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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – Sometimes an unexpected phone call turns out to be the best.

For New Canaan, Connecticut resident, Regis Pierre McGuire, one of the voices of hockey for NBC and the NBC Sports Network over the past decade came a call he’ll never forget.

“I didn’t expect it at all, but I’ll never forget the phone call from Lanny McDonald and what it means to me, and how he approached and explained everything to me.  I know some of the people on the selection committee, and I’m overwhelmed in a positive way. I’m very excited, very grateful, and amazingly honored. It’s not a responsibility that I’m gonna take lightly and I’m excited to learn the process as we go along here,” the perpetually pumped up McGuire said.

There was no lobbying for this prestigious position.

“My name was presented to the board, was voted, and unanimously selected,” McGuire remarked. “I’m like. ‘OK thank-you. Honest to goodness, no idea this was coming. I was taken aback in a positive way, to be honest actually shocked when he told me just really, really grateful.”

Would an incoming member have a list of candidates they think should be headed to Yonge Street in Toronto, where the Hockey Hall of Fame is located?

“I honestly don’t know.  It’s always kept quiet and secretive. That’s one thing you will learn as you get to your first meeting I received same amazing initial correspondence from members of the committee in the last 24-to-48 hours I appreciate it. Amazingly, I had a very nice conversation with Igor Larionov over at the Olympic Games in South Korea, whose on the board, and he never said a word to me.

“Mike Farber, (of Sports Illustrated), is also on the committee and we had some discussion via phone. I’m just learning the process. I really won’t know about it till I’m at my first meeting. I’m just looking forward to knowing how it all goes down,” McGuire said.

McGuire was a head coach for half a season with the Hartford Whalers. It was his first, and only NHL head coaching gig. He spent three seasons total with the Whalers organization.

One reason there was an opening was Scotty Bowman, the legendary coach who spent time with the Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings and was an executive with the Chicago Blackhawks, who’s also the owner of nine Stanley Cup rings, is stepping aside from the selection committee at the age of 84.

McGuire has a relationship with Bowman. It dates back to McGuire’s days as an Assistant Coach at St. Lawrence University when Bowman came to visit his daughter who was attending the upstate New York school.

“You never replace a Scotty Bowman. He’s an icon. He’ll never be replaced. He’s the winningest coach of all-time, that record will never be broken.  He’s the only guy to coach in five decades the 1950’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and his last game came in 2002.

“I’m tickled pink to say I will sit in his chair. I’ll never come close to replacing him.”

Reverence is not too strong of an adjective to describe the effect Bowman had on McGuire and his professional trajectory.

“Scotty has always been my mentor and an amazing friend. I really tried to listen to him and follow him. He has given me sage advice over the years; jobs I should have taken, jobs I did take. He’s not only an amazing hockey man, he has been an amazingly loyal friend. He is somebody I cherish and appreciate his friendship.”

It’s not too strong to suggest Bowman may have had the primary assist in McGuire’s candidacy.

McGuire was thankful for receiving this high honor.

“In the modern day, Ray Shero, now of the New Jersey Devils, and Randy Sexton (the assistant GM who worked with McGuire in Ottawa), Tim Murray in Buffalo and finally, Joe Marsh in St. Lawrence. I don’t think I ever met a more kind and humble person than Joe Marsh.”

As previously mentioned, McGuire was a coach at St. Lawrence when they were a collegiate powerhouse, not only in the ECAC but the nation in the 1980’s. Marsh was recently named the women’s hockey coach at Dartmouth. “In the two years I worked with him, we won a lot of games. We had a lot of fun. We got a lot of players to commit there. It was delightful and two years there went by way too quick. We still talk a lot and I’m very grateful for his friendship, too.”

McGuire, born in the Le Belle province in Montreal was living in the Mont-Royal, Westmount, and Sainte-Adele neighborhoods until his family moved to New Jersey during his formative years. The family settled in Northern New Jersey and Pierre attended Bergen Catholic High School, which was one of the top academic and athletic parochial schools in the area. It’s something he’s never forgotten and credits for his development.

