April 13, 1997 -- The Whalers finish 18 years of NHL play in Hartford with a 2-1 victory over Tampa Bay. Kevin Dineen scores the last Whalers goal at the Civic Center (Geoff Sanderson and Andrew Cassels assisting). April 21, 1997 -- Simsbury developer Stephen D. Fish announces he is trying to formulate a plan to keep the Whalers in Hartford. Under his scenario, Fish and a group of investors would buy 49 percent of the team from Karmanos.
John Clarke Russ / Special to the Hartford Courant