Friday Sports Briefs

Connecticut Whale Facing Challenges in Hartford Howard Baldwin and the Connecticut Whale are facing financial challenges stemming from a seemingly one-sided lease with the XL Center and a lack of interest from city and state officials.  Baldwin’s enthusiasm, on display with last year’s Whalefest, has not translated into support for the AHL teal, not to […]

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

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 […]

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: […]

Interview With Bob Crawford, Voice of the Hartford Wolf Pack

 By Dan Canavan  Bob Crawford With the hockey season in full swing, I thought it would be a great time to catch up with Bob Crawford, voice of the Hartford Wolf Pack and Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for Northland/AEG.  Bob is currently in his thirteen season with the Wolf Pack, and has over twenty years […]

Howard Baldwin Brings the Whalers to Hartford – 35 Years Later

By Dan Canavan Thirty-five years ago today, the Whalers played their first game in Hartford on January 11, 1975.  Somewhere in the then new Hartford Civic Center, Whalers founder Howard Baldwin was busy greeting fans, receiving accolades, and entertaining community leaders.  Baldwin had just uprooted his World Hockey Association squad from Boston, and moved the […]

UConn Women Beats Stanford, But Fan Complacency Remains

By Richard Kent  UConn-Stanford women at the Hartford XL Center was all it was cracked up to be and more.  UConn faced its only half time deficit of the season at 40-38 but stormed back in the second half with one of its patented runs to win by 12.   UConn was led by its two all-American candidates, […]

Why Not Us? – Five Things Hartford Needs to Be Major League Again

By Dan Canavan In an era where Jacksonville, Memphis, and Oklahoma City host major league franchises, Hartford sports fans are asking themselves: Why not us?  Here are 5 steps that can bring the big leagues back to Connecticut.  1. New Building. The XL Center is at the end of its useful life and falls well below […]