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MAKING HAY TO MAKE ICE

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlingsgerry-150x130

Making ice for hockey is not like putting an ice cube tray in the freezer. No, it’s far more of a tedious, time consuming and demanding work on a piece of art.

As Hartford Wolf Pack and hockey fans gather at the newly renovated XL Center Saturday night, you’ll get to see ice that’s all shiny and clean.

Ice #8The season kicks off for the nearly 40-year old building this weekend, and the making process takes an entire week to produce what the players will play upon this season. The completion of the ice came just in the nick of time. The Wolf Pack players got to skate on the new surface for the first time on Thursday after spending all of their training camp in Cromwell at Champions Skating Rink..

Therrell Wayne “Scoop” Knight, also known by his professional moniker as, “The Ice Doctor,” has been a fixture preparing the ice surface for 35 years. The XL Center (nee Hartford Civic Center) long ago became his home away from home. Knight is the sole member left of the original six person crew that made ice at the building. Continue reading

ECHL REALIGNS DIVISIONS AFTER MERGER

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PRINCETON, N.J. The ECHL announced on Thursday the revised divisional alignment and format for the 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs following the approval of seven expansion teams on Tuesday.

 

As approved by the Board of Governors, the conference and divisional alignment for the 2014-15 season will be as follows:

 

Eastern Conference

 

North Division

Cincinnati Cyclones, Evansville IceMen, Fort Wayne Komets, Indy Fuel, Kalamazoo Wings, Toledo Walleye, Wheeling Nailers Continue reading

RANGERS CLEAR SPACE FOR DUCLAIR – BRING BACK EX-DRAFT PICK JOEY CRABB

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Blueshirts Trade Steven Kampfer and Andrew Yogan to Florida

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, October 6, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has acquired forward Joey Crabb from the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenseman Steven Kampfer and forward Andrew Yogan.

 Crabb, 31, split last season between the Panthers and the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League (AHL). He skated in nine NHL games with Florida, recording one assist and seven penalty minutes. In 62 games with San Antonio, Crabb registered 15 goals and 14 assists for 29 points, along with 51 penalty minutes. He led San Antonio in power play goals (seven) and ranked third on the team in goals last season. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: ECHL AND CHL TO MERGE

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Over the course of the last few months we have been detailing some of the pieces of the coming changes in minor league hockey over the next two years.

Cantlon’s Corner  can report the first piece of this new mosaic starts today or tomorrow when the Central Hockey League (CHL) and ECHL will formally announce a combining of the two leagues.

The de-facto merger will see the seven remaining CHL teams each play some games this season in the ECHL and the CHL will formally fold after the regular season. It looks like four teams, the Quad City Mallards in Illinois , the Rapids City Rush in South Dakota and the Allen Americans in Texas are expected to become ECHL teams next fall and potentially,  The Brampton Beast in Ontario. Continue reading

SOLAREV RESIGNS WITH WHALERS

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Former NHL Draft Pick Ilya Solarev Returns To Danbury for Second Season

BY: Herm Sorcher, Danbury Whalers

The Danbury Whalers are proud to announce that Forward Ilya Solarev has signed an agreement to re-join the team for a second season.  Solarev will be in the lineup tonight for the 5th Annual Green & White Game tonight at 8 pm.  Continue reading

NEW NHL RULES – DIVING RULES REVISED – LOUGANIS DISAPPOINTED

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NEW YORK – The National Hockey League announced today a series of rules changes for the 2014-15 season, following approval earlier in the summer by the League’s Board of Governors and the National Hockey League Players’ Association:

Rule 1.8 – Rink – Goalkeeper’s Restricted Area

The trapezoid will be expanded by two feet from the goal post on both sides of the net.

Rule 23 – Game Misconduct Penalties Continue reading

KREIDER SIGNS: TWO-DOWN-TWO-TO-GO

Chris KreiderBY: The New York Rangers

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Chris Kreider.

Kreider, 23, skated in 66 games with the Rangers this past season, registering 17 goals and 20 assists for 37 points, along with 72 penalty minutes and a plus-14 rating. He tied for second among NHL rookies in power play goals (six), ranked fifth in goals, tied for fifth in power play points (12), and finished sixth in points. Kreider led the Rangers in plus/minus rating and shooting percentage (12.5%), ranked third on the team in power play goals and tied for fifth in goals. He established a single-game career-high with three assists and posted a plus-two rating on November 2 vs. Carolina. He tallied his first career hat trick, established a single-game career-high with a plus-three rating, and tied a single-game career-high with six shots on goal on November 30 vs. Vancouver.

In the 2014 Playoffs, the 6-3, 226-pounder recorded five goals and eight assists for 13 points, along with 14 penalty minutes in 15 games. Kreider established playoff career-highs in assists, points, power play goals (three), power play assists (two), power play points (five), and average ice time (16:48), and tied playoff career-highs in goals, shots on goal (29), and shooting percentage (17.2%). He led the team in power play goals and shooting percentage, tied for third in assists, and tied for fourth in goals, points, and power play points in the playoffs. After returning to the lineup for Game 4 of the Metropolitan Division Finals vs. Pittsburgh on May 7, Kreider ranked second on the team in points and tied for second in goals and assists. He established single-game playoff career-highs with three assists, four points, and six shots on goal in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Montreal on May 27, and became the first Ranger to record three points in one period of a playoff game since Jaromir Jagr in 2007.

Kreider has skated in 89 career NHL games, registering 19 goals and 21 assists for 40 points, along with 78 penalty minutes and a plus-13 rating. He skated in his first career NHL regular season game on January 19, 2013 at Boston and tallied his first career NHL regular season point with a goal on February 5, 2013 at New Jersey. Kreider has also skated in 41 career NHL playoff games, recording 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points, along with 20 penalty minutes. Kreider made his NHL debut in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Ottawa on April 16, 2012. During the 2012 Playoffs, he established an NHL record by recording five goals and seven points before skating in a regular season game.

Internationally, the Boxford, Massachusetts native has represented Team USA in numerous tournaments, including the World Junior Championship and the World Championship. During the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship, he tied for the team lead with six goals in seven games to help Team USA win the gold medal.

Kreider was originally selected by the Rangers in the first round, 19th overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

(Editor’s Note: Several sources indicate that the former Wolf Pack forward accepted a $4.95 million deal, $2.35 million next season and $2.6 million in 2015-16. The deal comes just minutes before his arbitration hearing would have begun. Often those hearings create long term hostility between the two parties so it’s a great thing to avoid that. Glen Sather calls these, “Bridge deals.” His feeling is a player gets a small one after their entry level deal and then the payday comes after that when they’ve proven themselves.)