Howard Baldwin: NHL Move to Winnipeg Validates Hartford Strategy

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UPDATE: Check out Howard Baldwin’s interview on WFSB’s “Face the State” with Dennis House.

The conversation regarding the NHL’s return to Winnipeg, and whether that move bodes well for the return of the Whalers to Hartford, has been going strong for almost a week.  Now Howard Baldwin, former owner of the NHL Whalers and present chairman of Whalers Sports & Entertainment (which runs the Connecticut Whale) has weighed in.  Here’s an except from Baldwin’s op-ed in the Hartford Business Journal:

Like Hartford, Winnipeg was an original World Hockey Association city. Like Hartford, Winnipeg was one of four WHA franchises that merged with the NHL in 1981. Like Hartford, Winnipeg lost its NHL team in the mid-‘90s. And like Hartford, Winnipeg developed a plan and a passion to get back to the NHL.

If it can happen there, why not here?

Winnipeg sent a message of success to the NHL. Their American Hockey League franchise, the Manitoba Moose averaged more than 8,000 fans over the past two years and more than 7,700 for the past four years. We salute their efforts to showcase the fan and corporate interest in hockey in their market, and congratulate the management of True North Sports and Entertainment for successfully returning the City of Winnipeg to the NHL.

Click here for Baldwin’s article in its entirety.

Connecticut Sports Law Featured Columnist Dan Canavan has also covered the potential return of the Whalers in detail:

Why Not Us? – Five Things Hartford Needs to Be Major League Again

Making the Case for Bringing the NHL Back to Hartford

Whale Bowl Brings Bitter Cold, Uncertain Effect on Hartford Hockey



  1. [...] whether this move makes the NHL’s return to Hartford more likely.  Former Whalers owner Howard Baldwin, currently running the Connecticut Whale, believes that Winnipeg has provided a model….  I was reminded of a great article by Dan Canavan in November 2009 on this topic.  The [...]

  2. [...] Howard Baldwin: NHL Move to Winnipeg Validates Hartford Strategy [...]

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