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Wolf Pack Sign Former UConn Husky Mike Hoffman To PTO

December 10, 2009 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Connecticut Whale News Release

HARTFORD, December 10, 2009: Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the team has signed forward Mike Hoffman, an ex-UConn Husky, to a Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement, and that the Wolf Pack has returned defenseman Mike Berube to its ECHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers.

Hoffman, a 29-year-old, 6-5, 248-pound native of Weymouth, MA, is in his seventh year of pro hockey, after playing a total of 31 games in a UConn uniform in the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons. Prior to going to UConn, Hoffman attended prep school at Loomis Chaffee in Windsor, CT. He is the first-ever UConn product to play with the Wolf Pack.

Hoffman comes to the Wolf Pack from the Florida Everblades of the ECHL, for whom he had played 12 games, registering one assist and 31 penalty minutes. Hoffman played in the AHL last season for the Chicago Wolves, skating in 61 games and scoring two goals and two assists for four points, while serving 89 minutes in penalties, the second-highest total on the team.

Hoffman has played in 282 career AHL contests with the Worcester IceCats, Cleveland Barons, Toronto Marlies, Manchester Monarchs, Portland Pirates and the Wolves, totaling 20 goals, 29 assists, 49 points and 602 PIM.

Berube, a first-year pro out of the Western Hockey League, was scoreless in four games with the Wolf Pack since being summoned from Charlotte November 29.

The Wolf Pack are back in action at the XL Center tomorrow night, Friday, December 11, when they host Kevin Dineen and the Portland Pirates on Guida's Family Value Night (7:00 PM faceoff). Family Value Night packages start as low as $45 and include three tickets, three hot dogs or pizza slices, three sodas and a Wolf Pack souvenir. Guida's Family Value Night packs can be purchased through the XL Center box office and on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com.

Single-game tickets for 2009-10 Hartford Wolf Pack regular season home games are on sale now at the XL Center box office, through Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone at 1-800-745-3000 and on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com.

For information on all the Wolf Pack's many ticketing options, including terrific discounts for groups of 15 or more, visit www.hartfordwolfpack.com, or call the Wolf Pack ticket office at (860) 548-2000 to talk with an account executive today.

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