“I started out at Lower Canada College my first two years and my last two years were at Bergen Catholic. I was fortunate to have gone to such an amazing school. I played football and hockey and lettered in both. In football, I played for a legend in Tony Carson and John DeCarlo who, believe it or not, is an off-ice official for the New Jersey Devils.” McGuire said with a laugh. “It’s kinda crazy how its all come full circle. I appreciated my time there and you never forget your roots and it helped me become the person I am today. The teaching and coaches at Bergen Catholic shaped me.”

McGuire’s son is now playing the sport. He matriculates in prep school hockey at Belmont Hill in Massachusetts. McGuire rattles off prep schools as easily as he does a Winnipeg Jets lineup. His devotion to all levels of hockey was likely another factor in his selection.

“I’ve been following it since I was released from the New Jersey Devils training camp,“ McGuire said. He played one season of international hockey in Holland after having a collegiate career at Hobart College, a Division III program. “I coached right away in upstate New York (Hobart College) and in Massachusetts (with Babson College, where he worked with former Bridgeport Sound Tigers’ head coach, Steve Stirling) and at St. Lawrence. I’ve been following them American (Hockey) League, major junior, college and Europe players ever since.

“When you have a son playing, you get to see the younger players. I’ve seen the 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 age birthdates play a ton. The next few three-or-four, maybe five drafts, are going to be very good,” McGuire commented.

That range of depth in the sport certainly has helped McGuire in the quiet deliberation of his candidacy at the college of hockey cardinals.

The change in the game from his days in Hartford even seems astounding.

“The players are better. The equipment is better, and there are more rinks today. One of my mentors (the late) “Badger” Bob Johnson, then with the Pittsburgh Penguins, had a vision when he was with USA hockey with more rinks in the inner cities of America, and you see where you’re getting better and better and better players from very non-traditional hockey places.

“It is interesting to see how it has transitioned over time. USA Hockey with grassroots programming and (NHL) moves into non-traditional places like Florida, Tampa Bay, Dallas, Carolina, Arizona, LA, Anaheim, San Jose, and now Nashville. When you have a player like Auston Matthews (Toronto), who is from Arizona, is a prime example, and five first-rounders from St. Louis in one draft.”

He first dipped his toe in the Nutmeg State was his three years in the early 1990’s with the Whalers, two and a half as an assistant coach and a half season at the helm of the Whalers.

“We had the third-best record at one point when we had five major injuries and our season got sunk there. It was a pleasure coaching a then 19-year-old Christopher Pronger and getting to know the late Brad McCrimmon (with whom he paired Pronger). I appreciated talking to Mr. (Richard) Gordon, appreciated his friendship, and he helped me in many ways as an owner getting to know other owners. We all kinda knew the team might move, but the fans there were great, a real hard-core set of fans. They were great and electrifying and when they left, I knew there was a really good chance it wasn’t gonna come back. We fought every day to have then stay but once the team was sold, I got kicked to the curb and a couple of years later the team was moved.”

After being a head coaching with the Baton Rouge Kingfish (ECHL), he made a career change, heading back to Montreal and becoming the Canadiens radio color guy on English broadcasts on CJAD-AM (800). His media portfolio continues in the city with a 5 pm slot every day with Mitch Melnick on TSN 690 AM as well as his work on NBC.

McGuire also wanted to thank another part of his hockey community.

“Man, I got one more person (to thank). How can I forget him? Sam Flood at NBC Sports. He was the one who created the Inside the Glass concept. He’s been unbelievable to my family and I wouldn’t have left TSN (The Sports Network). He’s a visionary and cerebral that’s off the charts. He’s an icon in the media business. It was he and Dick Ebersol who came up with the Inside the Glass idea and they approached me in 2004 and said if you think you can do it, the job, it’s yours. I said ‘I don’t think the league will allow you to do it,’ and they said, ‘Leave that to us.’ It was stimulating (the idea). Number one and number two. They said, ‘Are you up for a challenge to help grow the game?’ The game isn’t going to grow anymore in Canada, and he was right about that, and he said it would grow more in the United States, and he was right about that, and if you have seen the national package it has grown every year. I wanted to learn more about the TV business and I told him, ‘You’re my Scotty Bowman of TV.”

