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Carolina Hurricanes
2014–15 Carolina Hurricanes season
Conference Eastern
Division Metropolitan
Founded 1972
History New England Whalers
19721979 (WHA)
Hartford Whalers
19791997 (NHL)
Carolina Hurricanes
1997–present
Home arena PNC Arena
City Raleigh, North Carolina
ECM-Uniform-CAR.png
Colors Red, Black, White
              
Media FS Hurricanes
ESPN The Fan (99.9 FM)
The Buzz (620 AM)
Owner(s) Peter Karmanos
General manager Ron Francis
Head coach Bill Peters
Captain Eric Staal
Minor league affiliates Charlotte Checkers (AHL)
Florida Everblades (ECHL)
Stanley Cups 1 (2005–06)
Conference championships 2 (2001–02, 2005–06)
Presidents' Trophies 0
Division championships 3 (1998–99, 2001–02, 2005–06)
Official website hurricanes.nhl.com

The Carolina Hurricanes are a professional ice hockey team based in Raleigh, North Carolina. They are members of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL), and play their home games at the 18,680-seat PNC Arena. They are the only major league professional sports team in North Carolina to play in Raleigh; the state's other two major franchises, the NFL's Carolina Panthers and the NBA's Charlotte Hornets, are based in Charlotte.

The Hurricanes were formed in 1971 as the New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association (WHA), and joined the NHL in 1979 as part of the NHL–WHA merger, renaming themselves the Hartford Whalers. The team relocated to North Carolina in 1997 and won its first Stanley Cup during the 2005–06 season, beating the Edmonton Oilers four games to three.

Franchise history[edit]

New England (1971–1997)[edit]

Main article: Hartford Whalers

The New England Whalers were established in November 1971 when the WHA awarded a franchise to begin play in Boston, Massachusetts. For the first two years of their existence, the club played their home games at the Boston Arena and Boston Garden. With the increasing difficulty of scheduling games at Boston Garden (owned by the NHL rival Boston Bruins), the owners decided to move the team to Hartford, Connecticut beginning with the 1974-75 season. While waiting for the completion of a new arena in Hartford, the Whalers played the first part of the season at The Big E Coliseum in West Springfield, Massachusetts. On January 11, 1975, the team played its first game in front of a sellout crowd at the Hartford Civic Center Coliseum, and would maintain its home there through 1997.

As one of the most stable WHA teams, the Whalers, along with the Edmonton Oilers, Quebec Nordiques, and Winnipeg Jets, were admitted to the NHL when the rival leagues merged in 1979. Because the NHL already had a team in the New England area, the Boston Bruins, the former WHA team was renamed the Hartford Whalers. The Whalers were never as successful in the NHL as they had been in the WHA, recording only three winning seasons. They peaked in the mid-to-late 1980s, winning their only playoff series in 1986 over the Nordiques before bowing out in the second round to the Montreal Canadiens, taking the Habs to overtime of Game 7 in the process. The next year, the club secured the regular-season Adams Division title, only to fall to the Nordiques in six games in the first round of the playoffs. In 1992, the Whalers made the playoffs for the final time, but were bounced in the first round in seven games by the Canadiens.

North Carolina (1997–present)[edit]

The Whalers were plagued for most of their existence by limited marketability. Hartford was the smallest American market in the league, and was located on the traditional dividing line between the home territories for New York City and Boston teams. It didn't help matters that the Hartford Civic Center was one of the smallest arenas in the league, seating just over 15,000 people for hockey. The Whalers' off-ice problems were magnified when the start of the 1990s triggered a spike in player salaries.

Despite assurances made when he purchased the team in 1994 that the Whalers would remain in Hartford at least through 1998, in March 1997 owner Peter Karmanos announced that the team would move elsewhere after the 1996–97 season because of the team's inability to negotiate a satisfactory construction and lease package for a new arena in Hartford. On May 6, 1997, Karmanos announced that the Whalers would move to the Research Triangle area of North Carolina and the new Entertainment and Sports Arena in Raleigh. Due to the relatively short time frame for the move, Karmanos himself thought of and decided upon the new name for the club, the Carolina Hurricanes, rather than holding a contest as is sometimes done. Later that summer, the team dropped the Whalers' colors of blue, green and silver for a new black-and-red scheme, matching the colors of the North Carolina State University Wolfpack, with whose men's basketball team they would share the arena in Raleigh. In defiance of all geographic reality, the Hurricanes inherited the Whalers' place in the Northeast Division.

