The Hartford Wolf Pack will honor 40 years of pro hockey history in Hartford with a “Hartford Hockey Heritage Weekend” celebration at the team’s home games this Friday and Saturday, January 30 and 31.
The Wolf Pack host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the XL Center on Friday night, and the Springfield Falcons visit on Saturday night. Both games face off at 7:00 PM.
At Friday night’s game, the first 3,000 fans will receive a Hartford Hockey poster, arrayed with classic photographs of Hartford Whaler and Wolf Pack action, courtesy of Toasted. Also, fans can view the AHL’s Calder Cup at both Hartford Hockey Heritage Weekend games, and can also enjoy a collection of game-worn Whaler and Wolf Pack jerseys exhibited by the MeiGray Group. This includes sweaters worn by Whaler luminaries Gordie, Mark and Marty Howe, Larry Pleau and Rick Meagher, as well as a Peter Fiorentino jersey from the Wolf Pack’s inaugural season of 1997-98.
Then, on Saturday night, there will be another exciting promotional giveaway, as the first 2,000 fans into the game will take home a Wolf Pack team trading card set, presented by Team Ferior. In addition to that, the Hockey Hall of Fame will be exhibiting a collection of Hartford-oriented memorabilia, featuring an extensive display of mementos from Hartford hockey greats like Ron Francis, Mark Howe and Ken Gernander.
Advance sales have Saturday’s game closing in on a lower-bowl sellout.
The full array of Hockey Hall of Fame items that will be available for viewing includes:
• The WHA’s AVCO World Trophy.
• The WHA’s Lou Kaplan Award (Rookie of the Year).
• The NHL’s Bill Masterton Award (Dedication and Perseverance).
• Terry Caffery 1972-73 New England Whalers WHA jersey.
• Jack Carlson New England Whalers WHA jersey.
• Tim Sheehy 1973-74 New England Whalers WHA jersey.
• Pucks from the Hartford Whalers’ first NHL home game, October 19, 1979 at the Springfield Civic Center.
• Pucks from the Hartford Whalers’ first NHL home game at the Hartford Civic Center, February 6, 1980.
• Bobby Hull 1979-80 Hartford Whalers NHL jersey.
• Blaine Stoughton 1979-80 Hartford Whalers NHL stick.
• Mike Rogers 1980-81 Hartford Whalers NHL stick.
• Mike Veisor (1980-83) Hartford Whalers NHL goaltender mask.
• Mark Howe Hartford Whalers 1981 NHL All-Star commemorative puck.
• Ron Francis (1981-91) Hartford Whalers NHL equipment bag.
• Dave Keon 1981-82 Hartford Whalers NHL jersey.
• Brad Shaw (1985-92) Hartford Whalers NHL helmet.
• Ron Francis 1986-87 Hartford Whalers NHL jersey.
• Brad Shaw 1989-90 Hartford Whalers NHL gloves.
• Ron Francis 1990s-era Hartford Whalers NHL shoulder pads.
• Brad Shaw 1990s-era Hartford Whalers NHL hockey pants.
• Brad Shaw 1991-92 Hartford Whalers NHL gloves.
• Brad Shaw 1991-92 Hartford Whalers NHL socks.
• Andrew Cassels 1992-93 Hartford Whalers NHL autographed puck.
• Sean Burke 1993-94 Hartford Whalers NHL jersey.
• Pat Verbeek 1993-94 Hartford Whalers NHL jersey.
• Sean Burke 1996-97 Hartford Whalers NHL goaltender pads.
• Sean Burke 1996-97 Hartford Whalers NHL goaltender gloves.
• Various Hartford Whaler NHL souvenirs.
• Ken Gernander Hartford Wolf Pack 1999 AHL All-Star jersey.
• Ken Gernander Hartford Wolf Pack 2000 AHL All-Star hockey socks.
• Derek Armstrong Hartford Wolf Pack 1999-00 AHL Calder Cup helmet.
• Derek Armstrong Hartford Wolf Pack 1999-00 AHL Calder Cup skates.
• Derek Armstrong Hartford Wolf Pack 1999-00 AHL Calder Cup stick.
• Hartford Wolf Pack 1999-00 AHL Calder Cup pucks.
• Mike Mottau Hartford Wolf Pack 2001 AHL All-Star stick.
• Jason LaBarbera Hartford Wolf Pack 2003-04 AHL jersey.
• Ken Gernander Hartford Wolf Pack 2004-05 AHL stick.
• Thomas Pöck Hartford Wolf Pack 2006 AHL All-Star jersey.
• Ryan Callahan Hartford Wolf Pack 2007 AHL All-Star stick.
• Artem Anisimov Hartford Wolf Pack 2009 AHL All-Star hockey pant shell.
Tickets for the Hartford Hockey Heritage Weekend games, and all 2014-15 Wolf Pack home games, are now on sale at the XL Center ticket office, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499. Wolf Pack tickets start as low as $12 for youth 12 years old or younger.
To speak with a Wolf Pack representative about season or group tickets, or any of the Wolf Pack’s many ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451, or click here to request more info.