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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

CANTLON’S CORNER: WOLF PACK OFF SEASON VOLUME 6

Wolf Pack Off Season Volume 6

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – Never a dull moment in hockey. Plenty to review as news still pours in from the Hartford Wolf Pack and the rest of the hockey world.

WOLF PACK SIGN ANOTHER DEFENSEMAN

The first signing under the Chris Drury regime as Wolf Pack GM has been made.

The Rangers signed defenseman Brenden Kotyk, 25, from the NCAA Frozen Four runner-up University Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs (NCHC) who fell 3-2 to Denver University.

Kotyk, who stands 6-6 and weighs 240 pounds, spent three seasons with the Bulldogs.  He is a native of Regina, Saskatchewan.   Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: PACK OFF-SEASON REPORT – WEEK THREE

CANTLON’S CORNER: PACK OFF-SEASON REPORT -WEEK THREE

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT  – While the lights may be out for hockey in Hartford, and after a big shake-up hit last week for the Wolf Pack, the off-season continues to move forward.

AHL CALDER CUP PLAYOFFS

The conference finals are set. On the West Coast, the San Jose Barracuda will faceoff against the Grand Rapids Griffins. On the East Coast, the Providence Bruins will meet the Syracuse Crunch. Each series will play a 2-3-2 format.

Grand Rapids advanced after beating the Milwaukee Admirals in five games. The Griffins feature ex-Wolf Pack players Dylan McIlrath and Matt Ford.

San Jose disposed of San Diego in five games as well.

Despite being down three games to two to the Hershey Bears, Providence rallied and on Wednesday on the back of three goals in the second period, advanced to their first conference finals appearance since 2009.

The Bears led Providence after surviving a three-game set in Providence of trap hockey. While not pretty to watch, the Bears were held to just 44 shots over three games, but still managed to win two of them. The Bruins, after falling behind 2-0 in Game 6, came roaring back with the last four goals and forced the decisive seventh game 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

CANTLON: WOLF PACK WRAP UP DAY

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

RD 1: GAME THREE AT MSG SUNDAY NIGHT

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. MONTREAL CANADIENS
Sunday, Apr. 16, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 1-1
Canadiens: 1-1

BY: The New York Rangers

The New York Rangers 2017 Playoff Guide can be found HERE:

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play Game 3 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens tomorrow, Apr. 16, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The best-of-seven series is tied at one game apiece, following Montreal’s 4-3 win in overtime in Game 2 at Bell Centre.

RANGERS VS. CANADIENS – PLAYOFF HISTORY

The Rangers are facing the Canadiens in a playoff series for the 16th time in franchise history. New York has won eight of 15 all-time playoff series against Montreal. The Blueshirts have played more playoff series and have won more playoff series against Montreal than against any other NHL opponent in franchise history. The two teams are meeting in a playoff series for the first time since the Eastern Conference Final in 2014 when the Rangers defeated the Canadiens, four games to two. Continue reading

TOSTI: GAME 1 – SWAMP RABBITS POSTSEASON RACE BEGINS TONIGHT

GAME 1: Swamp Rabbits Postseason Race Begins Tonight

Greenville hosts South Carolina Stingrays to begin South Division Semifinal round of 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs.

BY: Brian Tosti: Greenville Swamp Rabbits

DATE TIME OPPONENT FOLLOW
Thurs, Apr. 13 7:00 p.m. (EDT) Game 1: vs. 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, begin their postseason journey tonight at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena versus their Palmetto State rival, the South Carolina Stingrays. The teams played 72 games during the regular season to earn a place in the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs and will look to add 16 more wins to the 40 each team tallied during the regular season in order to take home the ultimate prize and become the 2017 Kelly Cup Champions. Although the teams have a storied history, including 14 contests played during the 2016-17 regular season, they have never faced off in the postseason. South Carolina won the head-to-head matchup against Greenville with a 9-2-3-0 regular season record. Greenville’s five victories featured three overtime wins, including a 4-3 victory in the final meeting of the regular season in North Charleston on March 28th. This series is likely to be very close as Greenville averaged 3.50 goals for per game in the regular season while the Stingrays allowed only 2.90 goals per game, ranking second in the Eastern Conference behind Cincinnati. Continue reading

