BOB CRAWFORD’S WHALE WEEKLY

WHALE WEEKLY: October 3-9, 2011

The Whale are set to hit the road this weekend, as they open up the 15th season of American Hockey League action in the city of Hartford. Connecticut will begin the year with a pair of road tilts, as they open the season Saturday at Adirondack to face the Phantoms before heading south to take on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Sunday.

This week:

The Whale open up the 2011-12 season with two straight road games this weekend, beginning with Saturday’s meeting with the Adirondack Phantoms in Glens Falls, NY (7:00 PM). Connecticut will then face the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Sunday (5:05 PM) at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in the first of four games with the Pens this season.

Saturday, October 8 at Adirondack (Glens Falls Civic Center), 7:00 PM

· The Whale will be a part of the Phantoms’ home opener on Saturday, for the first of four meetings with their new Northeast-Division rivals this season.

· Joe Paterson will be back behind the bench for Adirondack in his first full season with the team, after he was brought on as mid-season replacement last year and led the team to a 25-16-0-8 record in the season’s last 49 games.

· The Phantoms have retained the services of last year’s team leading scorer, Denis Hamel, who recorded a 50-point campaign last season, and also acquired veteran goaltender Jason Bacashihua.

· The Whale went a perfect 4-0-0-0 against the Phantoms last season, although two of the games were decided by one goal, including one which went down to a shoot-out.

· Radio – the premiere broadcast of CT Whale “Rockin’ Hockey”, live on “The Rock”, 106.9 WCCC-FM with Bob Crawford, and on-line at www.ctwhale.com.

Sunday, October 9 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza), 5:05 p.m.

· The Whale take on the Penguins Sunday afternoon, in the first of four meetings during the season with their East Division opponent.

· Connecticut swept the two-game season series with the Penguins last season, outscoring the eventual AHL regular season champions 11-5.

· Whale goaltender Cam Talbot earned the win between the pipes in both of the contests against the Penguins, posting a 2.50 Goals Against Average and a .918 Save Percentage in those games.

· Kris Newbury (2-1-3), Dale Weise (0-3-3) and Wade Redden (1-2-3) all recorded three points against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season.

· Radio – “Rockin’ Hockey” live with Bob Crawford on “The Rock”, 106.9 WCCC-FM, and on-line at www.ctwhale.com.

Recent Transactions:

Andre Deveaux – Assigned to the Whale by the NY Rangers Sept. 27.

Dan Lawson – Released from Whale Training Camp Sept. 27.

Andreas Thuresson – Assigned to the Whale by the NY Rangers Sept. 27.

Ryan Bourque – Assigned to the Whale by the NY Rangers October 1.

Chris Chappell – Reassigned from Whale Training Camp to Greenville (ECHL) October 1.

Tim Erixon – Assigned to the Whale by the NY Rangers October 1.

Carl Hagelin – Assigned to the Whale by the NY Rangers October 1.

Kale Kerbashian – Reassigned from Whale Training Camp to Greenville (ECHL) October 1.

Jerry Kuhn – Reassigned from Whale Training Camp to Greenville (ECHL) October 1.

Jason Missiaen – Reassigned from Whale Training Camp to Greenville (ECHL) October 1.

John Mitchell – Assigned to the Whale by the NY Rangers October 1.

Kris Newbury – Assigned to the Whale by the NY Rangers October 1.

Blake Parlett – Assigned to the Whale by the NY Rangers October 1.

Jeff Prough – Reassigned from Whale Training Camp to Greenville (ECHL) October 1.

Connor Shields – Reassigned from Whale Training Camp to Greenville (ECHL) October 1.

Dale Weise – Assigned to the Whale by the NY Rangers October 1.

Tayler Jordan – Released from Whale Training Camp October 2.

Max Campbell – Reassigned from Whale Training Camp to Greenville (ECHL) October 3.

Brendan Connolly – Reassigned from Whale Training Camp to Greenville (ECHL) October 3.

Sam Klassen – Reassigned from Whale Training Camp to Greenville (ECHL) October 3.

Matt Rust – Released from Whale Training Camp October 3.

Jason Wilson – Reassigned from Whale Training Camp to Greenville (ECHL) October 3.

Whale Tales:

The Whale’s regular-season home opener is coming up next Saturday, October 15, a GEICO Connecticut Cup game vs. the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.  Five-thousand fans at that game will receive a free Whale magnetic schedule, sponsored by Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.  Tickets to that game, and 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, mini plans and great group discounts, 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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