Now, McGuire, who has ridden the hockey rail to many different stops in many different outfits, as coach, scout, and broadcaster, can now add one more ticket to be punched in Toronto as a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection committee member.


BY: The New York Rangers

  • Filip Chytil registered four assists/points and recorded nine shots on goals in three games during the week, and he also tallied the game-deciding goal in the shootout on Jan. 26 vs. Charlotte. The Rangers’ first round pick (21st overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has posted three multi-point games in the last five contests (one goal, six assists over the span). In addition, Chytil has registered eight points (two goals, six assists) in the last seven games and 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in 24 games with the Wolf Pack this season. Chytil leads Hartford in plus/minus rating (plus-four) and ranks second on Hartford in points per game (0.83) in 2017-18. The 18-year-old is one of three players younger than 19 years old who have played at least one AHL game this season, as well as one of eight players younger than 20 years old who have played at least one AHL game this season, and he leads all AHL players younger than 20 years old in points in 2017-18. Chytil also ranks sixth among AHL rookies in points per game this season.

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Defenseman Played four Games in first Career AHL Stint

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, January 28, 2018:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Chris Drury announced today that the parent New York Rangers have reassigned defenseman Sergey Zborovskiy from the Wolf Pack to its ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. Continue reading


CANTLON: Schneider OT Winner Propels Pack to Road Win In Utica


BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Cole Schneider scored his second goal of the game and sent the Hartford Wolf Pack to their third straight overtime victory in a 4-3 win over the Utica Comets on the road at the Adirondack Bank Center.

The game-winner started with rookie Lias Andersson, the New York Rangers’ first-round pick who was making his Wolf Pack debut. Andersson won a faceoff back to John Gilmour. The Pack’s second-year defenseman, who will also be the team’s lone All-Star representative at the AHL All-Star game to be played in the same arena on Sunday and Monday, zoomed up the right side of the ice in the three-on-three overtime and spotted Schneider coming back door.  Schneider lifted his eighth of the season over Comet goalie, Richard Bachman, at 2:20 of overtime. Continue reading


CANTLON: (SUN) Pack Overtime Shutout Win


BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – Vince Pedrie picked the right time for his first goal of the season.

Pedrie was on the left-wing when he scored the game-winner in overtime giving the Hartford Wolf Pack for a 1-0 victory over the visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Filip Chytil, who nearly scored on a coast-to-coast rush a few seconds earlier, started the play when he came across the right side and left a drop pass to Cole Schneider. The UConn alumnist then slid the puck over to Pedrie who zipped it past Anthony Peters to the far side at 2:15 of the game. Continue reading



BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, CT – The Wolf Pack (17-20-3-3, 40 pts., .465) rung up a pair of home overtime wins this past week, to move past Springfield and into seventh place in the Atlantic Division.  On Friday night at the XL Center, 18-year-old rookie center Filip Chytil netted his first career North American pro, OT goal, and added an assist, as the Wolf Pack edged the Utica Comets, 3-2.  Defenseman Ryan Sproul scored both of the Wolf Pack’s goals in regulation in that game.  Then on Sunday, Alexandar Georgiev posted the Wolf Pack’s first shutout of the 2017-18 season, stopping 43 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguin shots, and another rookie, defenseman Vince Pedrie, found the net in overtime, as the Wolf Pack defeated the Penguins by a score of 1-0.

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Hartford Wolf Pack 1, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 0 (OT)

BY: Nick Ward, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, January 21, 2018 – Vince Pedrie’s overtime goal lifted the Hartford Wolf Pack past the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 1-0, Sunday at the XL Center.

Alexandar Georgiev stopped 43 Penguin shots in the game, for the Wolf Pack’s first shutout of the season and the first of Georgiev’s North American pro career.  His counterpart, Anthony Peters, made 21 stops in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton net.

