| Mar 17, 2014
| 2:30 AM
For a city starving for a sports identity, the arrival of the greatest player in the history of hockey was met with a collective gasp.
Gordie Howe was 49 years old when he brought his two sons to town in 1977. The New England Whalers were a struggling...
| Mar 16, 2014
| 4:15 AM
The 710th and final National Hockey League game at the Civic Center in Hartford began at 1:37 on Sunday afternoon in the spring of 1997.
At 4 p.m., the horn sounded and Connecticut said goodbye to major league sports. In between, 14,660 fans watched the...
| Mar 16, 2014
| 4:10 AM
The news arrived to readers of The Courant on the morning of March 8, 1877, seven weeks before the start of the second National League baseball season.
Hartford, a charter member, was deemed unacceptable as a major league market. The city's "base ball"...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 3:04 PM
The Whalers need to return to Hartford.
Here's looking at you, National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman.
The Whalers belong in Connecticut. We still have a strong fan base, and indeed, low ticket sales can't be blamed as the reason the Whalers...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 8:54 AM
Its been a busy summer for Hartford's professional hockey team.
The Connecticut Whale became the Hartford Wolf Pack, returning to the AHL franchise's old brand. And with that, we have the return of the mascot Sonar.
Meanwhile, there was a significant...
| Jan 29, 2013
| 2:52 PM
With two contracts expiring this summer, Hartford’s professional hockey future is uncertain.
The Rangers’ deal at the XL Center expires after this season. And AEG’s agreement to run the building is up in August.
The Capital Region...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 11:25 AM
While the Capital Region Development Authority is deciding among three companies bidding to run the XL Center and Rentschler Field, Jim Schoenfeld and the executives at Madison Square Garden are considering their own options.
| Jan 24, 2013
| 8:06 AM
After watching his team escape Wednesday night with an overtime victory -- but only after squandering a four-goal lead -- Connecticut Whale coach Ken Gernander seemed miffed.
He called his team's inconsistency "maddening" and said he did not know what...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 1:59 PM
After a one-game audition with the New York Rangers, Kris Newbury is back in Connecticut.
The Rangers sent Newbury to the Whale Friday, so the team gets its leading scorer back. After losing second-leading scorer and All-Star Chad Kolarik, the team...
| Jan 3, 2013
| 5:38 AM
With the NHL dark, Canada's hockey-loving population was heavily focused on the World Junior Championships being played in Russia.
So imagine the angst today, after Team Canada lost 5-1 to the United States in the semifinals Thursday morning. Canada...
| Jan 3, 2013
| 3:13 PM
When Connecticut Whale forward Chris Kreider was considering his college options in the summer of 2008, he narrowed his list to Boston College, Boston University, Harvard and Yale.
Academics was a priority for Boxford, Mass. native, but one school...