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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – It wasn’t pretty, but the UCONN Huskies (5-10-2 overall, 3-6-1 HE) picked up a non-conference 2-1 win over RIT (6-5-1 overall, 6-2-0 AHA) on Saturday afternoon before an announced crowd of 3,395 at the XL Center.

Both goalies were the difference in the third period.

Sophomore Adam Huska (21 saves) kept RIT off the board with a series of late saves as the visitors pushed right to the UCONN net for the equalizer.

With 3.1 seconds left, Huska stopped Myles Powell’s backhand attempt from just ten feet out.

The RIT Tigers‘ Liam Kerins had another quality chance with 36.9 seconds left on a right wing side. Huska cut the angle down and made the save.

At the other end of the ice, junior netminder, Christian Short, (32 saves) prevented UCONN from adding to their lead by giving his RIT teammates a chance to try to tie the game.

Short, who played his prep school hockey at Canterbury Prep (New Milford), used all of his 6’4-frame in that effort.

On a two-on-one break, Short smothered Miles Gendron’s shot from the right wing with two minutes to go. Just 1:27 earlier, Max Kalter’s rebound shot was taken away by Short to keep RIT alive. The Huskies’ Zac Robbins backhanded attempt at 12:16 was kicked to the corner and Huska shortly thereafter rejected Alden Dupuis’s bid.

The game’s play was adversely affected by a whistle-happy refereeing combination of Michael Baker and Jack Millea who managed to accrue 24 minutes of penalties out of the first 40-minutes making five-on-five hockey a luxury for both teams.

All the scoring occurred in the first period.

RIT scored the game’s first goal. The Huskies coverage down-low fell short as junior Abbott Girduckis was able to circle the net from the right-wing to the left side. Girduckis found teammate Erik Brown wide-open on the right-wing. Brown deposited his ninth goal of the season into the back of the net at 9:25.

UCONN tied the game at one on the powerplay.

At 13:37, Philip Nyberg posted his first goal of the season from the right point. Nyberg was helped by a perfect screen in front set by Jesse Schwartz.

Schwartz scored the eventual game-winner also on the power play late in the first period. Schwartz was on the doorstep and pounced on a rebound of Maxim Letunov’s shot set up by a great cross-ice feed from freshman Evan Wysocky, at 16:42.

The second period was devoid of any sustained action because of the excessive refereeing.

UCONN finishes its busy November schedule of hockey with a Hockey East matchup with Northeastern Tuesday night at the XL Center at 7 pm


The RIT roster featured just three American-born players (New York, California, and Michigan) with the rest coming from Canada. One player comes from Quebec, with eight from Ontario, seven from Alberta, one from Saskatchewan and one from British Columbia.

Conversely, UCONN has just two Canadians. They have one from Ontario (Schwartz) and one from Quebec (Karl El-Mir).

The World Junior camps start in two weeks for the heralded Christmastime tournament that will be held in Buffalo this year and in Vancouver and Victoria BC, Canada the following year. The US will look to defend its gold medal with UCONN likely to lose Adam Huska to Slovakia as he is age eligible since he will not be turning 20 until May.






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


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BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Toronto Marlies 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 3

Toronto, Ontario, December 4, 2016 – The Hartford Wolf Pack had a 3-2 lead after two periods against the Toronto Marlies Sunday at Ricoh Coliseum, but Toronto scored three times in the third for a 5-3 win, in the second of back-to-back games between the two teams.

The Wolf Pack had taken the opener of the two-game set Saturday, winning 3-2.

Nicklas Jensen had a goal and an assist for the Wolf Pack Sunday, and John Gilmour and Chris Brown also scored, but Kerby Rychel and Kasperi Kapanen had a goal and two assists each for the Marlies, and Brendan Leipsic had a goal and an assist.

Milan Michalek tied the score at three for Toronto 2:33 into the third period, poking the puck past Wolf Pack goaltender Magnus Hellberg (32 saves) after he stopped a Colin Smith shot. Continue reading


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Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Toronto Marlies 2

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Toronto, Ontario, December 3, 2016 – Marek Hrivik had a shorthanded goal and an assist, and Boo Nieves scored the third-period game-winner Saturday night, as the Hartford Wolf Pack defeated the Toronto Marlies 3-2, in the first of back-to-back games between the two teams at Ricoh Coliseum.

