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HAWK’S EYE: OLEKSUK TYPIFIES PACK DEPTH

Oleksuk Action ShotOleksuk Typifies Wolf Pack’s Depth

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT – Unlike last year’s Hartford Wolf Pack squad, which featured high-end production like Chris Bourque’s 29 goals and Oscar Lindberg’s 28, this year’s Pack offense has been much less top-heavy.

In fact, if there has been one consistent offensive theme for the 2015-16 Wolf Pack, it has been steady production by club’s “bottom six” forwards.  Whether it has been Chad Nehring starting the season on the fourth line and jumping into the team leadership in scoring, Nick Tarnasky hitting double digits in goals, or a guy like fourth-year veteran Travis Oleksuk excelling as a key faceoff man and dependable penalty-killer, the Wolf Pack forward lineup has been one that has featured important contributions from every member.

According to Oleksuk, that is an element that has been a critical part of the Wolf Pack’s recent surge.

“That’s definitely key for our lineup, (lines) one through four has been producing and that’s huge,” the former Worcester Shark said recently.  “I mean, we have Tarnasky on the fourth line who’s putting up ten, 11 goals.  That’s a heck of a year for a half year, never mind for a whole year, what he’s going to end up with.  So it’s important for us, we don’t have the guys who are throwing up huge points like some of the other teams.  So as long as everyone’s contributing and doing their part, that’s where we find success.” Continue reading

FUEHRING: RABBITS ON THE ROAD

rp_Greenville-Swamp-Rabbits-300x225.pngSWAMP RABBITS COMPLETE ROAD TRIP IN ORLANDO

Greenville returns to Florida for Thursday-Saturday doubleheader against Solar Bears

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Date                 Time               Opponent      Follow           

Thurs, Feb. 4       7 p.m. ET            @ Orlando          ListenWatchTwitter

Sat, Feb. 6           7 p.m. ET            @ Orlando            ListenWatchTwitter

THE STORY COMING IN

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (21-18-6), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, conclude a five-game road swing this weekend with their first trip to the Amway Center since Opening Night to face the Orlando Solar Bears (17-18-6). Greenville has won seven of its last 10 road games and enters tonight’s matchup ranked fourth in the South Division – one point behind South Carolina. In their last outing on Saturday, Andrew Dommett and Joe Houk each scored in the second period as the Swamp Rabbits topped Florida, 2-1, in Estero. Houk’s goal at the 16:15 mark was the first game-winner of his two-year career. Between the pipes, Mackenzie Skapski made 25 saves on 26 shots. Continue reading

RANGERS: DEVIL OF A TIME IN JERSEY

Post Game NotesBY: The New York Rangers
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–        ON POINT – Rangers defensemen recorded two assists in tonight’s contest. At least one Rangers defenseman has tallied a point on 18 of the team’s last 28 goals, dating back to the third period on Jan. 5 vs. Dallas. Blueshirts defensemen have registered 102 points (23 goals, 79 assists) in 2015-16 and have tallied 45 points (11 goals, 34 assists) over the last 21 games.

–        SHOOTING GALLERY – The Blueshirts recorded 33 shots on goal in tonight’s game, as 14 skaters were credited with at least one shot on goal. New York recorded at least 10 shots on goal in each period of tonight’s contest. The Rangers have registered at least 30 shots on goal in nine consecutive games for the first time this season and have recorded 30 or more shots on goal in 10 of their last 12 contests.

–        FIRST IN SCORE – The Blueshirts have registered the first goal of the game in each of the last two games and in 25 contests this season. Continue reading

FUEHRING: PACK SEND CURRAN TO GREENVILLE

rp_Greenville-Swamp-Rabbits-300x225.pngSWAMP RABBITS ADD CURRAN FROM AHL HARTFORD

Rookie defenseman has 13 points (3g, 10a) in 25 games with Greenville

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced defenseman Kodie Curran has been assigned to the club from Hartford.

Curran, 26, played 25 games with the Swamp Rabbits earlier this season and ranked second among defenseman with 13 points (3g, 10a) at the time of his call-up on December 14. Curran was also tied for second on the club with 10 assists and added 14 penalty minutes and a +3 rating.

A native of Calgary, Alberta, Curran signed an American Hockey League contract with Hartford on September 8, 2015, and made his professional debut with the Wolf Pack at the end of last season. He has registered three points (3a), 16 penalty minutes and a +2 rating in 16 appearances with Hartford overall. In addition, Curran recorded two fights during his latest call-up, dropping the gloves with Albany’s Chris McKelvie on January 2 and Lehigh Valley’s Samuel Morin on January 16.

