Another event is taking place for Hartford Whaler fans and this one has wheels on it. A few diehard Whaler fans have decided to put together a bus trip to the Nassau Coliseum. The bus will take 54 fans from Cromwell to West Haven and then on to the Nassau Long Island arena to see the New York Islanders versus the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday, February 8. The bus will leave a commuter lot off I-91 south, exit 21, in Cromwell at 2:30P.M. The Brass Bonanza Bus will also stop to pick up more fans in a West Haven commuter lot at 3:00 P.M. The plan is to get down to the arena with plenty of time to experience the restaurants and amenities before the game begins.
The bus is almost full already; a little over a dozen tickets may remain for the Hartford hockey faithful to get on board. The Islanders have been very helpful and inviting to the group of Whaler fans. They have set the group up with seats in the lower bowl of the arena and if the bus gets to the arena early enough they will let the group of Whaler fans take a photo at center ice. The bus will leave after the game and head back to Connecticut making the same stops upon returning.
If you haven't purchased your tickets yet you can do so by mailing a check of $85.00 dollars (which covers your seat at the game and a seat on the bus) to Marty Evtuschek at P. O. Box 122, Kensington, Connecticut 06037. You can also purchase tickets through PayPal to BrassBonanzaBus@gmail.com. A lower bowl seat and transportation for 85 dollars is a good deal and also makes it easier to sell tickets.
There was a large group of Whaler fans who just went to Nassau on January 4 to witness the Islanders play the Carolina Hurricanes. Many fans went to the January 4 game to cheer on the Hurricanes and Hurricane's player Ron Hainsey. Hainsey grew up in Connecticut and played youth hockey in Bolton, Connecticut. This trip will also pay homage to Jean Sebastian Giguere. Giguere is the Avalanche's back up goal tender and the last active player to have played for the Hartford Whalers.
The Whaler presence didn't go unnoticed as USA today published a small piece on the fans appearance. This group should draw similar attention and it doesn't sound like this will be the last Whaler trip to an NHL game. People are interested in continuing to plan more trips in the future. Many believe that it sends a message to the State that if people are willing to go in large groups out of the state to get their NHL hockey fix then maybe the State should look into a team to keep that money within our local economy.
People are encouraged to attend and wear their Whaler gear to the game. Everyone in the group will be sitting in the same location so I am sure you will hear some Whaler chants.
If they sell out and you miss out do not fret as the success of these trips is sure to inspire fans to put more trips on in the future.