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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

rp_Greenville-Swamp-Rabbits-300x225.pngSWAMP RABBITS ANNOUNCE PROMOTIONS, EXPAND FRONT OFFICE

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.

VIEW THE FULL SCHEDULE Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: March 28-April 3, 2016

bob-crawfordWOLF PACK WEEKLY: March 28-April 3, 2016

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (36-28-3-0, 75 pts., .560 pts. percentage) earned three of a possible six points in three games this past week.  The week began with a 3-2 overtime loss at home to Providence on Wednesday, a result that snapped a six-game Wolf Pack win streak, and a run of ten consecutive wins in games that went beyond regulation.  The fans at the XL Center saw bonus hockey again on Friday night, and the Wolf Pack got back into the win column with a 2-1 overtime victory over Bridgeport.  Chad Nehring’s 20th goal of the season was the winner in that one, 1:18 into the extra session.  On Saturday night in Allentown, PA, the Wolf Pack suffered its first regulation loss in nine games (7-1-1-0), falling 2-1 to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.  Continue reading

FUEHRING: SWAMP RABBITS WEEKEND PREVIEW

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Greenville and Atlanta meet twice in a home-and-home series this weekend

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Date                   Time                   Opponent                Follow               

Sat, Mar. 5         7 p.m. ET            vs. Atlanta                 ListenWatchTwitter

Sun, Mar. 6        2:05 p.m. ET       @ Atlanta                  ListenWatchTwitter         

THE STORY COMING IN

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (24-24-7), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, return to the Bon Secours Wellness Arena tonight to face the Atlanta Gladiators (29-20-7) in their first of six home games during the month of March. Greenville is in desperate need of a win after dropping each of its last six contests (0-5-1) and falling into a tie for 11th in the Eastern Conference, seven points behind Elmira for the final playoff spot. The Swamp Rabbits are coming off of a 4-3 loss to the Brampton Beast on Sunday in which Garett Bembridge, Ryan Rashid and Andrew Dommett each scored. However, Brampton responded with three goals in a span of 4:26 in the third period and held on for the victory. Greenville has not lost seven straight games since a stretch that spanned Jan. 23 through Feb. 10 of last season. Continue reading

FUEHRING: ALL STAR SUPERHERO NIGHT BON SECOURSON WELLNESS ARENA

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SWAMP RABBITS REVEAL SUPERHERO JERSEY DESIGN

Team to wear specialty uniforms on March 12 with post-game auction to follow

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 excited to reveal the team’s specialty jersey design for Superhero Night on Saturday, March 12 at 7 p.m. The specialty uniforms will be worn by the entire team during its 7 p.m. contest against Florida and auctioned off immediately following the game with proceeds benefiting the Cancer Survivors Park.

The specialty jersey design is the second of the Swamp Rabbits era following Heroes Night in February. It features a Batman theme with the Swamp Rabbits logo on the chest and an outline of New York City, in support of the Rangers, on the back. The jerseys will be auctioned off live at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena following the game to those in attendance only.

In addition, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Black Widow and Iron Fist are all scheduled to be in attendance on March 12. Those superheroes will be available for pictures and autographs throughout the game on the Bon Secours Wellness Arena concourse.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets start at just $10 by taking advantage of the GSP Airport Fun Zone. Purchase discounted adult tickets for just $10 in Section 119 and receive up to four (4) complimentary kids tickets courtesy of the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. Seats are limited and can be purchased online through SwampRabbits.com! The offer is only valid during each remaining Saturday home game through the end of the regular season.

Scout Night: The Swamp Rabbits return to SANDLAPPER Securities Rink at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena this Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m. to face the Atlanta Gladiators. It’s Scout Night presented by Duke Energy featuring discounted lower bowl tickets for all scout groups by calling 864-674-PUCK (7825). Special edition Scout Night patches are also available for just $1.

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

Trolley On Over: Greenville’s downtown trolley route has been extended to include a stop at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. The expanded route will operate for all Swamp Rabbits’ games taking place Thursdays through Sundays during normal trolley service hours.

Call 864-674-7825 or visit SwampRabbits.com for tickets. Bring a group of 15 or more out to a game and receive great discounts, merchandise offers, and hospitality opportunities! Call a Swamp Rabbits Account Executive for more information! 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!