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Second-year Pro has 35 Points in 49 Games with Toledo of ECHL 

 BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, March 14, 2018:  Hartford Wolf Pack General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has signed defenseman Simon Denis to a Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement.

Denis comes to the Wolf Pack from the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL, having skated in 49 games this season and chalked up six goals and a team-leading 29 assists for 35 points, along with five penalty minutes.  Denis leads Walleye defensemen in points, and his +18 rating is good for a tie for third-best overall on the team.

The 5-10, 185-pound Denis, 26, logged 70 games with Toledo as a rookie last season, and led Walleye defensemen in points and goals, and finished tied for fourth overall on the team in points, with 15-40-55.  He was also a team-best +40, which was tops among ECHL first-year pros and good for second overall in the league, and served 29 minutes in penalties.  The Burnaby, B.C. native’s 55 points ranked fourth among ECHL blueliners.  Denis also saw action in three ECHL games with the Fort Wayne Komets in 2015-16, following the conclusion of his college career at Ferris State University, and posted two assists.

Prior to turning pro, Denis played 141 games over parts of five seasons, one a medical redshirt year, at Ferris State.  His career college stats included 15 goals and 45 assists for 60 points, plus 38 penalty minutes.

The Wolf Pack’s next action is at home, this Friday, March 16th, a 7:15 PM contest vs. the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.  As at all Friday-night Wolf Pack home games, fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $2 beers through the start of the second period, presented by Dave & Buster’s.

Tickets for all 2017-18 Wolf Pack home games are on sale now at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, online at hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.

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TOSTI: (SAT) Swamp Rabbits Salute Heroes of the Upstate Tonight

Club seeks a second straight win in a matchup against Orlando Solar Bears on annual Heroes Night presented by Fluor.

Sat, Mar. 10 7:00 p.m. (ET) vs. Orlando Solar Bears ListenWatch – Twitter

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (20-32-6-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, return to the Bon Secours Wellness Arena tonight, fresh off a 3-2 victory over the South Carolina Stingrays. The team now turns its sights toward the Orlando Solar Bears (28-26-5-1) for the annual Heroes Night presented by Fluor. The club prepares to celebrate the local first responders, active military members, and veterans for their service to the community and country. Greenville has bested the Solar Bears in four of their six meetings.  The last time the teams squared off was nearly a month ago when Greenville pulled out a 4-1 win on Jan. 12 at home.

Greenville’s leading scorer Evan Jasper stepped into his rookie season this year, carrying a pair of points in 11 games last season after his tenure at Sacred Heart University. Since then, the Whitby, Ontario native has catapulted to the top of Greenville’s scoring chart with 44 points (18G, 26A) in 55 games. Last night was Jasper’s 13th multi-point game this season, earning two goals and adding an assist against the South Carolina Stingrays. The 5-foot-10 winger has recorded six points (2G, 4A) in his last two games after being held off the board for five consecutive outings, his longest scoring drought of the season. Continue reading


TOSTI: Swamp Rabbits Announce Trio of Roster Moves

Halverson back with the club while Troock shipped south to Atlanta and Cote released from the roster.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced several transactions today. Goaltender Brandon Halverson has been reassigned by the New York Rangers to the Swamp Rabbits from the Hartford Wolf Pack. Greenville has also made a trade with the Atlanta Gladiators, dealing forward Branden Troock in exchange for future considerations. Finally, Greenville has released defenseman Vytal Cote from the roster.

Halverson rejoins the Swamp Rabbits after making his NHL debut on Feb. 17, 2018, with the New York Rangers. The 2014 Rangers draft pick logged 22 games in Greenville to begin the season and was promoted to the AHL on Jan. 20. The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds product was sixth in the ECHL with 702 saves at the time of his call-up and posted a 7-11-2-0 record, 3.87 goals against average, and .900 save percentage.

