Team Profiles: The Carolina Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes, though an older team than the Lightning, have far less controversy to add bullet points. I tried my best, Carolina.

A brief overview:
Eastern Conference
Metropolitan Division
Established: 1971, joined NHL in 1979
Arena: PNC Arena
AHL Affiliate: Charlotte Checkers
Owner: Peter Karmanos
Coach: Bill Peters
Notable Former Players: Ron Francis, Chris Pronger
Current Captain: Vacant (at time of posting), previously Eric Staal until trade to Rangers
Goalies: Cam Ward, Eddie Lack
Notable Current Players: Jeff Skinner, Nathan Gerbe, Noah Hanifin, Justin Faulk

A few facts:
Started as the New England Whalers in 1971 in the World Hockey Association (WHA) and played in Boston, Mass.

The Whalers shared the Boston Garden with the Bruins. Scheduling conflicts with the Bruins caused the team to move to Hartford, Connecticut in 1974.

The NHL and WHA merged in 1979 and they renamed themselves the Hartford Whalers.

Gordie Howe was a part of the Whalers front office.

Because Hartford was in between the territories for the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers, it was hard to market the Whalers. Because of this, Peter Karmanos moved his team to Raleigh, Carolina and renamed the franchise the Carolina Hurricanes in 1997.

When the won the Stanley Cup in 2006, they were the first professional sports franchise to win a championship for a North Carolina team.

Cam Ward was given the Conn Smythe, only the fourth rookie to ever receive the award.

The logo is a take on the ‘Storm Warning Flag’ used on beaches.

The Hurricanes just robbed the Blackhawks to get Teuvo Teravainen (and got Bryan Bickell for free).


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