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|Colors:||Red, white, grey & black|
|Hall of Famers:||Gordie Howe, Mark Howe, Dave Keon, Bobby, Hull, Brendan Shanahan, Chris Pronger, Paul Coffey, Ron Francis, Mark Recchi & Jim Rutherford|
|Hall of Fame Builders:||Emile Francis|
|Legends:||Glen Wesley, Ron Francis, Rod Brind’Amour, Eric Staal & Kevin Dineen|
|Retired Numbers:||2, 10 & 17|
|Stanley Cup Titles:||1: (2005-06)|
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Founded in 1971, the New England Whalers were established as a member of the World Hockey Association after the WHA awarded a franchise to Boston Massachusetts.
Although they were the inaugural Avco Cup Champions (having won the WHO) in 1972-73 as well as two time division championships (1972-73 and 1973-74), the Whalers struggled to schedule games in New England due to sharing a venue with the NHL’s Boston Bruins.
As the result of this, the owners of the Whalers elected to move the franchise to Hartford Connecticut for the 1974-75 season. After winning their third consecutive division championship in 1975, the Whalers had established themselves as one of the best teams in the WHO, which earned them admission (along with Edmonton, Quebec and Winnipeg) into the NHL as part of the NHL-WHO merger in 1979.
Still playing as the Hartford Whalers, the franchise failed to reproduce their WHO success in the NHL, recording just three winning seasons, eight playoff appearances, one playoff series win and one division title in the 17 seasons prior to the relocation to Carolina.
Following five consecutive losing seasons that resulted in zero playoff appearances between 1992-93 and 1996-97, Whalers owner Peter Karmanos announced that the team was going to relocate due to Hartford being too small of a market to host a major sporting franchise.
In 1997 Karmanos announced that the Whalers would move to North Carolina and due to the haste of the move, Karmanos decided the new name of the franchise would be the Carolina Hurricanes.
In their first season in Carolina (1997-98), the Hurricanes finished 6th in the Northeast Division and 9th in the Eastern Conference with a 33-41-8 record. The following year, Carolina claimed their first division title and winning season after the relocation, and by the 2001-02 season they were one of the strongest franchises in the NHL.
In what was their fifth season and fourth consecutive winning season in Carolina, the Hurricanes were on the way to their third NHL playoffs, still looking for their first playoff series victory.
Despite low expectations from the media, Carolina won three consecutive playoff series, defeating New Jersey (4-2), Montreal (4-2) and Toronto (4-2) to win their first NHL conference championship and advance to their debut Stanley Cup finals.
Despite stunning the heavily favored Detroit Red Wings in Game 1, Carolina went on to lose the Stanley Cup Finals in five games after dropping four consecutive games. In the wake of their Stanley Cup appearance, Carolina were regarded as contenders heading into the 2002-03 season, however 10 losses in the month of January resulted in the Hurricanes missing the playoffs, finishing the season with a league low 61 points.
Following the NHL lockout in 2004-05, the Hurricanes had their best season in franchise history, boasting a 52-22-8 record and claiming their third division title. After advancing to the Conference Playoffs with an 8-3 record in the 2006 playoffs, the Hurricanes defeated the Buffalo Sabres in seven games, winning their second conference title and advancing to their second Stanley Cup Finals.
After six grueling games, the Hurricanes hosted and defeated the Oilers 3-1 in game seven, with the final game of the series played in front of 18,978 people (the second largest home crown in franchise history).
Cam Ward was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy for being the MVP of playoffs, becoming just the fourth rookie to win the award in NHL history. Being the first Stanley Cup victory in franchise history, this was many Hurricanes first chance to raise the Cup.
Rod Brind’Amour and Bret Hedican had both played over 15 years with no Stanley Cup success and Glen Wesley, who was the last remaining member of the Hartford Whalers was finally a champion after 18 seasons.
Following their Stanley Cup success, Carolina only made the playoffs once in the next 12 seasons, including a nine year stretch without a playoff appearance. Hurricane’s Stanley Cup champion, Rod Brind’Amour returned to the franchise as the head coach in May of 2018 and immediately brought an end to Carolina’s playoff drought, leading the Hurricanes to a 46-29-7 record in his first season (2018-19).
Carolina progressed to the Conference Finals in the 2019 playoffs, before they were swept by the Bruins. Following the COVID-19 affected 2019-20 regular season, the Hurricanes were once again knocked out of the playoffs by Boston, although this time 4-1 in the First Round. Carolina have now made the playoffs in back to back seasons under Brind’Amour, who has a 84-54-12 record after his two seasons as the head coach.
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Coming into his third season as a head coach in the NHL, Rod Brind’Amour currently has a 84-54-12 win-loss-overtime loss record in charge of the Carolina Hurricanes.
Prior to commencing his coaching career Brind’Amour had a 22 year playing career in the NHL as a member of the St Louis Blues, Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes.
In that time Brind’Amour was an NHL All-Star in 1992, a two time Frank J. Selke trophy winner (awarded to the player who demonstrates the most skill in the defensive component of the game) in 2006 / 2007, and most importantly a member of the Hurricanes 2005-06 Stanley Cup title.
