The Whalers Fan Fest will be held Saturday at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.
Former Whalers owner Howard Baldwin is taking baby steps toward bringing the NHL back to Hartford. Step one: make the pro sport relevant again. And what better way to start than to bring back Hartford’s heroes from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s.
Among the players who will be returning to reunite with the faithful will be Alan Hangsleben, a defenseman/left wing from the WHA days.
“Hank” was a big, raw-boned kid from Minnesota, who chose the WHA Whalers over the NHL Canadiens when the two leagues were vying for talent. His reputation as a gamer and his willingness to mix it up didn’t go unnoticed by fans who made him their “Favorite Whaler” of the 1977-78 season. And we had the same hair style.
If you bump into him at Rentschler Field Saturday, tell him I still have his sweater. Game worn vintage stuff, with the harpoon logo and Pucky the Whale.
And no, he can’t have it back.