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Jeff Jacobs: Gernander’s Firing Is Hartford Hockey’s Biggest Loss Since Whalers Left

Jeff Jacobs: Gernander’s Firing Is Hartford Hockey’s Biggest Loss Since Whalers Left

He has meant as much to hockey in Hartford as Ron Francis and Kevin Dineen. Make no mistake, Ken Gernander has meant as much as Howard Baldwin and the Howe family and any of the biggest names.

This did not change when Jim Schoenfeld, the Rangers senior vice president and assistant general manager, came up to Hartford Friday to tell Gernander that, after a decade, he was out as Wolf Pack coach.

This did not change when Gernander talked to Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton.

"I wasn't necessarily Jeff's hire," Gernander said Tuesday after it was announced he was gone as the coach of the Rangers' AHL affiliate. "I was on board before he took over the general...

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