Magnus Hellberg made 27 saves in the Wolf Pack net, and Justin Fontaine also scored for Hartford.  William Wrenn and Kasperi Kapanen had the Marlies’ goals, and Garret Sparks made 27 stops.

The win gave the Wolf Pack their first winning streak of the season, coming on the heels of Hartford’s 3-1 victory last Saturday at Lehigh Valley. Continue reading


Steven FogartyBY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Hartford Wolf Pack won both of their first two shootouts this season, and the man who scored the shootout-ending goals both times was a bit of an unlikely hero.

Rookie forward Steven Fogarty was chosen as the Wolf Pack’s shootout “anchorman”, sent out as the team’s third shooter, despite his having scored only one non-shootout goal, and both times he delivered, earning the Wolf Pack a pair of much-needed standings points.

According to Wolf Pack head coach Ken Gernander, Fogarty’s number being called in the shootout was as a result of acumen he had showed on the practice ice.

“It was something we had practiced after one day, Patty (Assistant coach/Assistant GM Pat Boller) had stayed out extra with the goalies,” Gernander said.  “The goalies themselves wanted to work on the shootout, and oftentimes you take a younger kid to get them some shots, and he (Fogarty) was really good.  So it was brought to our attention and we said, ‘Yeah, let’s go for it.’”

Fogarty himself was pleasantly surprised to be chosen in that big spot. Continue reading



gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – For David LeNeveu having a place to call home was always an essential part of his life, even while living the life of a vagabond athlete in the hopscotch world of professional hockey for 14 seasons.

LeNeveu is the third ex-Hartford Wolf Pack goaltender that began this offseason to make inroads into a post-hockey playing life by finding a place in the business side of the equation while still keeping his glove hand and paddle working in coaching young goaltenders.

downloadLeNeveu is now the President and part of a six-man ownership group in the Nanaimo Clippers, a junior hockey team in Nanaimo, BC, just off the coast of Vancouver on Vancouver Island, a 15-20 minute ferry ride. “I said as I started my career, that I wanted a home in Canada to come back to in the summer to train and prepare for the season,” LeNeveu remarked. “I also thought that when the time came, that it would be the place you had to call your own and truly call it home, no matter how many other places you called “home” during the season.”

LeNeveu has been the goalie coach for the last two years with the Clippers and will continue that role despite the title and his other job responsibilities.

“You never lose the itch to get on the ice and I get to keep my hand in the game and pass along many of things I learned over the years,” LeNeveu said.

The British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) is not a gold mine of financial wealth, but it has a mandate and direction very different from the pro side of the ledger.

“You’re not making millions at the Junior A level, but you are building a major starting place for players to go collegiately and maybe the pros. It’s the same for the coaches, support staff, and sales staff. We want to see people get better, learn and grow, and to move on. In my opinion, it’s a very good place to start, whatever your goals are. Nanaimo is just a perfect fit for me.”

LeNeveu’s wife is from Nanaimo, and the two have three children, so with a family support system right there, it was an easy call for the Fernie, BC native.

“(Nanaimo) is a perfect spot for many reasons post-playing,” LeNeveu said. “I still love Fernie too, it’s where I grew up. Here, it’s a perfect blend. It’s a community of 80 to 90,000 here, and the short ferry ride to Vancouver gives you all the big city attractions you would want. The Clippers allows me to keep my stick in hockey as a coach in that sense, and to be able to maintain and grow my other business too. My kids know where their school will be every year and be with their friends. It’s a very good fit for me to start out this post-playing career.”

LeNeveu had two tours of duty in Hartford. Three years ago, he and Dov Grumet-Morris came in like the cavalry and carried the team on their shoulders (and goalie pads). The duo rescued them from what seemed a distinct possibility of the disaster of finishing dead last in the AHL. The team played .750 hockey the rest of the way with the solid pair of netminders between the pipes.

The opportunity for the second round with the Wolf Pack seemingly came out of left field. “I came off a good year, but there were no job openings. I was fortunate to go to South Carolina (Stingrays – ECHL). They that had a good coaching staff and a good team. It was a good place to start because I wanted to stay in North America. Then Providence (Bruins – AHL) needed somebody and that was the chance I was looking for.”

