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Hip to be Whale: Hartford Merchandise Red Hot ... Panthers Going Blue?

FoxwhalersSlow day here at One Herald Pines Plaza so I've spent some time surfing that ol' internet thing.

Found a cool story regarding the Hartford Whalers and a reunion/fan fest held at then UConn football stadium this past weekend.

A bunch of former players were there and it sounds like it's going to become an annual deal.

To keep the spirit of the old Whalers going, The Hartford Courant has opened a stand-alone Whalers website. Has a ton of stories and pictures. It's worth a visit.

One of the stories on the site regards the uptick in Hartford merchandise. Sales are through the roof, and you seem to see it everywhere.

That's Megan Fox, on the left, doing her part to keep folks interested in the Whalers.

One rep says there's little doubt the Whalers have moved into the top five in NHL sales. And that's with the team not having played as the Whalers since moving to Carolina in 1997.

Whalers Got to admit, it's one of the coolest logos professional sports has ever seen.

I know I get a lot of comments when I wear my Whalers gear out and about. Not as many comments as Ms. Fox does, but whatever.

-- With cool logos in mind -- or not -- word on the street is the Panthers are likely going to keep the leaping Panther as their primary logo in 2011-12 while changing the team's colors from the H. Wayne picked blue-gold-red to the Tampa Bay Rays scheme we saw last year.

The blue-on-blue color scheme (what do we call it? The JetBlues? The Sunrise Rays?) apparently will be the Panthers uniform look by that season.

Pantherthird I have not confirmed this yet with people at the top, but even Stanley C. Panther's travel van has been transformed with the new colors and the website is using them exclusively.

The Panthers have been wanting to jump start their look -- read: merchandise sales -- for a long time now.

Some team officials have been wanting to change the current logo to the third jersey crest (at left) although owner Cliff Viner is opposed to it, with Fiu one staffer telling me he thinks it looks like it belongs to the FIU Panthers -- and doesn't look sharp enough to be a pro logo.

He has a great point.

While the third crest logo isn't going anywhere for now, word is the Panther with the breaking stick is the logo of the future. In some shape or form.

In 2011-12, the current thirds would become the home jersey with a new white/blue/light blue coming for the road. Panther 

The third jersey -- if the stick breaking panther is indeed the primary logo -- could incorporate the head crest. If there is a third jersey. Probably won't for the first few years of the redesign.

I'm sure there are people hard at work on this as we speak. Here's hoping they fix the dopey FLA logo...

And leave the palm tree/hockey stick shoulder patch alone...

-- Back to the Whale: If you are jonesing to hear the old Brass Bonanaza, here's a great website for you. Many editions of the old Whalers fight song.

-- As of 4:21 p.m., I am two people short of hitting 2,000 Twitter followers. Spread the word. Would like to hit 2K by 4:30.

Twitter: @OnFrozenPond

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