Archive for July, 2012

Flyers Affiliation Announced

July 30, 2012

(PR) Trenton, N.J. – The Trenton Titans announced today that they have reached an affiliation agreement with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers.
“We are thrilled to be back with the Flyers as their ECHL affiliate,” said Trenton President/CEO Rich Lisk. “Our relationship has always been strong with the Flyers and we look forward to taking that to the next level. I am happy to call Trenton – the Home of Future Philadelphia Flyers.”
“We are pleased to have The Trenton Titans as our ECHL affiliate and look forward to working closely with them on developing future Flyers in a winning environment,” Paul Holmgren, Philadelphia Flyers GM said.
This will be the second consecutive year that the Titans will serve as the Flyers’ ECHL affiliate. Under the agreement, players contracted to either the Flyers or the Adirondack Phantoms can be assigned to Trenton, while players contracted to Trenton can be called up by Adirondack. A total of seven players appeared in games for both Adirondack and Trenton last season, including Trenton’s top two scorers, Andy Bombach and Rob Bordson.
This will be the tenth overall season that the Flyers and Trenton have worked together to develop Flyers prospects. The Titans served as the Flyers’ ECHL affiliate from 1999 to 2007 before realigning with the Flyers again last year. The club plays out of Trenton’s Sun National Bank Center, which is operated by Global Spectrum, Comcast-Spectacor’s facility management company.
The Trenton Titans returned in the 2011-12 season after a five year hiatus and boasted a 26.1% increase in attendance over the previous year, the largest of any team in the 20-team ECHL. Preparations for the 2012-13 Trenton Titans Hockey season are well underway. For more information about off-season events or to purchase tickets for the 2012-13 season, call the Titans offices at 609-341-1100 or visit http://www.trentontitanshockey.com.
Get a jump on securing your 2012-13 Flyers full or partial season ticket packages today! Flyers season ticket holders receive great benefits including discounts from box office pricing. Reserve your tickets today by visiting PhiladelphiaFlyers.com or call 215-218-PUCK (7825).

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Titans Bring Back Hayes; Add Two Others

July 10, 2012

Ryan Hayes returns for a third season in Trenton, where he’s scored 45 goals in 128 games over the past two years.

The Titans made three more player signings official on Monday, and agreed to terms with another player as well.

First, the name you know.  Ryan Hayes is back with Trenton for a second season, and third overall in the capital city.  After a standout rookie campaign for the T-Devils in 2010-11, Hayes’ rights were traded to Greenville in exchange for Matt Schepke prior to the beginning of the 2011-12 season.  But Schepke failed a physical, meaning that the Titans got essentially nothing for one of their best players.

However, Hayes was picked up by Trenton after just two games with the Road Warriors, and put up nearly identical numbers to his rookie season; the talented 23-year-old tallied 22 goals and 26 assists in 65 games, but was an alarming minus-22 in the process, which was tied with fellow returnee Matt Germain for a team-worst.  Sure, last year’s team was, in a word, bad…but two-way play has been a bit of a knock on Hayes in the past, and he’ll need to improve his defensive game for a well-deserved chance at the next level.

In addition to Hayes, the Titans have signed contracts from Jacob Drewiske and Steve Schultz.  Gregor Hanson has agreed to terms with the team as well.

Jacob Drewiske, brother of Los Angeles Kings defenseman Davis Drewiske, played for the Gwinnett Gladiators last season after finishing his collegiate career at St. Lawrence.  He tallied three points for Gwinnett in ten games, as well as a playoff goal in four postseason contests.  The 25-year-old scored 20 goals and added 27 assists in 132 NCAA games.

Stephen Schultz is entering his second full professional season, and spent the majority of his 2011-12 campaign in the AHL with the Texas Stars.  The 5-foot-11, 185 pound winger tallied 11 points in 34 games with Texas last season, and also had a brief two-game stint in the ECHL with Idaho. 

As for Hanson, he’s a 24-year-old Swede who played his first professional season with Sodertalje SK of the Swedish Elite League  in 2011-12 after four years at Northern Michigan University.  Another smaller winger, Hanson posted a 1-4-5 line last season, but had several big seasons in the CCHA, including two 30+ point campaigns.

