UConn Men's Hockey To Join Hockey East In 2014-15
In hindsight, only seven of the 26 players who were picked in the first round of the 1994 draft deserved to be first-rounders, by our calculations: [Ryan] Smyth, [Ed] Jovanovski, Jeff Friesen, Radek Bonk, Jeff O’Neill, Mattias Ohlund and Ethan Moreau. Only three — Jovanovski, Smyth and Ohlund — are still in the NHL.
Well, God bless Howard Baldwin. If nothing else, the man dreams big. What you see here (via the Hartford Courant) is the interior of a proposed $105 Million renovation to Hartford's XL Center, with the intention of scoring an NHL franchise by 2017. Ignoring the return of the Whalers for a second, from personal experiences at Monster Jam, the XL is well past due for a renovation to stay relevant, and this would be a welcome change. Bringing NHL hockey back is still a pipe dream, but doing it with a comparitively low-cost renovation to the existing building would make Baldwin a New England hockey hero. Make sure you check out the gallery of the arena and planned adjoining plaza and full plan and cost breakdown.
Ed Jovanovski being selected first overall by the Cats during the 1994 NHL Entry Draft at the Hartford Civic Center