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Encyclopedia > Hartford Whalers
Hartford Whalers
Founded 1972
History New England Whalers
1972 - 1979
Hartford Whalers
1979 - 1997
Carolina Hurricanes
1997 - Present
Home Arena Hartford Civic Center
City Hartford, Connecticut
Colors Navy, Green and Silver
Avco World Trophy 1972-73
Division Championships 1972-73, 1973-74, 1974-75, 1986-87

The Hartford Whalers were an American professional ice hockey team based in Hartford, Connecticut. Known as the New England Whalers when they were members of the World Hockey Association (WHA) from 1972-79, the club played in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1979-97. In 1997, the Whalers franchise was moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, where it became the Carolina Hurricanes. The 1972-73 WHA season was the first regular season of the now defunct World Hockey Association (WHA). ... The Carolina Hurricanes are a professional ice hockey team based in Raleigh, North Carolina. ... The Hartford Civic Center is a sports and convention complex located in Hartford, Connecticut, USA owned by the City of Hartford and operated by Madison Square Garden Connecticut under contract with the Connecticut Development Authority. ... Hartford redirects here. ... The 1972-73 WHA season was the first regular season of the now defunct World Hockey Association (WHA). ... The 1972-73 WHA season was the first regular season of the now defunct World Hockey Association (WHA). ... The 1973-74 WHA season was the second season of the now defunct World Hockey Association. ... World Hockey Association logo The 1974-75 WHA season was the second season of the now defunct World Hockey Association. ... The 1986-87 NHL season was the 70th season of the National Hockey League. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... Hartford redirects here. ... WHA redirects here. ... NHL redirects here. ... For other uses of this name, see Raleigh. ... The Carolina Hurricanes are a professional ice hockey team based in Raleigh, North Carolina. ...

Arenas: Boston Arena, Boston Garden, The Big E Coliseum, Springfield Civic Center and Hartford Civic Center
Uniform colors: Green, Black, White (1972-1975); Green, Gold, White (1975-1979); Green, Blue & White (1979-1992); Navy, Green and Silver (1992-1997)

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Matthews Arena, located in Boston, Massachusetts, is the worlds oldest indoor hockey arena. ... The Boston Garden was a famous arena built in 1928 in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Eastern States Coliseum is a 5,900-seat multi-purpose arena in West Springfield, Massachusetts, built in 1926. ... The MassMutual Center is a 7,444-seat multi-purpose arena in Springfield, Massachusetts. ... The Hartford Civic Center is a sports and convention complex located in Hartford, Connecticut, USA owned by the City of Hartford and operated by Madison Square Garden Connecticut under contract with the Connecticut Development Authority. ...

The WHA days

New England Whalers logo 1972-1979
New England Whalers logo 1972-1979

The Whalers franchise was born in November 1971 when the World Hockey Association awarded a franchise to New England businessmen Howard Baldwin, John Coburn, Godfrey Wood, and William E. Barnes, to begin play in Boston. The team began auspiciously, signing former Detroit Red Wing star Tom Webster, hard rock Boston Bruins' defenseman Ted Green (the team's inaugural captain), Toronto Maple Leafs' defensemen Rick Ley, Jim Dorey, and Brad Selwood, and former Pittsburgh Penguins' goaltender Al Smith. New England also signed an unusually large number of American players including Massachusetts natives and former US Olympic hockey team members Larry Pleau (who had been a regular with the Montreal Canadiens the previous season), Kevin Ahearn, John Cunniff and Paul Hurley. Two other ex-US Olympians on the Whalers roster (Minnesotans Timothy Sheehy and Tommy Williams) had spent a significant part of their respective careers in Boston with Boston College and the Bruins, respectively. The Whalers would have the WHA's best regular-season record in the 1972-73 WHA season, with Webster leading the team in scoring and rampaging through the playoffs, and behind legendary ex-Boston University coach Jack Kelley, would win the inaugural Avco World Trophy, the WHA championship. See also: 1970 in sports, other events of 1971, 1972 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Richard Petty won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Richard Petty Indianapolis 500 - Al Unser, Sr. ... WHA redirects here. ... This article is about the region in the United States of America. ... Howard Baldwin is an American entrepreneur and film producer. ... John Coburn (1925 - 7 November 2006) was an Australian painter. ... Boston redirects here. ... The Detroit Red Wings are a professional ice hockey team based in Detroit, Michigan. ... Tom Webster (born October 4, 1948 in Kirkland Lake, Ontario) is a retired former professional ice hockey player and coach. ... The Boston Bruins are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Defence (defense in the U.S.A.) in hockey is a player position with a primary responsibility to prevent the opposing team from scoring goals. ... Theodore Terrible Ted Green (born March 23, 1940 in Eriksdale, Manitoba) was a professional hockey defenseman for the NHL Boston Bruins and the WHA New England Whalers and Winnipeg Jets, notable for his hard rock play. ... In ice hockey each team has a designated captain. ... For other uses, see Toronto Maple Leafs (disambiguation). ... Rick Ley (born November 2, 1948 in Orillia, Ontario) was a professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League (NHL) and World Hockey Association (WHA). ... Jim Dorey (born August 17, 1947 in Kingston, Ontario) is a retired former professional ice hockey player who played over 650 professional games in the National Hockey League and World Hockey Association. ... Brad Wayne Selwood (born March 18, 1948 in Leamington, Ontario) is the current Head Coach and General Manager of the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League. ... The Pittsburgh Penguins are a professional ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... This article is about the goaltender in ice hockey. ... Al Smith (born November 10, 1945 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a retired Canadian ice hockey goaltender. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Larry Pleau (Born June 29, 1947 in Boston, MA) is the current General Manager of the St. ... The Montreal Canadiens (French: ) are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... Kevin Ahearn (born June 20, 1948 in Milton, Massachusetts) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played 78 games in the World Hockey Association with the New England Whalers in 1972-73. ... John Cunniff (9 July 1944, 10 May 2002) was an American NHL hockey coach. ... Paul Michael Hurley (born July 12, 1946 in Melrose, Massachusetts) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played 311 games in the World Hockey Association and 1 game in the National Hockey League between 1969 and 1977. ... Tim Sheehy played high school hockey for International Falls, MN. He later played for the World Hosckey Associations New England Whalers. ... For other persons named Tom Williams, see Tom Williams (disambiguation). ... For similarly-named academic institutions, see Education in Boston, MA. Boston College (BC) is a private research university located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, in the New England region of the United States. ... The 1972-73 WHA season was the first regular season of the now defunct World Hockey Association (WHA). ... For the similarly named institution in Chestnut Hill, see Boston College. ... Avco World Trophy The Avco World Trophy was the championship trophy of the original World Hockey Association (1972-1979). ...


