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MSG NETWORK TO TELECAST LIVE RANGERS PRACTICE

MSG NETWORK TO TELECAST LIVE RANGERS PRACTICE

 “Rangers Training Camp Live” – Thursday, September 28 at 11:30 a.m. 

One-Hour Special to Give Blueshirts Fans Behind the Scenes Look at the 2017-18 Team, Plus Interviews w/Head Coach Alain Vigneault and Rangers Players

BY: The New York Rangers

New York, NY (September 26, 2017) – MSG Network will telecast “Rangers Training Camp Live,” a live, exclusive look at the team’s training camp session at the MSG Training Center on Thursday, September 28 starting at 11:30 a.m.  The hour-long special will be repeated on MSG later that evening at 10:00 p.m.

Hosted by Al Trautwig, “Rangers Training Camp Live” will offer fans an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at a Rangers training camp session, including practice, drills, and team scrimmage. The show will also feature interviews with players and coaches, including head coach Alain Vigneault, and analysis and a season preview from MSG’s Rangers voices, including Sam Rosen, Joe Micheletti, and John Giannone.

The puck drops at the Rangers’ opening night on Thursday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m. with a matchup against the Colorado Avalanche at Madison Square Garden. Coverage of the opener begins at 6:30 pm on MSG.

Sam Rosen, the recipient of the 2016 Foster Hewitt Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame, returns for his 34th season as the play-by-play voice of the Rangers and will be joined by in-game analyst Joe Micheletti, back for his 12th season. Al Trautwig will serve as host of Rangers telecasts for all home games and Bill Pidto will handle host responsibilities for all road games. John Giannone will resume his reporter duties for all Rangers games while a rotation of expert analysts will handle pregame, intermission, and postgame analysis including Steve Valiquette, Ron Duguay, and Dave Maloney. All Rangers games will also appear on ESPN 98.7 radio with versatile play-by-play announcer Kenny Albert calling the action and the aforementioned former Rangers great and captain Maloney handling the analysis. Don La Greca will serve as back up play-by-play announcer for games on ESPN 98.7.

TOSTI: TROOCK SIGNS DEAL WITH SWAMP RABBITS

Troock Signs Deal with Swamp Rabbits

Greenville adds 2012 NHL Draft pick with over 100 games of AHL experience to the roster.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced the addition of forward Branden Troock today. The winger has extensive experience in the AHL with the Texas Stars and Tucson Roadrunners over three pro seasons.

Troock, 23, comes to Greenville after seeing time with three teams in 2016-17. The 6-foot-2 skater began the season with the Texas Stars skating in 10 AHL games and earning four assists. He was then reassigned to the Idaho Steelheads for 15 games, where he netted seven goals and added a pair of assists. Troock was involved in a four player deal between the Stars and Roadrunners on Feb. 1, sending the winger to Arizona. There he played 20 of the final 30 games of the regular season and collected seven points (4G, 3A). Continue reading

NYR 2017 TRAVERSE CITY TOURNAMENT PARTICIPANT BIOS

NEW YORK RANGERS 2017 TRAVERSE CITY TOURNAMENT PARTICIPANT BIOS

BY: Mitch Beck, Howlings with The New York Rangers

New York, New York Here are the profiles and stats for all of the members of the New York Rangers roster for the upcoming prospect tournament in Traverse City, Michigan

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CANTLON’S CORNER: HAINSEY BRINGS THE CUP HOME TO BOLTON

Hainsey Brings the Cup Home TO BOLTON

BOLTON, CT – On a steamy summer morning hockey fans waited patiently to get a picture taken with hockey’s silver chalice, the Stanley Cup.  For the Holy Grail of Hockey, it was the second public appearance in Connecticut in the last 24 hours and the fourth time in the Constitution State over the past five years.

The Bolton Ice Palace is tucked away off, just off Route 384 at the beginning of Route 6. Stanley Cup Champion Ron Hainsey started his life in hockey with the ECHO (Eastern Connecticut Hockey) program at the age of four in the shadow of the NHL when the Hartford Whalers were still in town.

“This is terrific,” the 36-year-old Hainsey said of the Penguins June 11 game 6 six victory over Nashville to capture their second Cup in a row. “Guys have won it two or three times and then go hide in a cabin or something. (For me), coming from here it was always a part of the game plan (to have it at Bolton Ice Palace) once we pulled this sucker off.”

