What we all remember from that Sunday afternoon exactly 25 years ago is this: Nobody left the arena when the hockey game ended. The scene lingered for what seemed like an hour as the Hartford Whalers players circled up at mid-ice in the old Civic Center, saluting the fans.
It was over. A generation of major-league hockey, Connecticut’s big-time team with the unforgettable green logo, ended with a 2-1 win on April 13, 1997. Beloved captain Kevin Dineen scored the last home goal, the winner.