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DON MALONEY TO PLAY IN DANBURY – SORT OF

Danbury WhalersThe Danbury Whalers are proud to announce the signing of forward Don Maloney, Jr. The 23-year-old from New York City is entering his second professional season, having played for the Central Hockey League‘s Arizona Sundogs and the East Coast Hockey League’s Las Vegas Wranglers.

Whalers fans will recognize his name as his father, Don Maloney, played 13 seasons in the NHL with the New York Rangers (11 years) and 38 games in the 78-79 season with the New Haven Knight Hawks. Currently Don Maloney is the General Manger of the Phoenix Coyotes.

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WHALERS AND AVIATORS RENEW HOSTILITIES

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This Friday, November 4th at 7:35 PM, the Danbury Whalers are back in action at the Danbury Ice Arena as they take on the Brooklyn Aviators.

Last season the Aviators knocked the DW’s out of the playoffs in overtime of the final game in the Best of 5 Series.

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HOOK YOUR KIDS ON RANGERS HOCKEY

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INVITE KIDS TO TRY HOCKEY FOR

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On Saturday, November 5th, the New York Rangers will team up with USA Hockey and community ice rinks across the tri-state area to host the first ever “Try Hockey for Free Day” to celebrate “Come Play Youth Hockey Month” throughout November. The event will introduce the sport to over 1,500 children ages 4-9 through free skating and hockey lessons at seven participating rinks in the area. Rangers alumni Adam Graves, Nick Fotiu, Ron Greschner, Glenn Anderson, Brian Mullen, Dave Maloney, Gilles Villemure, Pete Stemkowski, Peter Ferraro and Chris Ferraro will be on hand at each of the rinks throughout the day to help teach the basics of the sport. Complimentary rental skates will be available at each rink, and every child who attends “Try Hockey for Free Day” will receive a free Rangers hockey stick.

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WHALERS WATCH – EMIRA AND DANBURY – A MATCH MADE IN HOCKEY HEAVEN

BY: Brittany Burke

It is the goal of any minor league team to provide affordable entertainment and game-day experiences for the fans, while also acting as a platform for athletes to move up within the world of professional sports. The Danbury Whalers, a Level-A hockey club playing in the new Federal Hockey League, is doing just that.

While it is the goal of members of the Greenville Road Warriors ECHL team to make their way to Hartford to be a part of the Connecticut Whale, the AHL Whale prospects are continuously vying for the opportunity to fulfill their childhood dreams by making it to the NHL with one of the Original Six teams, the New York Rangers.

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DANBURY WHALERS MAKING THINGS SPECIAL FOR FANS

BY: Brittany Burke

Both the NHL and AHL seasons are underway and that means the start of the 2011-2012 FHL season is just days away. Soon familiar faces will be joined by some new ones as both take to the ice at the Danbury Ice Arena with the hope of wearing a Danbury Whalers sweater on Thursday, October 27th at 7:30 for opening night of the FHL’s sophomore season.

In the meantime, the Whalers’ organization has been quite busy creating exciting events to raise team awareness as well as reward the Whalers’ faithful for what is sure to be a monumental season ahead.

An appetizer for Whalers’ fans will be a player Meet and Greet event at Buffalo Wild Wings (26 Backus Avenue in Danbury) the night before the start of training camp on Thursday, October 20th. Fans will have a chance to rub elbows with their favorite players and meet the team hopefuls from 7-9pm. This is a very popular event which was heavily attended last season so the team has request that fans RSVP with team President, Herm Sorcher.

One of the things that make this brand of minor league hockey is how fast things move. Just two days after the Buffalo Wild Wings party, the fans will open their exhibition season with a game on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. against the Cape Cod Bluefins.

The game will be played at the Patsy Dilungo Arena/Veterans Memorial Ice Rink in East Haven, Connecticut just five days before opening night. It is the last time fans have the chance to see what the players can do before the start of the regular season.

The Whalers will also host a pasta dinner at the Mad Hatter on Ives Street in Danbury on Wednesday Oct. 26. The meal will also feature all the members of the organization the night prior to the home opener. It’s an all-you-can-eat pasta party, and as a special addition General Manager, Keith Lombard Jr. is going to take on the Mad Hatter pizza challenge, finishing all 36-inches of the Danbury Whalers Whale of a Pizza.

It’s been a long off season, but the team and organization is doing its best to get the fans involved and excited for what is certain to be a Whale of a season…

DANBURY AND ELMIRA MARRY, SORT OF

affiliation logoToday at the Danbury Ice Arena in Danbury, Connecticut, the Danbury Whalers and the Elmira Jackals announced an affiliation agreement between the two organizations.

The Jackals are member of the East Coast Hockey League (AA) and are affiliated on the NHL level with the Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators. Through those affiliations the Jackals are in agreements with the American Hockey League (AAA) affiliates of those clubs, the Syracuse Crunch and the Binghamton Senators. Continue reading

WHALERS WATCH with BRITTANY BURKE

BY: Brittany Burke

The Danbury Whalers of the Federal Hockey League have officially announced the signing of forward, Nick Deschenes.

The Whalers President, partner and CFO, Alan Friedman announced the major signing today at the Danbury Ice Arena, with just a little over five weeks until the puck drops on Thursday, Oct. 7.

Deschenes will be pulling double duty on the team, both as a forward and the team’s assistant coach, helping Head Coach Phil Esposito.

This isn’t the first stint in Connecticut for the Canadian born hockey player; he attended Yale University in New Haven, Conn., in the late 90’s, serving as a Bull dog from 1999-2003. While at Yale, Deschenes scored 36 goals in 114 games.

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WHALERS WATCH with BRITTANY BURKE

Brittany BurkeBY: Brittany Burke

The moment of silence for team Lokomotiv of the Kontinental Hockey League was quickly replaced by Section 102’s rendition of the National Anthem filling the Danbury Ice Arena’s main rink.

As the infamous section finished the song and the clacking noise of hockey sticks being hit on the ice took over, it became official; the start of hockey season was in fact here. The Danbury Whalers don’t begin until Oct. 27, but last Saturday’s 2nd Annual Green and White game, was just another step in putting together a final team to take on Chris Firriolo’s New Jersey Outlaws on opening night.

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WHALERS WATCH with BRITTANY BURKE

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BY: Brittany Burke

Last Friday night and despite it being the end of summer with the heat sitting still in the muggy air, droves of cars fill a Cromwell parking lot with boys and men a like filing out holding what could be mistaken for football bags (the sport of the upcoming season) but as they head toward the Champions Skating Center it is apparent that football pads are the last thing to fill their duffels.

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1ST AND TEN FOR THE DANBURY WHALERS FAN CARAVAN

BY: Brittany Burke

The latest stop on the Danbury Whalers Fan Caravan is hitting the “1st & 10 Sports Bar and Grill” in New Milford, Connecticut on August 11, combining every hockey fan’s favorite things, team trivia, free food, and beer.

“What we’re probably going to do at this event is … formally release the schedule to the fans and we’re also going to do Danbury Whalers trivia night in which we’re gonna ask 10 questions and the fan who gets all of them right is going to win a Whalers Prize Pack,” said the team’s Assistant General Manager, Keith Lombard.

The Fan Caravan’s combination of team information and freebies is something that team CEO Herm Sorcher and the rest of the Danbury Whalers organization have found to be successful in the past to keep Whalers hockey on the minds of all its fans until the home opener on Oct. 27.

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