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Ryan Martin - General Manager

Ryan Martin Headshot.jpgRyan Martin was named Assistant General Manager of the New York Rangers and General Manager of the Hartford Wolf Pack on August 25th, 2021.

Martin joined the Rangers organization after spending the past 16 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings organization (2005-06 – 2020-21). He spent the last eleven seasons (2010-11 – 2020-21) as the organization’s Assistant General Manager. In that role, Martin spent eight seasons (2013-14 – 2020-21) as the General Manager of the Red Wings’ AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins. Under Martin’s guidance, the Griffins won the 2017 Calder Cup and advanced to the Calder Cup Playoffs in every season in which the annual postseason tournament took place.

While with the Red Wing’s organization, Martin spent five seasons (2005-06 – 2009-10) as the team’s Director of Hockey Administration. Martin was also a member of the Red Wings organization when the club won the Stanley Cup at the conclusion of the 2008-09 NHL season.

In addition to his work with the Red Wings, Martin served as a scout with USA Hockey for their World Junior Championship team in 2021. That team won a Gold Medal in the Edmonton bubble in January, 2021.

Prior to beginning his career with the Red Wings, Martin worked in Denver, Colorado from 1999 through 2003 as an attorney. He also worked at KO Sports, Inc.

With the Rangers, Martin will oversee all aspects of hockey operations with the Wolf Pack, including player personnel decisions, player development, contract negotiations, and player movement.

Matt Harlow - Director of Hockey Operations

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Matt Harlow was named Director of Hockey Operations for the Hartford Wolf Pack ahead of the 2021-22 AHL season. Prior to joining the Wolf Pack, Harlow served as the Director of Hockey Operations for the Northeastern University Huskies men’s hockey team for two seasons, 2019-20 and 2020-21.

While with the Huskies, Harlow helped guide the program to two winning seasons. That included the program’s third straight Beanpot Championship in February of 2020, and the program’s first Belpot Championship. The Belpot is awarded to the winner of the Friendship Four hockey tournament in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Huskies defeated Colgate enroute to the 2020 Championship.

Prior to his time inside historic Matthews Arena, Harlow spent one season at Tabor Academy in Marion, Mass. There, he served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator before being promoted to interim head coach.

Before Tabor, Harlow was an amateur scout in the New England region for the NHL’s New York Islanders during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. In that role, Harlow was responsible for evaluating draft eligible prospects in the region.

Harlow has also spent time as an assistant coach at Stonehill College (NE10), and as a head coach with the South Shore Kings at the U14 level and Neponset Valley River Rats at the U15 level.

Prior to coaching and scouting, Harlow played both collegiately and professionally. Harlow graduated from Brown University in 2015, following a four-year playing career at the school. Over the course of 127 games at Brown, Harlow scored 36 points (17-19-36) and amassed 68 penalty minutes.

Following his NCAA career, Harlow played in 47 ECHL games spread across the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. He suited up with the Elmira Jackals, Manchester Monarchs and Alaska Aces during his professional career.

While with the Wolf Pack, Harlow will assist with all aspects of hockey operations including player personnel, player movement, and player contracts while also handling the day-to-day operations of the club. 

Harlow resides in West Hartford, CT with his wife, Kaleigh, and daughter, Isabelle.

Kris Knoblauch - Head Coach

Kris Knoblauch_Head Coach.JPGKris Knoblauch was named the seventh Head Coach in Wolf Pack history on July 29, 2019.

Knoblauch came to the Wolf Pack after two seasons as an assistant coach with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers. Before that stint, he spent seven seasons as a head coach at the Major Junior level, two (2010-11 and 2011-12) with the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League (WHL) and five with the Ontario Hockey League’s (OHL) Erie Otters. All told, Knoblauch amassed a Major Junior career coaching record of 298-130-16-13, for a points percentage of .684, in 457 games.

In his first season as a head coach, 2010-11 with Kootenay, Knoblauch piloted the Ice to a 46-21-1-4 record for 97 points in the regular season, and a 16-3 playoff run that saw Kootenay capture the WHL championship and earn a berth in the Memorial Cup.

After finishing his Kootenay tenure with a total record of 82-47-7-8, Knoblauch moved behind the Erie bench November 29, 2012. Subsequent to that season, he led the Otters to four consecutive 50-win campaigns, making the Otters the first team in the history of the Canadian Hockey League (comprised of the OHL, WHL and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) to accomplish that feat.

