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Carolina Hurricanes
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Conference Eastern
Division Metropolitan
Founded 1972
History New England Whalers
19721979 (WHA)
Hartford Whalers
19791997 (NHL)
Carolina Hurricanes
Arena PNC Arena
City Raleigh, North Carolina
Team Colours Red, White, Silver, Black[1][2][3]
Media Bally Sports South
ESPN The Fan (99.9 FM)
The Buzz (620 AM)
Owner(s) Flag of the United States Tom Dundon (majority)
Flag of the United States Peter Karmanos Jr. (minority)
General Manager Flag of the United States Don Waddell
Head Coach Flag of Canada Rod Brind'Amour
Captain Flag of Canada Jordan Staal
Minor League affiliates Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Stanley Cups 1 (2005–06)
Presidents' Trophies 0
Conferences 2 (2001–02, 2005–06)
Divisions 4 (1998–99, 2001–02, 2005–06, 2020-21)
Official Website
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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). The Hurricanes play their home games at the 18,680-seat PNC Arena. The franchise was 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.

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Franchise history

New England/Hartford Whalers (1971–1997)

Main article: Hartford Whalers

The New England Whalers were established in November 1971 when the World Hockey Association (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. However, under pressure from the extant NHL team in the New England area, the Boston Bruins, the Whalers were compelled to rename the team 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.

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.

Move to North Carolina (1997–2001)

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 did not 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.

In May 1997, franchise owner Peter Karmanos Jr. announced that the team would move to North Carolina.

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 (ESA) 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. The Hurricanes inherited the Whalers' place in the Northeast Division.

Unfortunately for the team, the ESA would not be complete for two more years. The only arena in the Triangle area with an ice plant was 45-year-old Dorton Arena; at 5,100 seats, it was completely inadequate 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 was 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 popular 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,"[4] 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."[5] 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.

Despite their move to the brand-new ESA, the Hurricanes played lackluster hockey in 1999–2000, failing to make the playoffs. In 2000–01, however, they claimed the eighth seed, nosing out the Boston Bruins, and landed a first-round match-up with the defending champions, the New Jersey Devils. Although the Devils eliminated 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.[6] 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.[7]

Stanley Cup Finals and slow starts (2001–2006)

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 New Jersey Devils. However, Artūrs Irbe and Kevin Weekes were solid in goal, and the Hurricanes won two games in overtime as they defeated 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 Gelinas would score to send the franchise to their first Stanley Cup Finals appearance. 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.[8]

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 Ron 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 eventually 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, however, was the team's drafting of future star Eric Staal in 2003.

Stanley Cup champions

The outcome of the 2004–05 NHL lockout led to the shrinking of the payroll to $26 million. The Hurricanes, 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 the third-overall Dallas Stars in 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.[9]

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 6 overtime goal by Cory Stillman. Carolina then faced the New Jersey Devils in the conference semi-finals, 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 7, 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 Stanley 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 Hurricanes 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 Hurricanes 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 5 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 Hurricanes raised the Cup for the first time in their 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, the 2014 Los Angeles Kings, and the 2017 Pittsburgh Penguins are the only other teams to have accomplished the feat.

Post-championship slump (2006–present)

The Hurricanes were unable to follow up their success. Losing four players to free agency in the offseason and 222-man games to injury during 2006–07, the team struggled throughout the regular season,[10] and once eliminated in the last game, the Hurricanes finished third in the Southeast and 11th overall in the Eastern Conference.[11] 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, and the third champion overall to not defend its title after both the Black Hawks and the 1995 New Jersey Devils. In 2007–08, Carolina again missed out as Washington Capitals 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.