Unfortunately, the ESA would not be complete for two more years. The only arena in the Triangle area with an ice plant was Dorton Arena, a 45-year-old arena completely unsuitable for NHL hockey; at 5,100 seats, it was too small even for temporary use. The Hurricanes were thus forced to play home games in Greensboro, 90 minutes west of Raleigh, for their first two seasons after the move. However, the team would be based in Raleigh and practice in nearby Hillsborough—effectively saddling the Hurricanes with 82 road games for the next two years. This choice was disastrous for the franchise's attendance and reputation. With a capacity of over 21,000 people for hockey, the Greensboro Coliseum became the highest-capacity arena in the NHL. However, Triangle-area fans balked at making the 80-mile drive down I-40 to Greensboro. Likewise, fans from the Piedmont Triad mostly refused to support a lame-duck team that had displaced the Greensboro/Carolina Monarchs minor-league franchise. As a result, while the opening game drew a sellout (and is still the largest home crowd in franchise history), most games in Greensboro attracted crowds of 10,000 or fewer. The crowds looked even smaller than that in the cavernous environment. Furthermore, only 29 out of 82 games were televised (over-the-air and cable combined), and radio play-by-play coverage on WPTF was often pre-empted by Wolfpack basketball (for whose broadcasts WPTF was the flagship station), leaving these games totally unavailable to those who did not have a ticket. With by far the smallest season-ticket base in the NHL and attendance figures routinely well below the league average, Sports Illustrated ran a story titled "Natural Disaster,"[1] and ESPN anchors mocked the "Green Acres" of empty seats; in a 2006 interview, Karmanos admitted that "as it turns out, [Greensboro] was probably a mistake."[2] Under the circumstances, the Hurricanes managed to stay competitive, but still finished last in the Northeast Division with 74 points, nine points out of the playoffs.

For 1998–99 the Hurricanes curtained off most of the upper deck, lowering the Coliseum's listed capacity to about 12,000. Attendance continued to lag; most games attracted crowds of well under 10,000. On the ice, however, the 'Canes were now out of the doldrums; led by the return of longtime Whalers captain Ron Francis, Keith Primeau's 30 goals, and Gary Roberts' 178 penalty minutes, they tallied their first winning season and playoff appearance since 1992. They also won the new Southeast Division by eight points, only their second division title as an NHL team (following the 1987 Adams Division title as the Whalers). However, tragedy struck hours after the team's first-round loss to the Bruins, when defenceman Steve Chiasson was thrown from his pickup truck and killed in a single-vehicle drunk-driving accident.

Carolina's secondary logo "Storm Warning Flag", also served as the team's 2008-09 center-ice logo. The triangle behind the flag represents North Carolina's Research Triangle.

Despite their move to the brand-new ESA, the Hurricanes played lackluster hockey in 1999–2000, failing to make the playoffs. In 2000–01, though, they claimed the eighth seed, nosing out Boston, and landed a first-round date with the defending champs, the New Jersey Devils. Although the Devils bounced the Hurricanes in six games, the series is seen as the real "arrival" of hockey in the Triangle. Down 3–0 in the series, the Hurricanes extended it to a sixth game, thereby becoming only the tenth team in NHL history to do so. Game 6 in Raleigh featured their best playoff crowd that year, as well as their loudest.[3] Despite the 5–1 loss, Carolina was given a standing ovation by their home crowd as the game ended, erasing some of the doubts that the city would not warm up to the team.[4]

2001–02 Stanley Cup Finals[edit]

