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CANTLON: McCAMBRIDGE NAMED NEW WOLF PACK HEAD COACH

McCAMBRIDGE NAMED NEW WOLF PACK HEAD COACH

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT: Well that didn’t take long.

Last year’s assistant coach, Keith McCambridge, was named the sixth head coach in Hartford Wolf Pack history on Monday just three weeks after long-time head Ken Gernander as relieved of his duties.

McCambridge is ready to go but was careful not to step on Gernander’s skates.

“It’s a very tough part of the hockey business,” McCambridge said. “Kenny gave a lot to Hartford and I can’t be anyone other than myself and I’m looking forward to getting at it. I have been in this situation before in Manitoba following popular coaches like Scott Arniel, and Claude Noel. I really believe in and demand hard work in practice as much as games and I think we have a lot of young talented prospects here.”

McCambridge, 43, joined the Rangers organization as the Wolf Pack’s Assistant Coach on August 3, 2016. Prior to working with the Wolf Pack, McCambridge served the previous five seasons (2011-12 – 2015-16) as Head Coach of the Winnipeg Jets’ AHL affiliate (St. John’s IceCaps from 2011-12 – 2014-15 and Manitoba Moose in 2015-16). He posted a 179-158-23-20 record (wins-losses-overtime losses-shootout losses) during his five seasons as Head Coach of the IceCaps/Moose and guided the team to a playoff berth twice over the span.

With back-to-back losing seasons and finishing dead last in the AHL with Manitoba and Hartford, McCambridge isn’t gun shy.

“It’s tough. I like the challenge and the have changed and the speed of the game is so much different than when I played. Then you would have three or four speedy guys now its everybody. We’re going to do our best to mimic the Rangers systems and have these guys ready to help in New York,” McCambridge stated.

In his first season with the team in 2011-12, McCambridge helped St. John’s finish in first place in the Atlantic Division with a 43-25-5-3 record and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. The IceCaps earned 99 points during the regular season in 2013-14 (46-23-2-5 record), and McCambridge helped the team advance to the Calder Cup Finals. In addition, McCambridge served as the Head Coach of the Eastern Conference All-Stars at the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic.

Prior to becoming Head Coach of the Winnipeg’s AHL affiliate, the Thompson, Manitoba, native served as an Assistant Coach with the Manitoba Moose for two seasons (2009-10 and 2010-11). In 2009-10, McCambridge worked alongside current Rangers Associate Coach Scott Arniel (former New Haven Senator), who was the Head Coach of the Moose.

McCambridge also spent six seasons with the Alaska Aces of the ECHL (2003-04 – 2008-09), serving three seasons as a player/Assistant Coach (2003-04 – 2005-06), one season as an Assistant Coach after finishing his playing career (2006-07), and two seasons as the Aces’ Head Coach (2007-08 and 2008-09). Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: WOLF PACK OFF SEASON VOLUME 6

Wolf Pack Off Season Volume 6

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – Never a dull moment in hockey. Plenty to review as news still pours in from the Hartford Wolf Pack and the rest of the hockey world.

WOLF PACK SIGN ANOTHER DEFENSEMAN

The first signing under the Chris Drury regime as Wolf Pack GM has been made.

The Rangers signed defenseman Brenden Kotyk, 25, from the NCAA Frozen Four runner-up University Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs (NCHC) who fell 3-2 to Denver University.

Kotyk, who stands 6-6 and weighs 240 pounds, spent three seasons with the Bulldogs.  He is a native of Regina, Saskatchewan.   Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: WOLF PACK OFF SEASON VOLUME 5

Wolf Pack Off Season Volume 5

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – Five weeks out from the end of the Hartford Wolf Pack season and there are still plenty of things going on.

CALDER CUP FINALS

The Calder Cup finals started Friday night and came to a thrilling conclusion. In Game One, the Grand Rapids Griffins got a goal from Tomas Nosek with 13.9 seconds remaining to break a 2-2 deadlock with the Syracuse Crunch.

The series is in a 2-3-2 format.