The arena, which opened in 1974, has been noted as one of the coldest in Connecticut. Choate being a close second. It’s also the dimmest, but the lights were freshly lit with LED lighting and comfortable temps for all the fans and personnel awaiting the event.

Hainsey got the Cup from Farmington native, and former Avon Old Farms player, Nick Bonino who displayed it at the basketball gym at AOF Sunday morning.

“They bring it right to you drop it at the house,” Hainsey said while wearing his Penguins white home jersey. “I think Bonino had it into the late evening hours (last night).”

Hainsey’s baptism of hockey came very early at age four when a simple pamphlet paved the way.

“We had season tickets to the Whalers. We always took Ronnie,” said a very proud mother, Kerry Hainsey. “He would come home sliding around the kitchen floor, and one day, we got the ‘Learn-to-Skate’ pamphlet that came in the mail, and my husband took him over, and he took to it very quickly.”

His first trophy came with a great one liner. “I remember the coach saying it was the first time we have ever given a trophy to a player still in nursery school.”

Hainsey would graduate from ECHO and move on to the late Gary Dineen’s program at the Enfield Twin Rinks. Dineen is credited by many as the coach who started junior hockey in Connecticut.

“I did a lot there, but obviously this is where I started…my hometown,” Hainsey said. He went on to play in the US National Development program and then two years at UMASS-Lowell in Hockey East followed. Hainey turned pro after being drafted in the first round, thirteenth overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 2000.

The rink’s Owner/General Manager is no stranger to the hockey community. He’s former Whaler, Bob Crawford. He also runs rinks in Bolton, Cromwell, and Simsbury. The Belleville, Ontario native relished this moment.

“This is hockey in its purest form. A true small town and (Hainsey’s) family has been extraordinarily gracious and wanted the kids to be the center of the event and the entire ECHO programs which cover like 20 towns. (They’re) All small places that have made this place their hockey home. When I grew up, it was the Hulls-Bobby and Dennis, and few forget Brett was born in Belleville. Andrew Shaw and my brother Marc won it with Colorado.

“We had at it at the kitchen table for breakfast one morning before taking it to the center of town where 10,000 of our closest friends came, which before today was the only time I have ever seen the Cup in person. All the security and staff people here (inside) and outside are ECHO people. They care greatly about (Hainsey) and this program. They are volunteering their time. They didn’t have to be asked. It’s a special moment for this town, and you feel the pride in this building.” Crawford said.

Hainsey’s father Marty decked out in his Penguins championship t-shirt, and dark shades was in awe of the whole scene.

The elder Hainsey is still pinching himself over all of it.

“Everyday since he was drafted, playing (in the NHL), it’s just amazing to consider it all.”

Speaking about the lunar eclipse this past Monday, inspired Hainsey’s agent, Matt Keator, to make an excellent observation. “He wins a Stanley Cup as often as there is a lunar eclipse.”

There is another number significant in Hainsey’s capturing a title. He played 907 NHL games without a playoff appearance breaking him of a streak reminiscent of the late Ernie Banks (Chicago Cubs), who played his entire Hall-of-Fame career without ever making a World Series appearance.

“We have been having fun. We’re having hats made up with 907 (on them),” Keator, who played prep school hockey at Pomfret and college hockey at Trinity College, said with a smirk. “I walked onto the ice (after they won) and he goes. ‘Dude, I’m one-for-one in the playoffs.’ That’s vintage Ronnie.”

Keator has known Hainsey since he was 15-years-old. He executed a two year, $6 million dollar deal for Hainsey with a rising Stanley Cup seeking Toronto Maple Leafs team. It will allow Hainsey to play in possibly over 1,000 regular season NHL games.

Bonino has also left the Penguins. He departs for the team the Pens beat for the title. Bonino signed a four-year, $16.4 deal with the Predators.

Hansey’s fortunes changed when he was moved by a childhood hero, former Whaler great, and the current GM of Carolina, Ron Francis, to Pittsburgh. The Pens GM is Jim Rutherford, a former Hartford/Carolina GM who also played AHL hockey in New Haven.

