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Connecticut-Whale_thumb4_thumb_thumb VERSUS    Portland

If a movie producer was pitching a film to a studio about this past weekend’s Connecticut Whale games they’d likely say that it was equally part “Slap Shot,” part “Night of the Living Dead and a measure of “Sybil” or “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.”

Knowing Whale head coach Ken Gernander, he  is probably more interested in seeing the, “Coming Attractions.” But for the Whale players, they completed their blockbuster three-games in three-days weekend to good reviews for their performance in their Sunday afternoon matinee, a 4-2 win over the Atlantic Division leading Portland Pirates at the XL Center in front of 4,321. Continue reading

FROM THE CREASE with Bruce Berlet

bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

He shared the goal-scoring lead in the first season the New England Whalers became the Hartford Whalers and joined the National Hockey League.

He and future Hall of Famer Ron Francis seemed to pull off “The Detroit Play” at the most opportune moment, helping lead to two of his four 50-goal seasons being in the NHL.

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By Bruce Berlet

Steve Carlson is part of the answer to one of the great trivia questions in sports history.

Who are the two players to be on the same team as Gordie “Mr. Hockey” Howe and Wayne “The Great One” Gretzky?

Amazingly, both played for the World Hockey Association’s New England Whalers. You have one answer, so what’s the other?

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