Hartford Wolf Pack Tickets
League: American Hockey League
Location: Hartford, Conn.
Venue: XL Center
Notable Players: Brad Smyth, Ken Gernander, Derek Armstrong, Kris Newbury, Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau, Marek Hrivik, Dane Byers, Nigel Dawes, Brodie Dupont, Chris Bourque
Hartford Wolf Pack TicketsThe Hartford Wolf Pack is one of the oldest still-running franchises in the AHL. It can claim to share a lineage with the four-time Calder Cup winner Providence Reds dating back to 1926. The modern Hartford Wolf Pack was founded in 1997 when Madison Square Garden Corporation bought the defunct Binghamton Rangers (the former Providence Reds) and moved the franchise to Hartford. Two years later, Hartford won the city’s first Calder Cup championship, beating the Rochester Americans in six games. The team briefly changed its name to the Connecticut Whale between 2010 and 2013 as a sort of homage to the Hartford Whalers after it was bought by the Whalers Sports & Entertainment group. However, the team changed its name back to the Wolf Pack after Global Spectrum and MSG took control again. Brad Smyth is Hartford’s career leader in both points (365) and goals (184). Ken Gernander, who ranks second in goals as a player and served as head coach between 2007 and 2017, had his No. 12 jersey retired. You can purchase Hartford Wolf Pack tickets at StubHub.
Who is the Hartford Wolf Pack's affiliate?Hartford has been affiliated with the New York Rangers since 1997. As an affiliate, Hartford serves as a developmental program for its NHL counterpart. Top prospects, hockey veterans and developmental projects fill the team’s roster every year.
Does the Hartford Wolf Pack have any rivals?Hartford shares an in-state rivalry with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. As division foes, they meet each other frequently in the regular season every year. They’ve had a single matchup in the postseason, which was won by Hartford in a three-game sweep in 2012. The two teams also happen to be the affiliate of NHL rivals: the New York Rangers and the New York Islanders.
What was the Hartford Wolf Pack's record last season?For the 2018-2019 season, Hartford finished last in the Atlantic Division with 69 points and a record of 29-36-7-4. The team failed to make the playoffs for the fourth year in a row. Defenseman John Gilmour led all scorers during the regular season with 34 assists and 54 points. Center Vinni Lettieri was the top goal scorer at 23.
What is the Hartford Wolf Pack's schedule?Hartford opened up the 2019-2020 season with a home game against the defending champion Charlotte Checkers on October 5. Apart from the Checkers, the most common divisional opponents on the schedule are the Hershey Bears, Providence Bruins, Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Springfield Thunderbirds. Hartford also plays 12 key games against rival Bridgeport. After the season concludes with an away game at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on April 11th, Hartford would need to place in the top four of the division to make the playoffs beginning on the week of April 13.
Who is the Hartford Wolf Pack's head coach?Kris Knoblauch is the head coach of the Hartford Wolf Pack. In his first-ever head coaching job, he led the major junior Kootenay Ice to the Western Hockey League championship in 2011. He then took over as the head coach of the junior Erie Otters between 2012 and 2017. After a 2015 finals appearance and 2016 Coach of the Year honors, his team clinched the Ontario Hockey League championship in his final season. Following a brief stint as the assistant coach of the Philadelphia Flyers, he was announced as the Wolf Pack’s head coach on July 29, 2019.
What is the capacity of the Hartford Wolf Pack's venue?The XL Center has a capacity of 15,000 fixed seats, 42 luxury suites and 10 loge boxes. Located in downtown Hartford, the arena serves as the second home of the University of Connecticut men’s and women’s basketball teams and main home of the school's ice hockey team. It also features a lower level fan bar, numerous restaurants and a club lounge.
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