Norfolk Admirals 3, Connecticut Whale 1
By Bruce Berlet
Hartford, CT, March 10, 2012 – Connecticut Hockey Hall of Fame Night at the XL Center on Saturday proved to be a fitting backdrop to two of the hottest and best teams in the AHL squaring off.
Connecticut youth hockey alumni Brian Leetch, who was raised in Cheshire and is a Hockey Hall of Famer, and Fairfield native Julie Chu, a three-time Olympian and all-time leading scorer in women’s college hockey while at Harvard, fittingly got the special night started by dropping the ceremonial first puck.
Leetch, who spent most of an 18-year NHL career with the New York Rangers and ended it with the Boston Bruins, and Chu were then inducted during the first intermission of the Connecticut Whale’s game with the Norfolk Admirals with former Hartford Whalers standouts Mike Liut, Pat Verbeek and Blaine Stoughton, the late William E. Barnes, a founder of the New England Whalers, and Hartford Wolf Pack/Whale icon Ken Gernander, who had to take...