The NHL may be locked in a labor dispute, but we know we'll see hockey in Hartford this winter. The Whale's preseason schedule was announced Thursday and the first game is Oct. 3, when Connecticut hosts the Albany Devils in Cromwell.

Here's the press release from the Whale:

 

 

WHALE ANNOUNCE 2012-13 PRESEASON SCHEDULE
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Includes Local Dates in Cromwell and at Trinity College
   
 
HARTFORD, August 30, 2012:  The Connecticut Whale today announced its preseason game schedule, in which the team will prep for the upcoming 2012-13 American Hockey League season.
 
The preseason slate consists of three games, two of which will be local home outings.  Area fans’ first chance to see the Whale in action will be Wednesday, October 3, when Connecticut hosts the Albany Devils at Champions Skating Center, 6 Progress Drive in Cromwell, CT.  Faceoff for that game is 7:00 PM, and proceeds will benefit Middlesex Whalers Youth Hockey.
 
The Whale’s lone road preseason contest is scheduled for Thursday, October 4 against the Worcester Sharks at the College of the Holy Cross’ Hart Center, with faceoff at 7:00.
 
Head Coach Ken Gernander’s team then wraps up its preseason slate with a rematch vs. the Sharks Sunday, October 7 at the Koeppel Community Sports Center at Trinity College.  That game will be a 2:00 PM faceoff and is a benefit for the Ryan Gordon/Connecticut Whale Community Scholars Fund, with donations accepted at the door in lieu of an admission charge.  The fund memorializes young fan Ryan Gordon, who passed away in 2006 and asked that a portion of the monies set aside for his college education be donated to the Connecticut Whale Community Foundation.  The Koeppel Community Sports Center is located at 175 New Britain Ave. in Hartford.
 
CONNECTICUT WHALE PRESEASON SCHEDULE
 
Date                    Opponent            Venue                                                                                            Faceoff
Wed.   Oct. 3        ALBANY              CHAMPIONS SKATING CENTER, CROMWELL, CT                              7:00
Thu.    Oct. 4        at Worcester        Hart Center, College of the Holy Cross                                                7:00
Sun.    Oct. 7        WORCESTER      KOEPPEL COMMUNITY SPORTS CENTER, TRINITY COLLEGE           2:00  
 
The Whale will begin its 2012-13 regular season, the 16th season of AHL play at the XL Center, with the home opener Friday, October 12, a battle with their Nutmeg State adversaries the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.  That game faces off at 7:30 PM.
 
Season tickets for the Whale’s 2012-13 AHL season are on sale now. For information on season seats, and all of the Whale’s many ticketing options, visit www.ctwhale.com, or call the CT Whale ticket office at (860) 548-2000 to talk with an account executive today.