown missed the month of March recovering from injury before rejoining the lineup for the final two games of the regular season. The Hamilton, ON native is in his first Kelly Cup Playoffs appearance, but played 15 games in the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs (AHL). In those games, the 6-foot-1 forward collected two points (1G, 1A). Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: April 10-16, 2017

WOLF PACK WEEKLY: April 10-16, 2017

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (24-43-4-2, 54 pts., .370) finished their home schedule this past week with a 4-3 victory Friday night over Springfield and a 2-1 defeat to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday night.  Then, in Bridgeport on Sunday, the Wolf Pack fell behind 3-0 in the second period vs. the Sound Tigers and then fell one goal short of coming all the way back in the third, falling by a score of 3-2.  Marek Hrivik and Chris Brown had a goal and an assist each in Friday’s win, Adam Tambellini scored the only Wolf Pack goal on Saturday, and Matt Carey and Dan Catenacci had Sunday’s third-period tallies.  Continue reading

TOSTI: FOUR RETURNED TO RABBITS FOR POST SEASON

Four Returned To Rabbits for Post Season

Recent call-ups finish the weekend in AHL and rejoin Greenville ahead of first round matchup against South Carolina.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced today that forwards Brandon Alderson, Allan McPherson, Angelo Miceli, and defenseman Joe Houk have been returned to the Swamp Rabbits by the AHL’s Texas Stars. The four skaters joined Texas during a weekend series in Charlotte, NC against the Charlotte Checkers.

Alderson skated in two games for the Stars and recorded an assist. The winger earned three call-ups and played in 13 AHL contests this season between the Stars, Hartford Wolf Pack, and Syracuse Crunch. The 6-foot-4 skater has played 146 career AHL contests and earned 33 points (17G, 16A) over parts of five seasons. The Oakville, ON native ended the regular season second on the team in scoring with 55 points (26G, 29A) in 45 games. In the final 25 games of the ECHL season, Alderson recorded 33 points (15G, 18A) in 25 games. Only six ECHL skaters tallied more points in that stretch.

Miceli earned an assist on Texas’ lone goal on Sunday afternoon. The second-year pro earned his first AHL call-up of the season after tallying 77 points (22G, 55A) in 68 ECHL games. The center from Montreal, QC ended the regular season one point shy of Greenville’s franchise record set by Justin Bowers in 2012. Miceli’s efforts this season led the Swamp Rabbits and finished ninth in the ECHL. The 5-foot-10 skater earned Sher-Wood Hockey / ECHL Player of the Week in March and led Greenville with 22 multi-point performances. Continue reading