“I knew he would get traded because that’s what Carolina does when contracts are up. I really thought Pittsburgh,” Kerry Hainsey said with a laugh. “I remember those times at the Hartford Civic Center (nee XL Center) and the irony is the guy he cheered for, Ronnie Francis, trades him to Pittsburgh.”

The move to Pittsburgh was perfect for Hainsey, but not an easy one.

“When he got traded from Carolina, there were a lot of mixed emotions. His first was the outdoor game (at Heinz Field against the Flyers),” his wife Hayley said as she and their three children passed out signed pictures to fans. “We loved the team he played for and also where we were living, but going to a team like Pittsburgh, how could you be upset, right? Great team, great players, great guys. It obviously turned out for the best for us.”

Hainsey’s last playoff appearance came in the AHL with the Hamilton Bulldogs against the Rochester Americans in a four game sweep. One of his Hamilton teammates was with him in Pittsburgh, Trevor Daley. Before winning the Cup in the NHL, Hainsey’s deepest playoff experience was also in Hamilton. It came during the 2002-03 season when the Bulldogs were the top team in the AHL but lost to the Houston Aeros in seven games.

To the strains of John Mellencamp’s song, “Small Town,” reverberating off the ceiling, Hainsey didn’t disappoint those who were unable to enter because of time constraints. He brought Lord Stanley to them to see it and thank them all for waiting in line for quite some time.

Hainsey’s realization of his dream just shows that anyone’s hockey odyssey from a small town can happen.

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TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS LAND FORWARD CALEB HERBERT

Swamp Rabbits Land Forward Caleb Herbert

 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 the addition of forward Caleb Herbert to the roster for the 2017-18 season. Herbert enters his fourth year in pro hockey and has split time between the AHL and ECHL.

Herbert, 25, brings 150 games of experience and 80 points (43G, 27A) to Greenville. The 5-foot-11 forward has skated for the Hershey Bears and Texas Stars in the AHL, while also spending time with their ECHL affiliates, the South Carolina Stingrays, and Idaho Steelheads. Herbert has earned four call-ups to the AHL from the ECHL over the last three seasons. Continue reading

TOSTI: CARTER SANDLAK JOINS SWAMP RABBITS ROSTER

Carter Sandlak Joins Swamp Rabbits Roster

Greenville adds fourth-year forward with more than 50 games of AHL experienceBY: 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, have come to terms with forward, Carter Sandlak for the 2017-18 season. The winger brings AHL experience to the roster, logging 54 games with the Charlotte Checkers in his first two professional seasons.

Sandlak, 24, spent last season with the Toledo Walleye suiting up for 41 games with the regular season champs. The 6-foot-2, 205 pound forward netted five goals and added two assists for the Walleye, but missed nearly two months of the season due to injury. Sandlak has battled the Swamp Rabbits six times during his career, including one contest last year.

“Carter has great hockey sense and is a tough, hard-nosed player who also brings experience at the next level,” said Head Coach Brian Gratz. “Over the last two seasons, we have seen him play with Toledo and Florida and felt he would be a good addition to our team. We’re excited to welcome him to Greenville and have him contribute to our team achieving its goals, while we help him reach his.”

During his first two pro seasons, Sandlak played his games within the Carolina Hurricanes system. The London, Ontario native netted two goals and grabbed three helpers in the AHL with the Checkers and was a mainstay in Charlotte as a rookie. In 29 ECHL games with the Florida Everblades from 2014 to 2016, Sandlak earned 15 points (5G, 10A). He also set a career best with the Everblades, collecting three points (1G, 2A) against the Wheeling Nailers in a 5-2 comeback win. In total, Sandlak has played 70 ECHL games, earning 22 points (10G, 12A) and logging 78 PIMS.

“Last year, the season didn’t go the way I wanted it to, but I think that adversity made me grow as a player and as a person,” said Sandlak “I’ve heard nothing but good things about the Swamp Rabbits organization. (Greenville) is a great place to play and the staff is great, so it was a no brainer for me.”

Before turning pro, Sandlak spent five seasons in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). He played a majority of his career with the Belleville Bulls but also held roster spots with the Guelph Storm and Plymouth Whalers. Sandlak ended his OHL tenure with 272 games, 122 points (59G, 63A), and 375 PIMS.

