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SCHOENFELD ORDERS A “KLASSEN” OF DEFENSE FOR WHALE

Connecticut WhaleUPDATED:

Official Release:

WHALE ADD DEFENSEMAN SAM KLASSEN TO ROSTER

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Reassigned from ECHL Greenville 

Connecticut Whale general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the parent New York Rangers have reassigned defenseman Sam Klassen to the Whale from its ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Road Warriors.

A second-year pro out of the Western Hockey League, Klassen has skated in 23 games with the Road Warriors this season, registering one goal and four assists for five points, along with 26 penalty minutes.

Klassen, who stands 6-2, weighs 199 pounds and hails from Watrous, Saskatchewan, played three games with the Whale last year, going scoreless with four penalty minutes.  In 66 ECHL games as a rookie with Greenville, Klassen posted three goals and 14 assists for 17 points, plus 80 PIM.  He tied for second among Road Warrior blueliners in assists and ranked third among team defensemen in points.  Klassen’s plus/minus of +16 was good for a tie for tops on the club for a defenseman, and tied him for fifth overall on the team.

Klassen signed as a free agent with the Rangers July 27, 2009, after four WHL seasons with the Saskatoon Blades.

The Whale return to action tomorrow night, Wednesday, December 21, at the XL Center for their last game before Christmas, a 7:00 contest against the Adirondack Phantoms. That is “Ugly Holiday Sweater Night”, as fans who wear an ugly holiday sweater to the Public Power Ticket Office at the XL Center can get a 50% discount on upper-level seats, and lower-level end-zone seats.

Tickets to all 2011-12 Whale home games, are on sale now at the Public Power Ticket Office at the XL Center, as well as on-line at www.ctwhale.com and through TicketMaster Charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Save on your tickets, and get the best seats, with a ticket plan for the Whale’s 2011-12 AHL campaign, which are on sale now. For information on season seats and mini plans, visit www.ctwhale.com, or call the CT Whale ticket office at (860) 728-3366 to talk with an account executive today.

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

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The AHL transaction page reveals that the Connecticut Whale have answered the question, at least temporarily, who will fill the void on the backline with the Wade Redden injury and the call-ups of Time Erixon and Stu Bickel…it’s Sam Klassen.

The Whale brought back Lee Baldwin Monday and Tuesday it’s Klassen.

It’s pretty safe to say at this point that the team is finished with Jyri Niemi at this point given that even though they had two open positions, they didn’t feel he was their guy.

More later when the call-up is made official.

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COUNT US IN…ARE YOU?

Connecticut WhaleCIGNA AND CT WHALE TEAM UP FOR NEW “HOCKEY IN THE STREETS” PROGRAM

Kick off at YMCA with special Media Hockey Charity Challenge

WHAT:      To many kids the thrill of playing professional hockey or representing their country in the Winter Games is a far off miracle. Perhaps not. Cigna and Connecticut Whale are teaming up in a new program to bring hockey to the streets of Hartford and area towns for boys and girls ages 6 to 12 years. Sponsored by The Cigna Foundation, the “Cigna Hockey in the Streets” leagues will begin with a series of Connecticut Whale clinics hosted by professional hockey players, beginning Monday, December 19 at the Wilson-Gray YMCA Youth and Family Center. While the YMCA of Greater Hartford is the first to host the program, Cigna Hockey in the Streets is open to groups and venues throughout the region.

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RANGERS GO DUCK HUNTING THURSDAY

clip_image002[4]NEW YORK RANGERS vs. ANAHEIM DUCKS
Thursday, Nov. 3, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square GardenNew York, New York
Rangers: 4-3-3 (11 pts)
Ducks: 5-5-2 (12 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Nov. 1

TOMORROW’S GAME:
The Rangers will face-off against the Anaheim Ducks tomorrow at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the first of three games in four days. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and 10th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 4-3-3 (11 pts). The Rangers enter tomorrow’s contest having defeated the San Jose Sharks, 5-2, on Monday at Madison Square Garden, and have now registered at least one point in five of their last seven games (4-2-1). The Ducks enter the contest with a 5-5-2 (12 pts) record to rank 11th in the Western Conference, and have lost six of their last seven games (1-4-2). Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers will open a back-to-back home set when they face-off against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six match-up. New York will close out their six-game homestand on Sunday, Nov. 6, vs. the Winnipeg Jets (7:00 p.m.).

BREAKING IN THE NEW GARDEN

clip_image002NY RANGERS vs. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Thursday, Oct. 27, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square GardenNew York, New York
Rangers: 3-2-2 (8 pts)
Maple Leafs: 5-2-1 (11 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Oct. 25

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BRUCE BERLET REPORTS – CUTTING TIME

BY: Bruce Berlet

After needing a little more time than usual, the Connecticut Whale got closer to their final roster for the franchise’s 15th season on Monday.

As coach Ken Gernander said Sunday after a 3-2 victory over the Worcester Sharks, all the decision making was made “a little bit dicey” because the parent New York Rangers were traveling in Europe while the seven players assigned to the Whale on Saturday were flying across the Atlantic Ocean to join their new/old team.

But after conversations with several members of the Rangers organization, Gernander and assistants J.J. Daigneault and Pat Boller decided to assign defenseman Sam Klassen, left wing Jason Wilson and centers Max Campbell and Brendan Connolly to Greenville of the ECHL and release tryout forwards Tayler Jordan and Matt Rust, a four-year linemate of Rangers prospect Carl Hagelin at the University of Michigan.

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