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Hartford Yard Goats, A Name That ‘Got People’s Goat’ – At First

Posted on July 27, 2015

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   It appears to have been part of the plan – a masterful marketing strategy. When the “Hartford Yard Goats”, the name of Hartford, Connecticut’s new Double A minor league baseball team, was announced in March of this year it was met with less than enthusiasm by the general public. One might say, it got people’s goat.   “Hartford fans were crestfallen. While the city was preparing to welcome a professional baseball team, the team owners were orchestrating a circus,” Kristen Hussey wrote in a piece in the New York Times.   Fans of the Eastern League Rock Cats, the team set to be transplanted the 14 minute drive from New Britain to the capital city and…

Classy Farewell from NE Patriots Vince Wilfork & Salt in an Old Wound

Posted on March 6, 2015

Commentary by Jacqueline Bennett   Whenever a popular player from one of my favorite teams, who has not only performed well but with loyalty and integrity, is shown the door it feels like salt in an old wound for me. That being the devasting 11th hour trade of Ronnie Francis from the former National Hockey League Hartford Whalers.   Known to virtually everyone in Connecticut by his first name during his time with the Whale, “Ronnie” was traded on March 4, 1991. He was traded along with Ulf Samuelson and Grant Jennings to the Pittsburgh Penguins after Francis spent close to ten seasons with the Whalers, most of those as captain, reportedly scoring 264 goals, 557 assists and “setting nearly every offensive record in franchise history.” Rightfully so, he was beloved…

Hartford Whalers Booster Club Remains Dedicated to Bringing NHL Hockey Back To Hartford

Posted on January 30, 2014

By: Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb Displaying the same tenacity of former Hartford Whalers’ goalie Sean Burke in keeping opponent’s pucks out of the net, the Hartford Whalers Booster Club has not given up its campaign to bring the National Hockey League back to Hartford, Connecticut. As far as some residents are concerned it is a pipe dream but recently hopes were stirred again when Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy announced at least two groups were interested in trying to acquire a NHL team for the Insurance City. Regardless of whether anything comes of this latest announcement, it’s a safe bet the club will carry on. In 1997 the Whalers relocated to North Carolina and morphed into the Hurricanes, yet faithfully members of the HWBC march in…