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  1. OK class….time for some ancient history.

    Some misconception about Connecticut,the New Haven Nighthawks, and the Hartford Whalers. Note the term
    “Whalers” not Whale. there never was a Hartford Whale.
    They first saw life as the NEW ENGLAND WHALERS,and originated in Boston of all places.in the old WHL ..the upstart new pro league. ( And there was some really great hockey played in that old league prior to NHL incorporation.) The Birmingham Bulls had a dynamite team( many of them winding up with the Flyers in Philly.)

    But I digress…( as I am wont to do), and you must recall that the Nighthawks operating out of New Haven were a farm club of the Islanders. In fact guys like Nystrom and Gary Howatt, several of those eventual Isles, made their bones in New Haven prior to their 4 years reign.

    The Whalers were brought to Hartford under Baldwin, and they were an immediate fan favorite with the Hartford team, but kept the name.Whalers. you know,those hard bitten New Englanders who braved the briny searching forwhales forthe oil that kept the lamps lit all over the country such as it was back then. ( If you haven’t read Moby Dick by Melville ( or seen the film) you should. Now in Mystic Connecticut is the last of the old Whaling ships on display just as it was back in the 1840s, and it brought back reportedly the most whales in history. If you want a pleasant visit and not go too far from home, take a visit to Mystic and visit the village there…your kids will love it. That ship;s name is the Charles W Morgan.

    Much whaling sailed out of Nantucket also, as well as New Bedford Mass. A “Nantucket Sleigh Ride was when a hardy tar slammed a huge harpoon into a whale, and as can be imagined the whale expressed great indignation at such effrontery and took off at top speed draggin the dory that the harpooneers were in with him. (What a thrill – ya hadda be there.)

    But that’s the historical element and connection..the Whalers had great uniforms. Bright green and white trim, with the combined W and the Fluke ( tail) of the whale as their icon. I still think they were among the sharpest and
    sedate shirts to match the Leafs and Wings. Two colors, no extravagant and silly diagonal slashes all over breaking up the outline and actually camouflaging the shirts of the skaters.

    I’d love to see the Whalers sharpen their “poons” again, even in the AHL ( actually where they belonged.)

    And yes Brass Bonanza unique and unforgettable, and it used to drive the opposition nuts after every goal for, and their entry out on the ice. I was a Whalers fan, but when Rangers came to town I had to let the Whalers go.

    And the greatest goal I ever saw scored was against the Whalers by Mike Bossy. An almost impossible shot. And it was an overtime killer. Greg Millen was the goal tender for the Whalers if I recall correctly.

  2. Wow, fran! That may have been your most awesome post yet!!

    To recap from some earlier posts:

    ARGH! I made the seas reference first but I messed up! I said dangerous, not angry! I still think I should get half credit for being “first” on that.

    4ever, I have to say, I really respect your post about Drury. Very well put. That said….:)

  3. Has official name been stated yet? All reports say the Connecticut whale, but the shirt in that link says whalers. PLEASE let it be the whalers!!! The whale is just LAME.


    best of luck on your big move. Keep us up to date.

  4. btw, sorry for a bit off topic, but congrats to me, I’m a great aunt! Yes, even at 26 :)

    My best friend’s daughter, who is my namesake fyi, and considers me her “auntie laurel” (her siblings do, too, always have, always will, I love it) had a healthy baby boy last night!

    And now my best friend is a grandma!

    Your “family” in life is what you make of it. Remember that, all. Thanks for letting me share my happy news with this “family.”

    P.S. Grandmom is a Blackhawks fan…and they may move back there from Vegas. May be tough for me when the tot gets older. Any advice on how to turn an out-of-town babe into a Ranger fan!!

  5. Congratulations Laurel on the new additions! I love this place, all of us being Rangers family!

    Best of luck on your move Mickey!

    How to turn her into a Rangers fan? Seriously? One picture of Henrik with very few clothes on ought to do the trick :)

  6. Olga Folkyerself on

    Mama- Better to ask Grandmom how Sather can turn the Rangers into Stanley Cup Champions like the Black Hawks.

    5… 4… 3… 2… 1… Hi greg!

  7. Good luck, Mickey.

    CR, did I miss any news from your vet visit?

    Congrats, Mama.

    Good evening, Sally!

    Whew, I feel like Phil Rizzuto. Any birthdays?

  8. Carp, Im very emotional right now watching the Yankees memorial. So I want to take this time to thank you once again for giving me the opportunity to continue posting here, though both you and I know that my past actions should have forfeited those rights.

    I truly thank you Carp, and all of you for your concern for myself and my pet. Tiki is terrific. She’s resting at home – on my favorite pillow :) – and Pathology tests will be back in a week.

    RIP George M. Steinbrenner III.

  9. CR, the baby is a he. I dunno, maybe Hank will work, but won’t know that for a while :)

    Olga, I KNEW you’d respond to that! Hugh, sit her down! I’m gonna make this baby bleed blue!!!!

    Thanks Carp. It’s somebody’s birthday somewhere :)

  10. CR, you are a bonehead, through and through my friend. and not just a loon! (inside joke between me and CR) enjoy tonight…tiki home and good, and the memorial :)

  11. Hugo Folkyerself on

    Mama, I could have Mother talk to her, but I don’t think Carp would like to see her on the blog…

  12. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Chris Drury is the only player for whom $230 gloves are not good enough!!

