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WHALE WEEKLY: February 21-27, 2011

Connecticut WhaleThe Whale (28-22-2-6, 64 pts.) are coming off of an eventful week, which included the historic Harvest-Properties.com Whale Bowl outdoor game at Rentschler Field Saturday night.  That game ended in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Providence Bruins in front of an AHL-record crowd of 21,673, but the Whale were victorious in their other two games on the week.  Friday saw Connecticut post a 2-1 shootout triumph at Adirondack, and the Whale upped their league-leading overtime win total to six on Monday afternoon in Portland, posting a 2-1 extra-time win over the Pirates on Wade Redden’s shorthanded goal.  That tally was set up by Tim Kennedy, who had two assists in that game, after scoring the first goal in Saturday’s outdoor game and also adding an assist.  With the 2-0-0-1 week, the Whale are now 4-0-0-1 in their last five games and have at least a standings point in seven of their last nine games (6-2-0-1).

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WHALE WEEKLY: January 3-9, 2011

Connecticut WhaleThe Whale (18-13-2-5, 43 pts.) celebrated the turn of the year by winning three out of four divisional games this past week, to move into sole possession of second place in the Atlantic Division.  The Whale scored overtime wins in both ends of a home-and-home series with Portland, 2-1 in Hartford on Wednesday and 5-4 on the road Friday, with former Pirate Tim Kennedy scoring the winner in both games for his first career AHL overtime scores and the first-ever OT winners by the same player in consecutive games in franchise history.  The Whale then laid a 6-2 thumping on the Providence Bruins at the XL Center on Saturday for their eighth straight home win, before seeing that streak come to an end in a 3-0 loss Sunday to division-leading Manchester.  Besides Kennedy’s two overtime tallies, the biggest offensive contribution came from defenseman Wade Redden, who had seven assists in the three games he played before having to miss Sunday’s game due to an injury.

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WHALE WEEKLY: December 20-26, 2010

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The Whale won two out of three games this past week, to up their record to 14-12-2-4 for 34 points.  Connecticut outlasted the Adirondack Phantoms Wednesday in Glens Falls, NY, 6-4, before returning home and winning its second overtime game of the season, a 3-2 decision Friday night over the Worcester Sharks.  That was the Whale’s sixth straight win, and the team’s tenth straight game without a regulation loss (8-0-0-2), but both of those streaks were snuffed out Sunday afternoon, when the Whale were blanked 5-0 in Syracuse by the Crunch.  That was the first regulation loss in ten games (8-1-0-1) since the re-branding to the Whale from the Hartford Wolf Pack November 27.  Kris Newbury was the club’s top offensive performer in the week’s three games, with a goal and three assists, and is tied for second in the AHL in helpers (27). Continue reading

WHALE WEEKLY: December 13-19, 2010

Connecticut WhaleThe Whale is on a 6-0-0-2 roll, and has won a season-high four straight games, after sweeping a pair of home outings this past weekend.  The Whale thumped the first-place Manchester Monarchs, 5-1, on Saturday night at the XL Center, and then gutted out a 4-3 win over the Adirondack Phantoms on Sunday.  The two triumphs moved the Whale over .500, to 12-11-2-4 for 30 points, and into sole possession of fourth place in the Atlantic Division.  Linemates Mats Zuccarello (2-2-4) and Kris Newbury (1-3-4) paced the offense in the two games, with four points apiece, and Newbury has strung together a team season-high six-game point and assist streak (2-9-11). Continue reading

