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FUEHRING: RABBITS SUBMIT QO’S TO SEVEN PLAYERS

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Greenville protects ECHL rights to five forwards and two defensemen

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced the team has submitted qualifying offers to seven players from its 2015-16 roster.

“There’s a great deal of leadership, skill and chemistry in this group of players to complement the ones we have already signed,” Head Coach Brian Gratz said. “Between this mix of guys and the players we already have, I think there’s a solid core for us to build a championship-winning team around.”

The Swamp Rabbits have submitted qualifying offers to the following players:

Justin DaSilva (D): DaSilva made 61 appearances with the Swamp Rabbits last season, finishing third on the team with 71 penalty minutes and tying for fifth among all ECHL rookies with seven fighting majors. The 26-year-old also notched 21 points (3g, 18a) and a +5 rating in his first full professional campaign. A native of Cambridge, Ontario, DaSilva played four seasons at Ohio State University prior to turning pro.

Sean Escobedo (D): The 25-year-old led all Swamp Rabbits defensemen with 21 assists in 62 contests last season. He added a goal and 44 penalty minutes and was second among team defensemen with 22 points. A native of Bayside, New York, Escobedo also played 13 games in the American Hockey League (AHL) between the Hartford Wolf Pack, Charlotte Checkers, and Manitoba Moose. He caught fire late in the season, collecting a goal and four assists in just 10 games with Manitoba.

Scott Fleming (F): Fleming, 27, was consistently Greenville’s most productive offensive player last season. He led the team with 71 appearances, 57 points, 36 assists and a +17 rating – all career highs. The Plainfield, Ontario native also finished the season tied for second on the club in goals (21) and added 28 penalty minutes. Fleming will enter his fourth pro campaign this October.

Kellen Jones (F): Greenville acquired Jones’ rights on Jun. 13 in a trade with the Missouri Mavericks to complete the Darian Dziurzynski deal from Mar. 3. The 25-year-old registered more than a point-per-game with the Mavericks last season, helping Missouri to the ECHL’s best regular-season record (52-15-5) and the 2016 Brabham Cup title. He notched 25 points (6g, 19a) and a +9 rating in 23 regular-season games and also made 33 appearances in the AHL with the Bakersfield Condors and Utica Comets. A native of Montrose, British Columbia, Jones was initially drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the seventh round (202nd overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Kevin King (F): King, 26, signed with Greenville on Mar. 8 shortly after completing a five-year career at the University of Calgary. He gathered one assist in nine appearances with the Swamp Rabbits and also spent three games with the AHL’s Texas Stars. A Calgary native, King recorded 24 points (7g, 17a), 34 penalty minutes and a +7 rating in 28 games during his final college season in 2015-16.

Ryan Rashid (F): Rashid made 68 appearances with the Swamp Rabbits last season, second-most on the team, and ranked fifth in scoring with 38 points (13g, 25a). The 26-year-old added 53 penalty minutes and also played two games with the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers. A native of Farmington Hills, Michigan, Rashid will enter his third professional season this October.

Vinny Saponari (F): Saponari, 26, spent the entire 2014-15 campaign with Greenville, but only played 40 games with the club last season. He was signed on Nov. 19 and produced 17 points (6g, 11a) and 12 penalty minutes during several AHL stints. The Powder Springs, Georgia native recorded seven points (1g, 6a) and six penalty minutes in 18 appearances with the AHL’s Portland Pirates, Milwaukee Admirals, and 2016 Calder Cup champion Lake Erie Monsters. Saponari was initially drafted in the fourth round (94th overall) by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Per ECHL guidelines, each team is entitled to reserve the rights to a maximum of eight (8) qualified players. Of those eight, no more than four could be veterans (260 regular-season professional games played as of the start of the 2016-17 season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded.

The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until Aug. 1 at which time the qualifying offer becomes null and void and the team may sign the qualified player to any salary or may elect to take no further action. Teams that extend a valid qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall retain the rights to that qualified player for one playing season.

If a restricted free agent is not signed to either an offer sheet or a contract by an ECHL team by Aug. 31, the player shall be deemed an unrestricted free agent.

