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hartford-wolf-pack-logo2-150x133111WOLF PACK SIGN FORWARD CHRIS McCARTHY TO ATO

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Led UVM in Points and Assists in 2013-14

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

HARTFORD, April 2, 2014:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the Wolf Pack has signed forward Chris McCarthy to an Amateur Tryout (ATO) agreement.

McCarthy, who agreed to terms on an NHL contract with the parent New York Rangers yesterday, just completed his Senior season at the University of Vermont (Hockey East Association).  A 6-1, 205-pound native of Collegeville, PA, the 22-year-old McCarthy earned Second-Team Hockey East All-Star honors this season, notching 18 goals and 24 assists for 42 points, along with 12 penalty minutes, in 38 games.  McCarthy led the Catamounts in points and assists and finished second on the team in goals.

In 150 career games over five seasons (he was red-shirted in 2011-12 after playing five games) at UVM, McCarthy totaled 46 goals and 68 assists for 114 points, as well as 69 penalty minutes.

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BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The scheduled Hartford Wolf Pack appearance by ESPN SportsCenter anchor Linda Cohn on Friday, March 28 has been cancelled.

Cohn had been scheduled to attend the Wolf Pack’s morning skate on Friday at the XL Center, and go in the net to face shots from Wolf Pack players at the end of the practice. She was also slated to be the guest for “Hawk’s Nest” in the Comcast Coliseum Club, prior to the Wolf Pack’s 7:00 home game vs. the Springfield Falcons. Unfortunately, however, she has sustained an injury that will prevent her from taking part in those activities as planned.

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Two Animal-rescue Groups to Set up Shop in XL Center Atrium

 BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

HARTFORD, March 25, 2014:  Global Spectrum, operators of the XL Center and Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced that the Wolf Pack’s home game this Friday night, March 28 vs. the Springfield Falcons will feature the inaugural “Sonar Saves” dog adoption night.  Continue reading


mitch-headshot-10-13t-150x126BY: Mitch Beck, Editor Howlings

Here are the videos and audio from Friday night’s Hartford Wolf Pack game.



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hartford-wolf-pack-logo2-150x13311WOLF PACK ANNOUNCE



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2014-15 Full Season Subscribers will Receive Exclusive Beverage Discount

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, March 12, 2014: Global Spectrum, operators of the XL Center and Hartford Wolf Pack, have announced an exciting new benefit for Wolf Pack season seat-holders, the Wolf Pack “Mug Club”.

Starting with next year’s Wolf Pack season, the 2014-15 AHL campaign, all Wolf Pack full season seat subscribers will receive their own exclusive mug, with which they can take advantage of a season ticket-holder- only beverage discount.

By bringing their personal 16-ounce Mug Club mug to Wolf Pack home games in 2014-15, season ticket-holders can enjoy $2 sodas and $4 beers at every home contest.

For information on all of the many advantages of purchasing Wolf Pack season seats, call (855) 762-6451 to speak with a representative.

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mitch-headshot-10-13t-150x126BY: Mitch Beck, Editor, Howlings

The Hartford Wolf Pack‘s recently held their annual, “Tip-A-Player” event to benefit Gaylord Hospital. This year, the event raised $10,000 for the incredible charity.

One of the things that the players did was take on, “challenges,” for “Puck Bucks.”  The puck bucks went dollar-for-dollar, so a $50 puck buck challenge cost $50 US dollars to the person offering it to do.


 There were a ton of challenges that went on. We challenged Michael Haley and captain Aaron Johnson to a winner-take-all $100 puck buck chicken wing eating contest. Johnson won by the way. He ate four in a minute…not exactly going to win you a food eating contest, but it was fun to watch. Haley downed three.

The highlight of the evening was when forward Danny Kristo stepped up to a $1,000 puck buck challenge t o put on a tutu and lipstick.  The assist to the scoring forward went to Haley who applied the lipstick.

Congratulations to Kristo who, “manned-up” to dress up like a girl to make money for such a terrific charity…

Watch Below.


