As reported by WFSB on Friday, Connecticut governor Daniel Malloy and Hartford mayor Luke Bronin penned a letter to the Islanders’ ownership group offering an interim (and possible permanent) home for the team if they ultimately need to leave Brooklyn.
Connecticut has been without a pro hockey team since the Hartford Whalers relocated to Carolina and became the Hurricanes in 1997. However, Malloy and Bronin used their pitch to highlight the strengths of the area — including the facilities, amenities and surrounding businesses. The Hartford-New Haven television market is also the largest in the country without a pro sports team.
Here’s the letter, in full:
One letter obviously doesn’t make Hartford the leader in the clubhouse (or even a legitimate candidate) to become the Islanders’ new home, but I’m sure it’s exciting for many hockey fans, especially in that area, to see that the interest is there.