Redden named captain of Whale, continues mentoring youth

March 5, 2012, by

Wade Redden may not be liked among some fans in New York, as his bloated contract and sub par play made him a popular whipping boy. Many welcomed the fact that he was sent to the CT Whale at the beginning of last season to make room in the budget and roster for other players. But, instead of being a locker room cancer in the AHL, Redden took to the kids and became a great mentor.

Now, it appears Redden is taking the next step in his progression as a mentor, and likely future coach. Over the weekend, Redden was named the captain of the Whale, a position which he has earned. Redden has taken the high road with his demotion, and become an integral part of the development of many youngsters in the AHL.

While his NHL contract may not have been worth it, Redden has more than made up for it with the way he carries himself in the CT locker room. He has been nothing but classy and professional, and it is evidenced by being named team captain.

The press release is after the jump.


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Fifteenth-year Pro Becomes Sixth Captain in Team History

HARTFORD, March 3, 2012:  Connecticut Whale general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that defenseman Wade Redden has been named captain of the Whale.

Redden, a 15th-year veteran who is in his second season with the Whale, and has 994 games of NHL experience in his career, is the sixth player to wear the captain’s “C” in franchise history.  He follows current Whale head coach Ken Gernander, who captained the squad for its first eight seasons in Hartford, Craig Weller, Andrew Hutchinson, Greg Moore and Dane Byers.  The Whale has gone without a captain since Byers was traded by the parent New York Rangers to the Columbus Blue Jackets November 10, 2010.

Redden’s first game as Whale captain will be tomorrow, Sunday, March 4, when Connecticut visits Manchester to take on the Monarchs.  Faceoff is 3:00 PM, and all the “Rockin’ Hockey” action can be heard live on “The Rock” 106.9 WCCC-FM.

The Whale are next on home ice at the XL Center this Friday night, March 9, in a GEICO Connecticut Cup game vs. the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.  That game faces off at 7:00 PM, and fans can take advantage of a special food combo at every remaining Whale Friday home game, as a hot dog and a 12-ounce soda is only $5.

Tickets to all 2011-12 Whale home games are on sale now at the Public Power Ticket Office at the XL Center, as well as on-line at and through TicketMaster Charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 

Save on your tickets, and get the best seats, with a ticket plan for the Whale’s 2011-12 AHL campaign, which are on sale now. For information on season seats and mini plans, visit, or call the CT Whale ticket office at (860) 728-3366 to talk with an account executive today.

The AHL’s Connecticut Whale is operated by Whalers Sports and Entertainment, a Hartford-based sports marketing and event firm founded by Howard Baldwin and Howard Baldwin, Jr..  The team is the top player-development affiliate of the NHL’s New York Rangers.

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Categories : AHL, Players


  1. Sally says:

    Good for him for making lemonade out of lemons.

  2. Dave says:

    People don’t realize how much of an affect he’s had on the youth in the organization.

  3. leatherneckinlv says:

    No..seriously….this man needs to be praised for his conduct both as an athlete and a human being. He may have been a bad signing as a UFA, yet he turned a bad situation into one of a positive. He did not complain instead he went there and lead by virtue and class. Even if his contribution to the progress of McDonagh was say 20% then he did well. Now it is time to watch Erixon and soon the likes of McIlrath, Noreau, Partlett and Cerernsak. How much did Bickel progress due to Wade Redden’s mentorship? Much respect for you Mr Redden from a grateful fan in myself. Thank you

    • The Suit says:

      If only we could say the same for #16…

      • Sagebob says:

        As much as I love Avery, I agree. I give Redden lots of credit for mentoring some of our future players. Avery continues to carry a chip on his shoulder. Says a lot about both players.

    • scrangersfan says:

      Potting the situation in a Rangers perspective we can say he sucked as a player, but became as an excellent mentor.
      Good for him I expect nothing less from a Canadian.

