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Ratelle is the ninth player to have his jersey number retired by the Rangers

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, February 21, 2018 – On Sunday, February 25, the Rangers will hold Jean Ratelle Night, Presented by Chase. Ratelle’s No. 19 jersey will be raised to the Madison Square Garden rafters, as he will become the ninth player in franchise history to receive the honor.

On February 25, fans can begin to enter Madison Square Garden at 5:00 p.m., and the banner raising ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m. In addition, the start time for the Rangers’ contest against the Detroit Red Wings will be 7:30 p.m.

As part of this special evening, all fans in attendance will receive a replica Jean Ratelle No. 19 banner, presented by Chase. All attendees who enter Madison Square Garden between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.* will automatically be entered into a contest to win one of 19 commemorative “Ratelle Night” warm-up pucks signed by Jean Ratelle. In addition, ’47 Brand is presenting an opportunity for fans to meet Rangers Alumni Brian Mullen and Darren Langdon, who both wore No. 19 during their tenure with the Blueshirts, in the MSG Team Store at Section 114 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Fans will have the opportunity to receive autographs from Mullen and Langdon during this time.

*for eligibility, the ticket must be scanned before 6:00 p.m.


Carter Sandlak Joins Swamp Rabbits Roster

Greenville adds fourth-year forward with more than 50 games of AHL experienceBY: 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, have come to terms with forward, Carter Sandlak for the 2017-18 season. The winger brings AHL experience to the roster, logging 54 games with the Charlotte Checkers in his first two professional seasons.

Sandlak, 24, spent last season with the Toledo Walleye suiting up for 41 games with the regular season champs. The 6-foot-2, 205 pound forward netted five goals and added two assists for the Walleye, but missed nearly two months of the season due to injury. Sandlak has battled the Swamp Rabbits six times during his career, including one contest last year.

“Carter has great hockey sense and is a tough, hard-nosed player who also brings experience at the next level,” said Head Coach Brian Gratz. “Over the last two seasons, we have seen him play with Toledo and Florida and felt he would be a good addition to our team. We’re excited to welcome him to Greenville and have him contribute to our team achieving its goals, while we help him reach his.”

During his first two pro seasons, Sandlak played his games within the Carolina Hurricanes system. The London, Ontario native netted two goals and grabbed three helpers in the AHL with the Checkers and was a mainstay in Charlotte as a rookie. In 29 ECHL games with the Florida Everblades from 2014 to 2016, Sandlak earned 15 points (5G, 10A). He also set a career best with the Everblades, collecting three points (1G, 2A) against the Wheeling Nailers in a 5-2 comeback win. In total, Sandlak has played 70 ECHL games, earning 22 points (10G, 12A) and logging 78 PIMS.

“Last year, the season didn’t go the way I wanted it to, but I think that adversity made me grow as a player and as a person,” said Sandlak “I’ve heard nothing but good things about the Swamp Rabbits organization. (Greenville) is a great place to play and the staff is great, so it was a no brainer for me.”

Before turning pro, Sandlak spent five seasons in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). He played a majority of his career with the Belleville Bulls but also held roster spots with the Guelph Storm and Plymouth Whalers. Sandlak ended his OHL tenure with 272 games, 122 points (59G, 63A), and 375 PIMS.

Carter also comes from a hockey family as his father, Jim Sandlak, played more than 500 NHL contests with the Vancouver Canucks and Hartford Whalers. Sandlak becomes the eighth skater signed by the Swamp Rabbits this offseason (Nick Betz, Ricky DeRosa, Sean Flanagan, Chad Duchesne, Austin McKay, Joe Houk, and Evan Jasper).

The Swamp Rabbits open the season against the Wheeling Nailers on Oct. 13, 2017. The puck will drop for the Swamp Rabbits’ Opening Weekend at 7 p.m. EST at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

Hockey Demo Days: Join the Greenville Swamp Rabbits for their Hockey Demo Day. Head to Dicks Sporting Goods on Woodruff Road on Sunday, July 30 from noon to 4 p.m. for an afternoon of fun! There will be free hockey instruction in the Dew Street Hockey Zone, corn hole, music, food, giveaways and much more. Call Charlie with the Swamp Rabbits at (864) 250-4937 for more information.

