According to CBS Connecticut, the Connecticut Whale have played their last game under that name and will return to being called the "Hartford Wolfpack" once again next season.
The Rangers' AHL affiliate, which moved to Hartford in 1997, had originally been called the Hartford Wolfpack until the franchise bizarrely changed its name midseason during the 2010-2011. Thus, "Connecticut Whale" was born, an homage of sorts to the Hartford Whalers, formerly of the NHL.
"Hartford Wolfpack" is a much better name, in my opinion, and I wasn't exactly in love with the Connecticut Whale jersey.
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Awful news.....the Whale name, logo and colors were a nice homage to the Hartford Whalers, whereas the "Wolfpack" is generic and boring.
Yeah Wolfpack was a stupid name when they picked it and at the Whale brought back a lot of good feelings up in the CT area. Too bad they couldn't make the Whale name work. Bad decision....
Great news. If they had the Wolfpack name they would still be in the playoffs now. LOL. Seriously though. Who the heck came up with "The Whale?" Ok for a Carvel Ice Cream cake, not so much for a hockey team. WOLFPACK will be back on the attack next year..
I prefer the wolfpack name, but the whale was alright. The absolute hideousness that was the jersey was too much for me (and I'm assuming others as well and that lack of jersey sales was a factor in this decision.
What were they thinking when they changed the name to "Whale??" Wolfpack is a much more sellable name for jerseys and such. Also, a howling wolf is much more exciting to hear when they score than . . . a blowhole?
I actually preferred Whale better. Their attendance was up, and the area up there definitely has some nostalgia for the Whalers.
Thank god. I hated Whale. I would be ok with Rangers as well as Wolfpack (as per JTF1218's suggestion), but not Whale.
Is there a reason they don't call them the Hartford or Connecticut Rangers? The Bruins, Devils, Pens, Sens, Sharks, and Stars do that, and the uniforms are very similar to the NHL club's, which is good for marketing, especially when the team is fairly close the parent club's city like in this case.
@jtf1218 Hartford is halfway between NYC and Boston. You don't want to market "Rangers" tickets to Bruins fans.
Trenton made that mistake when they renamed their ECHL affilate to the Trenton Devils, which was a tough sell to Flyers and Rangers fans in the area. They later went back to calling themselves the Titans.
Providence is far less risky because that's clearly in the Boston sports media market.