Following his retirement from the NHL in 2010, Brind’Amour was immediately brought on as an assistant and development coach with the Hurricanes. After a 7 year apprenticeship with Carolina, Brind’Amour was awarded the head coach position in May of 2018.
In his first season, Brind’Amour brought an end to Carolina’s nine season playoff drought, leading the Hurricanes to a 46-29-7. Brind’Amour led the Hurricanes to a second consecutive playoff campaign in just his second season, which ended in the first round against the Bruins.
At just 23 years old, Sebastian Aho has the potential of being one of the most dominant centres in the NHL. Prior to the pandemic, Aho was on pace to finish with 45 goals in the 2019-20 season. As a result of the shortened season, Aho finished with 38 goals and 28 assists for 66 points in just 68 games.
Coming into his fifth season in the league Aho already has a top-10 finish in Hart Trophy voting to go along with a top-10 finish in the Calder Trophy voting for his performance as a rookie. In his two consecutive trips to the postseason, Aho has eight goals, 16 assists and 24 points in just 23 games.
Aho is undeniably one of the best young two way centres in the NHL, and will need to once again be a candidate for the Hart, if the Hurricanes are going to contend for the Stanley Cup.
After just two seasons in the NHL, Andrei Svechnikov has already shown enough to indicate that he is going to be a star. In his rookie season, Svechnikov netted 20 goals and 17 assists for 37 points, however in his sophomore year Svechnikov scored 24 goals while also bumping his assist total to 37 for 61 points in just 68 games.
His 24 goals and 61 point sophomore season was the most goals and points of any player in the NHL under the age of 21. Svechnikov saw his average time on the ice jump from 14:39 as a rookie to 16:44 as a sophomore, as he stepped into a more involved role in the Hurricanes lineup.
In just 15 postseason games, Svechnikov already is just shy of a one point per game record, having netted seven goals to go along with five assists for 12 points.
In the one offseason between his two seasons as a pro, Svechnikov improved in virtually every aspect of his game, and if he can continue that level of personal development the entire league will be on notice for what Andrei Svechnikov is capable of.
Following their 81 point, 38 win, 25 loss and 5 overtime loss 2019-20 season, the Carolina Hurricanes finished 4th in the Pacific Division and 6th in the Eastern Conference. Ahead of the 2021 season, Carolina will compete in the Central Division due to the pandemic restricting travel and altering the makeup of each division.
As it stands in the preseason, the Hurricanes (+400) trail only the reigning champion Tampa Bay Lightning (+140) as favorites to win the Central Division. Carolina and Tampa Bay lead Dallas (+490), Columbus (+850), Nashville (+850), Florida (+900), Chicago (+1800) and Detroit (+3700).
The Hurricanes also have the equal sixth best odds of winning their second Stanley Cup at +1700. Although edging out the defending champions will be tough, Carolina are the most equipped team in their division to overthrow Tampa Bay for the Central Division and are great value to do so at +400.
Similarly for their Stanley Cup odds, as far as the genuine contenders go Carolina is certainly in that conversation with Sebastian Aho, Andrei Svechnikov and Teuvo Teravainen leading the offense and No. 1 defenseman and Norris Trophy candidate Dougie Hamilton being the stalwart on defense.
They are far from a certainty to even make the Stanley Cup or Conference Finals, however at +1700 they are great value to win it all. Carolina are however a shoe-in to make the playoffs, although present little value to do so at -500 (+350 to miss).
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Where do the Carolina Hurricanes play?
The Carolina Hurricanes play their home games at PNC Arena.
Who owns the Carolina Hurricanes?
The Carolina Hurricanes are owned by Tom Dundon.
Have the Carolina Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup?
The Carolina Hurricanes have won one Stanley Cup in 2005-06.
Who is the Carolina Hurricanes general manager?
Don Waddellis the manager of the Carolina Hurricanes.
Do the Carolina Hurricanes play tonight?
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What is the Carolina Hurricanes record?
The Carolina Hurricanes had a 38-25-5 win-loss-overtime loss record for the 2019-20 NHL season.
Did the Carolina Hurricanes win last night?
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How much are the Carolina Hurricanes worth?
According to Forbes Magazine, the Carolina Hurricanes are worth $450 million.
Who do the Carolina Hurricanes play tonight?
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How to watch the Carolina Hurricanes?
You can watch the Carolina Hurricanes games on TV channels like Fox Sports South and the NHL Network such as NHL.TV.
Will the Carolina Hurricanes make the playoffs this year?
While we do not yet know if the Carolina Hurricanes will make the playoffs this year, the Carolina Hurricanes finished 4th in the Metropolitan Division last season, advancing as far as the First Round of the playoffs, before going down 4-1 against the Boston Bruins.
Will the Carolina Hurricanes get the 1st pick in the NHL draft?
The Carolina Hurricanes received the 13th pick in the 2020 NHL draft and selected Seth Jarvis.
When do the Carolina Hurricanes play?
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Where did the Carolina Hurricanes finish the season?
The Carolina Hurricanes finished the 2019-20 NHL season in 4th place in the Metropolitan Division and 6th place in the Eastern Conference.
How many games did the Carolina Hurricanes win?
The Carolina Hurricanes won 38 games during the 2019-20 NHL season.
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