Although not official yet, several other players have agreed to return as well.  Keep in mind that a handful of players under contract with the Flyers will be on the team — Cal Heeter has been rumored to be coming to Trenton since the day he signed towards the end of last season, for example — but none of that will become official until much closer to the start of the year. 

Stay tuned here for word on any signings as the team releases the information…

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Spencer Signs With Springfield

July 5, 2012

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Tim Spencer, the enforcer who played in just two games for the Titans last year, has re-signed with the AHL’s Springfield Falcons.

Spencer, 26, finished last season with Springfield after splitting the beginning of his year between ECHL Chicago and the Titans.

There was interest in bringing Spencer back this season.

Design Titans Nation’s Flag

July 5, 2012

(PR) TRENTON, N.J. – The Trenton Titans Hockey Team, ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, has announced the start of a new contest: “Every Nation Needs a Flag”, where they are asking the fans to get together and submit artwork of their entries for the flag that will lead Titans’ Nation through the 2012-13 season.

The concept for the contest was discussed during a press conference held at the Old Barracks in Trenton. Titans’ President and General Manager Rich Lisk was the keynote speaker for this event.

Here are the guidelines for all submissions. All flag design submissions should incorporate the Trenton Titans and be consistent with the organization’s values. The design can be computer-generated or hand-drawn. The designs that meet the contest requirements will be reviewed and selected by the Trenton Titans Front Office. The selected design will be produced and unveiled during the Trenton Titans 2012-2013 home opener on Friday, October 12, 2012. The flag will be flown during all remaining 2012-2013 season home games. Design Submissions can be emailed to contests@trentontitanshockey.com from now until August 3, 2012. One entry per household.

The designer of the winning flag will be awarded a free luxury suite to the 2012-2013 home opener (food and beverage not included), an autographed team jersey, and their very own Trenton Titans Flag!

In addition to this contest, the Titans’ promotional campaign for the upcoming season will include Nation tour stops, ticket holder functions, on-line contests and promotional appearances to name a few. Upcoming tour dates and event information will be available on the team’s website http://www.trentontitanshockey.com.

The Old Barracks was witness to the battles of Trenton, the turning point of the American Revolution. It is one of the most important historical structures in the United States, and on the National Register of Historic Places. They are proud to help promote education, tourism and family entertainment in the city of Trenton, and glad to host and support our fellow Trenton residents the Trenton Titans. They welcome all visitors for educational tours Monday through Saturday. For further information, visit them online at http://www.barracks.org

Every nation must have its revolution The Philadelphia Revolution has teamed up with the Trenton Titans to support them in the quest for the nation’s flag. The Revolution is a junior hockey program that cultivates quality hockey players. Visit them at http://www.philadelphiarevolution.net

The Trenton Titans returned in the 2011-12 season after a five year hiatus and boasted a 26.1% increase over the previous year, the largest of any team in the 20-team ECHL. Preparations for the 2012-13 Trenton Titans Hockey season are well underway. Please visit us at http://www.trentontitanshockey.com for information on our off-season events. For more information about off-season events, or to purchase tickets for the 2012-13 season, call the Titans offices at 609-341-1100.

DiLauro Re-Signs With Titans

July 2, 2012

Veteran defenseman Ray DiLauro provides a stable presence on the Titans blueline.

The Trenton Titans have announced that defenseman Ray DiLauro has re-signed with the team for the 2012-13 season.  He marks the fourth player to have been officially announced as joining the club for the upcoming season, which isn’t a surprise as he indicated late last year that he’d like to return.

On both the hockey and business side, bringing back the 32-year-old Bensalem, PA native makes perfect sense.  DiLauro is a personable local guy who is great with both the fans and the media that the team can really market and use in the community.  He also gave a huge boost on the ice to a team that badly needed, scoring 29 points, good for eighth-best on the Titans despite playing in only 48 games.

He’s a legit number one ECHL defenseman, which is a huge on a team that a rough time on the back end last year.

Several other players are expected to be announced soon, and the team is closing in on bringing back a familiar face.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Titans Extend Qualifying Offers

July 2, 2012

The Trenton Titans have announced that the following players have received qualifying offers…

Rob Bordson, Andy Thomas, Denny Kearney, Mitch Versteeg, Dustin Cameron, Adam Presizniuk, Corey Syvret and Tim Spencer.

Of note, Thomas (left) has signed a deal with Olimpija of the Austria Hockey League and is not expected to be with the team this season.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com