In 2009 the Hurricanes acquired Jussi Jokinen through a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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 the Edmonton Oilers 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 the top-seeded Boston Bruins, 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 the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins, though, put a decisive end to the 'Canes' string, sweeping the series 4–0 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 14-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 seventh overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, eventually selecting Jeff Skinner from the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Brind'Amour retired over the 2010 off-season 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.[12] 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 February 20, 2012, the Carolina Hurricanes signed Tim Gleason to a four-year, $16 million extension and two days later, on February 22, they also signed Tuomo Ruutu to a four-year, $19 million 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 2012–13 and $1.7 million for 2013–14 (Gleason and Tlusty would eventually be traded to the Washington Capitals and the Winnipeg Jets over the next few seasons). Despite the signings of Gleason, Ruutu, and Tlusty, the Hurricanes would finish fifth in the Southeast Division and twelfth in the Eastern Conference during the 2011–12 season, which forced them to miss the playoffs for a third consecutive season.

On May 9, 2012, the 2006 Stanley Cup Champions Carolina Hurricanes' Game 7 victory was recognized as one of the NC Hall of Fame's "Great Moments" series.[13] During the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the Carolina Hurricanes traded Brandon Sutter, Brian Dumoulin and their 2012 first round draft pick (Derrick Pouliot) to the Penguins in exchange for Jordan Staal, uniting the player with his older brother, Eric Staal. On March 25, 2013, the Hurricanes signed Alexander Semin to a five-year deal, worth $35 million.[14] However, in the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season, the team would finish third in the Southeast Division and thirteenth in the Eastern Conference, which would make the team miss the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.

Before the 2013–14 season, the Hurricanes were realigned into the new Metropolitan Division. They would finish seventh in the division during the 2013–14 season (ahead of only the New York Islanders) and would miss the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season, which prompted management to fire head coach Kirk Muller.[15] On June 19, 2014, Bill Peters was named head coach of the team. During the 2014–15 season, the team finished last in the Metropolitan Division and would miss the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.[16] After team captain Eric Staal was traded to the New York Rangers at the trade deadline, the team finished sixth in the division during the 2015–16 season. The Hurricanes finished seventh in the division in the 2016–17 season, missing the playoffs for the eighth consecutive season. On July 13, 2017, it was reported that Chuck Greenberg had sent Karmanos a letter of intent to buy the team for $500 million.[17][18]

In Decmber of 2017 it was announced that the controlling interest in the team would be sold to Dallas, Texas businessman Tom Dundon as a purchase agreement had been signed. The sale of the team will keep the team in Raleigh, North Carolina ending speculation on the team's possible reloaction.[19]Tom Dundon took over the team in January 2018. Karmanos will retain a minority share in the team.

AHL affiliation history


Stanley Cup Champions Prince of Wales Trophy Division Champions
Season Team Conference Division Regular season


