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Wolf Pack's Hutchinson Captures Eddie Shore Award

April 10, 2008 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Connecticut Whale News Release

HARTFORD: The American Hockey League today named Hartford Wolf Pack captain Andrew Hutchinson the 2007-08 winner of the Eddie Shore Award. The Shore Award is given each season to the AHL's outstanding defenseman, as voted by league players, coaches and members of the media in each of the league's 29 cities. Hutchinson's selection as this year's winner makes him the first Wolf Pack blueliner in the 11-year history of the franchise to capture the award.

A sixth-year pro, Hutchinson has struck for 18 goals and 46 assists for 64 points, and is a +25, on the season, tops among all AHL blueliners in points and assists and tied for the league lead in goals among blueliners. His 18 goals and 64 points are Wolf Pack franchise records for defensemen, and he has tied the franchise mark for assists by a blueliner in a single season. Also, Hutchinson this year registered the first hat trick ever by a Wolf Pack defenseman, February 8th at Providence, and the first five-point game by a Pack blueliner, February 29th at home vs. Norfolk.

Hutchinson has played in 95 NHL games in his career, with Nashville and Carolina (career totals: 10-23-33), and has logged 255 career AHL games, with totals of 49-111-160.

The Pack wrap up the regular season with three games this week, starting with a visit Friday night to Springfield (7:30 PM faceoff). The Wolf Pack's final regular-season home game is this Saturday night, April 12th, a GEICO Connecticut Cup skirmish with Bridgeport at 7:00. That is the Pack's annual "Fan Appreciation Night", as randomly-selected fans receive the Wolf Pack players' "Shirts Off Our Backs".

Wolf Pack single-game tickets, and tickets for the Pack's first two home playoff games (Wednesday, April 16th and Thursday, April 17th vs. Portland), are on sale at the XL Center Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations, including Macy's at the Buckland Hills Mall and at the Westfarms Mall. Tickets may also be charged by phone at (860) 525-4500, (203) 744-8100, (203) 624-0033 or (413) 733-2500, and on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com. Throughout the 2007-08 Wolf Pack regular season, kids are always $10. Any seat. Any game.

Wolf Pack season tickets are also on sale now. For information on all of the Wolf Pack's ticketing options, including full-season, five, 10 and 20-game packages, coupon books and group discounts, contact the Wolf Pack Ticket Office at (860) 548-2000.

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