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rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpgWOLF PACK ANNOUNCE PROMOTIONAL SCHEDULE

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Includes Return of Friday-night $1 Hot Dog, $2 Beer Deal

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, September 21, 2016:  Spectra, operators of the XL Center and the Hartford Wolf Pack, today revealed the schedule of game-night promotions highlighting the Wolf Pack’s 2016-17 20th-anniversary AHL season.

Once again this year, Wolf Pack fans can take advantage of two special promotions throughout the season.  The Pack’s ever-popular Friday-night food and beverage discount is back, as at every Friday-night Pack home game, fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $2 beers through the start of the second period.  Also returning are the Wolf Pack’s “Click It or Ticket” Family Value Packs.  Those are available for all of the Pack’s Sunday and Wednesday home games, as well as the one Tuesday date, December 27, and include two tickets, two hot dogs and two soft drinks, all for only $40.  In a new wrinkle this season, at every Sunday Wolf Pack home game, the first 2,000 fans will receive a “hockey bingo” card.  The spaces on these cards contain possibilities that might happen in the game, and if they do, fans can fill in the spaces to win Wolf Pack bingo prizes.

In addition to those consistent features, the Wolf Pack will again be offering fans a bevy of single-night promotions and giveaways in 2016-17.  The first of those is at the Pack’s season opener Friday, October 14, a 7:15 PM contest at the XL Center vs. the St. John’s IceCaps.  The first 5,000 fans into that game will take home a Wolf Pack magnetic schedule, courtesy of CT-DOT.

Following is the full 2016-17 Wolf Pack promotional schedule:

Date/Opponent                                Faceoff    Promotion

Friday, October 14 vs. St. John’s               7:15         Opening Night (Magnetic                                                                                                                  schedule giveaway to the first                                                                                                          5,000 fans, presented by CT-                                                                                                           DOT)
Friday, October 28 vs. Lehigh Valley        7:15        The Wolf Pack put on their                                                                                                               “Howl-a-ween” celebration
Saturday, October 29 vs. Utica                   7:00       First 2,000 fans receive Wolf                                                                                                           Pack 20th-anniversary trading                                                                                                         card sets (set 1 of 4)                                                                                                                               presented by KOTA Solutions
Wednesday, Nov. 2 vs. Lehigh Valley     11:00      “Sonar’s Ed-u-skate” school-                                                                                                             day game
Friday, November 4 vs. Bridgeport          7:15       First 2,000 fans receive a                                                                                                                  Wolf Pack license plate cover,                                                                                                           sponsored by Aetna
Sunday, Nov. 13 vs. W-B/Scranton         5:00        Thanksgiving food drive
Wednesday, Nov. 16 vs. Springfield        7:00       Thanksgiving food drive                                                                                                                     continues
Sunday, November 20 vs. Providence   5:00        First 3,000 fans receive a Wolf                                                                                                       Pack ice scraper, courtesy of                                                                                                              Aer Lingus; plus Sonar’s B’day
Friday, November 25 vs. Albany              7:15          First 2,000 fans receive 20th–                                                                                                           anniversary trading cards (set 2                                                                                                       of 4) presented by KOTA                                                                                                                   solutions, plus the Wolf Pack’s                                                                                                         annual “Teddy Bear Toss”
Saturday, December 10 vs. Toronto          7:00     First 2,000 fans receive a 2017                                                                                                      Wolf Pack team calendar, plus                                                                                                         “Star Wars Night”
Tuesday, December 27 vs. Providence      7:00     First 2,000 fans receive a Wolf                                                                                                        Pack ski cap
Saturday, December 31 vs. Albany              5:00     First 2,000 fans receive 20th–                                                                                                           anniversary trading card set                                                                                                             (set 3 of 4) presented by KOTA                                                                                                        Solutions
Saturday, January 7 vs. Bridgeport            7:30      Wolf Pack “red-out”, as first                                                                                                              5,000 fans receive a red Wolf                                                                                                          Pack t-shirt presented by CT-                                                                                                            DOT
Friday, January 20 vs. Toronto                   7:15       First 2,000 fans receive a Wolf                                                                                                       Pack 20th-anniversary poster,                                                                                                          presented by Bud Light, and                                                                                                            “Hartford Hockey Heritage                                                                                                                Weekend” begins
Saturday, January 21 vs. Rochester          7:00       Hartford Hockey Heritage                                                                                                                  Weekend” continues
Saturday, January 28 vs. Providence       7:00      First 2,000 fans receive a Wolf                                                                                                       Pack 2016-17 trading card set,                                                                                                          and Wolf Pack wear special                                                                                                                “Stick it to Cancer” jerseys
Saturday, February 4 vs. Rochester          7:30       First 1,000 kids 14 or younger                                                                                                         receive a Wolf Pack youth                                                                                                                  jersey
Sunday, February 19 vs. Springfield         5:00      “Sonar Saves” pet adoption                                                                                                               night
Friday, February 24 vs. Hershey                7:15        First 2,000 fans receive 20th–                                                                                                          anniversary trading card set (set                                                                                                    4 of 4) presented by KOTA                                                                                                                 Solutions
Saturday, March 4 vs. Lehigh Valley        3:00       First 3,000 fans receive a Wolf                                                                                                        Pack bobblehead, plus “Military                                                                                                     Day”, as the Wolf Pack wearing                                                                                                       special military-themed jerseys Friday, March 24 vs. Providence               7:15         “Social Media Night”
Saturday, March 25 vs. Bridgeport          7:00        First 2,000 fans receive a Wolf                                                                                                        Pack drawstring backpack
Saturday, April 8 vs. W-B/Scranton        7:00        “Fan Appreciation Night”

