HARTFORD, December 20, 2012:  Connecticut Whale general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that forward J.T. Miller has been reassigned from the Whale to the U.S. National Junior Team and is participating in its training camp for the World Junior Championship Tournament.

CT WhaleMiller, a 19-year-old native of East Palestine, Ohio, has suited up for all 26 of the Whale’s games this year and has scored five goals and added nine assists for 14 points, while serving 25 minutes in penalties.  A first-round pick (15th overall) by the parent New York Rangers in the 2011 NHL draft, Miller went to the World Junior Championship with Team USA last year, scoring two goals and adding two assists for four points in six games.

This year’s IIHF World Junior Championship takes place from December 26 through January 5 in Ufa, Russia.

The Whale’s next action is this Friday night, December 21, when they travel to Manchester to take on the Monarchs in a 7:00 game (“Beethoven Radio” AM 1290, www.ctwhale.com, video streaming at www.ahllive.com).  The next home game for the Whale is this Saturday night, December 22 vs. the Providence Bruins at 7:00, and that is “Military Appreciation Night”.  There will be a jersey auction in the second intermission to benefit the VFW of Connecticut, and that game also features the Whale’s annual “Teddy Bear Toss”.  Fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped soft toys to the game and, when the Whale scores its first goal, heave them on to the ice to be donated to the children of Newtown, CT.  Also, teddy bears will be for sale in the XL Center atrium, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Tickets for all Whale regular season home games at the XL Center, are on sale now at the Public Power Ticket Office at the XL Center, through TicketMaster Charge-by-Phone at 1-800-745-3000 and on-line at www.ticketmaster.com.

Season tickets for the Whale’s 2012-13 AHL season are also available. For information on season seats, and all of the Whale’s many ticketing options, visit www.ctwhale.com, or call the CT Whale ticket office at (860) 548-2000 to talk with an account executive today.

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