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FUEHRING: ROADIES MORPH INTO SWAMP RABBITS

Greenville Swamp RabbitsGreenville Road Warriors Rebrand to Swamp Rabbits

Team to build stronger ties with the Greenville community

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, S.C. – The Greenville Road Warriors are excited to announce that they will now be known as the Greenville Swamp Rabbits.

The Road Warriors came to Greenville in 2010 and were purchased by current owner, Fred Festa, chairman & CEO of W.R. Grace and Co., in 2012. Since their arrival, the team has been embraced by the Greenville community, making the rebranding a logical transition for the team. After signing a new five-year lease with the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in March 2015, the timing was ideal to strengthen the team’s ties to Greenville and the surrounding communities. The Swamp Rabbits represent a piece of Greenville history that not only pays homage to the legacy of the historic train line, but also provides a brand that better appeals to fans of all ages.

First known as the Carolina, Knoxville and Western line, and later becoming the Greenville and Northern railroad, the intent of the railroad was to connect Greenville with the rich coal fields of Tennessee, providing the Carolinas with a direct line over the mountains and access to cheaper coal. The railroad received its nickname, the “Swamp Rabbit” by locals who would use the freight train as a means of transportation to picnic in northern Greenville County. Completion of the rail line proved to be more of a financial commitment than expected, leaving the project at a halt near the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Today you can find this railroad marker located beside the “Swamp Rabbit” Pedestrian Bridge, which crosses over the Reedy River just off of South Main Street.

“After much thought and consideration, we determined that we wanted our new identity to honor a piece of Greenville’s history while also being relevant within the community today” said Fred Festa, owner of the Swamp Rabbits. “Several factors were taken into account when deciding on what that representation would be. Ultimately, we selected the Swamp Rabbits because the name holds dear to a variety of residents, businesses, popular recreational areas and the historic landmark, the Swamp Rabbit railroad, dating back the 1920s in Greenville.”

“To be able to embody a part of Greenville’s past and present via the team’s identity is an incredible feeling,” said Chris Lewis, general manager of the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. “We think the Swamp Rabbits will symbolize the competitive spirit of our players and the vibrancy of the community on the ice and off. We want our brand to best reflect what a night out at a hockey game is all about, which is fun and excitement for the entire community.”

On Friday, October 23rd at 7:00pm, the Swamp Rabbits will face off against the South Carolina Stingrays in the season’s first home game. Season ticket packages are on sale for the 2015-16 season and are available for purchase on the team’s website, Swamprabbits.com.

* * *  ABOUT THE GREENVILLE SWAMP RABBITS
The Swamp Rabbits are members of the ECHL, the nation’s premier “AA” hockey league, and are affiliated with the NHL’s New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack. All home games are played at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena located at 650 N. Academy Street in downtown Greenville. For more information on the team, or to purchase tickets, visit Swamprabbits.com.

FUEHRING: ROADIES GET RAY, GLADIATORS IN PRESEASON

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Greenville announces a pair of exhibition games prior to the 2015-16 season

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Rd Warriors

Greenville, SC The Greenville Road Warriors, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced the club will play the South Carolina Stingrays and Gwinnett Gladiators during the 2015 preseason. Both contests will take place on the road.

The Road Warriors will open exhibition play on Friday, October 9th against South Carolina at the Carolina Ice Palace in North Charleston. Opening faceoff is set for 7:00 p.m. Two nights later, the club will head to Duluth, Georgia to face the Gladiators on Sunday, October 11th at the Duluth Ice Forum at 5:00 p.m.

Greenville kicks off the 2015-16 regular season on Saturday, October 17th against the Orlando Solar Bears at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. For the full regular season schedule, click here.

Follow: Keep up with the Road Warriors throughout the offseason and interact with other fans on the Official Road Warriors’ Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram pages.