Get Social: Follow the Swamp Rabbits and get behind-the-scenes coverage like never before on the team’s official Facebook and Twitter pages. Download the Swamp Rabbits app from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store for up to date information right in the palm of your hand.

Contact a Swamp Rabbits Account Executive at 864-674-PUCK (7825) for information on 2017-18 season tickets and to secure your seats today! Get the latest Swamp Rabbits gear by visiting the “Hop Shop” online at SwampRabbits.com/shop to browse the full collection of fan wear and novelties!



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Six-foot-six, 240-pounder Played three Years at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, June 8, 2017:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Chris Drury announced today that the Wolf Pack has signed defenseman Brenden Kotyk to an AHL contract.

Kotyk, who stands 6-6 and weighs 240 pounds, comes to the Wolf Pack after three seasons at the University of Minnesota-Duluth (NCHC).  The 25-year-old native of Regina, Saskatchewan helped lead the Bulldogs to an NCHC championship this past season, and all the way to the NCAA Frozen Four championship game, in which they fell 3-2 to Denver University.

Kotyk skated in 41 games with UMD in 2016-17, notching three goals and ten assists for 13 points and serving 57 minutes in penalties, the second-highest total on the squad.  He also was a +20 on the season, which was second-best among Bulldog defensemen and fourth-best overall on the team.

In 97 career games in a UMD uniform, Kotyk totaled seven goals and 16 assists for 23 points, along with 85 PIM and a +25.  Prior to transferring to UMD, he played one season with the St. Scholastica College, who play in Division III.


                                    Regular Season               Playoffs

Year     Team              Lge.  GP    G     A   PTS  PIM    GP      G     A     Pts.   PIM

2012-13  St. Scholastica   NCHA  25    7     12  19   37     —     —   —    —    —

2014-15  U. Minn.-Duluth   NCHC  34    1     5   6    16     —     —   —    —    —

2015-16  U. Minn.-Duluth   NCHC  22    3     1   4    12     —     —   —    —    —

2016-17  U. Minn.-Duluth   NCHC  41    3     10  13   57     —     —   —    —    —

Season ticket information for the Wolf Pack’s 2017-18 AHL season can be found on-line at hartfordwolfpack.com.  To speak with a representative about all of the Wolf Pack’s many attractive ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451, or click here to request more info.


FHL Expansion Draft Results

BY: Dave Smolnycki, FHL

Syracuse, NYThe Federal Professional Hockey League recently held an Expansion Draft for the league’s newest team, the Carolina Thunderbirds (Winston-Salem, NC). The Thunderbirds could select players from a list of unprotected Federal Hockey League players. Each of the existing clubs could protect 12 players on their end of the season roster. 

Carolina’s first selection was Defenseman Ryan Wilkinson from the Danbury Titans. The rest of Carolina’s selections will be listed below.

Overall Danbury Titans, Watertown Wolves, and Port Huron Prowler) each lost three players, Berlin River Drivers lost two and the FHL Championship Danville Dashers only lost one player.


  1. Ryan Wilkinson – Defenseman – from Danbury Titans
  2. Nate O’Brien – Defenseman – from Watertown Wolves
  3. Kyle Powell – Forward – from Watertown Wolves
  4. Dan Chang – Forward – from Port Huron Prowlers
  5. Rob Belger – Defenseman – from Danbury Titans
  6. Vojtech Zemlicka – Forward – from Berlin River Drivers
  7. P J Hefferin – Forward – from Danbury Titans
  8. Scott Witmyer – Forward – from Port Huron Prowlers
  9. Tom Kilgore – Forward – Port Huron Prowlers
  10. Justin Blaszak – Defenseman – from Watertown Wolves
  11. Brandon Fehd – Defenseman – from Berlin River Drivers
  12. Eric Witzel – Forward – from Danville Dashers

The Federal Professional Hockey League in association with the International Development League will be holding a joint tryout camp in Syracuse, NY, June 15-18.

For more details about the tryout camp go to http://www.federalhockey.com or http://www.theidhl.com.



Berlin Sweeps Danbury

BY: Zak McGinniss, Danbury Titans

BERLIN, NH — Jan Salak led the way with a pair of goals, including the game-winner, as the Berlin RiverDrivers completed the sweep of the Danbury Titans on Saturday night at the Notre Dame Arena. With the victory, the RiverDrivers will make their first appearance in the Commissioner’s Cup Finals in only their second year of existence.

