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CHAD JOHNSON SIGNS

Connecticut WhaleAccording to Cap Geek, Connecticut Whale goaltender Chad Johnson has signed a contract to return to the organization on a two-way deal that pays him $85K to play in Hartford and $525K if he makes it to the NHL.

It’s safe to expect that if this report is correct, that the release on it should be coming down shortly.

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GREAT NEWS FOR WHALE FANS

CT Whale Rockin Hockey

The Connecticut Whale announced today that they are going to be broadcasting EVERY game this season on WCCC-FM.

The radio deals that the team has had the past couple of seasons have been nothing shy of a joke. You had to either have a digital radio…which practically nobody has or you had to try and find it on line because the games were hardly ever on the air.

WCCC-FM is one of the largest stations in this state and this will afford Whale fans to listen to the team at any time. The production values are certain to be raised and as a result the broadcasts are certain to be among the best in the sport.

Bob Crawford will of course be behind the microphone as he has been since the team’s inception. That too is good news as “Hawk” Crawford is easily among the best AHL play-by-play announcers in the businesses.

“This will give the franchise a consistent radio reach the likes of which it has never enjoyed before, and among the best signals that any AHL team can boast of,” Crawford told Howlings. “Being able to land this deal is a huge ‘get’ for the franchise and its promotion, and I’m very excited about it.”

Here is the official release from the team.

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A WHALE OF A PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

Connecticut WhaleWHALE TO MEET PORTLAND IN FIRST-ROUND CALDER CUP PLAYOFF SERIES

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Best-of-seven Battle starts Thursday Night in Portland

HARTFORD, CT. – Connecticut Whale general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today the schedule for the team’s first-round Calder Cup playoff battle with the Portland Pirates.

The Whale, who will finish third in the AHL’s Atlantic Division, will tangle with Head Coach Kevin Dineen’s division-champion Pirates in a best-of-seven series, which will begin this Thursday night, April 14 in Portland.

Games One and Two will be at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland this Thursday, April 14 and Saturday, April 16, with faceoff at 7:00 PM both nights.  The series then shifts to Hartford’s XL Center for Games Three and Four, which are scheduled for next Sunday, April 17 at 6:00 PM and Tuesday, April 19 at 7:00.  If a Game Five is necessary, it will be in Portland on Thursday, April 21 at 7:00, a possible Game Six would be Saturday, April 23 at the XL Center at 7:00, and if the series goes the full seven games, the decider would be Monday, April 25 in Portland, with faceoff at 7:00.

Connecticut Whale vs. Portland Pirates, Atlantic Division Semi-finals (best of seven):

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Tickets for the Whale’s first two home games in the series (Games “A” and “B”) will go on sale tomorrow, Sunday, April 10, at 10:00 AM at www.ticketmaster.com and through Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Playoff ticket packages are also available that include tickets to all 16 possible home playoff games, plus rollover options and incentives for next year’s season tickets.  To speak to a Whale account executive about a playoff ticket package, call (860) 728-3366.  More information is available at www.ctwhale.com.

The AHL’s CT Whale is operated by Whalers Sports and Entertainment, a Hartford-based sports marketing and event firm founded by Howard Baldwin.  The team is the top player-development affiliate of the NHL’s New York Rangers.

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McILRATH IS IN THE FOLD

Connecticut WhaleWHALE SIGN DEFENSEMAN DYLAN McILRATH TO ATO

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Rangers’ top Pick, Tenth Overall, in 2010 Draft

HARTFORD, CT: Connecticut Whale general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the team has signed defenseman Dylan McIlrath to an Amateur Tryout (ATO) agreement.

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McKELVIE RETURNED TO GREENVILLE

Connecticut WhaleWHALE RETURN CHRIS McKELVIE TO GREENVILLE

HARTFORD, CT: Connecticut Whale general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the team has returned forward Chris McKelvie to its ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Road Warriors.

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“GUNS AND HOSES CUP”

Connecticut WhaleWHALE HOSTS FIRST ANNUAL “GUNS AND HOSES CUP” THIS SATURDAY

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Police vs. Fire Game Benefits MDA

HARTFORD, March 16, 2011: Whalers Sports & Entertainment announced today that the Connecticut Whale’s home game this Saturday, March 19 at the XL Center will be preceded by the first annual “Guns & Hoses Cup”, to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).
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COUTURE BACK ON A PTO

Connecticut WhaleWHALE SIGN FORWARD DEREK COUTURE TO PTO

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Played 67 Games for Wolf Pack Last Season

HARTFORD, CT: Connecticut Whale general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the team has signed forward Derek Couture to a Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement.

Couture, a 6-1, 205-pound sixth-year pro, spent most of last season with the Hartford Wolf Pack, skating in 67 games with the Pack and recording AHL career highs of 11 goals and 20 points, along with 104 penalty minutes.  This year, Couture was playing in the ECHL with the Victoria Salmon Kings, for whom he has logged 25 games, scoring eight goals and adding 11 assists for 19 points, while serving 76 minutes in penalties, fifth-most on the team.
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LATEST WHALE NEWS

The only trade that the Rangers have pulled off today was one to bring a player to Hartford. John Mitchell, a 26 year old center that plays for Toronto has been dealt for a 7th round draft pick. His role is to pick up where Tim Kennedy left off.

One ex-Pack Captain gone (Dane Byers) from Springfield another comes in (Greg Moore). Moore was traded to Columbus for along with Michael Chaput for Tom Sestito.

Other Whale news has Kris Newbury, Ryan McDonagh and Mats Zuccarello paperwork filed for their return to Connecticut. That’s just a formality so they can be on the clear day roster and play in the AHL playoffs.

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SOMETHING’S UP WITH THIS MOVE

Connecticut WhaleWHALE RELEASE FRANCIS LEMIEUX, ALEXANDRE IMBEAULT FROM PTOs

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Will Return to Florida of ECHL

HARTFORD, CT: Connecticut Whale general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the team has released forwards Francis Lemieux and Alexandre Imbeault from their Professional Tryout (PTO) agreements.  Lemieux and Imbeault will re-join the Florida Everblades of the ECHL.

Each played one game with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL on Sunday. They both had an assist in the 4-3 loss to the South Carolina Stingrays
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THE MASCOT INCIDENT

WHALERS SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT STATEMENT ON SATURDAY’S MASCOT INCIDENT

Connecticut WhaleHARTFORD, CT: Whalers Sports and Entertainment president and COO Howard Baldwin, Jr. today issued the following statement on the incident at Saturday’s Connecticut Whale game in which Pucky, the Whale’s mascot, was attacked:

“We are extremely thankful that our beloved mascot was not injured, nor were any fans or game staff, as a result of this regrettable action by one individual of a great crowd of nearly 12,000 fans.  We are also very grateful to the terrific XL Center arena staff, and the Hartford Police, for their swift and appropriate action in apprehending the offending party and barring that individual from future XL Center events.  While we are confident that this was an isolated incident, we will continue to work diligently with our XL Center partners to ensure that the safety of our fans and staff is never compromised during a Whale game.”

The AHL’s CT Whale is operated by Whalers Sports and Entertainment, a Hartford-based sports marketing and event firm founded by Howard Baldwin.  The team is the top player-development affiliate of the NHL’s New York Rangers.

Since 1972, the CT Lottery has generated more than $19.3 billion in sales and has transferred nearly $6.7 billion to the state’s General Fund.  Prizes have exceeded more than $11.1 billion.  Purchasers must be 18 years or older.  If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call the Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-346-6238.  For more information about the Connecticut Lottery Corporation, call (860) 713-2000, or visit the CT Lottery web site at ctlottery.org.