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You’re Saying There’s a Chance? CT Pitches Hockey’s NY Islanders on Hartford

February 6, 2017 By Staff
You’re Saying There’s a Chance? CT Pitches Hockey’s NY Islanders on Hartford

On Friday, Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) and Mayor Luke Bronin (D-Hartford) launched a bid to bring the New York Islanders to Hartford.

It has been 20 years since the Whalers left Hartford for the Carolinas, a move that devastated sports fans across the state.

For devoted hockey fans, though, there may be reason for some hope:

The Hartford Islanders?

It could happen if the governor of Connecticut and mayor of Hartford have their wish granted.

The pair of officials — Governor Dannel Malloy and Mayor Luke Bronin — sent a joint letter addressed to New York Islanders ownership Friday inviting the NHL club to play at Hartford’s XL Center. The message comes in the wake of a Bloomberg report that Brooklyn’s Barclays Center will no longer play host to the Islanders following the 2018-19 season.

Last year, sports blog ThePostGame noted that Hartford is one of the 10 largest markets in the U.S. without a major professional sports team.

Of course, one major obstacle for Hartford to attracting a sports team will be its dire fiscal situation. A recent report from the Yankee Institute said Hartford may need a “state bailout or bankruptcy protection” in the near future.