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TOSTI: GREENVILLE ACQUIRES GOALTENDER TY RIMMER FROM KANSAS CITY 

Greenville Acquires Goaltender Ty Rimmer from Kansas City 

Netminder joins Swamp Rabbits for fifth pro season with nearly 100 games of AA-hockey experience.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced today the acquisition of goaltender Ty Rimmer from the Kansas City Mavericks in exchange for future considerations. The netminder has played 59 career ECHL games and boasts 80 games of experience in the American, Central, and Alps Hockey Leagues during his four pro seasons.

In addition to the trade, Greenville has released forward Ricky DeRosa and goaltender Eric Levine. Forwards Derek Sutliffe and John Gustaffson, goaltender Greg Dodds, and defenseman Fabien Currit have also been released from tryout agreements.

Rimmer, 25, comes back to the United States after playing in central Europe last season. In the Alps Hockey League, Rimmer suited up for 31 games and ranked among the top eight goaltenders in the league sporting a 2.36 goals-against-average, and .921 save percentage. Prior to his stint overseas, Rimmer manned the crease for the Norfolk Admirals and Bakersfield Condors in 2015-16. The goaltender posted a 14-13-3-1 record, 3.01 goals against average, and .910 save percentage for the Admirals in 34 games.

The Edmonton, Alberta native split his time with the Edmonton Oilers affiliates after signing an AHL contract with the Oklahoma City Barons in 2013. Rimmer carries a 22-24-4-3 record, two shutouts, 3.09 goals against average, and .902 save percentage in his ECHL career with Norfolk and the Bakersfield Condors. In addition, he has tallied a 3-3-1-1 record in ten AHL contests between the Barons, Condors, and Manchester Monarchs. During his rookie season, Rimmer was recognized on the CHL’s All-Rookie Team, playing 39 games for the Quad City Mallards in 2013-14.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound goalie is a product of the WHL, playing for the Brandon Wheat Kings, Prince George Cougars, Tri-City Americans, and Lethbridge Hurricanes from 2009 to 2013. Rimmer logged 159 games in the WHL, earning a 74-65-4-10 career record, 10 shutouts, 3.01 goals against average, and .901 save percentage. He also was honored as a WHL First Team All-Star during the 2011-12 season and boasted the league’s best goals-against average (2.43) and save percentage (.922).

After sweeping the preseason with a pair of 4-3 wins against Atlanta and South Carolina, Rimmer and the Swamp Rabbits open the regular season this Friday. Puck drop at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena is at 7 p.m. Greenville takes the ice against the Wheeling Nailers.

OPENING WEEKEND: Greenville begins the season this Friday at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena against the Wheeling Nailers. Tickets are specially priced at just $10 for this game and can be purchased by clicking here. The puck drops for the Swamp Rabbits’ Opening Weekend at 7 p.m. Join the pregame Fan Fest at 5:30 p.m. for the Dew Street Hockey Zone, inflatables, concessions, music, and more! The Bon Secours Family Fun Pack is also available for this game and includes tickets, food, beverages and a souvenir for just $60! For more information, head to SwampRabbits.com.

CLEAR BAG POLICY: Beginning with the Swamp Rabbits home opener on October 13th, the Bon Secours Wellness Arena will be implementing a clear bag policy for all events. Each ticketed guest will be permitted to carry one large clear bag, either a Ziploc style bag or a 12”x6”x12” clear bag, plus a small clutch purse (4.5”x6.5”). For more information on the policy, click here.

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS FORCE OVERTIME, FINISH PRESEASON WITH 4-3 WIN

Swamp Rabbits Force Overtime, Finish Preseason with 4-3 Win

Greenville tallies three unanswered goals including overtime winner by Dawson Leedahl to top the South Carolina Stingrays

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

North Charleston, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, battled back in North Charleston tonight to force overtime and earn a 4-3 win against the South Carolina Stingrays. Rookie forward Dawson Leedahl netted two goals including the overtime winner to propel Greenville to an undefeated preseason.

BOX SCORE

The first period reignited the in-state rivalry that was seen in the playoffs just a few months ago. The physicality jumped up, resulting in eight penalties called in the first 20 minutes. Greenville sent a flurry of 16 shots on the net of Jeff Jakaitis but all were held off the board in the opening period

Rookie Nick Roberto scored the first of a two-goal night for South Carolina to open the scoring. South Carolina began their first of three power plays in the period and Roberto cleaned up in front of the cage to score his first goal at the pro level. Nick Johnson and veteran Kelly Zajac were rewarded with assists on the play. Jake Schultz and Jake Flegel added to the action, dropping the gloves for a fight in the final minute of the period. Both skated to the locker rooms and their teams quickly followed them for the intermission.

