There’s cautiously optimistic news to pass along on Bob Neumeier, the longtime Boston sports television personality and current Comcast SportsNet New England anchor who suffered a stroke last Wednesday. Neumeier, who was afflicted as he was preparing to leave for the Breeders’ Cup, required 5 ½ hours of brain surgery, according to multiple sources familiar with his situation. But there was an instantly encouraging sign after the surgery: he was wiggling his toes and squeezing the hands of those who were at his bedside.
It was the first meaningful hockey game in Hartford since 1997.
It was the first game since 1997 where winning mattered more than "player development".
It was the first game since 1997 where the score was more important than in-arena carnival antics.
It was the first game since 1997 where Hartford hockey fans were more important than the needs of the New York Rangers.
Hartford's journey back to big-time hockey status began last night.
Requiem for My Hockey Team - Aaron Gordon
On a cool, bright spring day in April of 1997, Matthew Olsen and his wife Jennifer left their newborn son for the first time. With the boy in his grandmother's hands, the couple donned their Whalers paraphernalia-Matthew picked his newer blue Whalers road jersey over his classic white home sweater, a decision that he regrets to this day-and took the 30 minute trip from Middletown, Connecticut to Hartford.
In 1982 Mike Veisor sets the Whalers (NHL) goaltending record for most saves (Home) with 52 vs Minnesota.
n 1980 Jack McIlhargey and "future considerations" are acquired from Philadelphia for a '82 2nd round pick.
In 1993 Marc Povin is acquired from Los Angeles for Doug Houda.
In 1993 Bryan Marchment and Steve Larmer are acquired from Chicago for Patrick Poulin and Eric Weinrich.
In 1993 Darren Turcotte and James Patrick acquired from the New York Rangers for Nick Kypreos, Barry Richter, and Steve Larmer.
In 1948 Rick Ley was born in Orillia, ONT
In 1953 Rick Meagher was born in Belleville, ONT