Should the Hartford Whalers be the Next NHL Team?

Versus did a short piece yesterday looking back at the history of NHL hockey in Hartford. They specifically cited the troubles in Atlanta and Phoenix and NHL’s possible re-entry into a market such as Winnipeg, Hartford, or Quebec. Take a look:

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Facebook and Photo Galleries

We’ve finally joined Facebook, so please “Like” us!! 🙂

There is also continuing work to complete backend updates to our photo galleries and add various pictures that folks have sent us over the years.

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Whale Bowl

Whale Bowl 2011 is in the books and by most accounts, it was a great success. Despite frigid temperatures, fans tailgated in the parking lot and cheered from the stands. Hopefully fans continue to show their support for Hartford hockey and prove once and for all to the NHL that Hartford is hockey country.

Check out these highlights from Whale Bowl:

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Jeff Jacobs Tracks Down Jack Say

Longtime Hartford Courant sports writer Jeff Jacobs has succeeded where many have failed. He tracked down and corresponded with Jack Say, composer of Brass Bonanza. Can you believe Jack Say is a pseudonym and the song was not originally titled ‘Brass Bonanza’? Get all the details from Jeff’s column, “The Beat Turned Into A Bonanza”.

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Site Updates

It’s hard to imagine, but this web site just celebrated its 15th anniversary. It was the fall of 1995 in a college dorm when this site was born, and since then this site has grown more than anyone could have ever hoped. A number of you have been generous over the years, donating pictures, videos, audio clips, time, and even money to help keep this site alive. For that, I’m most grateful. We’ve even had celebrities (also known as the hard working folks who made many a Whalers broadcast possible) grace these pages and provide materials for all to enjoy.

The site just underwent another update, with the most visible change being the top navigation menu and banner image. A number of backend changes were also made, which will make it much easier to add the collection of pictures we’ve had in the queue for some time.

We hope you’ll continue to check in… and if you are in the market for Whalers merchandise, please visit our Hartford Whalers Gift Shop. A portion of the proceeds from items sold helps pay our hosting fees.

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New Content Added

It has been some time, but thanks to contributions from some fans out there, we’ve got a bunch of new content to add to the site throughout the year.

First, we’ve added a new page called A Season to Celebrate. The page currently hosts a “One Goal Away”, a video tribute done by SportsChannel regarding the Whalers’ Adams Division Championship season. Also on that page is a great 25 minute audio piece about the Whalers’ championship season. Check them out!

Two small audio clips have also been added. A copy of Brass Bonanza from NHL ’94 can be found on our Brass Bonanza page. The famous Whale clip from Mall Rats can now be found on our Ladies and Gentlemen… page. Enjoy!

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Hartford Whalers Gift Shop

Today we opened the initial version of the Hartford Whalers Gift Shop. Currently listed are a number of select Hartford Whalers items ranging from t-shirts and sweatshirts to books and hats. A portion of every purchase helps directly defray the hosting costs for this site, so please take a moment to show your Whalers spirit!

You can visit the store directly by going to: http://astore.amazon.com/brassbonanza-20

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Whalers (jersey) at the Olympics

Did you see it? Just after time expired in the 3rd period of the US vs. Canada Olympic gold medal game, a guy in a green and white Whalers jersey jumped up from his seat. Among the sea of Canada red, his green jersey stuck out like a sore thumb. Go ahead, play “Where’s Whalers” in the picture below:

Not good at “Where’s Whalers” or give up? Check out a zoomed-in version of the picture. 🙂 Hint: He’s just below the green Olympic rings on the right side.

And to all those die hard fans out there, don’t worry… We’ve got some more updates coming to the site later this year – we promise! We’d also like to thank those who have made donations and made it possible for us to continue with the site.

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Bob Marley & The Hartford Whalers

For those that have never heard The Zambonis and their quirky hockey music, what are you waiting for?

Take a listen to this clip from their hit song Bob Marley & the Hartford Whalers (ok, it’s a hit to us!) and if you like it – help support us and The Zambonis by purchasing the song or one of their CDs. I wonder if we can make them the official house band of BrassBonanza.com? 🙂

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Recent Additions

Today, we deployed two new additions to the site.

We now have an In The News page. This page will display Hartford Whalers-related news from around the web, courtesy of Google.

We have also added Hartford Whalers and Brass Bonanza related videos to the Whalers Video page. These videos are pulled from Google Video and allow for dynamic searching and uploads.

Our other current active projects include adding news headlines to the home page and getting additional audio clips up on the site (which seems to take us forever). We’ve heard the requests for the answering machine clips and the extended fight clip – they’re coming soon!

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