I was waiting for the logo to be released to announce this news, and Hartford didn’t disappoint.
Howard Baldwin, the former owner of the Hartford Whalers, has been trying to buy or control the Hartford Wolf Pack for months and about a month ago he was given control over the marketing and sales operation of the team. Why?
Baldwin wants to bring an NHL franchise back to Hartford.
Good luck with that. There’s a reason the NHL moved out of that city and to Raleigh, North Carolina of all places. Ironically, that move worked. But things are different with Hartford. Hartford was ranked 18th in the AHL for attendance last year. Granted, last season was also the first season in 12 the team didn’t make the playoffs, but that is very sad for that market, especially when considering they’re the AHL affiliate of one of the most popular NHL franchises in America. Baldwin has been moving frantically holding a Whalers reunion week with old stars like Gordie Howe coming out and even going as far as changing the team’s name, logo, and uniform.
That’s right. Goodbye Hartford Wolf Pack, hello Connecticut Whale.
Sometime mid season the Hartford Wolf Pack will cease to exist and the Connecticut Whale will take over. Baldwin has been propping this all over the Hartford area and you can even find people in Connecticut Whale t-shirts sporting this logo. Who’s that whale of a mascot jumping through C’s to get to the puck you ask? Well that’s Sonar, their new mascot. So long Pucky (wasn’t much of a creative name anyways).
That Hartford Wolf Pack booster club will merge with the Whalers booster club to form a new “conglomerate”.
Wednesday was the first big day for the team as they played an exhibition game against the Albany Devils. Amongst the crowd of Hartford Wolf Pack jerseys were Whalers jerseys and Connecticut Whale t-shirts. Together they all cheered as recent cutee Mats “Blueshirt Baggins” Zuccarello scored the first goal of the game and as the Pack went on to shutout the Devils 3-0. Zuccarello is sure to raise attendance in Hartford while he’s there. Isn’t he?