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Connor Brickley Recalled by NY Rangers, Drew Melanson Summoned from Maine and Derek Pratt signed to PTO

February 14, 2019 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Hartford Wolf Pack News Release

HARTFORD: Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Chris Drury today announced three Wolf Pack player transactions.

The parent New York Rangers have recalled forward Connor Brickley from the Wolf Pack, while the Wolf Pack have recalled forward Drew Melanson from their ECHL affiliate, the Maine Mariners, and have signed defenseman Derek Pratt to a Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement.

Brickley has skated in 13 games with the Wolf Pack since being acquired in a trade with the Nashville Predators January 14, in exchange for Cole Schneider. Brickley has two goals and four assists for six points in action with the Wolf Pack, and in 52 games between Hartford and the Milwaukee Admirals, has totaled nine goals and eight assists for 17 points, plus 20 penalty minutes.

Brickley has 67 games of NHL experience in his five-year pro career, all with the Florida Panthers, and has registered five goals and 12 assists for 17 points, along with 33 penalty minutes. In 247 career AHL games with the Wolf Pack, Admirals, San Antonio Rampage, Portland Pirates and Charlotte Checkers, the former University of Vermont Catamount has amassed 59 goals and 60 assists for 119 points, plus 173 PIM.

Melanson, a rookie out of Boston University was scoreless, with three shots on goal, in three games in an earlier stint with the Wolf Pack. The 5-11, 182-pound Paramus, NJ native is tied for second on the Maine club in points, with ten goals and 17 assists for 27 points in 43 games. He also has 14 penalty minutes. Melanson, who signed an AHL contract with the Wolf Pack June 20, played five games in a Wolf Pack uniform after the end of his college season last year, notching one assist.

Pratt is a first-year pro out of the University of Connecticut, where he played four seasons. In 44 games with the Mariners this season, the 6-2, 190-pound Pratt has two goals and 11 assists for 13 points and has served 60 minutes in penalties, which is most among Maine defensemen and second overall on the team.

A 24-year-old native of Mount Hermon, MA, Pratt served as UConn's captain the last two seasons and had one goal and 11 assists for 12 points, along with 37 penalty minutes, as a Senior last year. He also suited up for four ECHL games with the South Carolina Stingrays, and had five penalty minutes in one game with the ECHL's Manchester Monarchs. In 141 career Hockey East games with UConn, Pratt totaled two goals and 19 assists for 21 points, plus 129 PIM.


Regular Season Playoffs

Year Team Lge. GP G A PTS PIM GP G A Pts. PIM

2014-15 U. of Connecticut H-East 35 0 2 2 10 --- --- --- --- ---

2015-16 U. of Connecticut H-East 34 0 2 2 52 --- --- --- --- ---

2016-17 U. of Connecticut H-East 36 1 4 5 30 --- --- --- --- ---

2017-18 U. of Connecticut H-East 36 1 11 12 37 --- --- --- --- ---

South Carolina ECHL 4 0 0 0 0 --- --- --- --- ---

Manchester ECHL 1 0 0 0 5 --- --- --- --- ---

2018-19 Maine ECHL 44 2 11 13 60

The Wolf Pack's next game is this Saturday night, February 16, when they head to Bridgeport to take on the Sound Tigers. Faceoff is 7:00 PM, and all of the action can be heard live on News Radio 1410 AM, and 100.9 FM, WPOP, and on-line at and iHeartRadio. Video streaming is available at

The Wolf Pack are next on home ice this Sunday, February 17, hosting the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at 3:00 PM. That is another chance to take advantage of the Wolf Pack's "Click It or Ticket Family Value Pack", which includes two tickets, two hot dogs and two sodas, all for just $40.

Tickets for all 2018-19 Wolf Pack home games are on sale now at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at and by phone at (877) 522-8499. Tickets purchased in advance for kids 12 or younger start at just $13 each, and all tickets will have a $3 day-of-game increase.

Season ticket information for the Wolf Pack's 2018-19 AHL season can be found on-line at To speak with a representative about all of the Wolf Pack's many attractive ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451.

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