Tag Archives: Mario Lemieux

CANTLON: WOLF PACK’S JENSEN HEADS TO KHL

Wolf Pack’s Jensen Heads to KHL

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT The exodus has begun.

The Hartford Wolf Pack’s leading scorer, Nicklas Jensen, who registered 55 points and was the second highest goal-scorer in the AHL with 32 goals. Jensen was the Pack’s only representative to the AHL All-Star game and was the team’s MVP as voted on by the players. Jensen has made the decision to leave for greener pastures in the KHL according to a press release from Jokerit Helsinki.

Jensen, who wore number 13 in Hartford, and another ex-Pack (when they were the CT Whale) and New York Rangers draft pick, Tim Erixon, who’s still playing with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the AHL playoffs, have both signed with Salavat Yulaev Ufa in southwest Russia, near Kazakhstan. But that’s not all…Then both players were traded to the Finnish based KHL team Jokerit Helsinki for a fellow Dane Philip Larsen who played with Vancouver this year and his KHL rights which were held by Jokerit and financial compensation.

But that’s not all…

****UPDATE****

(Since Howlings first published this story, we have received clarification from Jokerit Helsinki. – “All we can say is that Jokerit has acquired Jensen’s rights and that no deal has been signed,” Ilro Keurulainen, the Media Communications Coordinator for the team told Howlings).

Right after being signed, both players were then traded to the Finnish-based KHL team, Jokerit Helsinki for Philip Larsen, a fellow Dane. Larsen played with the Vancouver Canucks this past season and his KHL rights were still held by Jokerit.

Jensen is a five-year AHL vet. Like many Europeans who come to the States, he waited to see where he was after five years. The decision becomes whether to pursue staying in North America or head back to Europe where there is usually better money, a different schedule and to be closer to home. Jensen was Vancouver’s first round pick in 2011 and was acquired by the Rangers along with a sixth-round draft pick and Emerson Etem on January 8th last year.

Helsinki is the capital of Finland. The team plays at the Hartwell Arena which seats over 13,000.

Jensen and Larsen will likely be teammates in for Denmark in Pool A of the 2017 IIHF World Championships to be held this year in Paris, France and Cologne, Germany in a couple of weeks.

These two signings boost the count to five AHL’ers who have signed to play in Europe next season. To date, that list includes, Reto Berra (Springfield to HC Fribourg-Gotteron Switzerland-LNA), Joel Vermin (Syracuse to HC Lausanne Switzerland-LNA) and Chad Billins (Utica to Linkopings HC Sweden-SHL).

CANTLON’S CORNER: PACK PLAYOFF PREVIEW

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

The Hartford Wolf Pack have a whole new beast in their second round AHL playoff series in the Hershey Bears. It will be the first time the two teams have ever played against each other in the AHL playoffs. In fact, over their 14 seasons of playoff action in Hartford,  the Pack have had a total of just 14 opponents.

Hershey has a high octane offense. The Bears roll four lines that will challenge the Pack on all fronts.

The Bears are led by a trio of ex-CT Whale players Casey Wellman, Tim Kennedy and Kris Newbury. The trio and their teammates smoked the Worcester Sharks 10-4 in Game 4. The win eliminated the Sharks.

“As a coaching staff we’re very familiar with them,” Head Coach Ken Gernander said. “It’s going to be a good series. From everything we have seen on tape from games previously this season, (Bears held series edge 3-1), it will be good playoff hockey.” Continue reading

BECK: WOLF PACK SECOND ROUND SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpgBY: Mitch Beck, Hartford Wolf Pack

The American Hockey League announced the match-ups and schedule for the second round of the Calder Cup playoffs. As you may or may not know, the teams are reseeded after the first round so that the top team plays the lowest team and the two middle teams meet.

The Hartford Wolf Pack entered the playoff chase as the number three seed in the Eastern Conference. They will face former Wolf Pack Kris Newbury and the Hershey Bears beginning Wednesday night in Hershey. They will play Game Two in Hershey on Friday night also starting at 7pm.

Then the odd part. Because the Ringling Brothers Circus will be in Hartford, the Pack are forced to play their first two home games in Worcester. Game Three is Sunday May 10th at 3 and then Monday May 11th at 7.

If the Best of Seven series goes to a game 5, that will be played Wednesday May 13th in Hershey starting at 7pm.

If there’s a Game Six, THEN the teams will meet in Hartford, on what is almost certainly going to be lousy ice, on Friday night, May 15th at 7. Should there be a Game Seven, that will come on Sunday May 17th in Hershey at 5pm.

So if you want to look at it in schedule form, here it is:

Eastern Conference Semifinals  (best-of-7)
2-Hershey Bears vs. 3-Hartford Wolf Pack

Game 1 – Wed., May 6 – Hartford at Hershey, 7:00
Game 2 – Fri., May 8 – Hartford at Hershey, 7:00
Game 3 – Sun., May 10 – Hershey vs. Hartford, 3:00 (at Worcester, Mass.)
Game 4 – Mon., May 11 – Hershey vs. Hartford, 7:00 (at Worcester, Mass.)
*Game 5 – Wed., May 13 – Hartford at Hershey, 7:00
*Game 6 – Fri., May 15 – Hershey at Hartford, 7:00
*Game 7 – Sun., May 17 – Hartford at Hershey, 5:00

*if necessary… All times Eastern