BY: Bruce Berlet
Sid “The Kid” Crosby will be returning AGAIN in the world’s biggest media center.
Crosby, who has been battling the effects of post-concussion syndrome for more than 14 months, will be back in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ lineup Thursday night when they visit Madison Square Garden to face the New York Rangers, whom they’re frantically pursuing for the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference titles.
Posted in AHL, College Hockey, Connecticut Whale, CTWhale, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Connecticut Whale, Crosby, CTWhale, Dan Bylsma, Jordan Staal, Matt Cooke, National Hockey League, New York Rangers, NHL, Pittsburgh Penguins, Rangers, Sean Avery, Sidney Crosby, Whale
BY: Adam Gavriel
We all know the stories about the kid from Canada playing in the OHL who went undrafted and is now a future all-star in the NHL. We know the story about the kid from Norway who took the Swedish Elite League by storm and now is in North America on a professional contract. Of course we know about those stories because we are Rangers fans. The Dan Girardi’s and Mats Zuccarello’s of the world are hard to find, but when found can prove a valuable asset to an NHL organization.
Posted in AHL, Charlotte Checkers, College Hockey, Connecticut Whale, ECHL, Greenville Road Warriors, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Olympics, Sports, World Junior Championships
Tagged AHL, American Hockey League, Dan Girardi, Hobey Baker Award, Mats Zuccarello, Miele, National Hockey League, New York Rangers, NHL, Phoenix Coyotes, United States
With their first pick in the 2011 NHL Entry draft, 15th overall, the New York Rangers selected centerman J.T. Miller.
One never knows what’s going to happen or how a player is going to turn out from the first round.
Will they turn out to be like Hall-of-Famer Brian Leetch (#9 overall in 1986) or will they be a Michael Stewart (#13 overall in 1990) who never played a single game in the NHL.
Posted in AHL, College Hockey, Connecticut Whale, Hockey, IIHF World Championships, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged 2010 Four Nations Cup, 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Alex Kovalev, Brian Leetch, Connecticut Whale, Glen Sather, Hockey, J.T. Miller, National Hockey League, New York Rangers, NHL Entry Draft, Pierre McGuire, United States
Sounds like the Connecticut Whale made a good move today signing center Max Campbell to an AHL contract.
Jess Rubenstein of Prospect Park called Campbell “the comeback kid who rebuilt his entire game” at Western Michigan University and should have been given at least an amateur tryout contract with the Whale at the end of last season.
“The lack of centers, let alone those who are natural goal scorers in the system, should have been enough to earn Campbell a look,” Rubenstein said via email. “The kid scored some huge season-saving goals for Western Michigan. Heck, Campbell is the kid who knocked off (wing) Carl Hagelin and Michigan in the CCHA (Central Collegiate Hockey Association) semifinals. He had one game where he scored with like 0.09 on the clock to beat Notre Dame.
Posted in AHL, Carolina Hurricanes, Charlotte Checkers, College Hockey, Connecticut Whale, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged Bobby Sanguinetti, Bruce Berlet, Calgary Flames, Carl Hagelin, Central Collegiate Hockey Association, Connecticut Whale, Jess Rubenstein, Max Campbell, Michael Del Zotto, National Hockey League, Prospect Park, Ryan McDonagh
The New York Rangers and Connecticut Whale have some players that will be coming and at least one who will be going.
Wednesday the Rangers announced that 2010 first round (10th overall) pick, defenseman Dylan McIlrath, ahs been signed to three-year entry level contract.
Posted in AHL, College Hockey, Connecticut Whale, ECHL, Federal Hockey League, Greenville Road Warriors, Hartford Whalers, Hockey, Sports
Tagged 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Connecticut Whale, Dylan McIlrath, Glen Sather, Michael Del Zotto, Moose Jaw, New York Rangers, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Ryan Bourque, Western Hockey League
By Bruce Berlet
It’s never a good time to lose a lead after two periods, but Connecticut Whale picked one of the worst Saturday night.
Despite an error-prone opening 10 minutes of the second period that helped the Providence Bruins to three goals and a 3-2 lead, the Whale got goals from All-Star Jeremy Williams and defenseman Jared Nightingale 59 seconds apart to regain control.
Posted in AHL, Carolina Hurricanes, Charlotte Checkers, College Hockey, Connecticut Whale, ECHL, Hartford Whalers, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged AHL, Atlantic Division, Binghamton Senators, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Carolina Hurricanes, Connecticut Whale, Dale Weise, Manchester Monarchs, Michael Hutchinson, Portland Pirates, Providence Bruins, Ryan Garlock, Springfield Falcons
By Bruce Berlet
EAST HARTFORD, CT – Like any sports program, the Trinity College women’s hockey team has written a history in its 13 years, though most of it wasn’t much to pass along for the first decade.
Then four years ago, 11 freshmen from around the country arrived on the Hartford campus hoping to rewrite that mostly forgettable history.
Posted in College Hockey, Hockey, Sports
Tagged Alexander Ovechkin, Boston Bruins, Bruce Berlet, Dave Babych, East Hartford Connecticut, Hartford Whalers, Rentschler Field, Trinity College, Washington Capitals
By Bruce Berlet
The Connecticut Whale enjoyed a rare day off Monday from the most hectic segment of their schedule after two workmanlike bounce-back wins following a horrid showing in Toronto on Wednesday.
But most players might have been a bit on edge while sharing time with love ones on Valentine’s Day. The NHL trading deadline was only two weeks away (Feb. 28), and while the Whale were parlaying solid defensive work and goaltending from Dov Grumet-Morris with an effective power play into a 4-1 victory over Providence on Sunday, New York Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather was telling the New York Post’s Larry Brooks that he felt the organization had stockpiled enough assets to make a deal if needed.
Posted in AHL, Carolina Hurricanes, Charlotte Checkers, College Hockey, Connecticut Whale, Greenville Road Warriors, Hartford Whalers, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged AHL, Connecticut Whale, Dov Grumet-Morris, Matt Cooke, National Hockey League, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Rick DiPietro, Trevor Gillies
By Bruce Berlet
EAST HARTFORD, CT. – Howard Baldwin resembled a father with a new son.
It seemed so appropriate considering he and son Howard Jr., former New England Whalers center Garry Swain and Connecticut Whale mascot Pucky christened the new rink in Rentschler Field with a ceremonial first skate and puck drop, signifying the official opening of the historic “Harvest-Properties.com Whalers Hockey Fest.”
Posted in AHL, College Hockey, Connecticut Whale, ECHL, Hartford Whalers, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged American Hockey League, Bruce Berlet, Connecticut, ECHL, Garry Swain, Hartford Whalers, Hartford Wolf Pack, Howard Baldwin, Howard Baldwin Jr., New England, New England Whalers, NHL, Pucky, Syracuse Crunch, World Hockey Association
By Bruce Berlet
Don’t ever say hockey players, or even coaches, aren’t some of the toughest hombres in all of sports.
Getting stitched up and returning to the ice by the next period is common for most players, but Worcester Sharks coach Roy Sommer earned special kudos Friday night.
Posted in AHL, College Hockey, Connecticut Whale, Hartford Whalers, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged American Hockey League, Boston Bruins, Carter Hutton, Phoenix Coyotes, Roy Sommer, San Jose Sharks, Toronto Maple Leafs, XL Center