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2016 NHL PROSPECT TOURNAMENT TO STREAM ON FOX SPORTS GO AND DETROITREDWINGS.COM

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DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings announced today that all games of the 2016 NHL Prospect Tournament will stream live on FOX Sports Go and DetroitRedWings.com.

Users in the United States can download the FOX Sports Go app and stream every game of the tournament for free, regardless of cable or satellite provider. All games will also be carried live on DetroitRedWings.com with no geographic restrictions.

All Red Wings games will feature the play-by-play commentary of Red Wings radio broadcaster Ken Kal.

The 2016 NHL Prospect Tournament begins on Friday, September 16 at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich., and features top prospects from the Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues. Teams will play each team in their division in a round-robin format on Friday, Saturday and Monday before a crossover on Tuesday capped off with the first-place finishers in each division meeting in the championship game for the Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup.

A complete tournament schedule is available here.

FUEHRING: VOTE FOR ’15-’16 ECHL FANTASY TEAM

rp_Greenville-Swamp-Rabbits-300x225.pngVOTE NOW FOR GREENVILLE’S 2015-16 ECHL FANTASY TEAM SELECTION

Choose between Nicholls, Combs and Escobedo to wear a special jersey at an upcoming game

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL, in conjunction with The MeiGray Group, announced on Friday the opening of fan voting for the 2015-16 ECHL Fantasy Team.

The ECHL is giving fans the opportunity to vote for players to comprise the 2015-16 Fantasy Team, of which, one player from each Member Team will be selected to wear a special ECHL Fantasy Team jersey at an upcoming home game.

CLICK HERE to cast your votes for the 2015-16 ECHL Fantasy Team

Forwards Josh Nicholls, Jack Combs and defenseman Sean Escobedo have been preselected to appear on the Swamp Rabbits’ ballot while fans have the opportunity to also write in a selection of their choice. The top vote-getter on each team will wear the special fantasy team jersey during the designated dates. Continue reading

FUEHRING: GREENVILLE SEES FORWARDS RECALLED TO AHL

rp_Greenville-Swamp-Rabbits-300x225.pngGREENVILLE FORWARDS LAND AHL CALL-UPS

Rashid loaned to Charlotte; Ikonen reassigned to Syracuse by Tampa Bay

BY: Alan Fuehring, 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 forward Ryan Rashid has been loaned to the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers while forward Henri Ikonen has been reassigned to the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Rashid, 25, made 23 appearances with the Swamp Rabbits this season and was tied for third on the club in scoring with 13 points (6g, 7a). He also notched two power-play goals, 20 penalty minutes and was second on the team with 61 shots. Continue reading

FUEHRING: HART, DZIURZYNSKI EARN CALLUPS

rp_Greenville-Swamp-Rabbits-300x225.pngHART, DZIURZYNSKI EARN AHL CALL-UPS

Hart reassigned to Syracuse by Tampa Bay; Dziurzynski loaned to Binghamton

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Reading, PA – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced forward Brian Hart has been reassigned to the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch by the Tampa Bay Lightning while forward Darian Dziurzynski has been loaned to the AHL’s Binghamton Senators.

Hart, 22, signed a three-year, two-way NHL contract with the Lightning on June 28, 2015 and was initially loaned to Greenville on October 22. In 15 games with the Swamp Rabbits, he recorded seven points (6g, 1a) and two penalty minutes. Hart also played three games with Syracuse during his latest call-up from November 17 through November 23, including his AHL debut on November 18 against Portland. Continue reading

FUEHRING: HART, WOLCOTT RETURN TO AHL

GreenvilleHART, 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!

RANGERS: DOUBLE UP ON THE BLUES

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OFFICIAL GAME REPORTS        GOALIES
Game Summary                              STL: J. Allen (ND), B. Elliott (L) NYR: H. Lundqvist (W)
Event Summary

BY: The New York Rangers

Team Notes
  • START ME UP – The Rangers have registered 12 wins and 26 points in the first 16 games of the 2015-16 season. The Blueshirts’ 12 wins are the most recorded through the first 16 games of a season in franchise history, and their 26 points are tied for the most recorded in the first 16 games of a season in franchise history. New York also registered 26 points in its first 16 games of the 1971-72 season (11-1-4).
  • WINNING WAYS – The Blueshirts extended their point streak to a season-high 11 games (9-0-2), and they extended their winning streak to a season-high seven games. New York’s seven-game winning streak is tied for the sixth-longest winning streak in franchise history, and it is the 16th time the Blueshirts have posted a winning streak of at least seven games in length in franchise history. The Rangers’ 11-game point streak is tied for the ninth-longest point streak in franchise history, and it is the first time the Rangers have posted a point streak of at least 11 games since the 2007-08 season (Feb. 9 – Mar. 10, 2008; 10-0-3). The Blueshirts have posted a point streak of 11 games or longer for the 11th time in franchise history. In addition, the Rangers have registered a 9-0-1 record in their last 10 games and have earned at least one point in 14 of 16 contests in 2015-16 (12-2-2).

