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
In 1974 Wayne Carleton scores his 1st career Whalers goal vs Indianapolis.
In 1974 Tom Webster scores his 100th and 101st career WHA goals vs Indianapolis.
In 1974 Christer Abrahamsson starts his 1st career WHA game, recording his 1st career victory with 29 saves vs Indianapolis.
In 1979 Whalers record their 1st NHL road win with a 4-2 victory in Toronto.
In 1979 Dave Keon makes his return to Maple Leaf Gardens scoring a goal and receiving a standing ovation.
In 1987 Dave Tippett scores on the Whalers 7th NHL penalty shot (against Ron Hextall) vs Philadelphia.
In 1990 Randy Cunneyworth plays in his 400th career NHL game vs Montreal.
In 1996 Paul Coffey scores his 1st career Whalers goal vs Boston.
In 1996 Nolan Pratt records his 1st NHL point (an assist) vs Boston.
In 1990 Marc Bergevin is acquired from the New York Islanders for "future considerations".
In 1958 Risto Siltanen was born in Tampere, Finland
In 1963 Paul Cyr was born in Pt. Alberni, B.C.