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CRAWFORD: “HARTFORD HOCKEY HERITAGE WEEKEND” THIS FRI/SAT

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WOLF PACK CELEBRATE “HARTFORD HOCKEY HERITAGE WEEKEND” THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

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Saturday’s Game vs. Springfield Close to a Lower-Bowl Sellout

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

HARTFORD, January 27, 2015:  The Hartford Wolf Pack will honor 40 years of pro hockey history in Hartford with a “Hartford Hockey Heritage Weekend” celebration at the team’s home games this Friday and Saturday, January 30 and 31.

The Wolf Pack host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the XL Center on Friday night, and the Springfield Falcons visit on Saturday night.  Both games face off at 7:00 PM. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: XL CENTER CELEBRATES 40th ANNIVERSARY

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HARTFORD, CT –  “It was 40 years ago today, the Civic Center brought us the harpoon and Kelly green, It was all ours to see-pretty, new and clean, So let me introduce to you the New England Whalers band…”

Having gotten a little caught up in the spirit of the moment, apologies to John, Paul, George and Ringo.

On January 11, 1975, The Hartford Civic Center Coliseum (nee XL Center) opened it’s doors to professional hockey and the WHA’s New England Whalers.

The then new building and new team put the Hartford on the map. No longer would they be seen as just a rest stop midway between Boston and New York, but it became a metropolis with its own hometown team. Continue reading

CANTLON: UCONN BEATS BC AT XL

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings 

HARTFORD, CT – The house was rockin’ Wednesday night as the UCONN Huskies, behind the stellar goaltending of Rob Nichols, knocked off the #3 ranked Boston College Eagles 1-0 before a raucous crowd of 8,089 at XL Center.

Nichols, a sophomore from Dallas, Texas, was as hot as a Dallas summer day, turning away numerous quality scoring chances for the Eagles making 35 saves in all.

The lone goal of the game that eluded the Eagles’ Thatcher Demko, the NHL drafted goalie by the Vancouver Canucks, was a gorgeous perfect shot. Continue reading

SONAR AND THE ALS CHALLENGE

Capture6BY: Mitch Beck, Publisher, Howlings

A quick note on a Thursday…
“Sonar,” the lovable mascot of the Hartford Wolf Pack, accepted the challenge posed by the Worcester Sharks mascot, “Fin,” to help raise awareness of ALS.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS, is defined as, “A disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement.” ALS is also known by another name, “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”
As you’ll see in the video posted on the Wolf Pack’s Facebook page, Sonar is up to the challenge and calls out several other mascots along the way. “Screech” of the team’s I-91 rival, Springfield Falcons; “Storm” of the Pack’s in-state rival, Bridgeport Sound Tigers and “Rocky” of the AA affiliate of the Minnesota Twins Major League Baseball team, the New Britain Rock Cats.

DROPPING THE GLOVES

Capture31-150x150BY: Mitch Beck, Publisher – Howlings

Okay, call me crazy, but I had an idea today that I thought would be fun and something that I thought could make the site more appealing.

Let’s have a fight…

Okay… I don’t mean to show up at Howlings headquarters and cold-cock me one in the head…I mean a more civilized fight…and about something we can all be excited about…Rangers / Wolf Pack / Road Warriors hockey. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: OUT WITH THE WHALE BACK WITH THE PACK

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Several sources have confirmed to Howlings that the name, “Connecticut Whale” will be dropped for the Hartford AHL franchise, owned by the New York Rangers, and will return next season under its former banner, “The Hartford Wolf Pack” and was formally decided upon last Thursday.

The approval was agreed to by the American Hockey League in part to facilitate the team jersey order with Reebok which has the contract with the NHL and AHL to supply game worn jerseys for the 2013-2014 season. Continue reading

CDRA APPROVES GLOBAL SPECTRUM

Gerry Cantlon BY: Gerry Cantlon, Special to Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The affiliation agreement between the New York Rangers and Global Spectrum, the new operator of the XL Center, received unanimous approval by the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) in their monthly meeting Thursday evening

The agreement, three years in length with two additional option years held by the Rangers, takes effect April 1st. Global Spectrum wants to immediately hit the ground running and beginning the process of renewing season tickets and selling to local and corporate sponsors for the 2013-2014 season. Continue reading