Remembering the Hartford Whalers’ Departure

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 […]

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 […]

Friday Sports Briefs

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Connecticut Whale Unveils Logo

By Dan Canavan Whalers Sports and Entertainment (“WSE”) unveiled its new logo for the Connecticut Whale on Wednesday.   The logo was designed by Howard Baldwin, chairman of the Whale franchise, the WSE marketing team, and graphic designer, Erik Carlson. According to Baldwin: “We have created a fun logo that not only captures the family-oriented approach of […]

Friday Sports Briefs

Clemens Indicted on Charges of Perjury A federal grand jury indicted Roger Clemens for allegedly lying to Congress over his use of performance enhancing drugs.  Clemens, via Twitter, has denied the charges: ”I never took HGH or Steroids. And I did not lie to Congress. I look forward to challenging the Governments accusations, and hope […]