July 6, 2020

An Abundance of History

The Athletic (subscription needed) asked their beat reporters to share the best book on their team and Scott Burnside picked this for the Hurricanes: The Hartford Whalers: Images of Sports | Brian Codagnone This book, which published 10 years after the Whalers’ 1997 relocation and rebirth as the Carolina Hurricanes, is described as a pictorial tribute to their NHL history in Hartford. — Scott Burnside The Hurricanes made it to the Stanley Cup finals in 2002, and won a Stanley Cup in 2006 and yet the best book on the team is still a Hartford Whalers pictorial history. Read more

May 31, 2013

Nate Silver on Hockey Relocations

Traditional Nate Silver post with lots of numbers and charts trying to answer why Canada hasn’t won a Stanley Cup in 20 years. Mostly it boils down to bad luck but Silver looks at redistributing NHL teams to align with fan support, which mostly means lots of new teams in Canada. However by looking at number of searches for NHL in various cities, Silver pegs Hartford/New Haven fourth for American cities. Read more

March 31, 2013

Whalers Links

Gordie Howe Turns 85 Today A note from February: MSG, and Comcast Spectacor, the new management of the XL Center, signed a new agreement to keep the Whale in Hartford for a least three years. Great news. Bonus note: MSG “contemplated a name change because the company wanted to distance itself from Baldwin’s rebranding.” ESPN’s Uni Watch asked readers to redesign uniforms for the Miami Dolphins and someone submitted a Whalers inspired take. Read more

January 7, 2013

NY Post Says Malloy Actively Seeking a Whalers Return

The details from the NY Post report: Despite admitting last summer that it is “unlikely” NHL hockey would return to his state, Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy is not giving up on the slapshot dream, sources said. The Democrat has formed a group to look into the possibility of bringing a team back to the Constitution State and has approached at least one deep-pocketed potential buyer of a team, sources tell The Post. Read more

August 7, 2012

Jeff Jacobs Apologizes For Believing in Don Quixote

Jeff Jacobs writing in the Courant about Don Quixote’s demise and apologizing for his small rule in it: Where I erred so badly in 2010 was underestimating how much major-league damage he could do in a minor-league market. He burned through money and goodwill like nobody’s business. He raised plenty of cash for the outdoor WinterFest and the AHL team, but he spent plenty more. I’d ask him early on if he had the connections to pull this off. Read more

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