The 10-day Whalers Hockey Fest in February 2011 will be the greatest hockey event in Connecticut sports history. It will include as many as 30 outdoor games between pro, college prep school and high school teams at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.
The Whalers Hockey Fest will begin with a “The Whalers Hall of Fame
Gala” on Friday night, Feb. 11, in which there will a ceremony to induct
the newest members into the reinstituted Whalers Hockey Hall of Fame.
The first of the outdoor hockey games will be played at Rentschler Field
the next day, February 12 on “Whalers Day.” For the first time in 13
years the Whalers Alumni Team will take the ice and square off against
the rival Boston Bruins Alumni. That game will include the Whalers Hall
of Fame Ceremony when the new Hall of Famers will be inducted into
the Whalers Hall in a ceremony at center ice.
The Whalers Alumni team will be announced in the days ahead and
many of the Whalers all-time greats are expected to participate.
The Alumni game will be followed by a collegiate game and a high-profile
high school match-up.
February 13th is slated to be “UConn Hockey Day” at Rentschler Field --
an exciting double header that features the UConn men vs. Sacred
Heart, followed by the UConn women vs. Providence College.
The following week will feature an exiting array of quality amateur
hockey events, coordinated by Whalers Sports and Entertainment
consultant Bobby Crawford (former Whaler and USA Hockey Regional
On Tuesday, Connecticut Division III rivals Trinity College and Wesleyan
University will face off in a doubleheader including both women’s and
Additionally, several teams and universities have expressed a strong
interest in participating and specific match-ups will be announced soon.
On Saturday February 20 a team of hockey legends square off against
the Mystery Alaska Hollywood team. Among the movies produced by
Baldwin’s company is “Mystery Alaska.” The theme of the game will be
the same as the film --- perseverance and a town convincing the hockey
world of the greatness of their hockey roots, much like Baldwin is trying
to do now.
“The whole week is designed to be very affordable as you will see from
the pricing,” Baldwin said. “Most importantly, this is meant to be fun and
meant to be a way to put the Whalers name back on the icescape.
“We want to make this an annual event and build this market back to
what it once was and will be again.”
Festival Tickets for the entire can be purchased online at the Whalers
Pro Shop or by calling 860-728-3366. Information on on individual game
tickets will be forthcoming.
Great event for the State of Connecticut and Whaler fans! Would be cool if the CCSU club team could get a game on that rink.