For the first 2½ years of their existence, the Whalers played home games at the Boston Arena, Boston Garden, and The Big E Coliseum in West Springfield. However, with sagging attendance related to the ebbing of the early 1970s hockey boom in the Boston area, ownership decided to move the franchise to Connecticut, an area which, except for various minor league teams in New Haven, had been largely bereft of pro hockey. The Whalers' ownership group was attracted to the city of Hartford. With many large corporations and an area rich in hockey tradition, Hartford was seen as a natural choice. Matthews Arena, located in Boston, Massachusetts, is the worlds oldest indoor hockey arena. ... The Boston Garden was a famous arena built in 1928 in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Eastern States Coliseum is a 5,900-seat multi-purpose arena in West Springfield, Massachusetts, built in 1926. ... West Springfield may refer to: West Springfield, Massachusetts West Springfield, Virginia This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... Official language(s) none (de facto English) Capital Hartford Largest city Bridgeport[2] Largest metro area Hartford Metro Area[3] Area  Ranked 48th in the US  - Total 5,543[4] sq mi (14,356 km²)  - Width 70 miles (113 km)  - Length 110 miles (177 km)  - % water 12. ... New Haven redirects here. ...


On January 11, 1975, the team played its first game in front of a sellout crowd at the Hartford Civic Center Coliseum. With the exception of a period in the late 1970s when the Whalers played at the Springfield Civic Center while the Hartford Civic Center was being renovated (due to the collapse of a portion of its roof after a blizzard), the franchise was located in Hartford until it relocated to North Carolina in 1997. is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... World Hockey Association logo The 1974-75 WHA season was the second season of the now defunct World Hockey Association. ... The Hartford Civic Center Coliseum is an indoor arena in Hartford, Connecticut. ... The MassMutual Center is a 7,444-seat multi-purpose arena in Springfield, Massachusetts. ... This article is about the winter storm condition. ... Hartford redirects here. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1996-97 NHL season was the 80th regular season of the National Hockey League. ...


Though they never again won the league championship, the New England Whalers were a successful team, never missing the playoffs in the WHA's history, and finishing first in its division three times. They had a more stable roster than most WHA teams—Ley, Webster, Selwood, Pleau, and Tommy Earl would all play over 350 games with the club—and scored a major coup when they signed legend Gordie Howe and his sons Mark and Marty from the Houston Aeros (WHA) in 1977. Tommy Earl (born June 10, 1947 in Niagara Falls, Ontario) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played 347 games in the World Hockey Association. ... Gordon Gordie Howe, OC (born March 31, 1928 in Floral, Saskatchewan) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey player who played for the Detroit Red Wings and Hartford Whalers in the NHL, and the Houston Aeros and New England Whalers in the WHA. He is often referred to as Mr. ... Mark Howe (born May 28, 1955, in Detroit, Michigan) is a retired American professional ice hockey defenseman who played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League and 6 seasons in the World Hockey Association. ... Marty Howe (Born February 18, 1954 in Detroit, Michigan, USA) is a former professional ice hockey defenseman. ... The Houston Aeros became one of the original ten franchises for the World Hockey Association when the Dayton Aeros moved to Houston in 1971. ...


While the first two full seasons in Hartford were not glittering (the Whalers recorded losing records both years), the final two WHA seasons saw more success. They went to the finals again in 1978, with a veteran team spearheaded by the Howes—50-year-old Gordie led the team in scoring—future NHL stars Gordie Roberts and Mike Rogers, All-Star defenseman Ron Plumb, and forwards John McKenzie, Dave Keon, and Mike Antonovich, and possessed of the league's best defense. The next season was not so fine, but while age finally caught up with Gordie Howe, the slack was picked up by Andre Lacroix, the WHA's all time leading scorer, acquired from the folded Aeros. The 1977-78 WHA season was the sixth regular season of the now defunct World Hockey Association (WHA). ... Gordon Gordie Douglas Roberts (Born October 2, 1957 in Detroit, Michigan) was an NHL defenseman from 1979 to 1994 and spent most of his time with the Minnesota North Stars. ... Michael Rogers (born October 24, 1954 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada) is a former professional ice hockey centre who played seven seasons in the National Hockey League from 1979-80 to 1985-86. ... Ron Plumb (born July 17, 1950 in Kingston, Ontario) is a retired Canadian ice hockey defenceman. ... John McKenzie (born December 12, 1937 in High River, Alberta, Canada) is a former Canadian professional hockey player. ... David Michael Keon (born March 22, 1940 in Noranda, Quebec), is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre. ... Mike Antonovich (b. ... Gordon Gordie Howe, OC (born March 31, 1928 in Floral, Saskatchewan) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey player who played for the Detroit Red Wings and Hartford Whalers in the NHL, and the Houston Aeros and New England Whalers in the WHA. He is often referred to as Mr. ... Andre Joseph Lacroix (born June 5, 1945, in Lauzon, Quebec) is a retired professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League and the World Hockey Association, and was the WHAs all-time leading career scorer. ...


As it was one of the most stable of the WHA teams, it was one of the four franchises admitted to the National Hockey League when the rival leagues merged in 1979. Following lobbying from the Boston Bruins, one of the conditions of the merger stipulated that the Whalers were to drop "New England" from their name. The Howes, Rogers, Ley, Keon, Smith, Roberts and Lacroix would go on to wear the uniform of the Hartford Whalers. Most of the members of the 1978-79 Whalers were available as only Selwood, George Lyle and Warren Miller were reclaimed by their former NHL teams. Legendary goal scorer Bobby Hull would be acquired late that season in a trade with another former WHA team, the Winnipeg Jets, and play the last games of his career not only as a Whaler, but also as a member of the same team as his childhood idol, Gordie Howe (who also retired following the Whalers' first NHL season). NHL redirects here. ... // World Artistic Gymnastics Championships: Mens all-around champion: Alexander Dityatin, USSR Womens all-around champion: Nellie Kim, USSR Mens team competition champion: USSR Womens team competition champion: Romania Best Year Performance  Guido Kratschmer  – 8476 points July 14 — Pan American Games Marathon, San Juan, Puerto Rico Men... The Boston Bruins are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Robert Marvin Bobby Hull OC (born January 3, 1939) is a retired Canadian ice hockey player. ... The Winnipeg Jets were a professional ice hockey team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. ...


Career leaders (WHA, 1972-1979)

Rick Ley (born November 2, 1948 in Orillia, Ontario) was a professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League (NHL) and World Hockey Association (WHA). ... Tom Webster (born October 4, 1948 in Kirkland Lake, Ontario) is a retired former professional ice hockey player and coach. ... Larry Pleau (Born June 29, 1947 in Boston, MA) is the current General Manager of the St. ... Al Smith (born November 10, 1945 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a retired Canadian ice hockey goaltender. ...

