| Oct 19, 2014
| 4:20 AM
HARTFORD — A $35 million renovation of the city's aging XL Center arena is nearly complete: Black granite shines in the new fan club; lighted signs brighten a refreshed concourse; and lower-level loge boxes offer premium seating closer to the...
| Oct 8, 2014
| 8:46 PM
There was so much to look for at the refurbished XL Center when NBA hopes and NHL history suddenly collided on this Wednesday night in October.
There was Marcus Smart's jump shot. After going 0-for-8 in his NBA debut against the Sixers, the Celtics'...
| Sep 26, 2014
Back when the renegade World Hockey Association was blooming in the early 1970s, Howard Baldwin sometimes thought he was living in a movie.
The man who would later reinvent himself as an Oscar-winning Hollywood producer knew a good story when he saw it....
| 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"...
| 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 2, 2014
| 3:05 AM
Morgan Gardner Bulkeley IV, accomplished artist and sculptor, Red Sox fan, last in the direct genealogical line with that distinctly Hartford name, visited the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., for the first time in the summer of 2012.
| Jan 7, 2013
| 4:03 PM
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Monday he is talking to investors seeking to bring an NHL franchise to Hartford, but he emphasized the return of hockey remains a remote possibility.
"I have spoken to individuals who have expressed a desire to bring a team...
| Feb 16, 2013
| 1:12 PM
Global Spectrum, which will take control of the XL Center later this year, is on the verge of keeping the New York Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate in Hartford beyond this season.
A deal is close and an announcement from Madison Square Garden...
| Feb 26, 2013
| 3:16 PM
Professional hockey will remain in downtown Hartford, at least for the next three years.
After weeks of high-level negotiations between Madison Square Garden Co. and Comcast Spectacor, a deal was reached Tuesday to keep the New York Rangers' American...
| Feb 27, 2013
| 11:09 AM
New York Rangers assistant general manager Jim Schoenfeld said Wednesday that he's happy the team's American Hockey League affiliate is remaining in Hartford.
But Schoenfeld, who acts as GM of the Connecticut Whale, said it's too soon to say whether...
| Nov 28, 2010
As the green-and-blue uniforms hit the ice a few minutes before 7 p.m. Saturday, "Brass Bonanza" filled the XL Center and 13,089 fans reveled in the nostalgia of the moment.
"It feels like old times," Howard Baldwin said.
And there was indeed a sense...