It was the second straight overtime victory for the Wolf Pack, who defeated the Utica Comets 3-2 in OT on Friday night at the XL Center.

The Wolf Pack struggled to get the puck on net in the first two periods, only tallying 14 shots on goal through the first 40 minutes of play.  They were able to pick it up in the third, though, and had more offensive momentum as they took the game to overtime, where their offensive tenacity paid off with Pedrie’s overtime winner.  Continue reading



Veteran had two Points in five Previous Games with Hartford

HARTFORD, January 19, 2018:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Chris Drury announced today that the Wolf Pack has signed forward Chris Langkow to a Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement.

This is the second Wolf Pack PTO of the season for Langkow, an eighth-year pro out of the Western Hockey League who skated in five games with the club in an earlier stint.  He produced a goal and an assist in those five contests, and has nine goals and 16 assists for 25 points, along with 19 penalty minutes, in 28 ECHL games with the Worcester Railers this season.  The 28-year-old Langkow leads the Railers in assists and is tied for the team lead in points.

The Wolf Pack are in home action at the XL Center tonight, hosting the Utica Comets in a 7:15 contest.  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.



Blueshirts also assign Lias Andersson to Wolf Pack

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, January 19, 2018 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has recalled defenseman Tony DeAngelo and forward Daniel Catenacci from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

DeAngelo, 22, has skated in 29 games with the Wolf Pack this season, registering two goals and 11 assists for 13 points, along with 17 penalty minutes. DeAngelo ranks second among Hartford defensemen in points per game (0.45) and is tied for second among team defensemen in points in 2017-18. He has recorded 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in his last 16 games, and he posted a six-game point streak from Dec. 8 at Providence to Dec. 22 vs. Providence.

The 5-11, 181-pounder has skated in eight games with the Rangers this season, registering one assist and two penalty minutes. DeAngelo made his Rangers debut on Oct. 5 vs. Colorado, and he recorded his first assist/point with the Blueshirts on Oct. 17 vs. Pittsburgh.

Catenacci, 24, has skated in 23 games with the Wolf Pack this season, registering two goals and eight assists for 10 points, along with 19 penalty minutes. He tallied seven points (two goals, five assists) in a seven-game span from Oct. 28 at Lehigh Valley to Nov. 12 vs. Laval. Catenacci registered two points (one goal, one assist), including the game-winning goal, on Nov. 11 at Bridgeport.

The 5-10, 193-pounder skated in 11 NHL games with Buffalo during the 2015-16 season. Catenacci was acquired by the Rangers from Buffalo in exchange for Mat Bodie on Feb. 28, 2017.

In addition, the Rangers have assigned forward Lias Andersson to Hartford. Andersson, 19, has skated in 22 games with Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) this season, registering seven goals and seven assists for 14 points. He also helped Sweden win a silver medal at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, as he recorded seven points (six goals, one assist) in seven games during the tournament.

Andersson was selected by the Rangers in the first round, seventh overall, of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.


BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

(Editor’s note: Due to a meeting that I couldn’t avoid, I was unable to post this when Gerry sent it to me. Gerry had this story several hours before it broke and I want to acknowledge the great work he did in coming up with it…Mitch Beck, Editor, Howlings)

HARTFORD, CT In a Cantlon’s Corner exclusive, the Hartford Wolf Pack will sign winger Shawn O’Donnell, who will return to the team starting tomorrow night against the Utica Comets. He will be at the team’s pre-game skate tomorrow morning.

O’Donnell signed a PTO (Professional Try-Out) deal with the Pack. He has been playing with the Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL) where O’Donnell has registered 13 goals and 36 points in 28 games so far this season.

O’Donnell was walkon at Wolf Pack training camp in 2013. He came out of Canadian college hockey where he played for St. Mary’s University (AUAA). His head coach there was former New Haven Nighthawk, Trevor Steinburg, who helped get him the tryout.

O’Donnell has been in Cincinnati for the last two seasons but did have a six-game call-up with the Milwaukee Admirals last year.