Knoblauch’s 2016-17 Erie club won the OHL championship and advanced all the way to the final of the Memorial Cup, and both that team and the previous year’s Otter squad won the Hamilton Spectator Trophy for compiling the best regular season record in the OHL. Knoblauch was named OHL ‘Coach of the Year’ in 2015-16, and guided Erie to the OHL final in 2014-15. He finished his Erie tenure with an overall record of 216-79-9-5 (.722) in 309 games.

During his time coaching the Otters and Ice, Knoblauch played a key role in the development of numerous players who went on to successful NHL careers, including Connor McDavid, Alex DeBrincat, Sam Reinhart, Dylan Strome, Andre Burakovsky, Anthony Cirelli, Erik Cernak, Connor Brown, and Travis Dermott.

Prior to becoming a head coach, Knoblauch served as an assistant coach with Kootenay for three seasons (2007-08 - 2009-10). The first coaching experience for the Imperial, Saskatchewan native was one year (2006-07) as an assistant with the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders.

Knoblauch has also coached in several international tournaments, including helping Canada to a silver medal in the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship as an assistant coach. 

Knoblauch played two seasons of pro hockey, logging 60 games with the CHL’s Austin IceBats in 2004-05 (18-22-40, 76 PIM) and 28 games in 2005-06 with Neuilly sur-Marne of FFHG Division 1 in France (29-17-46, 24 PIM).

A seventh-round pick (166th overall) by the New York Islanders in the 1997 NHL Draft, Knoblauch, who was born September 24, 1978, enjoyed a three-year playing career in the WHL, from 1996-97 through 1998-99, with the Red Deer Rebels, Edmonton/Kootenay Ice and Lethbridge Hurricanes.  He also played five seasons (1999-00 - 2003-04) of Canadian University hockey at the University of Alberta, winning a CIAU University Cup championship his first year.

Steve Smith - Assistant Coach

Steve Smith_Assistant Coach.JPGSteve Smith was named an Assistant Coach on Kris Knoblauch’s staff with the Wolf Pack on August 24th, 2021.

Smith came to the Wolf Pack after three seasons as an assistant coach with the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres (2018-19 - 2020-21). Before that stint, Smith had multiple stops as an assistant coach in the NHL. He served as an assistant coach with the Calgary Flames for one season, 1997-98, before resuming his playing career with the Flames during the 1998-99 season.

Smith returned to coaching in the summer of 2010, when he joined the Edmonton Oilers’ coaching staff under former Rangers’ coach Tom Renney. Smith spent four seasons on the Oilers’ staff (2010-11 – 2013-14) before joining the Carolina Hurricanes, where he spent the following four seasons (2014-15 – 2017-18).

After departing the Hurricanes’ organization, Smith joined the Sabres’ coaching staff prior to the 2018-19 season. He remained in Buffalo until joining the Wolf Pack. 

Smith played 804 career NHL games over the course of 16 seasons with the Oilers, Chicago Blackhawks, and Flames. Smith finished his career with 375 points (72-303-375), 2,139 penalty minutes and a +146 +/- rating. He also appeared in 134 Stanley Cup Playoff games, scoring 52 points (11-41-52) and helping the Oilers to Stanley Cup Championships in 1987, 1988 and 1990.

A sixth-round pick (111th overall) by the Oilers in the 1981 NHL Draft, Smith also made the NHL All-Star Game during the 1990-91 season. Smith appeared in 138 career AHL games during his career with the Moncton Alpines and Nova Scotia Oilers, scoring 41 points (3-38-41)

Casey Torres - Assistant Coach

Casey Torres_Assistant Coach.JPGCasey Torres was named an Assistant Coach on Kris Knoblauch’s staff with the Wolf Pack on October 13th, 2021. 

Torres came to the Wolf Pack after spending each of the last five seasons with the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins as a scout. During his time with the organization, the Penguins made the Stanley Cup Playoffs all five seasons and won the 2017 Stanley Cup Final over the Nashville Predators. The club also advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2018.

Prior to his time in the NHL with the Penguins, Torres had a lengthy career in the junior ranks in Canada. Torres spent time in both the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) and the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).

