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Oct
10

Wolf Pack announce opening night roster

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The Wolf Pack have announced their opening night roster. Their season begins tonight against the St. John’s Ice Caps:

Goal (2): Magnus Hellberg, Jeff Malcolm

Defense (8): Calle Andersson, Mat Bodie, Raphael Diaz, Ryan Graves, Tommy Hughes, Brady Skjei, Chris Summers, Petr Zamorsky

Forwards (12): Luke Adam, Ryan Bourque, Tyler Brown, Brian Gibbons, Marek Hrivik, Jayson Megna, Chris McCarthy, Chad Nehring, Richard Nejezchleb, Shawn O’Donnell, Travis Oleksuk, Adam Tambellini

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Oct
09

Wolf Pack sign forward Alex Krushelnyski

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The Wolf Pack have signed forward Alex Krushelnyski to an AHL deal, and assigned him to the Utah Grizzlies in the ECHL. Krushelnyski played three games for Norfolk in the AHL last year (scoreless) and 62 games for Utah (17-40-57). Krushelnyski finished up his senior year at Colorado College in 2014. Krushelnyski will be a top line guy for Utah, and a depth forward for Hartford, should he be called up.

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Oct
05

Wolf Pack cut another nine from camp

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The Hartford Wolf Pack have cut nine more players from camp:

Reassigned by the New York Rangers from the Wolf Pack to Greenville (ECHL):
Forwards (3): Josh Nicholls, Michael St. Croix, Michael Kantor

Loaned by the Wolf Pack to Greenville (ECHL):
Forwards (2): Jack Combs, Kodie Curran

Released from training camp tryout and joining Greenville (ECHL):
Defensemen (1): Justin Da Silva

Released from training camp tryout and joining Missouri (ECHL):
Goaltender (1): Josh Robinson

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The Hartford Wolf Pack trimmed their training camp roster by 12 players this past weekend:

Reassigned by the New York Rangers from the Wolf Pack to Greenville (ECHL):
Defensemen (2): Troy Donnay, Samuel Noreau

Released from training camp tryouts and joining Greenville (ECHL):
Forwards (4): Domenic Alberga, Scott Fleming, Brad McGowan, Paul Rodrigues
Defensemen (3): Tyler Elbrecht, Sean Escobedo, Davis Vandane
Goaltenders (1): Alex Vazzano

Released from training camp tryouts:
Forwards (2): Luke Curadi, Stefano Momesso

It’s no real surprise that Donnay and Noreau, the only two signed to ELCs from the cut list, were sent to the ECHL. The Pack’s defense is loaded this year, and while both defensemen are huge, they have glaring holes in their respective games. Noreau spent most of last year in the ECHL, while Donnay was an overager in the OHL.

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Sep
27

Wolf Pack open camp with 43 players

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The Hartford Wolf Pack open camp today with 43 players on the roster. The official press release says 36, but doesn’t include the seven players who were cut yesterday. Here’s the full list from the press release:

Goal (5): Cedrick Desjardins, Jeff Malcolm, Josh Robinson, Mackenzie Skapski, Alex Vazzano

Defense (11): Calle Andersson, Brett Bellemore, Kodie Curran, Justin DaSilva, Troy Donnay, Tyler Elbrecht, Sean Escobedo, Tommy Hughes, Sam Noreau, Davis Vandane, Petr Zamorsky

Forwards (20): Domenic Alberga, Tyler Brown, Jack Combs, Luke Curadi, Scott Fleming, Marek Hrivik, Michael Kantor, Alex Krushelnyski, Chris McCarthy, Brad McGowan, Stefano Momesso, Chad Nehring, Richard Nejezchleb, Josh Nicholls, Shawn O’Donnell, Travis Oleksuk, Paul Rodrigues, Michael St. Croix, Adam Tambellini, Nick Tarnasky

Goalie Magnus Hellberg, forwards Luke Adam, Ryan Bourque, and Brian Gibbons, and defensemen Brady Skjei, Mat Bodie and Chris Summers were not on the press release, but will be joining the Wolf Pack for camp.

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A few prospect notes to round out your Friday:

  • Calle Andersson, the Rangers 4th round pick in 2012, will leave Sweden and play in Hartford next year. I said that Andersson could be a sleeper, and coming over to North America shows he is ready for the next step in his development.
  • Cameron Askew, Jerret Smith, and Mark Simpson are three players that will be invited to play on the Rangers Traverse City Tournament team this year. Credit to Adam Herman for consolidating that information.
  • The Wolf Pack have re-signed forward Shawn O’Donnell. The 27-year-old will provide nice forward depth for the Pack.
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Jul
09

Wolf Pack Introduce New Charitable Cause Recognition Initiative

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WOLF PACK INTRODUCE NEW CHARITABLE CAUSE RECOGNITION INITIATIVE

Each 2015-16 Home Game will Feature Different “Stick Tap Charity of the Game”

HARTFORD, July 9, 2015:  Spectra, operators of the XL Center and Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced a new Wolf Pack community feature, designed to trumpet the efforts of dedicated organizations that are striving to better the Hartford-area community.

For each 2015-16 Wolf Pack home game at the XL Center, a different local charitable initiative will be honored as the Wolf Pack “Stick Tap Charity of the Game”.

The Stick Tap Charity of the Game will have their cause hailed in front of thousands of Wolf Pack fans, with recognition in a public address announcement at that night’s game, as well as a live, on-camera interview, shown on the XL Center’s scoreboard and video screens, with a representative of the charitable organization.  The Wolf Pack will also provide table space on the XL Center concourse, for the featured cause to promote its mission and message to Pack fans.

Nominations can be made for organizations to be celebrated as Stick Tap Charity of the Game through the Wolf Pack’s official website, by clicking here.

The Wolf Pack’s 2015-16 home opener is set for Saturday, October 10 at the XL Center. Season ticket information for the Wolf Pack’s 2015-16 AHL campaign can be found on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com.  To speak with a representative about all of the Wolf Pack’s many attractive ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451.

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Dec
17

Henrik Tallinder released from PTO in Hartford

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A little over a month ago, the Hartford Wolf Pack s signed defenseman Henrik Tallinder to a PTO, as the Rangers were looking to fill holes on the blue line. The Tomas Kaberle experiment failed, and now the organization is moving on from Tallinder as well. The club released Tallinder from his PTO yesterday, and the Rangers will not offer him a contract.

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Nov
24

Henrik Tallinder signs PTO with Hartford

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With the Tomas Kaberle experiment over with, the Hartford Wolf Pack have brought in defenseman Henrik Tallinder on a PTO, per Bob McKenzie. Kaberle skated with the Rangers before being sent to Hartford to play in some games, and it looks like the Rangers are skipping that first part with Tallinder. Tallinder played in the NHL last season, putting up 2-6-8 with the Sabres (keep in mind, it was Buffalo).

His possession numbers are up and down, so it’s hard to see where he’d be an improvement at the NHL level.

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The Hartford Wolf Pack made two roster moves today, recalling goalie MacKenzie Skapski from the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warrios, and assigning defenseman forward Chris McCarthy to the ECHL. Skapski, a first year pro out of the WHL, played one game with Greenville, posting a .906 SV% and 3.17 GAA. McCarthy , also a first year pro out of UVM, did not play in any of the first four games for the Pack.

Update: Hartford has released forward Richard Nejezchleb from his PTO. He will rejoin the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL for his over-age season.

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