The only team captain in Hartford Wolf Pack history is hanging up his skates after an illustrious 14-year playing career. A member of the New York Rangers organization since signing as a free agent in 1994, Ken Gernander led the Ranger's top affiliate for 10 seasons - eight in Hartford and two in Binghamton, and set various league and franchise records in the process. Gernander's new position with the club will be announced shortly.
"Ken Gernander has been the heart and soul of this hockey club from day one," said Wolf Pack General Manager Jim Schoenfeld
. "I am thrilled that Ken has agreed to stay with the team. His leadership skills, hockey sense and depth of character will continue to be an asset to this club and the New York Rangers organization."
A native of Coleraine, Minnesota, Gernander accumulated 637 points (300 goals, 337 assists) in 986 games with the Fort Wayne Komets of the International Hockey League (IHL) and the Moncton Hawks, Binghamton Rangers and Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL). Gernander is the highest-scoring American-born player (293-331-624) in AHL history, and ranks eighth all-time in AHL games played (973). He is the Wolf Pack's all-time franchise record-holder in points (347), games-played (599) and playoff games-played (78). Gernander also ranks second all-time in goals (160) and assists (187) in Hartford franchise history. In Calder Cup playoff action, he has recorded 27 goals and 29 assists for 56 points, along with 20 penalty minutes in his 123 career post-season games. On April 26, 2005, he established a new AHL record for most playoff game appearances when he skated in his 121st post-season outing vs. Lowell, surpassing Fred Glover.
A three-time AHL All-Star, Gernander also captained the 1999 PlanetUSA team at the AHL All-Star Classic in Philadelphia. He was twice voted recipient of the Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award for sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey, in 1996 and 2004. As a member of the Wolf Pack, he was voted team MVP in 1998 and recipient of the "Bob Girouard Memorial Character" award in 2002, best defensive forward in 2002 and an American Specialty/AHL Man of the Year nominee in 2004.
Winnipeg originally drafted Gernander from the University of Minnesota, 96th overall in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. He suited up for 12 NHL contests, all with the Rangers, registering two goals and three assists for five points, along with 15 penalty minutes. Gernander also appeared in 15 Stanley Cup playoff games for New York.