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CANLTON’S CORNER: XL Ctr Looks to Be Sold

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT It’s expected that the next two weeks would likely determine the future direction of the state’s two major multi-purpose hockey arenas, the XL Center in Hartford, and the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport.

Of the two locations, one shoe dropped giving direction on the future Wednesday night in Bridgeport.

Nationally renowned concert promotion agency, Live Nation, working with local developer, Howard Saffan, the one-time former president of the Sound Tigers, won the bidding process to convert the baseball stadium into a three-season, 5.500 seat, outdoor concert amphitheatre in the fashion of the Meadows/Xfinity facility in Hartford, to open in May 2019.

The awarding of the deal to Saffan/Live Nation was ratified by the Bridgeport City Contracts Committee Council on Wednesday night.   Continue reading


TOSTI: Swamp Rabbits and Eagles Square Off for Round 2

After tight Wednesday night battle, Greenville retakes the ice tonight in Colorado for rematch

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Fri, Nov. 24 9:05 p.m. (ET) at Colorado Eagles ListenWatchTwitter

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (9-5-2-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, and the Colorado Eagles (10-4-2-0) will skate again tonight at the Budweiser Events Center, playing the second of three games this week. After dropping the last three contests, Greenville will be in pursuit of a victory when the puck drops at 7:05 p.m. MT (9:05 p.m. ET). Colorado has been on a roll of late, earning points in the Mountain Division standings for the last five games (3-0-2-0). Michael Joly leads the Eagles offense with 19 points (13G, 6A) in 16 games, while Greenville’s frontman is Caleb Herbert with a league-leading 26 points (10G, 16A) in 16 games.

In addition to Caleb Herbert’s league-leading numbers, he also leads the league with a 16-game point streak. The fourth-year pro has earned at least one point in every game this season, setting the franchise record and tying the ECHL high from the 2016-17 season. The last player to eclipse the 16-game streak was Chad Costello, who tallied points in 19 consecutive games at the end of the 2015-16 season.

Rookie forward Dawson Leedahl has recorded a goal in each of the last four games and is tied for fourth among first-year skaters with 16 points (7G, 9A). Leedahl’s goal streak is the longest of the season for the Swamp Rabbits. Only Allen’s Vincent Arseneau has a longer active goal streak in the league. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native is tied for third on the Swamp Rabbits active roster in point production, leading the club’s rookie skaters.

Greenville has earned a 7-2-1-0 record in the month of November, earning 15 points in the South Division standings. Through ten games in the month, the club has produced the third best November record in franchise history. The Swamp Rabbits have three games remaining in November and six more points available. If the team wins out, it would top the 10-4-0-0 record produced in November 2010 as the best in franchise history.

The Colorado Avalanche reassigned rookie forward J.C. Beaudin on Thursday morning from the Eagles to the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage. Beaudin was selected by the Avalanche in the third round of the 2015 NHL draft and began his first pro campaign with the Eagles. In 16 ECHL games, the Longueuil, Quebec native ranked second on the Colorado roster with 16 points (6G, 10A). The 6-foot-1 forward compiled over a point per game in the QMJHL with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, earning 215 points (77G, 138A) in 195 games. He also helped the Huskies capture the 2016 QMJHL Championship and make it to the Memorial Cup Final.


  • Greenville’s 71 goals are the most by any ECHL team, averaging a league-leading 4.44 goals per game.
  • Michael Joly has scored his league-leading 13 goals on 35 shots (37.1%) the third best shooting percentage this season.
  • Eagles goaltender Joe Cannata leads the league with 1.98 goals against average, .938 save percentage, and is undefeated in six games.
  • Opening the scoring will be important tonight as Colorado is 9-1-2-0 when scoring the first goal of the game and Greenville is 6-3-2-0 when recording the opening tally.
  • Forwards Caleb Herbert and Allan McPherson sit atop the ECHL in point production with a four-point advantage over third place Cody Wydo of Wheeling who has notched 21 points (8G, 13A) this season.


CANTLON: (SUN) Laval Trips Pack In OT 3-2


BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT Daniel Audette’s wrist shot in overtime gave the Laval Rocket a 3-2 win on the road over the Hartford Wolf Pack at the XL Center on Sunday afternoon.

“I like our game for 63 minutes. After last night’s game, Daniel (Audette) came down with a nice shot because (Alexander Georgiev) played very well against us. It had to be the right shot to beat him,” Laval’s head coach and ex-Wolf, Pack Sylvain Lefebvre, said. Continue reading


Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, 8:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 7-7-2 (16 pts)
Bruins: 6-4-3 (15 pts) 

BY: The New York Rangers

The New York Rangers’ 2017-18 Media Guide can be found via the following link: HERE


The Rangers play their 17th game of the 2017-18 season and continue a three-game homestand tomorrow, Nov. 8, against the Boston Bruins in an Original Six matchup at Madison Square Garden (8:00 p.m. ET – TV: NBCSN; Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). The Blueshirts enter the contest with a four-game winning streak and have also won six of their last eight contests (6-2-0 record). In addition, the Rangers have earned at least one point in eight of their last 10 games (6-2-2 record).  Continue reading


CANTLON’S CORNER: XL Ctr Looks to Be Sold

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT Expect a final decision in the next two weeks that will likely determine the future direction of the state’s two major multi-purpose hockey arenas, The XL Center in Hartford, and Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport.

