A deal announced today keeps the Connecticut Whale hockey team in Hartford, after Madison Square Garden Sports, the parent company of the New York Rangers, last month ended its relationship with Whalers Sports and Engertainment, the partnership operated by Howard Baldwin.
AEG Management will manage the business operations, including marketing, sponsorship, ticketing and group sales for the AHL team.
Governor Malloy issued a statement calling it “good news for the City of Hartford and for hockey fans across the region.” Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra’s statement says he was pleased to see that the Madison Square Garden Company and AEG “recognize the importance (and overall impact) of maintaining a considerable presence in our great City.”
As the Connecticut Whale, and earlier, as theHartford Wolf Pack, the club has played its home games at Hartford’s XL Center since 1997. The XL Center says the team is one of the most successful franchises in the AHL.