LeNeveu had a good game in the P-Bruins 1-0 loss. Then came a call from Hartford. They needed somebody, and LeNeveu was available. This set up the opportunity for him and Grumet-Morris to finally play together.

“Our paths crossed literally all over the world starting back in college with Cornell-Harvard games, in the minors, and even in Europe. We always respected each other,” LeNeveu said. “I am a player who wants a good relationship with the other goalie. I had a great one with (another ex-Pack goalie) Yann Danis in Oklahoma City. We came into not-the-best-of-situations. It was kind of weird, but we made it work.”

LeNeveu’s first day with the Pack was particularly trying. GM Jim Schoenfeld came into the locker room and lowered the boom on then last place Hartford team.

“It was a tough first day to be sure, but having been in hockey a bit, you weather those storms. It’s not the optimum first few days that anybody wanted,” LeNeveu said. He shook hands to say hello and then goodbye to ex-Pack Brodie Dupont in about an hour-and-a-half that day.

His first tour with the team certainly didn’t start out too well either. How he arrived with the team demonstrates the sometimes not too rosy and beautiful side of a pro athlete’s world.

LeNeveu was traded at the NHL trade deadline from San Antonio, then with the Phoenix (nee Arizona) Coyotes organization, to the New York Rangers just after the birth of their first child, so it was not the best of timing. The LeNeveu’s packed up all their possessions, and recognizing they would be hotel bound in Hartford for the remainder of the season, sent everything by ship transport.

“It was a very hectic period and we made the choice to ship our stuff by transport back to our home in BC. We heard varied horror stories others had in shipping by different means, but we chose this method. So we’re in Hartford and after the game they ask me to the coach’s office. I got a weird vibe from the start. It was game day and you usually don’t bother the goalies anyway, but this was different. Things go racing through your mind; your family has yet to arrive and they said immediately it’s not that. Then Patty (Boller, the team assistant GM and assistant coach) asks if you have a truck with a safe in the back. I say, ‘Yeah, it has my contracts and other important documents.’ ‘It’s gone, it’s all melted,’ and I went, ‘What are you talking about?'”

“The team received a call from the shipping company that their ship had caught on fire and we had lost everything. Many things were irreplaceable to each of us; pictures of our first child’s sonogram (before CD-Rom days), hockey stuff I had collected over the years. Everything-all-gone! For an athlete, when you live a bit of a gypsy life, it’s very different than people realize. We get hit with just as many problems as anybody else.”

After playing his junior hockey in Nanaimo, LeNeveu learned that the adjustment to being a professional player is embryonic with several stages.

“When you first start out it’s easier, but not easy. You’re single or have a fiancé or girlfriend. It’s a new adventure going to so many different, unique situations, but when you have kids, it all changes and decisions multiply themselves. Where do you live? Rent a space during the season? Renting furniture? Kids, if they’re school age, where to get them in school? Bringing their toys and your possessions? Insurance? Passports? There’s a tremendous litany of things, and despite it all, I wouldn’t trade any of it. Hockey has given me so much exposure, friendships, and opportunities.”

Like the Pack’s all-time leader in wins, Jason LaBarbera, LeNeveu is a student of and fan of, Benoit Allaire. LeNeveu hopes to impart some of those many hours of work he spent with Allaire on to another generation of netminders.

“Benny was excellent. He truly simplified the game for me. Goalies by nature over think things and I was in that category. Benny really helped develop my game with positioning. When you watch Henrik Lundqvist perform as he does, it’s the work (Benny) puts you through. He broke down video in such a unique way and kept things simple. He demanded hard work and attention to detail, but he also was stressing positioning and that season paid off for me because of working with him. He was there to pat you on the back and there to push you to succeed.”

LeNeveu’s last stint for the Rangers/Hartford came in a backup goalie role during the Rangers Stanley Cup. When Cam Talbot was injured, LeNeveu was on the bench in overtime in Game 1 when Lundqvist was knocked down and seemingly hurt. LeNeveu shared a little secret.

imgres“I had a clear view. I knew Hank wasn’t badly hurt,” LeNeveu said he thought the NBC cameras were trained right on him as fans wondered would he could be going into an overtime game no less, after not playing a game in nearly five weeks. “I had to look concerned, you stand up get your glove and stick, but if I had to I was ready. This is the chance every goalie and hockey player wants – to compete for the Stanley Cup.”