One shoe dropped Wednesday night in Bridgeport.

A bidding process declared that the nationally renowned concert promotion agency, Live Nation in partnership with the local developer Howard Saffan, who was the former president of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, won a bid to convert the baseball stadium to a three-season outdoor concert amphitheater. The building will rival the Meadows/XFINITY facility in Hartford, as a 5.500 seat facility to open in May 2019.

The awarding of the deal to Saffan/Live Nation was ratified by the Bridgeport City Contracts committee board Wednesday night to be sent to the full council to vote to either approve or reject the deal on November 6th, just one day before Election Day.

Thursday morning, an even bigger shoe dropped in the process.

In Hartford, The legislature passed a bipartisan $40 billion budget, but there is only an allocation of $40 million to be bonded (pending bond commission approval) for the XL Center over the next two years to do needed repairs and purchase the atrium.

CRDA Executive Director, Michael Friemuth, was certainly not doing a jig or ringing the church bells either.

“We’re caught in the middle,” Friemuth said. “There is no consensus to shut it down or renovate it either. We’re happy the operating budget was maintained for the building (at $600K) because in the budget previously passed and vetoed by the Governor, (the legislature) had it cut completely and if it had passed, it would be a completely different situation to deal with.

“Now we have two questions before us. We have the $40 million the next two years to do some needed repairs and deal with the Atrium. The larger one is, can we find outside investors by 2019 in helping with the renovation part since there is no appetite in the legislature (to fund) it now.”

The legislative finance committee took the original request of the $125 million half of the publicly stated cost of the project and recommended only $75 million. In one of the failed budgets over the past few months, John Fonfara (D-Hartford), who has the XL Center in his district, had a plan to bond $115 million. That budget went down to defeat when three Democrats defected and sided with a Republican proposal that was vetoed by the governor and was sustained.

Freimuth was under no illusions about the $115 million budget allocation.

“That had no chance of ever passing. Certainly, would have been nice, but I’m a pragmatist about this. You have to be realistic about what you can get given the fiscal dynamics in the state right now. We have fully depreciated equipment in the building, contracts with Spectra, and major tenants, so this is not an easy situation for obvious reasons. The marketplace the XL Center operates in will be changing in the next two years as well. There will be the opening of a new casino and now the amphitheater in Bridgeport.”

Also looming over the head of Freimuth and the XL Center is a provision that if a private investor isn’t found for the current home of UConn Hockey and the Hartford Wolf Pack, the building will be put up For Sale in 2019. It seems it was the polite way to say, “We’re closing the building because nobody will buy a 44-year-old building.” Last year they put out RFP’s for a private investor and received just one response.

Northland Corporation, the owner of Atrium’s title and who has been in a protracted negotiation for almost two years, will now seek more money for the title and deed they hold. Northland could now wait until the building closes to build another building or take a long-term strategic objective Cantlon’s Corner uncovered in the early days, and that was their desire to be the building’s operator.

Now, the current occupants all have expiring contracts. The one ending soonest would be that of the Wolf Pack.

As per the agreement, MSG has to inform the CRDA by December 31st of their intentions regarding the contract.

The two sides have already been in discussions.

“We have been talking the better part of two months and they have expressed their interest to remain in Hartford,”Friemuth said. “Any deal will be short term because that’s what we’re working with right now.”

Friemuth confirmed what Cantlon’s Corner reported two months ago that there is a two-year offer on the table, but he would not confirm the numbers a source stated that would follow the path of the current deal. $1,55 million for 2018 and $1.6 million for 2019 with the check written by Spectra.

Then there is the issue with UConn hockey that has to be sorted out first before any dealing with the basketball teams.

“They clearly need a place to play with no on-campus arena in Storrs. I would say that might be a 2-3 year agreement or year-to-year with options. There are several ways to proceed with it. I think now with the operating budget in place, we can move forward with that piece and the Wolf Pack.”

The ultimate solution for the building though is still nowhere in sight.

“I wish I could say we have something, but we don’t at this point. We’re kind of like the Romans and the Greeks with our Coliseum. Not much has changed. We know the problems and we know what needs to be done and until the fiscal landscape changes, it’s still unresolved. We put a lot of effort in the process. I have learned not to answer my phone after 11 pm anymore that’s for sure,” Freimuth jokingly replied referencing the many late night budget issues that been worked on the past two months.

