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WORST KEPT SECRET IN HOCKEY BECOMES OFFICIAL – LINDY RUFF HIRED BY RANGERS

RANGERS NAME LINDY RUFF ASSISTANT COACH

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, July 10, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team named Lindy Ruff as an Assistant Coach.

          Ruff, 57, has served as a Head Coach in the National Hockey League for the last 19 seasons (1997-98 – 2016-17). In 1,493 career regular season games as an NHL Head Coach, Ruff has posted a 736-554-78-125 record (.561 points percentage). He ranks fourth among head coaches in NHL history in regular season games coached, only trailing Scotty Bowman, Al Arbour, and Joel Quenneville. Ruff also ranks fifth among head coaches in NHL history in regular season wins, only trailing Bowman, Quenneville, Arbour, and Ken Hitchcock. Ruff has also coached 120 career Stanley Cup Playoff games in the NHL, and his teams have posted a 66-54 record in the playoffs (.550 winning percentage).

          Ruff began his head coaching career in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres in 1997-98 and served as the team’s Head Coach for parts of 15 seasons (1997-98 – 2012-13). He is the Sabres’ all-time leader among head coaches in several categories, including games coached (1,165) and wins (571). After he had helped the Sabres advance to the Eastern Conference Final in his first season as the team’s head coach, he guided the Sabres to the Stanley Cup Final in his second season as Buffalo’s Head Coach in 1998-99.

Ruff also helped the Sabres advance to the Eastern Conference Final in two consecutive seasons in 2005-06 and 2006-07. He was named the winner of the Jack Adams Award in 2005-06 for being the NHL head coach “adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success” during the season. Ruff guided the Sabres to a 52-24-6 record during the 2005-06 season. He was also named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award in 2006-07, as he helped Buffalo win the Presidents’ Trophy (for having the best regular-season record in the NHL) for the first time in franchise history and establish a single-season franchise record with 53 wins.

Following his tenure in Buffalo, Ruff served as the Head Coach of the Dallas Stars for four seasons (2013-14 – 2016-17). He was selected as a finalist for the Jack Adams Award for the third time in 2015-16, as he guided the Stars to a 50-23-9 record and helped the team finish in first place in the Central Division and in the Western Conference during the regular season. Over Ruff’s four-year tenure in Dallas, the Stars ranked second in the NHL – and led the Western Conference – in goals per game (2.97). Dallas ranked either first or second in the NHL in goals per game in two of Ruff’s four seasons as the team’s Head Coach.

Before beginning his head coaching career, Ruff served as an Assistant Coach with the Florida Panthers for four seasons (1993-94 – 1996-97). During his tenure with the Panthers, Ruff helped Florida advance to the Stanley Cup Final in 1995-96. The Warburg, Alberta, native has served as a member of Canada’s coaching staff in several tournaments. Ruff helped Canada earn a silver medal while serving as the Head Coach at the 2009 IIHF World Championship and also served as Team Canada’s Head Coach at the 2013 IIHF World Championship. Also, Ruff earned a gold medal while serving as the Associate Coach for Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Ruff skated in 691 career NHL games over parts of 12 seasons in the league (1979-80 – 1990-91), registering 105 goals and 195 assists for 300 points, along with 1,264 penalty minutes. He played parts of three seasons with the Rangers (1988-89 – 1990-91) after being acquired from Buffalo on March 7, 1989, and he recorded 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) in 83 career contests with the Blueshirts.

CANTLON: WOLF PACK WRAP UP DAY

Wolf Pack Wrap Up Day

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The XL Center arena was dark. The ice is gone. Almost no equipment remains in the locker room as the picture was that of a 2016-17  AHL season Hartford Wolf Pack clearly over. While it may be over for the players, for the off ice staff was still at work with their season-ending multiple tasks.

The only news of the day was that the New York Rangers will not be recalling as many players for the playoffs as there have in the past to be a part of the Black Aces squad. The Rangers are ready for a crucial Game 4 in their Best-of-Seven series with the Montreal Canadiens. The Rangers find themselves down two games to none. Magnus Hellberg, who was recalled earlier in the week was on the bench in the place on Antti Raanta. Hellberg may remain the only recall, but that remains undetermined.