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Mitch headshot 10-13tBY: Mitch Beck, Publisher, Howlings


It’s been a long couple of months.

Since December 11th, I’ve had two shoulder operations – the first to correct a torn labrum, a torn rotator cuff, remove arthritic buildup on my shoulder and a couple of other minor things that to be frank with you (even though I’m Mitch) I just have no clue what they did. The second operation on the shoulder came after the first one got severely infected. it included a fun and luxurious four day stay at the beautiful Waterbury Hospital (Spa and  Resort). Because i have such tremendous problems with allergies to antibiotics, it was a MAJOR issue finding a drug they could give to me that wouldn’t get me worse off and still treat the infection.

I finished that run only to have an issue with my stomach come up that required a surgical procedure to resolve. While not a major problem, and it probably could have waited, I elected to get it done while still recovering from the shoulder and try to knock off two birds with one stone. Little did I realize how painful that would be…and I don’t take narcotic pain medications unless it’s absolutely necessary. In this case, I barely took anything and just dealt with it.

Well, I am glad to say that I am feeling a great deal better and while the original plan was for me to return Friday night in Springfield to cover the Wolf Pack and Falcons game, my wife reminded me that it’s Valentines Day and after missing so much time already and that I’ll be gone most weekends after this, that one more game wouldn’t be a big deal. So I will make my return to covering the games on Saturday night when the Wolf Pack take on the visiting Manchester Monarchs at the XL Center.

For me, in many ways it feels almost like opening night. I haven’t watched the team play in quite a while because I thought it would upset me not being a part of it. I think that was the right call. This whole thing has been very hard for me. I’ve been covering this team almost ten years now and it’s become a BIG part of my life and frankly my family’s life as well.

I do want to first and foremost than Gerry Cantlon who has done an extraordinary job in getting me great information and stories to share with you guys. he ‘ll continue to do so after Saturday. I’m a HUGE propoenent of giving differing views of the same game. I think it gives you the readers just that much more. Gerry has been, not only a terrific friend, but a great teacher and has the sharpest encylopedia-like mind when it comes to hockey information. He’s a great gift for us all and I’m super grateful.

Secondly I want to thank Andy Zilch of the Greenville Road Warriors and Bob Crawford of the Hartford Wolf PAck for continuing their great work with their respective teams and allowing me to be a paprt of sending their message out to each of you.

I also want to thank Irene Leitao, the best anthem singer in Hartford. She has been a magnificent supporter of my work here on Howlings and on Twitter, but has become a real family friend for her constant encouragement during my recuperation. Thank you Irene.

Last, but certainly not least, I want to thank you for sticking with us and for those of you who’ve been so kind in writing me your great good wishes and encouraging comments to me both here and on Twitter.   As you know I don’t charge for the information I’m providing here nor do I have any advertisers that pay me anything. Howlings is a VERY expensive proposition for me. It costs me around $10K a year to do – not to mention a BOATLOAD of time and energy. I do it because I think that NY Rangers fans and especially Hartford Wolf Pack and Greenville Road Warriors fans DESERVE better coverage than they have received anywhere else on what is going on in the minor league system.

As an aside, I got an email from the Wolf Pack sales department about a special they’re trying out on Saturday night and I thought I would pass it along.

The note I received contained the following message:

The Wolf Pack are proud to introduce a brand new All You Can Eat package! You will receive a yellow-sectioned ticket (section 119) and all the hot dogs, pretzels, popcorn, nachos, and soda you can devour!

Also, the first 3,000 fans will receive a Dylan McIlrath Bobble-Fist figurine! You’ve seen him use his fists on the ice, now get your very own mini version of him!

I went to the site to see how much that would cost. It’s an incredible deal. $10 for all you can eat? It makes me want to give up my diet and go nuts…

If you want to take part you will need to buy a ticket, and then Click Here to order your tickets

Until Saturday night folks… IT’S GREAT TO BE BACK!

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