Carolina Hurricanes, American expert ice hockey group situated in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Hurricanes play in the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL) and won the Stanley Cup in 2006.
Established in 1972 as the New England Whalers and situated in Hartford, Connecticut, the establishment was initial an individual from the upstart World Hockey Association (WHA). The Whalers' most outstanding minute in those early years was the marking of 49-year-old hockey legend Gordie Howe in 1977 to play close by his two children for three seasons until his retirement in 1980. At the point when the WHA's monetary battles constrained it to converge with the NHL in 1979, the Whalers were one of four groups that were assimilated into the more seasoned association. As the Hartford Whalers, the group equipped for the playoffs—however with a losing normal season record—in its first year in the NHL. The Whalers did not make the playoffs again until the 1985–86 season, and they completed toward the end in their division in four of the five seasons between playoff billets. One splendid spot during this time of pointlessness was the choice of Ron Francis with the fourth in general pick of the 1981 NHL draft. Francis would proceed to go through almost 16 seasons with the establishment in both Hartford and Carolina and get accepted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the wake of storing up the second most aids NHL history.
Francis drove the Whalers to seven straight appearances in the NHL playoffs between 1985–86 and 1991–92, yet the group lost in the first round in consistently spare one. This period was trailed by another extended length of poor play during which the group came back to the lower compasses of their division. Also, the money related troubles of playing in a generally little market started to negatively affect the Whalers' primary concern and—after an endeavor to construct another field in Hartford fizzled—the group was moved to Raleigh in 1997 and renamed the Carolina Hurricanes.
While anticipating the development of a changeless arena in Raleigh, the Hurricanes made home recreations during their initial two seasons in Greensboro, 75 miles (120 km) west of Raleigh. They proceeded with the establishment's losing routes in their first season in North Carolina, however they bounced back to win their first division title in 12 years the accompanying season. The Hurricanes posted winning records in every one of the progressive three seasons and progressed to their first billet in the Stanley Cup finals in 2001–02, where they were crushed by the Detroit Red Wings in five recreations. Driven by the excellent play of their young star Eric Staal and group skipper Rod Brind'Amour, the Hurricanes posted the best record in establishment history during the 2005–06 season and topped off the year with an emotional seven-game triumph over the Edmonton Oilers in the Stanley Cup finals. The Hurricanes progressed to the gathering finals in 2008–09, yet then missed the playoffs for nine seasons before returning in 2018–19 (which finished in another meeting finals misfortune).