WHALE WEEKLY: December 6-12, 2010

Connecticut WhaleThe Whale (10-11-2-4, 26 pts.) has climbed into a tie for fourth place in the Atlantic Division, after a 2-0-0-1 week last week.  A 2-1 shootout loss at Worcester was the first non-win for the Whale since the re-branding from the Wolf Pack, and the club rebounded for a 3-1 victory in Providence on Friday.  Saturday found the Whale back at the XL Center, and Ken Gernander’s troops gained some revenge on Worcester, posting a come-from-behind, 4-3 shootout triumph over the Sharks.  The team remains unbeaten in regulation in five games (4-0-0-1) since the re-branding, and the Whale’s season-high streak of games with at least a standings point now stands at six (4-0-0-2).  Kris Newbury was the top offensive performer this past week, registering five assists in the three games.  With 2-21-23 in 27 games, Newbury is now tied for the AHL lead in assists and is tied with Jeremy Williams (14-9-23 in 27 GP) for tops on the Whale team in points. Continue reading

WHALE WEEKLY: November 29-December 5, 2010

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After a 4-3 shootout loss in Bridgeport Friday in the last game as the Hartford Wolf Pack, the franchise won its first two games as the re-branded Connecticut Whale, both at home.  A crowd of 13,089, the second-largest in team history, saw the Whale (8-11-2-3, 21 pts.) turn the tables on the Sound Tigers Saturday with a 3-2 shootout win, and then the Whale scored three third-period goals Sunday to whitewash the Adirondack Phantoms, 3-0.  Those were the first back-to-back home wins for the team all season, and the Whale is now 3-1-0-1 in the last five at home, after winning just one of its first eight home games (1-5-2-0).  Overall the club now has at least a point in five of its last six games (4-1-0-1), after going 1-9-2-1 in the previous 13.  Cam Talbot made 25 saves in Sunday’s win to post his second shutout of the season, and both of his wins on the year, and in his pro career, have come via shutout.  Chad Kolarik (2-1-3), Mats Zuccarello (1-2-3) and Kris Newbury (1-2-3) led the way offensively on the week, with three points apiece. Continue reading

WOLF PACK/WHALE WEEKLY: November 8-14, 2010

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The Wolf Pack (4-8-2-1, 11 pts.) snapped a franchise-record nine-game winless streak (0-7-2-0) with a 7-1 pounding of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Sunday in GEICO Connecticut Cup action at the XL Center.  Prior to that seven-goal explosion, the Pack had been held to a total of 10 goals during the nine-game drought, which included a 4-1 home loss to Manchester Wednesday, a 3-2 defeat in Manchester Friday and a 4-1 road loss in Bridgeport on Saturday, in the first half of a home-and-home with the Sound Tigers.  Mats Zuccarello led the way for the Wolf Pack in Sunday’s rout, with the club’s first hat trick of the season and an assist, and totaled 4-2-6 in the week’s four games, and linemate Tim Kennedy chipped in three assists Sunday and had five total helpers in his three games on the week. 

This week:

It’s a light week for the Wolf Pack this week, with two home games before the squad plays five straight on the road.  The Pack plays its first game against a Western Conference opponent Tuesday night, when the Toronto Marlies invade the XL Center for a 7:00 game, and then the last home game for the Wolf Pack before the team is officially re-branded the Connecticut Whale is Saturday night at 7:00, with the Springfield Falcons in town. 

Tuesday, November 9 vs. Toronto at the XL Center, 7:00 PM

· This is the first game of the season for the Wolf Pack against a Western Conference opponent.  The Pack logged a 1-1-1-1 record in four contests vs. the Western Conference last season.

· The Marlies make their one-and-only regular season visit of the year to the XL Center for this game, which is the first of two on the year between the two clubs.  The Wolf Pack gained three out of a possible four points in a two-game season series last year, winning 6-1 in Hartford and dropping a 3-2 overtime decision in Toronto.

· This is the seventh all-time meeting between the Wolf Pack and Marlies.  The Pack are 3-2-0-1 previously against Toronto, and have won two of the three all-time matchups in Hartford.

· Head Coach Greg Gilbert’s Marlies are in the midst of a stretch of 10 straight road games, and are currently bringing up the rear in the North Division with a 4-6-0-2 record for 10 points, after a wild, 7-6 shootout loss at Oklahoma City Sunday.

· Toronto’s leading scorer, Nazem Kadri, the seventh overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft by the parent Maple Leafs, is tied for third in the AHL in rookie points, with 5-6-11 in 12 games.

