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Bruce BerletBy Bruce Berlet

Casey Wellman played several sports growing up in Brentwood, Calif., hardly a hotbed for hockey.

But Wellman got hooked on the game played on ice after his father, Brad, met several New Jersey Devils players who asked him to skate with them in Boston.

“Dad didn’t know how to skate, so he was pretty upset about that,” Wellman said with a smile.

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WHALE WEEKLY: January 16 – 22, 2012

Bob CrawfordBY: Bob Crawford, Voice of the Connecticut Whale

The Whale visited Norfolk, VA this past weekend for their only road action against the Norfolk Admirals this season. Connecticut dropped both ends of the two-game set, falling by a 3-1 score Friday night at the Norfolk Scope, and by a 4-2 margin on Saturday night. Aaron Voros scored twice on the weekend for the Whale, and defenseman Sam Klassen recorded his first AHL point with an assist in Saturday’s action. The Whale still own a two-point edge over the Adirondack Phantoms for first place in the Northeast Division.

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Exclusive Content to be Available to Comcast Xfinity TV Customers Across New England

Whalers Sports & Entertainment and Comcast today announced the launch of “Whale TV” on Xfinity On Demand, which will be available at no additional cost to Comcast digital cable customers throughout New England. The content will be accessible beginning December 26 under the “Get Local” section of Comcast’s signature Xfinity On Demand service.

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Connecticut-Whale_thumb_thumb_thumb1      VERSUS     Bridgeport

There certainly was not going to be much not to like for Connecticut Whale head coach Ken Gernander not to like after his team crushed the injury and call-up depleted Bridgeport Sound Tigers 6-3 at the XL Center in front of a small but vocal crowd of 2,745 Friday night.

“(It was) a pretty solid team game where everybody chipped in and did their part.” Gernander said. “We spread (the scoring0 out pretty well…I’m pretty happy with the special teams.”


pg2_a_hockeyfight1_576If you are unsure about why the New York Rangers have signed Left winger Aaron Voros to a Professional Try-Out contract with the Connecticut Whale, you’re not alone.

There are any number of questions you could fairly raise. Here are four right off the top of the head.

1) Is this signing a favor to Marian Gaborik? Could he and Voros been pals when they were both with the Minnesota Wild? (Update: It actually turns out that it might have something more to do with his best buddies Sean Avery and Henrik Lundqvist)

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Bruce Berlet 7BY: Bruce Berlet

Jordan Owens’ style and demeanor has hardly changed since his first stint in Hartford, but he has seen one major improvement in his second go-around.

“I like the new uniforms,” Owens said with a smile. “There’s no specific reason. I like the colors, I guess.”

Yes, many of his teammates are different as Owens is into the green, blue and white of the Connecticut Whale, who were the Hartford Wolf Pack when he first signed with the New York

Rangers organization on June 12, 2007.

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Connecticut WhaleThe New York Rangers have announced that they’ve shipped defenseman Tomas Kundratek to the Washington Capitals for forward Francois Bouchard.

The move makes perfect sense for the organization, and for that matter for Kundratek as well.

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WHALE WEEKLY: November 7-13, 2011

Bob CrawfordBY: Bob Crawford, Voice of the CT Whale

The Whale came away with three points in three games this past week, and Connecticut finished their slate in sole possession of first place in the Northeast Division. The Whale were defeated, 3-2 in a shootout, Wednesday in Bridgeport, before losing to the St. John’s IceCaps, 6-3, on Friday night in Hartford. Connecticut responded with a big 3-2 shootout win over the Albany Devils, to conclude the week’s action on Saturday night. Rookie Jonathan Audy-Marchessault had points in all three games, tallying three goals and three assists on the week.

This week:

The Whale heads to St. John’s, Newfoundland this week for a pair of games with the IceCaps, in the season’s only road meetings with the AHL’s newest entry. Connecticut will meet St. John’s on Saturday for the first of two games at the Mile One Centre at 6:00 PM, and then again on Sunday at 2:30 PM. The trip will be the longest of the season for the Whale in terms of distance.

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The AHL transactions page has the news that Brendan Bell has been returned to the Connecticut Whale from the NY Rangers. Bell, 6’1, 205 pounds from Ottawa, Ontario Canada, played in one game for the Blueshirts this season and did not register any points or PIM and was a minus-1.

Meanwhile in the FHL, sources indicate that the Danbury Whalers have traded for defenseman Paul Arnott, a very popular player with the team last season. Arnott, a Holly, Michigan native, had two goals and seven assists in 25 games in The Hat City last season.

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Today was media day for the Connecticut Whale at the Hilton Hotel in Hartford. Among those who spoke were Howard Baldwin, Sr., Head Coach Ken Gernander and the Voice of the team, Bob Crawford.

There were several announcements that were made including an announcement that five CTWhale games would be televised on WCCT-TV. It will be the first time that the AHL action has been on local TV since the 2006-2007 season. Continue reading