The Hurricanes made national waves for the first time in the 2002 playoffs. They survived a late charge from the Washington Capitals to win the division, but expectations were low entering the first round against the defending Eastern Conference champion Devils. However, Arturs Irbe and Kevin Weekes were solid in goal, and the Hurricanes won two games in overtime as they put away the Devils in six games. Their second-round matchup was against the Montreal Canadiens, who were riding a wave of emotion after their captain Saku Koivu's return from cancer treatment. In the third period of Game 4 in Montreal, down 2–1 in the series and 3–0 in the game, Carolina would tie the game and then win on Niclas Wallin's overtime goal. The game became known to Hurricanes fans as the "Miracle at Molson"; Carolina won the next two games by a combined 13–3 margin over a dejected Habs club to take the series.

In the Eastern Conference Finals, Carolina met the heavily favored Toronto Maple Leafs. In Game 6 in Toronto, the Leafs' Mats Sundin tied the game with 22 seconds remaining to send it to overtime, where Carolina's Martin Gélinas would score to send the franchise to their first Stanley Cup Finals. During this series, several Hurricanes fan traditions drew hockey-wide media attention for the first time: fans met the team at the airport on the return from every road trip, and echoed football-season habits honed for games across the parking lot by hosting massive tailgate parties before each home game, a relative novelty in the cold-weather-centric NHL. Inside the building, the CBC's Don Cherry lauded the RBC Center as "the loudest building in the NHL", praise that would be echoed in 2006.[5]

In the Stanley Cup Finals, Carolina would face the Detroit Red Wings, thought to be the prohibitive favorite all year. Though the Canes stunned the Wings in Game 1, when Francis scored in the first minute of overtime, Detroit stormed back to win the next four games. Game 3 in Raleigh featured a triple-overtime thriller (won by Detroit's Igor Larionov, the oldest player to score a last-round goal).

The Hurricanes looked poised to pick up where they left off in 2002-03, but never recovered from a 10-loss January and finished dead last in the league with 61 points. After a similarly slow start to the 2003-04 season, Paul Maurice, who had been the team's coach since midway through their next-to-last season in Hartford, was fired and replaced with former New York Islanders bench boss Peter Laviolette. Under Laviolette, Weekes remained tough, but the offense was suspect; center Josef Vasicek led the team with a mere 19 goals and 26 assists for 45 points. Many of the new fans attracted to the team (and to hockey itself) during the 2002 playoff run lost interest and attendance declined. One of the few positive results of these losing years was the team's drafting of future star Eric Staal in 2003.

2005–06 Stanley Cup champions[edit]

The outcome of the 2004–05 NHL lockout led to the shrinking of the payroll to $26 million. The 'Canes, however, turned out to be one of the NHL's biggest surprises, turning in the best season in the franchise's 34-year history. They finished the regular season with a 52–22–8 record and 112 points, shattering the previous franchise records of 94 points (in the WHA) set by the 1972-73 Whalers and 93 points (in the NHL) set in 1986–87. It was the first time ever that the franchise had passed the 50-win and 100-point plateaus. The 112-point figure was good for fourth overall in the league, easily their highest overall finish as an NHL team (tied with third-overall Dallas on points, but with one fewer win than the Stars) and second in the East (one point behind the Ottawa Senators). The Hurricanes also ran away with their third Southeast Division title, finishing 20 points ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Attendance increased from 2003–04, averaging just under 15,600 per game, and the team made a profit for the first time since the move from Hartford.[6]

Carolina's Stanley Cup banner hanging at PNC Arena

In the playoffs, after losing the first two games of the conference quarterfinal series against the Montreal Canadiens, Laviolette lifted goalkeeper Martin Gerber - who had been struggling to regain his form after playing through a bout of intestinal flu - in favor of rookie Cam Ward. The Hurricanes went on to win both games in Montreal, tying up the playoff series and turning the momentum around, winning the series on a Game Six overtime goal by Cory Stillman. Carolina faced the New Jersey Devils in the conference semifinals, which proved surprisingly one-sided, as the Hurricanes beat the Devils in five games. Stillman struck again, once again scoring the series-winning goal.