· Radio – live with Bob Crawford in HD on WTIC’s 96.5 HD 2 and on-line at www.CTwhale.com and www.wtic.com.  

Saturday, November 13 vs. Springfield at the XL Center, 7:00 PM

· This night will be a celebration of Wolf Pack history, it being the final home game before the franchise is officially re-branded the Connecticut Whale Saturday, November 27.

· The “Hartford Distributors/Bud Light All-time Wolf Pack Team”, which was chosen by a fan vote that ended Sunday, will be announced at this game.  Also, the first 3,000 fans into the game will receive a free Wolf Pack commemorative poster.

· The Wolf Pack are 0-1-1-0 in this year’s I-91 season series with the Falcons, including a 2-1 overtime loss October 29 in the only previous meeting at the XL Center, after going 6-2-2-0 in 10 games against Springfield last season.

· Springfield is unbeaten in regulation in its last four games (3-0-0-1) and stands in third place in the Atlantic Division, with a record of 7-4-0-1 for 15 points.

· Former Wolf Pack goaltender David LeNeveu stopped a total of 63 out of 66 Pack shots in the Falcons’ two victories over the Wolf Pack.

· Radio – live with Bob Crawford in HD on WTIC’s 96.5 HD 2 and on-line at www.CTwhale.com and www.wtic.com.  

Sunday, November 14 – “Wolf Pack Bowl-a-Thon” – AMF Silver Lanes, East Hartford, 11:00 AM

The Wolf Pack players will be bowling for Special Olympics Connecticut at AMF Silver Lanes in East Hartford, in the annual “Wolf Pack Bowl-a-Thon”.  The Pack players will be bowling alongside teams of four bowlers, who have collected pledges to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut Eastern Region.  A minimum pledge level of $200 is required for a team to enter, and the top fund-raising teams will win prizes, including the use of luxury suites at Wolf Pack home games.  Registration for the Bowl-a-Thon is available on-line at www.soct.org.  For further information, call (877) 660-6667.  There will be two sessions of bowling, the first starting at 11:00 AM and the second at 2:00 PM.  AMF Silver Lanes is located at 748 Silver Lane in East Hartford.

Recent Transactions:

Dov Grumet-Morris – released from Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement by the Wolf Pack November 4.

Evgeny Grachev – returned to the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers November 8.

Pack Tracks:

Individual tickets for Wolf Pack/Whale home games are on sale now at the XL Center ticket office and all Ticketmaster locations. Tickets may also be charged by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at www.CTwhale.com.  Tickets start at $7 each at the XL Center ticket office on game day.

For information on Wolf Pack/Whale ticket packages, group sales and VIP packages, call (860) 728-3366

Once again this season, the Wolf Pack are partnering with WTIC Radio to air Wolf Pack hockey action.  All of the Wolf Pack’s regular-season and playoff games will air on 96.5 WTIC-FM’s HD 2 channel and will be streamed on-line at www.wtic.com. Select games will be carried live on the 50,000-watt AM powerhouse, WTIC NewsTalk 1080.

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

Since 1972, the CT Lottery has generated more than $19.3 billion in sales and has transferred nearly $6.7 billion to the state’s General Fund.  Prizes have exceeded more than $11.1 billion.  Purchasers must be 18 years or older.  If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call the Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-346-6238.  For more information about the Connecticut Lottery Corporation, call (860) 713-2000, or visit the CT Lottery web site at ctlottery.org.

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WOLF PACK/WHALE WEEKLY: November 1-7, 2010

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WOLF PACK/WHALE WEEKLY: November 1-7, 2010

 The Wolf Pack (3-5-2-1, 9 pts.) saw a winless skein extend to six games (0-4-2-0) this past week, with a pair of regulation losses and an overtime defeat.  The Albany Devils came into the XL Center on Wednesday night and skated off with a 3-1 win, before the Wolf Pack wrapped up a five-game homestand by dropping a 2-1 overtime decision at home to Springfield on Friday, despite outshooting the Falcons 42-25.  The Wolf Pack and Falcons completed a home-and-home set in Springfield on Saturday, and the home club broke out to a 3-0 lead before hanging on to win by a score of 3-2.  Tomas Kundratek registered his first pro point with a goal in that game, and Devin DiDiomete got his first point of the season with the other Wolf Pack score.