The Danbury Titans scored the first and only goal of the first period as Michael Dolman found the back of the net 13:42 into the game. Berlin would heavily outshoot the Titans in the period by a 13-6 margin, but as in last night’s game would need to come back from behind.

They would do so 3:21 into the second period as Salak scored his first of two goals in the period. Danbury regained the lead at 14:20 when Taylor Bourne scored on the power play, but the lead would not last long. Two minutes and thirty-eight seconds later, with a power play of the own, Berlin defenseman David Brancik answered back to tie the game. Salak scored what proved to be the game-winner under two minutes later at 18:29. The RiverDrivers again outshot the Titans in the period, 15-12.  Continue reading



Hartford Wolf Pack 4, Springfield Thunderbirds 3

BY: Chris Kohler, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, April 7, 2017 – Nicklas Jensen’s goal with 2:21 remaining in the third period lifted the Hartford Wolf Pack to a 4-3 win over the Springfield Thunderbirds Friday night at the XL Center.

Rookie goaltender Chris Nell made 27 saves to post his first professional win for the Wolf Pack, and Marek Hrivik had a goal and an assist.  Chris Brown and Matt Carey also scored for Hartford.  Ed Wittchow, Tim Bozon, and Chase Balisy had the Springfield goals.

At 5:19 of the first period, the Thunderbirds took the early lead when Wittchow took a pass from Anthony Greco and fired a shot from the left point over the right shoulder of Nell to make the score 1-0.

Just 2:40 later, at 5:19, the Wolf Pack were able to respond and beat Springfield goalie Sam Brittain (22 saves).  Brown picked off a Paul Thompson pass just outside the Thunderbird blue line, to set up a one on one opportunity with the goalie that he converted with a perfect five-hole shot. Continue reading


    Game Summary                             PHI: A. Stolarz (L)   NYR: H. Lundqvist (W)                           Event Summary

–        POINT TAKEN – The Rangers have earned at least 100 points for the third consecutive season (2014-15 – 2016-17) and for the 10th time in franchise history. The Blueshirts have registered 100 or more points in three consecutive seasons for the second time in franchise history (1970-71 – 1972-73). The Rangers are currently one of three NHL teams that have registered at least 100 points in every season since 2014-15 (along with Chicago and Washington).

–        GOALS GALORE – The Blueshirts have tallied three or more goals in each of the last five games, in 10 of the last 13 games, and in 48 games this season. Continue reading



Providence Bruins 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

BY: Chris Kohler, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, March 26, 2017Taylor Beck and Michael Joly scored for the Hartford Wolf Pack Sunday at the XL Center, and Magnus Hellberg made 34 saves, but three, second-period goals by the Providence Bruins proved to be too much for Hartford to handle in a 5-2 loss.

The Wolf Pack struck first at 2:43 of the opening period. Steven Fogarty played the puck toward the front of the net, and it eventually made its way through Ty Ronning and on goal. Bruin goaltender Zane McIntyre (21 saves) made the stop, but Taylor Beck was there to rap in the rebound.

At 13:45, Beck was found guilty of interference, giving the Bruins a power play. With 35 seconds remaining in the penalty, Austin Czarnik fed a pass to Alex Grant at the right point, and he fired a shot over the Hellberg’s left shoulder to even the game at one, at 15:10.

The Bruins then claimed their first lead early in the second period, after scoring two goals within six seconds of each other.

The first goal was recorded at 2:33, when Chris Porter’s shot from the right side hit Wolf Pack defenseman Garrett Noonan and knuckled into the back of the net, for 2-1 Providence lead.  Ryan Fitzgerald and Emil Johansson were credited with the assists on Porter’s tally.

Directly off of the center-ice faceoff, Porter took the puck down the right side of the ice and passed into the middle to Tyler Randell, who beautifully redirected the puck past Hellberg at 2:39, to increase the lead to 3-1.

The Wolf Pack failed to convert on a 64-second two-man advantage later in the period and then went on the power play again at 19:05 when the Bruins’ Tommy Cross was called for slashing.

The Bruins would score shorthanded, however, as Austin Czarnik took a pass from Jake DeBrusk and deposited it past Hellberg from the right circle at 19:26.