The NHL days

The original Hartford Whalers logo 1979-1992, designed by Peter Good, a Connecticut-based graphic designer. This logo replaced the harpoon in the WHA logo by combining a green W for Whalers with a blue whale's tail. Some people never notice that the negative space--the white area between the W and the whale's tail--acts as an H for Hartford.

This logo was updated in 1992, the most noticeable change being the darkening of the colors and the addition of a silver background. Subtle changes to the shape of the whale's tail were also made.

The Whalers were never as successful in the NHL as they had been in the WHA, yet they attracted a passionate fan base over the years. They only recorded three winning seasons in their eighteen years in the NHL, missed the playoffs ten times, and only once won a playoff series, earning along the way the derisive nickname "Forever .500s." The team developed heated rivalries with the nearby Boston Bruins and New York Rangers—for home games against the Bruins especially, the Civic Center would have as many of a quarter of the fans in the seats from Boston, two hours drive away—achieving all-time records of 37-69-12 and 23-26-6 respectively against those clubs. The Boston Bruins are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York, New York, U.S.A. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). ...


The Whalers' NHL history was plagued by disastrous trades, especially in dealing stars for several mediocre players in an attempt to gain "depth." For instance, they dealt star defenseman Mark Howe and their first NHL scoring leader Mike Rogers in separate deals for players and draft picks which never panned out, and also swapped hardrock defenseman Gordie Roberts for the remaining half-season of Mike Fidler's NHL career. While a few trades did work out, such as trading Chris Pronger for Brendan Shanahan, all too often the players acquired left as soon as possible. Mark Howe (born May 28, 1955, in Detroit, Michigan) is a retired American professional ice hockey defenseman who played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League and 6 seasons in the World Hockey Association. ... Michael Rogers (born October 24, 1954 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada) is a former professional ice hockey centre who played seven seasons in the National Hockey League from 1979-80 to 1985-86. ... Gordon Gordie Douglas Roberts (Born October 2, 1957 in Detroit, Michigan) was an NHL defenseman from 1979 to 1994 and spent most of his time with the Minnesota North Stars. ... Mike Fidler (born August 15, 1956 in Everett, Massachusetts) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played 271 games in the National Hockey League. ... Christopher Robert Pronger (born October 10, 1974, in Dryden, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player for the NHLs Anaheim Ducks (2006–present). ... Brendan Frederick Shanahan (born 23 January 1969, in Mimico, Ontario, Canada), is a Canadian ice hockey left wing and alternate captain for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League. ...


The team had a brief moment in the sun in the 1985-86 and 1986-87 seasons. The Whalers finished fourth in the Adams Division in the 1985-86 regular season. In the playoffs they eliminated the first place Quebec Nordiques in three straight games, winning their sole playoff series. The Whalers pushed the division finals to seven games, losing the final game 2-1 in overtime to the eventual Stanley Cup champions, the Montreal Canadiens. The following season, the Whalers won their lone division championship in 1987. The Whalers were led by centers Ron Francis and Ray Ferraro, emerging hardcore winger Kevin Dineen, superstar goalie Mike Liut, and troubled scorer Sylvain Turgeon. However, they were quickly eliminated in the first round. While they would make the playoffs for the next five seasons in a row, they would never come close to duplicating their previous success. The 1985-86 NHL season was the 69th regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The 1986-87 NHL season was the 70th season of the National Hockey League. ... The NHLs Adams Division was formed in 1974 as part of the Prince of Wales Conference. ... The Quebec Nordiques (in french Nordiques de Québec, pronounced ; translated into English as Northmen or Northerners) were a professional ice hockey team based in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. ... The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup (French: ) is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... The Montreal Canadiens (French: ) are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... Ronald Ron Francis (born March 1, 1963 in Sault Ste. ... Ray Ferraro (born August 23, 1964 in Trail, British Columbia, Canada) is a retired professional hockey player for the NHL. He played for the Hartford Whalers (1984-1991), New York Islanders (1991-1995), New York Rangers (1995-1996), Los Angeles Kings (1996-1999), Atlanta Thrashers (1999-2002) and St. ... Kevin William Dineen (born October 28, 1963, Quebec City, Quebec) is a former professional ice hockey player and is currently the head coach of the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League. ... Michael Dennis Liut (born January 7, 1956 in Weston, Ontario) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender. ... Sylvain Turgeon (born January 17, 1965, in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Canada) is a former NHL player and the older brother of current NHLer Pierre Turgeon. ...


The most psychologically damaging moment for the club was the 1991 trade of Francis to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The reaction of the fan base was savage in condemnation, especially after Francis promptly helped the Penguins to two consecutive Stanley Cup titles. Francis was one of the most popular players on the team, and held nearly every significant offensive record in the franchise's NHL history. Coincidentally, Eddie Johnston, the Hartford general manager who had orchestrated the Francis trade, would follow him to Pittsburgh as the Penguins' head coach two years later. The Pittsburgh Penguins are a professional ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup (French: ) is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... Edward Joseph Eddie Johnston (born November 23, 1935 in Montreal, Quebec) is a former player and coach in the National Hockey League. ...


The Whalers went to the playoffs in 1992 behind Jimmy Roberts' coaching, but lost a dramatic double overtime Game 7 in the Adams Division Semifinal against the Montreal Canadiens, as Russ Courtnall scored on a turn-around shot. Roberts was fired thereafter, and while the Whalers had some stars in their remaining five seasons in Hartford— including forwards Geoff Sanderson, Pat Verbeek, and Andrew Cassels and goalie Sean Burke—they would never again make the playoffs. The 1991-92 NHL season was the 75th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Jimmy Wilfred Roberts (born April 9, 1940 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a retired Canadian ice hockey defenceman and forward. ... The Montreal Canadiens (French: ) are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... Russ Courtnall Russ Courtnall (born on January 2, 1965 in Duncan, British Columbia) is a former National Hockey League player. ... Geoff M. Sanderson (born February 1, 1972 in Hay River, Northwest Territories) is a Canadian professional ice hockey winger currently playing for the Philadelphia Flyers in the NHL. // Drafted by the Hartford Whalers 36th overall in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, Sanderson made his NHL debut at the tail end... Patrick Pat Verbeek (born on May 24, 1964 in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian-born former ice hockey player who played for the New Jersey Devils, Hartford Whalers, New York Rangers, Dallas Stars, and Detroit Red Wings during his career. ... Andrew Cassels Andrew Cassels (born 23 July 1969 in Bramalea], Ontario) is a Canadian ice hockey centre who currently plays for the Washington Capitals of the NHL. // Playing Career Andrew Cassels was selected 17th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. ... This article is about ice hockey goaltender. ...


