January 11, 2017

Hartford Wolf Pack to call XL Center home for another season

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
The Wolf Pack have extended their agreement to play at the XL Center.

The Hartford Wolf Pack, the N.Y. Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate, will continue playing home games at the downtown XL Center through the 2017-18 season, the Rangers announced Wednesday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The agreement is between the Rangers and Spectra by Comcast Spectator, which manages the XL Center.

The Wolf Pack franchise is in its 20th year as a Ranger affiliate -- the second-longest current continuous affiliation between an NHL club and a single AHL market in the league. The only one running longer is the 25-season partnership between the Boston Bruins and Providence.

Spectra also provides food services, hospitality, ticketing and fan engagement to the XL Center.

Spectra's Chris Lawrence, general manager of the XL Center, welcomed the continued connection, calling the hockey program a "staple in the Hartford community."

Over the years, the team has won one league title, the 2000 Calder Cup, and has captured four division championships. A total of 176 players have skated with both the Wolf Pack and the Rangers since being based in Hartford.

The team tonight faces off at 7:05 in Rochester, N.Y., to take on the Americans during a stretch of road games. The next home game is Jan. 20 against. the Toronto Marlies at 7:15.

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