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CANTLON’S CORNER: THE WIDE WORLD OF (HOCKEY) SPORTS

gerryBY: Gerry Cantlon, Special to Howlings

Some news from around the hockey world.

The role of concussions in sports and hockey in particular, have been a major topic the past five years. Work on designing a new, more protective helmet has been ongoing. In a fine piece, well worth the read, in the New York Times, current developments that are ongoing for manufacturers and the medical community to achieve success are examined.

As the conflict between Russia and Ukraine continues to escalate, the sport of hockey has been affected there and may well spill over to the US.

As August comes upon us, usually the only quiet month in hockey, here’s a look at news and notes with a Connecticut angle. Continue reading

VAIVE COMING BACK TO GRENVILLE

greenville-road-warriors211BY: Andy Zilch, Greenville Road Warriors

Greenville, SC: Today the Greenville Road Warriors, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers, announced the signing of forward Justin Vaive.

“I am thrilled to be adding Justin to the roster again this year. He is the type of player that can not only score but also brings a physical presence on the ice,” Coach Dean Stork said. “His ability to crash the net and fight for loose pucks makes him a tremendous offensive threat.”

Vaive (vie-vuh) only skated in 13 regular season games as a Road Warrior last season while splitting the year with the Hartford Wolf Pack. In his brief stint with Greenville, the power forward posted ten goals, eight assists and 20 penalty minutes. Vaive also played in 13 postseason games with Road Warriors, scoring six goals and five assists. The Buffalo, New York native dressed in 27 games with Hartford tallying one goal and four assists. He was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the fourth round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Season tickets for the Greenville Road Warriors’ 2014-15 season are available now and start as low as $170! Call a Road Warriors Account Executive at (864) 674-PUCK or visit GreenvilleRoadWarriors.com to secure your Road Warriors season tickets today!

ROADIES HOLD HOCKEY DEMO DAY ON AUG. 2ND

greenville-road-warriors211Road Warriors to Hold Hockey Demo Day

BY: Andy Zilch, Greenville Road Warriors

Greenville, SC: Today the Greenville Road Warriors, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers, announced the date and time of the second annual Hockey Demo Day held at Dick’s Sports Goods off Woodruff Road.

Hockey Demo Day, scheduled for Saturday, August 2nd from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., will be a hands-on opportunity for fans of all ages to learn the growing sport of Hockey. While fans learn about the sport, Coach Dean Stork will be on-hand to assist with the rules of the game and tips on how to play. Rowdy will also be in attendance to interact and show off the skills he has learned in his time with the Road Warriors!

Along with the fun of trying out hockey, special prizes will be given away by the Road Warriors and Dick’s Sporting Goods. The Road Warriors official practice facility, The Pavilion, will provide equipment needed for Hockey Demo Day so everyone can participate! There is no charge to come out and play!

“Hockey Demo Day is a fantastic opportunity for everyone in the Upstate to try the great game of Hockey,” said General Manager Chris Lewis. “We are excited to work with Dick’s Sporting Goods and the Pavilion to deliver this free event for all to enjoy.”

Season tickets for the Greenville Road Warriors’ 2014-15 season are available now and start as low as $170! Call a Road Warriors Account Executive at 864-674-PUCK or visit greenvilleroadwarriors.com to secure your Road Warriors season tickets today!

CLARK RETURNS TO GREENVILLE

greenville-road-warriors211BY: Andy Zilch, Greenville Road Warriors

Emerson Clark Returns to Road Warriors for 2014-15 Season

Greenville, SC: Today the Greenville Road Warriors, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers, announced the team has signed forward Emerson Clark.

“Emerson is one of the toughest pound-for-pound players I have seen as a coach at this level,” head coach Dean Stork stated. “He fits our style of play and the identity of being a hard team to play against every single game. I am thrilled to bring back a passionate player like Emerson.”

Clark returns to the Road Warriors after skating in 25 games with Greenville last season. He was acquired on February 3rd from the Toledo Walleye. The 21 year old also played 25 games with the Walleye amassing 150 penalty minutes. Clarke notched seven penalty minutes in his first game as a Road Warrior on February 7th and amassed 81 PIMs during the remainder of the regular season for Greenville. The Whitby, Ontario native scored his first professional goal on February 23rd with the Road Warriors en route to a two-goal game. Clark tallied 12 points (5G, 7A) in his 25 games with the Road Warriors. He also added five points (2G, 3A) and 35 penalty minutes in 14 playoff games. Prior to his rookie season, the winger spent four full seasons in the Ontario Hockey League.

Season tickets for the Greenville Road Warriors’ 2014-15 season are available now and start as low as $170! Call a Road Warriors Account Executive at 864-674-PUCK or visit greenvilleroadwarriors.com to secure your Road Warriors season tickets today!