Departure from Hartford

The primary factors in the Whalers' departure from Hartford were market size and the lack of a modern playing facility. The Hartford Civic Center had a capacity of 15,635, and was attached to a downtown shopping mall. As teams in the NHL began moving into larger, corporate-sponsored stadiums with luxury suites and other amenities, it became apparent that a team playing in an aging municipal facility with limited revenue streams could not compete. The Hartford Civic Center is a sports and convention complex located in Hartford, Connecticut, USA owned by the City of Hartford and operated by Madison Square Garden Connecticut under contract with the Connecticut Development Authority. ...


In 1994, Compuware founder Peter Karmanos purchased the Whalers. Karmanos pledged to keep the Whalers in Hartford for four years. Frustrated with lackluster attendance and corporate support, he announced in 1996 that if the Whalers were unable to sell at least 11,000 season tickets for the 1996-97 season, he would likely move the team. Furthermore, ownership only made season tickets available in full-season (41-game) packages, eliminating the popular five- and ten-game "mini plans," in a strategy largely designed to spur purchases from wealthier corporations and individuals. Sales were underwhelming at the beginning of the campaign, and at the end of the 1995-96 season it was still unknown whether the Whalers would stay in Connecticut or move. However, thanks to an aggressive marketing campaign, and the creative efforts of many fans (who pooled together resources to purchase some of the full-season packages collectively) the Whalers announced that they would stay in Connecticut for the 1996-97 season. Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Compuware World Headquarters on Campus Martius Park in Detroit Compuware Corporation NASDAQ: CPWR is a software company with products aimed at the information technology (IT) departments of large businesses. ... Peter Karmanos, Jr. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1996-97 NHL season was the 80th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The 1995-96 NHL season was the 79th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1996-97 NHL season was the 80th regular season of the National Hockey League. ...


In early 1996, negotiations between the Whalers and Connecticut Governor John Rowland to build a new $147.5 million arena seemed to be going well. However, negotiations fell apart when Rowland and the state refused Karmanos' demand to reimburse the Whalers for up to $45 million in losses during the three years the new arena was to be built. As a result, the team announced on March 26, 1997, that they would leave Hartford, one of the few times that a team announced it would leave its current city without having already selected a new city. [1] [2] [3] The following is a list of Governors of the State of Connecticut, from the Colonial period through present day. ... John G. Rowland (born May 24, 1957 in Waterbury, Connecticut) was the Governor of Connecticut from 1995 to 2004. ... March 26 is the 85th day of the year (86th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ...


On April 13, 1997 the Whalers played their last game in Hartford, defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1. Team captain Kevin Dineen scored the final goal in Whaler history. is the 103rd day of the year (104th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1996-97 NHL season was the 80th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The Tampa Bay Lightning are a professional ice hockey team based in Tampa, Florida, USA. They are members of the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... In ice hockey each team has a designated captain. ... Kevin William Dineen (born October 28, 1963, Quebec City, Quebec) is a former professional ice hockey player and is currently the head coach of the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League. ...


As of March 2008 several ex-Whalers are still active in the NHL, including Chris Pronger, Geoff Sanderson, Bobby Holik, Sami Kapanen, and Brendan Shanahan. Glen Wesley is the last Whaler still active with the Carolina/Hartford franchise, although his stint has not been continuous, playing seven games for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2003 after a deadline deal before re-signing in Carolina in the 2003 offseason [4]. Christopher Robert Pronger (born October 10, 1974, in Dryden, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player for the NHLs Anaheim Ducks (2006–present). ... Geoff M. Sanderson (born February 1, 1972 in Hay River, Northwest Territories) is a Canadian professional ice hockey winger currently playing for the Philadelphia Flyers in the NHL. // Drafted by the Hartford Whalers 36th overall in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, Sanderson made his NHL debut at the tail end... Robert Holik (born January 1, 1971 in Jihlava, Czech Republic) is a professional ice hockey player for the Atlanta Thrashers. ... Sami Kapanen (born 14 June 1973, in Vantaa, Finland) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward who currently plays for Philadelphia Flyers in the NHL. He is the older brother of Kimmo Kapanen. ... Brendan Frederick Shanahan (born 23 January 1969, in Mimico, Ontario, Canada), is a Canadian ice hockey left wing and alternate captain for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League. ... Fagboy Named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 1988. ... For other uses, see Toronto Maple Leafs (disambiguation). ... (Redirected from 2002-2003 NHL season) The 2002-03 NHL season was the 86th regular season of the NHL. Each team played 82 games. ... Trading can refer to: Trade the voluntary exchange of goods, services, or both, also called commerce The action performed by traders in the financial markets Category: ...


Possible NHL Return?

During the last few years, there has been a certain groundswell of support to return the NHL to Hartford following the Whalers' departure to the Raleigh metropolitan area. Former Whalers owner Howard Baldwin along with Larry Gottesdiener, Chairman of Northland Investment Corporation, both have expressed to help return NHL hockey to Hartford. In early 2007 Hartford mayor Eddie A. Perez sent a letter to Pittsburgh Penguins owner Mario Lemieux to try and see if he would add Hartford to his list of possible relocation sites when the Penguins were contemplating moving,[5] although the Penguins subsequently were able to work with the NHL, the Penguins and the city of Pittsburgh to build a new arena.[6] Howard Baldwin is an American entrepreneur and film producer. ... Eddie Alberto Pérez (born 1957, in Corozal, Puerto Rico) became the first Latino mayor of Hartford, Connecticut. ... Mario Lemieux (born October 5, 1965, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey centre who played 17 seasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League between 1984 and 2006. ...


Theme song

The Hartford Whalers' official theme song was "Brass Bonanza," a tune composed by an aspiring musician Jack Say. The song is still very popular with Hartford crowds, and continues to occasionally be played at Civic Center events (including University of Connecticut basketball games) and, in recent years, at Fenway Park during Boston Red Sox games and at the TD Banknorth Garden during Boston Bruins games. Continuing the hockey tradition, the song is also played at UConn and Quinnipiac men's hockey home games. The tape recording of the Brass Bonanza, as released by the Hartford Whalers. ... The University of Connecticut is the State of Connecticuts land-grant university. ... Fenway redirects here. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... TD Banknorth Garden is a sports arena in the West End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Boston Bruins are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ...


Career leaders (NHL, 1979-1997)

Ronald Ron Francis (born March 1, 1963 in Sault Ste. ... Torrie Robertson was a hockey player for the Hartford Whalers of the National Hockey League. ... This article is about ice hockey goaltender. ... Michael Dennis Liut (born January 7, 1956 in Weston, Ontario) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender. ...