Tickets for the Wolf Pack’s October 14th opening night and all Wolf Pack 2016-17 home games are on sale now at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.

Season ticket information for the Wolf Pack’s 2016-17 AHL season can be found on-line at hartfordwolfpack.com.  To speak with a representative about all of the Wolf Pack’s many attractive ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451

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Rookie defenseman joins Greenville roster from Harvard University

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced that rookie defenseman Desmond Bergin has been signed for the 2016-17 season.

Bergin, 23, enters his first professional season following a career year at Harvard University. During his senior season, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound blue liner played in 34 games and tallied 10 points, the highest single-season total of his NCAA career. His plus-15 rating led the Crimson as they earned a bid into the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

“Desmond is a smooth skating, puck-moving defenseman,” said Head Coach Brian Gratz. “He is intelligent with the puck and a sound positional player. He has the ability to be a very good two-way defenseman.”

The Natick, MA native played all four years at the Ivy League school. In his career, he appeared in 117 games, scored 28 points (4g, 24a), and posted a plus-24 rating. He helped Harvard capture the ECAC Hockey Conference Tournament Championship in 2015 and two consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament during his junior and senior seasons.

“From everything I’ve heard, Greenville is an amazing city to live in and the Swamp Rabbits is a great organization to play for,” said Bergin. “I’m just excited to get there in a couple weeks and start the season.”

Prior to his freshman year at Harvard, Bergin skated in the United States Hockey League (USHL) with the Tri-City Storm and Dubuque Fighting Saints. He attended St. Sebastian’s School in Massachusetts, playing three seasons and totaling over 53 points (13g, 40a).

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

Ticket packages for the 2016-17 season are available and on sale now! Contact a Swamp Rabbits Account Executive at 864-674-PUCK (7825) for more information and to secure your seats today! Get the latest Swamp Rabbits gear by visiting the “Hop Shop” online at SwampRabbits.com/shop to browse the full collection of fan wear and novelties!



Swamp Rabbits defenseman Justin DaSilva back for a second season

BY: Brian Tosti, 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 announce the signing of second-year defenseman Justin DaSilva for the 2016-17 season.

DaSilva, 26, returns to the Swamp Rabbits organization following his first season in the professional ranks. The blueliner totaled 21 points (3g, 18a) in 61 games for Greenville, tying him for third in scoring among Swamp Rabbits defensemen.

“Justin is coming off of a solid rookie season,” Head Coach Brian Gratz said. “He brings a strong physical presence and the ability to move the play up the ice. I look forward to seeing his continued growth development this year.”

