Friday Sports Briefs

UConn to Join Hockey East

The University of Connecticut has announced that its hockey program will be stepping up to Hockey East in 2014-15

A celebration is planned for next Friday:

The University of Connecticut will hold a “Welcome To Hockey East” celebration and press conference on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 12 noon in the atrium of the XL Center in Hartford. Among those scheduled to attend are Gov. Dannel Malloy, Hartford Mayor  Pedro  Segarra, UConn President Susan Herbst, UConn Director of Athletics Warde Manuel, Hockey East Commissioner Joe Bertagna, XL Center Senior Vice President and General Manager Chuck Steedman,  former UConn All-American ice hockey player and Hartford Whaler Todd Krygier and UConn head coach Bruce Marshall.

The event is free and open to the general public. Youth hockey groups are encouraged to attend and wear their team jerseys and members of the public who work in downtown Hartford are invited to spend their lunch hour at the celebration. The UConn pep band and cheerleaders will be in attendance in addition to the Husky mascot. Krygier and current UConn ice hockey players will be available for autographs following the event.

Thanks to Dan Canavan for the information.

Connecticut Whale’s Future on the Rocks

Following one positive hockey story with a disappointing one, Howard Baldwin’s Whalers Sports & Entertainment will no longer run the AHL’s Connecticut Whale.  The Hartford Courant’s Paul Doyle has the story.  The Courant’s Jeff Jacobs also has an interesting column on WSE and the Whale.

Anthony Davis Files Trademark Application for Eyebrow

In NBA news, Anthony Davis, the first overall pick of last night’s NBA draft. has filed trademark applications in connection with his trademark unibrow.  According to CNBC’s Darren Rovell, Davis has filed applications for the phrases “Fear The Brow” and “Raise The Brow.”

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