Grant scored his second of the game at 8:53 of the third, on a shot from the right side that went off of the Wolf Pack’s Michael Paliotta and through Hellberg’s pads, making the score 5-1.

At 9:50, Providence’s Colby cave was booked for delay of game. The Pack was finally able to convert on a power play, when Joly beat McIntyre with a backhand shot, converting the rebound of a Paliotta blast.

“We thought we played our best game in a while last night and didn’t follow that up,” Beck said, referencing the Wolf Pack’s 4-3 home win over Bridgeport the night before.  ”We have a lot of young guys, and we have to learn. The older guys certainly have to teach the way.”

The Wolf Pack’s next action is this Friday night, March 31, when they wrap up a four-game homestand at the XL Center against the Hershey Bears.  That is a 7:15 PM game, and, 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.

Tickets for all remaining Wolf Pack 2016-17 home games are on sale now at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.

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, or click here to request more info.

Providence Bruins 5 at Hartford Wolf Pack 2
Sunday, March 26, 2017 – XL Center

Providence 1 3 1 – 5
Hartford 1 0 1 – 2

1st Period-1, Hartford, Beck 18 (Fogarty), 2:43. 2, Providence, Grant 15 (Czarnik, Grzelcyk), 15:10 (PP). Penalties-Summers Hfd (interference), 9:11; Beck Hfd (interference), 13:45.

2nd Period-3, Providence, Porter 6 (Fitzgerald, Johansson), 2:33. 4, Providence, Randell 1 (Porter), 2:39. 5, Providence, Czarnik 5 (DeBrusk), 19:26 (SH). Penalties-Noonan Hfd (slashing), 7:19; Hargrove Pro (unsportsmanlike conduct), 7:59; O’Gara Pro (slashing), 13:19; McIntyre Pro (slashing), 14:15; Graves Hfd (interference), 16:17; Cross Pro (slashing), 19:05.

3rd Period-6, Providence, Grant 16 (Fitzgerald, Porter), 8:53. 7, Hartford, Joly 5 (Paliotta, McRae), 10:32 (PP). Penalties-Grzelcyk Pro (hooking), 5:53; Cave Pro (delay of game), 9:50; Cehlarik Pro (holding the stick), 18:35.

Shots on Goal-Providence 12-20-7-39. Hartford 5-10-8-23.
Power Play Opportunities-Providence 1 / 4; Hartford 1 / 7.
Goalies-Providence, McIntyre 18-4-1 (23 shots-21 saves). Hartford, Hellberg 11-13-5 (39 shots-34 saves).
Referees-Michael Mullen (7), Jake Brenk (42).
Linesmen-Kory Nagy (97), Paul Simeon (66).



Hartford Wolf Pack 4, Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3

BY: Chris Kohler, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, March 25, 2017 – Michael Joly scored two goals, including the game-winner, and added an assist for the Hartford Wolf Pack Saturday night at the XL Center, in a 4-3 win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Marek Hrivik added three assists for the Wolf Pack, who snapped a 0-8-1-0 drought.

After a scoreless first period, Joly got the Wolf Pack on the board with his first of the game at 8:49 of the second.  Hrivik passed the puck out of the right-wing corner to Joly in the slot, and Joly fired a shot over Sound Tiger goalie Eamon McAdam’s shoulder.

Shortly after killing a holding penalty that was called against Chris Brown at 10:48, Hartford scored its second goal of the game, on a sharp passing play.  Hrivik started off the attack before finding Joly near the front of the cage. Joly then opted to send a cross-crease pass to Ryan Graves, who was able to deposit the puck past McAdam (25 saves) and increase the lead to 2-0. Continue reading



Providence Bruins 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 1

BY: Chris Kohler, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, March 24, 2017 – Taylor Beck scored the lone goal for the Hartford Wolf Pack Friday night at the XL Center, and Magnus Hellberg finished with a team season-high 46 saves, but the Providence Bruins’ three goals proved to be too much to overcome.

The first half of the first period between the Pack and Bruins was a defensive battle, as both teams combined for a total of eight shots.

Hartford had a quality chance early, as Michael Joly collected a loose puck behind Providence’s goal and dished it to a streaking Adam Chapie. Bruin goaltender Zane McIntyre, however, was up to the challenge and denied Chapie to keep the game scoreless. Continue reading