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Hartford wants to rejoin NHL

Posted on: January 16, 2009 12:16 pm

Crank up the Brass Bonanza, Whalers fans -- Hartford is exploring the possibility of bringing back a team to the city, says the Hartford Courant.

City officials, including Mayor Eddie Perez , met with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman this week to inform him of Hartford's plans to build a new arena and express interest in a relocated or expansion franchise.

"The meeting was to make sure we put Hartford on his radar screen as a city that is bullish about bringing hockey back to Hartford," Perez told the Toronto Star. "We have a great fan base left over from the Hartford Whaler days, and I have a challenge as a mayor to figure out to do with an aging civic center, which has outlived its purpose."

Perez told the paper Bettman did not commit to anything, but felt the city had a shot at getting a team if the NHL moved a team or expanded within the next five years.

Hartford has been researching the feasibility of building a new downtown arena to replace the XL Center by 2013. The arena, formerly known as the Hartford Civic Center, hosted the Whalers for 20 years before the franchise moved to North Carolina.


Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2009 9:24 pm

Hartford wants to rejoin NHL

Maybe so on the ranger boston fan thing, but things in this region have changed for the better (hockey wise), if the whalers stayed and hung on they would have florished by now The economic enviroment will inprove in a few years and the whale should make a come back, they will build again , there must be a least a couple a million more people in the area, now years later and the i see it working if they can build a modern building for them, it would help the local economy. bring them back.

Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2009 8:19 pm

Hartford wants to rejoin NHL

The Whalers would only exist for Ranger and Bruin fans t see their teams play!!

Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2009 1:42 pm

Hartford wants to rejoin NHL

Being from CT i want a NHL team back in the state really bad .....but i just don't see it happening specially with the current economic situation in the State and in the Hartford area especially , I mean where is Mayor Perez gonna come up with the money to build a new arena(state of the art) to attract an expansion or relocated team?

Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2009 12:25 pm

Hartford wants to rejoin NHL

Perhaps the Hartford Fighting Insurance Salesmen?  Not to much whaling going on anymore.

Since: Oct 10, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2009 12:17 pm

Hartford wants to rejoin NHL

Hartford wants a team again? Really? I thought the NHL had given up on returning to failed markets after their second foray into Atlanta. Well Hartford does make more sense then Atlanta,Carolina,Phoenix,Tampa Bay,Florida.... But really doesn't a second team for Toronto make more sense then yet another team in the middle of the two New York teams , the New Jersey team, Boston, Buffalo?   Mind you Colorado worked the second time around and maybe the Islanders need somewhere to move?      

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2009 11:37 am

Hartford wants to rejoin NHL

There are too many crappy teams out there.  Drop 6 teams

What teams would you drop?I know Phoenix would clearly be the first choice, and maybe Atlanta, but after that, who gets the axe?Florida maybe?

Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2009 9:12 pm

Hartford wants to rejoin NHL

why would it be the hartford coyotes?
Are from around here?
Do you know anything about the hartford area?
It would be hartford whalers if they do .
I am hoping i can see another hockey game in hartford for what 17 or so years.

Since: Jul 29, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2009 11:04 am

Hartford wants to rejoin NHL

I would love to see the "Whalers" again. But not an expansion team. There  are too many crappy teams out there. Drop 6 teams.  Pool the players in a draft and bring on the Hartford Coyotes.

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2009 10:45 pm

Hartford wants to rejoin NHL


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