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HELLBERG RECALLED

RANGERS RECALL MAGNUS HELLBERG FROM HARTFORD

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, February 2, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has recalled goaltender Magnus Hellberg from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Hellberg, 25, has appeared in 26 games with the Wolf Pack this season, posting a 10-9-5 record, along with a 2.86 GAA and a .905 SV%. Hellberg has allowed two goals or fewer in five of his last six AHL appearances (3-2-1 record, 1.80 GAA, .939 SV% over the span). The 6-6, 209-pounder has appeared in one game with the Rangers this season, stopping all four shots he faced on Jan. 17 vs. Dallas.

AS CANTLON’S CORNER TOLD YOU ON JANUARY 6th…

BOARD OF GOVERNORS APPROVES RELOCATION OF NEW JERSEY DEVILS’ AHL AFFILIATE
Team will play in Binghamton, N.Y., beginning in 2017-18

BY: Jason Chaimovitch, AHL – VP Communications

(Editor’s note: Cantlon’s Corner on Howlings told you this would happen on 1/6/16. Read it HERE)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League’s Board of Governors has unanimously approved the relocation of the franchise owned by the New Jersey Devils from Albany, N.Y., to Binghamton, N.Y., effective with the 2017-18 season.

Binghamton’s current team, the Binghamton Senators, previously announced it will be moving to Belleville, Ont., in the fall.

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 more than 100 honored members of the Hockey Hall of Fame spent time in the AHL in their careers. In 2015-16, over 7.1 million fans attended AHL regular-season and playoff games across North America, the highest total attendance in league history.

CANTLON’S CORNER: VIRTUE ENJOYS HIS RETURN

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT “He was a character, no doubt, but he also played with character.”

Those are the words of current Pack head coach Ken Gernander describing his former teammate, Terry Virtue, who came back last Friday to the XL Center to have pictures taken with the Calder Cup and fans. Virtue also dropped the ceremonial puck against the Toronto Marlies.

The always loquacious and affable Virtue has not his charm or his gift of gab. Virtue was obviously reflective about coming to Hartford for the first time in many years.

“It’s been a lot to think about again, to be honest. We lived in Manchester for a year or so when I played. I got lost coming to the rink tonight. My wife (Lori) laughed at me,” Virtue said with a smile. “We have great memories in Hartford. Our son (Braeden) was born here, so we talked about it even more now that we live closer (Worcester, MA area) and have driven by Hartford a few times.”

Virtue, who played 888 AHL games with 214 of those coming during a three-year stint in Hartford, is known for simply, “The Goal” that he scored for the Wolf Pack on May 21, 2000. “The Goal” gave the Wolf Pack a chance for championship glory scoring the overtime game-winner in a 3-2 win against the Providence Bruins.  A year earlier, Virtue was wearing the Black and Gold as they swept the Pack en route to their Calder Cup title.

Virtue’s shot went off the skate of ex-Wolf Pack, Peter Ferraro, as he was attempting to pass the puck to former Wolf Pack, Johan Witehall. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK RETURN JOLY, OKSANEN TO ECHL GREENVILLE

WOLF PACK RETURN JOLY, OKSANEN TO ECHL GREENVILLE

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Joly has Played in 18 Pack Games, Oksanen 15

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

HARTFORD, January 18, 2017:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the Wolf Pack has returned forwards Michael Joly and Ahti Oksanen to its ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits.

Joly, a rookie out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, has skated in 18 games with the Wolf Pack this season and has chalked up two goals and two assists for four points, along with six penalty minutes.  Signed to an AHL contract by the Wolf Pack May 13, Joly has seven goals and three assists for ten points in eight ECHL games with the Swamp Rabbits.

Oksanen has logged 15 games with the Wolf Pack, contributing two goals and two assists for four points, plus two penalty minutes.  Prior to being recalled from the Swamp Rabbits December 11, the first-year pro out of Boston University had six goals and five assists for 11 points, as well as two PIM, in 19 games with Greenville.  Oksanen signed an AHL contract with the Wolf Pack June 14.

The Wolf Pack’s next game is at home this Friday, January 20 vs. the Toronto Marlies at 7:15.  As at all Friday-night Wolf Pack home games, fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $2 beers that night, through the start of the second period.  Also, the first 2,000 fans will receive a Wolf Pack 20th anniversary poster, compliments of Bud Light, as part of the Wolf Pack’s “Hartford Hockey Heritage Weekend”.

Tickets for all Wolf Pack 2016-17 home games are on sale now at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.

Season ticket information for the Wolf Pack’s 2016-17 AHL season can be found on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com.  To speak with a representative about all of the Wolf Pack’s many attractive ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451.

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: January 17-22, 2017

WOLF PACK WEEKLY: January 17-22, 2017

BY: Bob Crawford, HartfordWolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (14-21-3-1, 32 pts., .410) reached the halfway point of their season this past week, winning two out of three road games.  The week began with a 3-1 victory at Rochester on Wednesday night, keyed by two goals from Nicklas Jensen and a 31- save performance by Brandon Halverson.  In the first of back-to-back games in St. John’s, Newfoundland Friday night, the Wolf Pack downed the IceCaps 2-1 in overtime, with Chris Brown netting the OT game-winner.  St. John’s held the Wolf Pack off in the rematch Saturday night, though, prevailing 4-2.  Jensen upped his team-leading goal total to 18 with a power-play strike in that game.

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CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK RELEASE BRANDON ALDERSON FROM PTO

WOLF PACK RELEASE BRANDON ALDERSON FROM PTO

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Had one Assist in Three Games

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

HARTFORD, January 10, 2017:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the Wolf Pack has released forward Brandon Alderson from his Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement, and returned him to the Wolf Pack’s ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits.

