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FUEHRING: ROADIES COMPLETE TWO TRADES

greenville-road-warriors_thumb16WARRIORS FINALIZE TRADES WITH EVANSVILLE AND GWINNETT

Greenville sends Banwell to IceMen, Frazee and Hegarty to Gladiators

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Rd Warriors 

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Road Warriors, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced the completion of two trades from the 2014-15 season involving future considerations with the Evansville IceMen and Gwinnett Gladiators.

The Road Warriors have sent the rights to defenseman Mike Banwell to Evansville to finalize the March 9th deal that also moved blue-liner Spencer Humphries to the IceMen for forward Thomas Frazee. In addition, Greenville has also dealt the rights to Frazee and defenseman Ryan Hegarty to Gwinnett to complete the March 10th trade for Anthony Luciani.

Banwell, 27, amassed 14 points (1g, 13a) in 51 games with the Road Warriors last season after he was acquired from Reading during training camp. Overall, the Scarborough, Ontario native has played 132 ECHL games in four professional seasons with Greenville, Reading, and Trenton, and 68 AHL contests with Bridgeport, Worcester, Springfield, and Albany.

Prior to turning pro, Banwell spent four years at the University of Maine from 2007-2011. In 109 career games, the 6’2, 190-pound defenseman notched 18 points (5g, 13a) and 169 penalty minutes.

Frazee, 25, earned nine points (3g, 6a) in just 13 games with the Road Warriors last season. He amassed 40 points (18g, 22a) and 44 penalty minutes overall in 67 games during the 2014-15 campaign between Greenville, Evansville and Fort Wayne. Frazee finished the season fifth on the Road Warriors in scoring (40 points), tied for third in goals (18) and tied for second in power-play goals (5).

The 6’3, 210-pound center made his professional debut with Bakersfield during the 2011-12 campaign and produced four points (1g, 3a) in 13 games. He bookended that stint with two seasons of college hockey at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, where he tallied 31 points (9g, 22a) in 28 appearances.

Hegarty, 25, completed his second full season with the Road Warriors in 2014-15 and led all defensemen with 34 points (10g, 24a) in 68 games. He also led blue-liners in goals, assists, power play goals (5) and shots (164). A native of Arlington, Massachusetts, Hegarty began his pro career with the Fort Wayne Komets in 2012-13 following a four-year career at the University of Maine, where he produced 29 points (4g, 25a) in 123 games from 2008-2012.

The 6’0, 200-pound defenseman was selected in the fourth round (#113 overall) by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

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CHAIMOVITCH: AHL FINALS SET

AHL PlayoffsBY: Jason Chaimovitch, VP Communications – AHL

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The Utica Comets have won the Robert W. Clarke Trophy as the American Hockey League’s Western Conference champions for 2014-15, claiming the title with a 2-0 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins in Game 6 of their best-of-seven series at the Utica Memorial Auditorium in Utica, N.Y., on Tuesday night.

The Comets are heading to the Calder Cup Finals in just their second season of existence. Guided by head coach Travis Green, the Comets, the top development affiliate of the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks, won the North Division with a regular-season record of 47-20-7-2 (103 points) before defeating the Chicago Wolves (3-2) in the conference quarterfinals, the Oklahoma City Barons (4-3) in the conference semifinals and the Griffins (4-2) in the conference finals.

The 2015 Calder Cup Finals – the AHL’s 79th championship series – will pit the Comets against the Eastern Conference champion Manchester Monarchs, affiliate of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, beginning Saturday evening in Manchester, N.H. The complete series schedule is below.

Established in 1990, the AHL’s Western Conference championship trophy honors the late Robert W. Clarke. Mr. Clarke served as the Chairman of the AHL’s Board of Governors from 1967-94, and in 1956 he played an instrumental role in the formation of the Rochester Americans, one of the most successful franchises in AHL history and themselves a seven-time recipient of the Clarke Trophy.

2015 Calder Cup Finals (best-of-seven)
E1-Manchester Monarchs vs. W1-Utica Comets
Game 1 – Sat., June 6 – Utica at Manchester, 6:00
Game 2 – Sun., June 7 – Utica at Manchester, 5:00
Game 3 – Wed., June 10 – Manchester at Utica, 7:00
Game 4 – Fri., June 12 – Manchester at Utica, 7:00
Game 5 – Sat., June 13 – Manchester at Utica, 7:00
*Game 6 – Tue., June 16 – Utica at Manchester, 7:00
*Game 7 – Wed., June 17 – Utica at Manchester, 7:00
if necessary… All times Eastern

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK ANNOUNCE SPECIAL DATES FOR ’15-’16 SEASON

rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpgWOLF PACK ANNOUNCE SEVEN PRIME HOME DATES FOR 2015-16 SEASON

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Home Opener Set for Saturday, October 10

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, June 3, 2015:  Spectra, operators of the XL Center and Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced seven premier home game dates that the American Hockey League has guaranteed to the team for the 2015-16 AHL season.

The seven XL Center dates include the 2015-16 Wolf Pack home opener, which will be Saturday, October 10, as well as five other prime Saturday nights. The seventh guaranteed date is Wednesday, November 4, which will be the occasion of the Wolf Pack’s “School Day” morning game, featuring an 11:00 AM faceoff.

