The Connecticut Whale Era is Over

The Connecticut Whale era has ended, as the team announced plans to return to its previous nickname, the Wolf Pack (for reasons unknown, according to Jeff Jacobs of the Hartford Courant).  The name change appears to signal an official break from the second Howard Baldwin administration, which was overcome by a bad lease and unanticipated expenses […]

Danbury Whalers Win the Commissioner’s Cup

Congratulations to the Danbury Whalers, who won the Federal Hockey League (FHL) championship (the Commissioner’s Cup) on Friday night by completing a sweep of the Dayton Demonz.  A special congratulations to Herm Sorcher, Managing Partner and CEO, and Alan Friedman, President and CFO.  I have worked with Herm and Alan before the team played a single […]

Another Perspective on the ACC’s Snub of UConn

Yesterday, I asked Dan Canavan to weigh in on my post regarding the ACC’s snub of UConn.  My basic argument was that UConn, and in particular UConn football, is undervalued by the ACC.  Here’s what Dan had to say: I’m not persuaded by the arguments that UConn has recently experienced success in football.  As Jeff Jacobs […]

Howard Baldwin’s Plan to Bring Back the Whalers

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 […]

The Colonial Column: Hartford’s Greatest Hits

This week’s news that the UFL has eliminated the Hartford Colonials from the league was hardly a surprise.  The league’s financial problems were well documented and the Colonials have been rumored to be on the chopping block for some time.  Despite only playing one season, we enjoyed the addition of the Colonials to the Connecticut sporting landscape.  Here are […]

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 […]

Connecticut Sports Law Celebrates Third Anniversary

I am proud to note that today marks the third anniversary of the launch of Connecticut Sports Law.  Thank you to all of the supporters, followers and friends of the blog, who have made the last three years of covering sports and the law so enjoyable.  I appreciate your readership and great ideas for new posts. […]

Whale Bowl Brings Bitter Cold, Uncertain Effect on Hartford Hockey

By Dan Canavan On Saturday, Connecticut hockey fans turned their shoulders into the wind and huddled into Rentschler Field to be a part of the Whale Bowl, the main event of a two-week hockey festival produced by Howard Baldwin and Whalers Sports and Entertainment (“WSE”).  The exact number of fans who watched Baldwin’s Connecticut Whale take […]