Leedahl would answer the bell early in the second period to tie the game. Greenville would go on the power play early in the period and goaltender Eric Levine would need to make a big save while shorthanded. The save turned into a rush up the ice with Adam Chapie feeding the WHL product in the offensive zone. Leedahl brought the puck to the front of the net and wrapped it around Jakaitis a little over 2 minutes into the middle frame.

Levine split the game with Greg Dodds and the Stingrays jumped all over the new goaltender. On his first series, the Stingrays fired a shot that deflected off the netminder and rebounded to Steven Whitney. On his second attempt, Whitney regained the lead for the Stingrays with less than nine minutes left in the game.

The Stingrays grabbed another goal five minutes later. Roberto came down the ice, trailing Robbie Baillargeon and caught a drop pass from his teammate. A quick wrist shot found the back of the net to give South Carolina a 3-1 advantage at the second intermission.

Greenville’s relentless nature would not give up on the game, again tallying 16 shots in the second period and eventually breaking through Jakaitis again in the third period. Nick Betz tallied his second goal of the preseason a little more than 2 minutes in, cleaning up a rebound in front of the net to pull within one goal.

For the second straight game, the Swamp Rabbits erased a two-goal deficit in the third period to come away with the win.

Ten minutes later, it was Evan Jasper coming in to tie the game up. The rookie walked his way down to the right side of the net and tucked a shot just under the crossbar. The effort forced overtime at the Carolina Ice Palace, giving the fans more free hockey to watch.

Allan McPherson and Sergey Zborovskiy assisted on Leedahl’s game-winning goal a minute into overtime. On the power play, the Swamp Rabbits hacked at the puck on the side of the net, freeing it up for a quick shot by Leedahl to end the game.

Overall, Greenville was 2-for-8 on the power play and 6-for-7 on the penalty kill, while outshooting the Stingrays 43 to 28.

OPENING WEEKEND: Greenville begins the season on Oct. 13, 2017, at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena against the Wheeling Nailers. Tickets are specially priced at just $10 for this game and can be purchased by clicking here. The puck drops for the Swamp Rabbits’ Opening Weekend at 7 p.m. Join the pregame Fan Fest at 5:30 p.m. for the Dew Street Hockey Zone, inflatables, concessions, music, and more! The Bon Secours Family Fun Pack is also available for this game and includes tickets, food, beverages and a souvenir for just $60! For more information, head to SwampRabbits.com.

CLEAR BAG POLICY: Beginning with the Swamp Rabbits home opener on October 13th, the Bon Secours Wellness Arena will be implementing a clear bag policy for all events. Each ticketed guest will be permitted to carry one large clear bag, either a Ziploc style bag or a 12”x6”x12” clear bag, plus a small clutch purse (4.5”x6.5”). For more information on the policy, click here.

 

CRAWFORD: PACK CRUSHED BY SOUND TIGERS IN 2ND PRESEASON GAME

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Bridgeport Sound Tigers 7, Hartford Wolf Pack 1

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Worcester, MA, September 30, 2017 – Dan Catenacci’s goal with 2:53 left in the game saved the Hartford Wolf Pack from being shut out by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Saturday at the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center, but the Sound Tigers cruised to a 7-1 win in the Wolf Pack’s second of two preseason games.

Travis St. Denis had two goals and an assist for Bridgeport, and Matt Gaudreau scored twice.  John Stevens and Casey Bailey had a goal and an assist apiece.  Christopher Gibson made 30 saves in the Sound Tiger net.

The Sound Tigers got the only goal of the first period at 13:42, just ten seconds after they finished a penalty kill.  Yannick Turcotte sent Gaudreau off on a breakaway, and Gaudreau slipped a backhand shot in behind Wolf Pack starting goaltender Brandon Halverson (21 saves).

Bridgeport then exploded for four goals in the second frame, starting with another breakaway score at 8:24, this one shorthanded.  Again it was Turcotte making the pass, as his feed led Stevens in all alone.  Halverson got a big piece of Stevens’ shot, but could not keep it out of the net. Continue reading

CANTLON: WOLF PACK SHUTOUT IN PRE-SEASON OPENER

WOLF PACK SHUTOUT IN PRE-SEASON OPENER

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT The Hartford Wolf Pack were shutout in their pre-season opening contest for the 2017-18 season 2-0 by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

The game started at noon and was closed to the general public.

With lineups on both sides comprised mostly of players destined for their ECHL clubs, the game sadly mirrored in last year’s edition of the Wolf Pack.

In the first five minutes, the Wolf Pack were forced to kill two penalties including a 17-second five-on-three. Even after The Pack had killed the penalties, they found themselves pinned in their zone.

“We got in trouble early to do some penalty killing. That got us back on our heels,” the Pack’s new head coach, Keith McCambridge said. “Once we got past that, we were able to get ourselves going a bit.” Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: WOLF PACK TRAINING CAMP IN FULL SWING

CANTLON’S CORNER: Wolf Pack Training Camp In Full Swing

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT While it felt like mid-July In Hartford, inside the XL Center it was cold and hockey was on tap.

