Known to friends and family as Jacques Ysaye, he used Jack Say as a pseudonym. He arranged and composed a song titled “Evening Beat“, which he sold to a record library. This song was renamed by editors to “Brass Bonanza”, went on to become the much-loved Whalers theme song, and the rest is history.
Rest in peace, Jacques. Your music continues to bring smiles to Whalers fans and beyond…
Gordie Howe, affectionately known as Mr. Hockey, passed away early in the morning on June 10, 2016. After 25 seasons with Detroit and 3 with Houston, he came to Hartford and played for the WHA New England Whalers from 1977-1979, making the transition back to the NHL with the Hartford Whalers before retiring in 1980 at age 51. He played 214 games in Hartford, where his #9 banner hangs from the rafters of the arena.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Howe family.
The CT Lottery has just released a new Hartford Whalers scratch game! There are over $2.3 million in cash prizes, including 24 prizes of $1,979 (the year the Whalers entered the NHL – clever!). Remember, you can’t win if you don’t play! 🙂
While the chances of an NHL team returning to Hartford are diminishing, it’s great to see the Hartford Whalers brand continue to live on. Whalers merchandise continues to be a hot seller and Brass Bonanza still plays loud and proud across various sports (and weddings). Speaking of which, don’t forget to start your holiday shopping early by visiting our Whalers Gift Shop for all your branded merchandise needs! All sales made through our site generate referral fees which help defray our hosting costs.
Carl Beane, the public address announcer at Fenway Park, has died after a car crash in Sturbridge, MA May 9. Our thoughts and prayers are with Carl’s family during this difficult time. Fenway Park will no doubt never be the same and it will take time to adjust to a new voice announcing Red Sox games at the park. Carl, you will be greatly missed!
And yes, that is a vintage Hartford Whalers “Home at Last” sticker (from the days of the ’91 Club) on the back of Carl’s clipboard in the picture.
Congratulations to all the fans in Winnipeg on the return of an NHL team! While the time may not yet be right for Hartford, the dedication and enthusiasm shown by the fans in Winnipeg are an inspiration for those in Hartford. It can happen. The NHL can return. If the television ratings from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs are any indication, Hartford’s interest in hockey is growing, which is great to see. Please continue to support the Connecticut Whale and some day what we’re seeing in Winnipeg may just happen in Hartford!
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:
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.
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”.
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!