Torres served as an Assistant Coach for the OJHL’s Kingston Voyageurs for five seasons, holding the position from 2007-08 through the conclusion of the 2011-12 campaign. Torres then served as the Video Coach for the club for two seasons, holding that post in both 2012-13 and 2013-14.

In addition to his seven years on staff in the OJHL, Torres spent two seasons as a scout for the Peterborough Petes of the OHL. The native of Kingston, Ontario was with the Petes during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. The Petes qualified for the OHL Playoffs in both of Torres’ seasons with the organization.

Torres also has extensive experience as a Skills Coach. He operates ‘Torres Hockey’, which teaches skating and skills to players of all ages in his native Canada.

Jeff Malcolm - Goaltending Coach

Jeff Malcom_Goalie Coach.JPGJeff Malcolm enters his first season as the Wolf Pack's Goaltending Coach. Malcolm spent the previous three years as the organization's goaltending consultant. 

In his role, he assists in the on-ice and off-ice development of goaltenders throughout the Rangers organization, including goaltenders with the team’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack. Malcolm also works with the Rangers front office in evaluating goaltenders at both the amateur and professional levels.

Malcolm played four seasons of professional hockey (2013-14 – 2016-17) with the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) and the Greenville Road Warriors/Swamp Rabbits (ECHL). In 94 career appearances in the ECHL, he posted a 51-30-11 record, along with a 2.96 GAA, and a .910 SV%. Malcolm was selected to participate in the 2015 CCM ECHL All-Star Classic, representing the Greenville organization.

Prior to beginning his professional career, Malcolm played four seasons of collegiate hockey at Yale University (2009-10 – 2012-13) in New Haven, Connecticut. He helped Yale win the National Championship in his final season at the school, 2012-13. It was the first, and only, National Championship in program history. Malcolm stopped all 36 shots he faced to earn the win and a shutout in the National Championship Game against Quinnipiac University on April 13, 2013.

He was named to the Frozen Four All-Tournament Team, as well as the NCAA All-Ivy League Second Team, in 2012-13.

Chris Hoeler - Video Coach

 

Chris Hoeler_Video Coach.JPGVideo Coach Chris Hoeler joined the Wolf Pack prior to the 2019-20 AHL season. He is responsible for capturing and analyzing footage of each of the Wolf Pack’s games, and for pre-scouting Wolf Pack opponents. He also assists his fellow coaching staff members with extensive data collection and assessment, as well as with several administrative functions.

Hoeler assumed his current role with the Wolf Pack after one season as director of hockey operations for the Chicago Steel of the USHL (2018-19). The previous year, 2017-18, he worked with the Harvard University women’s hockey program in Cambridge, Massachusetts as video and analytics coordinator. 

The Ridgefield, CT native has previous experience with the Wolf Pack, having served as the team’s video assistant during the 2016-17 season. Hoeler also has worked in the NHL with the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers. In addition, Hoeler was vice-president of hockey operations for the Federal Hockey League’s Danbury Titans for two years and spent time with the Danbury Whalers of the FHL.

Hoeler graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business management from Fairfield University in 2011 and earned a Masters in Sports Business Management from Manhattanville College in 2013. He currently resides in West Hartford.

Craig Lewis - Head Equipment Manager

Craig Lewis_Head Equipment Manager.JPGCraig Lewis enters his 13th year as part of the Wolf Pack equipment staff, his 3rd season as the team's Head Equipment Manager. 

Lewis took over the assistant equipment manager’s duties prior to the 2009-10 season. Prior to that, Lewis served as the visiting team locker room assistant, a role he assumed during the 2008-09 campaign. Lewis was promoted to equipment manager for the 2018-19 season.

Prior to joining the Wolf Pack, Lewis worked as an ice hockey official, working several levels of hockey including the high school and college levels. He worked throughout the state of Connecticut and the greater New England area. Lewis has the honor of working for his hometown team, as he was a fan of the Wolf Pack growing up, coming to countless games at the XL Center.

Born in Hartford, CT, Lewis was raised in Newington. He graduated from Newington High School in 2004 and then studied at both Central Connecticut State University and Manchester Community College. He and his wife Kaitlin live in Enfield with their two sons, Ryan and Connor.

