Hat Tricks to wear Nighthawks throwbacks on New Haven Night

by Casey Bryant

The Danbury Hat Tricks will pay homage to the New Haven Nighthawks, formerly of the AHL, by wearing Nighthawks throwback jerseys on Friday, January 17th against the Elmira Enforcers.

The Nighthawks were a beloved minor-league hockey team that called the New Haven Coliseum home for 20 years. They served as minor-league affiliates for the Minnesota North Stars, New York Islanders, New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings for various periods from 1972-1992.

In partnership with TK's American Cafe, which used to be based outside of New Haven Coliseum, and the aptly named New Haven Nighthawks Brewing Company, the Hat Tricks will sport black-and-orange Nighthawks sweaters in their rivalry matchup with the Elmira Enforcers before auctioning off their throwbacks after the game.

"It's a great connection to the past," said Jeff Haynes, owner of Nighthawks Brewing Company. "The idea of the [New Haven Nighthawks] beer was to keep the logo, and to someday see a Nighthawk game again. This is the mecca of what we've been trying to do." 

"I remember TK's being packed after every home game," said Tom Kennedy, owner of TK's American Cafe in Danbury. "Whether it was the Beast of New Haven (AHL) or the New Haven Knights (UHL), fans were always so passionate. And a lot of those Section 14 fans helped form Section 102 in Danbury!"

Tickets to New Haven Night on Friday, January 17th can be purchased by clicking here.