This week:

The Wolf Pack faces its first four-games-in-five-nights stretch of the season this week, with a pair of Atlantic Division home-and-home sets.  The Manchester Monarchs visit the XL Center on Wednesday night at 7:00, before the two teams rematch in Manchester on Friday night (7:00).  Then it’s GEICO Connecticut Cup action vs. the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Saturday night in Bridgeport (7:00) and Sunday at the XL Center.  That Sunday game is a special 7:00 PM start.

Wednesday, November 3 vs. Manchester at the XL Center, 7:00 PM

· The Monarchs (5-3-1-1, 12 pts.) are currently tied with Springfield for second place in the Atlantic Division, four points behind division-leading Portland.

· This is the first of eight meetings on the year between the Wolf Pack and Manchester.  The Pack were 3-5-0-0 in an eight-game season series last year, and won three of their four home games against the Monarchs.

· David Meckler (6-3-9) and Brandon Kozun (5-4-9) are tied for Manchester’s scoring lead, and Kozun is tied for second among AHL rookie scorers.

· Radio – live with Bob Crawford in HD on WTIC’s 96.5 HD 2 and on-line at www.CTwhale.com and www.wtic.com. 

Friday, November 5 at Manchester (Verizon Wireless Arena), 7:00 PM

· Manchester is 3-1-1-0 in five home games thus far this year.

· The Wolf Pack were 0-4-0-0 in action in Manchester last season, and were outscored by a combined margin of 17-3 in their last three visits.

· Radio – live with Bob Crawford in HD on WTIC’s 96.5 HD 2 and on-line at www.CTwhale.com and www.wtic.com. 

Saturday, November 6 at Bridgeport (Bridgeport’s Arena at Harbor Yard), 7:00 PM

· This is the second of ten GEICO Connecticut Cup battles this season between the Wolf Pack and their GEICO Connecticut Cup rivals the Sound Tigers.  The Wolf Pack took the first clash, 2-1, October 16 in Bridgeport.

· The Sound Tigers stopped a two-game losing streak with a win in their last outing, a 3-2 overtime triumph in Manchester on Friday night.  Overall, Coach Jack Capuano’s club is 3-5-0-0 for six points, three points behind the Wolf Pack.

· Rookie goaltender Kevin Poulin got the win Friday with 25 saves, and has two of Bridgeport’s three victories on the year (2-1-0, 2.00 GAA, 93.1 save percentage), and defenseman Travis Hamonic, a fellow first-year pro, netted the overtime game-winner.

· Radio – live with Bob Crawford in HD on WTIC’s 96.5 HD 2 and on-line at www.CTwhale.com and www.wtic.com. 

Sunday, November 7 vs. Bridgeport at the XL Center, 7:00 PM

· Please note the special Sunday starting time of 7:00 PM for this game.

· This is the first of five Sound Tiger visits to the XL Center on the year.  The Wolf Pack were 3-2-0-0 in five home games against Bridgeport last season.

· Radio – live with Bob Crawford in HD on WTIC’s 96.5 HD 2 and on-line at www.CTwhale.com and www.wtic.com.  

Recent Transactions:

Evgeny Grachev – recalled from the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers October 28. 

Pack Tracks:

The Wolf Pack will officially be re-branded as the Connecticut Whale on November 27 for a game at the XL Center vs. the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.  The Wolf Pack’s final home game at the XL Center will be on November 13 vs. the Springfield Falcons. There will be several events commemorating the 13-plus year Wolf Pack history that night.  A “Hartford Distributors/Bud Light All-time Wolf Pack Team” will be announced at the November 13 game, and fans are invited to cast their votes for the team, at CTWhale.com and at various retailers, courtesy of Hartford Distributors and Bud Light.

