Bruins, Whalers Fans Should Appreciate the Providence-Connecticut Rivalry

November 30th, 2012 by Al Daniel Leave a reply »
While nothing is ever technically guaranteed, everyone will be better off the sooner hockey fans in the heart of Connecticut come to terms with the Hartford Whalers being gone for good.

It has been 15 years since "the Whale" bolted the congested virtual dividing line between New England and New York sports allegiance. But while the NHL’s Battle of New England is strictly a trove of memories now, there has been a radiant silver lining for both Boston Bruins buffs and the not-so-orphaned Hartford hockey fanbase.

That silver lining, namely the AHL rivalry between the Providence Bruins and Connecticut Whale, may never have shined brighter or in a more prominent view than it is right now.

In the midst of an NHL lockout, the next-best league in North America presses on with one team brandishing Boston’s colors and nickname and another bearing the same colors and affectionate nickname of its predecessor.

Friday night will mark the second of six Bruins-Whale bouts this season and the first at the Dunkin' Donuts Center, Boston’s prospect base and the best-attended AHL facility in the region.

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