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Once again, thank you Rhode River Boat Sales. You’ve made our day.


Connecticut WhaleUPDATED:

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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.


SONY DSCPucky, the iconic mascot of the Connecticut Whale appeared Tuesday afternoon at the Bolton Ice Palace in Bolton, CT to take part in assisting with the Connecticut Whale Community Foundation to make the lives of some area children just a bit better.

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All are Friday or Saturday Nights, Including New Year’s Eve

HARTFORD, July 25, 2011:  Whalers Sports & Entertainment today announced five prime home-ice dates that have been guaranteed to the Connecticut Whale by the American Hockey League for the upcoming 2011-12 AHL season.

The first of those is Saturday, October 15, and the other four are all also prime Friday or Saturday nights.  Those other dates are: Friday, November 4; Saturday, December 17; New Year’s Eve (Saturday, December 31); and Saturday, January 21.

All of these premier weekend home games will feature major promotions, as the franchise enjoys its first full season under the Whale banner.

The entirety of the Whale’s 2011-12 schedule will be announced later in the summer, as soon as it is finalized.

Season tickets for the 2011-12 Whale season are available now, with a special early bird discount. Call (860) 728-3366 for information on that, as well as all Whale ticket packages, group sales and VIP packages.


The Connecticut Whale were well represented in Game Seven of the Greenville Road Warriors and Wheeling Nailers.

Granted Greenville is the Whale’s ECHL team, but both teams have a few names familiar to Connecticut fans.

Greenville: Chris McKelvie, Chris Chappell, Marc-Olivier Vallerand, Brandon Wong, Sam Klassen, Lee Balwin, Brendan Connolly, Andrew Carroll, Blake Parlett,

Wheeling: Dave Urqhuart, Paul Crowder

Paul Crowder (1g, 3a) had the go-ahead goal for the Nailers and it’s Brendan Connolly (1g, 1a) who tied the game with 22.9 seconds left in regulation. But a turnover leads to a Chris Kushneriuk (1g, 3a) and Joey Haddad (2g, 2a) 2-on-1 goal in overtime past Nic Riopel (21 saves) and the Greenville season comes to a close.



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It’s now a best of three series starting Thursday night in Portland as a critical Game Four in Hartford goes to the Connecticut Whale who came out to right from the drop of the opening puck and dominated from start-to-finish beating the Portland Pirates 3-1 in front of 2,581 at the XL Center Tuesday night.

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Greenville Road WarriorsGREENVILLE, SC Tonight the Greenville Road Warriors host the Elmira Jackals in their first ever home playoff game at 7:35 p.m. at the BI-LO Center. The best-of-five Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series is tied at one game apiece.

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Greenville Road Warriors

ELMIRA, NY The Greenville Road Warriors begin

the 2011 Kelly Cup Playoffs tonight with a 7:05 p.m. game against the Elmira Jackals at First Arena. The best-of-five series features the top seed Road Warriors visiting the eighth seed Jackals for the first time this season.

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WHALE WEEKLY: April 4-10 2011

Connecticut WhaleThe Whale (39-30-2-6, 86 pts.) faced three Atlantic Division foes over the past week, dropping a pair of road tilts before finishing the weekend’s action with a victory over Portland at the XL Center. Connecticut was edged, 3-2, by the Providence Bruins on Friday, before falling by a 6-2 score to Springfield on Saturday. The Whale triumphed over the Atlantic Division-leading Pirates by a 4-2 score in Sunday’s contest, allowing them to stay two points ahead of Worcester for the final guaranteed playoff spot in the division. Jeremy Williams and Dale Weise both had two goals during the week, and Mats Zuccarello, just back from the parent New York Rangers, collected four assists in three games.

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Greenville Road WarriorsGREENVILLE, SC The Greenville Road Warriors embark on their final week of the season by starting a three-in-three series against the Gwinnett Gladiators tonight. It’s the first time the teams have met since February 22 and faceoff is set for 7:05 at the BI-LO Center.

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