In the Eastern Conference finals, the Hurricanes faced the Buffalo Sabres, who had finished just one spot behind the Hurricanes in the overall standings. The contentious series saw both coaches — Lindy Ruff and Laviolette — taking public verbal shots at each other's team, but in the deciding Game Seven, the Hurricanes rallied with three goals in the third to win by a score of 4–2. Rod Brind'Amour scored the game winner as the Hurricanes reached the Stanley Cup finals for the second time in team history.

The Cup finals were against the Edmonton Oilers, the first time in NHL history that two former WHA franchises had played against one another in the finals. The Canes rallied from a 3–0 deficit in Game 1 to win 5–4 after Rod Brind'Amour scored with 30 seconds left. In Game 2, the 'Canes shelled the Oilers 5–0 to take a two-game lead.

The Oilers won Game 3 in Edmonton, 2–1, as Ryan Smyth scored the game-winning goal with 2:47 left to play. Carolina rebounded in Game 4 with a 2–1 victory, and came home with a chance to win the Cup on home ice. However, game five saw the Oilers come back with a stunning 4–3 overtime win on a shorthanded breakaway by Fernando Pisani. In Game 6 in Edmonton, Carolina was soundly defeated 4–0; the only bright point for the Hurricanes was the return of forward Erik Cole from a broken neck that had sidelined him since March.

In Game 7, before the second-largest home crowd in franchise history (18,978), the Hurricanes won 3-1, sealing the Hurricanes' first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history. Ward was honored with the Conn Smythe Trophy for the playoffs' most valuable player, becoming just the fourth rookie to be honored with the award. Several Canes raised the Cup for the first time in long NHL careers; Rod Brind'Amour and Bret Hedican had both played over 15 years without winning the Cup, while Glen Wesley — the last remaining Hartford Whaler on the Hurricanes' roster — had waited 18 seasons.

The Hurricanes' Stanley Cup championship marked the first professional major league sports title for a team from North Carolina. As well, they were the first NHL team to win the Stanley Cup despite losing at least nine playoff games in that year. The 2011 Boston Bruins and the 2014 Los Angeles Kings are the only other teams to have accomplished the feat.

After the Cup[edit]

The Hurricanes were unable to follow up their success. In 2006–07, the Hurricanes finished third in the Southeast and eleventh overall in the Eastern Conference. This finish made them the first champions since the 1938–39 Chicago Black Hawks to have failed to qualify for the playoffs both the seasons before and after their championship season. In 2007-08, Carolina again missed out as Washington stormed back to take the division title on the last day of the season, leaving the Hurricanes second in the division and ninth overall in the conference, and making the Canes only the second club in NHL history to miss the playoffs for two seasons running after a Cup triumph.

2008–present[edit]

After a slow start to the 2008-09 season, Cup-winning coach Peter Laviolette was fired in early December and replaced by his own predecessor, Paul Maurice. Teetering on the edge of the playoff picture again, the club, on February 7, acquired utility forward Jussi Jokinen from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Wade Brookbank, Josef Melichar and Carolina’s fourth-round draft pick in 2009, then reacquired winger Erik Cole from Edmonton at the March trade deadline and proceeded on a 12-3-2 run to close out the season. The stretch run included nine straight wins, matching a franchise record from the 2005-06 season, and capped off a streak of 12 straight home wins, which set a new franchise mark. The team finished sixth in the Eastern Conference with 97 points, the second-most points in franchise history.

The Canes' 2009 playoff run featured two tight series with dramatic finishes. Game 4 of the first round matchup with the New Jersey Devils saw Stanley Cup playoff history when Jussi Jokinen scored with .2 seconds left in regulation to win the game, the latest regulation game-winning goal in NHL history. Then in Game 7, the Devils took a 3-2 lead into the final two minutes of the game at the Prudential Center in Newark before the Canes struck. With 1:20 to play, Tim Gleason saved a puck on his knees at the right point, passed it to Joni Pitkanen on the left boards, who then hit Game 4 hero Jussi Jokinen at the far post for the tying goal. Just 48 seconds later, Chad LaRose sprang Eric Staal for a solo down-ice rush to give the Canes 4-3 game and series wins; Staal's goal was the latest regulation Game 7 winning goal in playoff history. In the second round matchup with top-seeded Boston, the Canes ran out to a 3-1 lead before the Bruins battled back for two wins; in Game 7 in Boston Scott Walker scored the game and series winner 18:46 into overtime to send Carolina to the Eastern Conference finals against Pittsburgh. The Penguins, though, put a decisive end to the Canes' string, sweeping the series 4 games to 0 on the way to their own Stanley Cup championship.

