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CANLTON’S CORNER: WOLF PACK OFF-SEASON VOLUME 5

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

THE AHL BACK IN SPRINGFIELD

HARTFORD, CT – A little over a month has gone by since the Springfield Falcons were sold to the Arizona Coyotes and moved to Tucson, AZ. Incredibly, AHL hockey will continue in the city with the Florida Panthers as the parent team for at least three years starting in the fall.

The league’s Board of Governors formally approved the sale of Springfield late last week. They removed the conditional status upon getting a lease approved and renovations approved to the Tucson Convention Center was key to their deal and the deal in Springfield.

Monday, the sale of the troubled Portland Pirates was officially approved to Springfield Hockey, LLC by the AHL BOG.

Here is the Florida Panthers news release HERE.

HERE is the Springfield take on the announcement made Monday after the BOG approved the sale to Springfield Hockey LLC after being awarded their franchise. The investors have yet still to be publicly identified, but Cantlon’s Corner learned a month ago that former Falcons’ owner, Charles Pompea and the face of Springfield hockey the last 35 years, Bruce Landon, are among those that are involved. Among the others to be involved, don’t be surprised if MGM-Springfield, who begin running the Mass Mutual Center on July 1st from Spectra, will participate in some manner. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: FINAL CSB RANKINGS BEFORE THE DRAFT

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – With all the end of the season goings-on, there hasn’t been much time to digest the final Central Scouting Bureau’s (CSB) draft rankings before the upcoming NHL Draft in Buffalo, NY on June 25th.

There are a few names in the top tier rankings who hail from the state of Connecticut.  The top name from the Nutmeg State also played for the University of Connecticut, and he is Orange native, Tage Thompson.

Just completing his pure academic and athletic freshmen year at UConn he is a player on the upside. Thompson showed a powerplay prowess and led the nation in power play goals with fourteen. Thompson also had fifteen goals in his first year in college.

The 6’5 winger is a prime-time talent possessing size, a hard shot, and a pro hockey pedigree. Thompson’s father, Brent is a former Hartford Wolf Pack defenseman and for the second time is the current head coach of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL). Continue reading

CRAWFORD: CURRAN RECALLED FROM GREENVILLE

rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpgWOLF PACK RECALL DEFENSEMAN KODIE CURRAN FROM GREENVILLE

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Played 14 Games in Earlier Recall Stint with Hartford

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, March 28, 2016:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the Wolf Pack has recalled defenseman Kodie Curran from its ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits.

This will be the second stint of the season with the Wolf Pack for Curran, a rookie out of the University of Calgary (CWUAA).  In 14 AHL games earlier in the year, the 6-2-, 205-pound Calgary native registered two assists, a +1, 16 penalty minutes and 12 shots on goal.  Curran, 26, leads Greenville defensemen in points and goals, with 7-18-25 in 45 games, and has served 37 minutes in penalties in ECHL action.

Curran was signed to an AHL contract by the Wolf Pack June 16, 2015.

The Wolf Pack’s next action is at Albany tomorrow night, Tuesday, March 29, a 7:00 PM game against the Devils.  All of the action of that contest 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 this Friday, April 1, as the Hershey Bears visit the XL Center for a 7:15 PM game.  That is the Wolf Pack’s last Friday-night home game of the regular season, and the last chance for fans to enjoy $1 hot dogs and $2 beers through the start of the second period.

Tickets for all remaining 2015-16 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.  Tickets purchased in advance for kids 12 or younger have been reduced to $10 this season and all tickets will have a $2 day-of-game increase.

To speak with a Wolf Pack representative about season or group tickets, or any of the Wolf Pack’s many ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451.

PACKARD: PLAYOFF PUSH FOR PACK HURT BY TOUGH LOSS TO SOUND TIGERS

rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpg       VERSUS       Bridgeport

Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

BY: Chuck Packard, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, March 6, 2016 – The Wolf Pack looked to close the gap in the playoff points race against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Sunday at the XL Center but were thwarted in a 3-2 loss.

Matt Finn put up two goals and an assist in the Bridgeport victory, and Alan Quine had a goal and an assist. Christopher Gibson made 26 saves in the victory.

Mat Bodie and Raphael Diaz scored a goal apiece in the Wolf Pack loss, and goalie Jeff Malcolm made 25 saves.  Continue reading

FUEHRING: ALL STAR SUPERHERO NIGHT BON SECOURSON WELLNESS ARENA

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SWAMP RABBITS REVEAL SUPERHERO JERSEY DESIGN

Team to wear specialty uniforms on March 12 with post-game auction to follow

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, are excited to reveal the team’s specialty jersey design for Superhero Night on Saturday, March 12 at 7 p.m. The specialty uniforms will be worn by the entire team during its 7 p.m. contest against Florida and auctioned off immediately following the game with proceeds benefiting the Cancer Survivors Park.