Prior to turning pro, he played five seasons in his hometown at the University of Calgary from 2010-15. He led all Canada West University Athletic Association (CWUAA) defensemen in points (24), goals (8) and assists (16) last season and earned First-Team All-CIS West honors for a second consecutive season. Curran also tied for fifth among all CIS defenseman in points. The 6’2, 200-pound blue-liner notched 96 points (17g, 72a) in 89 career contests overall.

On Deck: The Swamp Rabbits continue a five-game road trip on Thursday with a 7 p.m. puck drop against the Orlando Solar Bears at the Amway Center. Fans can follow all of the live action via ECHL.TV or the free Mixlr audio stream. The Official Road Watch Party Destination, Palmetto Restaurant and Ale House located at 103 E. Beacon Drive in Greenville, will also stream the game live beginning at 7 p.m.

Get Social: Follow the Swamp Rabbits all season long and get behind-the-scenes coverage like never before on the team’s official Facebook and Twitter pages.

Trolley On Over: Greenville’s downtown trolley route has been extended to include a stop at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. The expanded route will operate for all Swamp Rabbits’ games taking place Thursdays through Sundays during normal trolley service hours.

Call 864-674-7825 or visit SwampRabbits.com for tickets. Bring a group of 15 or more out to a game and receive great discounts, merchandise offers and hospitality opportunities! Call a Swamp Rabbits Account Executive for more information! Get the latest Swamp Rabbits gear at the “Hop Shop” team store or visit the “Hop Shop” online at SwampRabbits.com/shop to browse the full collection of fan wear and novelties!

CANLON’S CORNER: GEOFF SANDERSON COMES TO HARTFORD

Sanderson #3BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – For a man whose town of origin no longer exists, Hartford always seemed like home.

On Saturday night, Geoff Sanderson sat and signed hundreds of pieces of hockey memorabilia as fans of the team he played for, the Hartford Whalers, came out in force to see one of their heroes of yester-year.

Sanderson, who turned 44 on Monday, is the father of three young boys and resides in Calgary.

This particular trip to Hartford had great significance. “This is my first time back in the building (since that fateful day of April 13, 1997 – the last home game of the Whalers) and the second time back in town. The building has since had a face-lift. The hallways, the seats, the scoreboard it’s a lot brighter. The concourse looks great,” Sanderson said. Continue reading

FUEHRING: SWAMP RABBITS WEEKLY – Week 16: February 2 – February 7

alan-fuehringSWAMP RABBITS WEEKLY

Week 16: February 2 – February 7

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

LAST WEEK’S RECAP

Overall Picture: The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (21-18-6), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, continued a five-game road trip in the Sunshine State last weekend with a two-game set against the first-place Florida Everblades (30-12-1). Greenville went 1-1-0 in those contests and concluded the month of January right at .500 (6-6-1). The Swamp Rabbits enter Week 16 ranked fourth in the South Division, one point behind South Carolina. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: RYAN GRAVES WINS HARDEST SHOT IN SKILLS COMPETITION

rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpgWOLF PACK’S RYAN GRAVES WINS AHL SKILLS COMPETITON’S HARDEST SHOT EVENT

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Rookie Blueliner Uncorks 103.4 MPH Blast

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, February 1, 2016:  Hartford Wolf Pack rookie defenseman Ryan Graves won the Hardest Shot contest in Sunday’s 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Skills Competition at the historic War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, NY.

Graves, competing for the Eastern Conference All-Stars unleashed a drive of 103.4 miles-per-hour, which was more than three MPH faster than the next-hardest shot recorded in the event.  The 2013 New York Ranger fourth-round draftee (110th overall), who has notched 5-10-15 and is a +2 in 45 games with the Wolf Pack this season, also took part in the Skills Competition’s Panasonic Breakaway Relay.

Graves will skate tonight for the Atlantic Division squad in the 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Challenge, a round-robin tournament among the league’s four divisions combining 4-on-4 and 3-on-3 play.  Start time is 7:00 PM, and the event will be telecast live on NESNplus, MSG Network and AHL Live (www.ahllive.com).

The Wolf Pack’s first action after the All-Star break is this Friday, February 5, as they travel to Portland, ME to take on the Portland Pirates in a 7:00 PM game.  All of the action can be heard live on News Radio 1410 WPOP, and on-line at www.newsradio1410.com and iHeartRadio.  Video streaming is available at www.ahllive.com.

The next home game for the Wolf Pack is Friday, February 12, with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins visiting the XL Center for a 7:15 PM game.  At all Friday-night Wolf Pack home games, fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $2 beers, through the start of the second period.

Tickets for all 2015-16 Wolf Pack home games are on sale now at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.  Tickets purchased in advance for kids 12 or younger have been reduced to $10 this season, and all tickets will have a $2 day-of-game increase.

To speak with a Wolf Pack representative about season or group tickets, or any of the Wolf Pack’s many ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451.