Tue

30

Apr

2013

Jeff Jacobs Ponders State of Hartford Hockey

Jeff jacobs on the Connecticut Whale
Connecticut Whale Hockey

Jeff Jacobs of the Hartford Courant ponders the state of pro hockey in Hartford:

 

Thoughts and some juicy Connecticut building speculation while we await the American Athletic Conference to announce its move of the annual UConn women's basketball tournament from the XL Center to the Mohegan Sun.

 

There is a great reason to change the name of Hartford's AHL affiliate from the Connecticut Whale back to the Hartford Wolf Pack. There is a stellar idea.

 

For the life of me, I just can't figure out what it is.

 

The last full season as the Wolf Pack — 2009-2010 — they averaged a franchise-record low 4,188 fans. When Howard Baldwin took over marketing control, the Wolf Pack had about 350 season ticketholders. That number grew to 1,000 equivalent season tickets under the Whale banner. Corporate sponsorship rose. For all his financial screwups, Baldwin did breathe some life into the building.

 

Full Article Here.

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Mon

29

Apr

2013

Video: 1986 NHL Playoffs game Six - Montreal at Hartford

Video: 1986 NHL Playoffs game Six - Montreal at Hartford Whalers (final moments). The Whalers extend the series to 7 games before an enthusiastic SRO crowd in HFD. Ulf Samuelsson delivers a vicious spear to Claude Lemieux, who would get revenge two night later in Game 7.

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Mon

29

Apr

2013

VIdeo: Whalers vs. Montreal 1986 Playoffs

Some of the the best highlights of the 1986 Hartford Whalers vs. Montreal Canadiens playoff series -- the zenith of Whalermania.

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Sun

28

Apr

2013

Video: Great Whalers-Montreal Playoff Games

April 23, 1986: Kevin Dineen rushes past Montreal's Larry Robinson and beats rookie goalie Patrick Roy in overtime to even conference semifinals, 2-2

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Mon

15

Apr

2013

NATE ROBINSON DONS WHALERS HAT

NATE ROBINSON
NATE ROBINSON

Yes, even Nate Robinson is a fan of the Whalers.

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Sat

06

Apr

2013

Cote Named to QMJL Hall of Fame

Sylvain Cote Whalers
Sylvain Cote

Congratulations to Hartford Whalers defenseman Sylvain Cote ('84-'91) on his recent induction into the QMJHL Hall of Fame.

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Sat

06

Apr

2013

Video: Gordie Howe Scores His 801st and Final regular Season Goal

Rare Video: April 6 1980 Gordie Howe scores his 801st and final NHL reg. season goal vs. Detroit. HCC goes wild.  Not a great effort by Rogie Vachon.

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Thu

04

Apr

2013

On This Date: The Whalers Win Adams Title

Ron Francis
Ron Francis and Whalers Adams Banner

April 4 1987: Whalers clinch Adams Division title by defeating the New York Rangers 5-3.

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Wed

03

Apr

2013

Lane MacDermid and a Whale of a Coincidence

Lane MacDermid
Lane MacDermid

When Lane MacDermid scored Wednesday against Anaheim, his first NHL goal came 31 years to the day after his dad scored his first goal in the NHL.

Paul MacDermid was a winger for the Hartford Whalers and scored his first goal on April 3, 1982.

“I called my parents, and my mom had to research it herself,” MacDermid said. “Neither had any idea that’s what happened. It’s pretty cool.”

Paul MacDermid had 116 goals and 142 assists (258 points) in 690 career games, and Lane would love to produce similar numbers in his career.

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