Halverson has played in five AHL games with the Wolf Pack this season and made 164 saves. The goaltender last saw action on Feb. 25, making 36 saves against the Providence Bruins. In two seasons the Traverse City, Michigan native has played 31 games and earned a 10-20-0 record, 3.42 goals against average, and .890 save percentage.

Troock last suited up for the Swamp Rabbits on Jan. 13 but has missed the last 20 games due to injury. The winger began the year as one of the league’s dynamic scorers, posting 33 points in his first 26 games. Troock cooled off in his last nine contests with Greenville, logging four points (2G, 2A). The Edmonton, Alberta native has tallied 53 points (26G, 27A) in 63 career ECHL games since 2014. The 2012 Dallas Stars pick also boasts 119 AHL games with 37 points (13G, 24A).

Cote was acquired from the Adirondack Thunder on Feb. 10 but played only five games for Greenville since then. The blueliner has played 31 games in the ECHL and logged one assist and 62 PIMS. The 6-foot-2 Hollywood, Florida native has played 60 SPHL games since turning pro in 2016 and tallied 17 points (5G, 12A) in addition to 82 PIMS.


TOSTI: Swamp Rabbits Land J.T. Henke, Sign Brad Barone

Greenville inks leading scorer from Lake Superior State University and third-year netminder from Roanoke.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced today that the team has signed forward J.T. Henke and goaltender Brad Barone. Henke signs his first pro hockey contract after leading Lake Superior State University in scoring during two of the last three seasons. Barone joins the Swamp Rabbits for the second time this season. The goaltender was first called upon as an emergency backup goaltender on Oct. 20.

Henke, 23, played the last three seasons in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, logging 109 games with the Lakers. As a sophomore at Lake Superior State, Henke led the program with 22 points (10G, 12A) and posted 30 points (10G, 20A) the following year. The senior from Trenton, Michigan once again led his alma mater in scoring, netting nine goals and adding 18 assists this season. Henke recorded a hat-trick six games into his collegiate career and tied his career high three-point outing four other times.

The 5-foot-9 winger played one season at the University of Maine in 2013-14, earning eight points (1G, 7A). He left the program after one season and returned to his junior hockey team, the Jersey Hitmen for the 2014-15 campaign. Henke tallied 115 points (42G, 73A) in 84 games in two seasons with Jersey. Before taking the ice with the Hitmen, Swamp Rabbits newest forward played 41 games in the USHL for the Muskegon Lumberjacks and Tri-City Storm collecting 18 points (6G, 12A) in 2011-12.

Barone, 27, has played 100 pro games in his first three seasons spanning three leagues and five teams. The third-year pro was part of the Swamp Rabbits roster earlier this season, suiting up as an emergency backup goaltender on Oct. 20. The 6-foot netminder from Medfield, Massachusetts has won six of his last seven games in the SPHL and leads the league with a .920 save percentage. Barone has earned a 41-34-3-2 career record with four shutouts, 2.71 goals against average, and .919 save percentage. The Boston College alum began his career in the FHL and eventually made his ECHL debut with the Atlanta Gladiators on Mar. 5, 2016, facing Greenville in relief.

The Swamp Rabbits travel to Estero, Florida to face the Florida Everblades for two games this weekend at Germain Arena.


CANTLON’S CORNER: Hockey Heritage Weekend Goes Well

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – It was a weekend to cast yourself back to years-gone-by for all Hartford Hockey fans whether they’re fans of the NHL Whalers or the AHL Wolf Pack.

It was a time to laugh, smile and enjoy the celebration of the game of hockey.