Season-by-season record

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals scored for, GA = Goals scored against, PIM = Penalty minutes


WHA Era

Season GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
1972-73 78 46 30 2 94 318 263 858 1st, Eastern Won Quarterfinals (Ottawa)
Won Semifinals (Cleveland)
Won Finals (Winnipeg)
1973-74 78 43 31 4 90 291 260 875 1st, Eastern Lost Quarterfinals (Chicago)
1974-75 78 43 30 5 91 274 279 867 1st, Eastern Lost Quarterfinals (Minnesota)
1975-76 80 33 40 7 73 255 290 1012 3rd, Eastern Won Preliminaries (Cleveland)
Won Quarterfinals (Indianapolis)
Lost Semifinals (Houston)
1976-77 81 35 40 6 76 275 290 1254 4th, Eastern Lost Quarterfinals (Quebec)
1977-78 80 44 31 5 93 335 269 1255 2nd, WHA Won Quarterfinals (Edmonton)
Won Semifinals (Quebec)
Lost Finals (Winnipeg)
1978-79 80 37 34 9 83 298 287 1090 4th, WHA Won Quarterfinals (Cincinnati)
Lost Semifinals (Edmonton)
WHA Totals 555 281 236 38 600 2,046 1,938 7,211

The 1972-73 WHA season was the first regular season of the now defunct World Hockey Association (WHA). ... The Ottawa Nationals were a hockey team based out of Ottawa that played in the World Hockey Association. ... The Cleveland Crusaders was an ice hockey team that played in the WHA in Cleveland, Ohio from 1972-1976. ... The Winnipeg Jets were a professional ice hockey team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. ... The 1973-74 WHA season was the second season of the now defunct World Hockey Association. ... The Chicago Cougars were a former hockey team in Chicago. ... World Hockey Association logo The 1974-75 WHA season was the second season of the now defunct World Hockey Association. ... The Minnesota Fighting Saints were a professional ice hockey team that played in Saint Paul, Minnesota. ... World Hockey Association logo The 1975-76 WHA season was the fourth season of the now defunct World Hockey Association. ... The Cleveland Crusaders was an ice hockey team that played in the WHA in Cleveland, Ohio from 1972-1976. ... The Indianapolis Racers were a franchise in the former World Hockey Association. ... The Houston Aeros became one of the original ten franchises for the World Hockey Association when the Dayton Aeros moved to Houston in 1971. ... The 1976-76 WHA season was the fifth season of the now defunct World Hockey Association (WHA). ... The Quebec Nordiques (in french Nordiques de Québec, pronounced ; translated into English as Northmen or Northerners) were a professional ice hockey team based in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. ... The 1977-78 WHA season was the sixth regular season of the now defunct World Hockey Association (WHA). ... The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. ... The Quebec Nordiques (in french Nordiques de Québec, pronounced ; translated into English as Northmen or Northerners) were a professional ice hockey team based in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. ... The Winnipeg Jets were a professional ice hockey team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. ... World Hockey Association logo The 1978-79 WHA season was the seventh and last regular season of the now defunct World Hockey Association (WHA). ... The Cincinnati Stingers were an ice hockey team based out of Cincinnati, Ohio that played in the World Hockey Association. ... The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. ...

NHL Era

Season GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
1979-80 80 27 34 19 73 303 312 875 4th, Norris Lost Norris Semifinal (Montreal)
1980-81 80 21 41 18 60 292 372 1584 5th, Norris Did not qualify
1981-82 80 21 41 18 60 264 351 1493 5th, Adams Did not qualify
1982-83 80 19 54 7 45 261 403 1392 5th, Adams Did not qualify
1983-84 80 28 42 10 66 288 320 1184 5th, Adams Did not qualify
1984-85 80 30 41 9 69 268 318 1606 5th, Adams Did not qualify
1985-86 80 40 36 4 84 332 302 1759 4th, Adams Won Adams Semifinal (Quebec)
Lost Adams Final (Montreal)
1986-87 80 43 30 7 93 287 270 1496 1st, Adams Lost Adams Semifinal (Quebec)
1987-88 80 35 38 7 77 249 267 2046 4th, Adams Lost Adams Semifinal (Montreal)
1988-89 80 37 38 5 79 299 290 1672 4th, Adams Lost Adams Semifinal (Montreal)
1989-90 80 38 33 9 85 275 268 2102 4th, Adams Lost Adams Semifinal (Boston)
1990-91 80 31 38 11 73 238 276 2209 4th, Adams Lost Adams Semifinal (Boston)
1991-92 80 26 41 13 65 247 283 1793 4th, Adams Lost Adams Semifinal (Montreal)
1992-93 84 26 52 6 58 284 369 2354 5th, Adams Did not qualify
1993-94 84 27 48 9 63 227 288 1809 6th, Northeast Did not qualify
1994-951 48 19 24 5 43 127 141 915 5th, Northeast Did not qualify
1995-96 82 34 39 9 77 237 259 1834 4th, Northeast Did not qualify
1996-97 82 32 39 11 75 226 256 1513 5th, Northeast Did not qualify
NHL Totals 1,420 534 709 177 1,245 4,704 5,345 29,636
Grand Total 1,975 815 945 215 1,845 6,750 7,283 36,847
1Season was shortened due to the 1994-95 NHL lockout.

The 1979-80 NHL season was the 63rd season of the National Hockey League. ... The Montreal Canadiens (French: ) are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... The 1980-81 NHL season was the 64th regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1981-82 NHL season was the 65th season of the National Hockey League. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1982-83 NHL season was the 66th season of the National Hockey League. ... The 1983-84 NHL season was the 67th regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The 1984-85 NHL season was the 68th season of the National Hockey League. ... The 1985-86 NHL season was the 69th regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The Quebec Nordiques (in french Nordiques de Québec, pronounced ; translated into English as Northmen or Northerners) were a professional ice hockey team based in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. ... The Montreal Canadiens (French: ) are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... The 1986-87 NHL season was the 70th season of the National Hockey League. ... The Quebec Nordiques (in french Nordiques de Québec, pronounced ; translated into English as Northmen or Northerners) were a professional ice hockey team based in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. ... The 1987-88 NHL season was the 71st season of the National Hockey League. ... The Montreal Canadiens (French: ) are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... The 1988-89 NHL season was the 72nd season of the National Hockey League. ... The Montreal Canadiens (French: ) are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... The 1989-90 NHL season was the 73rd regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The Boston Bruins are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The 1990-91 NHL season was the 74th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The Boston Bruins are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The 1991-92 NHL season was the 75th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The Montreal Canadiens (French: ) are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... The 1992-93 NHL season was the 76th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The 1993-94 NHL season was the 77th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The 1994-95 NHL season was the 78th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The 1995-96 NHL season was the 79th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1996-97 NHL season was the 80th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The 1994-95 NHL lockout came after a year of NHL hockey that was played without a collective bargaining agreement. ...

