Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Mayor Luke Bronin electrified Connecticut hockey fans Friday with a letter to the owners of the NHL's New York Islanders asking them to consider moving to Hartford's XL Center.
In a state that has not forgotten the Whalers' departure in 1997 and the Patriots snub of Hartford in 1999, Malloy and Bronin's letter was met with both excitement and bewilderment.
"This is a ready market anxious for an NHL team, eager to fill seats, buy merchandise, and support your team," Malloy and Bronin wrote.
The Islanders moved to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2015 after more than four decades at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island. But the...