“That’s the most ice time I ever had in Hartford when I played,” former Whaler and Nighthawk, Bob Crawford said while laughing. Crawford mingled among players on the Whaler/Wolf Pack alumni team and their Hartford PAL opponents. Continue reading


TOSTI: Swamp Rabbits Weekly: Edition 20

Swamp Rabbits take a point in Fort Wayne and now prepare for a pair of away games against league-leading Florida Everblades.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

The Swamp Rabbits latest week featured four games and a road trip to the Central Division to meet the Fort Wayne Komets and the Toledo Walleye. On Tuesday night Joe Basaraba and Evan Jasper tallied goals in the first period while Garret Clemment nets his first of two goals in the week in the third period. Greenville opened the scoring 44 seconds into the game, but the Atlanta Gladiators rode a four-goal first period to a 6-3 win. Friday night, Austin McKay helped Greenville to a 1-1 tie out of the first period with his ninth goal of the season. Fort Wayne took the lead thanks to a 21 shot second period. Continue reading


TOSTI: Komets Fly By Swamp Rabbits in First of Two Games

 A second-period effort by Fort Wayne cost Greenville in a 4-1 finish at the Allen County War Memorial Arena.

BY: Brian Tosti: Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Fort Wayne, IN The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (20-30-3-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, matched the Fort Wayne Komets (36-13-2-1) out of the gate, exiting the opening period with a 1-1 tie. The Komets pushed on the gas tallying two goals and an empty netter to earn a 4-1 victory. Greenville fell to seventh in the South Division standings while the Komets improved to first in the Western Conference with a 10-0-0-1 record in the last 11 outings.

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TOSTI: Swamp Rabbits Weekly: Edition 19

Greenville finishes the week with a close pair of outings in Norfolk, prepare for another four-game week against Gladiators, Komets, and Walleye.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville Swamp Rabbits (20-28-3-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, played four games last week and ended in Norfolk, Virginia over the weekend. After dropping a pair of contests to the Gladiators and Monarchs, the Swamp Rabbits posted close contests against the Admirals. Friday night Greenville was able to tie Norfolk in the first period as Austin McKay tallied a power play goal, but the Admirals responded 11 seconds later to regain the lead. Greg Dodds fought off 43 shots in the effort to keep Greenville in the contest however, the Admirals prevailed 3-1 with a late goal.

The following night the pair of South Division rivals traded blows, eventually resulting in a third period tying goal from Joe Basaraba with eight minutes remaining in the game. Greenville was halted by Jamie Murray to only one goal despite a season-high 21 shots on goal in the third period. TJ Melancon potted his second of the night in the final five minutes to seal a 4-3 win for Norfolk. Both Matt Prapavessis and Shane Walsh recorded goals for Greenville in the game while Ty Rimmer ended the contest with 32 saves. Continue reading




Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Lehigh Valley Phantoms 2 (SO)

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Allentown, PA, February 17, 2018 – The Hartford Wolf Pack rallied from a 2-0 third-period deficit Saturday night at the PPL Center, to defeat the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 3-2 in a shootout.

Adam Tambellini had a goal and an assist, and the only goal of the shootout, for the Wolf Pack, who snapped a two-game losing streak.  Lias Andersson also scored, and Chris Nell made 23 saves and was 3-for-3 in the shootout, in his first AHL action since December 9.

Phil Varone and Oskar Lindblom scored first-period goals for the Phantoms, who came into the game in first place in the Atlantic Division and winners of five straight.  Dustin Tokarski made 32 saves.

“Being down 2-0 against one of the best teams in the American Hockey League, to be able to dig down and come up with the full two points, it speaks volumes of the character in that room,” Wolf Pack head coach Keith McCambridge said. Continue reading


Gm Summary     NYR: H. Lundqvist (L), B. Halverson (ND) OT: C. Anderson (W)
Event Summary

–       THREE’S COMPANY – The Rangers have registered three or more goals in 31 of 59 games this season.

–       POWER RANGERS – The Rangers were 1-for-2 (3:06) on the power play in today’s contest. The Blueshirts have recorded at least one power play goal in eight of the last 13 games (11-for-40; 27.5%), in nine of the last 15 games (12-for-44; 27.3%), in 10 of the last 17 contests (13-for-48; 27.1%), and in 13 of the last 21 contests (15-for-60; 25.0%). In addition, the Rangers have registered five power play goals over the last five games (5-for-18; 27.8% over the span). Continue reading