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BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, July 5, 2016 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent defenseman Mat Bodie on a new contract.

Bodie, 26, skated in 76 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) this past season, registering seven goals and 29 assists for 36 points, along with a plus-five rating and 38 penalty minutes. He established AHL career-highs in several categories in 2015-16, including games played, goals, assists, and points. Bodie, who served as Hartford’s captain during the final month of this past season, was one of two players – and was the only defenseman – who skated in every game with the Wolf Pack in 2015-16. He tied for the team lead in assists and ranked fourth in points during the past season. In addition, Bodie led Hartford defensemen in assists and points, ranked second among team defensemen in goals, and tied for third among team defensemen in plus/minus rating in 2015-16.

The 6-0, 175-pounder has skated in 151 career AHL games over two seasons, both with the Wolf Pack, registering 12 goals and 56 assists for 68 points, along with a plus-16 rating and 80 penalty minutes. Bodie has led Hartford defensemen in games played and assists in each of his two seasons with the team, and he has posted a plus-five rating or better in each season. In 2014-15, Bodie led AHL rookie defensemen in assists (27) and tied for first among AHL rookie defensemen in points (32).

The East St. Paul, Manitoba, native was signed by the Rangers as an undrafted free agent on April 15, 2014.


mitch1BY: Mitch Beck, Howlings

The New York Rangers are getting healthier with key players now returning from injury. Defenseman Kevin Klein (foot) and former Hartford Wolf Pack (and CT Whale) forward, Mats Zuccarello (lower body) returning to action Wednesday night at MSG, and the expected return this weekend of center Derek Stepan and soon thereafter defenseman Dan Boyle likely next week, along with John Moore finishing his suspension after two more games, and with d-man Ryan McDonagh just another week, maybe two away, the Rangers have begun to shift personnel.

The ball starts rolling with forward/center Chris Mueller being sent back to Hartford today from the Rangers. Expect Conor Allan to follow suit shortly and quite possibly Michael Kostka heading to Hartford when McDonagh is healthy enough to return. That move triggered Pack General Manager to release fan favorite Jared Nightingale from his PTO. With Mueller’s return, that sends the Wolf Pack over the allowable AHL veteran limit as well as the contract limit.

Schoenfeld also sent both Michael Kantor and Shawn O’Donnell to Greenville to play with the Road Warriors.

Still to b e determined is if the Rangers will hold onto veteran Ryan Malone who cleared waivers and has not decided on whether or not he will accept a demotion to the AHL or refuse to report and opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent.

Here’s the official release on Mueller’s reassignment and the Pack/Nightingale moves:


BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, November 6, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has assigned forward Chris Mueller to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Mueller has skated in seven games with the Rangers this season, registering one goal and one assist for two points. He tied a single-game NHL career-high with two points and posted a plus-one rating on October 21 at New Jersey.

The 5-11, 210-pounder tallied a goal in his only game with the Wolf Pack this season on Oct. 12 at Syracuse.



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Kantor, Nightingale and O’Donnell Head to ECHL

 BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

HARTFORD, November 6, 2014:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld today announced three Wolf Pack player moves.

Forward Michael Kantor has been reassigned by the parent New York Rangers to the Wolf Pack’s ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Road Warriors, forward Shawn O’Donnell has been loaned to the Road Warriors by the Wolf Pack, and defenseman Jared Nightingale has been released from his Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement by the Wolf Pack, and will be returning to the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye.

Kantor, a second-year pro and a 2013 Ranger free-agent signee out of the Ontario Hockey League, has missed the Wolf Pack’s last nine games after being injured in the Wolf Pack’s season opener October 12 in Syracuse.  O’Donnell, a second-year man out of St. Mary’s University, has skated in three games with the Wolf Pack this season, going scoreless and Even, with 17 penalty minutes.  He signed an AHL contract with the Wolf Pack July 22, 2014.

Nightingale had seen action in six Wolf Pack games since signing his PTO October 13, and had chipped in one assist and a +5, with two PIM.  The ninth-year pro played one game with Toledo this year prior to joining the Wolf Pack.

The Wolf Pack’s next action is a two-game trip to Hershey to take on the Bears, and the first of those two battles is this Saturday night, November 8.  That game faces off at 7:00 PM, and all of the action can be heard live on Fox Sports Radio 1410, and on-line at www.foxsportsradio1410.com and iHeartRadio.  Video streaming is available at www.ahllive.com.

The Pack’s next home game at the XL Center is Friday, November 14, with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers making their first visit of the year to Hartford.  Once again this season every Friday night home game features $1 hot dogs and $2 beers through the start of the second period.

Tickets for all 2014-15 Wolf Pack home games are now on sale at the XL Center ticket office, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.  Wolf Pack tickets start as low as $12 for youth 12 years old or younger.

To speak with a Wolf Pack representative about season or group tickets, or any of the Wolf Pack’s many ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451, or click here to request more info.


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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – Two third period powerplay goals in a span of 1:39 helped the Hartford Wolf Pack squeeze past the Albany Devils 3-1 in what has become a traditional AHL morning game at the XL Center Wednesday.

With the win, the Pack took sole possession of first place in the AHL Northeast Division moving ahead of now second place Albany. The Pack now have a record of 7-2-1-0 for 15 points while the Devils fall to 6-2-1-1 for 14 points.

