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TOSTI: Nationally Acclaimed Artist Joe Everson Partners with Swamp Rabbits

Joe Everson paints his wildly famous “Battle of Iwo Jima” tribute while singing the Star-Spangled Banner for the very first time at the Swamp Rabbits Heroes Night on March 5, 2016. Joe has traveled the country for over a year, dazzling fans with his rendition of the National Anthem.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, are pleased to announce that nationally recognized artist Joe Everson has returned as the team’s Official Artist for the 2017-18 season.

Joe’s famous rendition of the National Anthem, which involves him singing the Star-Spangled Banner, while simultaneously painting the iconic scene at the Battle of Iwo Jima, has been seen across the country both live and on the internet. His viral videos have amassed more than 140 million views.

The Taylors Mill, South Carolina resident debuted his anthem performance with the Swamp Rabbits nearly two years ago and has traveled the country with his unique presentation ever since.

In addition to creating a painting for Star Wars Night tomorrow at 7 p.m., Joe has plans to design a Smash Car for the annual Stick it to Cancer Night Presented by Bon Secours on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. Joe is also planning to unveil a brand new National Anthem painting at the Swamp Rabbits Heroes Night on Saturday, Mar. 10, 2018.

For more information on Joe Everson and his collection of work available for purchase online, please visit JoeEverson.com.

STAR WARS NIGHT | TOMORROW, November 17 | 7 p.m.
Don’t be the last Jedi to get tickets to the Swamp Rabbits annual Star Wars Night! Get four tickets to the game, hot dogs, chips, drinks, and a Swamp Rabbits souvenir by purchasing a Bon Secours Family Fun Pack for $60. Meet your favorite Star Wars characters at the game as the Swamp Rabbits take on the Orlando Solar Bears.

POST GAME SKATE | Sunday, November 19 | 3 p.m.
Skate with the pros on Sunday after the Swamp Rabbits take on the Orlando Solar Bears. Join the team on the ice after the game for a free skate when you bring your skates to the game. Skate rentals are also available for fans at the game. To grab a Bon Secours Family Fun Pack or get more information, head to SwampRabbits.com.


CANTLON: Vermont Drops Huskies 4-2.


BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – Saturday afternoon, it was a major penalty opportunity that undid the Huskies in a 4-2 loss to the University of Vermont (3-4-1 overall, 1-1-1 HEA). The team’s split the two-game series and left the Huskies (3-6-1 overall, 2-3-1 HEA) and still searching for a team identity in the early part of the college hockey season.

Vermont’s Craig Puffer received a game misconduct and a major penalty for a hit from behind, but UConn was unable to take advantage of the opportunity.

Vermont cut the lead on a rare goal; a shorthanded penalty shot tally.

A ghastly giveaway in the neutral zone allowed Ross Colton to streak away, and James Masonius hooked him. It didn’t seem like much of a hindrance, and he got the shot off, but the referees felt otherwise and awarded the penalty shot chance.

Colton didn’t miss on his second chance with a finish that hit just under the crossbar and popped the water bottle on Adam Huska at 4:01. Continue reading



BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, October 24, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has recalled forward Boo Nieves from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Nieves, 23, has skated in seven games with the Wolf Pack this season, registering two goals and one assist for three points, along with two penalty minutes. He tallied two points (one goal, one assist), including the game-winning goal, on Oct. 13 vs. Toronto and he registered a goal on Oct. 14 at Springfield.

The 6-3, 212-pounder has skated in 55 career AHL games over parts of three seasons (2015-16 – 2017-18), all with the Wolf Pack, registering 10 goals and 16 assists for 26 points, along with 12 penalty minutes. Nieves recorded 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in 40 games during his rookie season with Hartford in 2016-17, and he led Wolf Pack rookies (min. 10 games played) in points per game (0.45). He also notched a point in each of his first four AHL games.

Nieves has skated in one NHL game in his career. He made his NHL debut as a member of the Rangers on Nov. 15, 2016, at Vancouver.

The Syracuse, New York, native was originally selected by the Rangers in the second round, 59th overall, of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.


Here’s your first look at the new floor in the XL Center after all the work to repair the ice. It now needs to cure for the next 30 days…



BY: Mitch Beck, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT Last week, Gerry Cantlon gave Howlings readers an in-depth report (Find it HERE) on the latest happenings with the renovation work currently going on at the XL Center.

Gerry was just provided ten pictures by the CRDA detailing the progress on those repairs.

Here they are:



Wolf Pack Wrap Up Day

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The XL Center arena was dark. The ice is gone. Almost no equipment remains in the locker room as the picture was that of a 2016-17  AHL season Hartford Wolf Pack clearly over. While it may be over for the players, for the off ice staff was still at work with their season-ending multiple tasks.