As a rookie with the Swamp Rabbits, DaSilva was second on the team in plus/minus, going +5 on the season. His first goal came against the Swamp Rabbits’ South Division rival the Orlando Solar Bears on December 19. In that game, he posted a career-best three points (1g, 2a) en route to a 6-1 win. Justin joined the team toward the end of Greenville’s season in 2014-15 playing in four games, making his professional debut, and recording his first professional point.

“I enjoyed my time in Greenville last year,” DaSilva said. “The community, team, and organization were all very welcoming last year. I’m definitely excited to continue my time in Greenville and make a run for the playoffs and the Kelly Cup.”

Prior to signing with Greenville in 2015, DaSilva played for four years at Ohio State University. With the Buckeyes, the Cambridge, Ontario native produced 23 points (7g, 16a) including a season-high 10 points (4g, 6a) during his junior campaign. That season he also led the NCAA in blocked shots, averaging more than two per game.

DaSilva played two years in the British Colombian Hockey League (BCHL) with the Powell River Kings before heading to the collegiate ranks. In his second season, the 6-foot-6 skater led the River Kings from the blue line with 43 points (11g, 32a) in 54 games.

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

Ticket packages for the 2016-17 season are available and on sale now! Contact a Swamp Rabbits Account Executive at 864-674-PUCK (7825) for more information and to secure your seats today! Get the latest Swamp Rabbits gear by visiting the “Hop Shop” online at SwampRabbits.com/shop to browse the full collection of fan wear and novelties!


gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Hartford, CTFor Hartford Wolf Pack fans, the excitement is beginning to rise as the season is getting closer by the day.


The Pack made another signing mid-week inking forward Matt Carey to a contract for the ’16 – ‘17 season.

Carey led the Quad City Mallards (ECHL) with 25 goals and 47 points in 49 games. He also spent 21 games with the Iowa Wild (AHL) garnering two goals and four points for what turned out to be the AHL’s worst team last season.

He played with the Rockford IceHogs the previous season and left St. Lawrence (ECACHL) after just one college season where he compiled 37 points in 38 games. Carey scored his first NHL goal in his second game with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Carey is a 6’0, 190lb. winger who played Junior A hockey in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario (OJHL). He is also the younger brother of Greg Carey, who played with the Springfield Falcons last season. The elder Carey has signed to play with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms for this coming season.

The New York Rangers formally announced the signing of BU forward and defenseman, Ahti Oksanen, to an AHL deal. Cantlon’s Corner reported this signing back in June.


Former Pack forward Nick Tarnasky has signed with the San Diego Gulls. Tarnasky moves into the slot vacated by Brian McGrattan, who signed with Nottingham (England-EIHL). Former Wolf Pack and Ranger, Stu Bickel, and former Yale player, Antoine Langaniere, re-signed with San Diego for another year.

Tarnasky represents the 12th player from last season’s Hartford roster to sign elsewhere. Just five players from that team have yet to be signed. They are Shawn O’Donnell, Tyler Brown, Chris McCarthy, Matt Lindblad and Brian Gibbons.

Joining McGrattan in heading to Europe is forward Matt Fraser who split last season between Rockford and the Manitoba Moose. Fraser is going to Rogle BK (Sweden-SHL) while goalie Joni Ortio, who played with the Stockton Thunder and had some time with the Calgary Flames, heads to Skelelftea AIK (Sweden-SHL).

The list of AHL to Euro players is up to 78. Now 28 of the 30 AHL teams have seen at least one player head overseas. To this point, only the Grand Rapids Griffins and the Ontario Reign have not seen any roster players head across the pond.

The new Laval team, scheduled to launch in the AHL next fall when the Montreal Canadiens move their farm team there from St. John’s in the soon to be completed, Place Bell Centre, now has a name. 51 percent of those responding to the, “Name The Team” contest selected, “Rocket” over Patriotes and Rapides (French spelling). The name of course, honors Montreal Canadians great, Maurice “The Rocket” Richard, who was the first player to score 50 goals in 50 games in NHL history.

