With the continued popularity of Whalers merchandise, I regularly see people sporting the blue and green. Whether it’s a new Whalers t-shirt or a vintage hat, the spirit of the Whalers lives on. Perhaps this is why I find it hard to believe 20 years have passed since the team left Hartford. Perhaps it’s because I don’t live in Hartford anymore or maybe it’s simply because the memories remain so strong. Whatever the reason, I feel like I was in the company of cheering Whalers fans just the other day and I remain hopeful the NHL will eventually find a route back to Hartford.
There’s not much to say about the Whalers that hasn’t already been said. Even though we suffered through many frustrating losses, the Whalers gave us something to talk about. They gave us a sense of community, a sense of belonging. Whether it’s the transition from the WHA, the roof collapse, the Adams Division championship, the final game, or Whalers appreciation night… all we can say is, “Thanks for the Memories”.
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.
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!
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!
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!
It was brought to our attention that users were unable to post comments on our site. Apparently, there was a bad configuration setting that required users to register before leaving comments… but the site was not allowing new registrations! This is all fixed, so feel free to post your comments on any of our pages.