Five years ago this very day, the Hartford Whaler Fan Fest was held at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. A day when a Hartford Whaler remember when event spurred five thousand dormant Whaler fans out of their homes and into the stadium.
We may have not realized it totally then but that day was a catalyst to a series of fortunate events that have helped build a road map to the NHL for Hartford. Whaler fans have had a big impact on hockey in Hartford, a city that’s media is often asleep to the impact that the NHL club had on the capital city.
A new important step was taken on this fifth anniversary. A petition for season tickets to the NHL in Hartford has started. It is also a petition that one day might end up in the hands of a Hartford based NHL owner.
This petition is much more than just about tickets. This petition will also show public support for the Capital Region Development Authority’s XL Center plan. A plan that transforms the XL Center into a building that would be 90% “NHL Ready” once complete. It also will make Governor Malloy’s wealthy investment group more confident about the Hartford market.
Now, I can feel the eye rolls from the typical detractors to the idea of the NHL’s return. Yes, no question there are huge hurdles that still lie in the way. I acknowledge them to people daily.
The building, buying a team, the investments group are all question marks that haven’t come to light yet.
I think a lot of what the typical nay sayer misses is that Hartford Hockey fans aren’t excited because they know they are getting a team they are excited because they know there is a legitimate effort going on to get one. Hartford Whaler fans have been called dreamers for years and there was a time, a few years ago, when that was actually true, but not today.
There is incessant interest from Whaler fans on what team would possibly relocate to Hartford, it ranges from the typical three.
The Florida Panthers, the Phoenix Coyotes and the Carolina Hurricanes are the threels I alays hear about. Those three teams are always in the news, specifically the relocation news. Hartford has had visitors and really it could be anyone of them at this point. All it takes is a good bid, a happy seller, and an approval from the NHL Board of Governors. That sounds like a lot and it is but you can’t win if you don’t play. Right now at least Hartford is playing.
You may wonder what good will a petition do?
Well every time the petition count goes up an email goes to the Governor’s office to keep them advised of the count. The Whaler Guys season ticket petition really became a necessity when we learned that the NHL had somehow heard or seen about our season ticket signup at the Bring Back The Whalers Night at the Bristol Blues game just a month ago. If the NHL is watching Hartford with this much interest than you know how important this big step is.
If you want the best for Hartford then sign the petition and make Hartford a major league city again.
You can sign it here:
Hartford Whaler Season Ticket Petition