Carter also comes from a hockey family as his father, Jim Sandlak, played more than 500 NHL contests with the Vancouver Canucks and Hartford Whalers. Sandlak becomes the eighth skater signed by the Swamp Rabbits this offseason (Nick Betz, Ricky DeRosa, Sean Flanagan, Chad Duchesne, Austin McKay, Joe Houk, and Evan Jasper).

The Swamp Rabbits open the season against the Wheeling Nailers on Oct. 13, 2017. The puck will drop for the Swamp Rabbits’ Opening Weekend at 7 p.m. EST at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

Hockey Demo Days: Join the Greenville Swamp Rabbits for their Hockey Demo Day. Head to Dicks Sporting Goods on Woodruff Road on Sunday, July 30 from noon to 4 p.m. for an afternoon of fun! There will be free hockey instruction in the Dew Street Hockey Zone, corn hole, music, food, giveaways and much more. Call Charlie with the Swamp Rabbits at (864) 250-4937 for more information.

Get Social: Follow the Swamp Rabbits and get behind-the-scenes coverage like never before on the team’s official Facebook and Twitter pages. Download the Swamp Rabbits app from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store for up to date information right in the palm of your hand.

Contact a Swamp Rabbits Account Executive at 864-674-PUCK (7825) for information on 2017-18 season tickets and to secure your seats today! Get the latest Swamp Rabbits gear by visiting the “Hop Shop” online at SwampRabbits.com/shop to browse the full collection of fan wear and novelties!

CRDA RELEASES PICTURE OF COMPLETED XL CENTER FLOOR

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…

CANTLON’S CORNER: WOLF PACK OFF SEASON VOLUME 10

Cantlon’s Corner:

Wolf Pack Off Season Volume 10

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CTAnother week of hockey activity and the Hartford Wolf Pack are right in the middle of it.

CONGRATS

The American Hockey League honored the Hartford Wolf Pack for its 2016-17 Team Business Services, with an award for excellence in community service among Eastern Conference teams. The award was announced Wednesday evening at a gala reception during the AHL Board of Governors’ Annual Meeting at Hilton Head, SC.

“We are extremely proud of our staff’s and players’ dedication to giving back to the Hartford-area community, and that it has been celebrated with this tremendous AHL honor,” Chris Lawrence, General Manager of the XL Center and the head of Wolf Pack Business Operations for Spectra said in a press release.

“With the amount of time and effort the entire league puts into the service aspect of our business, it’s a credit to everyone involved with the team to be recognized. We look forward to continuing to make a positive impact in the Capital region.”

The Wolf Pack’s community outreach program, under the leadership of Manager of Community Relations, Frank Berrian, has continued to grow numerous signature elements. The Wolf Pack’s “Read to the Rink” reading program, sponsored by ProHealth Physicians’ Healthy Me, involved several dozen area schools. The “Hockey in the Streets” effort once again brought the fun and healthy exercise of street hockey to the youngsters of Camp Courant throughout the summer.

The Wolf Pack’s annual “Bowl-a-Thon” in support of Special Olympics Connecticut raised over $13,000, and the team staff’s efforts at, “Holiday Light Fantasia” in December helped generate nearly $7,000 for the Channel 3 Kids Camp. Also, the Wolf Pack players as well as the team’s iconic mascot, Sonar, combined to make nearly 200 community appearances during the 2016-17 season. Those appearances ranged from school and hospital visits to youth hockey events, holiday toy deliveries, and all manner of community parades and celebrations.

The hard-charging, and ever present Sonar, who seems to work 480 days a year, was the biggest reason that award was presented. He is at various school functions during the regular season and the off-season as well. Sonar appears all throughout the greater Hartford community. Most recently, Sonar was at the Enfield Fourth of July celebrations this past weekend and does some great charity work too.

PLAYER AND COACHING MOVEMENT

The Pack has officially lost their leading scorer from last season, Nicklas Jensen.

In a team press release, Jokerit Helsinki’s (Finland-KHL) GM and former New York Ranger and NHL great Jari Kurri announced that the Danish forward agreed to a two-year deal with next season being an option year.

