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A NEW VOICE FOR THE WHALE

Franky(1)FRANK BERRIAN TO BE NEW WHALE P.A. VOICE

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Experienced Radio Vet is also Team’s Community Relations Manager

Whalers Sports & Entertainment (WSE) president and COO Howard Baldwin, Jr. announced today that Frank Berrian will be the new public-address announcer for Connecticut Whale home games at the XL Center.

Berrian also serves the Whale as the team’s Community Relations Manager, coordinating all of the Whale’s community outreach and appearances.  Prior to joining the team’s full-time staff during the 2010-11 season, Berrian was a member of the game-night promotions staff for both the Whale and the Hartford Wolf Pack.

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WHALE OF A PRESEASON SCHEDULE

Connecticut WhaleWHALE ANNOUNCE PRESEASON SCHEDULE

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Includes Three Local Games to Benefit Community Organizations

HARTFORD, CT:  Whalers Sports & Entertainment today announced the Connecticut Whale’s 2011 preseason schedule.  The schedule consists of four total games, three of which will be local home contests.

The Whale open the preseason Tuesday, September 27 at Trinity College’s Koeppel Community Sports Center, with a 7:00 PM game against the Albany Devils.  The Koeppel Community Sports Center is located at 175 New Britain Ave. in Hartford, and the September 27 game is a benefit for the Ryan Gordon/Connecticut Whale Community Scholars Fund, with donations accepted at the door in lieu of an admission charge.  The fund memorializes young fan Ryan Gordon, who passed away in 2006 and asked that a portion of the monies set aside for his college education be donated to the Connecticut Whale Community Foundation.

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FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1BY: Bruce Berlet

Though NHL officials still deny a report the Atlanta Thrashers are about to relocate to Winnipeg, Manitoba, leading to the AHL’s Moose moving to St. John’s, Newfoundland, fans and officials in Atlanta might have already said and heard otherwise.

Only about 200 Thrashers fans showed up Saturday to tailgate outside Philips Arena for the team’s annual “select-a-seat” event held for current and potential season ticket holders to check out the seats, look at the ice and talk about the upcoming NHL draft. And it hardly helped that Harry the Hawk, the mascot of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks that are also owned by the Atlanta Spirit Group, rode up on a scooter, hopped off and handed out high-fives before stopping to put his mouth over the head of a bystanders wearing a Thrashers jersey.

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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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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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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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FROM THE CREASE with Bruce Berlet

bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

CROMWELL, CTJeremy Williams’ first All-Star appearance this week provided several memorable moments, not the least of which was playing center for an extended period for the first since learning to skate on the rink on his family farm in Glenova, Saskatchewan, pop. 600.

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CHIEF DANIELS EXCITED ABOUT WHALE-BOWL

Connecticut WhaleBy Brittany Burke

Whalers alumnus Scott “Chief” Daniels isn’t returning to Hartford this month as just an alum, waiting to take on his former rivals, the Boston Bruins in the Harvest-Properties.com “Whale Bowl”. He is traveling to Hartford to be a player, coach and fan.

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THE MASCOT INCIDENT

WHALERS SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT STATEMENT ON SATURDAY’S MASCOT INCIDENT

Connecticut WhaleHARTFORD, CT: Whalers Sports and Entertainment president and COO Howard Baldwin, Jr. today issued the following statement on the incident at Saturday’s Connecticut Whale game in which Pucky, the Whale’s mascot, was attacked:

“We are extremely thankful that our beloved mascot was not injured, nor were any fans or game staff, as a result of this regrettable action by one individual of a great crowd of nearly 12,000 fans.  We are also very grateful to the terrific XL Center arena staff, and the Hartford Police, for their swift and appropriate action in apprehending the offending party and barring that individual from future XL Center events.  While we are confident that this was an isolated incident, we will continue to work diligently with our XL Center partners to ensure that the safety of our fans and staff is never compromised during a Whale game.”

The AHL’s CT Whale is operated by Whalers Sports and Entertainment, a Hartford-based sports marketing and event firm founded by Howard Baldwin.  The team is the top player-development affiliate of the NHL’s New York Rangers.

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WHALE BOWL UPDATE

Whale Bowl“SAM’S RACE FOR A PLACE” NAMED OFFICIAL CHARITY OF OUTDOOR HARVEST-PROPERTIES.COM WHALERS HOCKEY FEST 2011

Kingswood-Oxford Student’s Fund-raising Effort Benefits Ronald McDonald House

Hartford, CT –  Whalers Sports and Entertainment president and COO Howard Baldwin, Jr. announced today that “Sam’s Race for a Place” has been chosen as the official charity of the Outdoor Harvest-Properties.com Whalers Hockey Fest 2011 at Rentschler Field.

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