Ticket plans for the Road Warriors’ sixth season in the Upstate are available now and start as low as $81! Call an Account Executive today at 864-674-PUCK or CLICK HERE to secure your seats! The Road Warriors open their home portion of the 2015-16 season on Friday, October 23rd with a 7:00 p.m. puck drop against South Carolina.

FUEHRING: ROADIES ADD A BLAST FROM THE PAST TO COACHING STAFF

greenville-road-warriors_thumb16ROAD WARRIORS NAME TROY SCHWAB ASSISTANT COACH

Former Johnstown, Toledo forward enters his first season as coach

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Road Warriors 

Greenville, SC The Greenville Road Warriors, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, are excited to announce that former Johnstown Chiefs and Toledo Walleye forward Troy Schwab will join the organization as assistant coach for the 2015-16 season.

“Troy brings a lot of experience at this level that will greatly help relate to our players,” Head Coach Brian Gratz said. “He’s very educated with a high level of hockey intelligence and a strong desire to teach and learn the game beyond his playing career. He is also a keen offensive mind and a great leader. Fans are going to love him”

Schwab, 30, will enter his first season in a coaching position after completing a six-year playing career this past May. As a professional, he spent time in the Central Hockey League (CHL), DEL2 German league and ECHL, with more than 350 regular-season games to his credit.

“Troy will be a tremendous addition to our coaching staff,” General Manager Chris Lewis said. “He’s a student of the game and his ability to relate to other players will enhance our recruiting and development processes. I have no doubt his leadership will positively impact the team’s performance on the ice.”

A native of Kindersley, Saskatchewan, Schwab tallied an impressive 60 points (19g, 41a) in 70 regular-season games with Toledo last season, helping the club to 50 wins and the 2015 Brabham Cup title. He added 1.02 points-per-game (22 points) in 21 playoff contests and helped the Walleye reach the 2015 Eastern Conference Finals against South Carolina.

A former 5’7, 180-pound forward, Schwab spent three seasons in the CHL from 2010-2014 with Wichita and Denver, recording 1.25 points-per-game (232 points) over 186 combined contests. He boasted career-bests in goals (25), assists (71), points (96) and penalty minutes (81) during the 2013-14 campaign with Denver.

“I’m extremely excited to start my coaching career in Greenville,” Schwab said. “I’ve known Brian (Gratz) for about five years now and working with him is going to be a great fit.”

“Coaching is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Schwab continued. “I’m a motivator and an offensive mind, so I’m definitely going to push that side of the game.”

Schwab began his pro career on October 17, 2009 when he debuted with the Johnstown Chiefs, one year prior to the franchise’s relocation to Greenville. He made 67 appearances during his inaugural season and earned a team-best 35 assists, and was third on the club with 53 points.

Prior to turning pro, Schwab played four seasons at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan from 2005-2009. He served as an alternate captain during his sophomore campaign and was named team captain during his junior and senior seasons.

Follow: Keep up with the Road Warriors throughout the off-season and interact with other fans on the Official Road Warriors Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram pages.

Ticket plans for the Road Warriors’ sixth season in the Upstate are available now and start as low as $81! Call an Account Executive today at 864-674-PUCK or CLICK HERE to secure your seats! The Road Warriors open their home portion of the 2015-16 season on Friday, October 23rd with a 7:00 p.m. puck drop against the South Carolina Stingrays.

RANGERS: LUKE ADAM SIGNED – LIKELY HARTFORD-BOUND

rp_new-york-r_thumb.gifRANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FREE AGENT FORWARD LUKE ADAM

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, July 3, 2015 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Luke Adam.

Adam, 25, skated in 73 games with the Rochester Americans and the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League (AHL) this past season, registering 16 goals and 26 assists for 42 points, along with 62 penalty minutes. He posted a four-game point streak from October 25 at Adirondack to November 1 at Toronto, and he posted three consecutive multi-point games from November 8 vs. Utica to November 14 vs. Toronto. Adam tallied a goal while making his debut with Springfield on December 19 at Binghamton, and he registered a season-high five-game point streak from December 28 vs. Syracuse to January 9 at Providence.