Notable players

Hall of Famers

Paul Douglas Coffey (born June 1, 1961, in Weston, Ontario) is a retired professional ice hockey defenceman in the National Hockey League. ... David Michael Keon (born March 22, 1940 in Noranda, Quebec), is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre. ... Gordon Gordie Howe, OC (born March 31, 1928 in Floral, Saskatchewan) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey player who played for the Detroit Red Wings and Hartford Whalers in the NHL, and the Houston Aeros and New England Whalers in the WHA. He is often referred to as Mr. ... Robert Marvin Bobby Hull OC (born January 3, 1939) is a retired Canadian ice hockey player. ... Ronald Ron Francis (born March 1, 1963 in Sault Ste. ... Emile The Cat Francis is a former player, coach, and general manager for the NHLs New York Rangers. ...

Team captains

Note: includes both WHA Whalers and NHL Whalers


Theodore Terrible Ted Green (born March 23, 1940 in Eriksdale, Manitoba) was a professional hockey defenseman for the NHL Boston Bruins and the WHA New England Whalers and Winnipeg Jets, notable for his hard rock play. ... Rick Ley (born November 2, 1948 in Orillia, Ontario) was a professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League (NHL) and World Hockey Association (WHA). ... Michael Rogers (born October 24, 1954 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada) is a former professional ice hockey centre who played seven seasons in the National Hockey League from 1979-80 to 1985-86. ... David Michael Keon (born March 22, 1940 in Noranda, Quebec), is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre. ... Russ Anderson (born March 9, 1959 in Des Moines, Iowa) is a retired professional ice hockey defenseman who played 519 games in the National Hockey League. ... For other persons named Mark Johnson, see Mark Johnson (disambiguation). ... Ronald Ron Francis (born March 1, 1963 in Sault Ste. ... Randy Ladouceur (born Brockview, Ontario). ... Patrick Pat Verbeek (born on May 24, 1964 in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian-born former ice hockey player who played for the New Jersey Devils, Hartford Whalers, New York Rangers, Dallas Stars, and Detroit Red Wings during his career. ... Brendan Frederick Shanahan (born 23 January 1969, in Mimico, Ontario, Canada), is a Canadian ice hockey left wing and alternate captain for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League. ... Kevin William Dineen (born October 28, 1963, Quebec City, Quebec) is a former professional ice hockey player and is currently the head coach of the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League. ...

Retired numbers

Rick Ley (born November 2, 1948 in Orillia, Ontario) was a professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League (NHL) and World Hockey Association (WHA). ... Gordon Gordie Howe, OC (born March 31, 1928 in Floral, Saskatchewan) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey player who played for the Detroit Red Wings and Hartford Whalers in the NHL, and the Houston Aeros and New England Whalers in the WHA. He is often referred to as Mr. ... John McKenzie (born December 12, 1937 in High River, Alberta, Canada) is a former Canadian professional hockey player. ...

First round draft picks

Note: This list does not include selections from the WHA. WHA is also an abbreviation for World Hockey Association WHA (970 AM) is one of the oldest radio stations in the United States, currently part of the Wisconsin Public Radio network. ...

The 1979 NHL Entry Draft took place on August 9, 1979 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec. ... Ray Allison (Born - March 4, 1959 in Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada) is a retired Canadian Professional Hockey Centerman who played 7 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Hartford Whalers and Philadelphia Flyers // Playing Career Awards & Achievements Records Career Statistics Note: GP = Games played, G = Goals, A = Assists, PTS... The 1980 NHL Entry Draft was held at the Montreal Forum. ... Fred Arthur (Born - March 6, 1961 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a retired Canadian Professional Hockey Defenceman who played 3 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Hartford Whalers and Philadelphia Flyers. ... The 1981 NHL Entry Draft was a draft held in Montreal,Quebec. ... Ronald Ron Francis (born March 1, 1963 in Sault Ste. ... The 1982 NHL Entry Draft was held at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec. ... Paul Lawless (born July 2, 1964 in Scraborough, Ontario, Canada) is a retired Canadian ice hockey forward. ... The 1983 NHL Entry Draft was held at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec. ... Sylvain Turgeon (born January 17, 1965, in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Canada) is a former NHL player and the older brother of current NHLer Pierre Turgeon. ... jk;lkkkl;l [popiopi ... Sylvain Cote was born 19 January 1966 in Quebec City, Quebec. ... The first draft outside of Montreal. ... Dana Murzyn (Born - December 9, 1966 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey player. ... The 1986 NHL Entry Draft was held on 21 June, at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec. ... Scott Young (born 1 October 1967 in Clinton, Massachusetts) is a retired American professional ice hockey right winger. ... Draft order Round 1 Category: ... Jody Hull (born February 2, 1969 in Petrolia, Ontario) is a retired former professional ice hockey player who played 831 NHL games between 1988 and 2004. ... The 1988 NHL Entry Draft was held at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec. ... Chris Govedaris (born February 2, 1970, in Toronto, Ontario) is a former professional ice hockey left winger. ... The 1989 NHL Entry Draft was held in June at the Metropolitan Sports Center in Bloomington, Minnesota. ... Robert Holik (born January 1, 1971 in Jihlava, Czech Republic) is a professional ice hockey player for the Atlanta Thrashers. ... The 1990 NHL Entry Draft was held June 16th at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ... Mark Greig (born January 25, 1970 in High River, Alberta) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. ... The 1991 NHL Entry Draft was held on June 22th at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York. ... Patrick Poulin (born April 23, 1973 in Vanier, Quebec) is a retired former professional ice hockey player who played 634 games in the National Hockey League between 1991 and 2002. ... The 1992 NHL Entry Draft was held on June 20th at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec. ... Róbert Petrovický (Born - October 26, 1973 in Košice, Czechoslovakia, now Slovakia) is a Slovak professional Ice Hockey right winger. ... The 1993 NHL Entry Draft took place on June 26, 1993 at le Colisee de Quebec in Quebec City, Quebec. ... Christopher Robert Pronger (born October 10, 1974, in Dryden, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player for the NHLs Anaheim Ducks (2006–present). ... The NHL entry draft occurs during the off season and consists of amateur players being selected for national teams. ... Jeffrey ONeill (Born - February 23, 1976 in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian professional hockey Right Winger in the National Hockey League who has played for the Hartford Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs. ... The 1995 NHL Entry Draft was held at the Edmonton Coliseum in Edmonton, Alberta. ... Jean-Sébastien Jiggy Giguère (born May 16, 1977 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a French Canadian professional hockey goaltender. ... The 1996 NHL Entry Draft was held at the Kiel Arena in St. ...

