The Danbury Whalers took home the Federal Hockey League Championship last year with a perfect 6-0 post-season campaign against their archrivals, the Dayton Devils. Now with a target squarely on their back, the Whalers look to get ready for the 2013-2014 season with new player signings and the return of some fan favorites. The 2013 Playoffs MVP goaltender Mike Brown returns for the new season and AHL veteran Phil Aucoin returns to the Whalers for another tour, while the Whalers resign fan favorite defenseman Julian Fraser, who racked up an impressive 189 penalty minutes and 20 points in 45 games last year. Perhaps most importantly, coach Phil Esposito of East Haven, Connecticut, returns for his third tour at the helm of the Whalers.
These veterans will be joined by some talented youths that were drafted into the FHL out of college. One is Kyle Verbeek, son of National Hockey League star and veteran Patrick Verbeek, who played both for the Hartford Whalers and the New York Rangers and racked up over 1,000 career points. The Whalers