Wolf Pack to remain in Hartford for at least the next two years

Published on Friday, 9 March 2018 21:13
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HARTFORD - The New York Rangers will keep their AHL affiliate playing in Hartford’s XL Center for at least the next two years, under a renewal agreement signed Friday with Spectra by Comcast Spectacor, which manages the XL Center.

The previous deal was a three-year lease agreement that included two one-year options that were both picked up to keep the Wolf Pack in Hartford through this season.

The new deal is for two years with three more one-year team options that could keep the Rangers’ top minor league talent in Hartford through at least the 2022-23 season.

Now in their 21st season as the Rangers’ AHL affiliate - which began immediately following the NHL Hartford Whalers’ departure for North Carolina - the Wolf Pack’s afilliation with the Rangers is the second-longest current continuous relationship in the AHL, behind only the Boston Bruins’ 26-season affiliation with Providence, R.I.

“We’re thrilled to continue our relationship with the New York Rangers,” Chris Lawrence, general manager of the XL Center and Wolf Pack business operations, said in a press release. “Being affiliated with a world class organization such as the Rangers brings tremendous benefits to Hartford.  The Wolf Pack is an integral piece of the history of hockey in Hartford, and continues to be a staple in the community and entire American Hockey League. Hartford is a tremendous hockey market, and continuing with professional hockey here is very important to us.”

The Wolf Pack have one Calder Cup championship, the 2000 AHL title, to its credit, and has won four division championships during its history.

“We are pleased to continue to have the XL Center as our home for the Hartford Wolf Pack,” Rangers assistant general manager and Wolf Pack general manager Chris Drury said in the release. “With the young talent we are developing in our system and the players we expect to add in the months and years ahead, the XL Center will play host to some exciting hockey as we continue to shape the foundation for the future of our team. We look forward to building on our player development program with Hartford serving as a great pipeline for our young prospects.”

Posted in Newington Town Crier, General Sports on Friday, 9 March 2018 21:13. Updated: Friday, 9 March 2018 21:15.