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FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

Gordie Howe might be “Mr. Hockey” in the sporting world, but Howard Baldwin has held a similar title in Hartford seemingly forever.

Oh, there was about a two-decade sabbatical from the Insurance City that included the start of a filmmaking business in Hollywood that still consumes some of his time, though more of wife Karen.

But Baldwin returned to Connecticut about two years ago intent on reviving the pro hockey market in Hartford and bringing the NHL back to a city that he steadfastly believes it never should have left.

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FROM THE CREASE with Bruce Berlet

bruce mug shot 1By 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.

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WHALE LOOK TO MAKE TWO POINTS AND COME UP SHORT ON BOTH

Connecticut Whale VERSUS  Providence

“It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” The start to Charles Dickens, The Tale of Two Cities.

It’s so cliché to use it to describe anything these days, but it truly did describe Saturday’s Whale Bowl at Rentscheler Field that saw the Connecticut Whale’s three game winning streak stopped via a skills competition shootout 5-4 in front of, what will go down in the record books anyway, an AHL record 21,673.

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PUBLIC SKATE AT THE RENT

PUBLIC SKATE TO CONCLUDE OUTDOOR HARVEST-PROPERTIES.COM WHALERS HOCKEY FEST ON FEBRUARY 22

Last Event of Historic 13-day Outdoor Hockey Celebration at Rentschler Field

Connecticut WhaleHartford, CT – Whalers Sports and Entertainment announced today that the historic Harvest-Properties.com Whalers Hockey Fest 2011 will triumphantly conclude with a public skate held at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. on Tuesday, February 22.

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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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FROM THE CREASE with Bruce Berlet

bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

EAST HARTFORD, CT. – All that was missing were the strains of “The Stripper” reverberating through empty Rentschler Field.

Connecticut Whale rookie defenseman Tomas Kundratek lost the team’s practice-ending shootout Tuesday, and on this day, that meant having to impersonate Michael Ontkean, aka Ned Braden, in the signature scene from the slapstick comedy “Slap Shot.”

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HANSONS SPEAK

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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FROM THE CREASE with Bruce Berlet

bruce mug shot 1By: 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.

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FOILING COACH

Whale Bowl“THE HANSON BROTHERS” TO APPEAR AT OUTDOOR HARVEST-PROPERTIES.COM WHALE BOWL FEBRUARY 19

Famed Characters to Join Whaler Squad for Legends Game Prior to Outdoor AHL Battle between the CT Whale and Providence Bruins at Rentschler Field

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HEY STEWART…YOU _____!!!

CaptureRENOWNED REFEREE PAUL STEWART TO OFFICIATE LEGENDS GAME AT OUTDOOR HARVEST-PROPERTIES.COM WHALE BOWL FEBRUARY 19

Legends Game Precedes Outdoor AHL Battle between the CT Whale and Providence Bruins at Rentschler Field

Hartford, CT – Whalers Sports and Entertainment announced today that famed former NHL referee Paul Stewart will officiate during the Hartford Whalers legends vs. Boston Bruins legends game February 19, 2011 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.

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