Not a single Hartford sports fan hasn't heard that lively tune at least once, but there are not too many who are familiar with how it became identified with Whalers Hockey...

George Ducharme, the co-ordinator of the 1986 All-Star game in Hartford knows all about it. He "discovered" the song, and, quite by accident. "It was one of those lucky things," he recalls. "The song was handed to us - arranged and orchestrated - in 1975-76 and we didn't have to do a thing...

"During the second season the team was in Hartford (1975-76) I began to notice that there was something missing in the atmosphere in the building. We needed something, like a theme song, to add to the excitement when a goal was scored. But coming up with the right song was a different matter," he said...

George's search unknowingly turned in the right direction, however, when he received his copy of the Whalers' highlights LP. The record contained lively strains picked up at a music library to serve as "bridges" from one group of highlights to another...

"I had the record at home for a couple of weeks," Ducharme said, "but never played it. Then, one Sunday, we had company over and one of the guests played the record for fun. When I heard the song I knew immediately it was perfect for us."

The title of the song is "Brass Bonanza," and there is an unusual story about it's author. It seems the fellow who composed it, Jack Say, was an aspiring musician who wrote some music and sold it to a record library. He then moved to Austria looking for more work...

"Needless to say he was surprised to hear how popular one of his songs was in Hartford, and that he wasn't going to receive anything for it!" said Ducharme...

After having completed licensing arrangements to make the song Whalers' property, Ducharme produced it into a record and the Hartford sports public responded tremendously.