The team name “Rocket” has been used once before when it was the name of a QMJHL franchise that played out of the Maurice Richard Arena (which is now used for speed and figure skating) and the Bell Centre from 1999-2003. The team was sold and moved to Charlottetown, PEI and retained the name, Rocket, until last year when the team was renamed, “The Charlottetown Islanders.”

Former Wolf Pack Vinny Saponari, who played most of the last year with the Pack’s ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, and who had three AHL recalls for a total of 18 games, was released in training camp by KHL Dynamo Riga, but has signed with Frisk Asker (Norway-NEL).

Samuel Noreau, an ex-Pack who played for three ECHL teams last season including Greenville, was cut loose by the Rangers and signed with the Missouri Mavericks (ECHL).

Former Bridgeport Sound Tiger, Lukas Sutter, the son of Rich Sutter from the NHL’s legendary Sutter clan, after a sitting out a year playing senior hockey with the Prairie Outlaw of the Fort Carlton Senior Hockey League (FCHL), suits up in Canadian collegiate hockey with the University of Sasketchewan Huskies (CWUAA) this season.


Ex-Pack and Ranger, Manny Malhotra, is now officially retired. Incredibly, Malhotra played in 991 NHL games tallying 295 points. Malhotra was a number one pick for the Rangers, 7th overall in 1998. It seems like just yesterday that he was at Wolf Pack practice when it was held at Avon Old Farms Jennings-Fairchild Arena.

Malhotra never became the type of player the Rangers hoped he would be. He was an example of drafting a talented player and heaping unrealistic expectations and projections on his skill set and assets. It was also an example of too much over-handling in a player’s development. He was really a solid second round pick, but his leadership skills remained intact throughout his playing career and was a mentor to the younger players the past few years.

He never became the big scorer the Rangers envisioned he would be. Under the Ranger GM at the time, Neil Smith, the organization could never make up its mind about him and that caused many problems.

At the end of training camp in 2000, Malhotra was told he was being switched from a center, where had played all camp, to left wing – With no notice! Malhotra was genuinely peeved.

Malhotra would evolve into one of the best checking and best faceoff centers in the NHL, let alone in New York. He led the NHL in face-off percentage in 2009-10 with a 61.4% ratio while with the Vancouver Canucks and despite suffering a near career-ending injury, he played in the Stanley Cup final for a Canucks team that went on to lose to the Boston Bruins in seven.

His eventual departure from Vancouver didn’t go well either. He still played in the NHL with both the Carolina Hurricanes and the Columbus Blue Jackets and ended his career playing for the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL) last season before being released on March 1st. He didn’t get to play for the eventual Calder Cup champions. Malhotra played in 71 AHL games in his career and scored 10 goals and 23 points overall.

He won his only championship in 2000 as a member of the Calder Cup Champion Wolf Pack. Malhotra played in all 23 playoff games that year but in his career only played 40 regular season games with the Pack. He registered 17 points on six goals and 11 assists. Malhotra also won a bronze medal with Team Canada that same year at the World Junior Championships.

Malhotra junior career was in Guelph (OHL) where he went to the Memorial Cup final in 1998, but he and his teammates failed to win a title. Despite that disappointment, Malhotra was named to the All-Tournament team with the likes of Marian Hossa and former Pack tough guy, Frankie Lessard.

After 206 games with the Rangers where he registered just 19 goals and 41 points, Malhotra was traded to Dallas along with ex-Pack Barrett Heitsten for Martin Rucinsky, and the late Roman Lyashenko.

While in juniors, Malhotra was selected number one and 17th overall by Guelph where he was coached by the Wolf Pack’s first head coach, the late E.J. McGuire during his first year. Malhotra was named the OHL Scholastic Player of the Year (Bobby Smith Award) in his second season.

Malhotra, who is of Pakistani descent, grew up in Toronto was one of the first Eurasian players to ever play in the NHL. A player following in Malhtora’s footsteps as a second generation player of sorts will skate for the Rangers this upcoming season. Mika Zibanejad is an Iranian-Swede who was born and raised in Sweden.

Malhotra was a consummate pro who was among the most thoughtful and truly articulate interviewees in the Wolf Pack’s twenty-year history.

