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1-hour special debuts on the free NBC Connecticut News streaming channel on July 24 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

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WEST HARTFORD, CT – (July 19, 2023) – NBC Connecticut / WVIT’s new original documentary, Hartford Whalers: From Heartbeat to Heartbreak, debuts on Monday, July 24 at 8PM ET through the free NBC Connecticut News Channel for 24/7 streaming news.

The one-hour special tells the story of Connecticut’s beloved and missed professional hockey team, the Hartford Whalers, the National Hockey League team that relocated to North Carolina to become the Hurricanes in 1997.  The exclusive documentary features emotional testimonies from former owners, players, and booster club members from the team’s tenure in Connecticut.

Following the debut of Hartford Whalers: From Heartbeat to Heartbreak on the NBC Connecticut News streaming channel – which is available on The Roku Channel, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung TV Plus, Xumo Play, and Google TV – the documentary will be available online at and on the NBC Connecticut App. On Saturday, July 29 at 7PM ET, audiences can enjoy the TV broadcast premiere of the documentary airing on NBC Connecticut.

“We are excited to bring this unique and fascinating documentary to our viewers, retelling the story of our beloved hometown hockey team, and highlighting the lasting impact the Hartford Whalers left on Connecticut sports, pop culture, and fans all these years later,” said Tracy Davis, VP of News for NBC CT.


About NBC Connecticut
Owned by NBCUniversal, NBC Connecticut / WVIT serves its audience with local news and weather information across multiple platforms, including more than 40 hours of newscasts each week on WVIT and online at The station is Connecticut’s leader with Facebook and Instagram followers and provides mobile users on-the-go breaking news updates and weather information through a customized application. NBC Connecticut’s commitment to excellence in journalism has been recognized with numerous Emmy Awards, and the prestigious Peabody Award and Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award.


Ryan Perri