The full list of the prime guaranteed home dates is as follows:

  • Saturday, October 10
  • Wednesday, November 4 (11:00 AM start)
  • Saturday, November 7
  • Saturday, January 2
  • Saturday, January 9
  • Saturday, January 30
  • Saturday, February 27

The Wolf Pack are already booking fan experience packages for these seven game dates.  To reserve a date for your group to sing the National Anthem or “God Bless America”, or for your team to play a game on the XL Center ice, contact the Wolf Pack ticket sales office at (855) 762-6451.

The Wolf Pack’s full 2015-16 game schedule, as well as opponents and start times for these seven guaranteed dates, will be announced as soon as the AHL schedule is fully finalized.

Season ticket information for the Wolf Pack’s 2015-16 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.

FUEHRING: ROADIES ANNOUNCE PROTECTED LIST

greenville-road-warriors_thumb16ROAD WARRIORS ANNOUNCE PROTECTED LIST

Greenville lists 21 players who are eligible under Collective Bargaining Agreement guidelines

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Rd Warriors

Greenville, SC – The Greenville Road Warriors, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced the team’s Protected List.

The 21 players include:

Goaltender

Max Strang

Defensemen

Mike Banwell, Justin DaSilva, Sean Escobedo, Ryan Hegarty, Andrew Himelson, Dallas Jackson, Devon Krogh, Charles-Olivier Roussel

Forwards

Domenic Alberga, Tyler Brown, Bretton Cameron, Emerson Clark, Thomas Frazee, Joey Holka, Kyle Jean, Jordie Johnston, Anthony Luciani, Chad Nehring, Trevor Parkes, Paul Rodrigues

Teams are allowed to protect as many players as they wish provided the players protected meet the guidelines as defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association, which states that teams shall retain the rights to each player that:

  1. Signed a Standard Player Contract (SPC) in 2014-15 with the Member Club and has not been traded or released, OR
  2. Signed an SPC in 2014-15 and was recalled to an NHL, AHL or IIHF team and has not been traded or released, OR
  3. Had received a Qualifying Offer the previous summer for the current season, DID NOT sign an SPC and has not been traded or released, OR
  4. Has been suspended by the Member Club or League and has not been traded or released, OR
  5. Signed an SPC on or after the first day of the 2014-15 regular season, then subsequently signed an NHL/AHL contract and has not been traded or released, OR
  6. Has executed the ECHL Retirement Form and has not been traded or released.

The ECHL also announced that teams must complete all Future Consideration trades by 3 p.m. ET on June 13th and that teams must submit their Season-Ending Roster by 3 p.m. ET on June 15th.

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CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: June 1-7, 2015

bob-crawfordWOLF PACK WEEKLY: June 1-7, 2015

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack’s season ended Wednesday night, with a 3-1 loss to the Manchester Monarchs at the XL Center, in Game Four of the teams’ best-of-seven Eastern Conference Final series.  That result gave the AHL regular season-champion Monarchs a four-game sweep of the series, after Manchester had taken Game Three Tuesday night in Hartford by a score of 5-3.  The Monarchs won the first two games of the series at home, 3-2 on May 21 and 7-4 on May 23.  

Ryan Haggerty scored the Wolf Pack’s only goal in Game Four, and Oscar Lindberg had an assist, giving Lindberg 2-4-6 in the series’ four games.  That was good for a tie for the series scoring leadership with Manchester’s Brian O’Neill.  Joey Crabb’s nine-game point-scoring streak (5-5-10), which was the longest in the AHL postseason since 2010, was snapped in Game Four, and Chris Bourque finished with 4-13-17 in the Wolf Pack’s 15 playoff games, which tied him for the AHL lead in postseason assists at the time of the end of the Pack’s run.  Continue reading

CANTLON: PACK SEASON ENDS

rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpg      VERSUS     Manchester

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – When the Calder Cup Playoffs started there were sixteen team and for 15 of them, their first game will end with a loss. On Wednesday night, that loss came home and greeted the Wolf Pack after the Manchester Monarch’s completed their sweep of the Eastern Conference Finals series with a 3-1 win to advance to the Calder Cup Finals.

The Monarchs will play the winner of the Western Conference final currently going on between the Grand Rapids Griffins and the Utica Comets. That series is tied at one game each.

For the Wolf Pack, this was just the second time in the team’s playoff history that they have been swept. The only other time it happened was in a 1999 series with the Providence Bruins who went on to win the Calder Cup. Continue reading

GRENIER: PACK ELIMINATED BY MONARCHS

rp_hartfordwolfpackpuck_thumb.jpg      VERSUS      Manchester

Manchester Monarchs 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 1

BY: Zack Grenier, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, May 27, 2015 – The Hartford Wolf Pack dropped Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals Wednesday night to the Manchester Monarchs at the XL Center, by a score of 3-1.  The loss knocks Hartford out of the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs.

Hartford’s lone goal came from Ryan Haggerty.  The goal was assisted by Oscar Lindberg and Carl KlingbergYann Danis had 28 saves on 31 shots.

Manchester had goals from Nic Dowd, Adrian Kempe, and Brian O’Neill.  J-F Berube stopped 21 of the 22 shots he faced. Continue reading