Individual tickets for Wolf Pack/Whale home games are on sale now at the XL Center Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations. Tickets may also be charged by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at www.CTwhale.com.

For information on Wolf Pack/Whale ticket packages, group sales and VIP packages, call (860) 728-3366

Once again this season, the Wolf Pack are partnering with WTIC Radio to air Wolf Pack hockey action.  All of the Wolf Pack’s regular-season and playoff games will air on 96.5 WTIC-FM’s HD 2 channel and will be streamed on-line at www.wtic.com. Select games will be carried live on the 50,000-watt AM powerhouse, WTIC NewsTalk 1080.

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

Since 1972, the CT Lottery has generated more than $19.3 billion in sales and has transferred nearly $6.7 billion to the state’s General Fund.  Prizes have exceeded more than $11.1 billion.  Purchasers must be 18 years or older.  If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call the Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-346-6238.  For more information about the Connecticut Lottery Corporation, call (860) 713-2000, or visit the CT Lottery web site at ctlottery.org. 

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WOLF PACK/WHALE WEEKLY: October 25 – 31, 2010

The Wolf Pack (3-3-1-1, 8 pts.) were winless in three home games this past week, including a pair of heartbreaking one-goal losses.  After the Norfolk Admirals came into the XL Center and racked up a 5-1 victory on Wednesday, the Wolf Pack were locked in a scoreless tie with the Binghamton Senators Friday, before Binghamton’s Erik Condra scored what would turn out to be the game-winning goal with 3:10 remaining in the third period, giving the Senators a 1-0 triumph.  Then on Saturday night, the Wolf Pack and goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris, making his first Wolf Pack appearance, were only 23.8 seconds away from a 1-0 shutout against the Syracuse Crunch, when the Crunch scored the tying goal with their goaltender pulled, and then notched the game-winner 45 seconds into overtime.

This week:

The Wolf Pack wrap up a five-game homestand with 7:00 games at the XL Center this Wednesday night, October 27 against Albany and Friday, October 29 vs. Springfield, before traveling to Springfield to complete a home-and-home set with the Falcons Saturday night (7:00).

Wednesday, October 27 vs. Albany at the XL Center, 7:00 PM

· This is already the second-and-final game of a two-game season series between the Wolf Pack and Devils, who won the first meeting, 3-2 in a shootout, October 15 in Albany.

· The Devils are 3-2-0-0 for six points in their first five games this year, after playing the last four seasons in Lowell, MA.

· Albany captain Stephen Gionta, who had the shootout winner against the Wolf Pack in the October 15th game, is the Devils’ leading point-getter, with 1-3-4 in five games.

· The Devils won their only previous road game, 4-3 in overtime, at Adirondack October 16.

· Radio – live with Bob Crawford in HD on WTIC’s 96.5 HD 2 and on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and www.wtic.com. 

Friday, October 29 vs. Springfield at the XL Center, 7:00 PM

· Once again this season, Friday night Wolf Pack home games are Guida’s Family Value Nights.  Family Value packages start as low as $48 and include three tickets, three hot dogs or pizza slices, three sodas and a Wolf Pack souvenir.  Guida’s Family Value Night packs are available at the XL Center box office and on-line to www.hartfordwolfpack.com.

· This is the first installment of the Wolf Pack’s most familiar rivalry, which will feature a total of 10 meetings on the year between the Pack and Falcons.  The Pack were 6-2-0-0 vs. the Falcons last season, 3-1-1-0 at home.

· The Falcons have a new affiliate this year, the Columbus Blue Jackets, after three seasons as the top affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, and a new head coach, former long-time Army head man Rob Riley.

· Riley has Springfield off to a 4-4-0-0 start through eight games, and the Falcons are 3-1-0-0 on the road.

