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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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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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32952This past week, the Danbury Whalers organization received horrible news. Danbury Whalers player Aaron Alto, a recent participant in the 2nd Annual Green & White game, and a contracted player for the upcoming season passed away in a tragic work related accident.

Below are the words of Danbury Whalers Head Coach / Director of Hockey Operations Phil Esposito, followed by the obituary from his local paper.

From Phil Esposito…

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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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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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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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Danbury Whalers Sign Trio Vetri, Blanchette & Clark Inked

Danbury Whalers president & general manager Herm Sorcher announced the resigning of Goaltender, Peter Vetri, and Defensemen Adam Blanchette and Chris Clark to return for the 2011-12 hockey season.whalers win

Peter Vetri played in two regular season games for the Whalers last season and won both with a .981 save%, and a 0.50 GAA with one shutout. Vetri started all five playoffs, posting both Whalers wins. In his professional career, Vetri has spent time in the AHL, ECHL, and the SPHL.

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Danbury WhalersFormer NHLer Butch Goring and Danbury Whalers to Host Adult Hockey Camp

Today at the Danbury Ice Arena in Danbury, Connecticut, the Danbury Whalers have announced that the Danbury Whalers Hockey Club will be hosting a two-day adult hockey camp on Friday, September 9th and Saturday, September 10.  As part of the special event, the team has brought former New York Islanders player and 4-time Stanley Cup winner, Butch Goring, to instruct and coach the participants.

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Danbury WhalersBY: Brittany Burke

After falling to the New York Aviators in round one of last season’s Federal Hockey League playoffs by a single goal in a game five overtime situation, Whalers hockey has returned to the ice at the Danbury Ice Arena for the second annual free agent tryout camp.

The two day camp held Friday and Saturday was a chance for players with different skill levels and experience take to the ice and show what they are made of in hopes of getting a call back to the Whalers training camp.

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Danbury Whalers President and General Manager Herm Sorcher announced Tuesday that forward Marty Moucha has signed an agreement to return to the Danbury Whalers for the 2011-12 hockey season.

Moucha, a native of Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, by way of Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic, was a mid-season free-agent signing by the Danbury Whalers in the 2010-2011 season.  In only 17 games, Moucha posted 10 goals, 21 assists, for 33 points and logged an amazing plus-23.  In five playoff games, Moucha tallied four points (1g, 3a) and was plus-2.

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