The Final Whaler

The Final WhalerWhile I was unplugged for a few days earlier this week, Jean-Sebastien Giguere retired. He was the last former Hartford Whaler playing in the NHL. He played eight games for the Whalers in 1996-97.

It's the end of an era. Assuming Chris Pronger doesn't make a comeback, there are no more Whalers in the NHL.


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I hate (OK, "intensely dislike" if you don't care for "hate") all of those goal, home run, etc. horns. I know that some American arenas that suffered from pathetic attendance in the stands brought them in to create an illusion of more celebration and excitement when the home team scored. It's just another pathetic example of artificial embellishment these days. Is there a more glorious sound at a sports event than the pure excitement, exhilaration and celebration of the FANS cheering for their team? If there is, I have yet to hear it.

I don't think there are many former WHA team players left. I don't follow hockey enough anymore (that's since moving to Toronto in 1976 and being exposed to a sorely losing new "home" team for me) to be able to put any kind of number on it. I'm sure someone out there can. Teemu Selanne has finally retired, he being the most-famous of the original NHL Winnipeg Jets.

August 29, 2014 @ 12:19 PM


I like Giguere and wish him well in his post playing life.

August 29, 2014 @ 11:10 PM

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