Hartford Wolf Pack
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|Hartford Wolf Pack|
|League||American Hockey League|
|Founded||1926, in the CAHL|
|Home arena||XL Center|
Red, Blue, Light Blue, White
|Owner(s)||Madison Square Garden, Inc.|
|General manager||Jim Schoenfeld|
|Head coach||Ken Gernander|
|Media||The Rock 106.9 WCCC-FM|
|Affiliates||New York Rangers (NHL)
Greenville Road Warriors (ECHL)
|1976–1977||Rhode Island Reds|
|1997–2010||Hartford Wolf Pack|
|2013–present||Hartford Wolf Pack|
|Regular season titles||1 1999–00|
|Division Championships||3 1999–00, 2003–04, 2008–09|
|Conference Championships||1 1999–00|
|Calder Cups||1 1999–00|
The Hartford Wolf Pack are a professional ice hockey team based in Hartford, Connecticut. They play in the American Hockey League (AHL). They play their home games at the XL Center. The team was established in 1926 as the Providence Reds -- it is one of the oldest professional hockey franchises extant -- and after a series of relocations moved to Hartford, in 1997, as the Hartford Wolf Pack. The franchise was renamed the Connecticut Whale in October 2010 in honor of the former Hartford Whalers of the National Hockey League (NHL), but has reverted to their current name prior to the 2013–14 AHL season. The Wolf Pack are the top affiliate of the NHL's New York Rangers and are one of the three professional hockey teams in Connecticut.
The minor league Connecticut Whale is named for the only major league sports franchise to have been based in Hartford, the former Hartford Whalers, which left for North Carolina in 1997 to become the Carolina Hurricanes. In the season following the Whalers' departure, the New York Rangers' minor league affiliate, the Binghamton Rangers, relocated to Hartford to begin play at the vacated Hartford Civic Center (today known as the XL Center).
Following a "name-the-team" contest, the franchise became the Hartford Wolf Pack, a reference to a submarine class as well as the tactic known as 'wolfpacking'. With Connecticut being home to both the main builder of submarines (General Dynamics Electric Boat) and the US Navy's primary submarine base, honoring the state's naval tradition was the paramount goal. The name Seawolf, a reference to the Seawolf class submarine was considered to have been the ideal name for the team, however it had already been taken by the Mississippi Sea Wolves of the ECHL. Following the submarine theme, the mascots were named "Sonar" and "Torpedo".
The Wolf Pack's first coach was E.J. McGuire and in the first game, the team won 2-0 against the neighboring Springfield Falcons. PJ Stock recorded the first goal in Wolf Pack history. The team reached the playoffs during the first twelve years of their existence, and won the Calder Cup in 2000, defeating the Rochester Americans in the Cup finals. As of December 2010 the team has only missed the playoffs during the 2009-10 AHL season.
In Summer 2010 the New York Rangers entered into a business relationship which gave Howard Baldwin, former owner of Hartford Whalers National Hockey League team, control of the team's business operations. On September 20, 2010 Baldwin announced the Wolf Pack would change their name to the Connecticut Whale in honor of the Whalers. The name change took place on November 27, 2010; the final game with the "Wolf Pack" name came on November 26, 2010. The opponent was Connecticut's other AHL team, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The Sound Tigers won 4-3, in a shootout. On November 27, 2010, the team played first game under the new "Whale" name. The opponent was, again, the Sound Tigers. The Whale won 3-2, in a shootout. The attendance for the debut game was 13,089, which is the third-largest crowd in franchise history. On January 1, 2011 the Connecticut Whale debuted new home jerseys featuring light blue instead of green, however the color has been shelved for the 2011-12 season. The Whale uniform now consists of a white sweater at home with blue and green "wave" striping, and a green road sweater with blue and white "wave" striping.
The Whale were hosts and participants in the 2011 AHL Outdoor Classic, the Whale Bowl, held at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. Connecticut fell to the Providence Bruins, 5-4, in a shootout.
In June 2012, after just 21 months, the New York Rangers terminated their business relationship with Howard Baldwin and Whalers Sports & Entertainment  The team is now operated with the assistance of AEG.
In April 2013, just 3 years after rebranding as the Whale, the team decided it would revert back to the nickname "Wolf Pack" for the following season. Global Spectrum, the group now marketing the team and managers of the XL Center arena, announced in May 2013 that the franchise had officially returned to the Hartford Wolf Pack identity
Team Information 
The then-Hartford Wolf Pack started in 1997 with one mascot, a wolf named Sonar. The name was chosen to keep with the submarine theme that the team had used in their naming and logo. Shortly after, the team added a second wolf mascot named Torpedo; this mascot has since been retired. In 2010, with the renaming of the team to the Connecticut Whale, the former Hartford Whalers mascot Pucky the Whale joined as a mascot. Sonar retains his Wolf Pack hat, but now wears a Connecticut Whale jersey; Pucky first wore a unique Whalers jersey which featured the Pucky shoulder patch as the primary logo, but now has a typical Whale sweater.