“The list is truly not finalized as of yet. There are several contractual and other matters that need to be ironed out, but I can say there will be very few players going to New York,” Head Coach Ken Gernander said. Continue reading

KOHLER: PACK WIN AT HOME OVER THUNDERBIRDS

       VERSUS      

Hartford Wolf Pack 4, Springfield Thunderbirds 3

BY: Chris Kohler, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, April 7, 2017 – Nicklas Jensen’s goal with 2:21 remaining in the third period lifted the Hartford Wolf Pack to a 4-3 win over the Springfield Thunderbirds Friday night at the XL Center.

Rookie goaltender Chris Nell made 27 saves to post his first professional win for the Wolf Pack, and Marek Hrivik had a goal and an assist.  Chris Brown and Matt Carey also scored for Hartford.  Ed Wittchow, Tim Bozon, and Chase Balisy had the Springfield goals.

At 5:19 of the first period, the Thunderbirds took the early lead when Wittchow took a pass from Anthony Greco and fired a shot from the left point over the right shoulder of Nell to make the score 1-0.

Just 2:40 later, at 5:19, the Wolf Pack were able to respond and beat Springfield goalie Sam Brittain (22 saves).  Brown picked off a Paul Thompson pass just outside the Thunderbird blue line, to set up a one on one opportunity with the goalie that he converted with a perfect five-hole shot. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: MATT CAREY FINDING HIS ROLE IN HARTFORD

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT A year ago Matt Carey was unsure of what he felt his role was as a hockey player, but now he feels he has found it in Hartford.

Carey was in Iowa playing for a struggling Wild team after being recalled from Quad City (ECHL) where he was having success.

“I really didn’t know what my role was there,” Carey said. “I am getting it here. If you put me on a line with River (Marek Hrivik) and (Nicklas) Jensen, I know I gotta go to the corners and get to the net, make a big hit and get them the puck. They do the goal work. I do the gritty work.”

Over the past seven weeks, Carey has become, along with Tanner Glass, the front line battering ram for this hockey team. Carey enjoys finishing checks and making players look twice to see who is incoming on the forecheck.

“You just have to work a little harder and try to create space for your linemates. On the goal in the Rochester game, I got a little lucky getting the tip in front, but Gilly (John Gilmour) and (Ryan) Graves did the work. I just picked up a little of the gravy there,” Carey, who’s hard work, not luck got that goal, said.

Head coach Ken Gernander, Carey’s development has been something to smile about in a season of ups and downs. Continue reading

CANTLON: HOPE FOR HARTFORD POSTSEASON DIMMED WITH LOSS IN PORTLAND

rp_hartfordwolfpackpuck_thumb.jpg      VERSUS      Portland Pirates

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

PORTLAND, ME – The Hartford Wolf Pack lost a heartbreaking 3-2 decision on Sunday to the Portland Pirates on a late goal. Despite the loss, their hopes of a playoff birth have not been extinguished, but they are very slim  indeed.

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers were beaten at the Webster Bank Arena by the visiting Lehigh Valley Phantoms 4-1 Sunday afternoon. The Wolf Pack play the last three games on the road in Canada starting Wednesday morning at 11:00 am with a game in Toronto against the AHL’s best, the Marlies. They end their regular season with a pair of games in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

The Pack record stands at 39-31-3-0 (81 points). For them to have any chance at all, they will have to win out and hope that the Sound Tigers lose one of their three remaining games. Should they finish tied with Bridgeport at the end of the regular season the Sound Tigers hold the first tiebreaker, regular season non-shootout wins (ROW). The Pack can only max out at 35 ROW, so the Sound Tigers would go to the postseason. Continue reading

SCRIVENS: NWHL’S RIVETERS SIGN TWO

NWHLNWHL NEWS: MORGAN FRITZ-WARD AND MADISON PACKER RE-SIGN WITH THE NEW YORK RIVETERS
2015-16 Assistant Captains Are First Players Named to Riveters’ Roster

BY: Jenny Scrivens , NWHL

NEW YORK, NYMorgan Fritz-Ward and Madison Packer are the first players to sign contracts with the New York Riveters for the 2016-2017 NWHL season, General Manager Chad Wiseman announced Wednesday. Fritz-Ward and Packer, whose leadership earned them assistant captain roles last year, each signed one-year contracts worth $15,000.