Hartford Whalers Individual Records (NHL)

Blaine Stoughton (born 13 March 1953 in Gilbert Plains, Manitoba, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey forward who played 8 seasons in the NHL for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Hartford Whalers and New York Rangers. ... Ronald Ron Francis (born March 1, 1963 in Sault Ste. ... Michael Rogers (born October 24, 1954 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada) is a former professional ice hockey centre who played seven seasons in the National Hockey League from 1979-80 to 1985-86. ... Torrie Robertson was a hockey player for the Hartford Whalers of the National Hockey League. ... Mark Howe (born May 28, 1955, in Detroit, Michigan) is a retired American professional ice hockey defenseman who played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League and 6 seasons in the World Hockey Association. ... Sylvain Turgeon (born January 17, 1965, in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Canada) is a former NHL player and the older brother of current NHLer Pierre Turgeon. ... Michael Dennis Liut (born January 7, 1956 in Weston, Ontario) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender. ...

References

  1. ^ http://sophia.smith.edu/~jeue/John/pete4.html
  2. ^ http://clubs.ccsu.edu/recorder/editorial/editorial_item.asp?NewsID=15
  3. ^ http://www.sportslawnews.com/archive/articles%201999/Patriots1.html
  4. ^ http://www.legendsofhockey.net:8080/LegendsOfHockey/jsp/SearchPlayer.jsp?player=11734 1
  5. ^ http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/s_463240.html
  6. ^ http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/story/6544654

See also

The Carolina Hurricanes are a professional ice hockey team based in Raleigh, North Carolina. ... Head Coaches of the Hartford Whalers Don Blackburn 1979-80 Don Blackburn and Larry Pleau 1980-81 Larry Pleau 1981-82 Larry Kish and Larry Pleau and John Cunniff 1982-83 Jack Tex Evans 1983-87 Jack Tex Evans and Larry Pleau 1987-88 Larry Pleau 1988-89 Rick Ley... This is a list of teams that once played in the National Hockey League but no longer exist. ... This is a list of players who have played at least one game for the Hartford Whalers (1979-80 to 1996-97) of the National Hockey League (NHL) and New England Whalers (1972-73 to 1978-79) of the World Hockey Association (WHA). ... A list of National Hockey League seasons since inception of the league: 1917-18 | 1918-19 | 1919-20 | 1920-21 | 1921-22 | 1922-23 | 1923-24 | 1924-25 | 1925-26 | 1926-27 | 1927-28 | 1928-29 | 1929-30 | 1930-31 | 1931-32 | 1932-33 | 1933-34 | 1934-35 | 1935-36... National Hockey League The list of National Hockey League (NHL) players is divided into the following lists: By specific groups Current players List of every NHL player List of members of the Hockey Hall of Fame List of members of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame List of NHL... A list of World Hockey Association (WHA) seasons 1972-73 WHA season | 1973-74 WHA season | 1974-75 WHA season | 1975-76 WHA season | 1976-77 WHA season | 1977-78 WHA season | 1978-79 WHA season See also Avco Cup List of NHL seasons List of pre-NHL seasons ... WHA redirects here. ...

