The Carolina Hurricanes arrived in the NHL by way of the Hartford Whalers in 1997. By winning the Stanley Cup in 2006, the Hurricanes became the first and only professional sports team in North Carolina to win a major title as of 2022. Ron Francis has been synonymous with the franchise, as he leads many of the Hurricanes’ team stats.
Though the franchise dealt with plenty of inconsistencies in their history, Carolina has become one of the NHL’s best teams. In recent seasons, the Hurricanes can be found as chalk on the NHL odds boards. This team may soon win another Stanley Cup.
- Stanley Cup
- 2x Conference Championships
- 5x Division Championships
- Conn Smythe Trophy
- Vezina Trophy
- 2x Frank J. Selke Trophy
- Calder Memorial Trophy
- Jack Adams Award
- 2x Lady Byng Memorial Trophy
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All-Time Carolina Hurricanes Records
- Blaine Stoughton – Goals: 56 (1979-80).
- Ron Francis – Games: 1,186.
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Carolina Hurricanes Stats & History
The franchise began as the New England Whalers in the World Hockey Association (WHA). The team won the first Avco Cup. Along with the Oilers, Nordiques, and Jets, the Whalers were absorbed into the NHL during the merger. It rebranded to the “Hartford Whalers” due to the presence of the Boston Bruins.
As the Hartford Whalers, the team struggled in the NHL. They had just three winning seasons in their entirety, in spite of Francis’s efforts. But despite their subpar results, the team remained popular among the fans. Still, the small market could not sustain the team when the financial demands rose in the 1990s, and they were relocated to Carolina in 1997.
Carolina rebranded to the “Hurricanes” and adopted the North Carolina State University Wolfpack’s colors of black-and-red as they shared the same arena. After a slow start in Raleigh, the “Canes” finally broke out and reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2002.
They missed the playoffs for the next two seasons, but became the first NHL franchise to win the Stanley Cup post-lockout. This 2005-06 team featured young stars like Eric Staal and Cam Ward, both of who would lead the Carolina Hurricanes’ team stats for many years to come.
But the Stanley Cup run proved to be a one-season wonder for Carolina. While the team had a deep playoff run in the 2008-09 season, it was the only time Carolina made the postseason for 12 years. The team had to be torn down and rebuilt.
The 2018-19 season marked a resurgence for Carolina. Management, who was led by Francis -now the top executive- built a young and exciting team. Adding Rod Brind’Amour, the team’s Stanley Cup-winning captain at the time, as coach was the last step. Carolina returned to the postseason and made the Conference Finals.
While Francis moved on to become the Seattle Kraken’s general manager, the once-young Hurricanes team was maturing into a Stanley Cup contender.