Category Archives: AHL

Avon’s Smith is back on the ice, scoring goals again

Avon’s Ben Smith is back on the ice again. Smith began the season with the NHL’s San Jose Sharks but missed 25 games over two months while battling concussion symptoms. After just six games, the Sharks reassigned Smith to their AHL affiliate the San Jose Barracuda. Smith, 27, is getting his feet back under him.Continue ReadingContinue Reading

Avon Middle School group sings national anthem prior to Hartford game

The Arioso group at Avon Middle School sang the national anthem before Thursday’s American Hockey League game between the Hartford Wolf Pack and the Albany Devils at the XL Center in downtown Hartford. Chris Bourque scored two goals, and Justin Vaive had a goal and an assist to lead the Wolf Pack to a 3-2 victoryContinue Reading

Could Hartford be a landing spot for a NHL team? Perhaps

HARTFORD, Dec. 13 – For the second time this year, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has revealed that he has been in contact with two groups that are interesting in potentially bringing a National Hockey League team back to Hartford.  “I have indicated time and time again that we would be interested, although probably not atContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Wolf Pack lose opener in shootout

HARTFORD, Oct. 5 – A new season of professional hockey began Saturday night at the XL Center in Hartford. The green and white colors and uniforms of the Connecticut Whale have consigned to the history books and Ebay.  The Hartford Wolf Pack returned to the ice in its red, blue and white uniforms and theyContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Hartford’s hockey team to be known as Wolf Pack again

HARTFORD – The short-lived life of the Connecticut Whale is over.  Hartford’s American Hockey League franchise will once again be known as the Hartford Wolf Pack beginning this fall, announced team owners Madison Square Garden and Global Spectrum, the new operators of the AHL squad.  The New York Rangers’ AHL affiliate has been playing inContinue ReadingContinue Reading

When called, Avon’s Smith will be ready to contribute for Blackhawks

Slowed by injuries this year, Avon right wing Ben Smith is ready to play in the Stanley Cup playoffs if and when the Chicago Blackhawks call upon him. “He’s somebody we won’t be afraid to use,” Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville said of forward Ben Smith to the Rockford Register Star. “At any point.” The Blackhawks areContinue Reading

Avon’s Ben Smith scores a goal in Chicago’s regular season finale

ST. LOUIS, April 27 – Avon native Ben Smith played in his first NHL game of the season Saturday night for the Chicago Blackhawks and scored a goal in a 3-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues.  Smith was one of eight players called up from Chicago’s American Hockey League affiliate in Rockford for theContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Embracing the Whaler legacy can make Rangers more green in Hartford

Hockey fans in greater Hartford have always been a bit sensitive since the Whalers and the National Hockey League left town in 1997 for North Carolina. The pain is never too far from the surface. On Wednesday, the New York Rangers ripped open an old wound. But now, the Rangers want to change the nameContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Lack of points in final week cost Whale a spot in AHL playoffs

PORTLAND, Me. – It was a tough final two weeks of the season for the Connecticut Whale. The AHL affiliate of the New York Rangers had five games on the road to conclude the season. They didn’t win a game. Three times, they lost by a goal. They coughed up the lead with 28 secondsContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Giving up another late goal costs Whale in loss to Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. – Giving up late goals continues to haunt the Connecticut Whale and it could lead to the end of its 2012-13 campaign. A week ago, the Whale gave up a goal to Springfield in the final 28 seconds of the third period, costing them at least one point. On Friday night, Albany’s JoeContinue ReadingContinue Reading