Season-by-season results 
|1997–98||80||43||24||12||1||—||99||.619||272||227||2nd, New England||1998||—||W, 3–0, BNH||W, 4–3, WOR||L, 1–4, SJF||—|
|1998–99||80||38||31||5||6||—||87||.544||256||256||2nd, New England||1999||—||W, 3–0, SPR||L, 0–4, PRO||—||—|
|1999–00||80||49||22||7||2||—||107||.669||249||198||1st, New England||2000||—||W, 3–2, SPR||W, 4–1, WOR||W, 4–3, PRO||W, 4–2, RCH|
|2000–01||80||40||26||8||6||—||94||.588||263||247||2nd, New England||2001||—||L, 2–3, PRO||—||—||—|
|2001–02||80||41||26||10||3||—||95||.594||249||243||2nd, East||2002||—||W, 3–2, MAN||L, 1–4, HAM||—||—|
|2002–03||80||33||27||12||8||—||86||.538||255||236||3rd, East||2003||L, 0–2, SPR||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||80||44||22||12||2||—||102||.638||198||153||1st, Atlantic||2004||—||W, 4–1, POR||W, 4–0, WOR||L, 3–4, WBS||—|
|2004–05||80||50||24||—||3||3||106||.663||206||160||2nd, Atlantic||2005||—||L, 2–4, LOW||—||—||—|
|2005–06||80||48||24||—||6||2||104||.650||292||231||2nd, Atlantic||2006||—||W, 4–3, MAN||L, 2–4, POR||—||—|
|2006–07||80||47||29||—||3||1||98||.613||231||201||2nd, Atlantic||2007||—||L, 3–4, PRO||—||—||—|
|2007–08||80||50||20||—||2||8||110||.688||266||198||2nd, Atlantic||2008||—||L, 1–4, POR||—||—||—|
|2008–09||80||46||27||—||3||4||99||.619||243||216||1st, Atlantic||2009||—||L, 2-4, WOR||—||—||—|
|2009–10||80||36||33||—||6||5||83||.519||231||251||6th, Atlantic||2010||Out of Playoffs|
|2010–11||80||40||32||—||2||6||88||.550||221||223||3rd, Atlantic||2011||—||L, 2-4, POR||—||—||—|
|2011–12||76||36||26||—||7||7||86||.566||210||208||2nd, Northeast||2012||—||W, 3-0, BRI||L, 2-4, NOR||—||—|
|2012–13||76||35||32||—||6||3||79||.520||213||222||2nd, Northeast||2013||Out of Playoffs|
Current roster 
Retired numbers 
- 12 Ken Gernander, RW, 1997–2005, Head Coach, 2007–present
Team captains 
Notable alumni 
Team records 
- Single season
- Goals: 50, Brad Smyth (2000–01)
- Assists: 69, Derek Armstrong (2000–01)
- Points: 101, Derek Armstrong (2000–01)
- Penalty Minutes: 415, Dale Purinton (1999–2000)
- GAA: 1.59, Jason LaBarbera (2003–04)
- SV%: .936, Jason LaBarbera (2003–04)
- Shutouts: 13, Jason LaBarbera (2003–04)
- Goaltending Wins: 34, Jason LaBarbera (2003–04)
- Goals: 184, Brad Smyth
- Assists: 204, Derek Armstrong
- Points: 365, Brad Smyth
- Penalty Minutes: 1077, Dale Purinton
- Shutouts: 21, Jason LaBarbera
- Goaltending Wins: 91, Jason LaBarbera
- Games: 599, Ken Gernander
- Wolf Pack's Name Changing To Whale - Hartford Courant
- September 20, 2010 (2010-09-20). "Wolf Pack Name Changing To Connecticut Whale - Hartford Courant". Articles.courant.com. Retrieved 2013-04-24.
- Hockey, AHL, Whale make debut - Courant.com
- "Connecticut Whale: Exit Whale, Re-Enter Wolf Pack; Source Says Team Name Will Change". Courant.com. Retrieved 2013-04-24.
- "It's Official! Hartford Wolf Pack Now the Name". Courant.com. 2013-5-14. Retrieved 2013-5-14.
- "ctwhale.com - CT Whale Roster". Retrieved 2012-10-27.
- "TheAHL.com -Connecticut Whale Roster". Retrieved 2012-10-27.
- Hartford Wolf Pack Official Website
- The Internet Hockey Database - Hartford Wolf Pack
- Franchise History Timeline
- American Hockey League