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This Friday, November 4th at 7:35 PM, the Danbury Whalers are back in action at the Danbury Ice Arena as they take on the Brooklyn Aviators.

Last season the Aviators knocked the DW’s out of the playoffs in overtime of the final game in the Best of 5 Series.

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Danbury WhalersDanbury Whalers vs. Cape Cod Bluefins on 10/29/11 Has Been Rescheduled for Sunday, December 4th at 7:35 PM

The Danbury Whalers have announced that the game with the Cape Cod Bluefins on 10/29/11 which was postponed due to inclement weather has been rescheduled for Sunday, December 4th at 7:35 PM.

Fans who purchased tickets for the game on 10/29 will have their tickets honored for this game. If you cannot attend the makeup date, your tickets will be honored for another game, subject to availability.

Normally, the Danbury Whalers Sunday game time is at 5 pm. The reason for this later start time is so as not to compete with the National Football League schedule. On December 4th, the Jets are on the road at 1 pm and the Giants are at home at 4 pm. The Patriots play in the Sunday night game at 8:30 pm vs. the Colts.

For further information on this game, contact the Danbury Whalers at 973-713-7547 or email Herm Sorcher at hsorcher@thedanburywhalers.com


The AHL transactions page has the news that Brendan Bell has been returned to the Connecticut Whale from the NY Rangers. Bell, 6’1, 205 pounds from Ottawa, Ontario Canada, played in one game for the Blueshirts this season and did not register any points or PIM and was a minus-1.

Meanwhile in the FHL, sources indicate that the Danbury Whalers have traded for defenseman Paul Arnott, a very popular player with the team last season. Arnott, a Holly, Michigan native, had two goals and seven assists in 25 games in The Hat City last season.

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Give Herm Sorcher and the boys credit for producing entertainment…Okay, Herm won’t be getting an Emmy nomination any time soon, but this is the beauty of minor league hockey…it’s all about having a good time.

Put me down for two…

You gotta sell the tickets…


BY: Brittany Burke

It is the goal of any minor league team to provide affordable entertainment and game-day experiences for the fans, while also acting as a platform for athletes to move up within the world of professional sports. The Danbury Whalers, a Level-A hockey club playing in the new Federal Hockey League, is doing just that.

While it is the goal of members of the Greenville Road Warriors ECHL team to make their way to Hartford to be a part of the Connecticut Whale, the AHL Whale prospects are continuously vying for the opportunity to fulfill their childhood dreams by making it to the NHL with one of the Original Six teams, the New York Rangers.

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BY: Brittany Burke

Both the NHL and AHL seasons are underway and that means the start of the 2011-2012 FHL season is just days away. Soon familiar faces will be joined by some new ones as both take to the ice at the Danbury Ice Arena with the hope of wearing a Danbury Whalers sweater on Thursday, October 27th at 7:30 for opening night of the FHL’s sophomore season.

In the meantime, the Whalers’ organization has been quite busy creating exciting events to raise team awareness as well as reward the Whalers’ faithful for what is sure to be a monumental season ahead.

An appetizer for Whalers’ fans will be a player Meet and Greet event at Buffalo Wild Wings (26 Backus Avenue in Danbury) the night before the start of training camp on Thursday, October 20th. Fans will have a chance to rub elbows with their favorite players and meet the team hopefuls from 7-9pm. This is a very popular event which was heavily attended last season so the team has request that fans RSVP with team President, Herm Sorcher.

One of the things that make this brand of minor league hockey is how fast things move. Just two days after the Buffalo Wild Wings party, the fans will open their exhibition season with a game on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. against the Cape Cod Bluefins.

The game will be played at the Patsy Dilungo Arena/Veterans Memorial Ice Rink in East Haven, Connecticut just five days before opening night. It is the last time fans have the chance to see what the players can do before the start of the regular season.

The Whalers will also host a pasta dinner at the Mad Hatter on Ives Street in Danbury on Wednesday Oct. 26. The meal will also feature all the members of the organization the night prior to the home opener. It’s an all-you-can-eat pasta party, and as a special addition General Manager, Keith Lombard Jr. is going to take on the Mad Hatter pizza challenge, finishing all 36-inches of the Danbury Whalers Whale of a Pizza.

It’s been a long off season, but the team and organization is doing its best to get the fans involved and excited for what is certain to be a Whale of a season…


32952This past week, the Danbury Whalers organization received horrible news. Danbury Whalers player Aaron Alto, a recent participant in the 2nd Annual Green & White game, and a contracted player for the upcoming season passed away in a tragic work related accident.

Below are the words of Danbury Whalers Head Coach / Director of Hockey Operations Phil Esposito, followed by the obituary from his local paper.

From Phil Esposito…

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BY: Brittany Burke

The Danbury Whalers of the Federal Hockey League have officially announced the signing of forward, Nick Deschenes.

The Whalers President, partner and CFO, Alan Friedman announced the major signing today at the Danbury Ice Arena, with just a little over five weeks until the puck drops on Thursday, Oct. 7.

Deschenes will be pulling double duty on the team, both as a forward and the team’s assistant coach, helping Head Coach Phil Esposito.

This isn’t the first stint in Connecticut for the Canadian born hockey player; he attended Yale University in New Haven, Conn., in the late 90’s, serving as a Bull dog from 1999-2003. While at Yale, Deschenes scored 36 goals in 114 games.

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Getting a position is professional sports is like trying to get a straight answer from a scandal ridden politician…next to impossible.

Well, there are a few ways to get in to the industry…

1) Be related to someone who works in it
2) Have some compromising pictures of someone in a hierarchy
3) Start as an intern

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BY: Brittany Burke

Last Friday night and despite it being the end of summer with the heat sitting still in the muggy air, droves of cars fill a Cromwell parking lot with boys and men a like filing out holding what could be mistaken for football bags (the sport of the upcoming season) but as they head toward the Champions Skating Center it is apparent that football pads are the last thing to fill their duffels.

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