    …I see some Chuck Norris potential here.

  13. wicky (Our D is SOFT and give Prust an A!!!!) on

    couple of quick things….

    good luck and you need to let me know where you end up and if I can help with anything!

    Someone posted a few threads back about NHL network showing a ton of pre season games, well i don’t see them on my guide. It is all playoff repeats! Elaborate please! Little help??

  14. MY face is turningred from your kind words. My only intention was to nring a bit of hjistorical reality into the old WHL connection with the NHL, and to clear up any misconceptions about the Whalers. Now I ask you…how many teams in the NHL would have had the entire roof of their stadium fall into the arena crushing everything and all from heavily accumulated snow, then have the team have to go 40 miles north into Mass ( Springfield), to practices and scheduled games and then HAVE THEIR FANS FOLLOW THEM NORTH EACH GAME DATE, by forming a caravan northbound on I-91, and called itself the I-91 Club. They were great fans, just a ration of more of them would have saved the franchise,( perhaps).

  15. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    September 20th, 2010 at 8:06 pm
    Good lucks Torts…Drury only wears gloves handcrafted from the finest donut leather.

    98% of Drury’s gloves are crafted out of the finest recycled mouthguard plastic that money can by, chewed by the mouth of an $8million dollar professional not to be named.

  16. wicky (Our D is SOFT and give Prust an A!!!!) on

    it doesn’t say anything about the game in quebec city though??

  17. #20 Jack Egers, Todd “Heartbeat” Harvey, and the X Man, Jan Erixon. If only his back held up, the “X Man” could have been on the 94 cup team.

  18. Mias Willl Folkyerself on

    Just watching the Yankees. It looks like an awful lot of fans wearing blue upholstery, especially for the most important series of the year.

    Is attendance always that bad?

  19. Olga Folkyerself on

    Yeah, Mother rarely makes an appearance in public. But when she does, it is usually the end of the conversation.

  20. Hugh Jess Folkyerself on

    Not Here in Chicago! Black Hawks have another hour to practice. That’s why we’re Champions…

  21. Hi Ogie. Buy you a soda after the game? on

    Aren’t the Netherlands that place you can get kicked in really hurts and can cause you never to father children? Ja?

  22. >>Just out of curiosity, where is Old Zealand?

    It’s probably on the same continent as Old York and Old Guinea.

  23. Midas Will Folkyerself on

    I had an Uncle Pete, he committed suicide. Last I knew he was hanging around Endicott somewhere.

  24. Hi Ogie. Buy you a soda after the game? on

    Yea; Uncle Pete played for the Akron Guineas of the furry rodent league from 68 – 73…

  25. Wait everyone! I have an hour before dinner. What did I miss? A broken finger already? Did he break it while ringing someone’s door bell while delivering his pizza?
    Joking aside, I think Drury will be missed if he isn’t in the lineup for extended period of time.

    Olga, I was wondering what Mother thinks about Sather? Let me guess: FIRE isnt the word she uses.

  26. Olga Folkyerself on

    Ilb!!!!! It was getting lonely here.

    Mother thinks Sather is a %#*&)@)+ who doesn’t know his @$$ from a hole in the ground.

    How’s Zealand treating you?

  27. Bad break for Drury, good break for Stepan and everyone else trying to grab a spot.
    If Stepan’s effort so far translates to the pre-season games it sounds like he is a lock to stick with the big boys.

    This is the first season i’ve been keeping an eye on twitter for hockey updates all day and it makes for a much more insightful training camp – no longer living on scraps of info from the blogs, its on my ipod the second it happens!!

  28. uk, for some reason ive been the same way with more anticipation for this season than in the past. now drury mightve played rw brooks said, so it could help a winger instead of a center, but i sure hope they go with stepan at least for the 9-10 games he has before his contract kicks in.

  29. Ilb – Based on reports so far Aves is having a good camp, hes banged in a few goals and showed he is one of the fitter players. But LW is crowded if Frolov, Prospal and Dubi are all already pencilled in to play there.

    The first cuts happen on the 25th so i imagine by the end of the Saturday afternoon Devils game the roster will have been trimmed down a bit and we’ll have an idea what the depth chart looks like and if anyone is going on Waivers!

  30. it seems with all the attention hes getting that even without drury being out, he was gonna get a shot, its just now grachev has a shot too. im hoping, because i dont wanna see kennedy,fedotenko,white,christensen or boyle on the team. none of them except maybe for christnsen could play on the top line and thats what scares me. if stepan doesnt crack the top 2 lines, hes most likely in hartford.

  31. that tears it!! olga, you and the rest of the boys get over here and drag your friend outta bed and make him go to school and get his chores done. hes never gonna be a good farmer watchin hockey all day long!!

  32. Nice story Fran, but that’s not the story I’ve read about how Hartford got its name. The Hartford team wanted to call themselves the “WHLers” but the league wouldn’t let them. So they inserted the “a” in the middle to come up with the name Whalers.

  33. and wheres your other no good hockey lovin buddies orr, greg, wicky, ilb, linda, tim, and the rest of them?? im gonna have a nice chat with your teacher. whats his name again? mr carpiniello? hes gonna hear it fro m me!

  34. Blocking a shot in training camp. Someone should have told Drury the games don’t matter enough to get in front of a puck this time of year.

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