AEG TO MANAGE BUSINESS OPERATIONS FOR CONNECTICUT WHALEJul 9, 2012
HARTFORD, July 9, 2012 – Effective immediately, AEG Management CT, LLC ("AEG"), will manage all business operations, including marketing, sponsorship, ticketing and group sales for the AHL’s Connecticut Whale hockey team. AEG will work directly with Madison Square Garden ("MSG") Sports to ensure business operations remain uninterrupted in Hartford. The Whale are the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s New York Rangers, hockey operations for the team will remain unchanged.
Chuck Steedman, XL Center Senior Vice President & General Manager said, "We want to assure fans that AEG will continue to work tirelessly so that professional hockey has a future in Hartford. We are unequivocally dedicated to the ticket holders, community partners, and sponsors that support the Connecticut Whale." Steedman added, "We have personal and ongoing relationships with many of the team’s supporters and recognize that they are essential to the overall success of the team. We are excited to continue Hartford’s extraordinary hockey tradition."
"We appreciate the tremendous support the Whale has received over the past 15 seasons from fans and community and business partners in Hartford, and together with AEG we will work hard to strengthen and grow those incredibly valuable relationships,” said Scott O’Neil, president, MSG Sports. “We hope to see everyone at XL Center for the Whale’s 16th home opener in Hartford on Friday, October 12."
Jim Schoenfeld, Assistant General Manager, Player Personnel, Assistant Coach, NY Rangers and General Manager, Connecticut Whale added: "The experience that these young players gain while in Hartford is invaluable. The number of players on the Ranger roster with roots in the Whale organization is a testament to the ability of the team to help players become NHL ready. We look forward to another great season in Hartford this Fall."
The Connecticut Whale, and previously the Hartford Wolf Pack, have served as the AHL affiliates of the New York Rangers since 1997. During that time, it has been one of the most successful franchises in the AHL, reaching the playoffs in 14 of its 15 years in existence, and capturing the Calder Cup in 2000. The Whale has helped to develop a multitude of NHL prospects, including current Rangers Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan McDonagh, Michael Del Zotto, Artem Anisimov, Carl Hagelin, Michael Sauer and Stu Bickel.
Whale season ticket and multi-game plan holders will be contacted by a dedicated Account Executive within the next two weeks. For those interested in purchasing tickets for the 2012-13 season, or with any questions regarding previously purchased tickets, please contact the XL Center Sales Office at (860) 548-2000.
AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, owns or is affiliated with a collection of companies including over 100 of the world’s preeminent facilities such as STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, CA), The Home Depot Center (Carson, CA), Best Buy Theater (Times Square, New York), Sprint Center, (Kansas City), Rose Garden Arena (Portland, OR), XL Center (Hartford, CT), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China), MasterCard Center (Beijing, China), O2 World Hamburg, Allphones Arena (Sydney, Australia), Ericsson Globe arena (Stockholm, Sweden), O2 World arena (Berlin, Germany) and The O2 arena and entertainment district (London, England) which are all part of the portfolio of AEG Facilities. Developed by AEG, L.A. LIVE is a 4 million square foot / $2.5 billion downtown Los Angeles sports, residential & entertainment district featuring Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and Club Nokia, a 54-story, 1001-room convention "headquarters" destination along with entertainment, restaurant and office space that “officially” opened in 2010. In addition to overseeing privately held management shares of the Los Angeles Lakers (NBA), assets of AEG Sports include franchises and properties such as the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings (NHL), Los Angeles Galaxy and Houston Dynamo (MLS), two hockey franchises in Europe, the Amgen Tour of California cycling race and Zazzle Bay to Breakers foot race. AEG Live, the company’s live-entertainment division, is the world’s second largest concert promotion and touring companies and is comprised of touring, festival, exhibition, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions with fifteen regional offices. AEG Global Partnerships, a division responsible for worldwide sales and servicing of sponsorships naming rights and other strategic partnerships and AEG Merchandising, a multi-faceted merchandising company are also core business units of AEG. For additional information, visit www.aegworldwide.com
About The Madison Square Garden Company
The Madison Square Garden Company is a fully-integrated sports, media and entertainment business. The Company is comprised of three business segments: MSG Sports, MSG Media and MSG Entertainment, which are strategically aligned to work together to drive the Company’s overall business, which is built on a foundation of iconic venues and compelling content that the company creates, produces, presents and/or distributes through its programming networks and other media assets. MSG Sports consists of owning and operating sports franchises, including the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL), the New York Liberty (WNBA), and the Connecticut Whale (AHL). MSG Sports also features the presentation of a wide variety of live sporting events including professional boxing, college basketball, track and field and tennis. MSG Media is a leader in production and content development for multiple distribution platforms, including content originating from the Company’s venues. MSG Media consists of the MSG Networks (MSG, MSG Plus, MSG HD and MSG Plus HD) regional sports networks and the Fuse Networks (Fuse and Fuse HD), a national television network dedicated to music. MSG Entertainment is one of the country’s leaders in live entertainment. MSG Entertainment creates, produces and/or presents a variety of live productions, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Radio City Rockettes. MSG Entertainment also presents or hosts other live entertainment events such as concerts, family shows and special events in the Company’s diverse collection of venues. These venues include Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Beacon Theatre, the Chicago Theatre, the Forum and the Wang Theatre. More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com
XL Center/AEG Media Contact:
Director of Marketing
XL Center/AEG Ticket Sales Contact:
Ticket Sales Manager