Games 2 will also be in Grand Rapids with the next three in Syracuse.

During the regular season, both teams were hit hard when injuries became a factor for their parent clubs, the Tampa Bay Lightning (Syracuse) and the Detroit Red Wings (Grand Rapids) respectively. As time heals all wounds, as both teams got healthy and didn’t make the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, they were able to return players to both their farm teams which benefitted greatly.

Each team won Game 5 of the conference final series to advance to Calder Cup final. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: PACK OFF-SEASON REPORT – WEEK THREE

CANTLON’S CORNER: PACK OFF-SEASON REPORT -WEEK THREE

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT  – While the lights may be out for hockey in Hartford, and after a big shake-up hit last week for the Wolf Pack, the off-season continues to move forward.

AHL CALDER CUP PLAYOFFS

The conference finals are set. On the West Coast, the San Jose Barracuda will faceoff against the Grand Rapids Griffins. On the East Coast, the Providence Bruins will meet the Syracuse Crunch. Each series will play a 2-3-2 format.

Grand Rapids advanced after beating the Milwaukee Admirals in five games. The Griffins feature ex-Wolf Pack players Dylan McIlrath and Matt Ford.

San Jose disposed of San Diego in five games as well.

Despite being down three games to two to the Hershey Bears, Providence rallied and on Wednesday on the back of three goals in the second period, advanced to their first conference finals appearance since 2009.

The Bears led Providence after surviving a three-game set in Providence of trap hockey. While not pretty to watch, the Bears were held to just 44 shots over three games, but still managed to win two of them. The Bruins, after falling behind 2-0 in Game 6, came roaring back with the last four goals and forced the decisive seventh game Continue reading

AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE FOR 2017 CALDER CUP WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE FOR 2017 CALDER CUP WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

BY: Jason Chaimovitch, AHL

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League has announced the following schedule for the Western Conference Finals in the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs:

Western Conference Finals – Series “N” (best-of-7)
P1-San Jose Barracuda vs. C2-Grand Rapids Griffins
Game 1 – Sat., May 20 – Grand Rapids at San Jose, 9:00
Game 2 – Sun., May 21 – Grand Rapids at San Jose, 8:00
Game 3 – Wed., May 24 – San Jose at Grand Rapids, 7:00
Game 4 – Fri., May 26 – San Jose at Grand Rapids, 7:00
*Game 5 – Sat., May 27 – San Jose at Grand Rapids, 7:00
*Game 6 – Tue., May 30 – Grand Rapids at San Jose, 10:00
*Game 7 – Wed., May 31 – Grand Rapids at San Jose, 10:00

*if necessary… All times Eastern

The two Western Conference division finals both ended tonight with the Grand Rapids Griffins eliminating the Chicago Wolves four games to one in the Central Division, and the San Jose Barracuda defeating the San Diego Gulls four games to one in the Pacific Division. Continue reading

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

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS MOVE TO NORTH CHARLESTON FOR GAME 3

GAME 3: Swamp Rabbits Move to North Charleston for Game 3

Greenville hits the road for the first time to continue South Division Semifinal matchup against South Carolina Stingrays

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

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RABBIT TALES

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, take their 2-0 series lead against the South Carolina Stingrays to North Charleston, SC. The Swamp Rabbits hit the ice at the North Charleston Coliseum tonight at 7:05 p.m. after playing on the coast eight times during the regular season. Greenville powered out to the lead in the series with a 6-3 win on Thursday before adding a 4-1 victory on Friday. Three Swamp Rabbits forwards contributing to the offensive surge now rank among the ECHL’s top-five postseason scorers. Greenville has taken over both games early, never surrendering the lead. In addition to the group of scorers, goaltender Jeff Malcolm has also been a star, delivering 73 saves in two games.