The 24-year-old forward led Hartford with 32 goals (second best in the AHL) and 55 points. Jensen came to the Wolf Pack in a deal trade with the Vancouver Canucks for Emerson Etem on January 8, 2016. In his brief tenure with the Pack, the one-time first-round selection by Vancouver in 2011, played very well offensively. Jensen is a swift skater with a very powerful shot and a quick release. He was the Pack’s lone AHL All-Star representative last season. Jensen earned one, seven-game recall by the Rangers last season.

His rights along with former Rangers prospect and CT Whale Tim Erixon were acquired in an April 20th KHL trade with Salavat Yulaev. Expect an announcement on Erixon’s signing in the coming weeks.

The AHL to Euro list gained five and lost one.

The latest was winger Mark Olver, the younger brother of ex-Pack, Darin Olver. He played with Tucson/Bakersfield last season joining the Condors at the trade deadline. Olver heads to his brother’s former team, Eisbaren Berlin (Germany-DEL). That move was announced by the Polar Bears GM and former New Haven Nighthawk, Stephane Richer. The two brothers will play against each other this season when they play ERC Ingolstadt.

Ex-Pack, Chad Nehring has left Binghamton (nee Belleville) and signed with Fischtown (Germany-DEL). Patrick Mullen, who split last year between Dynamo Riga (Latvia-KHL) and then left to sign with Rochester, goes to Linkopings HC (Sweden-SHL). William Wrenn of Toronto signed with HC Bolzano (Italy-AEHL) and Evan Mosey of Rockford signed with Nottingham (England-EIHL).

Ex-Springfield Thunderbirds goalie Reto Berra, who, two months ago had signed in his native Switzerland with HC Fribourg-Gotteron (NLA) just after the season ended, executed his NHL exit clause to sign just a one-year, one-way deal for $700K with Anaheim/San Diego (AHL). Last season in Springfield, Berra made $1.5 million on a one-way deal. His Swiss contract will remain the same (minus the one year term) should he sign for next season.

A player signing can execute the clause in their contract by July 31st (just before Euro training camp opens) without penalty.

That makes 50 players who have signed in Europe and 26 of 30 AHL teams that have lost at least one player.

Adam Johnson, of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, was the 34th underclassmen from college hockey to sign a pro deal. He goes to Pittsburgh.

Johnson is 23-years-old and is classified as an academic junior. The numbers may be skewed, but that’s the world of college hockey today.

Cal Peterson, the goalie from Notre Dame, has also left. Peterson signed a three-year entry-level deal with Los Angeles paying $925K/$70K AHL. The Kings will have to compensate the Buffalo Sabres who originally drafted him with a 2018 draft pick.

Kyle Mackenzie and Josh Monk, both of Providence College, signed with the expansion Worcester (ECHL) team. Rhett Holland of Michigan State who played three games with Idaho (ECHL) after the college season ended has signed with HC Dynamo Pardubice (Czech Republic-CEL). He is the third Spartan to sign overseas.

That makes 154 Division I players have signed North American pro deals since the end of the college season (regular & postseason). Add in 20 from Division 3, and another 31 who completed or left school (Division I and III) and signed in Europe. The NCHC conference lost the most underclassmen at nine.

Schools who lost the most players were Minnesota-Duluth, Michigan Tech and Western Michigan University with six each. Boston College, Minnesota and Bowling Green lost five and Boston University saw four leave. They all were pure freshmen.

Ex-Pack and Thunderbird Dylan McIlrath, of the Calder Cup champion Grand Rapids Griffins, signed a one-year two-way deal with Detroit at $675K-NHL/$275K-AHL.

Former Sound Tiger and Avon Old Farms player goalie Parker Milner signs a one-year AHL deal with Hershey. He spent a portion of last season with Hershey and had a strong playoff run helping the South Carolina Stingrays to the ECHL Kelly Cup final before they were beaten by the Colorado Eagles.

Goalie Steve Michalek (Glastonbury/Loomis Chaffe) signs a one-year deal with Minnesota ($715K-NHL/$70K-AHL). He spent last year with the Iowa Wild playing 30 games with a record of 13-14-1-1 and a 2.63 GAA

Brody Sutter has left the Springfield Thunderbirds to sign with Manitoba.

