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New York Rangers Call Up @UMassHockey's Allen

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The New York Rangers announced on Sunday that the squad has called up former Minuteman Conor Allen. Allen joins fellow UMass hockey alum Mike Kostka, who is also currently with the Rangers.

Allen, who was originally called up to play in the NHL with the Rangers last season, made his NHL debut on Dec. 29, 2013, against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Allen becomes the fifth former Minuteman active in the NHL this season, joining Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles), Justin Braun (San Jose), Matt Irwin (San Jose) and Kostka.

Read: Rangers Recall McIlrath and Allen From Hartford

Former Minuteman defenseman Conor Allen is slated to dress for the New York Rangers for their preseason game in Chicago tomorrow night. The game will be televised on MSG and CSN-CH+.

Blueshirts United: Miller and Lundqvist Back In There As Rangers Set Friday's Lineup

Matt Vautour caught up with former UMass defenseman Conor Allen for a piece for today's Daily Hampshire Gazette. Allen is currently with the New York Rangers as one of the club's "Black Aces" during their playoff run.

Read: Former UMass hockey player Conor Allen on call for Rangers during Stanley Cup run

With the Stanley Cup final beginning tonight, Justin Breen of DNAinfo Chicago caught up with former UMass defenseman, Chicago native, Conor Allen. Allen has not dressed, but has been with the New York Rangers during their playoff run as one of the team's "Black Aces".

Read: Conor Allen Soaks in Stanley Cup Atmosphere with Rangers

Allen Among New York Rangers' Black Aces

Former UMass defenseman Conor Allen's season with the Hartford Wolf Pack is over, but Allen is still active, practicing as one of the "black aces" for Hartford's parent club, the New York Rangers.

For those who might not know, the term "black ace" refers to a playoff extra, a "taxi squad" guy who is on hand for NHL playoff depth. An NHL team's black aces will only get a chance to play in a Stanley Cup playoff game if the big club gets hit by a run of injuries, but they practice throughout the postseason run in case they are needed.

Read more: "Black Aces Support Rangers Playoff Run"

UMass Hockey In The AHL

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Here's a look at what's on tap for the American Hockey League teams with former Minutemen on their roster for this coming weekend:

Conor Allen (Hartford Wolf Pack) - 3/21 vs. St. Johns (7 PM), 3/22 at Adirondack (7 PM)
Joel Hanley (Portland Pirates) - 3/23 at Bridgeport (3 PM) - Listen
Danny Hobbs (Binghamton Senators) - 3/21 at Norfolk (7:30 PM), 3/22 at Norfolk (7:15 PM) - Listen
Michael Pereira (Worcester Sharks) - 3/21 vs. Springfield (7:30 PM), 3/22 vs. Hershey (7 PM) - Listen
Conor Sheary (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins) - 3/21 at Syracuse (7 PM), 3/22 vs. Utica (7:05 PM), 3/23 at Albany (4 PM) - Listen 
Casey Wellman (Hershey Bears) - 3/21 at Providence (7:05 PM), 3/22 at Worcester (7 PM), 3/23 at Manchester (3 PM) - Listen

Live stats for all games can be found on TheAHL.com
Nick Canelas had this piece in today's Daily Collegian on former UMass defenseman Conor Allen in his first full season of professional hockey:

It was just an ordinary Friday night.

Conor Allen was sitting on the couch in his Hartford, Conn., home, playing cards with a group of friends, when he received a phone call from an unfamiliar number around 10:30 p.m.

He answered suspiciously. Initially, he thought it was a prank call because he didn't recognize the voice on the other end. That mystery voice actually belonged to Ken Gernander, Allen's coach for the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack.

Gernander wasn't just looking to chat, however. He had with him the most exciting news of the 23-year-old's hockey career: Allen was being called up to the New York Rangers.

Next thing he knew, he was on a flight to Washington, D.C., where the Rangers played the Capitals that night, to meet his new teammates.

"It was a weird feeling knowing I was getting called up," Allen said. "You try not to think about it. Everyone just tells you to take care of business in the AHL and if you do that the NHL will figure itself out.

Read more: Former UMass hockey player Conor Allen embraces NHL opportunity

Dick Baker has a feature on UMass defenseman Conor Allen profiling the sophomore's family legal profession background. He also previews the series with Boston University that starts tonight at the Mullins Center (7 PM).

Conor Allen Featured On Washington Caps365

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Conor Allen has been taking part in the Washington Capitals Prospect Camp and was recently featured Washington Caps365. He is interviewed on the process of being at the prospect camp, being a hockey player from Chicago and the benefits of playing college hockey.

The Washington Post has a list of players attending the Capitals Prospect Camp this week including UMass' T.J. Syner and Conor Allen. Both are free agent invitee's.
The UMass hockey team fell 4-1 last night at Boston College in the first game of the three-game quarterfinal series. The two teams will re-match tonight at Conte Forum (7 PM). Danny Hobbs scored the lone goal for the Minutemen who started the game with great intensity, but after allowing a goal midway through the first period and 14 seconds into the second period, were not able to recover against the top-seeded Eagles.


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Happy Birthday: Jan. 31 - Conor Allen

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Hockey's Conor Allen celebrates his 21st birthday today on Jan. 31. 

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Dick Baker's MassLive.com Hockey Blog

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Today Dick Baker offers some analysis of the UMass hockey team's win over Quinnipiac and takes a look at rookie blueliner Conor Allen, the return of junior winger Shawn Saunders, and gives a mention to the weekly awards that UMass picked up after a 2-0 week.


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