A Letter From the President

Good Day fellow Booster Club members, I hope this finds everyone well and enjoying the summer. As
you are aware, these are very exciting times for our club, and we are looking forward to a very busy
summer, headlined by Whalers alumni weekend coming up at beautiful Dunkin Donuts Park in Hartford
with the Hartford Yard Goats. Among the alumni expected to attend are Marty Howe, Bob Crawford,
Wayne and Dave Babych, and the voice of Whalers hockey, Chuck Kaiton. If you haven’t purchased
tickets yet, you should do so by visiting the Yard Goats website, www.yardgoatsbaseball.com
More good news, recently Governor Malloy has signed into law the sale of Hartford Whalers license
plates. Beginning in 2018, you can purchase such plates for your vehicles, and proceeds towards the
sale of the plates will go to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. The club would like to personally
thank Joe Aukstolis of Minuteman Press of Bristol, and Booster Club members Brendan Lynch and Mike
Glasson for their hard work and dedication in making these plates a reality. We will have more info on
how to obtain these plates as we get closer to the end of the year, but tell your family, friends and
neighbors, it would be a great tribute to our team if we could see Whalers plates on vehicles all over
Connecticut in 2018.
In addition to those events, we are also preparing for the 2017/18 hockey season, and with that comes
membership renewal. Once again, the cost is just $10 per person for the year, which runs from
September to August. Memberships are available by visiting our website, by contacting our
Membership Chairperson, Mark Anderson, at markh2919@aol.com, or by stopping at our table at
Dunkin Donuts Park during Whalers alumni weekend. Being a booster club member gives you the first
opportunity to purchase seats for our annual NHL bus trip, please go to our Facebook page to vote for
the game you would prefer to see.
I would like to invite all members to our monthly membership meetings which are held the second
Monday of each month, beginning in September, at Vito’s Pizzeria on the Silas Deane Highway in
Wethersfield. Members of the club usually begin arriving around 6:00 to have dinner before the
meeting, and meetings start at 7:30pm. As of now, the schedule for membership meetings for 2017/18
are as follows
Monday, September 11
Monday, October 9
Monday, November 13
Monday, January 8
Monday, February 12
Monday, March 12
Monday, May 14
Monday, June 11
Monday, July 9
Monday, August 13

We will also be having our annual Christmas party sometime in December, date and location will be
announced as we get closer, and we will be having our Faniversary party, which this year will be held on
Friday April 13, the anniversary of the last Whalers NHL game, at a date and location to be announced.
On behalf of the entire board of the Hartford Whalers Booster Club, I thank you for your support, and
look forward to the coming season.

Sincerely,
Joanne Cortesa
President
Hartford Whalers Booster Club

The Latest Hartford Whalers Booster Club Events

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Our Annual Hartford Whalers FANniversary

This is your official invite to join us, the Hartford Whalers Booster Club as we will be holding our annual FANniversary! This, on the date of the last home game ever for our beloved Whalers in Hartford 20 years ago, is a chance for us fans to get together and remember the Whalers and celebrate the very real chance of the return of the NHL in Hartford once again.

This year we are happy to hold our annual get together at Black Bear Saloon in Hartford where they will be featuring 25% off food, half-price appetizers and $4 alcoholic drinks (wine, mid shelf drinks and drafts, all except craft beers) from 5:30pm until 9:00pm. So please join us on April 13th for a great night out of food, hockey talk and memories that are sure to last in the years to come!

 

Our Hartford Whalers Booster Club is an official, registered NHL booster club which has been in existence since 1980 when the Whalers came into the NHL.

Whalers Booster Club Mourns the Loss of Edrie Buck

Edrie Jean (Tytor) Buck passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, November 10, 2016. She was born in Hartford and was a 48 year employee of the Travelers before retiring in 2013. Edrie was a fixture at Hartford Whalers games and also was always taking part in our Brass Bonanza Bus trips as well as in attendance at our meetings. She will be greatly missed by the Hartford Whalers Booster Club

Edrie and former Whalers goaltender Daryl Reaugh

Brass Bonanza Bus Trip on March 25, 2017 to Catch the Hurricanes Visiting New Jersey

THE BRASS BONANZA BUS IS BACK!!!

Purchase tickets here! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brass-bonanza-bus-trip-hurricanes-at-new-jersey-devils-saturday-march-25-2017-tickets-32179159733

On Saturday, March 25, 2017, the Hartford Whalers Booster Club will be traveling to the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ with LOWER LEVEL SEATS to watch the Carolina Hurricanes* take on the New Jersey Devils! All hockey fans are invited on Brass Bonanza Bus trips (you DO NOT need to be a Hartford Whalers Booster Club member)!

Hurricanes General Manager Ron Francis

The trip costs $115 per person total which includes a lower level ticket, round trip charter bus transportation from Hartford (Wethersfield) and New Haven (West Haven), and includes a PRE-GAME BUFFET!

The menu for the buffet is:
Chicken Marsala
Pasta vodka
Baked ziti
Chicken parm
Sausage and peppers
Salad
Assorted subs
Soft drinks
Coffee
Tea
Dessert

Buffet will take place at Villa Italia, 501 Stuyvesant Ave, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071, 15 minutes from the Prudential Center. Buffet is BYOB! Bus will take group from the restaurant to the arena as doors open for the 7:00 game. The trip begins as the bus leaves Wethersfield (Wolcott Hill and Jordan Lane commuter lot) at 12:00pm and stops in West Haven (commuter lot off Exit 42 on I-95) at 12:30pm. We’ll leave New Jersey a half hour after the game and should arrive back around midnight.

Join us for another great hockey trip and maybe even some Hartford Whalers-related surprises!

Tickets can be purchased online for $115 (before Eventbrite fees) at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brass-bonanza-bus-trip-hurricanes-at-new-jersey-devils-saturday-march-25-2017-tickets-32179159733

Checks can also be made payable to:
HARTFORD WHALERS BOOSTER CLUB
Attention: Trips
P.O. Box 273
Hartford, CT 06141
Mailed checks must be postmarked by February 28th for $115 per ticket (includes bus and buffet dinner as well as all gratuities)

The trip is first-come first-served and there are a limited amount of spots. Feel free to wear Hartford Whalers gear as we represent Connecticut hockey fans to the NHL! We look forward to seeing you on our FOURTH ANNUAL trip on March 25th!

* You may remember them as the Hartford Whalers until April, 1997.

“Mr. Hockey” Gordie Howe, 1928-2016

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