The only captain the Hartford Wolf Pack have ever had will be back with the club in 2004-2005. Pack General Manager Jim Schoenfeld today announced the re-signing of Ken Gernander.
Gernander recently completed his 10th season with the New York Rangers organization and his ninth as captain of the Rangers' top developmental team. The American Hockey League named the 34-year-old forward the 2003-04 recipient of the Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award (sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey), marking the second time Gernander earned the honor (winning in 1995-96 as well).
The Wolf Pack's all-time franchise leader in games-played (533) is second overall on the club in points (334), goals (155) and assists (179). During the 2003-04 campaign he became the team leader in playoff games-played (72) and moved into second place in AHL playoff games-played with 117, three behind leader Fred Glover.
He also moved into 11th place on the all-time regular season games-played list. Having suited up for 907 AHL contests during his tenure with the league, he is the leader among active players in that category.
The Coleraine, Minnesota native has participated in three AHL All-Star Classics (1996, 1999 and 2000), serving as captain of the PlanetUSA squad in 1999. He has also seen action with the AHL's Moncton Hawks and the Fort Wayne Komets of the International Hockey League. Prior to turning pro, Gernander played four years of WCHA hockey with the University of Minnesota (1987-91).
A ninth round (96th overall) draft pick of the Winnipeg Jets in 1987, Gernander signed with the Rangers as a free agent July 4, 1994. He has appeared in 12 NHL contests with the Rangers, tallying two goals and three assists for five points, along with six penalty minutes. He has also skated in 15 playoff matches for New York, during the 1995-96 and 1996-97 playoffs.