As a result of their surprise run, very few changes were made in the off-season. Veterans such as Aaron Ward, Andrew Alberts, and Stephane Yelle were brought in to help drive the team further, but things did not go according to plan. The Hurricanes experienced a fourteen-game losing streak spanning October and November, and midway through the year, the Canes replaced their only post-lockout captain Rod Brind'Amour with Eric Staal. Despite improved play during the second half of the season, they could not overcome the deficit from early on in the season. The Hurricanes would end up with the 7th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, eventually selecting Jeff Skinner from the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League. Brind'Amour retired over the 2010 offseason to take a coaching job with the club.

The 2010-11 year was widely expected to be a transitional year from the veteran-heavy, high-salary club that opened 2009-10 to a younger, cheaper base. The Canes, though, contended for a playoff slot for the entire season, aided by Skinner's emergence as an offensive phenomenon who, as the youngest player in the league, would lead all rookies in points. Raleigh hosted the 2011 NHL All-Star Game in January, and Eric Staal captained a team he selected (opposite a team selected by the Detroit Red Wings' Nicklas Lidstrom) that featured Skinner (the youngest All-Star in NHL history), Cam Ward, and (for the SuperSkills competition) defenseman Jamie McBain. The Hurricanes went into the final day of the season able to determine their own fate, but lost 6-2 to the Tampa Bay Lightning to finish ninth in the East. Skinner was awarded the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year, the first player in franchise history to receive that honor. In December 2011, the Carolina Hurricanes fired coach Paul Maurice and hired Kirk Muller. On Monday, February 20, 2012, the Carolina Hurricanes signed Tim Gleason to a four-year $16m extension and on Wednesday February 22, 2012 they also signed Tuomo Ruutu to a four-year $19m extension. Two months later the Carolina Hurricanes announced that they had signed Jiri Tlusty to a two-year deal that would pay him $1.5 million for the 2012-2013 season and $1.7 million for the 2013-2014 season.

On May 9, 2012 the 2006 Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes game 7 championship victory was recognized as one of the NC Hall of Fame's "Great Moments" series.

On draft day, the Carolina Hurricanes traded Brandon Sutter, Brian Dumoulin, and their 2012 1st round draft pick for Jordan Staal. This reunited Jordan and Eric Staal.

On March 25, 2013, the Carolina Hurricanes signed Alexander Semin to a 5-year deal, worth $35 million.[7]

On June 19, 2014 Bill Peters was named head coach of the team.

Whaler history[edit]

The organization retains many Whaler connections among its off-ice personnel; in addition to many members of executive management and the coaching staff, broadcasters Chuck Kaiton, John Forslund and Tripp Tracy (at the time a minor-league player), and equipment managers Wally Tatomir, Skip Cunningham and Bob Gorman all made the move to North Carolina with the team. Finally, the old goal horn from the Hartford Civic Center remains in use at PNC Arena.

Top minor league affiliation history[edit]

  • 1979-1980 Springfield Indians
  • 1980-1990 Binghamton Whalers
  • 1990-1994 Springfield Indians
  • 1994-1997 Springfield Falcons
  • 1997-1999 Beast of New Haven
  • 1999-2001 Cincinnati Cyclones
  • 2001-2006 Lowell Lock Monsters
  • 2006-2010 Albany River Rats
  • 2010–present Charlotte Checkers

Season-by-season record[edit]

This is a list of the last five seasons completed by the Hurricanes. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Carolina Hurricanes seasons

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Records as of the end of the 2013-14 regular season.