NYR ANNOUNCE OPENING OF THE RANGERSTOWN SQUARE

NEW YORK RANGERS ANNOUNCE OPENING OF THE RANGERSTOWN SQUARE PRESENTED BY CHASE FOR 2017 NHL PLAYOFFS

Free Hockey & Entertainment Festival will Open on Sunday, April 16 at 12pm  

BY: The New York Rangers

New York, April 13, 2017The New York Rangers will celebrate the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs with the opening of the RangersTown Square presented by Chase in an enclosed space outside of Madison Square Garden, adjacent to the Pennsy Food Hall on the corner of 33rd street and 7th avenue.  Beginning on Sunday, April 16 at 12:00 pm, fans are invited to stop by the RangersTown Square for a free indoor hockey and entertainment festival that will be open throughout the team’s playoff run. Continue reading

NEW YORK RANGERS ANNOUNCE 2016-’17 TEAM AWARD WINNERS

NEW YORK RANGERS ANNOUNCE 2016-’17 TEAM AWARD WINNERS

Ryan McDonagh named Team MVP for the Second time in his career;

Jesper Fast selected as recipient of Players’ Player Award for second consecutive season

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, April 9, 2017 – The New York Rangers announced their team award winners for the 2016-17 season today. Ryan McDonagh has been named the Rangers’ Most Valuable Player and Jesper Fast has been selected as the recipient of the Players’ Player Award.

McDonagh was selected as the team’s MVP for the second time in his career. The Rangers captain, who became the 10th defenseman in franchise history to receive the award when he was named the Rangers’ MVP in 2013-14, is now one of three Blueshirts defensemen who have been named the team’s MVP at least twice, along with Brian Leetch (six times) and Barry Beck (twice). The award was voted on by members of the New York Rangers media and has been given annually since the conclusion of the 1941-42 season.

McDonagh has skated in 76 games this season, registering five goals and 35 assists for 40 points, along with a plus-19 rating and 37 penalty minutes. He has established career-highs in assists and primary assists (21) in 2016-17. McDonagh posted a career-high, eight-game assist/point streak from Oct. 17 vs. San Jose to Nov. 1 vs. St. Louis, and his eight-game assist streak was the longest any NHL defenseman recorded this season. In addition, his eight-game point streak was tied for the longest any NHL defenseman registered this season. McDonagh also represented the Rangers at the 2017 NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles on Jan. 29.

Fast was selected as the recipient of the Players’ Player Award for the second consecutive season, becoming the 11th Ranger in franchise history to win the award in at least two consecutive seasons. Among the players who have won the award in back-to-back seasons are Jean Ratelle, John Davidson, Adam Graves, and Brian Leetch. The Players’ Player Award has been given annually since the conclusion of the 1958-59 season and recognizes the Ranger who, as selected by his teammates, “best exemplifies what it means to be a team player.”

The 25-year-old has registered six goals and 15 assists for 21 points, along with a plus-six rating and 16 penalty minutes in 68 games this season. Fast has posted a plus/minus rating of even or better in 53 of the 68 games he has played this season, including a plus-one rating or better in 20 contests. He ranks third among Rangers forwards in hits (99) and ranks fourth among team forwards in blocked shots (44) in 2016-17.

CANTLON: (SAT) WOLF PACK HOME FINALE

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Wolf Pack Home Finale

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT A strong second period by the league’s best team, the visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in which they scored twice held up and ended the Wolf Pack’s home portion of their schedule with a 2-1 victory Saturday night.

The Wolf Pack power play undid the home team as they failed on six chances including a golden opportunity when the Penguins took a Too Many Men on the ice penalty at 17:36.

“It certainly wasn’t as good as yesterday,”Head Coach Ken Gernander said. “We started off on the wrong foot (on the first power play) and got out of our structure. Certainly, they have a good penalty kill, but you go down the ice, and you don’t have success once or twice, and now you start to press. Then somebody wants to be John Wayne and go end-to-end. That’s not the right format, and that took us out of our game and out of our rhythm. We talked between periods if the powerplay isn’t working we’ll change the structure, but we got to try it first.”

BOX SCORE

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