He will make Vancouver his post-career home, but won’t be totally out of hockey. According to the Vancouver Province newspaper, Malhotra is expected to be taking a coaching position with the Canucks for the upcoming season.

If this happens, it’s possible that Malhotra would be used as a skill development coach this coming season and could be on the bench as an Assistant Coach in the 2017-18 season for the Canucks AHL affiliate in Vancouver.


Norway, Slovenia, and Germany will fill out the last three Olympic spots for the 2018 Pyeongchang, South Korea Games as all three countries won the qualifying pools last weekend.

Group F saw Norway, paced by ex-Pack and current Ranger, Mats Zuccarello, beat France 2-1 in order to advance. Zuccarello, who was the top scorer for all players with five points, scored the equalizer just 5:10 after the French took the lead. They were the only host nation to win their pool.

The Germans knocked off the host Latvians 3-2 as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ Thomas Kuhnhackl scored a powerplay goal with 5:09 left in regulation to advance. The Germans, along with Norway, will be in Pool C at the Olympics.

Slovenia beat Belarus 3-2 winning Group D in penalty shot style.

Denmark, one of the tournament favorites to win Group D after a strong World Championship showing in April, didn’t win a game until their final one last Sunday placing third in the Group D pool.

Current Wolf Pack Nicklas Jensen paced a 5-2 win over Poland with three primary assists and four shots on goal. Ex-Sound Tiger Franz Nielsen had three assists for the Dames in the tournament.

Mike Cichy, the New Hartford, CT native, had one assist (primary) a backhand pass on a goal by Kamil Kalinowski for the Polish team.


Trumbull, CT native Chris Drury has always been successful and has taken another step up the ladder in the Rangers organization. He’s done so with the same speed he had as a player coming out of Boston University.

Drury was named the team’s new assistant GM where he will gain one of the portfolios Jim Schoenfeld has held along with being the GM in Hartford. This could be a signaling of the changing of the guard in the Rangers’ organization that has been whispered about since Glen Sather stepped down as Rangers GM a year and a half ago.

Drury’s work with the young forwards of the Wolf Pack paid dividends last spring with the revitalized team having a strong second half. The team would fall short though of their goal of making the playoffs. Drury spent time with Nicklas Jensen, Marek Hrivik and the now departed Jayson Megna in developing their down low games.

Drury’s career highlights professionally are highly impressive. After being drafted in Hartford in 1993 by the Quebec Nordiques (nee Colorado Avalanche), he would shine in a 12-year NHL career. Drury skated in 892 games with the Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres, and the Rangers. He registered 255 goals and 360 assists for 615 points and added 468 penalty minutes. Drury captured the Stanley Cup as a member of the Avalanche in 2000-01 when he ranked second in the NHL with 11 goals in 23 games during that team’s playoff run.

In 1998-99, Drury received the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year after registering 20 goals and 24 assists for 44 points with Colorado. Drury recorded at least 20 goals in nine different seasons in his career and recorded at least 50 points in eight different seasons.

In addition, Drury’s team reached the playoffs in nine of his 12 seasons in the NHL and advanced to the Conference Finals on six occasions. In 135 career NHL playoff games, Drury tallied 47 goals and 42 assists for 89 points, along with a plus-24 rating and 46 penalty minutes. Over his 12 NHL seasons (1998 – 2011), Drury led the league in playoff game-winning goals (17), ranked second in playoff overtime goals (four), ranked fourth in playoff goals, and ranked ninth in playoff games played.

Drury played four seasons with the Rangers (2007-2011) after signing with the team as a free agent on July 1, 2007. In addition, Drury served as the Rangers captain for three seasons (2008-09 – 2010-11) as the 25th captain in franchise history – as well as the second American-born captain in franchise history – on October 3, 2008. In 264 regular season games with the Blueshirts, Drury recorded 62 goals and 89 assists for 151 points, along with 116 penalty minutes. Over his first three seasons with the Rangers, Drury led the team in goals (61) and points (146), ranked second in assists (85), and tied for second in game-winning goals (10). In addition, the Rangers made the playoffs three times during Drury’s four seasons with the team.

