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Merchandise sold in 28 states and two continents in  it’s first month

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, are thrilled to announce that “Swamp Rabbit Fever” has infected more than half of the United States, as well as Canada and Europe, since the team rebranded less than a month ago.

Due to the tremendous demand for Swamp Rabbits’ merchandise, the team’s official store, the “Hop Shop,” will continue to be open every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. through the end of October. In addition, fans may browse and purchase the latest merchandise and gear through the online team store. With new items coming in each week, the virtual “Hop Shop” is a great place to gear up for the season.

Since the franchise rebranded nearly four weeks ago, “Swamp Rabbit Fever” has taken North America by storm. As of September 23, merchandise and apparel have been shipped to 28 states, spanning Alaska to Florida and California to New York. In addition, three Canadian provinces including Ontario, Alberta and Quebec have also caught the fever, and shipments have been made to the United Kingdom.

“The initial response to the Swamp Rabbits’ brand has been remarkable and has provided a great launch pad for the season, “Vice President of Marketing and Revenue Support Megan Dotson said. “Our ultimate goal is to give all of North America Swamp Rabbit fever.”

Following the rebrand on August 26, the Swamp Rabbits’ likeness swept across the nation and into Canada within a matter of minutes. The team received coverage from national media outlets including CBS Sports, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, ESPN, TSN, Today’s Slapshot and more.

“The response to the rebrand by both the local and national media has been fantastic,” General Manager Chris Lewis said. “The community is really starting to embrace the new identity and we are excited about taking our place as Greenville’s hockey team to new heights.”

The Swamp Rabbits’ “Hop Shop” is located just inside the plaza entrance of the Bon Secours Wellness Arena (650 N. Academy Street in Greenville). The shop is fully stocked with items for men, women and children that range from t-shirts and jackets to pucks, keychains, and car magnets. Brand new Swamp Rabbits’ jerseys are also available for pre-sale inside the team store or online.

Ticket Plans for the inaugural season of the Swamp Rabbits’ era are available now and start as low as $81! Call an account executive today at 864-674-PUCK to secure your seats! The Swamp Rabbits open the home portion of the 2015-16 season on Friday, Oct. 23 with a 7:00 p.m. puck drop against the South Carolina Stingrays.


Gerry-Cantlon1-150x150BY: Gerry Cantlon, Special to Howlings

In a season of frustration, the one team the Hartford Wolf Pack have been happy to see whenever they show up on the schedule are the Adirondack Phantoms.

The Wolf Pack have won five of the seven meetings this season and will meet them for a third time in the past nine days. It’s the only team this season that the Pack have a winning record (5-1-0-1) against.

In each of the last three games, the Wolf Pack have scored four or more goals. With three goals, six assists (9 pts.) during that span, J.T. Miller has been the team’s leading scorer. Continue reading


New York Rangers


BY:  New York Rangers

NEW YORK, September 9, 2013 – The New York Rangers Training Camp for the 2013-14 Season will be held Wednesday, September 11 – Sunday, September 15 at the MSG Training Center.

Head Coach Alain Vigneault will be made available to the media at 12:00PM ET on Wednesday, September 11 in the practice rink. Please note that Press Rooms will not be available to the media on this day.

Player access will begin on Thursday, September 12 following practice times. Continue reading


New-York-Rangers-150x150BY: Adam Gavriel

If someone ever asked me what I was an expert at, my answer would be simple. I am an expert armchair General Manager and coach… for hockey that is, of course. From the comfort of my computer chair I have built and coached dynasties simultaneously. As the simulations play out in my head, and Ryan Callahan lifts the cup in front of 18,000 faithful at the Garden, I can sit back and smile.

Then I wake up.

As the Stanley Cup Finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins set to kick off (B’s in 6), so do the organizational meetings at Glen Sather’s house in La Quinta, California. As the Rangers brass discusses situations such as what to do with Brad Richards, who to hire as head coach, and how to get Henrik Lundqvist committed to the Rangers long-term, the wheels in my head can’t stop churning either.  Continue reading



BY: The New York Rangers

New York, May 29, 2013 New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that head coach John Tortorella has been relieved of his coaching duties.

Under Tortorella’s guidance, the Rangers posted their second most wins all-time in a single season with 51, and tied for second in franchise history with 109 points in 2011-12.  He became the 30th coach in NHL history to coach 800 games on March 27, 2012, at Minnesota (3-2 win), and won his 100th game as Rangers Head Coach with a 5-3 win on November 5, 2011, vs. Montreal.  On March 26, 2013, Tortorella became the 30th head coach in league history to register his 400th NHL coaching victory, with a 5-2 win at Philadelphia. He also passed Tom Renney for fourth on the Rangers’ all-time coaching wins list with a 3-2 shootout victory on April 10, 2013 vs. Toronto. Continue reading


tortBY: Billy Pepitone, Exclusive to Howlings
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This is not a John Tortorella bash-fest. It is not an attempt to throw gasoline on the ‘Fire Torts’ cinders that have been burning for some time now. It is, quite frankly, a cold, hard look at the man’s record in New York and his coaching philosophy that no longer is working.

Let’s put aside the coach’s acerbic personality, his battles with the media, and his perceived ‘bullying’ of anyone who dares question his methods. There is a long history of coaches and managers who have behaved much worse than the Rangers’ boss and have done a lot of winning in the process. Therein lies the problem; there hasn’t been a lot of ‘winning’ during his reign in New York, unless you accept scrambling to make the playoffs and winning one round as being successful. Continue reading


John Tortorella

By: Matt Loguercio

While analyzing the situation of the NY Rangers head coach, I keep hearing the Clash singing, “Should I Stay or Should I Go.” Not a very promising start to my analysis, but a start nonetheless.

So where should I begin my dissection of his 2013 season, (for all you fans getting to the party late, games were only played in 2013). Let me start with his last name, Tortorella. The first part is the word, “Tort,” which in law is, “A civil wrong or wrongful act, whether intentional or accidental, from which injury occurs to another.”  Continue reading