To Our Valued CT Whale Fans,
Thank you so much for your interest in our team and in our efforts to bring back the great Whaler brand to the city of Hartford and the state of Connecticut. It’s hard to believe we are about to conclude our second year of operation with the team. The next couple of months is going to be a very critical time period for our efforts in Hartford. We therefore wanted to reach out to you directly so you hear from us directly as to what will be transpiring.
The first issue that we must deal with for the future is establishing a long-term and permanent home for the Connecticut Whale at the XL Center — under lease terms that enable us to properly operate our business in a professional manner. In order for us to be able to operate beyond 2013, we must have a lease arrangement with the XL Center that is competitive with other AHL teams. Right now we are operating under lease terms that are far and away the most onerous in the American Hockey League.
In no way is this meant to be a criticism of the current building management team or anyone else for that matter. We recognize full well that things that were done in the ‘90s have put an unfair burden on current operations at the XL Center, which of course includes us. However, these obligations will no longer exist after next season. Therefore it is imperative that as we go into the future these burdens are no longer passed on to the prime tenant (i.e. the Connecticut Whale). It is our responsibility to you and to all our loyal fans and sponsors to do what we have to do in the next 30-60 days to solidify hockey in Hartford for the next 10 years.
The month of March is an exciting month for the Connecticut Whale. During the month of March and the first half of April we have 12 home games, all on attractive weekend dates. This coming Saturday night, March 10th, we have the first Connecticut Hockey Hall-of-Fame night. This will be an annual event. Some of the players being inducted with this first group are former Whaler greats Mike Liut, Pat Verbeek and Blaine Stoughton as well as our great coach and former Wolf Pack player Ken Gernander, three-time US Olympian Julie Chu as well as former New York Ranger, Hall-of-Famer, Brian Leetch.
The month of March is hockey time. This is a time when playoffs are upcoming and the games are increasingly meaningful. We are counting on your attendance to as many of these games as possible.
Finally, rest assured on behalf of our partnership and each dedicated person that works for the Connecticut Whale, executives, coaches, and players alike, it is a privilege to play in this city and to have your support. Thank you very much.
Howard Baldwin, Chairman/CEO
Howard Baldwin, Jr., President/COO
Whalers Sports & Entertainment/Connecticut Whale
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale, CTWhale, Hartford Whalers, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged American Hockey League, Blaine Stoughton, Brian Leetch, Connecticut, Connecticut Whale, CTWhale, Hartford Whalers, Hartford Wolf Pack, Howard Baldwin, Howard Baldwin Jr., Julie Chu, Ken Gernander, Mike Liut, Mike Luit, New York Ranger, Pat Verbeek, XL Center
CT WHALE AND HARTFORD PARKING AUTHORITY ANNOUNCE NEW FAN-FRIENDLY PARKING PARTNERSHIP
LOYALTY CARD PROGRAM OFFERS FREE PARKING AT MORGAN STREET GARAGE
Fans have been parking their “tails” at CT Whale games all season long. Now, they can “park their “tails” at the Morgan Street garage and get free parking. Whalers Sports & Entertainment COO and President Howard Baldwin, Jr, and the Hartford Parking Authority announced today a unique CT Whale Loyalty Card parking program at the Morgan Street Garage.
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged AHL, Connecticut Whale, Friday, Hartford, Hartford Connecticut, Hershey Bears, Howard Baldwin, Howard Baldwin Jr., Morgan Street Garage, Parking, XL Center
CT WHALE SPECIAL
“POWER GHOULS” NIGHT THIS FRIDAY AT THE XL CENTER
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Special Ticket Offers, Costume Parade, Warm Fun the Order of the Night, as Whale Host St. John’s IceCaps at 7:00
No Halloween? No power? The Connecticut Whale has announced today a special “Power Ghouls” Night home game this Friday, November 4 against the St. John’s Ice Caps, complete with an on-ice costume parade and a special buy-one-get-one-free ticket with costume. Continue reading
BY: Bruce Berlet
The Connecticut Whale is the focus of Whalers Sports and Entertainment’s business game, and the brainchild of former Hartford Whalers owner and managing general manager partner Howard Baldwin is making a major push to improve its position for its first full season and in the hockey world.
WSE has doubled its season ticket staff from three to six and added Dean Zappalorti and Jenna Miller-Wassell to oversee corporate sponsorships while working with former Whalers center Garry Swain.
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale
Tagged Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Connecticut Whale, Garry Swain, Howard Baldwin, Howard Baldwin Jr., Season ticket, Ticketmaster, WCCC-FM, Whalers Sports & Entertainment, XL Center
FRANK BERRIAN TO BE NEW WHALE P.A. VOICE
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Experienced Radio Vet is also Team’s Community Relations Manager
Whalers Sports & Entertainment (WSE) president and COO Howard Baldwin, Jr. announced today that Frank Berrian will be the new public-address announcer for Connecticut Whale home games at the XL Center.
