HART, WALCOTT RETURN TO AHL SYRACUSE
First-year skaters reassigned by Tampa Bay on Tuesday
BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits
Greenville, S.C. – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced forward Brian Hart and defenseman Daniel Walcott have been reassigned to the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Hart, 21, signed a three-year, two-way NHL contract with the Lightning on June 28 and was loaned to Greenville on October 22. In 12 games with the Swamp Rabbits, Hart led the team with six goals and ranked third among all ECHL rookies in goal-scoring. He also notched his first professional game-winning goal on Saturday in Greenville’s 3-2 win against Adirondack.
Prior to turning pro, the Cumberland, Maine native played three seasons at Harvard University from 2012-15. In 98 career games, Hart recorded 18 goals and 32 assists for 50 points. He ranked sixth on the Crimson last season with a career-best seven goals and tied for seventh in points (17).
The 6’3, 212-pound forward was selected in the second round, #53 overall, by Tampa Bay in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Walcott, 21, skated in three games with the Swamp Rabbits this season and recorded 10 penalty minutes and a +1 rating. He began the year in Syracuse and collected two penalty minutes in as many contests.
The rookie defenseman appeared in 54 games during the 2014-15 campaign with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) and posted seven goals, 41 points and 40 penalty minutes. Walcott led Armada defensemen in goals, assists, and points and also ranked fifth on the club with a +20 rating.
A native of Ile Perrot, Quebec, Walcott appeared in 121 career QMJHL games over two seasons, earning 17 goals and 80 points during that stretch. He made his professional debut towards the end of last season with Hartford.
Tampa Bay acquired Walcott in a trade with the Rangers on June 1 in exchange for a 2015 seventh-round draft pick.
Tuesday Night Special: The Swamp Rabbits return to SANDLAPPER Securities Rink at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena tonight for a 7 p.m. puck drop against the Orlando Solar Bears. For tonight’s game only, a “2-for-$7” concession special is being offered throughout the entire evening! All fans can take advantage of the deal and get two (2) soft drinks, two (2) hot dogs, or two (2) pretzels for just $7. Doors open at 6 p.m. In addition, fans can follow all of the action online through ECHL.TV or the free Mixlr app.
Video Game Night: The Swamp Rabbits will host Video Game Night this Friday when in-state rival South Carolina visits the Bon Secours Wellness Arena for a 7 p.m. puck drop. All fans are encouraged to dress up like their favorite video game character and a variety of vintage and current video games will be available to play on the concourse. In addition, anyone in attendance can enter for a chance to play another fan on the jumbotron during the game. The Greenville News Family Fun Pack is available for this game featuring four (4) red-level tickets, four (4) hot dogs, four (4) bags of chips, four (4) soft drinks and two (2) foam fingers for just $60!
Get Social: Follow the Swamp Rabbits all season long and get behind-the-scenes coverage like never before on the team’s official Facebook and Twitter pages.
Trolley On Over: Greenville’s downtown trolley route has been expanded to include a stop at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. The deviated route will operate for all Swamp Rabbits’ games taking place Thursdays through Sundays during normal trolley service hours.
Call 864-674-7825 or visit SwampRabbits.com for tickets. Bring a group of 15 or more out to a game and receive great discounts, merchandise offers, and hospitality opportunities! Call a Swamp Rabbits Account Executive for more information! Get the latest Swamp Rabbits gear at the “Hop Shop” team store or visit the “Hop Shop” online at SwampRabbits.com/shop to browse the full collection of fan wear and novelties!