Remembering the Hartford Whalers’ Departure

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Monday marked the fifteenth anniversary of the announcement that the Whalers were leaving Hartford.  The Whalers’ departure remains a point of contention, and the possible return of the team remains an area of great interest with Connecticut hockey fans.  In fact, posts concerning the Whalers are among the most popular in the four-year history of this blog. The Hartford […]

CT Sports Law’s Top 10 Story Lines of 2011 – Part I

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With 2011 coming to a close, I have compiled a list of the top story lines and accompanying blog posts from the past year.  Part I will list story lines 6 through 10; Part II will be posted tomorrow and will include 2 through 5; and the top story line will be posted on Tuesday, […]

Howard Baldwin’s Plan to Bring Back the Whalers

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Will the NHL return to Hartford?  Not without a new or refurbished arena, according to the commonly held belief.  Howard Baldwin, President of Whalers Sports and Entertainment and chairman of the Connecticut Whale now has a plan to address this need. Baldwin has unveiled a plan to revitalize the XL Center in Hartford, ultimately leading to the return of […]

From the Vault: Why Not Us? – Five Things Hartford Needs to Be Major League Again

The NHL’s return to Winnipeg has naturally resulted in conversations concerning 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 for Hartford.  I was reminded of a great article by Dan Canavan in November 2009 on this topic.  […]

Friday Sports Briefs

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Stanley Cup Draws Strong Ratings in Hartford After the announcement that the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers will move to Winnipeg, many fans of former Hartford Whalers asked “why not Hartford?”  A few days later, Hartford drew the fourth-highest TV rating in the US for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup: 1. Boston, 25.5/39 2. Providence, 16.7/24 3. Buffalo, […]

If Winnipeg Can Support a NHL Team, Why Not Hartford?

This morning True North Sports and Entertainment is expected to announce its purchase of the Atlanta Thrashers and its intention to move the franchise to Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Naturally, Hartford Whalers fans are asking whether this move bodes well for the return of the beloved Hartford Whalers.  Susan Bigelow at CT New Junkie has written an excellent article on this topic.  Here is an excerpt: […]

Phoenix Coyotes to Winnipeg Move Rumored, Refuted

Yesterday a rumor surfaced that the Phoenix Coyotes would be moving to Winnipeg at the conclusion of the NHL playoffs.  Bill Daly, the deputy commissioner of the league, subsequently refuted those rumors, stating as follows: “No decisions have been made at this point one way or the other. Efforts to sell the club in Glendale remain ongoing.” […]

Should the Hartford Whalers Return to the NHL?

Versus NHL Overtime featured a nice piece on whether the NHL should bring back the Whalers.  Of course, if you ask any fans of the former Whalers, the answer is an unequivocal yes.  But what would it take to bring the NHL back to Hartford?  Connecticut Sports Law Featured columnist Dan Canavan has weighed in on […]