Hartford Wolf Pack General Manager Al Coates announced today that the Wolf Pack have trimmed five players from their preseason roster. In addition, the Wolf Pack have received eight players from the parent New York Rangers club.
Goaltenders Bryce Wandler and Scott Meyer, along with defensemen Dean Arsene and Dean Serdachny, have been reassigned from the Wolf Pack to the Pack’s East Coast Hockey League affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers. Also, center Sean Haggerty has been released. Reassigned from the Rangers to Hartford are: goaltender Johan Holmqvist, forwards Jeff Toms, Jamie Lundmark, P.J. Stock, Mikael Samuelsson and Ed Ward, and defensemen Mike Mottau and Martin Richter.
Stock, the long-time Wolf Pack fan favorite, split last season between Montreal and Philadelphia of the NHL before re-signing with the Rangers as a free agent. Toms, a veteran of 176 NHL games in seven seasons, led the Wolf Pack in playoff goals last season with six. Lundmark, the ninth overall pick in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, is a former Western Hockey League All-Star. Mottau was an AHL All-Rookie selection with the Wolf Pack in 2000-01. Samuelsson finished seventh in the AHL in scoring with the Kentucky Thoroughblades last season, before being acquired by the Rangers from San Jose. Holmqvist logged 43 games of action in the Wolf Pack net a year ago, and played every minute of Hartford’s five playoff games. Ward is an 11th-year pro who has suited up for 278 NHL games in his career, and Richter is a Czech-born defenseman who notched two goals and an assist in four preseason games with the Rangers this year.
The Wolf Pack open their 2001-2002 season Saturday, October 6th in Albany against the River Rats (7:00 faceoff). The home opener at the Hartford Civic Center is scheduled for Saturday, October 13th (7:05 faceoff), against the new Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Wolf Pack season-ticket, multi-game, coupon book, group-discount packages, and single-game tickets, are all currently on sale. For more information, contact the Wolf Pack ticket office at 860-548-2000.