It sounds like David LeNeveu has found a little piece of heaven in BC to start his post-playing career.



Greenville to face Evansville on Halloween afternoon

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, S.C. – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced their home game on Saturday, Oct. 31 against the Evansville IceMen has been moved 3:00 p.m. at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. It was originally scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

The contest will continue to be the middle leg of a three-game weekend series and one of two meetings against the IceMen this season. In addition, it will be the first Halloween contest in the Upstate in franchise history.

All fans are encouraged to participate in a costume contest that afternoon and the first 500 kids 12 and younger will receive a trick-or-treat bag to collect goodies around the concourse.

The Swamp Rabbits open the home portion of the 2015-16 season this Friday, October 23 with a 7:00 p.m. puck drop against the South Carolina Stingrays. Opening Night tickets start at just $10 when purchased prior to game day and the first 2,000 fans at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena will receive a free car magnet. The $10 ticket special will not be available at the box office on October 23. To purchase this ticket special or for more information visit SwampRabbits.com. Ticket plans for the inaugural season of the Swamp Rabbits’ era are also available and start as low as $81! Call an Account Executive today at 864-674-PUCK to secure your seats!



Third-year defenseman played 128 games with Greenville over the past two seasons

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, S.C. – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced defenseman Samuel Noreau has been recalled to Hartford by New York.

The third-year pro played 128 games with Greenville over the past two seasons, collecting 21 points (3g, 18a) and 204 penalty minutes during that span. He has also dressed for nine contests with the Wolf Pack.

The Swamp Rabbits kick off the 2015-16 regular season this Saturday, Oct. 17 against the Orlando Solar Bears at the Amway Center. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m. and fans can stream all of the action through ECHL.TV. The season opener will also be covered live through the Swamp Rabbits Official Twitter page (@SwampRabbits).

Ticket plans for the inaugural season of the Swamp Rabbits’ era are available now and start as low as $81! Call an Account Executive today at 864-674-PUCK to secure your seats! The Swamp Rabbits open the home portion of the 2015-16 season on Friday, October 23 with a 7:00 p.m. puck drop against the South Carolina Stingrays. Opening Night tickets start at just $10 and the first 2,000 fans will receive a special edition Swamp Rabbits car magnet.



Greenville’s preseason roster shrinks to 26 players

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, S.C. – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced the club has released five players from its training camp roster. Those include:

F – Devin Gannon
F – Brad McGowan
F – Nick McParland
D – Jordan Ciccarello
G – Alex Vazzano

With those moves, the Swamp Rabbits training camp roster now consists of 26 players.

Forwards (14): Domenic Alberga, Bretton Cameron, Emerson Clark, Jack Combs, Andrew Dommett (TO), Scott Fleming, Joey Holka, Michael Kantor, Nikita Kashirsky, Josh Nicholls, Kyle Reynolds, Paul Rodrigues, Michael St. Croix, Tayler Thompson (TO)

Defensemen (9): Kodie Curran, Justin DaSilva, Charlie Dodero, Troy Donnay, Tyler Elbrecht, Sean Escobedo, Rob Kwiet, Sam Noreau, Davis Vandane

Goaltenders (3): P.J. Musico (TO), Braely Torris (PTO), Allen York

The Swamp Rabbits conclude their two-game preseason slate on Sunday with a 5:05 p.m. puck drop against the Atlanta Gladiators at the Duluth Ice Forum. Fans can follow all of the action on the team’s official Twitter page (@SwampRabbits).

Ticket plans for the inaugural season of the Swamp Rabbits’ era are available now and start as low as $81! Call an Account Executive today at 864-674-PUCK to secure your seats! The Swamp Rabbits open the home portion of the 2015-16 season on Friday, October 23 with a 7:00 p.m. puck drop against the South Carolina Stingrays. Opening Night tickets start at just $10 and the first 2,000 fans will receive a special edition Swamp Rabbits car magnet.