ROADIES RETURN THREE AND GET A NEW FACE

greenville-road-warriors211BY: Andy Zilch, Greenville Road Warriors

Road Warriors Return Three Familiar Names, Add Skelly

Greenville, SC: Today the Greenville Road Warriors, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers, announced the signings of returning forward Scott Arnold and defensemen Andrew Himelson and Matt Bruneteau. The team also added a new face in former Las Vegas Wranglers forward Shawn Skelly.

“Scott is a reliable forward with very strong character. He is the type of player that can be relied upon as a leader.” Head Coach Dean Stork said. “Andrew and Matt are defensemen that can shut down the opposition and make seamless plays with quick and accurate puck movement. Shawn provides more scoring ability to the team with his high offensive talent.”

Arnold played 49 games with the Road Warriors last season, including 16 postseason games after being acquired in a trade with the Toledo Walleye. During the regular season, Arnold scored nine goals and tallied five assists. The Montreal, Quebec native scored five goals in the postseason, including an overtime winner in round one against Kalamazoo. After spending two years at Niagara University, Arnold split the 2012-13 season between the Gwinnett Gladiators and the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League.

Himelson returns to the Road Warriors after skating in 35 games during the regular season and 13 games in the playoffs. The defenseman began his rookie season last year with the Tulsa Oilers in the CHL and the Knoxville Ice Bears of the SPHL. The 24-year-old played his first game with the Road Warriors on January 3rd and went on to post 10 points (1G, 9A) and a +6 rating. Himelson was born in Monroe, New York.

Bruneteau, 24, split the remainder of last season between Greenville and Fort Wayne after finishing his collegiate career with Lake Superior State University. Professionally, he totaled ten games played and notched two assists; both while playing with the Road Warriors. The Omaha, Nebraska native served as an alternate captain for the Lake State last season. He finished the NCAA season with one goal and three assists in 36 games played. His career as a Laker finished with 146 games played, 18 points (3G, 15A) and 100 penalty minutes.

Skelly, 27, becomes the second former member of the Wranglers to join the Road Warriors this offseason. The Wolverine Lake, Michigan product scored eight goals and seven assists in 23 appearances with Las Vegas last year. Skelly’s pro career began in 2011 with the Mississippi Surge and has continued in the ECHL with Toledo, Alaska and Bakersfield.

Season tickets for the Greenville Road Warriors’ 2014-15 season are available now and start as low as $170! Call a Road Warriors Account Executive at 864-674-PUCK or visit greenvilleroadwarriors.com to secure your Road Warriors season tickets today!

MISSIAEN BACK TO HARTFORD

Jason-Missiaen-Greenville1BY: Mitch Beck, Editor, Howlings

According to the NHL transaction wire, and in a bit of a surprising move, the New York Rangers have resigned restricted free agent goaltender, Jason Missiaen to a one year, two way deal.

According to capgeek.com, the deal is for $715K should Missiaen make it to the NHL level and will pay the 6’8 24 year old from Chatham, Ontario $67,500 at the AHL.

The deal is surprising in that Missiaen struggled mightily while in Hartford with the Pack last season, especially at the beginning of the season. When the Rangers sent he and Jeff Malcolm to the ECHL, they brought in Dov Grumet-Morris, the team’s MVP and then David LeNeveu to replace them.

Missiaen found his game while in Greenville and played very well for the Road Warriors. Missiaen led the team into the playoffs and through the first couple of rounds but was injured in the Roadies run to the conference finals where they were knocked out of Kelly Cup contention.

It is unclear if Missiaen will stay in Hartford and understudy Cedric Desjardins or head back to Greenville to lead the Roadies. Obviously that will be determined at training camp.

ZILCH: ROADIES COMPLETE TWO TRADES

greenville-road-warriors211BY: Andy Zilch, Greenville Road Warriors

Road Warriors Acquire Two Players Completing Future Consideration Trades

Greenville, SC: The Greenville Road Warriors, the proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers, announced that they have completed two trades from earlier in the 2013-2014 season where they were to receive future considerations. The Road Warriors have acquired defensemen Jacob Johnston from the Evansville Icemen and Eric Burgdoerfer from the Bakersfield Condors.

Johnston, 26, completed his rookie season with the IceMen last year and completes the Matt Lowry to Evansville trade from early in 2013-2014. Johnston scored five goals and added 15 assists while competing in 51 games with Evansville. He is a native to Sudbury, Ontario and is a product of Dalhousie University.

Burgdoerfer, 25, completes the trade for Ryan Garlock with the Bakersfield which was also completed at the beginning of last season. Burgdoerfer has scored 22 goals, tallied 53 assists and amassed a +12 rating during the 269 games played with the Condors. The defenseman hails from East Setauket, New York and played four collegiate years at R.P.I.

Season tickets for the Greenville Road Warriors’ 2014-15 season are available now and start as low as $170! Call a Road Warriors Account Executive at 864-674-PUCK or visit greenvilleroadwarriors.com to secure your Road Warriors season tickets today!