It was “Day Two” of the Hartford Wolf Pack’s 21st training camp, this season under the direction of its new head coach, Keith McCambridge.

“I’m not far removed from being a head coach with Manitoba (two years ago). Last season, I got a chance to step back and got to see the systems that are trending in the National Hockey League and it’s the same watching AHL games as well.”

Clearly, he has a new design and setup and is dealing with a thoroughly overhauled roster from last year’s AHL worst team.

“I can see the prospects what their strength and deficiencies are. I can’t replace Kenny (Gernander) and I have been fortunate enough to coach some really good prospects to help the Winnipeg Jets and I’m just focused on developing young prospects (for the Rangers).”

One player looking to impress McCambridge and the Rangers’ brass has some Hartford hockey DNA in his blood. Continue reading

RANGERS AND ISLANDERS TO LOCK UP IN BRIDGEPORT

NEW YORK RANGERS at NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, 7:30 p.m. ET
Webster Bank Arena – Bridgeport, CT
Rangers: 2-0-0 (4 pts)
Islanders: 2-0-2 (6 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their third game of the 2017 preseason tomorrow, Sept. 22, against the New York Islanders at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut (7:30 p.m. – TV: MSG Network). Tomorrow’s game is the third of six preseason contests for the Blueshirts, as the team plays two preseason games each against the Islanders, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. In addition, tomorrow’s contest is the first game of a stretch when the Rangers play four games in five days to conclude the preseason. Continue reading

NHL, BUFFALO SABRES AND NEW YORK RANGERS TO HOLD  2018 BRIDGESTONE NHL WINTER CLASSIC® PRESS CONFERENCE ON FRI, SEPT. 8

NHL, BUFFALO SABRES AND NEW YORK RANGERS TO HOLD
 2018 BRIDGESTONE NHL WINTER CLASSIC® PRESS CONFERENCE ON FRIDAY, SEPT. 8

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK (Sept. 5, 2017) – The National Hockey League (NHL) invites media to attend a 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® press conference with the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers, as well as the New York Mets on Friday, Sept. 8 at Noon ET at Citi Field in Queens, New York.

In attendance, NHL Commissioner, Gary Bettman; New York Mets C.O.O., Jeff Wilpon; NHLPA Executive Director, Don Fehr; Bridgestone Americas, VP Sports/Events Marketing & Training, Phil Pacsi; Buffalo Sabres Players, Jason Pominville, Jack Eichel & Ryan O’Reilly; New York Rangers Players, Ryan McDonagh & Rick Nash; New York Mets Player, Matt Harvey; NBC Sports Announcer, Liam McHugh.

WHERE:        Citi Field                123-01 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11368

WHEN:         Friday, Sept. 8       Noon ET

CANTLON’S CORNER: WOLF PACK OFF SEASON VOLUME 13

Wolf Pack Off Season Volume 13

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT Just when there seemed like there might be a lull for a bit in the heat of the summer, there comes LOTS of hockey news this week starting with the Hartford Wolf Pack rounding out the coaching staff. 

PACK NAME NEW ASSISTANT COACH

The Wolf Pack announced the hiring of Joe Mormina as the sixth assistant coach in team history.

Mormina comes to Hartford after coaching as an Assistant with Mercyhurst University Lakers (AHA) located in Erie, PA. Mormina was there for one season following his retirement as a player.

Standing 6’6, Mormina played 670 AHL games with six teams including Manchester, Albany, Adirondack, Syracuse, Rochester and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, where he was named Captain. He logged 31 career goals, 120 assists, 151 points, and 837 PM. Over an eleven-year professional career, he played one game in the NHL and that came with the Carolina Hurricanes. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: WOLF PACK OFF SEASON VOLUME 12

Wolf Pack Off Season Volume 12

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – Another busy off-season week.

OLYMPIC TEAMS

The first country to get started on the Olympics, sans NHL participation for the first time in the last five Olympiads, has begun.  Team Canada named its management and coaching staff and a preliminary roster.

The GM who will guide and put the pieces of the puzzle together, is former Hartford Whaler, Sean Burke. A pro scout with the Montreal Canadiens, Burke was named last Tuesday to begin the process of putting a team together in six months for the Pyeongchang, South Korean Games which will run from February 9-25.

The first roster that’s been released has a few familiar names. They will have two squads with few different players on each to play in the Sochi Tournament on August 6-9 and the Tournament Victor Puchkov from August 14-17.

For the Sochi tourney, ex-Pack, Daniel Paille, will be playing and for the Puchkov tourney with ex-Pack and ex Bridgeport Sound Tiger, Taylor Beck. In both games, ex-Sound Tigers’ goalie Kevin Poulin will dress for the Canada. Continue reading

TOSTI: CARTER SANDLAK JOINS SWAMP RABBITS ROSTER

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.

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