BY: Bruce Berlet
Whale rookie Jonathan Audy-Marchessault brings some of the qualities of former Wolf Pack right wing P.A. Parenteau, as Greenville Road Warriors coach Dean Stork noticed before wanting to sign him for his ECHL team. Unfortunately for Stork, Audy-Marchessault played so well as an invite on the Rangers’ team in the prospects tournament in September in Traverse City, Mich., that he got invited to Rangers camp. When he continued to show well, he earned a spot with the Whale and is now the team’s leading scorer, after getting a goal and an assist Saturday night.
Audy-Marchessault’s goal came on a 35-foot laser from the top of the right circle that cleanly beat Jeff Frazee high to the glove side. He later assisted on rookie Carl Hagelin’s goal off a second primary assist by veteran defenseman Wade Redden. Gernander also put Audy-Marchessault in the fifth and final spot in the shootout. He tried a Denis Savard spin-o-rama move that Frazee stopped, but when Matt Taormina hit the post to the left of Cam Talbot (18 saves), the Whale won the shootout on goals by Zuccarello (brilliant slow-moving fake and deke to the backhand) and defenseman Brendan Bell (quick wrist shot). Zuccarello had nearly won the game 1:17 into overtime, but he hit the post for the second time and then looked skyward in disbelief.
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged AHL, Cam Talbot, Connecticut Whale, Dave Tippett, Denis Savard, Greenville Road Warriors, Jeff Frazee, Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, Matt Taormina, P.A. Parenteau, Ranger, Rangers F.C., Sidney Crosby, Toronto Maple Leafs, Wade Redden, Whale, Winnipeg Jets
BY: Bruce Berlet
The Phoenix Coyotes continue to have a Hartford Whalers look behind the bench.
Former Whalers and New Haven Nighthawks wing John Anderson has signed a multi-year contract to be a Coyotes assistant coach under former Whalers wing Dave Tippett. Anderson and Jim Playfair, who also has NHL head coaching experience with the Calgary Flames, replace former Whalers and Rangers defenseman Ulf Samuelsson, who became head coach of Modo in his native Sweden on May 2, and Dave King, who was named a development coach last week.
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged American Hockey League, Atlanta Thrashers, Brian Boyle, Bruce Berlet, Connecticut Whale, Dave Tippett, Derek Boogaard, Don Maloney, Eric Boguniecki, Hartford Whalers, Jim Playfair, John Anderson, New Haven Nighthawks, Patrick Rissmiller, Phoenix Coyotes, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ulf Samuelsson
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Whalers Sports & Entertainment staff and players are challenging the fans to grow a beard…The rules are…shave today as we have our first playoff game tonight and you cannot shave again until The Whale are eliminated or we win it all!! You may trim in between rounds only and yes…you can even color your beard!
Follow along on the team’s Facebook page for more details about this contest!!
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Tagged AHL, Brad Richards, Brenden Morrow, Calder Cup, Connecticut Whale, Dallas Stars, Dave Tippett, Joe Nieuwendyk, Kevin Dineen, Loui Eriksson, Mike Ribeiro, Portland Pirates, Stanley Cup, XL Center