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Wednesday, March 6, 2019
The (Sort of) Return of the Whalers!
The franchise provided me and my family with so many cherished memories that I could never even begin to get into them all here. Many I have mentioned on this blog in the past, some I will get to in the future. Suffice it to say there is no franchise in the history of professional sports that I favor more than the Whale. When the team up and moved to Carolina and became the Hurricanes, I was one of the many fans who was just crushed.
Well, earlier this year the NHL announced that the Hurricanes would be playing two games this season as the Whalers, both of them against my now hometown team the Boston Bruins. Yes, I know this isn't the same thing, and I know the Whalers are truly gone, but I can't say that I wasn't giddy with anticipation over these games. Within minutes of learning the news I hopped online and bought some amazing seats for the March 5th match-up at TD Garden in downtown Boston.
It was a fitting ending. Watching the team lose was a big part of being a Whalers fan, as silly as that sounds, and this was right in line with how Hartford fared in many match-ups against the B's back in the '80s and '90s, so it just felt right. As I heard one Whalers fan exclaim while we were filing out "Hey, at least they pushed it to overtime. We got our first point in the standings since '97!".
All in all, a fantastic night, and certainly up there in the top 10 live sports experiences of my lifetime. A big thanks to the Hurricanes and the league for this much-appreciated trip down memory lane! I really, really, really hope some of the 2019-20 cards from Upper Deck feature photographs from this contest. If so I'll certainly be collecting each and every one of them.
Well, that's all for tonight, I'm off to listen to some Brass Bonanza and sort some cards! Thanks as always for stopping by!