Ex-Pack defenseman Matt Gilroy switches KHL teams leaving Spartak Moscow (Russia) to join Jokerit Helsinki (Finland). Vladimir Denisov goes from Traktor Chelyabinsk (Russia-KHL) to Dynamo Minsk (Belarus-KHL).

Jared Eng, formerly of Sacred Heart University (AHA) and who left after two years completed school and playing hockey in Canada at Simon Fraser University (BICHL). He leaves Bjorbo IF (Sweden Division-2) to play for KRS Heilongjiang (China-VHL) next year.

Peter Quenneville, the former QU Bobcat, goes from Aalborg Pirates (Denmark-DHL) to HC Dynamo Pardubice (Czech Republic-CEL) next season.

Ex-Pack Travis Oleksuk re-signs with HC Bolzano (Italy-AEHL).

John Dunbar, an ex-QU Bobcat, split last year with HC Mulhouse (France Division-1) and Norfolk (ECHL) signs with the Guildford Flames (England-EIHL) who were promoted to the top league starting this fall.

Former Springfield Falcon, Scott Barney, switches teams in the Asia League Ice Hockey (ALIH) going from the Beijing-based China Dragon, that’s leaving the league, to join Anyang Halla in South Korea.

Former New Haven Nighthawk Mark Morrison makes it to the NHL as an assistant coach with Anaheim after six years as an AHL assistant (four years in St. John’s two in Winnipeg with the Manitoba Moose). His resume includes stops all over the hockey map including the two farthest points in Canada. The first was Victoria (WHL) where he was the head coach/GM for five years and the aforementioned, St. John’s (AHL).

He also was a player/coach for ten years with the Scottish based Fife Flyers then playing in the British National League (BNL).

Some other coaching changes include former Beast of New Haven forward Herberts Vasiljves, who just retired from playing a few months ago, was named as the assistant coach for his native Latvia U-18 National Junior team.

Former Sound Tiger Jeff Hutchins was named the head coach for the British U-18 National Junior team. He will continue as assistant coach and Director of Player Development for the Fife Flyers (Scotland-EIHL).

Congrats to former AHL player, Jordan Smith. He lost his sight in one eye ten years ago which ended his pro career after just two seasons in Portland. It was his injury that ushered in the mandatory half visor rule. Smith was hired as an associate head coach with Sudbury Wolves (OHL). He was the head coach for Sault Ste. Marie (NOJHL) last season.

AHL SCHEDULE

Hallelujah! An early AHL schedule!

As promised, the AHL released the 2017-18 schedule. The release came a month earlier than usual to the delight of the sales staff of all 30 teams and their fans.

The Wolf Pack will open the regular season on October 6th at the XL Center against the Charlotte Checkers, the top affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes. It’s the earliest opening for the Wolf Pack in some time and the first time Charlotte is back in Hartford since the 2010-11 season. The teams met four times that year going 2-2 each winning their home games. Charlotte now plays at the Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte having left last year from the Time Warner Cable Arena, the home of the NBA Charlotte Hornets.

Because of division realignment, Charlotte was finally airlifted out of the Western Conference and put back into the East where they belonged in the first place. Charlotte will have a new head coach making his debut that night, former Hartford Whaler, Mike Vellucci.

The Pack will be the home opener the following week for the Springfield Thunderbirds on Saturday, October 14th.and will meet them the most times this season, twelve (six home and six away). Bridgeport and Providence will face the Pack the second most in 2017-18 at ten times (five home and five away), and Charlotte eight times (four home and four away).

Hershey, Lehigh Valley, and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will duel with the Wolf Pack six times (three home and three away).

Sadly, just two meetings (one home and one away) with the Canadian-based teams in the East from the North Division. They will all visit in the first month of the regular season (Toronto on Friday, October 13, Belleville on Friday, October 20 and Laval on Sunday, November 12).

The Pack home starting times for all Friday night games will start at 7:15 pm. Non-Sunday games start at 7:00 pm. On December 23rd, March 3rd and March 24th start time is 3:00pm. On Saturday, November 4th  and January 27th the puck will drop at 7:30 pm. All Sunday home games are 5:00 pm starts except March 4th when the game will begin at 3:00 pm.

The second longest AHL home opener is Bridgeport. They won’t be at the Webster Bank Arena until October 21st against the Laval Rocket, which is the Canadiens top farm team after their relocation from St. John’s. Laval, a suburb of Montreal, will open their new building, The Place Bell Centre, against Belleville on October 6th.