It seems that we might be leaving a Roman Coliseum in Hartford that future generations will come with backpacks and say, ‘This is where the XL Center once stood,” and where “Hart-City” flatlined.

Cantlon’s Corner will report on a more detailed historical outline of the history of the state’s sports arenas coming soon.



BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, May 8, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free-agent forward Dawson Leedahl.

Leedahl, 21, skated in 71 regular season games with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League (WHL) this season, registering 35 goals and 54 assists for 89 points, along with a plus-45 rating and 121 penalty minutes. He established WHL career-highs in several categories in 2016-17, including games played, goals, assists, points, plus/minus rating, and penalty minutes. Leedahl was the only WHL player who registered at least 30 goals, 100 penalty minutes, and a plus-40 rating this season. He tied for sixth in the WHL in plus/minus rating and tied for 12th in the league in points in 2016-17. In addition, he ranked third on Regina in points, and he tied for third on the team in goals and assists this season. Continue reading



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Three Players Signed to ATOs, three to Greenville, and Brandon Halverson Returns from ECHL

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, March 29, 2017:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld today announced the following Wolf Pack roster changes:

Forward Vinni Lettieri, goaltender Chris Nell, and defenseman Vince Pedrie have signed Amateur Tryout (ATO) agreements with the Wolf Pack.

  • Goaltender Brandon Halverson has been reassigned by the parent New York Rangers to the Wolf Pack from its ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits.
  • Forward Adam Chapie and goaltender Mackenzie Skapski have been reassigned by the Rangers from the Wolf Pack to Greenville.
  • Defenseman Garrett Noonan has been returned by the Wolf Pack to Greenville.

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Hartford Wolf Pack 2, Lehigh Valley Phantoms 1

BY: Chris Kohler, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, January 6, 2017 – Magnus Hellberg made 31 saves, and Pavel Buchnevich and Chris Brown scored goals 1:23 apart in the second period Friday night at the XL Center, to carry the Hartford Wolf Pack to a 2-1 win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

The victory snapped a season-high streak of four straight regulation losses for the Wolf Pack.

The Phantoms got off to an early lead just a little more than a quarter into the first period, after the Wolf Pack tested Phantom goalie Anthony Stolarz with several shots.  Jordan Weal netted the game’s first goal for the Phantoms at 5:43, assisted by Danick Martel and T.J. Brennan. Continue reading



Albany Devils 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 1

BY: Henry Lucey, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, December 31, 2016Ben Sexton provided the third-period winner Saturday night, as the Albany Devils defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack by a score of 3-1 at the XL Center.

The Devils wasted no time getting on the scoreboard in their second trip to the XL Center. Just thirty-two seconds into the contest, Albany’s Jan Mandat intercepted a pass by Hartford’s John Gilmour and connected on a turn-around shot from the right side to give the Devils an early 1-0 advantage.

After a slow start, the Pack soon found their rhythm, playing the majority of the period in Albany’s defensive zone, but Hartford was never able to capitalize.

Two of Hartford’s best chances to level the score came after Vojtech Mozik was booked for holding at the 6:10 mark. With a man-advantage, the Pack sent two strong snap-shots at Albany’s net, but Devils netminder, Ken Appleby came up with a pair of glove saves, to keep Ken Gernander’s squad off the scoreboard. Continue reading



Defenseman is Attending Buffalo Free Agent Camp This Weekend

BY: Savanna Arral, NWHL

Buffalo, NYSarah Casorso has signed a contract with the Buffalo Beauts for the 2016-17 season, General Manager Ric Seiling announced Saturday at the NWHL Free Agent Camp in Buffalo. Casorso and the Beauts agreed to terms on a one-year, $13,500 contract.

“I think this league is one of the best in the world,” said Casorso. “It’s been a goal of mine to play at the highest level I can and this will give me the best opportunity to do so. I’m excited to be a part of this, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, and hopefully I’ll inspire younger girls to achieve their goals.”

Casorso played for the University of British Columbia from 2010-2015, collecting 66 points (21g, 45a) in 121 games played. The defenseman from Kelowna, BC was named a First Team Canada West All-Star and a First Team CIS All-Canadian after the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.

The NWHL is currently holding the second Free Agent Camp of the offseason in Buffalo, NY, at HARBORCENTER. Alexa Gruschow signed with the New York Riveters after the first Free Agent Camp in Newark, NJ.

The restricted free agency began on April 1 and lasted until April 30. Free agency began May 1 and lasts until July 31. The 2016 NWHL Draft was on June 18.

About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)
The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season began October 11, 2015, with the Founding Four: Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters. The Boston Pride became the first team in NWHL history to raise the Isobel Cup on March 12, 2016.