1972 Hartford Founding Year Crewneck SweatshirtRegular price $58.00
The Whalers franchise started as the 'New England Whalers,' playing in Boston as one of the WHA's original teams in 1972. The team held the WHA's best record through the first season of play, eventually going on a run to win the inaugural Avco World Trophy (the WHA championship).
The club played many of its first season's home games at the Boston Garden and the Whalers found themselves fourth in priority for dates behind the NHL's Bruins, Boston Celtics and even the American Hockey League's Boston Braves. Fed up with the situation, the owners decided to move the team elsewhere: Hartford, Connecticut where a brand new arena was already being built. On January 11, 1975 the team played its first game at the Hartford Civic Center in front of a sellout crowd.
- Relaxed, unisex fit
- 8.5oz 75% ring-spun cotton/25% poly fleece
- Split stitch double needle sewing on all seams for durability
- Printed in New York