CT Sports Law’s Top Story Lines of 2013 – Part I

6.  The topic of NCAA Transfer Rules has captured the attention of the general media.  Although these rules are in dire need of change, we offered some tips for navigating the current system. 7.  The Connecticut Whale Era ended, leaving the future of professional hockey in Hartford in doubt. 8.  Johnny Manziel had a busy year, […]

Derek Boogaard and Painkillers in the NHL

By John M. Burnor Derek Boogaard was one of the most feared players in the NHL. Playing for the Minnesota Wild and the New York Rangers, Boogaard was an enforcer whose unofficial role was to fight: to protect his teammates and to settle points of honor for the team. Over the course of his NHL career, […]

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 […]

Friday Sports Briefs

Golfer Arrested for Allegedly Assaulting Caddy Rudolph Hermstadt, an amateur golf champion, was arrested in Waterbury, Connecticut after he was captured on a surveillance video choking and punching his caddy, Jeremy Eterginio, inside the 19th Hole Cafe at the East Mountain Golf Course on July 22.  The Associated Press (via the Hartford Courant) has the story.  […]

Friday Sports Briefs

Family of NHL Scout Settles Last September 11th Lawsuit Jimmy Golen over at the Sports Law Blog has the story of Mark Bavis, the Los Angeles Kings scout who died aboard United Flight 175 during the Sept. 11 attacks.  His family had refused to settle its lawsuit against the airline and security company, the last remaining suit […]

Friday Sports Briefs

Congratulations to the Boston Bruins As you all know by now, the Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks to bring the Stanley Cup back to Boston for the first time in 39 years.  Boston goalie Tim Thomas was awarded Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP.  ESPNBoston.com’s Joe McDonald has written a nice piece on […]

Howard Baldwin: NHL Move to Winnipeg Validates Hartford Strategy

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 […]

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, […]