This franchise is no more! It has ceased to be! All statements to the effect of this franchise as an ongoing concern are, from now on, inoperative!
HARTFORD WHALERS, 1979 – 1997
Where they came from: The Whalers were one of 4 teams which came out of the WHA when the NHL absorbed that league. In the WHA the team had been called the New England Whalers, but the Boston Bruins made losing the regional moniker a requirement of NHL admission.
Where they went: Raleigh, North Carolina, where they are the Carolina Hurricanes. The Boston Bruins can’t say anything about that regional name, can they? No, I didn’t think so.
Eulogy: I’ve always liked the Hartford Whalers logo, because the “negative space” between the W and the whale’s tail form an “H” for Hartford.
I also think we need more major professional teams which use blue and green as their colors.
The Whalers and the Flyers were two NHL teams to try out full length hockey pants called Cooperalls (manufactured by Cooper, naturally). In the card above, Doug Sulliman is wearing Cooperalls.