It was a trench warfare trap defense hockey game that remained tied at one from the 2:50 mark of the first period before the Wolf Pack pulled away taking advantage of the power play to get a two goal lead. Continue reading


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Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Albany Devils 1

BY: Zachary Grenier, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, November 5, 2014 – In a battle for first place in the AHL’s Northeast Division, the Hartford Wolf Pack defeated the Albany Devils 3-1 Wednesday at the XL Center, in a game that featured a “school day special” 11:00 AM start.

The scoring started early, with the Devils putting the Wolf Pack in a hole just 45 seconds in to the game.

On a delayed penalty, right winger Paul Thompson went to his forehand and slid the puck past a sliding Cedrick Desjardins for his AHL-leading ninth goal of the season. Continue reading


new-york-rangers_thumb13-150x150RANGERS ASSIGN MCILRATH TO HTFD

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, November 5, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has assigned defenseman Dylan McIlrath to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

McIlrath, 22, skated in one game with the Rangers since he was recalled from Hartford on November 2. He was credited with three blocked shots and two hits on November 3 vs. St. Louis.

The 6-5, 220-pounder has skated in eight games with the Wolf Pack this season and leads the team with 21 penalty minutes.


Wednesday, Nov. 5, 8:00 p.m. ET
Red Wings: 6-3-3 (15 pts)
Rangers: 5-4-2 (12 pts)
BY: The New York Rangers
The Rangers conclude their four-game homestand tonight, Nov. 5, with a contest against the Detroit Red Wings at Madison Square Garden (8:00 p.m. ET —TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: WWOR 710 AM). Tonight’s game is the fourth contest of a stretch where the Rangers play seven of eight games at MSG. The Rangers enter the contest with a three-game point streak (1-0-2), and they have earned a point in six of their last seven games (4-1-2). New York has also registered at least one point in five consecutive home games (3-0-2). The Rangers have posted a 5-4-2 record (12 pts) this season, following a 4-3 shootout loss against the St. Louis Blues in their last contest on Monday, Nov. 3 at MSG. The Red Wings have posted a 6-2-3 record (15 pts) through 11 games this season, and are playing against the Ottawa Senators tonight at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa.

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CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: November 3-9, 2014

Bob CrawfordBY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (6-2-1-0, 13 pts.) stretched a winning streak to a season-high three games this past weekend, capturing a 4-2 victory over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Saturday, in the Pack’s first-ever visit to the PPL Center in Allentown, PA, and knocking off the Worcester Sharks Sunday in Hartford, by a score of 4-3.  Chris Bourque had two goals and an assist in the two games, and Oscar Lindberg (1-2-3), Justin Vaive (1-2-3) and Mat Bodie (0-3-3) all also contributed three points.  Both Mackenzie Skapski, with 27 saves on Saturday, and Cedrick Desjardins, who stopped 36 shots in Sunday’s win, turned in First-Star performances in net.

This week:

The Wolf Pack play their “school day special” morning game this Wednesday, November 5, as the Albany Devils come to the XL Center for an 11:00 AM faceoff.  The Pack then head back to the Keystone State for a two-game visit to Hershey.  The Wolf Pack and Bears will do battle at the Giant Center Saturday at 7:00 PM and Sunday at 5:00.  Continue reading


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Will Kick off at Pack’s School Day Game this Wednesday

 BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, November 3, 2014:  Global Spectrum, operators of the XL Center and Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced a new Wolf Pack “Kindness Campaign.”

The encouragement will focus on the importance of treating others with respect and consideration, both in person and on-line.

The Wolf Pack will launch the Kindness Campaign at the team’s “School Day” game this Wednesday, November 5 against the Albany Devils.  That game faces off at a special time of 11:00 AM. Continue reading


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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The Hartford Wolf Pack held off a late rally by the Worcester Sharks and went on to win 4-3 Sunday afternoon at the XL Center.

The win pushed the second place Wolf Pack (6-2-1-0 – 13 points) to within one point of the Albany Devils in the Northeast Division. Albany lost in overtime to the Portland Pirates, 2-1.

The Sharks connected twice in a span of 2:01 in the third period to take a game the Wolf Pack had under control and made it a much closer game than it should have been.

Freddie Hamilton scored his Shark leading fifth goal on the power play from the side of the net off a pass from defenseman Danill Tarasov at 16:47. Continue reading


new-york-rangers_thumb13-150x150NEW YORK RANGERS vs. ST. LOUIS BLUES
Monday, Nov. 3, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Blues: 6-3-1 (13 pts)
Rangers: 5-4-1 (11 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

The Rangers continue their four-game homestand against the St. Louis Blues at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET —TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). Tonight’s game is the third contest of a stretch where the Rangers play seven of eight games at MSG. The Rangers have earned a point in five of their last six games (4-1-1 record over the span) and have also earned a point in each of their last four home games (3-0-1 record over the span). The Rangers have posted a 5-4-1 record (11 pts) this season. New York was defeated by the Winnipeg Jets, 1-0, in a shootout in its last contest on Saturday, Nov. 1 at MSG. The Blues enter the contest on a four-game winning streak, and they have posted a 6-3-1 record (13 pts) this season. St. Louis defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 3-2, in a shootout in its last contest on Saturday, Nov. 1 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Continue reading