Mark Riepe - Assistant Equipment Manager

 

Mark Riepe_Assistant Equipment Manager.JPGAssistant Equipment Manager Mark Riepe joined the Wolf Pack staff prior to the 2019-20 season. He is currently entering his third season as a member of the staff.

Riepe came to the Wolf Pack from the Maine Mariners of the ECHL, for whom he worked for during the franchise’s inaugural season in 2018-19. In that role, Riepe was responsible for setting up the locker room operation from scratch.

Prior to that, Riepe worked in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) with the Peoria Rivermen, earning SPHL Equipment Manager of the Year honors for his work during the 2017-18 season. Riepe also had a stint with the North American Hockey League’s (NAHL) Lone Star Brahmas. The Brahmas would win a Robertson Cup championship during Riepe’s stint in 2016-17.

A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Riepe now lives in Hartford with his wife, Taylor, and their French Bulldog puppy, Kane.

Brian Fairbrother - Head Athletic Trainer

 

Brian Fairbrother_Head Athletic Trainer.JPGWolf Pack athletic trainer Brian Fairbrother joined the Wolf Pack staff prior to the 2014-15 season. He joined the organization on the heels of eight years working in Sports Medicine at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. 

Fairbrother was an assistant athletic trainer for the Bobcats during his time there, providing medical services for the men’s ice hockey program. He also served as an approved clinical instructor and lecturer for Quinnipiac’s athletic training program. 

Before beginning his tenure at Quinnipiac in 2006, Fairbrother earned a Master’s degree in Recreation and Sports Science from Ohio University, where he worked for a year as a graduate assistant athletic trainer, focusing his efforts on the football, women’s lacrosse and track and field teams. Fairbrother also has experience working with the football program at Harvard University.

Fairbrother did his undergraduate work at Northeastern University, completing his Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training in 2005. In addition to his athletic training credentials, Fairbrother, 35, is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and a Basic Life Support Instructor for the American Heart Association. He holds membership in both the National Athletic Trainers Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Fairbrother and his wife Katyann make their home in Middletown, CT with their son Tucker.

Jared Degler - Assistant Athletic Trainer

 

Jared Degler__Assistant Athletic Trainer.JPGJared Degler joined the Wolf Pack organization as the club’s Assistant Athletic Trainer prior to the 2019-20 season. He is entering his third season in Hartford.

Degler joined the Wolf Pack after three years as the head athletic trainer for the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL. Prior to that, the Hamburg, PA native worked an internship with the ECHL’s Reading Royals for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. During that time, he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training at Alvernia University in Reading, PA.

John Sardos - Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

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John Sardos joined the Wolf Pack as the organization’s Head Strength and Conditioning Coach prior to the 2019-20 season. He is entering his third season as a member of the club’s staff.

Sardos joined the Wolf Pack after two years as the assistant strength coach for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. There he worked mainly with the hockey and lacrosse teams, as well as the Patriot League-champion golf squad.

Sardos had previous AHL experience prior to joining the Wolf Pack. He spent two seasons with the Albany Devils, 2015-16 and 2016-17, as the team’s head strength and conditioning coach. Prior to that, he was the assistant strength and conditioning coach for five years at Union College in his hometown of Schenectady, New York. At Union, he worked with both the men’s and women’s basketball teams, the football team, men’s and women’s lacrosse teams and men’s and women’s track and field teams. Sardos also assisted with the men’s and women’s hockey teams while at Union.

Sardos earned his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology in 2010 from New England College. He also earned a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology, with an emphasis in Sports Psychology, from the University of Missouri in 2015. He is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and holds FMS (Functional Movement Systems) certification.

Sardos and his wife Kayla have made their home in Hartford with their two cats, Mario and Luigi.

Tim Sesko - Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

 

Tim Sesko_Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach.JPGAssistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Tim Sesko joined the Wolf Pack staff for the 2019-20 season. He is entering his third season in Hartford. 

Prior to coming on board with the Wolf Pack, Sesko spent a year interning with the parent New York Rangers’ strength and conditioning staff in the National Hockey League (NHL). He is currently working towards his Master’s degree in Applied Exercise Science, with a focus on strength and conditioning, through Concordia University Chicago. A native of the Cleveland, Ohio area, Sesko holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Concordia University St. Paul, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2008 to 2012.

Sesko and his wife Tiffinie make their home in Highland, New York with their son Daniel and daughter Hannah.,

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