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Bruce Berlet 7BY: Bruce Berlet

Howard Baldwin is the “Godfather of Professional Hockey in Hartford” on several fronts, spanning nearly four decades.

First, Baldwin became one of the youngest executive in professional sports when he was a founder and partner of the World Hockey Association’s New England Whalers at the age of 28 in 1971. The Whalers franchise won the WHA’s first AVCO World Cup championship in 1973 and then relocated from Boston a year later to try to find its own identity away from the NHL’s Boston Bruins, in its own building as a vehicle to revitalize downtown Hartford.

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Danbury Whalers 2

Herm Sorcher, President and GM of the Federal Hockey League’s Danbury Whalers,  announced Thursday that the team had resigned center, Joe Dabkowski  for the 2011-12 season.

Dabkowski, a native of Manchester, Connecticut, was 6th on the team with 11 goals and averaged almost a point a game with 23 points (11 g, 12a) in 26 games.   The 5’10 180 pounder finished 3rd on the team with a 17.2 shooting percentage.  In the playoffs, Dabkowski added a goal and an assist in 5 games vs. New York in the Federal Hockey League’s Semi-Final round.

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FROM THE CREASE with Bruce Berlet

bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

The XL Center could have made some serious money selling programs Tuesday if Connecticut Whale practice was open to the public.

Coach Ken Gernander and assistants J.J. Daignault and Pat Boller were in scramble mode again thanks to a plethora of injuries and illness that had a substitute goalie in one net and two defensemen playing forward with a junior player rehabbing with the Whale after offseason shoulder surgery.

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