On This date in 1977, The Howe family departs the Houston Aeros and signs with the New England Whalers.
Happy Birthday to our good friend, Dave Babych
The left side of the Red Sox defense hasn’t been too spectacular this season. That is, until a home game the other night, when this fan in the left field grandstand, sporting a Hartford Whalers tee and shoving popcorn down his gullet, made the most nonchalant barehanded catch of all time. This dude not only looks cool and unaffected the whole time, but in a completely unstilted progression of acts, proceeds to hand the ball to the girl next to him. In one grand move, this fella passed Grady Sizemore as the biggest stud at Fenway.
Our annual Megan Fox in a Whalers T post — with My Game Jersey.com.
No, this is not a photo from "Slapshot."
This 1975 photo features former Whalers Steve Carlson (L) and Jack Carlson (R) along with brother Jeff ... In the 1977 movie, Jack was replaced by Dave "Killer" Hanson, who teamed with Jeff and Steve to form the fictional "Hanson Brothers." — with WHA Hockey TV and 3 others.
On This Date in 1994, Pierre McGuire is fired as head Coach of the Hartford Whalers.
Here are a few excerpts from the Hartford Courant report on McGuire's termination:
"In 15 years of covering the NHL, we had never seen a coach so universally disrespected and disliked within his own organization.
McGuire fancied himself two parts Scotty Bowman and one part Bob Johnson. It turned out to be a superhuman leap of faith on his part.
At 32, McGuire was the youngest head coach in the NHL. He never had been a head coach at any level. And it showed. He is book smart and X's and O's smart, but often not people smart.
When a young man is so headstrong, so emotional, so calculating, such a control freak, so full of ambition and so full of himself, he will either rocket to the top or crash."
"In a blistering post-mortem, captain Pat Verbeek called McGuire's firing the best thing that could have happened to the Whalers. He said other teams mocked their coach. He said his own teammates had no respect for McGuire. He said a number of players wouldn't have wanted to play in Hartford anymore."
"Sox and Dawg's" notes the lengthy list of ex-Whalers currently working in the NHL. (pictured: Kenny Holland).
Here are the Presidents/GMs
Brendan Shanahan President Toronto
Ron Francis GM Carolina
Ken Holland GM Detroit
Don Maloney GM Arizona
Marc Bergevin GM Montreal