The Whale returns to Hartford

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Gov. M. Jodi Rell, along with Pucky the mascot, help to unveil the sweaters for the new Connecticut Whale. (ctnow.com)

Gov. M. Jodi Rell, along with Pucky the mascot, help to unveil the sweaters for the new Connecticut Whale. (ctnow.com)

If you spent hours trying to find what happened to the Hartford Wolf Pack, you are not alone. As of Saturday night, the AHL Wolf Pack was no more as Hartford welcomed back the whales – the Connecticut Whale, to be precise.

The Whale debuted Saturday night against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in front of a crowd of 13,089 people – the second largest in franchise history.

Their inaugural game had every feel of the former Hartford Whalers to it. Former Whalers alumni Garry Swain, Gerry McDonald, Norm Barnes, Yvon Corriveau, Doug Robert and Russ Anderson were on hand for the ceremonial dropping of the puck. The national anthem was sung by Tony Harrington, who originally sang for the Whalers for years.

The Whale started their new era on a good note with the 3-2 win over the Bridgeport, although they remain in last place in the Atlantic Division with a 7-11-2-3 record.

Connecticut will feature three new uniforms for the remainder of the season. The color scheme is reminiscent to the old Whalers with the green and blue.

The Wolf Pack’s era ended in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Sound Tigers Friday after 1,177 games through 14 seasons. They finished with a 571(W)-346(L)-66(T)-49(OTL)-29(SOL) record in the regular season and a 57-58 record in the playoffs. They won their only Calder Cup in 2000.

The week leading up to the inaugural game was proclaimed “Connecticut Whale Week” in the state by Gov. M. Jodi Rell, who was also on hand for the jersey unveiling.

Connecticut’s next game will be Sunday night against the Adirondack Phantoms.

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