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Bruins Come To Hartford, Trying To Drive Up Fan Interest Where Whalers Once Ruled

Bruins Come To Hartford, Trying To Drive Up Fan Interest Where Whalers Once Ruled

Just blocks from where they once played the Whalers in epic Adams Division games, the Boston Bruins returned to Hartford Wednesday with the desire to stake out their own territory.

"Hartford is Bruins country," blared the voice on the public address system.

What's certain is that Hartford had an NHL team the fans loved then lost. And for the last 20 years, it has had an AHL team, the Wolf Pack, affiliated with the New York Rangers.

But that apparently doesn't mean the Bruins don't have a solid fan base in the area. And on Wednesday, the steady stream of Bruins fans filtering through State House Square proved it.

"If there still was a team [in...

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