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SEPTEMBER 28 WOLF PACK PRESEASON GAME MOVED TO XL CENTER

SEPTEMBER 28 WOLF PACK PRESEASON GAME MOVED TO XL CENTER

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12 Noon Contest vs. Bridgeport will be Closed to the Public

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, September 12, 2017:  Spectra, operators of the XL Center and Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced that the Wolf Pack preseason game Thursday, September 28 vs. the Bridgeport Sound Tigers has been moved to the XL Center.

The game had been scheduled to be played at Trinity College’s Koeppel Community Sports Center.

The September 28 game at the XL Center will face off at 12 noon and will be closed to the public.

The Wolf Pack open their 2017-18 regular season Friday, October 6, with their home-ice opener vs. the Charlotte CheckersFaceoff is 7:15 PM.  Tickets for that and all 2017-18 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.

Season ticket information for the Wolf Pack’s 2017-18 AHL campaign can be found online 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.

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK ANNOUNCE SCHEDULE OF PROMOTIONS

WOLF PACK ANNOUNCE SCHEDULE OF PROMOTIONS

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Wolf Pack 2017-18 Single Game Tickets to go on Sale September 6

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, August 25, 2017:  Spectra, operators of the XL Center and Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced the promotional schedule for the Wolf Pack’s upcoming 2017-18 season.

No fewer than 27 of the Wolf Pack’s 2017-18 home games will feature giveaways and/or special theme promotions, starting with the season opener Friday, October 6 vs. the Charlotte Checkers.  That game, which faces off at 7:15 PM, will include a Wolf Pack magnetic schedule giveaway, presented by the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

Wolf Pack single-game tickets for the 2017-18 campaign are set to go on sale Wednesday, September 6 at 12 noon at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.

Another highlight of the promotional calendar is the Wolf Pack’s Thanksgiving weekend home game Saturday, November 25 vs. the Hershey Bears.  That night will feature the Wolf Pack’s annual “Teddy Bear Toss”, benefitting Toys for Tots and Operation ELF, and the Wolf Pack will also “Red out” the rink that night with a red t-shirt giveaway, presented by the Connecticut Department of Transportation.  Faceoff is 7:00.

The Wolf Pack’s celebration of the holiday season includes a trading card set giveaway Saturday, December 23, for the Pack’s last home game before Christmas, a 3:00 contest vs. the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, and a winter hat giveaway at the first post-Christmas home contest, Saturday, December 30 vs. the Springfield Thunderbirds (7:00).

Friday, February 23 vs. Hershey (7:15) and Saturday, February 24 vs. Providence (7:00) comprise “Hartford Hockey Heritage Weekend”, highlighted by a bobblehead giveaway, presented by XFINITY, on February 24.  And Saturday, March 3, a 3:00 game vs. Providence is “Military Day”, featuring a distinctive “dog tag” giveaway.

In addition to the many single-night promotions, Wolf Pack fans this year can once again enjoy three popular ongoing deals throughout the season.  The Wolf Pack’s Friday-night food and beverage specials are back, presented by Dave & Busters, as at every Friday-night Pack home game, fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $2 beers through the start of the second period.  The Wolf Pack’s “Click It or Ticket” Family Value Packs are also available again this season, for all of the Pack’s Sunday and Wednesday home games.  The Family Value Packs include two tickets, two hot dogs and two soft drinks, all for only $40.  Also, every Wednesday-night Wolf Pack home game is still “Winning Wednesday”.  If the Wolf Pack win, fans can show their Winning Wednesday ticket at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center and receive a free ticket to the next Wolf Pack home game.

Following is the full 2017-18 Wolf Pack promotional schedule:

Season ticket information for the Wolf Pack’s 2017-18 AHL season can be found online at www.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.

CANTLON’S CORNER: WOLF PACK OFF SEASON VOLUME 14

CANTLON’S CORNER:

Wolf Pack Off Season Volume 14

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The 2017-2018 Hartford Wolf Pack season is just about a month away and much is going on in the hockey world to get them and all the other teams ready to drop the puck and play.

MORMINA READY FOR BIG NEW CHALLENGE

The Wolf Pack have a new assistant coach for the defense in Joe Mormina.

After an AHL career that spanned 670 games, Mormina has spent the last couple of seasons thinking about his post playing career and getting into coaching.

“I really started thinking about this the last few seasons. I wanted to get into coaching and I have made a lot of contacts over the years and when I did retire two years ago, I applied for several AHL and ECHL opportunities, but nothing materialized. Then the Mercyhurst University (AHA) job opened up and it was a great learning experience,” Mormina said in a phone interview this week. “I am very grateful I got the chance to get started there.”

His eleven-year AHL career was a major selling point. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK ANNOUNCE PRESEASON SCHEDULE

WOLF PACK ANNOUNCE PRESEASON SCHEDULE

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One Home Game is September 28 at Trinity College

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, August 9, 2017:  Spectra, operators of the XL Center and Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced the preseason schedule for the Wolf Pack’s 2017-18 season.

The Wolf Pack will play a two-game preseason slate, with the opponent in both contests being their in-state rivals the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

The Wolf Pack’s one local home preseason game is Thursday, September 28, when they and the Sound Tigers do battle at Trinity College’s Koeppel Community Sports Center at 7:00 PM.  Donations will be accepted at the door in lieu of an admission charge, benefitting the Ryan Gordon/Hartford Wolf Pack Community Scholars Fund.  The fund memorializes young fan Ryan Gordon, who passed away in 2006 and asked that a portion of the monies set aside for his college education be donated to the Hartford Wolf Pack Community Foundation.  Suggested donation is $5 per person.  The Koeppel Community Sports Center is located at 175 New Britain Ave. in Hartford.