BROWN IN

Forward Tyler Brown has tallied three goals in two games for Greenville and is among the ECHL’s top goal scorers in the playoffs. The winger scored twice on Friday night for the Swamp Rabbits after recording one multi-goal game during the regular season. The sixth-year pro is one goal shy of tying his regular season total. Brown missed the month of March recovering from injury before rejoining the lineup for the final two games of the regular season. The Hamilton, ON native is in his first Kelly Cup Playoffs appearance, but played 15 games in the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs (AHL). In those games, the 6-foot-1 forward collected two points (1G, 1A). Continue reading

RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH STEVEN KAMPFER

RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH STEVEN KAMPFER

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, April 14, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Steven Kampfer on a new contract.

Kampfer, 28, skated in 11 NHL games with Florida and the Rangers during the regular season in 2016-17, registering one goal and one assist for two points, along with six penalty minutes. He was credited with 23 hits in the 10 games he played with the Rangers, and he recorded at least two hits in eight of the 10 contests. Kampfer made his debut with the Blueshirts on Feb. 28 vs. Washington. He tallied his first assist/point as a Ranger on Mar. 7 at Florida and he recorded his first goal as a Ranger on Mar. 13 vs. Tampa Bay.

The 5-11, 192-pounder has skated in 144 career NHL games over parts of five seasons (2010-11 – 2011-12; 2014-15 – 2016-17) with Boston, Minnesota, Florida, and the Rangers, registering 10 goals and 15 assists for 25 points, along with a plus-seven rating and 62 penalty minutes. Kampfer has skated in 58 NHL games over the past two seasons, and he established a career-high in games played during the 2015-16 season with the Panthers (47).

Kampfer also skated in 43 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2016-17, registering four goals and 15 assists for 19 points, along with 44 penalty minutes. He was tied for third among Hartford defensemen in goals, assists, and points this season at the time he was recalled by the Rangers on Mar. 5. Kampfer established a single-game AHL career-high with three assists and tied a single-game AHL career-high with three points on Mar. 1 vs. Springfield.

The Ann Arbor, Michigan, native was acquired by the Rangers from Florida, along with a conditional draft pick, in exchange for Dylan McIlrath on Nov. 8, 2016.

CANTLON: JENSEN’S LATE GOAL GROUNDS T-BIRDS 4-3

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Jensen’s Late Goal Grounds T-birds 4-3

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – Nicklas Jensen’s late goal allowed the Hartford Wolf Pack to slip past the Springfield Thunderbirds 4-3  before 4,529 at the XL Center Friday night.

The winning play resulted from solid forechecking and was capped by Jensen’s spectacular effort.

Chris Brown, strong all night with solid physical play and a goal, helped with Philip McRae keep the puck in the Springfield zone for an extended shift. Jensen then did the rest.

Jensen took the puck, circled in the zone, which forced players like Tony Turgeon to chase him. Jensen zig-zagged at the left wing circle and drilled a shot high to the far side. The game-winning goal was his 29th and came at 17:39.

“It was the line before that did everything to set that up,” Jensen said. “They (the line centered by rookie Vinni Lettieri) had them hemmed in their end for about a minute-and-a-half. We got a good line change, and I knew those guys were out there for awhile. When you’re stuck out there, I knew they were out of gas. I just had that one guy to beat and got the shot off.” Continue reading

CRAWFORD: PACK LOSE A DEVIL OF A GAME IN ALBANY

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Albany Devils 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 3

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Albany, NY, April 1, 2017Nicklas Jensen had a goal and an assist for the Hartford Wolf Pack Saturday at the Times Union Center, but Blake Pietila scored two power-play goals, including the third-period game-winner, for the Albany Devils in a 4-3 Albany victory.

Max Novak added a goal and an assist for the Devils, and Jacob MacDonald had three assists.  Marek Hrivik chipped in two assists for the Wolf Pack.

The two teams traded goals in the first period, the Devils scoring early and the Wolf Pack replying late.

Novak gave the Devils the game’s first lead 4:41 in, on a rebound.  MacDonald’s shot from the left point was stopped by Wolf Pack goaltender Chris Nell (26 saves), making his first pro appearance out of Bowling Green University, but the rebound came to Novak in front, and he poked it home. Continue reading