Summoned from Greenville last Monday, Alderson skated in three games with the Wolf Pack, registering one assist, one minor penalty, a +1 and three shots on goal.  In 17 games with the Swamp Rabbits, the fourth-year pro has ten goals and nine assists for 19 points, plus 20 penalty minutes.

The Wolf Pack’s next action is tomorrow night, Wednesday, January 11, when they continue a stretch of four straight road games with a visit to Rochester to take on the Americans.  Faceoff is 7:05 PM.  All of the action can be heard live on News Radio 1410 WPOP, and on-line at www.newsradio1410.com and iHeartRadio.  Video streaming is available at www.ahllive.com.

The Wolf Pack’s next home game is Friday, January 20 vs. the Toronto Marlies at 7:15.  As at all Friday-night Wolf Pack home games, fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $2 that night, through the start of the second period.  Also, the first 2,000 fans will receive a Wolf Pack 20th anniversary poster, compliments of Bud Light, as part of the Wolf Pack’s “Hartford Hockey Heritage Weekend”.

Tickets for all Wolf Pack 2016-17 home games are on sale now at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.

Season ticket information for the Wolf Pack’s 2016-17 AHL season can be found on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com.  To speak with a representative about all of the Wolf Pack’s many attractive ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451.

KOHLER: SOUND TIGERS TRIP UP PACK 2-1

     VERSUS  

Bridgeport Sound Tigers 2, Hartford Wolf Pack 1

BY: Chris Kohler, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, January 7, 2017 – Bracken Kearns’ second-period goal held up as the game-winner for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Saturday night, in a 2-1 victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack at the XL Center.

Ryan Graves had the only Wolf Pack goal of the game, and Michael Dal Colle also scored for Bridgeport.  Jaroslav Halak started the game in the Sound Tiger net and stopped 14 of the 15 shots he faced, before having to leave the game due to an injury.  Stephon Williams was forced to stop only two shots in relief.  Brandon Halverson made 28 saves for the Wolf Pack.

Dal Colle opened the scoring at the 14:42 mark of the first period, moving down the left side in the Wolf Pack zone and using defenseman Steven Kampfer as a screen, to fire a shot past Halverson’s catching glove. Continue reading

CANTLON: (SAT) PACK DROP BALL BEFORE MIDNIGHT

      VERSUS      

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – A slow start by the Hartford Wolf Pack and timely goaltending by the Albany Devils’ Ken Appleby and a late goal gave Albany a 3-1 win at the XL Center Saturday night. The loss ended the 2016 year on a sour note for the Wolf Pack who have now lost three in a row as the team approaches the midway point of the AHL season.

Albany raises its record to 18-13-0-1 (37 points) and they find themselves tied with the St. John’s IceCaps and the Syracuse Crunch for second place. Meanwhile, the Pack drop to 11-17-3-1 (26 points) putting them dead last in the Atlantic Division. They’re also dead last in the Eastern Conference and tied for the worst record in the league with the Charlotte Checkers, who play in Winnipeg tomorrow afternoon.

The Pack made several solid efforts to win in the third period, but it was Albany who got the game winner. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: PACK STRUGGLES CONTINUE IN 3-2 LOSS TO PENS

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Wilkes-Barre, PA, January 3, 2017 – The Hartford Wolf Pack got third-period goals from Steven Fogarty and Tanner Glass Tuesday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, but could not come all the way back from a 3-0 deficit, losing 3-2 to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Chad Ruhwedel had the game-winning goal and an assist for the Penguins, who also got goals from Teddy Blueger and Josh Archibald.  Tristan Jarry got the win in net with 25 saves.  Fogarty also had an assist for the Wolf Pack, and Brandon Halverson stopped 32 shots in the Hartford net.

After being outshot by a combined margin of 28-10 in the first two periods, the Wolf Pack had a 17-7 shots advantage in the third. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: January 3-8, 2017

WOLF PACK WEEKLY: Jan. 3-8, ’17

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (11-17-3-1, 26 pts., .406) finished out the calendar year of 2016 with a pair of close losses, falling 3-2 in Springfield on Friday night, despite a 32-17 shots advantage, and dropping a 3-1 decision to Albany at home on New Year’s Eve.  Steven Fogarty, in his first game back from a nine-game injury absence, scored his second goal of the season Friday, and Chris Brown, back in the lineup after missing seven contests with an injury, had an assist.

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The Wolf Pack begin 2017 with a visit to Wilkes-Barre, PA to battle the league-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Tuesday night.  That game faces off at 7:05 PM, and after that, the Wolf Pack have a three-game weekend on tap.  Hartford hosts the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Friday night at 7:15, and then the Bridgeport Sound Tigers come to the XL Center on Saturday night for a 7:30 game.  The weekend concludes with the Wolf Pack in Providence at 3:05 on Sunday.

Tuesday, January 3 at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh) at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 7:05 PM

  • The Penguins are coming off of their first back-to-back regulation losses of the season, a 5-2 home defeat to Providence Friday night and a 3-2 setback in Binghamton Saturday, but still sport the best record in the AHL, at 21-7-3-0 for 45 points and a .726 points percentage.
  • Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scoring leader Jake Guentzel (18-16-34 in 26 GP) earned CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month honors for December, with 11-6-17 in ten games during the month.  Guentzel leads the AHL in goals and is tied for second in points and plus/minus (+17).
  • The Penguins have won all three of this year’s head-to-head matchups with the Wolf Pack, including a 6-2 victory October 15 in the only previous meeting in Wilkes-Barre.  That was the Penguins’ season opener and the second game of the year for the Wolf Pack.
  • Broadcast – live with Bob Crawford on News Radio 1410 WPOP, on-line at iheart.com and on iHeartRadio.  Video streaming at ahllive.com. 

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