What we all remember from that Sunday afternoon exactly 25 years ago is this: No one left the arena when the hockey game ended. The scene lasted for what looked like an hour as the Hartford Whalers players circled up in the middle of the ice in the old Civic Center and greeted the fans.
It was over. A generation of major-league hockey, Connecticut’s great NHL team with the unforgettable green logo, ended in a 2-1 victory on April 13, 1997. The beloved captain Kevin Dineen scored the last home goal, the winner.