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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.

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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.


Greenville Road Warriors VERSUS      Florida Everblades

BY: Ray Schmitt, Voice of the Greenville Road Warriors

GREENVILLE, SC On the strength of a 3-for-5 power play effort, the Greenville Road Warriors defeated the Florida Everblades 5-2 on Friday night at Germain Arena. The win improved Greenville to 8-5-0 on the season.

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Greenville Road Warriors VERSUS      Florida Everblades

BY: Ray Schmitt

GREENVILLE, SC – Six different Road Warriors players scored a goal as Greenville beat the Florida Everblades by a 7-4 score at the BI-LO Center on Friday night. The win was Greenville’s second straight and improved its record to 2-3-0.

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Greenville Road Warriors     VERSUS      Gwinnett Gladiators

BY: Ray Schmitt

DULUTH, GA The Greenville Road Warriors utilized two power play goals to take down the Gwinnett Gladiators by a 4-2 score on Saturday night at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. The win was Greenville’s first of the season and improved its record to 1-3-0.

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Greenville Road WarriorsGREENVILLE, SC The Greenville Road Warriors‘ countdown of the top moments from their inaugural season has reached its pinnacle. Today the team revealed its top moment from the 2010-11 campaign.

The Greenville Road Warriors entered the 2011 Kelly Cup Playoffs as the top seed in the Eastern Conference and earned the right to play the eighth seeded Elmira Jackals. Elmira had a team that could score goals, as was evidenced by 249 goals which were the third most in the East, but had a hard time defending. The Jackals’ 264 goals given up were second most in the entire league. That seemed to bode well for the Road Warriors who scored the league’s second most goals at 255. The Road Warriors also had home ice advantage for the best-of-five series, but a quirk in the schedule saw the first two games played at First Arena, home of the Jackals.

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Greenville Road Warriors VERSUS   Toledo Walleye

TOLEDO, OH Behind 24 saves from Nic Riopel the Greenville Road Warriors picked up a 3-0 win over the Toledo Walleye on Saturday night at the Huntington Center. The win was Riopel’s second shutout of the season and improved Greenville’s record to 34-20-3 on the season.

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Connecticut WhaleIf the Connecticut Whale are sending Sam Klassen back to Greenville, that means that Wade Redden and Jyri Niemi are ready to rejoin the team after dealing with their hip injuries.

That’s good news…But now with Chad Kolarik called up and apparently Ruslan Fedotenko going down with a left shoulder injury, could another Whale player be heading up to New York?

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ROAD WARRIORS WEEKLY #14: 1/17/11-1/23/11

Greenville Road WarriorsGREENVILLE, SC – The Greenville Road Warriors broke a season-long three-game losing streak last week but were unable to sustain the momentum and lost their next two games. This week’s schedule features four games, including three against South Division opponents which are trying to chase the Road Warriors down in the standings.

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Connecticut Whale VERSUS Portland

Five days off for a hockey team can offer a much needed respite from a heavy schedule. Some coaches like the time off to rest and to practice, work on their systems play especially when a team is struggling. When things are going well, some coaches and even some players would prefer to keep playing.

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FROM THE CREASE with Bruce Berlet

Bruce HeadshotBy Bruce Berlet

An autographed Toronto Maple Leafs prospect trading card of Jeremy Williams showed up on eBay on Tuesday morning.

Its value likely increased by day’s end after Williams, the Connecticut Whale right wing tied for the AHL goal-scoring lead, was named a reserve on the AHL’s Eastern Conference All-Star team that will face the Western Conference on Jan. 30-31 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa.

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