· Veteran Tom Sestito is the Falcons’ points leader thus far, with 4-5-9 in eight games, and Michael Blunden leads the club in goals, with 5-3-8 in eight contests.

· Radio – live with Bob Crawford in HD on WTIC’s 96.5 HD 2 and on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and www.wtic.com. 

Saturday, October 30 at Springfield (MassMutual Center), 7:00 PM

· The Wolf Pack are 2-0-0-1 on the road for the year, and the Falcons are 1-3-0-0 at home.

· The Pack were 3-1-1-0 in five visits to Springfield last season.

· Radio – live with Bob Crawford in HD on WTIC’s 96.5 HD 2 and on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and www.wtic.com.  

Recent Transactions:

Dov Grumet-Morris – Signed to a Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement by the Wolf Pack October 18.

Tyler Donati – signed to an AHL contract by the Wolf Pack October 22.

Jeremy Williams – recalled from the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers October 24 and returned October 25. 

Pack Tracks:

The Wolf Pack will officially be re-branded as the Connecticut Whale on November 27 for a game at the XL Center vs. the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.  The Wolf Pack’s final home game at the XL Center will be on November 13 vs. the Springfield Falcons. There will be several events commemorating the 13-plus year Wolf Pack history that night.  A “Hartford Distributors/Bud Light All-time Wolf Pack Team” will be announced at the November 13 game, and fans are invited to cast their votes for the team, at CTWhale.com and at various retailers, courtesy of Hartford Distributors and Bud Light.

Individual tickets for Wolf Pack/Whale home games are on sale now at the XL Center Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations. Tickets may also be charged by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at www.hartfordwolfpack.com.

For information on Wolf Pack/Whale ticket packages, group sales and VIP packages, call (860) 728-3366

Once again this season, the Wolf Pack are partnering with WTIC Radio to air Wolf Pack hockey action.  All of the Wolf Pack’s regular-season and playoff games will air on 96.5 WTIC-FM’s HD 2 channel and will be streamed on-line at www.wtic.com. Select games will be carried live on the 50,000-watt AM powerhouse, WTIC NewsTalk 1080. 

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

Since 1972, the CT Lottery has generated more than $19.3 billion in sales and has transferred nearly $6.7 billion to the state’s General Fund.  Prizes have exceeded more than $11.1 billion.  Purchasers must be 18 years or older.  If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call the Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-346-6238.  For more information about the Connecticut Lottery Corporation, call (860) 713-2000, or visit the CT Lottery web site at ctlottery.org. 

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WOLF PACK/WHALE WEEKLY: October 11 – 17, 2010

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The Wolf Pack/Whale launched into their 2010-11 season with a pair of home games this past week, and ended up with a split.  Head Coach Ken Gernander’s club handed the new Charlotte Checkers a 4-2 defeat Saturday at the XL Center, in the Checkers’ inaugural AHL game, but then fell by a 4-3 score to the Worcester Sharks in Atlantic Division action Sunday.  Twenty-year-old rookie Kelsey Tessier paced the club in scoring in the two games with 2-2-4, and a team-best +4, including a two-goal, one-assist performance in Sunday’s game.

This week:

The Wolf Pack/Whale hit the road for the first time, and also play their first three-games-in-three-days stretch of the season.  This Friday night, October 15 finds the Wolf Pack/Whale making its only visit of the season to Albany, to meet the new-look Devils in a 7:00 game.  Then it’s on to Bridgeport Saturday night, for the first GEICO Connecticut Cup game of the year against the Nutmeg-State rival Sound Tigers (7:00), and the Wolf Pack finish the weekend in Providence on Sunday, taking on their arch-adversaries the P-Bruins at 4:05

Friday, October 15 at Albany (Times Union Center), 7:00 PM

· Albany’s Times Union Center is now home to the New Jersey Devils’ top affiliate, the Albany Devils, after New Jersey’s top prospects skated in Lowell, MA the past four seasons.  The Albany River Rats, who called New York’s state capital home for the past 17 years, were moved to Charlotte to become the Checkers after last season.

