Posts Tagged ‘Hartford Whalers

30
Dec
09

The Whale Returns to Connecticut!

Over the last 6 years there have been four different attempts to get a minor league hockey franchise established in Danbury, Connecticut, the latest venture though looks to be the most secure; Tuesday the nascent Federal Hockey League unveiled one of the new franchises, the Danbury Whalers. The Whale is BACK!

While the other attempts at hockey failed in Danbury, the Whalers intend to stick around, showing confidence in their venture by signing a 10-year lease with the Danbury Arena. The previous team, the Danbury Mad Hatters signed a mere 5-year lease a year ago in what turned out to be the one and only season.

“I know you guys have seen a couple teams come in and out of here, a couple teams come and go. Our goal is not to have that happen. Our goal is that will not happen,” said Rich Lisk, the FHL’s executive vice president in charge of marketing business development. “We will be here for the next 20 or 30 years.”

The new-look Whalers will be awfully familiar to the fans of the original NHL franchise which bolted for greener pastures in 1997 to Charlotte. The team’s colors will be green and blue, the logo is a near-ringer for he old one and team officials announced that “Brass Bonanza”  the Whalers theme song will be played at all games.

While 4 teams have failed in recent years, one thing has remained, the passion of the Danbury hockey fans. Ira Schwartz, a local hockey fan who was in attendance at the opening press conference proudly proclaimed: “This is going to be the worst place for a visiting team to play again. Hell is back.”

[News Times]

01
Apr
09

The Return of the Whale!

When the Hartford Whalers moved it was a sad day; not only did the Whale leave behind a loyal fan base but one of the absolutely greatest team fight songs in the history of sports (below). While the team moved on to become the Carolina Hurricanes, some fans never did. However, this auction, perfectly situated for Easter, is one fan’s attempt to move beyond the past.

For a limited time only, (auction ends Saturday) you could finally become the owner of the autographs of the entire 1982-1983 Hartford Whalers on different colored wooden eggs. Finally!

Right now the auction is a STEAL at only $9.99, so get your bids in now.

bpby93qbmkkgrhgoh-dwejlllzbowbjzpprk1_12Included in the autographs is an egg from Mr. Hockey himself, Gordie Howe, who plied his trade briefly for the Whale as well as such luminaries as:

  • Russ Anderson
  • Ron Francis
  • Pierre Lacroix
  • Paul Lawless
  • Doug Sulliman
  • Mike Veisor
  • Chuck Kaiton – Hartford Whalers Radio
  • Greg A. Adams
  • Ed Hospodar
  • Chris Kotsopoulos
  • Pierre Lacroix
  • Jack McIlhargey
  • Warren Miller
  • Mark Renaud
  • Doug Sulliman
  • Chuck Kaiton – Hartford Whalers Radio
  • Ed Hospodar
  • Mike McDougall
  • Bob Sullivan
  • Risto Siltanen
  • Mike Vellucci
  • Jack McIlhargey and Chris Kotsopoulos on same egg

[eBay]

27
Oct
08

A Weighty Hit

Not to become all Canadian or something, and of course, the absolute LAST thing I want to do is make this a hockey blog, BUT, here’s another awesome hit from a game over the weekend. In this clip, New York Islander Doug Weight knocks the snot out of Brandon Sutter of the Hartford Whalers Carolina Hurricanes. Wow.




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