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CANTLON’S CORNER: LOTS OF NEWS FROM HOCKEY

gerryBY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

I think it’s fair to say that I complain about as much as anybody else does about the late timing by the AHL in releasing it’s schedule. Well on Wednesday, it was FINALLY released.

The Hartford Wolf Pack open their 18th season and their 76 game regular season schedule on the road on a Sunday afternoon in upstate New York starting at 5pm. Their opponent, the newest member of the Northeast Division, the top affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Syracuse Crunch.

The home opener features the Portland Pirates, the top farm club of the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday October 17. The Hershey Bears come in the following day for a Sunday matinee at 3pm. Continue reading

HARTFORD WOLF PACK 2014-15 SCHEDULE RELEASED

Hartford Wolf Pack Logo

BY: Mitch Beck, Howlings

The American Hockey League released it’s complete regular-season schedule for the 2014-15 season, the league’s 79th year of operation.

The Hartford Wolf Pack start their 18th season (including three as the Connecticut Whale) on the road against the Syracuse Crunch on Sunday October 12 at 5pm. They open their home schedule the following Saturday night, October 18th at 7pm against the Portland Pirates.

October features three road games and four at the newly renovated XL CenterContinue reading

MALCOLM RESIGNS WITH WOLF PACK

Hartford Wolf Pack LogoJEFF MALCOLM (G) RE-SIGNS WITH WOLF PACK

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2nd-year Pro Won NCAA Title with Yale                 University in 2012-13

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

HARTFORD, August 25, 2014:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the Wolf Pack has re-signed goaltender Jeff Malcolm.  Continue reading

PACK ANNOUNCE PRESEASON SCHEDULE

Hartford Wolf Pack LogoWOLF PACK

ANNOUNCE

PRESEASON SCHEDULE

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Includes Local Games at Champions Skating Center, Trinity College and Quinnipiac University 

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, August 22, 2014:  Global Spectrum, operators of the XL Center and Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced the 2014-15 Wolf Pack preseason schedule.

The Wolf Pack will play a total of four preseason contests, with three of the four being home games in local venues.  The slate begins with a battle against the Albany Devils Wednesday, October 1 at Champions Skating Center, located at 6 Progress Dr. in Cromwell, CT.  Face-off for the exhibition opener is 7:00 PM and admission is $5.  Admission proceeds will go to acquiring ice skates for use at the wintertime outdoor skating rink in Hartford’s Bushnell Park.  Also, Champions Skating Center will be accepting donations of used skates of all sizes for the outdoor rink.

The next night, Thursday, October 2, the Wolf Pack will host the Worcester Sharks at the TD Bank Sports Center at Quinnipiac University, with faceoff at 7:00.  The TD Bank Sports Center is located at 275 Mt. Carmel Ave. in Hamden, CT, and tickets for the October 2 game are available through the TD Bank Sports Center ticket office, as well as by phone at (203) 582-3905.  The on-line address to purchase tickets is QuinnipiacBobcats.com.  Proceeds from the game will benefit Gaylord Specialty Healthcare of Wallingford, CT.

The Wolf Pack and the Sharks will meet again Saturday, October 4, in the last of the Pack’s three home preseason tilts.  That game will take place at Trinity College’s Koeppel Community Sports Center, facing off at 7:00.  Donations will be accepted at the door in lieu of an admission charge, BENEFITING 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 Wolf Pack then wraps up its preseason slate with its lone road game, a 3:00 contest at the MassMutual Center in Springfield vs. the Falcons Sunday, October 5.

HARTFORD WOLF PACK PRESEASON SCHEDULE

Date              Opponent       Venue                                                                            Faceoff
Wed. Oct. 1   ALBANY          CHAMPIONS SKATING CTR, CROMWELL, CT            7:00
Thu.  Oct. 2  WORCESTER   TD BANK SPORTS CENTER, QUINNIPIAC UNIV         7:00
Sat.  Oct. 4    WORCESTER   KOEPPEL COMM. SPORTS CTR, TRINITY COLLEGE  7:00
Sun. Oct. 5  at Springf’ld    MassMutual Center                                                       3:00

The Wolf Pack will open the home portion of their 2014-15 AHL regular season Saturday, October 18 at the XL Center.  To speak with a Wolf Pack representative about season or group tickets, or any of the Wolf Pack’s many ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451.

 

OLD NEWS, BUT NOW OFFICIAL – KRISTO SIGNS

kristo_danny_hwp1314RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FORWARD DANNY KRISTO

NEW YORK, August 21, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Danny Kristo.

Kristo, 24, skated in 65 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) this past season, registering 25 goals and 18 assists for 43 points, along with 18 penalty minutes. He led the team – and tied for seventh among AHL rookies – in goals, tied for second on the team in power play goals (seven), ranked third in points, and finished fifth in shots on goal (146). Kristo tallied his first career AHL goal in Hartford’s season opener on October 5 vs. Norfolk. He registered a point in eight of the first 10 games of the season (seven goals, five assists over the span), and tallied the first of two three-game goal streaks during the year from October 18 vs. Manchester to October 23 vs. Portland. Kristo also posted the first multi-goal effort of his AHL career on January 29 vs. Adirondack. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: LOCAL CT KID LOOKS TO SHINE IN QMJHL

gerryBY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings 

“Bienvenue!” That’s the French word for welcome.

“Bienvenue,” greets all visitors who come to Quebec and for Southbury’s Chase Harwell, it’s a greeting that he has taken to heart.

The 17-year old begins his second season playing for the Sherbooke Phoenix (QMJHL) when training camp begins for the 72 game regular season this week.

Harwell, who played at South Kent Prep school and with the Hartford Junior Wolf Pack, made a momentous decision last summer to pursue his dream of playing in the NHL, forgoing his oral commitment to Quinnipiac University (ECACHL).

Chase Harwell 500 X 850 Sherbrooke Phoenix“It was a pretty big thing. I felt my best chance to get to the NHL was going to go to Quebec League. This is my first eligible draft year, so I hope we have a good year,” Harwell said during a Howlings exclusive interview.

By playing just one minute of Canadian major junior hockey ends your NCAA eligibility. The three Canadian junior leagues are considered to be professional in nature. Harwell has been drafted by two leagues. The first, the Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL) in the fourth round, 60th overall, and then Sherbrooke took him in the fourth round, 68th overall, in the QMJHL draft. The Phoenix liked his talent, but were unsure he would make the trek to Quebec or they would have taken him higher.

The transition to the game in the QMJHL was tougher than Harwell initially expected. “It is so much faster, the game in the Q. You really don’t have time with the puck like I did at South Kent or with the Junior Wolf Pack. You get the puck and have to make a move with it quickly. If you hang on too long or just throw it away and the other team scores the other way you might ride the bench awhile,” Harwell, who started out playing hockey in New Milford before migrating to the CT Clippers program and then the Junior Wolf Pack, said. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: PACK MAKE SPECIAL OFFER FOR OPENING NIGHT

Hartford Wolf PackHARTFORD WOLF PACK ANNOUNCE SPECIAL PACKAGE FOR HOME OPENER

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Includes Voucher for one Future Game, $5 Dunkin’ Donuts Gift Card

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

HARTFORD, August 18, 2014:  Global Spectrum, operators of the XL Center and Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced a special ticket package for the Wolf Pack’s 2014-15 home opener, which takes place Saturday, October 18.

The offer consists of one Red Section ticket to the home opener, one Red Section voucher that is good for a ticket to any of the Wolf Pack’s home games in October, November or December, as well as a $5 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card. Continue reading