Conn. unveils license plate for long-gone team

The Associated Press

Hartford, Conn. – The Hartford Whalers left Connecticut 20 years ago, but their beloved logo will now appear on vehicles gliding along the state’s highways.

The Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday unveiled a new commemorative license plate that bears the former professional hockey team’s green-and-blue insignia. Forty-five dollars from the sale of each plate will benefit a new infusion and dialysis center at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford.

A typical motor vehicle registration costs $60.

Stafford Springs Rep. Kurt Vail, a Republican who worked to pass legislation creating the plate, says support for the concept indicates how much enthusiasm remains in Connecticut for the team, which became the Carolina Hurricanes in 1997.

He and other Whalers fans are hoping Hartford will someday be home to another NHL team.