Season GP W L OTL Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
2009–10 82 35 37 10 80 230 256 3rd, Southeast Did not qualify
2010–11 82 40 31 11 91 236 239 3rd, Southeast Did not qualify
2011–12 82 33 33 16 82 213 243 5th, Southeast Did not qualify
2012–13 48 19 25 4 42 128 160 3rd, Southeast Did not qualify
2013–14 82 36 35 11 81 201 225 7th, Metropolitan Did not qualify

Personnel[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated November 20, 2014.[8]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
73 Canada Bellemore, BrettBrett Bellemore D R 26 2011 Windsor, Ontario
22 Canada Boychuk, ZachZach Boychuk C L 25 2008 Airdrie, Alberta
36 United States Brown, PatrickPatrick Brown C R 22 2014 New York, New York
39 United States Dwyer, PatrickPatrick Dwyer RW R 31 2006 Spokane, Washington
27 United States Faulk, JustinJustin Faulk D R 22 2010 South St. Paul, Minnesota
14 United States Gerbe, NathanNathan Gerbe LW L 27 2013 Oxford, Michigan
6 United States Gleason, TimTim Gleason D L 31 2014 Clawson, Michigan
65 United States Hainsey, RonRon Hainsey (A) D L 33 2013 Bolton, Connecticut
31 Russia Khudobin, AntonAnton Khudobin G L 28 2013 Ust-Kamenogorsk, Soviet Union
26 United States Liles, John-MichaelJohn-Michael Liles D L 34 2014 Indianapolis, Indiana
16 Sweden Lindholm, EliasElias Lindholm C R 20 2013 Boden, Sweden
24 Canada Malone, BradBrad Malone C/LW L 25 2014 Chatham, New Brunswick
18 Canada McClement, JayJay McClement C L 31 2014 Kingston, Ontario
7 Canada Murphy, RyanRyan Murphy D R 21 2011 Aurora, Ontario
20 Canada Nash, RileyRiley Nash C R 25 2010 Consort, Alberta
15 Czech Republic Nestrasil, AndrejAndrej Nestrasil C R 23 2014 Prague, Czech Republic
49 Sweden Rask, VictorVictor Rask C L 21 2011 Leksand, Sweden
4 Slovakia Sekera, AndrejAndrej Sekera (A) D L 28 2013 Bojnice, Czechoslovakia
28 Russia Semin, AlexanderAlexander Semin Injured Reserve RW R 30 2012 Krasnoyarsk, Soviet Union
53 Canada Skinner, JeffJeff Skinner LW L 22 2010 Markham, Ontario
12 Canada Staal, EricEric Staal (C) C/LW L 30 2003 Thunder Bay, Ontario
11 Canada Staal, JordanJordan Staal (AInjured Reserve C L 26 2012 Thunder Bay, Ontario
25 Canada Terry, ChrisChris Terry LW L 25 2009 Brampton, Ontario
19 Czech Republic Tlusty, JiriJiri Tlusty LW L 26 2009 Slaný, Czechoslovakia
30 Canada Ward, CamCam Ward G L 30 2002 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan



Retired numbers[edit]

Carolina Hurricanes retired numbers
No. Player Position Career No. retirement
2 1 Glen Wesley D 19942–20033, 2003-2008 February 17, 2009 [9]
10 Ron Francis C 1981-19913, 1998–2004 January 28, 2006
17 Rod Brind'Amour C 2000–2010 February 18, 2011[10]
Notes:
  • 1 When the Whalers moved to Carolina to begin the 1997-98 NHL season, the previously retired #2 for Rick Ley (D, 1972–1981) and #19 for John McKenzie (RW, 1977–79 for the New England Whalers) were returned to circulation. The Hurricanes have never issued #9, which Gordie Howe wore with the Whalers, and consider it unofficially retired, as there is no banner to recognize it.[11] Glen Wesley (who wore #20 in Hartford) was the only Hurricane to wear #2 prior to its re-retirement. #19 has been issued to several players since the move, currently Jiri Tlusty wears this number.
  • 2 Glen Wesley was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2003 trade deadline, but returned that offseason as an unrestricted free agent.
  • 3 Indicating partial or full stint with Hartford. All of Francis' first stint was in Hartford, while the first three years of Wesley's first stint with the franchise was with Hartford.
  • In addition to these numbers, the Hurricanes have not reissued #3 since the death of Steve Chiasson in 1999. However, that number has not officially been retired.