Berrian also serves the Whale as the team’s Community Relations Manager, coordinating all of the Whale’s community outreach and appearances. Prior to joining the team’s full-time staff during the 2010-11 season, Berrian was a member of the game-night promotions staff for both the Whale and the Hartford Wolf Pack.
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale, Hartford Whalers, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged AHL, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Connecticut Whale, Frank Berrian, Howard Baldwin, Howard Baldwin Jr., Pucky, Sonar, Whale, WhalersSports, WKCI-FM, WMCR-FM, WMXT, XL Center
CT WHALE ANNOUNCES GALA HOME OPENER AND SINGLE-GAME TICKETS ON SALE THIS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
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Home Opener is Saturday, October 15
Hockey Night in Hartford is 45 days away and counting. Whalers Sports & Entertainment president and COO Howard Baldwin, Jr. announced today that tickets for the gala Opening Night October 15th, and all individual game tickets for the Connecticut Whale’s upcoming 2011-12 American Hockey League season, presented by the Connecticut Lottery, will go on sale this Saturday, September 3 at 10:00 AM.
(editor’s note – All of the special features in what will make this a world-class opening night will be released at a later date).
“The countdown for the Connecticut Whale’s first full season is underway,” Baldwin, Jr. said. “Are your Whale tickets on ice?”
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged American Hockey League, Beluga whale, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Connecticut, Connecticut Whale, Hartford Connecticut, Howard Baldwin, Howard Baldwin Jr., XL Center
MARCH 26 WHALE HOME GAME TO BE “HOWE FAMILY NIGHT”
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Entire Howe Family to be Saluted with Banner-raising;
First 2,000 Fans to Receive Commemorative Howe Program
HARTFORD, March 3, 2011: Whalers Sports and Entertainment president and COO Howard Baldwin Jr. announced today that the Connecticut Whale’s home game Saturday, March 26 at the XL Center will feature a “Howe Family Night” celebration, honoring the great Gordie Howe, his sons, Marty and Mark, and late wife, Colleen. The Whale take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers that night in a 7:00 PM GEICO Connecticut Cup game.
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale, Hartford Whalers, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged AHL, Colleen Howe, Connecticut Whale, Gordie Howe, Hartford Whalers, Howard Baldwin, Howard Baldwin Jr., Mark Howe, Marty Howe, NHL, United States Hockey Hall of Fame, XL Center
By Bruce Berlet
The untimely Arctic Invasion on Saturday aside, the historic “Harvest-Properties.com Whalers Hockey Fest 2011” proved quite the bonanza for fans, hockey and Whalers Sports and Entertainment.
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale, ECHL, Greenville Road Warriors, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged AHL, American Hockey League, Binghamton Senators, Boston Bruins, Colleen Howe, Connecticut Whale, Dave Liffiton, Hartford Whalers, Howard Baldwin, Howard Baldwin Jr., Maxime Sauve, Michael Hutchinson, Providence Bruins, Rentschler Field, Rick Ley, Syracuse Crunch, Wade Redden, Whalers Hockey Fest, World Hockey Association, XL Center
By: Bruce Berlet
WHALE BOWL WILL BREAK AHL ATTENDANCE RECORD
More than 22,500 tickets have been sold for Whale Bowl, the highlight of the “Harvest-Properties.com Whalers Hockey Fest 2011” at Rentschler Field, assuring the Whale will break the AHL attendance record. A record 21,508 watched the host Syracuse Crunch beat the Binghamton Senators 2-1 at the New York State Fairgrounds on Feb. 20, 2010.
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale, Hartford Whalers, Hockey, NHL, Sports
Tagged American Hockey League, Boston Bruins, Bruce Berlet, Hartford Whalers, Howard Baldwin Jr., Jeff Brubaker, Lyndon Byers, Mark Janssens, National Hockey League, Rentschler Field, Ronald McDonald House Charities, sport, Syracuse Crunch, WhaleBowl, Whalers Hockey Fest, WhalersSports, Yvon Corriveau
By Bruce Berlet
EAST HARTFORD, CT. – Howard Baldwin resembled a father with a new son.
It seemed so appropriate considering he and son Howard Jr., former New England Whalers center Garry Swain and Connecticut Whale mascot Pucky christened the new rink in Rentschler Field with a ceremonial first skate and puck drop, signifying the official opening of the historic “Harvest-Properties.com Whalers Hockey Fest.”
Posted in AHL, College Hockey, Connecticut Whale, ECHL, Hartford Whalers, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged American Hockey League, Bruce Berlet, Connecticut, ECHL, Garry Swain, Hartford Whalers, Hartford Wolf Pack, Howard Baldwin, Howard Baldwin Jr., New England, New England Whalers, NHL, Pucky, Syracuse Crunch, World Hockey Association