The Whalers left the city more than 13 years ago. In the 18 seasons the
team called Hartford home, there were so many memorable moments. Highs and lows, players that were unforgettable and others that were totally forgettable. The departure left a void and took away Hartford's distinction as a major-league town.
Can Hartford ever get that label back? Who knows?
For now, The Courant and courant.com are looking to create a place for those loyalists to call home. On Wednesday courant.com will launch http://www.courant.com/whalers.
The centerpiece of the site will be our message board that will officially launch Wednesday at 1 p.m. and is devoted to any and all discussion related to the Whalers and Hartford's hockey past, present and future. At http://www.courant.com/whalers, fans will have place to talk hockey.
Your favorite Civic Center memory? Have you forgiven Peter Karmanos? What needs to happen for the NHL to return?
Whatever is on your mind.
You'll also find an archive of historical stories. Relive how The Courant told of the signing of
; when the Civic Center roof collapsed; the trading away of
Here's a sample: "The Whalers, those perennial misfit losers, played their last game before bleary-eyed, red-nosed fans at the Civic Center. The makeup ran like Pete Karmanos." That's a line from story that appeared in The Courant after the team's final game, April 13, 1997.
In the 18 seasons the team was in Hartford, Courant photographers took thousands of pictures. We're bringing many of those back in a collection of photo galleries. At courant.com/whalers you'll find the team's all-time roster, a complete historical timeline and more.
But this is more than just a museum. It will also be a place to spotlight coverage of live events related to hockey and the city. We'll start with the Whalers Reunion and Fan Fest this weekend.