Get Social: Follow the Swamp Rabbits all off-season long and get behind-the-scenes coverage like never before on the team’s official Facebook and Twitter

Ticket packages for the 2016-17 season are available and on sale now! Contact a Swamp Rabbits Account Executive at 864-674-PUCK (7825) for more information and to secure your seats today! Get the latest Swamp Rabbits gear at the “Hop Shop” team store or visit the “Hop Shop” online at SwampRabbits.com/shop to browse the full collection of fan wear and novelties!

FUEHRING: TOMMY THOMPSON RETURNS TO GREENVILLE IN 2016-17

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Speedy forward made impact in just 8gms with the Swamp Rabbits last season

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced rookie forward Tommy Thompson has agreed to terms with the team for the 2016-17 season.

“We were very impressed with Tommy at the end of last season,” Head Coach Brian Gratz said. “He has great speed, competes hard and brought a good offensive skill set to our lineup. I’m excited to have him back.”

Thompson, 25, began his professional career with Greenville near the end of last season following a four-year career at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. He debuted on Mar. 25 at Florida and went on to record two goals and two penalty minutes in eight contests, including his first professional tally on Apr. 2.

“It was an easy decision to return to Greenville for my first full season as a pro,” Thompson said. “Coach Gratz gave me a great opportunity last spring, and I’m looking forward to getting back in the locker room with the guys this October. I was also impressed with the city and overwhelmed by the fan support I received in such a short amount of time last April.”

A native of Londonderry, New Hampshire, Thompson collected 57 points (26g, 31a) and 100 penalty minutes in 141 career games at St. Lawrence. He ranked third on the team in scoring as a junior with a career-best 23 points (9g, 14a) and finished fifth on the club in scoring as a senior while also serving as an alternate captain.

Get Social: Follow the Swamp Rabbits all off-season long and get behind-the-scenes coverage like never before on the team’s official Facebook and Twitter

Ticket packages for the 2016-17 season are available and on sale now! Contact a Swamp Rabbits Account Executive at 864-674-PUCK (7825) for more information and to secure your seats today! Get the latest Swamp Rabbits gear at the “Hop Shop” team store or visit the “Hop Shop” online at SwampRabbits.com/shop to browse the full collection of fan wear and novelties!

ARRAL: NWHL NEWS – CRAIG MUNI NAMED CO-COACH OF BUFFALO BEAUTS

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NHL Veteran Played for Buffalo Sabres From 1993-96

BY: Savanna Arral, NWHL

Buffalo, NYCraig Muni, retired three-time NHL Stanley Cup champion, has been named Co-Coach of the Buffalo Beauts for the 2016-17 season, General Manager Ric Seiling announced Saturday.

“Craig and I have coached together before when our sons played together,” said Seiling. “We have history and his wealth of knowledge from his playing career is something that will be invaluable to the Beauts this season.”

Muni played 819 games in the NHL over the course of his career, mainly with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, and Buffalo Sabres. He won three Stanley Cups in 1987, 1988, and 1990, and retired from hockey in 1998. Muni is an active member of the Toronto and Buffalo NHL alumni groups and previously coached softball with the New Era Diamond Girls.

“I’m hoping to be able to work with the newer, younger players and help them with their development so they have a chance to aspire and achieve their goals, whatever they might be,” said Muni. “Whether those are Olympic teams, national teams, or something else, to be able to see those dreams to the end would be great.”

General Manager Ric Seiling will also hold the title of Co-Coach of the Beauts for the 2016-17 season.

About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)
The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season began October 11, 2015, with the Founding Four: Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters. The Boston Pride became the first team in NWHL history to raise the Isobel Cup on March 12, 2016.

ARRAL: NWHL NEWS – KELSEY KOELZER TOPS 2016 NWHL DRAFT

NWHLNWHL NEWS: KELSEY KOELZER TOPS 2016 NWHL DRAFT

Draft Held Via Social Media From League Headquarters

BY: Savanna Arral, NWHL

New York, NYKelsey Koezler (Princeton), Lee Stecklein (Minnesota), Dani Cameranesi (Minnesota), and Ann-Renée Desbiens (Wisconsin) were selected in the first round of the 2016 NWHL Draft today.