  4. AD says:

    This really does say something very substantial about his character, and that is nothing but beneficial to the Rangers organization and its young players.

  5. Sally says:

    To Mr Redden’s ying is Avery’s yang. Maybe Redden was always a team player which is so important in the hockey world. It is becoming clearer that Avery was not a team player. Their handling of adversity couldn’t be more different.

  6. Walt says:

    Wade Redden was one of my favorite wipping boys, and I was very happy that he was sent down to the Whale. He made a believer out of me, the way he conducted himself, and the way he became a teacher. I believe that MDZ was lucky to work with Wade last year, and now look at the results. Thanks for being a man about you situation, and accepting your responsibilites as you did!!!!

  7. pavel says:

    While I still don’t think Redden’s contract is worth it, he definitely has my respect because of the way he’s handled himself down in CT.

  8. Sandy Hookers says:

    Lets not hate on Wade for signing that cantract because I would take payday in a second!

  9. Comnsnse says:

    Another example of the “everyone gets a trophy” mentality that exists in today’s culture. One of the biggest wastes of MSG dollars in their checkered history by Sather and because he decided to take his wasted millions as a minor league hack, for this he deserves kudos? Astonishing rationale direct from the MSG promotional suits!

  10. Comnsnse says:

    Duh,since this is my ONLY comment,how can I have posted it before? Print it unless you are employed by MSG!

  11. Dan says:

    Comnsnse, never played a team sport, eh?
    He has managed to make others better. I see that you are still waiting for someone like that to come around.

  12. Comsnse says:

    Sagebob,so basically you attribute Dredden’s playing out his contract in the minors to his altrusim and love of the game? Do you write screen plays?

    • Sagebob says:

      Redden could just go thru the motions and collect his paycheck like Avery is doing. At least Redden is giving us something back by mentoring younger players. I fault Sather for giving Redden the contract, not Redden for taking the money. If someone wanted to greatly overpay you to flip burgers for a few years, wouldn’t you take it and be financial set for life?

      • Comsnse says:

        Not too sagebob, are you really suggesting that Dredden is only hanging on to mentor younger players and that the millions are of no consequence? Even “flipping burgers” requires a modicum of common sense. Try it!

        • Sagebob says:

          I’m suggesting that Redden and Avery are in Hartford primarily to collect on their contracts. But Avery doesn’t give a damn, doesn’t clean the burger grill and will serve reheated burgers. Redden at least cleans the grill and serves fresh burgers. He cares about doing the best he can while collecting his millions. So the Rangers get some small return of the $ paid to Redden while Avery continues to be a negative force.

  13. Comsnse says:

    Dan,then you too believe Dredden has not considered the millions he would forfeit if he retired? See if Sagebob as an opening for an assistant!

  14. Comsnse says:

    RE: Avery, does anyone not engaged in a “personality” issue with Aves believe there is not one player on the current roster that Aves could not replace? E.G.,Dubinsky,Fedotenko,Emminger for starters. Simply put,the martinet Torturella does not like being upstaged by anyone and personally dislikes Avery. Let’s also remember that Aves prospered under the tutelage of Tom Renny. “Captain Queeg” AKA Torts is a good motivator but doesn’t know how to adapt to anyone who doesn’t obey!

  15. Comnsnse says:

    Sagebob, let’s not confuse the Avery and Redden issues. My point about Redden is like most professional athletes he’d cross the street for another “dollar”. If he was such a great hockey humanitarian he’d have accepted a buyout since he was a complete failure for the Rangers. Re: Avery, Torturella never liked or respected Avery’s ability. He’s a martinet who needs absolute obedience to his plan. Avery is a personality who marches to his own drummer. Torts sees this as a mini rebellion. This type of coach only succeeds for a short time with pros. I believe that were the Rangers not having a truly mysterious season( they are not as good as their record),Torts would be out. And given the fact that Avery was brought in to the organization by Sather twice would be on the roster. All academic now since he’s been released,but that’s my opinion.