“Fritz-Ward’s speed, relentless work ethic and ability to play in any game situation make her a huge asset to our team,” said Wiseman. “She’s a leader both on and off the ice, and having her back in a Riveters jersey is an important first step for our club’s success next season.”

The Mason City, Iowa native recorded 6 points (4g, 2a) in 17 games for the Riveters last season, but didn’t appear in either of the two playoffs games against the Boston Pride due to an upper body injury.

“I’m very honored and excited to be welcomed back by the Riveters and can’t wait to get the season started,” said Fritz-Ward. “ I hope to bring back a strong work ethic and high energy to the line-up next season.”

“Packer is a natural leader and a proven winner at the college level,” said Wiseman. “She’s someone we will rely on to help the young players make the transition from college to professional hockey.”

Packer appeared in 16 regular season games for the Riveters, tallying 7 points (3g, 4a). In the Isobel Cup Playoffs, the Detroit native tallied another goal for a season total of four.

“I’m so excited and humbled to return to the Riveters next season,” said Packer. “I am extremely grateful to my friends and especially my family for all the love, support and encouragement they have shown me.”

“I think I learned a lot last year on and off the ice,” said Packer. “I’m hoping to take those lessons, both positive and negative, and use them to propel the Riveters through a highly successful second season.”

The Riveters finished their inaugural season in last place with a 4-12-2 record. In the Isobel Cup semifinals, they faced the top-seeded Boston Pride and dropped the three-games series in two games.

The restricted free agency began April 1 and lasts until April 30. Free agency begins May 1 and lasts until July 31. The 2016 Draft is June 18.

About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)
The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season began October 11, 2015, with the Founding Four: Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters. The Boston Pride became the first team in NWHL history to raise the Isobel Cup on March 12, 2016.

RANGERS: PAGING BRADY SKJEI… YOU’RE WANTED IN NEW YORK!

rp_new-york-r_thumb.gifRANGERS RECALL BRADY SKJEI FROM HARTFORD

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, February 23, 2016 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has recalled defenseman Brady Skjei from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Skjei, 21, has skated in two games with the Rangers this season, registering two shots on goal and two penalty minutes. He made his NHL debut on Dec. 15 vs. Edmonton.

The 6-3, 215-pounder has skated in 52 games with the Wolf Pack this season, registering three goals and 19 assists for 22 points, along with 20 penalty minutes. Skjei is tied for second on the Wolf Pack in assists this season. He is also tied for first among Hartford defensemen in assists and ranks second among team defensemen in points in 2015-16.

RANGERS: HRIVIK RECALLED, PAILLE ASSIGNED

Hrivik Action Shot 3RANGERS RECALL MAREK HRIVIK FROM HARTFORD

Assign Daniel Paille to Hartford

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, February 21, 2016 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has recalled forward Marek Hrivik from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL). The team has also assigned Daniel Paille to Hartford.

Hrivik, 24, has skated in 52 games with the Wolf Pack this season, registering seven goals and 21 assists for 28 points, along with 16 penalty minutes. He has tied his AHL career-high in assists in 2015-16, recording 21 assists in 20 fewer games than when he established his AHL career-high last season (52 games in 2015-16; 72 games in 2014-15). Hrivik leads the Wolf Pack in assists, ranks second in points, is tied for second in shorthanded goals (one), and ranks third in shots on goal (118) this season. Hrivik has notched a point in four of his last seven games (one goal, three assists), including an assist last night at Springfield. In addition, he has registered 12 points (three goals, nine assists) and has posted a plus-11 rating in his last 17 games with the Wolf Pack. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: BUSY SCHEDULE FOR THE PACK THIS WEEKEND

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – Everything is, “So far, so good,” in Pack-land as they prepare for another three-in-three weekend.