In addition, Adam skated in three NHL games with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2014-15, recording four penalty minutes. He made his debut with Columbus on March 10 at Carolina.

The 6-2, 206-pounder has skated in 90 career NHL games over parts of five seasons with Buffalo and Columbus, registering 15 goals and 11 assists for 26 points, along with 36 penalty minutes. Adam established NHL career-highs in games played (52), goals (10), assists (10), and points (20) with Buffalo during the 2011-12 season. He made his NHL debut with the Sabres on October 26, 2010, at Philadelphia, and he recorded his first career NHL assist/point on November 26, 2010, vs. Toronto.

Adam has skated in 283 career AHL games, registering 93 goals and 110 assists for 203 points, along with 231 penalty minutes. In 2013-14, Adam participated in the AHL All-Star Game. He led Rochester in goals (29), ranked second in points (49), and tied for fifth in assists (20), and ranked second in the AHL in power play goals (16) in 2013-14. Adam received the Dudley (Red) Garrett Memorial Award as AHL Rookie of the Year in 2010-11, as he established AHL career-highs in goals (29), assists (33), points (62), and plus/minus rating (plus-18). He tied for first among all AHL rookies in points in 2010-11 and represented the Eastern Conference at the 2011 AHL All-Star Game. In 26 career AHL playoff games, Adam has registered six goals and eight assists for 14 points, along with 24 penalty minutes.

Internationally, the St. John’s, Newfoundland, and Labrador native represented Canada at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship. Adam registered eight points (four goals, four assists) and posted a plus-nine rating in six games during the tournament while helping Canada capture a silver medal.

Adam was originally selected by Buffalo in the second round, 44th overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

FUEHRING: ROADIES AND STORK GO SEPARATE WAYS

Dean Stork

 

 

ROAD WARRIORS AND DEAN STORK PART WAYS

Assistant Coach Brian Gratz will serve as Interim Director of Hockey Operations

 BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Road Warriors

Greenville, SC The Greenville Road Warriors, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced the team and Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Dean Stork have mutually agreed to part ways.

“Dean has been a valuable member of the organization for the last five years, and Fred and I are grateful for his commitment, work ethic and devotion,” General Manger Chris Lewis said. “He is a good coach and has done many positive things for the organization and for the development of our players.”  Continue reading

FUEHRING: GREENVILLE WINS THE SEASON FINALE

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WARRIORS WIN FOURTH STRAIGHT IN SEASON FINALE

Luciani and Saponari each record three points, while Holka scores first goal in final second

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Road Warriors 

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Road Warriors (39-29-4), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, concluded the 2014-15 campaign on Saturday with their fourth straight victory in a 5-1 decision against the Gwinnett Gladiators (20-45-7) at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Anthony Luciani (1g, 2a) and Vinny Saponari (3a) each registered a three-point night, while Joey Holka scored his first ECHL goal in the final second of regulation.

With the victory, the Road Warriors finished the season with the same amount of wins (39) as the 2013-14 campaign. In addition, Greenville concluded the season 21-14-0 on SANDLAPPER Securities Rink. They ended up missing the 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs by just two points.

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FUEHRING: ROAD WARRIORS WEEKLY REPORT – Week 24: April 6 – April 12

alan-fuehringROAD WARRIORS WEEKLY REPORT

Week 24: April 6 – April 12

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Rd Warriors

LAST WEEK’S RECAP

Overall Picture: The Greenville Road Warriors (37-29-4), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, won two of three games against Gwinnett last week to avoid elimination and continue their playoff push into the final week of the regular season.

The Road Warriors came out firing on Thursday and scored just 95 seconds into the contest when Anthony Luciani ripped a low shot inside the left post directly following a face-off for his team-leading 25th goal of the season. However, the Gladiators responded with back-to-back tallies from rookie Daniel Bahntge, his first two professional goals, to stun Greenville 2-1 at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. It was just the fifth time all season the Road Warriors have fallen when scoring first.  Continue reading