Team captains[edit]

Note: This list of team captains does not include captains from the Hartford Whalers (NHL) and New England Whalers (WHA).

Hall of Famers[edit]

  • Ron Francis, who captained the team in both Hartford and Carolina and spent 15 years with the franchise overall as a player before joining its staff in 2006, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007. He is the third Hall of Famer to have earned his credentials primarily with the Whalers/Hurricanes franchise. The only other Hall member to have played in a Hurricanes jersey is Paul Coffey, who spent one and a half seasons in Carolina near the end of his career (as well as, two seasons prior, twenty games in Hartford). In the franchise's history, WHA and NHL Whalers Gordie Howe, Mark Howe, and Dave Keon are all members, as is Bobby Hull, although he only played nine games in Hartford. In addition, longtime franchise radio play-by-play announcer Chuck Kaiton received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award in 2004, an honor granted by the Hall of Fame.

Broadcasters[edit]

First-round draft picks[edit]

Note: This list does not include selections of the Hartford Whalers.

NHL awards and trophies[edit]

Stanley Cup

Prince of Wales Trophy

Conn Smythe Trophy

Frank J. Selke Trophy

King Clancy Memorial Trophy

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy

Lester Patrick Trophy

Calder Memorial Trophy

Statistics[edit]

Franchise scoring leaders[edit]

These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise (Hartford and Carolina) history. Figures are updated after each completed NHL regular season.

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game; * = current Hurricanes player

Franchise records[edit]

(Note: these records include those from the Hartford Whalers)

Individual[edit]

Team[edit]

  • Most wins in a season: 52 (2005–06)
  • Most points in a season: 112 (2005–06)
  • Most consecutive wins: 9 (2005-06 (twice), 2008–09)
  • Most consecutive home wins: 12 (2008–09)
  • Best shot differential in a game: 45 (57-12), 7 April 2009 vs. New York Islanders

Attendance[edit]

Home Attendance
Season Attendance Average
1997–98 372,526 9,086
1998–99 335,708 8,188
1999–2000 508,441 12,401
2000–01 547,186 13,346
2001–02 617,132 15,052
2002–03 642,973 15,682
2003–04 505,534 12,330
2004–05 Season canceled due to lockout
2005–06 639,454 15,596
2006–07 712,861 17,386
2007–08 681,962 16,633
2008–09 679,488 16,572
2009–10 624,873 15,240
2010–11 656,611 16,415
2011–12 657,747 16,042

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Callaghan, Gerry. "Natural Disaster." Sports Illustrated, October 27, 1997; Web article retrieved November 19, 2008.
  2. ^ Burnside, Scott. "Karmanos: Hard-nosed owner, die-hard hockey fan." ESPN.com, June 6, 2008; Web article retrieved February 14, 2009.
  3. ^ ESPN.com, New Jersey Devils/Carolina Hurricanes NHL recap on ESPN
  4. ^ SportsIllustrated.com, SI's 2001-02 NHL Team Previews: Hurricanes
  5. ^ Fayetteville Online, Hurricanes fans bring the noise
  6. ^ ESPN.com, NHL Attendance
  7. ^ Tsn.Ca Staff. "Hurricanes ink F Semin to five-year, $35M contract extension". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  8. ^ "Carolina Hurricanes - Team - Roster". Carolina Hurricanes. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Hurricanes honor Wesley, retire No. 2". NHL.com. Associated Press. 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  10. ^ "Canes to retire Brind'Amour's jersey". WRAL.com. 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-15. 
  11. ^ "Kation's Korner, Feb. 26 2011". hurricanes.nhl.com. 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-24. 
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