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FUEHRING: RABBITS TO CHALLENGE GLADIATORS

GreenvillePREVIEW: SWAMP RABBITS BATTLE GLADIATORS TONIGHT

Greenville welcomes Atlanta to The Well at 7 p.m.

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Date                         Time                Opponent              Location

Thurs, Nov. 12         7 p.m.              vs. Atlanta               Bon Secours Wellness Arena

THE STORY COMING IN

Following a brief three-game road trip, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits (3-7-0) return to SANDLAPPER Securities Rink at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena tonight to continue their I-85 rivalry series against the Atlanta Gladiators. Greenville looks to regain its stride and jump back into the win column after suffering six consecutive setbacks, most recently on Sunday in a 5-0 loss to the Reading Royals in Reading, Pennsylvania. The Swamp Rabbits outshot the Royals 30-28 in the contest, but former Greenville netminder Connor Knapp halted every chance he faced en route to his third professional shutout. It was the second time the Swamp Rabbits have been blanked this season.

NIGHT ON THE TOWN

One of the Swamp Rabbits’ most popular weekly promotions, “Thirsty Thursday” is back and makes its season debut tonight! Select tickets start at just $5 when purchased at the box office and Hockey Happy Hour features $2 draft beers on tap from 6-8 p.m. In addition, $2 soft drink and food specials will run throughout the evening! Continue reading

FUEHRING: SWAMP RABBITS WEEKLY – Week 4: November 10 – November 15

alan-fuehringLAST WEEK’S RECAP

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Overall Picture: The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (3-7-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, struggled to find their rhythm for the second consecutive weekend and dropped a trio of road contests to East Division opponents.

The Swamp Rabbits opened a brief three-game road trip on Friday with their inaugural matchup against the Norfolk Admirals in Norfolk, Virginia. Trailing 2-0 after the first 20 minutes, Greenville stormed back with a pair of second-period tallies from Rob Kwiet and Domenic Alberga but ultimately fell when Alexandre Ranger and Connor Rankin netted their first professional goals in the third period, resulting in a 4-2 final. Between the pipes, New York Rangers’ prospect Mackenzie Skapski made his season debut and stopped 29 shots in the loss.

On Saturday, Brian Hart recorded the Swamp Rabbits’ only goal in a 5-1 setback to the Reading Royals at Santander Arena. Defenseman Kevin Young led the Royals’ offense with his first three points of the season (1g, 2a) while Allen York halted 24 shots and suffered the loss in net for the visitors. Less than 24 hours later, former Greenville goaltender Connor Knapp was flawless between the pipes and earned a 30-save shutout as Reading blanked the Swamp Rabbits, 5-0, in a Sunday afternoon rematch. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: BOURQUE READY TO BE CAPTAIN

Ryan Bourque

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Hartford, CT It doesn’t seem like it, but this is his fourth year in Hartford with the Wolf Pack, and for Ryan Bourque, being named team captain this season should not really come as a surprise to anyone who’s seen him here.

It’s not a sense of entitlement because of the famous last name on the back of his jersey, not in his case. No, for Bourque it’s just the way he has carried himself since he first arrived in the Connecticut Capital.

Surprised and honored are not trite words in Bourque’s vocabulary.

“I was really surprised and really honored by the gesture from the organization,” Bourque said. “You don’t try to change yourself. You do the same thing every day and every game. I have a lot of leaders alongside me here. They all have a part in the leadership of this team. I really don’t want to change who I am because I am wearing the C.  I want to keep being myself and I am fortunate to have my Dad (Hall-of-Famer, Ray Bourque) who has given pointers over the years to me. I am fortunate in that way, but keep going about your business the same way.”

Bourque becomes the eighth person to carry the title of team captain over the 19-year AHL history in Hartford. The swift left-winger has played under two captains in his time in Hartford. He was here when Wade Redden wore the C in his first season and then defenseman Aaron Johnson left an impression on him when he was Captain. For the second time in franchise history, last season’s roster did not have a captain. Continue reading

FUEHRING: TAMPA SENDS BRIAN HART TO GREENVILLE

GreenvilleTAMPA BAY LOANS BRIAN HART TO GREENVILLE

Swamp Rabbits receive rookie forward in time for Friday’s home opener

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 has been loaned to the club by the Tampa Bay Lightning from AHL Syracuse.

Hart, 21, signed a three-year, two-way NHL contract with the Lightning on Jun. 28 and was assigned to Syracuse on Sept. 27, but did not make an appearance. 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.

Trolley On Over: Greenville’s downtown trolley route has been expanded to include a stop at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Beginning Friday, the deviated route will operate for all Swamp Rabbits’ games taking place Thursday through Sunday during normal trolley service hours.

The Swamp Rabbits open the home portion of the 2015-16 season tomorrow night against South Carolina. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., the puck drops at 7:00 p.m. and Opening Night tickets start at just $10 when purchased prior to game day! The first 2,000 fans through the doors will also receive a free car magnet. Call an Account Executive today at 864-674-PUCK or visit SwampRabbits.com to secure your seats!