Whalers Night, January 11th, 2020 vs LA Kings
The Whale will be back. Last season marked the first time since 1997 that the whale tail of a logo of the Hartford Whalers made an appearance in the NHL. Unlike last season where the Carolina Hurricanes donned the throwbacks for two games, one in PNC and one in Boston, both against the Bruins, this season will only feature the green uniform once.
Also unlike last season the opponent will not be the long time arch-nemesis of the Hartford Whalers, the Boston Bruins. Instead it will be a team that still to this day sits in the opposing conference in the NHL. While this won’t have the same gravitas as last season, it is still a game to go to. Especially if you missed the game last year.
While the LA Kings are still a work in progress, rebuilding a rapidly aging roster, they are still a fun team to come watch. Anze Kopitair and Drew Doughty are still legitimate NHL threats and all-star players that are worth the ticket of admission to come see match up against the Carolina Hurricanes.
The real treat of this game will be how far the team will go to make it an authentic Hartford Whalers experience. Last season they went as far as draping green logos around the arena and introduced Pucky the Whale as a physical mascot for the first time in franchise history.
This year, I would expect them to take the experience a step further. especially with the new scoreboard and upgraded 3D projector system. To miss the one time a year the PNC parties like its 1996 would be a pretty square thing to do.