Prior to joining the NHL, Drury completed one of the most impressive collegiate hockey careers in NCAA history.

Over four seasons at Boston University Terriers (1994-1998), Drury tallied 113 goals and 101 assists for 214 points in 155 games. During his collegiate career, the Terriers captured the National Championship in 1994-95, appeared in the National Championship Game twice (1994-95, 1996-97), and appeared in the Frozen Four three times (1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97).

Drury was selected as a First Team All-American on two occasions (1996-97, 1997-98), a Hobey Baker Finalist as the Top Player in College Hockey on three occasions (1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98), and he became the first Terrier to receive the Hobey Baker Award in 1997-98. Drury is Boston University’s all-time leader in goals and ranks third on the school’s all-time points list.

Internationally, Drury represented the United States in numerous tournaments and earned several medals. He participated in three consecutive Winter Olympics (2002, 2006, 2010), capturing a silver medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. Drury was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015.

Drury started his illustrious career at Fairfield Prep High school in Fairfield winning a state title his sophomore year beating an unbeaten and untied Hamden team 3-1 at the Hartford Civic Center (nee XL Center) and appeared in one other final against Greenwich which they lost. His number 18 which he and his older brother Ted, an ex-Hartford Whaler wore, is retired and a banner hangs to honor him in the corner of the Jesuits home rink, Wonderland of Ice in Bridgeport.

A second generation Drury is following in their footsteps in his nephew Jack Drury’s (Ted’s oldest son) who’s playing this season for Waterloo (USHL) and is an early college commit to Ted’s alma mater, Harvard University.

*Portions of a Rangers press release was used in this segment




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BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, CT – For a fourth straight season, Wolf Pack fans have been invited to participate in the ice-painting process during the installation of the XL Center ice surface.  That opportunity will be offered this Tuesday, September 13 from 12 noon to 1:00 PM, in conjunction with Wolf Pack 2016-17 single-game tickets going on sale at 12 noon at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at HartfordWolfPack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.

The ice-making process on the XL Center floor begins this Tuesday, September 13, and the Wolf Pack and XL Center are welcoming all interested fans to visit the XL Center and help apply some of the special red and blue “Jet Ice” paint to the markings on the first layer of frozen water.


This Tuesday, September 13, from 12 noon to 1:00 PM.


XL Center arena floor, downtown Hartford.


Dozens of hockey enthusiasts, of all ages, will be taking paint brushes in hand, to leave their personal mark on the XL Center’s blue and red lines, creating an excellent photo opportunity.



Pair of games in Georgia scheduled for October 7th and 8th

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced today the team will face off with the Norfolk Admirals and Atlanta Gladiators in a two-game exhibition road schedule prior to the 2016-17 season.

Preseason Schedule

Opponent Date Time Location
Norfolk Admirals October 7, 2016 7:00 p.m. Duluth Ice Forum
Atlanta Gladiators October 8, 2016 7:00 p.m. Duluth Ice Forum

The Swamp Rabbits open their weekend set from the Duluth Ice Forum in Duluth, Georgia on Friday, October 7th at 7 p.m. against the Admirals. The following night, the Swamp Rabbits take the ice again in Duluth to clash with the Atlanta Gladiators. The puck will drop between the I-85 rivals at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 8th.

Greenville opens the 2016-17 regular season on the road in Estero, Florida on October 14th versus the Florida Everblades at 7:30 p.m.

Opening night at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena is slated for Friday, October 28th at 7 p.m. against the Wichita Thunder. The first 1,000 fans at the Well will receive a Swamp Rabbits rally towel. Orange level tickets are discounted to just $10. Join us for a pre-game Fan Fest on the Clemson Plaza beginning at 5:30 p.m. with inflatables, concessions, and live music.

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

Ticket packages for the 2016-17 season are available and on sale now! Contact a Swamp Rabbits Account Executive at 864-674-PUCK (7825) for more information and to secure your seats today! Get the latest Swamp Rabbits gear by visiting the “Hop Shop” online at SwampRabbits.com/shop to browse the full collection of fan wear and novelties!