External links

This is a list of seasons completed by the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League. ... WHA redirects here. ... The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. ... Michigan Stags Logo The Michigan Stags were an ice hockey team based out of Detroit, USA that played in the World Hockey Association. ... The Birmingham Bulls were a hockey team based out of Birmingham, Alabama that played in the World Hockey Association. ... The Calgary Broncos were an original World Hockey Association franchise founded in Calgary, Alberta on November 1, 1971 by Bob Brownridge. ... The Philadelphia Blazers were an ice hockey team in the World Hockey Association (WHA). ... The Chicago Cougars were a former hockey team in Chicago. ... The Cincinnati Stingers were an ice hockey team based out of Cincinnati, Ohio that played in the World Hockey Association. ... The Cleveland Crusaders was an ice hockey team that played in the WHA in Cleveland, Ohio from 1972-1976. ... The Houston Aeros became one of the original ten franchises for the World Hockey Association when the Dayton Aeros moved to Houston in 1971. ... The Denver Spurs were a hockey team based out of Denver that played in the World Hockey Association. ... The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. ... The Houston Aeros became one of the original ten franchises for the World Hockey Association when the Dayton Aeros moved to Houston in 1971. ... The Indianapolis Racers were a franchise in the former World Hockey Association. ... The Los Angeles Sharks were a hockey team based out of Los Angeles that played in the World Hockey Association. ... The Philadelphia Blazers were an ice hockey team in the World Hockey Association (WHA). ... Michigan Stags Logo The Michigan Stags were an ice hockey team based out of Detroit, USA that played in the World Hockey Association. ... The Minnesota Fighting Saints were a professional ice hockey team that played in Saint Paul, Minnesota. ... The New York Raiders were an ice hockey team based in New York City that played in the World Hockey Association. ... The New York Raiders were an ice hockey team based in New York City that played in the World Hockey Association. ... The New York Raiders were an ice hockey team based in New York City that played in the World Hockey Association. ... Ottawa Civics logo The Ottawa Civics were an ice hockey team based out of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, that played in the World Hockey Association. ... The Ottawa Nationals were a hockey team based out of Ottawa that played in the World Hockey Association. ... The Philadelphia Blazers were an ice hockey team in the World Hockey Association (WHA). ... Phoenix Roadrunners The Phoenix Roadrunners were a team in the now defunct World Hockey Association from 1974 to 1977. ... The Quebec Nordiques (in french Nordiques de Québec, pronounced ; translated into English as Northmen or Northerners) were a professional ice hockey team based in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. ... The San Diego Mariners were a hockey team based out of San Diego that played in the World Hockey Association. ... The Quebec Nordiques (in french Nordiques de Québec, pronounced ; translated into English as Northmen or Northerners) were a professional ice hockey team based in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. ... The Toronto Toros were an ice hockey team based out of Toronto that played in the World Hockey Association and were owned by John F. Bassett. ... The Philadelphia Blazers were an ice hockey team in the World Hockey Association (WHA). ... The Winnipeg Jets were a professional ice hockey team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. ... Avco World Trophy The Avco World Trophy was the championship trophy of the original World Hockey Association (1972-1979). ... The Gary L. Davidson Award was given to the most valuable player of the World Hockey Association regular season, from 1973 to 1975. ... The Bill Hunter Trophy was presented to the World Hockey Associations scoring leader in the regular season. ... The Lou Kaplan Trophy was presented to the World Hockey Associations rookie of the year. ... The Ben Hatskin Trophy was presented annually to the World Hockey Associations best goaltender. ... The Dennis A. Murphy Trophy was presented annually to the World Hockey Associations best defenceman. ... The Paul Deneau Trophy was presented annually to the World Hockey Associations most gentlemanly player. ... The Howard Baldwin Trophy was presented annually to the World Hockey Associations coach of the year. ... The Playoff MVP award for the World Hockey Association was handed out annually from 1975 to 1979 to the most valuable player of the playoffs. ... A list of World Hockey Association (WHA) seasons 1972-73 WHA season | 1973-74 WHA season | 1974-75 WHA season | 1975-76 WHA season | 1976-77 WHA season | 1977-78 WHA season | 1978-79 WHA season See also Avco Cup List of NHL seasons List of pre-NHL seasons ... The WHA Entry Draft was the entry draft for the World Hockey Association, and was held annually between 1973 and 1977. ... This is a list of teams that once played in the National Hockey League but no longer exist. ... The Atlanta Flames were a National Hockey League (NHL) team based in Atlanta, Georgia from 1972 to 1980. ... The Colorado Rockies was a professional ice hockey team in the National Hockey League (NHL) that played in Denver, Colorado from 1976 to 1982. ... The Kansas City Scouts was an ice hockey franchise that played in the National Hockey League from 1974-1976 out of Kansas City, Missouri. ... The Minnesota North Stars were a professional ice hockey team in the National Hockey League between 1967 and 1993. ... The Quebec Nordiques (in french Nordiques de Québec, pronounced ; translated into English as Northmen or Northerners) were a professional ice hockey team based in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. ... The Winnipeg Jets were a professional ice hockey team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. ... The California Golden Seals were a team in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1967-76. ... The Oakland Seals were a team in the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The Hamilton Tigers were a National Hockey League (NHL) team that was originally based in Quebec City, Quebec and called the Quebec Bulldogs (1888-1920). ... Montreal Maroons white logo Montreal Maroons dark logo The Montreal Maroons were a professional ice hockey team from Montreal, Quebec. ... Montreal Wanderers The Montreal Wanderers were a professional hockey team that played in Montreal, Quebec and one of the founding franchises of the National Hockey League in the 1917-18 NHL season. ... The New York Americans were a NHL hockey team, the third expansion team in league history and the second to play in the United States. ... This article is about the original Ottawa Senators. ... The Philadelphia Quakers were a professional ice hockey team that played only one full season in the National Hockey League (NHL), 1930-31, at the Philadelphia Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The Pittsburgh Pirates were a professional ice hockey team in the National Hockey League, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... This article is on the ice hockey team. ... The Ottawa Senators are an ice hockey team based in Ottawa, Canada. ... NHL redirects here. ... The 2007-08 NHL season is the 90th season of the National Hockey League. ... Eastern Conference logo, circa 2006 French version of the Eastern Conference logo The Eastern Conference is one of two conferences in the National Hockey League (NHL) used to divide teams. ... The Western Conference is one of two conferences in the National Hockey League used to divide teams. ... The NHLs Atlantic Division was formed in 1993 as part of the Eastern Conference in a league realignment. ... The NHLs Northeast Division was formed in 1993 as part of the Eastern Conference in a league realignment, the predecessor of which was the Adams Division. ... The NHLs Southeast Division was formed in 1998 as part of the Eastern Conference due to expansion. ... The NHLs Central Division was formed in 1993 as part of the Western Conference in a league realignment, the predecessor of which was the Norris Division. ... The NHLs Northwest Division was formed in 1998 as part of the Western Conference due to expansion. ... The NHLs Pacific Division was formed in 1993 as part of the Western Conference in a league realignment. ... The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in Newark, New Jersey. ... The Boston Bruins are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Atlanta Thrashers are a professional ice hockey team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... The Chicago Blackhawks are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... The Calgary Flames are a professional ice hockey team based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and play out of the Pengrowth Saddledome. ... The Anaheim Ducks are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Anaheim, California, USA. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based in Uniondale, a hamlet located on Long Island in Town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, United States. ... The Buffalo Sabres is the best professional ice hockey team around. ... The Carolina Hurricanes are a professional ice hockey team based in Raleigh, North Carolina. ... The Columbus Blue Jackets are a professional ice hockey team based in Columbus, Ohio, United States. ... The Colorado Avalanche are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Denver, Colorado, United States. ... The Dallas Stars are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Dallas, Texas. ... The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York, New York, U.S.A. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The Montreal Canadiens (French: ) are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... For the animal species by this name, see Florida Panther. ... The Detroit Red Wings are a professional ice hockey team based in Detroit, Michigan. ... The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. ... The Los Angeles Kings are a professional ice hockey team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... For other uses, see Ottawa Senators (disambiguation). ... The Tampa Bay Lightning are a professional ice hockey team based in Tampa, Florida, USA. They are members of the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The Nashville Predators are a professional ice hockey team based in Nashville, Tennessee. ... The Minnesota Wild are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. ... The Phoenix Coyotes are a professional ice hockey team based in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale. ... The Pittsburgh Penguins are a professional ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... For other uses, see Toronto Maple Leafs (disambiguation). ... The Washington Capitals are a professional ice hockey team based in Washington, D.C.. They are members of the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The St. ... The Vancouver Canucks are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ... The San Jose Sharks are a professional ice hockey team based in San Jose, California, United States. ... A list of National Hockey League seasons since inception of the league: 1917-18 | 1918-19 | 1919-20 | 1920-21 | 1921-22 | 1922-23 | 1923-24 | 1924-25 | 1925-26 | 1926-27 | 1927-28 | 1928-29 | 1929-30 | 1930-31 | 1931-32 | 1932-33 | 1933-34 | 1934-35 | 1935-36... The National Hockey League (NHL) season is divided into the regular season and the Stanley Cup playoffs. ... The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup (French: ) is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... The modernized NHL shield logo, debuting in 2005. ... Image:Stanleycuptrophy. ... The Stanley Cup This is a list of Stanley Cup champions, including the finalists/challengers. ... The Presidents Trophy is an award presented by the National Hockey League (NHL) to the team which finishes with the best record in the league during the regular season. ... The National Hockey League All-Star Game (French: Match des Étoiles de la Ligue Nationale de Hockey) is an exhibition hockey game that marks the midway point of the National Hockey Leagues regular season, with many of the leagues star players playing against each other. ... 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This is a list of current NHL franchise post-season and Stanley Cup droughts. ... Hockey Hall of Fame logo The Hockey Hall of Fame, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is dedicated to the history of ice hockey with exhibits featuring memorabilia and NHL trophies (including the Stanley Cup) along with interactive activities. ... This is a list of all the members of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario. ... Rivalries in the National Hockey League (NHL) have occurred between many teams and cities. ... The following is a list of National Hockey League arenas including past, present, and future arenas: // Map of Arenas National Hockey League arenas HP Pavilion Honda Center General Motors Place Staples Center Jobing. ... While the National Hockey League follows the general rules of Ice hockey, it differs slightly from those used in international games organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation such as the Olympics. ... 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