Wolf Pack Weekly, October 10-16Oct 10, 2016
The Wolf Pack begin their 20th-anniversary season in the AHL this Friday, October 14, with an XL Center battle against the St. John’s IceCaps, facing off at 7:15 PM. The Wolf Pack finished off their preseason action Sunday at Champions Skating Center in Cromwell, falling to the Albany Devils by a score of 2-0. That was after a 3-0 defeat in Springfield on Saturday, and a 4-1 loss Wednesday night to the Bridgeport at Trinity College.
This week: The Wolf Pack kick off the 2016-17 campaign with their home opener this Friday night, October 14, hosting the St. John’s IceCaps in a 7:15 PM game. The first 5,000 fans into the XL Center receive a magnetic Wolf Pack schedule, courtesy of CT-DOT. Then the Pack begin their road schedule on Saturday night with a journey to Wilkes-Barre, PA to tangle with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. That is a 7:05 faceoff.
Friday, October 14 vs. the St. John’s IceCaps (Montreal) at the XL Center, 7:15 PM
This game features a Wolf Pack magnetic schedule giveaway to the first 5,000 fans, sponsored by CT-DOT.
This night also marks the return of the Wolf Pack’s popular Friday-night food and beverage discount. Once again this season, fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $2 beers at every Friday Wolf Pack home game, through the start of the second period.
There will be a pregame tribute prior to this season opener to hockey legend, and former New England and Hartford Whaler, Gordie Howe.
This is also a Wolf Pack “Scout Night”, featuring discounted tickets and special Scout Night patches for scout groups. Tickets and patches must be reserved in advance through a Wolf Pack Account Executive, at (855) 762-6451.
The Wolf Pack and IceCaps also met on opening night last season, with St. John’s taking a 3-1 decision at the XL Center October 10. The two teams would go on to split a four-game season series in 2015-16, with the Wolf Pack winning their other home game vs. the IceCaps 4-1 on January 30.
The IceCaps are coached by former Wolf Pack and New York Ranger defenseman Sylvain Lefebvre, who guided St. John’s to a 32-33-8-3 record for 75 points last season. That put the IceCaps in fifth place in the North Division, 12 points out of a playoff spot.
St. John’s’ leading returning scorer is forward Charles Hudon, who led the club in goals a year ago and finished second on the team in points (28-25-53 in 67 GP).
Tickets for this and all 2016-17 Wolf Pack home games are on sale now at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499. Tickets purchased in advance for kids 12 or younger are just $10 each, and all tickets will have a $2 day-of-game increase.
Saturday, October 15 at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh) at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 7:05 PM
The Penguins are coming off of a 2015-16 season in which they achieved 92 points (43-27-4-2), finished third in the Atlantic Division and advanced as far as Game Seven of the second round of the Calder Cup playoffs.
Clark Donatelli begins this year as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s head coach, after taking over the position December 22 of last season, following Mike Sullivan’s promotion to coach the parent Pittsburgh Penguins.
This is the first of eight battles on the year between the Wolf Pack and Penguins, and Hartford’s first of four trips to Wilkes-Barre. The Wolf Pack went 2-3-1-0 in a six-game season series last year, but won two of their three road games against the Penguins.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s leading scorer among returnees is winger Carter Rowney, who finished second on the 2015-16 Penguin club in points and goals with 24-32-56 in 74 games.
Wolf Pack Community Appearances: The Wolf Pack have the following appearances scheduled this week. For further information on these, or any other Wolf Pack community initiatives, contact Wolf Pack community relations manager Frank Berrian, at (860) 541-4728:
Saturday, October 15, 9:00 AM, Elizabeth Park, 1561 Asylum Ave., West Hartford, CT: The Wolf Pack’s iconic mascot Sonar takes part in a walk through beautiful Elizabeth Park to benefit SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education).
Brandon Halverson – reassigned by the New York Rangers from the Wolf Pack to Greenville (ECHL) October 7.
Magnus Hellberg – loaned to the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers October 7.
Jeff Malcolm – loaned by the Wolf Pack to Greenville (ECHL) October 7.
Cristoval Nieves – loaned to the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers October 7.
Tommy Thompson – released from Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement by the Wolf Pack October 7.
Tanner Glass – loaned to the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers October 8.
Adam Chapie – reassigned by the New York Rangers from the Wolf Pack to Greenville (ECHL) October 10.
Justin DaSilva – released from Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement by the Wolf Pack October 10.
Reid Duke – released from Amateur Tryout (ATO) agreement by the Wolf Pack October 10.
Ryan Gropp – reassigned by the New York Rangers from the Wolf Pack to Seattle (WHL) October 10.
Garrett Noonan – signed to AHL contract by the Wolf Pack and loaned to Greenville (ECHL) October 10.
Ahti Oksanen – loaned by the Wolf Pack to Greenville (ECHL) October 10.
Sean Sullivan – released from Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement by the Wolf Pack October 10.
Practice: All Wolf Pack practices at Champions Skating Center in Cromwell are open to the public. Schedule is subject to change.
Tue., October 11 10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center
Wed., October 12 10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center
Thurs., October 13 10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center
Fri., October 14 10:00 – 10:30 AM, XL Center (Game vs. St. John’s)
Sat., October 15 Game at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Sun., October 16 No practice
Mon., October 17 10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center
Pack Tracks: On Saturday, October 29, when the Wolf Pack host the Utica Comets in a 7:00 PM game, the first 2,000 fans into the XL Center will receive the first of four sets of Wolf Pack 20th-anniversary trading cards that will be given away during this 2016-17 season, presented by KOTA Solutions.
Wednesday, November 2, when the Wolf Pack battle the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, it’s the Wolf Pack’s third annual “Sonar’s Edu-Skate” school-day game, with faceoff at 11:00 AM. Lots of educational fun will be on tap throughout the day, and for information on bringing a school group to the Edu-Skate game, contact the Wolf Pack ticket office at (855) 762-6451.
Once again this season, fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $2 beers at every Friday Wolf Pack home game, through the start of the second period. After this Friday, the next Friday-night home game is October 28, when the Pack host the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at 7:15 PM.
Each of the Wolf Pack’s Sunday and Wednesday home games, as well as the one Tuesday home date, will feature the Wolf Pack’s “Click It or Ticket Family Value Pack”. The Family Value Pack includes two tickets, two sodas and two hot dogs, all for just $40. The first of those Family Value Pack games is Sunday, October 23, when the Wolf Pack host the St. John’s IceCaps at 5:00 PM.
At every Sunday Wolf Pack home game, the first 2,000 fans will receive a “hockey bingo” card. The spaces on these cards contain possibilities that might happen in the game, and if they do, fans can fill in the spaces to win Wolf Pack bingo prizes. The first Sunday Wolf Pack home date is October 23, a 5:00 PM game vs. the St. John’s IceCaps.
Wolf Pack home game tickets can be purchased at the XL Center ticket office, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499. Tickets purchased in advance for kids 12 or younger are just $10 each, and all tickets will have a $2 day-of-game increase.
To speak with a Wolf Pack representative about season or group tickets, or any of the Wolf Pack’s many ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451, or click here to request more info.