The Hartford Wolf Pack prepared to board a bus to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton where they will tangle for the first time this season with the Penguins. The game is a homecoming of sorts for Jayson Megna and Brian Gibbons who played the last two seasons together in Pennsylvania.

The Pack will then entertain the Providence Bruins on Saturday night at the XL Center as the nightcap to the double-header day that features the UCONN-Notre Dame game as a matinee at 3pm. On Sunday at 5pm, it’s the Rochester Americans making their first appearance in Hartford in twelve years. Continue reading

CHAIMOVICH: ENTIRE 2015-2016 AHL SCHEDULE RELEASED

ahl-logo_thumb2015-16 AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE SCHEDULE RELEASED
80th-anniversary season gets underway Friday, Oct. 9

BY: Jason Chaimovich, The AHL

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League today released the complete schedule of regular-season games for the 2015-16 season, the league’s 80th year of operation. The season, comprising 1,120 games, begins on Fri., Oct. 9 and concludes on Sun., Apr. 17.

All teams will play 76 games each (38 at home, 38 on the road) with the exception of the clubs which joined the AHL in January as part of the creation of a Pacific Division (Bakersfield, Ontario, San Diego, San Jose, Stockton); those five teams will play 68 games each (34 home, 34 road).

Download 2015-16 team-by-team schedules (PDF)
Download 2015-16 day-by-day schedules (PDF)

Some highlights of the 2015-16 schedule:

• The 2015-16 regular season opens with five games on Oct. 9, including the beginning of a new era of professional hockey in California as the San Jose Barracuda, primary affiliate of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks, host the Rockford IceHogs at the SAP Center in San Jose and the Bakersfield Condors (Edmonton Oilers) host the Grand Rapids Griffins. On Oct. 10, the Ontario Reign (Los Angeles Kings) visit Bakersfield, the San Diego Gulls (Anaheim Ducks) host Grand Rapids, and the Stockton Heat (Calgary Flames) host Rockford. Ontario’s home opener is scheduled for Oct. 23 vs. Bakersfield.

• Opening night also marks the return of the Manitoba Moose as the new top affiliate of the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets. The Moose visit the Toronto Marlies on Oct. 9 and Oct. 10 before their home opener at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Oct. 15 vs. Ontario.

• The opening weekend of the AHL’s 80th season features some matchups between historic cities, as Lake Erie visits Rochester (Oct. 9), Hershey travels to Springfield (Oct. 10) and Providence hosts Portland (Oct. 11).

• Realignment has moved the defending Western Conference champion Utica Comets into the Eastern Conference, where they open Oct. 10 against their new North Division rivals, the Rochester Americans. The Comets, who sold out 40 of their 51 regular-season and playoff games at the Memorial Auditorium last year, open the home portion of their 2015-16 schedule on Oct. 21 vs. Rochester.

• The Charlotte Checkers return to the historic Bojangles’ Coliseum this season, with their home opener set for Nov. 7 vs. Manitoba.

• The 2016 AHL All-Star Classic will take place Sun., Jan. 31 and Mon., Feb. 1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, N.Y.

• There are three nights this season on which all 30 AHL teams are in action: Sat., Jan. 23, Sat., Feb. 6 and Sat., Apr. 9.

The 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs will feature the top four teams in each of the AHL’s four divisions as ranked by points percentage (points earned divided by points available), with one possibility for a “crossover” in each conference: if the fifth-place team in the Atlantic or Central Division finishes with a better points percentage than the fourth-place team in the North or Pacific Division, it would compete in the other division’s bracket.

As announced last month, the 2015-16 season will feature some new rules, most notably a five-minute overtime period during the regular season played at three skaters aside for the duration.

The American Hockey League was officially born in 1936 when the Canadian-American Hockey League and the International Hockey League merged to form the International-American Hockey League (the “International” would be dropped from the league’s name in 1940). The AHL continues to serve as the top development league for the players, coaches, managers, executives, broadcasters and staff of all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 88 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the 14th year in a row, more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2014-15. Through the years, the AHL has been home to more than 100 future members of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The entire 2015-16 AHL regular season schedule is available for viewing at theahl.com.