Whale announce playoff roster: No Sean Avery

In what really shouldn’t be shocking news, Sean Avery was left off the Connecticut Whale’s playoff roster. “Clear Day” passed this week, and rosters had to be set by then. No additions or subtractions can be made from these playoff rosters. Notably off the roster was Avery, who had been a healthy scratch for the past several weeks. Instead of taking the high road like Wade Redden, Avery chose to force his way off the roster.

Consider Mr. Avery’s tenure with the New York Rangers organization finished. The full roster for the Whale’s playoff run is after the jump.


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Chris McKelvie Loaned to ECHL Greenville

HARTFORD, March 6, 2012:  Connecticut Whale general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today the team’s 22-man “Clear Day” playoff list, and that forward Chris McKelvie has been loaned to the Whale’s ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Road Warriors.

Per AHL by-laws, only the 20 skaters and two goaltenders on the Clear Day roster are eligible to suit up for the Whale for the remainder of the AHL regular season and the Calder Cup playoffs, unless emergency conditions result from recalls, injuries or suspensions.

Signed Junior players, or players who join the team on amateur tryout agreements after their Junior or college seasons are complete, are also allowed to see action for AHL teams during this period, regardless of whether or not emergency conditions exist.

Following is the Whale’s Clear Day list:

Goaltenders (2):      Chad Johnson, Cameron Talbot

Defensemen (8):      Brendan Bell, Tim Erixon, Sam Klassen, Jared Nightingale, Blake Parlett, Wade Redden, Pavel Valentenko, Mike Vernace

Forwards (12):         Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, Ryan Bourque, Andre Deveaux, Tommy Grant, Kris Newbury, Jordan Owens, Jeff Prough, Scott Tanski, Kelsey Tessier, Andreas Thuresson, Casey Wellman, Mats Zuccarello

McKelvie has skated in 38 games with the Whale this year, and the second-year pro out of Bemidji State University has scored two goals and added three assists for five points, while serving 42 minutes in penalties.

The Whale’s next action is this Friday night, March 9 at the XL Center, 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.

Then this Saturday night, February 10, when the Norfolk Admirals visit the XL Center for a 7:00 game, is CT Hockey Hall of Fame Night.  The night marks the enshrinement of a new class of 2012 inductees into the CT Hockey Hall of Fame, which has adopted eight members from the storied Hartford Whalers Hall of Fame.  The new inductees are: Connecticut-bred Hockey Hall of Famer Brian Leetch, ex-Hartford Whalers 56-goal scorer Blaine Stoughton, former Whalers goaltender Mike Liut, former Whalers captain Pat Verbeek, Connecticut Whale/Hartford Wolf Pack franchise icon, long-time captain and current head coach Ken Gernander, three-time Olympic medalist for Team USA and all-time NCAA women’s leading scorer Julie Chu, and one of the founders of the New England Whalers, William E. Barnes.  There will be an induction ceremony during the game, and fans can take home a special souvenir, as 5,000 Hall of Fame posters will be given away, courtesy of SuperCuts.

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 www.ctwhale.com 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 www.ctwhale.com, 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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