Question about Hartford Whalers in the mid 80's
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12-20-2012, 03:44 PM
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i am inclined to think, with the way the NHL is structured now, that a team in Hartford would do better than in Raleigh. but who knows. i do miss those green uniforms and classic logo.
Hartford reminds me a lot of the Montreal Expos: a team that had a very small and dedicated fanbase (including quite a few relatives: my family is from CT) that struggled in the face of difficult geography, a difficult political situation and business apathy.
Geography: The Whale made themselves feel good for far too long by imagining that nobody in Fairfield and New Haven would root for them. UCONN showed that is possible. Marshal those fans and you might have enough interest to keep a team around.
Politics: Rowland thought he was gonna get the Patriots and ignored the Whalers. Plus, it's difficult to finance stadiums in parts of the country and Connecticut is in one of those parts.
Business apathy: The insurance agencies never really stepped up for the team.
But hey, downtown Hartford's a graveyard, the Whale are probably never coming back, and Connecticut continues to be a bunch of rich suburbs and poor cities. Good job, guys!
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