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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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Gerry CantlonBY: Gerry Cantlon, Special to Howlings

HARTFORD, CT - While the New York Ranger ship is taking on water out on the West Coast, the Hartford Wolf Pack are looking to build upon some success from last weekend’s opening season action. The team will play a home-and-home set with the Adirondack Phantoms starting Friday night at the XL Center and then again on Saturday night at the Glen Falls Civic Center. Continue reading


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BY: Jason Chaimovitch, AHL, VP Communications 

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League today announced the four people selected for induction into the American Hockey League Hall of Fame as the Class of 2014.

Honored by the AHL Hall of Fame Selection Committee as the ninth group of enshrinees are Bill Dineen, Al MacNeil, Bob Perreault and John Slaney. Continue reading



BY: Gerry Cantlon, Special to Howlings

Break-up day at the end of there regular season is a part of the hockey player experience. That’s the case in most places, but not in Hartford where the good-byes don’t usually come until the end of playoff hockey. But not this season.

For just the second time in franchise history there will be no post season to reflect upon. For the Whale, there’s just an excruciating, inexplicable six game slide at the end of the season that cost them a spot in the Calder Cup playoff dance.

The cloudy, chilly gray skies outside painted the scene well for what went on inside the XL Center. Continue reading


Gerry-Cantlon-150x150BY: Gerry Cantlon, Special to Howlings

The Connecticut Whale were almost dragged across the finish line, but twenty minutes of Hershey Bears hockey prevented the New York RangersAHL affiliates from making the post season.

The Whale were eliminated from playoff contention finishing in the ninth spot two points behind the Bears 81 with 79 points.

Despite an atrocious season-ending six-game losing streak, the Whale still had a chance to make the Calder Cup playoffs on the very last day of the regular season. Continue reading


AHL-Logo-150x150BY: Jason Chaimovitch, VP Communications AHL

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Brandon Davidson of the Oklahoma City Barons has been named the 2012-13 winner of the Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award as the AHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey.

The award is voted on by coaches, players and members of the media in each of the league’s 30 cities. Continue reading

WHALE WEEKLY: November 26-December 2, 2012

BY: Bob Crawford, Voice of the CTWhale

The Whale (9-7-1-0,19 pts.) jumped to two games over the .500 mark for the first time on the year by sweeping three games this past weekend.  A four-goal third period enabled the Whale to win a see-saw battle Friday night in Bridgeport by a final score of 7-5, the Whale’s first triumph over the Sound Tigers in three tries. Connecticut then knocked off defending Calder Cup-champion Norfolk 5-2 Saturday night at home, before traveling to Springfield on Sunday and beating the Northeast Division-leading Falcons, 3-2.  Ryan Bourque’s goal with 15.6 seconds left in the third period won that game, and Chad Kolarik was the top contributor on the week, with his first Whale hat trick, and the Whale’s first of the year as a team, in Saturday’s win and 3-4-7 in the three games. Continue reading