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A MESSAGE FROM THE CTWHALE OWNERS

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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.

Sincerely,

Howard Baldwin, Chairman/CEO

Howard Baldwin, Jr., President/COO

Whalers Sports & Entertainment/Connecticut Whale

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MARCH 10th – A NIGHT TO REMEMBER

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SPOTLIGHT: MELROSE PICKS

Bruce BerletBy Bruce Berlet

Former NHL player and coach Barry Melrose has always been an entertaining personality and a straight shooter as an ESPN hockey analyst.

Not surprisingly, Melrose picked two former Hartford Whalers as the greatest power forwards in NHL history. Melrose’s criteria was the candidate has to be a frontline player, very physical and has to fight. He’s not just a big guy who is a very good player who scores but is a big, mean, nasty, physical, tough guy to play against. Melrose’s picks have a lot of goals and penalty minutes and are the type of guy the other team didn’t like to play against.

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EX-RANGERS AMONG CT HOCKEY HOF INDUCTEES

CTHOCKEYHALLOFFAMENEW CLASS OF 2012 INDUCTEES REVEALED FOR CT HOCKEY HALL OF FAME

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Seven New Hall of Famers to be Honored during March 10 CT Whale Home Game

Whalers Sports & Entertainment and the CT Hockey Hall of Fame today announced the seven inductees who have been selected to form the new 2012 class of enshrinees to the CT Hockey Hall of Fame.  The newly-selected hall of famers will be honored at the Connecticut Whale’s March 10 home game at the XL Center vs. the Norfolk Admirals, which will be “CT Hockey Hall of Fame Night”.

The seven new CT Hockey Hall of Fame inductees are:

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DON MALONEY TO PLAY IN DANBURY – SORT OF

Danbury WhalersThe Danbury Whalers are proud to announce the signing of forward Don Maloney, Jr. The 23-year-old from New York City is entering his second professional season, having played for the Central Hockey League‘s Arizona Sundogs and the East Coast Hockey League’s Las Vegas Wranglers.

Whalers fans will recognize his name as his father, Don Maloney, played 13 seasons in the NHL with the New York Rangers (11 years) and 38 games in the 78-79 season with the New Haven Knight Hawks. Currently Don Maloney is the General Manger of the Phoenix Coyotes.

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CT HOCKEY HALL OF FAME OPENS MARCH 10th AT THE XL CENTER

Connecticut WhaleCT HOCKEY HALL OF FAME NIGHT

MARCH 10 at WHALE HOME GAME

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2012 Inductees to be Honored

BY: Bob Crawford, Voice of the Connecticut Whale

Whalers Sports & Entertainment announced today that the Connecticut Whale and the CT Hockey Hall of Fame will partner to hold a CT Hockey Hall of Fame night at the Whale’s home game at the XL Center Saturday, March 10 vs. the Norfolk Admirals.

That night will mark the enshrinement of a new class of 2012 inductees into the CT Hockey Hall of Fame, which has adopted eight members from the storied Hartford Whalers Hall of Fame.  There will be an induction ceremony before the game, which faces off at 7:00 PM on March 10, and the new inductees will also be recognized on the ice during the first intermission.

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SPOTLIGHT: ALL-STAR GAME

Bruce Berlet 7BY: Bruce Berlet

Congratulations to Connecticut Whale forwards Jonathan Audy-Marchessault and Mats Zuccarello on being named Wednesday to the Eastern Conference team for the AHL All-Star Classic on Jan. 29-30 in Atlantic City, N.J.

Audy-Marchessault, a rookie who has performed well at center and wing after originally being signed for Greenville of the ECHL, is second on the Northeast Division-leading Whale in scoring with 30 points (12 goals, 18 assists) despite going pointless in his first five pro games. He’s one point behind veteran center Kris Newbury (13 goals, 18 assists), who has missed five games while with the parent New York Rangers and four because of a suspension.

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SPOTLIGHT: KEVIN DINEEN

Bruce Berlet 7BY: Bruce Berlet

Former Hartford Whalers star right wing and captain Kevin Dineen is certainly in the running for NHL Coach of the Year, after what he has done with the Florida Panthers in his first season behind an NHL bench.

Well, Dineen earned more kudos from his upstart team on Saturday, when he decided to have his South Division-leading Panthers practice outdoors in Central Park as a treat after earning three of four points with a shutout win in Boston on Thursday night and overtime loss in Buffalo on Friday night, before facing the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night.

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SPOTLIGHT: MARK HOWE

Bruce Berlet 7BY: Bruce Berlet

Though three of the four inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday night played with the hometown Toronto Maple Leafs, it was former New England and Hartford Whalers left wing/defenseman Mark Howe who stole the show.

Leading a quartet of greats to the podium that also included goalie Ed Belfour and forwards Joe Nieuwendyk and Doug Gilmour, Howe ended his five-minute speech by fulfilling a request of his Hall of Fame father, Gordie “Mr. Hockey” Howe. Not long after Mark retired in 1995 following a 21-year pro career that ended with the Detroit Red Wings, for whom his dad started his record 32-year run, Gordie told his son he had had just one unfulfilled wish.

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BALDWIN UNVEILS PLANS FOR DOWNTOWN HARTFORD TO BRING BACK THE NHL

Bob CrawfordBY: BOB CRAWFORD, Voice of the Connecticut Whale

BALDWIN UNVEILS PLANS FOR DOWNTOWN HARTFORD

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Includes Renovation of XL Center and Revitalization of Trumbull Streetscape as Dining and Entertainment Destination

Whalers Sports & Entertainment (WSE) chairman and CEO Howard Baldwin today unveiled his ambitious “New England Sports & Entertainment (NESE)” plans to use hockey to revitalize downtown Hartford.  Baldwin detailed the plans at the Metro Hartford Alliance’s “Rising Star Breakfast” at the Bushnell.

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