Tag Archives: Western Hockey League

FANFARE: MICHAEL ST. CROIX

Rangers Chase Centered 4C

BY: Adam Gavriel

Michael St. Croix has taken the Western Hockey League (WHL) and New York Rangers fans by force this season. The 18-year old center was drafted the Blueshirts fourth round pick of the 2011 NHL entry draft after recording a 75-point season in 68-games for the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL. This season, St. Croix is 5th overall in the WHL scoring race with 70-points (28 goals) in just 46-games. His breakout year in what is normally considered Canada’s toughest and most offensively challenging junior league has prompted Rangers analysts everywhere to rethink their current prospect standings.

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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.

A KING AMONG ROAD WARRIORS

Greenville Road WarriorsBY: Ray Schmitt, Voice of the Greenville Road Warriors

GREENVILLE, SC – The Greenville Road Warriors announced today that forward Tristan King has been assigned to the team by the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League.

King, 20, comes to Greenville after beginning the season with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL. The second-year forward notched one goal in four games with Idaho this season. As a rookie in 2010-11 King split his time between Idaho and the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League. He produced four points (2G, 2A) in 11 games with the Stars and 13 points (3G, 10A) in 24 games with the Steelheads.

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DUPONT SIGNS IN NASHVILLE

Nashville Predators Sign Brodie Dupont

By Press Release – Nashville Predators

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 8, 2011) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed restricted free agent forward Brodie Dupont to a one-year, two-way contract worth $550,000 at the NHL level and $80,000 at the AHL level.

Dupont, 24 (2/17/87), was acquired in a trade with the New York Rangers on Saturday. He ranked third on the Connecticut Whale in points (14g-31a-45pts) and assists and second in power-play goals (9) in 2010-11. The Russell, Man., native made his NHL debut with the Rangers last season, appearing in a 3-2 victory over Atlanta on Jan. 22, 2011. In 297 American Hockey League games since 2007-08, Dupont has 148 points (58g-90a) and 389 penalty minutes.

A third-round selection (66th overall) of the New York Rangers in the 2005 Entry Draft, the 6-2, 210-pound left wing played 214 career games with the Western Hockey League’s Calgary Hitmen from 2003-07, registering 149 points (81g-68a) along with 324 penalty minutes.

FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1BY: Bruce Berlet

With goaltending and defense in lots of good hands, it wasn’t surprising the New York Rangers’ first four picks in the NHL draft Friday night and Saturday were forwards.

With the 15th pick, the Rangers chose center/left wing Jonathan T. Miller, who led Team USA in scoring with four goals and nine assists in six games en route to winning the gold medal in the Under-18 World Junior Championship in Germany. He tied for third among all skaters in points and was selected by tournament coaches as Team USA’s top player in the elite event.

Miller’s selection at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., came with some emotion, as it was announced by Aaron Boogaard, the younger brother of Derek Boogaard, the Rangers’ left wing who died at 28 at his apartment in Minneapolis on May 13. Boogaard, whose late brother was a seventh-round pick of the host Minnesota Wild in 2001, was introduced by Rangers director of player personnel Gordie Clark.

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HORAK ON BOARD

Here’s the official release from the Rangers

RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FORWARD ROMAN HORAK

New York, May 6, 2011 –New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Roman Horak.

GAME SEVEN TONIGHT FOR THE ROAD WARRIORS

Greenville Road WarriorsGREENVILLE, SC Tonight the Greenville Road Warriors host the Wheeling Nailers in Game Seven of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series. The winner will move on to the Eastern Conference final to face the Kalamazoo Wings.

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GAME SIX FOR THE WARRIORS – DO OR DIE

Greenville Road Warriors

GREENVILLE, SC Tonight the Greenville Road Warriors host the Wheeling Nailers in Game Six of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Wheeling leads the series three games to two and the Road Warriors must win to force Game Seven. Faceoff tonight is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. at the BI-LO Center.

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SIGNINGS IN HARTFORD

Connecticut WhaleWHALE SIGN FORWARDS ANDREW YOGAN AND SHAYNE WIEBE TO ATOs

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Join AHL Club from Major Junior Ranks

HARTFORD, CT: Connecticut Whale general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the team has signed forwards Andrew Yogan and Shayne Wiebe to Amateur Tryout (ATO) agreements.

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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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