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St. Lawrence U. Product has Played 88 AHL Games in two Pro Seasons 

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, September 7, 2016:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the Wolf Pack signed forward Matt Carey to an AHL contract.

A third-year pro and 6-1, 195-pound native of Hamilton, Ontario, Carey split last season between the Iowa Wild of the AHL and the ECHL’s Quad City Mallards.  In 21 games with the Wild, he contributed two goals and two assists for four points and served 14 minutes in penalties, and in 49 Mallard appearances Carey had a team-leading 25 goals, along with 22 assists for 47 points.  That was good for third among Quad City skaters in points, and Carey totaled 46 PIM and a +7 in ECHL action.

Carey, 24, spent the entire 2014-15 season in the AHL with the Rockford IceHogs, notching ten goals and 11 assists for 21 points, along with 43 PIM, in 67 games.  He signed an NHL free-agent contract with the Chicago Blackhawks March 21, 2014, after one season at St. Lawrence University (ECAC), and suited up for two NHL contests with the Blackhawks in 2014-15 (one goal, two penalty minutes).

In his one year of ECAC action with the Skating Saints of St. Lawrence, 2013-14, Carey earned league All-Rookie honors, scoring 18 goals and adding 19 assists for 37 points in 38 games.  Those totals ranked him tied for the team goals lead and second on the team in points, and Carey finished second among ECAC freshmen in both points and goals.

CaptureThe Wolf Pack’s twentieth-anniversary 2016-17 season begins Friday, October 14 at the XL Center with the Wolf Pack’s home opener, a 7:15 PM contest vs. the St. John’s IceCaps.  Tickets for that game and all Wolf Pack 2016-17 home games will go on sale Tuesday, September 13 at 12:00 noon, at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.

Season ticket information for the Wolf Pack’s 2016-17 AHL season can be found on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com.  To speak with a representative about all of the Wolf Pack’s many attractive ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451.



Greenville signs rookies John Siemer and Chad Duchesne for the 2016-17 season

BY: Brian Tosti, 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 agreed to terms with rookie forward John Siemer and rookie defenseman Chad Duchesne for the 2016-17 season.

Siemer, 24, spent each of the last three seasons at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. He recorded 43 points (16g, 27a) and 62 penalty minutes in 85 career games, including a career-best 18 points (7g, 11a) in 21 appearances as a freshman.

“John is a quick, skilled and versatile player who will help generate scoring chances from anywhere on the ice,” Head Coach Brian Gratz said. “He’s a puck possession type of player who will contribute as a playmaker and I’m excited to see how his talents and strengths will add to our team.”

Prior to his collegiate career, the Baldwin Park, California native played three seasons in the junior ranks between the North American Hockey League (NAHL), United States Hockey League (USHL) and British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). Siemer’s most successful season came in 2012-13 when he notched 69 points (25g, 44a) in 55 games with the Coquitlam Express (BCHL) and Penticton Vees (BCHL). The 5’9, 175-pound forward led Coquitlam in scoring that season despite playing just 37 games with the Express.

Duchesne, 21, joins the Swamp Rabbits from the Kingston Frontenacs in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). The 5-foot-11 defenseman totaled two seasons with Kingston boasting 32 points (7g, 25a) in 58 games from the blue line in 2015-16.  In his rookie season, Chad recorded 12 points (1g, 11a), adding to his career total.

“Chad is coming off a strong season last year in the OHL,” said Coach Gratz. “He is a good defender that can contribute offensively. He moves the puck well and does a good job of knowing when to step up into the play.”

Before his seasons in the OHL, the Inverary, Ontario native spent one year in the United States with the Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL). There he was the top scoring defenseman with 25 points (6g, 19a) in 51 games. He also played for the Kingston Voyageur in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL), garnering 29 points (10g, 19a) from 2011-2013.

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

Ticket packages for the 2016-17 season are available and on sale now! Contact a Swamp Rabbits Account Executive at 864-674-PUCK (7825) for more information and to secure your seats today! Get the latest Swamp Rabbits gear by visiting the “Hop Shop” online at SwampRabbits.com/shop to browse the full collection of fan wear and novelties!



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.