The sea was angry that day my friends.
… The Rangers brass is en route to Hartford as we speak for the press conference that will confirm the stories in the Hartford Courant, that former Whalers owner Howard Baldwin will assume control of the AHL Wolf Pack.
He does not own the team, but he will run it, and his plan is to increase attendance and popularity in an attempt to bring the NHL back to Hartford. Included in that plan is the changeover — in mid-season, mind you — to a new name (Connecticut Whale), with new colors, logos and uniforms.
This does not change the Rangers’ relationship with the team at all … at least not yet.
Strike up the Brass Bonanza!
Here’s the AP story:
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – The former owner of the Hartford Whalers is expected to announce that he is taking control of the city’s minor league hockey team.
Howard Baldwin has called a news conference for Monday evening with officials from the AHL and the Hartford Wolf Pack.
The Hartford Courant reported Sunday that Baldwin plans to change the name of the Rangers affiliate to the Connecticut Whale.
Baldwin runs Whalers Sports & Entertainment which is trying to generate enough support for hockey in Hartford to convince the NHL that the city deserves a team. He has said that increasing attendance at the AHL games is an important part of that plan.