The only news of the day was that the New York Rangers will not be recalling as many players for the playoffs as there have in the past to be a part of the Black Aces squad. The Rangers are ready for a crucial Game 4 in their Best-of-Seven series with the Montreal Canadiens. The Rangers find themselves down two games to none. Magnus Hellberg, who was recalled earlier in the week was on the bench in the place on Antti Raanta. Hellberg may remain the only recall, but that remains undetermined.

“The list is truly not finalized as of yet. There are several contractual and other matters that need to be ironed out, but I can say there will be very few players going to New York,” Head Coach Ken Gernander said. Continue reading



BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, April 14, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Steven Kampfer on a new contract.

Kampfer, 28, skated in 11 NHL games with Florida and the Rangers during the regular season in 2016-17, registering one goal and one assist for two points, along with six penalty minutes. He was credited with 23 hits in the 10 games he played with the Rangers, and he recorded at least two hits in eight of the 10 contests. Kampfer made his debut with the Blueshirts on Feb. 28 vs. Washington. He tallied his first assist/point as a Ranger on Mar. 7 at Florida and he recorded his first goal as a Ranger on Mar. 13 vs. Tampa Bay.

The 5-11, 192-pounder has skated in 144 career NHL games over parts of five seasons (2010-11 – 2011-12; 2014-15 – 2016-17) with Boston, Minnesota, Florida, and the Rangers, registering 10 goals and 15 assists for 25 points, along with a plus-seven rating and 62 penalty minutes. Kampfer has skated in 58 NHL games over the past two seasons, and he established a career-high in games played during the 2015-16 season with the Panthers (47).

Kampfer also skated in 43 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2016-17, registering four goals and 15 assists for 19 points, along with 44 penalty minutes. He was tied for third among Hartford defensemen in goals, assists, and points this season at the time he was recalled by the Rangers on Mar. 5. Kampfer established a single-game AHL career-high with three assists and tied a single-game AHL career-high with three points on Mar. 1 vs. Springfield.

The Ann Arbor, Michigan, native was acquired by the Rangers from Florida, along with a conditional draft pick, in exchange for Dylan McIlrath on Nov. 8, 2016.



Jensen’s Late Goal Grounds T-birds 4-3

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – Nicklas Jensen’s late goal allowed the Hartford Wolf Pack to slip past the Springfield Thunderbirds 4-3  before 4,529 at the XL Center Friday night.

The winning play resulted from solid forechecking and was capped by Jensen’s spectacular effort.

Chris Brown, strong all night with solid physical play and a goal, helped with Philip McRae keep the puck in the Springfield zone for an extended shift. Jensen then did the rest.

Jensen took the puck, circled in the zone, which forced players like Tony Turgeon to chase him. Jensen zig-zagged at the left wing circle and drilled a shot high to the far side. The game-winning goal was his 29th and came at 17:39.

“It was the line before that did everything to set that up,” Jensen said. “They (the line centered by rookie Vinni Lettieri) had them hemmed in their end for about a minute-and-a-half. We got a good line change, and I knew those guys were out there for awhile. When you’re stuck out there, I knew they were out of gas. I just had that one guy to beat and got the shot off.” Continue reading



Albany Devils 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 3

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Albany, NY, April 1, 2017Nicklas Jensen had a goal and an assist for the Hartford Wolf Pack Saturday at the Times Union Center, but Blake Pietila scored two power-play goals, including the third-period game-winner, for the Albany Devils in a 4-3 Albany victory.

Max Novak added a goal and an assist for the Devils, and Jacob MacDonald had three assists.  Marek Hrivik chipped in two assists for the Wolf Pack.

The two teams traded goals in the first period, the Devils scoring early and the Wolf Pack replying late.

Novak gave the Devils the game’s first lead 4:41 in, on a rebound.  MacDonald’s shot from the left point was stopped by Wolf Pack goaltender Chris Nell (26 saves), making his first pro appearance out of Bowling Green University, but the rebound came to Novak in front, and he poked it home. Continue reading



Titans Score Late, Defeat Dashers 3-2

BY: Mitch Beck, Howlings (with Tommy Pecoraro, Danbury Titans)

DANBURY, CTTaylor Bourne broke a 2-2 tie with the game-winning goal midway through the third period as the Danbury Titans defeated the visiting Danville Dashers 3-2 before 913 at the Danbury Ice Arena on Sunday night.

Bourne contributed a goal and an assist and was named the game’s First Star. Danbury’s Ludlow Harris, Jr., the game’s Second Star, also had a goal and an assist while Dalton Jay added two helpers. For the Dashers, Andrew Harrison had a goal and an assist and was named the game’s Third Star.

Following Harrison’s goal midway through the third frame to knot the score at two, the very next shift, the Titans regained the lead for good as Bourne was at the right place at the right time, firing home a loose puck in the slot, to make it 3-2.

In what could be a preview of the upcoming Commissioner’s Cup Finals, the league’s two hottest teams went right at each other from the drop of the opening puck.  


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