Twenty years after the Whalers left Connecticut, Christopher Price has crafted the team’s history with stories of players and management any sports fan will find entertaining. Episodes and development set in an evolving national scene that cannot forget the Whalers iconic hope. A small market story of a team looking for national identity.
The Hartford Whalers were a beloved hockey team from their founding in 1972 as the New England Whalers. Playing in the National Hockey League’s smallest market and arena after the World Hockey Association merger in 1979, they struggled in a division that included both the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens—but their fans were among the NHL’s most loyal. In 1995 new owners demanded a new arena and, when it fell through, moved the team to North Carolina, rebranding as the Hurricanes.
Unlike fellow franchises that have folded or relocated with little fanfare, the Whalers’ fan base stayed with the team, which remains as popular as ever. Even though more than two decades have come and gone since Connecticut’s only professional sports team moved, nobody has truly forgotten the Whalers, their history, and their unique—and still highly profitable—logo. And while the NHL continues to thrive without them, their impact stretches far beyond the ice and into an entirely different cultural arena.
Christopher Price grew up in Connecticut as a diehard Whalers fan, experiencing firsthand the team’s bond with the community. Drawing from all aspects of the team’s past, he tells the uncensored history of Connecticut’s favorite professional sports franchise. Part sports history and part civic history, Bleeding Green shows vividly why the Whalers, despite an inglorious past and a future that unexpectedly vanished, remain firmly embedded in the American milieu and have had a lasting impact on not only the NHL but the sports landscape as a whole.
About the Author
Christopher Price is a native New Englander who lived for the Whalers as a youngster. He is an award-winning sportswriter who has covered the New England sports scene for more than twenty years. Price has served as a contributor to ESPN.com and SI.com, as well as the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, the Miami Herald, Rocky Mountain News, and the Cape Cod Times. He is the author of The Blueprint: How the New England Patriots Beat the System to Create the Last Great NFL Superpower and Drive for Five: The Remarkable Run of the 2016 Patriots.
“The Hartford Whalers have been gone for a quarter century, which is longer than their stay in Connecticut’s capital city. Neither seems possible. Our NHL team left such deep tracks from the mid-1970s through the later 1990s that it seems like they were here for fifty years and departed maybe a decade ago. The jersey is still a strong seller to hockey fans even far from the Nutmeg State, and why wouldn’t it be? The logo remains one of the best in pro sports history. The green and blue colors still resonate. And ‘Brass Bonanza’? No catchier fight song exists.”—Chris Berman
“The staying power of the Hartford Whalers and the brand is very intriguing and fascinating. Current NHL teams are probably envious of the Whalers’ brand ‘stickiness.’ Christopher Price breaks down why in this buried treasure of hockey history.”—John Buccigross, ESPN
“The Hartford Whalers have proved as unforgettable as the opening bars of ‘Brass Bonanza.’ Now here’s Christopher Price, reviving a story that is fun, fascinating, and nearly impossible to put down.”—Dan Wetzel, national columnist for Yahoo Sports
“This book was such a fun trip down memory lane, reliving those great memories I have of the Whalers as a kid growing up in New England and learning how the iconic ‘Brass Bonanza’ came to be!”—Jamison Coyle, NHL Network
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