The specialty jersey design is the second of the Swamp Rabbits era following Heroes Night in February. It features a Batman theme with the Swamp Rabbits logo on the chest and an outline of New York City, in support of the Rangers, on the back. The jerseys will be auctioned off live at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena following the game to those in attendance only.

In addition, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Black Widow and Iron Fist are all scheduled to be in attendance on March 12. Those superheroes will be available for pictures and autographs throughout the game on the Bon Secours Wellness Arena concourse.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets start at just $10 by taking advantage of the GSP Airport Fun Zone. Purchase discounted adult tickets for just $10 in Section 119 and receive up to four (4) complimentary kids tickets courtesy of the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. Seats are limited and can be purchased online through SwampRabbits.com! The offer is only valid during each remaining Saturday home game through the end of the regular season.

Scout Night: The Swamp Rabbits return to SANDLAPPER Securities Rink at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena this Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m. to face the Atlanta Gladiators. It’s Scout Night presented by Duke Energy featuring discounted lower bowl tickets for all scout groups by calling 864-674-PUCK (7825). Special edition Scout Night patches are also available for just $1.

Get Social: Follow the Swamp Rabbits all season long and get behind-the-scenes coverage like never before on the team’s official Facebook and Twitter pages.

Trolley On Over: Greenville’s downtown trolley route has been extended to include a stop at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. The expanded route will operate for all Swamp Rabbits’ games taking place Thursdays through Sundays during normal trolley service hours.

Call 864-674-7825 or visit SwampRabbits.com for tickets. Bring a group of 15 or more out to a game and receive great discounts, merchandise offers, and hospitality opportunities! Call a Swamp Rabbits Account Executive for more information! Get the latest Swamp Rabbits gear at the “Hop Shop” team store or visit the “Hop Shop” online at SwampRabbits.com/shop to browse the full collection of fan wear and novelties!

CRAWFORD: PACK PUNCHOUT PHANTOMS IN OT

rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpg VERSUS Leghi Valley Phantoms

Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Lehigh Valley Phantoms 2 (SO)

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Allentown, PA, February 26, 2016 – The Hartford Wolf Pack killed a double-minor penalty in overtime, and Nicklas Jensen and Brian Gibbons scored shootout goals, as the Wolf Pack defeated the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 3-2 Friday night at the PPL Center.

The win was the Wolf Pack’s 13th straight in head-to-head competition with the Phantoms, a streak that dates back to January of 2014 and ties a team record for most consecutive wins against a single opponent.  The Wolf Pack franchise also won 13 straight against the Albany River Rats from April 2005 through March of 2009.

Nick Tarnasky scored a second-period goal for the Wolf Pack and Travis Oleksuk scored a power-play goal in the third, but also took a four-minute penalty for high-sticking Aaron Palushaj at the 1:05 mark of OT.  Magnus Hellberg made 35 saves in the Wolf Pack net and went 2-for-2 in the shootout.

Danick Martel and Colin McDonald scored for the Phantoms and Anthony Stolarz stopped 36 shots.

With a regulation win, the Phantoms could have moved into a tie with the sixth-place Wolf Pack in the Atlantic Division, but the Wolf Pack’s victory moves them to three points ahead of Lehigh Valley, at 28-25-2-0 for 58 points. Continue reading

CANTLON: HUSKIES BEAT HUSKIES… CONFUSED? READ ON!

UCONN      VERSUS     Northeastern

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – It was all Huskies all night long. Unfortunately, for the University of Connecticut,  it was the Northeastern Huskies on the winning side of a 5-2 score before an incredibly boisterous crowd of 5,689. before they were silenced by Northeastern now 11-1-2 since January 1st a span of 14 games.

With the win Northeastern is now 11-1-2 since January 1st. That’s a span of fourteen games.

The two teams meet in a Hockey East rematch Sunday night in Boston at the Matthews Arena with the puck dropping at 7 PM.

Northeastern (13-13-5 overall, 7-8-4 HEA) dominated and controlled the hockey game almost from the outset. It’s exerted it’s most dominance midway through the second period holding the puck in the UConn zone for a two-and-a-half minute stretch in which they completed not one, but two line changes over that time span. UConn was totally dominated in virtually every way.

UConn (9-18-4, 4-11-4 HEA) was outshot by 49-18, the most shots given up by Connecticut this season and it was the fourth time they gave up 40 or more shots. Continue reading