Hartford Wolf Pack Season Preview

By Steve Feldman

The Hartford Wolf Pack are looking to improve on last seasons success, when they pushed in-state rivals Bridgeport Sound Tigers to the last weekend of the season to see who would win the AHL Regular Season Championship. The Wolf Pack open up the 2002-2003 season on Friday, October 11, 2002 on the road in Springfield. The Wolf Pack and their NHL parent club the New York Rangers both made a lot of changes during the off season to bulk up for the new season. In this preview you will find the Season Schedule, Promotions, Transactions, and a look at this weekend’s games.

2002-2003 SEASON SCHEDULE
DATE OPPONENT
10/11/02 @ Springfield Falcons
10/12/02 @ Binghamton Senators
10/18/02 @ Bridgeport Sound Tigers
10/19/02 vs. Manchester Monarchs
10/25/02 @ Manchester Monarchs
10/26/02 vs. Philadelphia Phantoms
10/27/02 vs. Albany River Rats
10/30/02 vs. Manitoba Moose
11/01/02 @ Milwaukee Admirals
11/02/02 @ Chicago Wolves
11/06/02 vs. St. John’s Maple Leafs
11/08/02 @ Providence Bruins
11/09/02 vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers
11/13/02 @ Utah Grizzlies
11/15/02 @ Utah Grizzlies
11/19/02 @ San Antonio Rampage
11/21/02 @ Houston Aeros
11/23/02 vs. Springfield Falcons
11/24/02 @ Springfield Falcons
11/27/02 vs. Worcester Ice Cats
11/29/02 @ St. John’s Maple Leafs
12/01/02 @ St. John’s Maple Leafs
12/04/02 vs. Manitoba Moose
12/06/02 vs. Worcester Ice Cats
12/08/02 @ Providence Bruins
12/13/02 vs. Binghamton Senators
12/14/02 vs. Providence Bruins
12/15/02 @ Providence Bruins
12/18/02 vs. Utah Grizzlies
12/21/02 vs. Utah Grizzlies
12/23/02 @ Bridgeport Sound Tigers
12/26/02 vs. Albany River Rats
12/27/02 @ Providence Bruins
12/28/02 vs. Lowell Lock Monsters
12/31/02 @ Providence Bruins
01/03/03 vs. Lowell Lock Monsters
01/04/03 @ Bridgeport Sound Tigers
01/05/03 vs. Albany River Rats
01/08/03 @ Binghamton Senators
01/10/03 @ Manitoba Moose
01/11/03 @ Manitoba Moose
01/15/03 vs. Providence Bruins
01/17/03 @ Springfield Falcons
01/18/03 vs. Springfield Falcons
01/19/03 vs. Providence Bruins
01/22/03 vs. Houston Aeros
01/24/03 vs. Springfield Falcons
01/25/03 vs. Chicago Wolves
01/29/03 @ Albany River Rats
01/31/03 @ Manchester Monarchs
02/01/03 @ Saint John Flames
02/07/03 @ Bridgeport Sound Tigers
02/08/03 @ Portland Pirates
02/12/03 @ Worcester Ice Cats
02/14/03 vs. Milwaukee Admirals
02/15/03 vs. San Antonio Rampage
02/21/03 vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers
02/22/03 @ Albany River Rats
02/23/03 vs. Manchester Monarchs
02/28/02 @ Springfield Falcons
03/01/03 vs. Binghamton Senators
03/02/03 @ Worcester Ice Cats
03/07/03 vs. Springfield Falcons
03/08/03 vs. Albany River Rats
03/12/03 vs. Portland Pirates
03/14/03 @ Albany River Rats
03/15/03 vs. Providence Bruins
03/16/03 vs. Springfield Falcons
03/19/03 @ Albany River Rats
03/21/03 vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers
03/22/03 vs. Saint John Flames
03/23/03 @ Philadelphia Phantoms
03/26/03 vs. St. John’s Maple Leafs
03/28/03 @ Springfield Falcons
03/29/03 @ Lowell Lock Monsters
03/30/03 vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers
04/02/03 vs. Providence Bruins
04/04/03 @ Lowell Lock Monsters
04/05/03 vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers

2002-2003 PROMOTIONAL SCHEDULE
DATE GIVEAWAY
10/19/02 Magnetic Schedule, Chuck-a-Puck
10/26/02 Chuck-a-Puck
10/30/02 Trick or Treat Night
11/09/02 Chuck-a-Puck
11/23/02 Ken Gernander Bobblehead, Chuck-a-Puck
12/01/02 Guaranteed Win Night, Chuck-a-Puck
12/26/02 Get a Gift Night
12/28/02 Chuck-a-Puck
01/18/03 Sonar Bobblehead, Chuck-a-Puck
01/25/03 Scout Sleepover, Chuck-a-Puck
02/15/03 Chuck-a-Puck
03/01/03 Chuck-a-Puck
03/08/03 Guaranteed Win Night, Chuck-a-Puck
03/22/03 Turn Back The Clock Night, Nick Fotiu Bobblehead, Chuck-a-Puck
04/05/03 Fan Appreciation Night, “Shirts off our Back”, Chuck-a-Puck

TRANSACTIONS
06/27/02 Ryan McGill named head coach and Nick Fotiu named assistant coach of the Hartford Wolf Pack

07/08/02 New York Rangers sign (LW) Ted Donato

07/11/02 New York Rangers signed (D) Jeff State and (D) Craig Weller

07/16/02 New York Rangers trade (C) Derek Armstrong to the Los Angeles Kings

07/18/02 New York Rangers sign (D) Vladimir Chebaturkin

08/07/02 New York Rangers sign (D) Joel Bouchard

UPCOMING GAMES
10/11/02 Hartford Wolf Pack @ Springfield Falcons
The Wolf Pack open up the 2002-03 season on the road against division rival Springfield Falcons. Jason Jaspers led the Falcons with 25 goals as a rookie in 2001-02.

10/12/02 Hartford Wolf Pack @ Binghamton Senators
The Hartford Wolf Pack return to Binghamton, for the first time since they played there as the Binghamton Rangers. This should be an instant rivalry between the two teams. Keep an eye on Senators goalie Mathieu Chouinard who helped the Grand Rapids Griffins to the second best defensive season in AHL history.

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