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CRAWFORD: AETNA AND WOLF PACK CONTINUE TO GROW “AETNA AMATEUR HOCKEY” PROGRAM

AETNA AND WOLF PACK CONTINUE TO GROW “AETNA AMATEUR HOCKEY” PROGRAM

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Nearly 100 teams and over 1500 skaters participated during 2016-17 season

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, April 20, 2017:  The 2016-17 Hartford Wolf Pack season featured another banner year for the Wolf Pack’s “Aetna Amateur Hockey” program.

Featuring opportunities for amateur hockey teams of all age levels, from six and seven-year-old Mites to adult-league squads, to play full-length games before and after Wolf Pack home games at the XL Center, the Aetna Amateur Hockey program brought 96 teams to the XL Center ice in 2016-17.  That means that more than 1,500 players had the chance to show their skills on the same ice surface where the Wolf Pack players strive to make their way to the National Hockey League. Continue reading

CANLTON’S CORNER: BRUCE LANDON OFFICIALLY RETIRES

CANTLON’S CORNER:

BRUCE Landon Officially Retires

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

SPRINGFIELD, MA – You couldn’t have written a better ending to a great fair tale story.

Bruce Landon, the true face of Springfield hockey for the past 40 years, ended his career in the city to which he admits he owes everything to. Hartford also played a pivotal role in his planting roots over the border.

Almost with a sense of poetic justice in mind, the Thunderbirds and Wolf Pack close out the 2016-17 season at the same time as Landon closed his career as Springfield defeated Hartford, 5-1. Continue reading

CHAIMOVITCH: 2016-17 AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE ALL-STAR TEAMS NAMED

2016-17 AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE ALL-STAR TEAMS NAMED

BY: Jason Chaimovitch, The AHL

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today the 2016-17 AHL First and Second All-Star Teams, as voted by AHL coaches, players and media in each of the league’s 30 member cities.

2016-17 AHL First All-Star Team (stats through Apr. 5)
G – Troy Grosenick
, San Jose Barracuda (45gp, 29-9-3, 2.00gaa, .929sv%, 10so)
D – T.J. Brennan, Lehigh Valley Phantoms (71gp, 20+35=55pts., 11 PPG, 5 GWG)
D – Matt Taormina, Syracuse Crunch (66gp, 14+42=56pts., +9, 8 PPG, 21 PPA)
LW – Kenny Agostino, Chicago Wolves (63gp, 22+57=79pts., +21, 8 PPG, 4 GWG)
C – Wade Megan, Chicago Wolves (68gp, 31+29=60pts., +23, 3 SHG, 7 GWG)
RW – Taylor Beck, Bakersfield Condors/Hartford Wolf Pack (54gp, 19+44=63pts., +11, 6 PPG) Continue reading