The longest home opener is a tentative one. on November 1

On November 1st the Belleville Senators will play in a renovated Yardmen Arena, which is undergoing a massive $20 million dollar makeover, against the Syracuse Crunch.

The complete AHL schedule team by team is HERE

MACCABIAH GAMES

Every year in Israel as a celebration of Jewish athletes and their skill level. For The Maccabiah Games, this is the 20th anniversary year, and ice hockey is an official sport. The games are ongoing. They started on July 4th and will end on July 17th.  The games feature just over 40 sports. The country has three hockey arenas. There’s one in Metula near the Lebanon border, Eliat, Ma’alot and a now a fourth new arena in Jerusalem that is to be christened in these games.

The hockey features a junior level of play. There’s an open division covering ages 18-39 and a Masters division for players over 40.

The American Open roster features three CT connections.

Current UCONN junior Max Kalter is on the team with a fellow Husky, from UCONN’s club hockey team (ACHA Division 2) in Benjamin Pulley. Sacred Heart University Pioneers (AHA) backup goalie Samuel Bernard-Boymel is the third player. The team’s assistant coach is former Wesleyan University (Middletown) player Casey Fratkin.

The US Junior team roster features one player with CT ties, Ethan Gorelkin of Choate Rosemary Hall (Wallingford).

The Canada’s open team features a former Sound Tiger training camp invitee, Aaron Berisha. He eventually went back to Canadian college hockey and played for former Nighthawk Trevor Steinburg at St. Mary’s University in Halifax last year.

In the Masters Division, former New Haven Nighthawks from the mid-80’s Brian Wilks now 51 is playing for Canada.

 

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK ANNOUNCE 2017-18 GAME SCHEDULE

WOLF PACK ANNOUNCE 2017-18 GAME SCHEDULE

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Kick off Campaign with October 6 Home Opener vs. Charlotte

 

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, July 11, 2017:  Spectra, operators of the XL Center and Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced the Wolf Pack’s schedule of games for the 2017-18 American Hockey League season.

The Wolf Pack’s first of 76 games on the year is their home opener at the XL Center, which takes place Friday, October 6 vs. the Charlotte Checkers.  Faceoff is 7:15 PM.

Including the home opener, the Wolf Pack schedule will feature 12 Friday-night dates, and 13 more home games will be on Saturdays.  The Wolf Pack will play nine Sundays at home, and four Wednesdays.

One of those Wednesday dates, February 7 vs. the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, will be the Wolf Pack’s fourth annual “Sonar’s Edu-skate” school-day home game, with faceoff at 11:00 AM.  All Friday-night home games will be 7:15 PM faceoffs. The rest of the non-Sunday home outings will start at 7:00 PM, except for Saturday, December 23, Saturday, March 3 and Saturday, March 24, which are 3:00 PM starts, and Saturday, November 4 and Saturday, January 27, which will start at 7:30.  All Sunday home games will be 5:00 PM faceoffs, except for March 4, which is a 3:00 start.

The most familiar opponent on the Wolf Pack schedule will be their close regional rivals the Springfield Thunderbirds, with whom the Wolf Pack will clash 12 times on the season (six home, six away).  The Wolf Pack will have ten games (five home, five away) each vs. divisional foes the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Providence Bruins, and will take on new Atlantic Division rivals the Charlotte Checkers eight times (four home, four away).  The Wolf Pack will see the rest of their divisional opponents, the Hershey Bears, Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, six times (three home, three away) apiece.

In action outside of their division, the Wolf Pack have four games (two home, two away) vs. Empire State foes the Rochester Americans and the Utica Comets, and play each of the remaining North Division teams, the Belleville Senators, Binghamton Devils, Laval Rocket, Syracuse Crunch and Toronto Marlies, twice (one home, one away).

Season ticket information for the Wolf Pack’s 2017-18 AHL season can be found on-line 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.

See the entire AHL schedule for all 30 teams HERE

 

CRDA PROVIDES PROGRESS PICTURES OF XL CENTER RENOVATION

CRDA PROVIDES PICTURES OF XL CENTER RENOVATION PROGRESS

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: