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CANTLON: THE PACK WEEK AHEAD

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

CROMWELL, CT - The Hartford Wolf Pack end the year and start a new one with three games in four days.

The most pressing question with the team solidly locked into third place in the Northeast Division and in the conference will be what will they do about the goaltending?

The team announced Monday what most people had suspected and that was that Cedrick Desjardins season ended far sooner than he or the organization had hoped for. The plan was that it would end in early June with a Calder Cup, but after an MRI revealed a torn ACL in his right knee that came about when he was injured against the Springfield Falcons last Friday. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: December 15-21, 2014

bob-crawfordBY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (16-10-2-1, 35 pts.) split two home games this past week, to head into their Christmas break in third place in the Northeast Division, and fifth place in the Eastern Conference.  The Pack had a four-game winning streak, and a season-high run of five straight games with at least a standings point (4-0-0-1), snapped in a 2-0  loss to Syracuse on Friday, but then rebounded for a 2-1 overtime win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at the XL Center on Saturday.  Ryan Malone netted his first Wolf Pack game-winning goal in that victory, and Cedrick Desjardins improved to 3-0-1 in his last four decisions with 25 saves. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: PACK PREPARE FOR BIG WEEKEND

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT - The Hartford Wolf Pack start their weekend games a day earlier than usual as they take to the ice for a Thursday night tilt at the XL Center with the a familiar opponent, the Albany Devils.

“It’s important for us to play our best game and dictate the way we want to play the game,” head coach Ken Gernander said.

The Pack will have to deal with the line of Joe Whitney, Paul Thompson and Scott Timmins, who have made their lives miserable this season.

“It won’t be an easy task, but we will get the last line change and have the right personnel out there,” Gernander said. “I don’t want to focus solely on shutting down their (top) line. We would prefer to have all four of our lines and defense playing our puck possession game that we need to do to be successful.” Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: DALLAS “STONEWALL” JACKSON

greenville-road-warriors_thumb16BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

CROMWELL, CT - In professional hockey, you always have to be prepared for the chance of recall coming at any time.

For Hartford Wolf Pack defenseman Dallas Jackson, the recall from the team’s ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Road Warriors, came on November 1st after seven games with the New York Rangers‘ Double AA affiliates. For him, it was a bit of an adventure.

Jackson was coming back with the Road Warriors after completing a two-game swing in South Carolina against the Stingrays when he got the call that he was needed in Hartford. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: PACK COMINGS AND GOINGS

hartford-wolf-pack-logo-150x133WOLF PACK ANNOUNCE ROSTER MOVES

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Shawn O’Donnell Recalled from ECHL Greenville, Josh Nicholls Reassigned to Greenville

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

HARTFORD, December 6, 2014:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the the Wolf Pack has recalled forward Shawn O’Donnell from its ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Road Warriors, and that the parent New York Rangers have reassigned forward Josh Nicholls from the Wolf Pack to Greenville.  Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: THE DAY AFTER JULY MADNESS – THE WOLF PACK VERSION

GerryBY: Gerry Cantlon, Special to Howlings

WOLF PACK ROSTER 2014-15

The remaking of the Hartford Wolf Pack for this coming fall began in earnest with Tuesday’s NHL Signing Day.

The most immediate need for the Pack was in net as the team signed five year AHL veteran Cedric “The Entertainer” Desjardins of Edmundston, New Brunswick.

Desjardins spent last season in Syracuse, the top farm team of the Tampa Bay Lightning, where he posted a record of 9-18-4 in 35 games. For his career, Desjardins has a record of 104-80-18 over 219 AHL games. He was recalled for one game to the NHL for Tampa Bay. Continue reading

AHL HOF WELCOMES FOUR

ahlBY: Jason Chaimovitch, American Hockey League

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. … The American Hockey League today formally inducted four new members into its American Hockey League Hall of Fame.

The AHL Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony took place at the St. John’s Convention Centre as part of the festivities that are making up the 2014 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Assante Wealth Management.

Honored for their outstanding achievements and contributions in the American Hockey League were Bill Dineen, a four-time 20-goal scorer in the AHL who later won two Calder Cups as head coach of the Adirondack Red Wings; Al MacNeil, a three-time Calder Cup champion coach whose .646 winning percentage is the highest in league history; Bob Perreault, who won 229 games and four Calder Cups during his goaltending career; and St. John’s native John Slaney, one of the most prolific AHL defensemen ever.

Sportsnet’s Rob Faulds served the master of ceremonies for the event. Faulds will join R.J. Broadhead and Sam Cosentino on the call of tonight’s AHL All-Star Game, airing live on Sportsnet ONE throughout Canada and on a comprehensive network of regional networks in the U.S. The game will feature a team of American Hockey League All-Stars taking on Färjestad BK, one of the premier teams in the Swedish Hockey League.

In an effort to make the rich tradition of the American Hockey League available to the widest possible audience, the AHL Hall of Fame is housed on-line at www.ahlhalloffame.com and is accessible to fans worldwide with the click of a mouse as a member of the AHL Internet Network.

Formed in 1936 and now in its 78th season of operation, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 88 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates.

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