General Managers Chad Wiseman of the New York Riveters, Ric Seiling of the Buffalo Beauts, Lisa Giovanelli of the Connecticut Whale, and Hayley Moore of the Boston Pride selected the top 20 rising seniors from collegiate hockey beginning at 12PM ET. Teams selected their picks according to their final regular season standing: Riveters, Beauts, Whale, and then Pride.

Koelzer, a defenseman, has collected 69 points (31g, 38a) in 95 games in her NCAA career thus far. She has been named a First Team All-American, a Patty Kazmaier Top 10 candidate, and ECAC Hockey’s Best Defender of the Year.

The full list of 2016 NWHL Draft selections:

Round 1: Kelsey Koelzer (NYR), Lee Stecklein (BUF), Dani Cameranesi (CTW), Ann-Renee Desbiens (BOS)

Round 2: Sydney Daniels (NYR), Cayley Mercer (BUF), Andie Anastos (CTW), Sarah Nurse (BOS).

Round 3: Jenny Ryan (NYR), Hayley Scamurra (BUF), Mellissa Channell (CTW), Ashleigh Brykaliuk (BOS).

Round 4: Sydney McKibbon (NYR), Emma Woods (BUF), Paige Savage (CTW), Halli Krzyzaniak (BOS).

Round 5: Amy Menke (NYR), Maddie Elia (BUF), Sydney Rossman (CTW), Lara Stalder (BOS).

Read more about the 2016 NWHL Draft class on nwhl.zone/draft.

About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)
The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season began October 11, 2015, with the Founding Four: Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters. The Boston Pride became the first team in NWHL history to raise the Isobel Cup on March 12, 2016.

FUEHRING: SWAMP RABBITS ACQUIRE SKILLED FORWARD TO COMPLETE MARCH TRADE

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Greenville receives rights to point-per-game skater Kellen Jones from Missouri

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced the team has acquired the rights to scoring threat Kellen Jones from the Missouri Mavericks to complete the trade for Darian Dziurzynski from Mar. 3.

“Kellen is a highly productive, high character forward who has good hands and quick feet,” Head Coach Brian Gratz said. “He’s played nearly 90 games in the American Hockey League and we are excited to acquire his rights.”

Jones, 25, collected more than a point-per-game with the Mavericks last season, helping Missouri to the ECHL’s best regular-season record (52-15-5) and the 2016 Brabham Cup title. He notched 25 points (6g, 19a) and a +9 rating in 23 regular-season games and also made 33 appearances in the AHL with Bakersfield and Utica. Continue reading

FUEHRING: SWAMP RABBITS ANNOUNCE PROMOTIONS, EXPAND FRONT OFFICE

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BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced changes to the team’s front office as approved by Owner Fred Festa.

“I am happy with the way things are progressing and feel that these staffing moves will only continue to improve our team and its impact in the community,” Festa said.

Festa, who also serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Maryland-based W. R. Grace and Co., has named Chris Lewis team president effective immediately. Lewis had previously served as general manager and executive vice president since 2012. Continue reading

FUEHRING: SWAMP RABBITS UNVEIL 2016-17 SCHEDULE

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Home opener set for Friday, Oct. 28 against Wichita

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, are pleased to unveil their 2016-17 regular-season schedule. For the third consecutive year, the Swamp Rabbits will begin the season in the Sunshine State with a 7:30 p.m. matchup against the Florida Everblades on Oct. 14, which will also open a four-game road trip. Greenville’s home opener is slated for Friday, Oct. 28 against the Wichita Thunder.

The ECHL schedule is comprised of 72 games: 36 home and 36 away. Once again, the Swamp Rabbits are excited to boast a family and fan-friendly schedule that has 27 of the team’s 36 home games being played on a Friday night, Saturday night or Sunday afternoon. Greenville’s home schedule will also feature five Thursday night games, two Tuesday night contests, and two Wednesday night games.

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