Post season


GP W L T[22] OT[23] Pts GF GA GP W L GF GA Result
Relocated from Hartford
1997–98 1997–98 Eastern Northeast 6th 9th 82 33 41 8 74 200 219 Did not qualify
1998–99 1998–99 Eastern Southeast 1st 3rd 82 34 30 18 86 210 202 6 2 4 8 18 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 2–4 (Bruins)
1999–2000 1999–2000 Eastern Southeast 3rd 9th 82 37 35 10 84 217 216 Did not qualify
2000–01 2000–01 Eastern Southeast 2nd 8th 82 38 32 9 3 88 212 225 6 2 4 8 20 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 2–4 (Devils)
2001–02 2001–02 Eastern Southeast 1st 3rd 82 35 26 16 5 91 217 217 23 13 10 47 43 Won in Conference Quarterfinals, 4–2 (Devils)
Won in Conference Semifinals, 4–2 (Canadiens)
Won in Conference Finals, 4–2 (Maple Leafs)
Lost in Stanley Cup Finals, 1–4 (Red Wings)
2002–03 2002–03 Eastern Southeast 5th 15th 82 22 43 11 6 61 171 240 Did not qualify
2003–04 2003–04 Eastern Southeast 3rd 11th 82 28 34 14 6 76 172 209 Did not qualify
2004–05 2004–05 Eastern Southeast Season cancelled due to 2004–05 NHL lockout
2005–06 2005–06 Eastern Southeast 1st 2nd 82 52 22 8 112 294 260 25 16 9 73 60 Won in Conference Quarterfinals, 4–2 (Canadiens)
Won in Conference Semifinals, 4–1 (Devils)
Won in Conference Finals, 4–3 (Sabres)
Won in Stanley Cup Finals, 4–3 (Oilers)
2006–07 2006–07 Eastern Southeast 3rd 11th 82 40 34 8 88 241 253 Did not qualify
2007–08 2007–08 Eastern Southeast 2nd 9th 82 43 33 6 92 252 249 Did not qualify
2008–09 2008–09 Eastern Southeast 2nd 6th 82 45 30 7 97 239 226 18 8 10 42 50 Won in Conference Quarterfinals, 4–3 (Devils)
Won in Conference Semifinals, 4–3 (Bruins)
Lost in Conference Finals, 0–4 (Penguins)
2009–10 2009–10 Eastern Southeast 3rd 11th 82 35 37 10 80 230 256 Did not qualify
2010–11 2010–11 Eastern Southeast 3rd 9th 82 40 31 11 91 236 239 Did not qualify
2011–12 2011–12 Eastern Southeast 5th 12th 82 33 33 16 82 213 243 Did not qualify
2012–13 2012–13 Eastern Southeast 3rd 13th 48 19 25 4 42 128 160 Did not qualify
2013–14 2013–14 Eastern Metropolitan 7th 13th 82 36 35 11 83 201 225 Did not qualify
2014–15 2014–15 Eastern Metropolitan 8th 14th 82 30 41 11 71 188 226 Did not qualify
2015–16 2015–16 Eastern Metropolitan 6th 10th 82 35 31 16 86 198 226 Did not qualify
2016–17 2016–17 Eastern Metropolitan 7th 12th 82 36 31 15 87 215 236 Did not qualify
2017–18 2017–18 Eastern Metropolitan 6th 10th 82 36 35 11 83 228 256 Did not qualify
2018–19 2018–19 Eastern Metropolitan 4th 7th 82 46 29 7 99 245 223

W, First Round 4-3 (Capitals)
W Div Final 4-0 (New York Islanders)
L Conf Final 0-4 (Boston Bruins)

Totals[24] 1688 753 688 86 161 1753 4507 4806 78 41 37 122 141 6 Playoff Appearances


Current roster

Updated March 26, 2010.

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
21 Flag of the United States Bowman, DraysonDrayson Bowman

C L 33 2007 Grand Rapids, Michigan
11 Flag of Canada Boychuk, ZachZach Boychuk

C L 32 2008 Airdrie, Alberta
17 Flag of Canada Brind'Amour, RodRod Brind'Amour


C L 51 2000 Ottawa, Ontario
27 Flag of Canada Carson, BrettBrett Carson

D R 36 2004 Regina, Saskatchewan
26 Flag of the United States Cole, ErikErik Cole

LW L 43 2009 Oswego, New York
39 Flag of the United States Dwyer, PatrickPatrick Dwyer

RW R 39 2006 Great Falls, Montana
6 Flag of the United States Gleason, TimTim Gleason

D L 39 2006 Clawson, Michigan
44 Flag of Canada Harrison, JayJay Harrison

D L 39 2009 Oshawa, Ontario
36 Flag of Finland Jokinen, JussiJussi Jokinen

LW L 39 2009 Kalajoki, Finland
29 Flag of Canada Kostopoulos, TomTom Kostopoulos

RW R 43 2009 Mississauga, Ontario
59 Flag of the United States LaRose, ChadChad LaRose

RW R 40 2003 Fraser, Michigan
34 Flag of Canada Legace, MannyManny Legace

G L 49 2009 Toronto, Ontario
28 Flag of the United States McBain, JamieJamie McBain

