Hartford Wolf Pack General Manager Don Maloney and Connecticut Clippers President Bob Crawford announced today the birth of the Hartford Junior Wolf Pack. The tremendously-successful Clippers program will be icing a squad in a new, elite level of the Atlantic Coast Junior Hockey League. That team, as well as the organization's "Learn to Skate" program, will be known as the Hartford Junior Wolf Pack, and will wear Wolf Pack colors.
"We are proud to be affiliated with an organization as sound as the Clippers," Maloney said. "Youth and junior-level hockey is a big part of the foundation of the sport, and we think that having these young players skating in our jerseys and playing under our banner is a big positive for the Wolf Pack."
The Clippers, founded in 1996 by Crawford, who played seven seasons in the NHL and is a former New York Ranger and Hartford Whaler, have achieved a status as one of the most respected Junior B programs in the U.S.. The Clippers won the 2001 national Junior B championship, and have graduated players to several excellent NCAA hockey programs, as well as to top-level junior leagues such as the United States Hockey League and the North American Hockey League. The new Junior Wolf Pack will operate under USA Hockey Junior rules, and will play a 60-plus game schedule. Players will be provided with assistance in the college recruiting process, as well as SAT tutoring and other educational advisory services.
The Learn to Skate program is dedicated to introducing the fundamentals of ice hockey to 200 new skaters per year. The beginners will be tutored in their first hockey experience by the coaching staff of the Junior Wolf Pack and Clippers.