· The Devils’ new AHL coach this season is Rick Kowalsky, after John MacLean, now head coach of the parent New Jersey club, led Lowell to a 39-31-4-6 record for 88 points, and a fourth-place finish in the Atlantic Division, last year.

· The Devils’ only action thus far this season was a 5-3 home loss Saturday to their close regional rivals, the Adirondack Red Wings.  David McIntyre was the top Albany contributor in that game, with two goals, and veteran forward Stephen Gionta had a goal and an assist.

· The Wolf Pack compiled a 5-3-0-0 record against Lowell last season.  In their only 2009-10 visit to Albany to play the River Rats, the Pack lost a 3-1 decision on January 9.  All-time in Albany, the Wolf Pack are 15(W)-5(L)-2(T)-1(OTL) in 23 visits.

· Radio – live with Bob Crawford in HD on WTIC’s 96.5 HD 2 and on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and www.wtic.com.

Saturday, October 16 at Bridgeport (Bridgeport’s Arena at Harbor Yard), 7:00 p.m.

· This is the first of ten GEICO Connecticut Cup games on the year between the Wolf Pack and Sound Tigers.  The Pack won the last two games of last year’s season series, to win the GEICO Connecticut Cup with a 5-3-0-2 series record.

· The Sound Tigers split a pair of home games during the opening weekend, beating Worcester 5-4 in a shootout Saturday and falling by a 2-1 score to Manchester Sunday.  Last season Bridgeport edged out the Wolf Pack for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference by three points, going 38-32-4-6 for 86 points.

· Robin Figren has two goals in the first two games for Bridgeport, and Michael Haley and Matt Martin have registered a goal and an assist each.

· Radio – live with Bob Crawford in HD on WTIC’s 96.5 HD 2 and on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and www.wtic.com.

Sunday, October 17 at Providence (Dunkin’ Donuts Center Providence), 7:00 p.m.

· This clash starts a ten-game season series between the Wolf Pack/Whale and the arch-rival Bruins.  The Pack compiled a 6-3-1-0 record in the series last year and was 2-3-0-0 in five visits to Providence.

· The P-Bruins gave up a total of 10 goals in their season-opening home-and-home series with Springfield but got a split out of it, with a 5-1 home loss on Friday night and a 6-5 road win Saturday.  Head Coach Rob Murray’s club is coming off of a 36-38-5-1 (78 pts.) season that saw it miss the playoffs by a margin of eight points, the first time in 12 years that the Bruins have failed to qualify for the postseason.

· Rookie centerman Maxime Sauve is tied for the AHL lead in goals, after netting a hat trick in Saturday’s Providence win.

· Radio – live with Bob Crawford in HD on WTIC’s 96.5 HD 2 and on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and www.wtic.com.

Recent Transactions:

None

Pack Tracks:

Individual tickets for Wolf Pack/Whale home games are on sale now at the XL Center Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations. Tickets may also be charged by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at www.hartfordwolfpack.com.

For information on Wolf Pack/Whale ticket packages, group sales and VIP packages, call (860) 728-3366

Once again this season, the Wolf Pack are partnering with WTIC Radio to air Wolf Pack hockey action.  All of the Wolf Pack’s regular-season and playoff games will air on 96.5 WTIC-FM’s HD 2 channel and will be streamed on-line at www.wtic.com. Select games will be carried live on the 50,000-watt AM powerhouse, WTIC NewsTalk 1080.

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

Since 1972, the CT Lottery has generated more than $19.3 billion in sales and has transferred nearly $6.7 billion to the state’s General Fund.  Prizes have exceeded more than $11.1 billion.  Purchasers must be 18 years or older.  If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call the Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-346-6238.  For more information about the Connecticut Lottery Corporation, call (860) 713-2000, or visit the CT Lottery web site at ctlottery.org.

TRACK THE PACK/WHALE AT WWW.HARTFORDWOLFPACK.COM