D R 34 2006 Edina, Minnesota
45 Flag of Canada Picard, AlexandreAlexandre Picard

D L 36 2010 Gatineau, Quebec
25 Flag of Finland Pitkanen, JoniJoni Pitkanen

D L 38 2008 Oulu, Finland
5 Flag of the United States Pothier, BrianBrian Pothier

D R 45 2010 New Bedford, Massachusetts
33 Flag of Canada Rodney, BryanBryan Rodney

D R 38 2007 London, Ontario
15 Flag of Finland Ruutu, TuomoTuomo Ruutu

LW L 39 2008 Vantaa, Finland
14 Flag of Russia Samsonov, SergeiSergei Samsonov

LW R 43 2008 Moscow, Soviet Union
12 Flag of Canada Staal, EricEric Staal


C L 37 2003 Thunder Bay, Ontario
16 Flag of Canada Sutter, BrandonBrandon Sutter

C R 33 2007 Huntington, New York
30 Flag of Canada Ward, CamCam Ward

G L 38 2002 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
13 Flag of Canada Whitney, RayRay Whitney


LW R 50 2005 Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta

Retired numbers

Carolina Hurricanes retired numbers
No. Player Position Career No. retirement
2 1 Glen Wesley D 1994–20082 February 17, 2009[25]
10 Ron Francis C 1981–1991, 1998–2004 January 28, 2006
17 Rod Brind'Amour C 2000–2010 February 18, 2011[26]

The Hurricanes also honor three numbers within the organization, but do not display their banners publicly:

Besides the above numbers, Wayne Gretzky's No. 99 is also retired for the Hurricanes, having been retired for all the NHL's member teams at the 2000 NHL All-Star Game.[30]


  • 1 When the Whalers moved to North Carolina to begin the 1997–98 NHL season, they returned the previously retired #2 for Rick Ley (D, 1972–1981) and #19 for John McKenzie (RW, 1977–1979) to circulation, while retaining Howe's #9 without public display. Wesley (who wore No. 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.
  • 2 Wesley was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2003 trade deadline, but returned that offseason as an unrestricted free agent.

Team captains

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

Hall of Famers

  • 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, 20 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.


First-round draft picks

Note: This list does not include selections of the Hartford Whalers. The Hurricanes drafted Noah Hanifin was drafted 5th overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.]]

NHL awards and trophies

Main article: List of Carolina Hurricanes award winners


Franchise scoring leaders

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

  •  *  – current Hurricanes player

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

Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
Ron Francis C 1186 382 793 1175 0.99
Eric Staal C 909 322 453 775 0.85
Kevin Dineen RW 708 250 294 544 0.77
Rod Brind'Amour C 694 174 299 473 0.68
Jeff O'Neill RW 673 198 218 416 0.62
Pat Verbeek RW 433 192 211 403 0.93
Blaine Stoughton RW 357 219 158 377 1.06
Geoff Sanderson LW 479 196 173 369 0.77
Erik Cole LW 557 168 195 363 0.65
Ray Ferraro C 442 157 194 351 0.79

Player Pos G
Ron Francis C 382
Eric Staal C 322
Kevin Dineen RW 250
Blaine Stoughton RW 219
Jeff O'Neill C 198
Geoff Sanderson LW 196
Pat Verbeek RW 192
Jeff Skinner* LW 180
Sylvain Turgeon LW 178
Rod Brind'Amour C 174

Player Pos A
Ron Francis C 793
Eric Staal C 453
Rod Brind'Amour C 299
Kevin Dineen RW 294
Andrew Cassels C 253
Jeff O'Neill C 218
Ray Whitney LW 215
Pat Verbeek RW 211
Sami Kapanen LW 203
Dave Babych D 196

Franchise records

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


With 39 wins in the 2008–09 season, Cam Ward set the franchise record for most wins by a goaltender in a season.


  • 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), April 7, 2009, vs. New York Islanders


Home attendance [31] [32][33]
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
2012–13 421,401 17,558
2013–14 634,832 15,483
2014–15 516,375 12,594
2015–16 500,363 12,203
2016-17 482,829 11,776


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