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The Carolina Hurricanes were founded in 1971 as the New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association (WHA). They joined the NHL in 1979 and became known as the Hartford Whalers. In 1997, they relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina, and changed their name to the Carolina Hurricanes. Prior to joining the NHL, the Hurricanes/Whalers won the 1973 Avco Cup as WHA champions, and have since won a Stanley Cup, which they captured in 2006. They also reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2002, which they lost to the Detroit Red Wings.

Whalers’ All-Time Greatest Lineup

Players and even franchises come and go, oft-forgotten to the pages of history, but some remain in legend and folklore. Though the Hartford Whalers were a struggling franchise for much of its existence, legends still emerged. With the announcement that the Carolina Hurricanes will wear the revered Whalers colors and logo as their Reverse Retro jersey for the upcoming season, it’s time to look at a starting lineup of the greatest players ever to put it on. Center: Ron Francis, 1981-1991 (1998-2004 in Carolina)  When nostalgic fans think back on Whalers’ history, Ron Francis is usually the first player to come…

Hurricanes’ Jarvis Aims for Breakout 2023-24 Season

The Carolina Hurricanes are the odds-on favorites to win the Stanley Cup this season for the first time in franchise history. The recent additions of Michael Bunting, Dmitry Orlov, and plenty of others will help a team that hopes to climb to the top of the mountain. Many are wondering if this will be their year after falling in the Eastern Conference Final to the Florida Panthers in 2023. Some think that the Hurricanes can do it, others believe that the New Jersey Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs, and a few others have a better chance. However, the Hurricanes have one…

Hurricanes’ Suzuki Finding Preseason Success Shows His Pedigree

If I were to ask you about the last six years’ worth of first-round picks in the Carolina Hurricanes organization, you may struggle. Bradley Nadeau was the option the Hurricanes took at this most recent draft, but they didn’t pick in the first round of the two drafts prior. One draft was due to the offer sheet of Jesperi Kotkaniemi, and the other the Hurricanes just traded down. In the three drafts prior, two players were selected who are important parts of the big club roster; Seth Jarvis in 2020 and Andrei Svechnikov in 2018. However, in 2019, the Hurricanes…

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Hurricanes FAQ

What year were the Carolina Hurricanes founded?

The Carolina Hurricanes were founded in 1971 as the New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association (WHA).

When did the Carolina Hurricanes play their first game?

The franchise (then known as the Hartford Whalers) played its first NHL game on Oct. 11, 1979. They faced the Minnesota North Stars and lost 4-1.

Who is the current head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes?

Rod Brind’Amour is the current head coach for the Carolina Hurricanes.