The Wolf Pack and Sound Tigers will then have a rematch on Saturday, September 30 in Worcester, MA.  That game will also be a 7:00 face-off and will be played at the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center.  The Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center is the home practice facility of the Worcester Railers of the ECHL and is located at 104 Harding St. in Worcester.  Ticket information for the September 30 game in Worcester will be available at a later date. Visit Railershc.com for updates.

HARTFORD WOLF PACK PRESEASON SCHEDULE

The Wolf Pack open their 2017-18 regular season Friday, October 6, with their home-ice opener vs. the Charlotte Checkers.  Faceoff is 7:15 PM.

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

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

 

CANTLON: PACK DROP A CLOSE ONE IN BRIDGEPORT

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Pack Drop Close One 3-2 to Sound Tigers

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

BRIDGEPORT, CT – Despite a strong third period, the Hartford Wolf Pack came up short in a 3-2 loss before 5,000 in attendance at the Webster Bank Arena to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Sunday afternoon.

For the intra-state and franchise rival Sound Tigers, it was their regular season home finale.

The Pack record falls to 24-43-4-2 (54 points) and a league worst, .370 winning percentage. The Sound Tigers improves to 44-26-3-1 (92 points). The Sound Tigers are in a battle with the Hershey Bears and the Providence Bruins for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Both Bridgeport and Hershey have two games left with the Bears holding a one-point lead on the Sound Tigers (93 to 92). The Bears are also ahead by .06 percentage points with Hershey at .628 and Bridgeport at .622. Providence has 95 points but also have a game-in-hand on both teams as they sit in third place.

The Wolf Pack awoke in the third period putting pressure on the Sound Tigers after another middle frame misfortune that put the Pack down 3-0 in a short amount of time.

BOX SCORE Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: WEEKEND PREVIEW, PACK CLOSE OUT HOME SCHEDULE

CANTLON’S CORNER: WEEKEND PREVIEW, Pack Close Out Home Schedule

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT –  The two final two home games of the season for the Hartford Wolf Pack highlight this three-in-three weekend. Friday night it’s the Springfield Thunderbirds at 7:15 pm and the dreaded Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the AHL’s best team, closes out the hockey season at the XL Center on Saturday night.

The Pack’s home record, like so many other stats in this highly forgettable season, is the worst in the AHL.  This weekend, the Pack home record is 12-22-2 at the XL Center. They hope to give their fans something to cheer for heading into the six months of hockey hibernation.

“We’re very disappointed that we didn’t make the playoffs. The least we can do is give our fans a couple of wins this weekend and down the stretch to give them reasons to cheer for us,” goaltender Magnus Hellberg said.

The final four games of the regular season are all on the road. Two of them are in the area. Sunday afternoon the team travels downstate to Bridgeport to challenge the Sound Tigers and next Saturday they head up I-91 to play in Springfield. Another rallying point is for the Wolf Pack in its 20

If the team is looking for another cause to rally around in this 20th anniversary season, is not to finish dead last in the AHL. They’ll need to find wins and on Fan Appreciation Night Saturday, they will have their hands full with the Penguins in town. Continue reading

CANTLON: PACK DROP 8TH STRAIGHT

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Pack Get Walked Over By Penguins 5-2

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON – The Hartford Wolf Pack struggles on the road continued as they lost their eighth straight game (0-7-1) 5-2 to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at the Mohegan Sun Arena Tuesday night.

On the road, the Pack is 11-17-2- for the season.

The Wolf Pack overall record fell to 21-36-4-4 and the team limps back home to the Connecticut capital and will play a tough three-in-three weekend. Friday night the Providence Bruins come to Hartford and will return Sunday. In between, the Pack will squeeze in the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Saturday. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: March 20-26, 2017

WOLF PACK WEEKLY: March 20-26, 2017

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (21-36-4-2, 48 pts., .381) came up just short in a pair of games in Hershey this past weekend, losing 4-3 in overtime to the Bears on Friday night and dropping a 6-4 decision on Saturday, despite battling back from a 4-0 deficit to make the score as close as 5-4.  Matt Carey scored in both games for the Wolf Pack, and Taylor Beck had a goal and two assists Saturday night, after chipping in two helpers on Friday.

AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE STANDINGS Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: SCHONEY SPEAKS AND OTHER NEWS

CANTLON’S CORNER:

SHONEY SPEAKS AND OTHER NEWS

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

BRIDGEPORT, CT – It’s been a tough season for the Hartford Wolf Pack. Its long-time GM, Jim Schoenfeld, readily admitted it.

“We don’t have the depth that we have had in the past because our drafting position hasn’t been as good. Right now in New York, we only have two first (round) picks in Brady Skej and J.T. (Miller) in our lineup. For the greater good (of the Rangers) we have traded first and second round picks, so it has the left the shelf a bit bare.”

The Pack was always one of the more sought after locations in the AHL for veteran free agents, but that has changed too.

“Many of those guys now look at the Rangers lineup and say, ‘I’m not going to get a shot in New York, so I’ll go elsewhere, (to a place) where I think I can get a potential NHL shot or I’ll go overseas.’”

It is abundantly apparent that the team has been underwhelming in 2016-17 and the goaltending, an area where problems have persisted all season.  Continue reading