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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Carolina Hurricanes - Franchise, Team, Arena and Uniform History

Almost all of the actual original watercolor paintings used in this poster are available for sale – see Section 5 of this blog.

1. Carolina Hurricanes – The Franchise History
This franchise was established (by established we mean the year of the franchise’s first game) in 1972 as a member of the WHA and joined the NHL in 1979. The franchise has been known as:
New England Whalers 1972-1979
Hartford Whalers 1979-1997
Carolina Hurricanes 1997-Present

2. Carolina Hurricanes – Championships/Great Accomplishments
One Stanley Cup Championship:
2005-06 defeated Edmonton Oilers 4 games to 3

One Other Stanley Cup Final Appearance:
2001-02 Lost to Detroit Red Wings 4 games to 1

Four NHL Division Championships:
1986-87 Adams Division Champions 43-30-7: 93 pts
1998-99 Southeast Division Champions 34-30-18: 86 pts
2001-02 Southeast Division Champions 35-26-16-5: 91 pts
2005-06 Southeast Division Champions 52-22-16-8: 112 pts

3. Carolina Hurricanes – Home Arena History
1. Boston Garden, Boston
1972 – 1974 (Parts of both seasons)

2. Boston Arena, Boston
1972 – 1973 (Parts of one season)

3. Eastern States Coliseum, Springfield MA
1974 – 1975 (Playoffs in 1974 and part of 74-75)

4. Hartford Civic Center, Hartford CT
1975 – 1978, 1980 - 1997

5. Springfield Civic Center, Springfield MA
1978 – 1980 (Parts of two seasons)

6. Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro NC
1997 - 1999

7. Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena / RBC Center / PNC Arena, Raleigh NC
1999 - Present

4. For more information on the Hurricanes, you should visit/bookmark these great websites:

A. I personally think Wikipedia keeps getting better and better with each passing year – here is the Hurricanes Wikipedia site:

B. For a great season-by-season summary of each Hurricanes season:

C. These guys do a great job of team (and player) stats for all active and defunct franchises

D. For some good info about arenas past, present and future, visit this site (and don’t be fooled by the their name – even though it’s ballparks dot com, they do a good job on hockey arenas too):

E. For great stats on past and present players and prospects, these guys do an amazing job:

5. Celebrate the Hurricanes' jersey history by owning a famous piece of jersey artwork:
If you love the Carolina Hurricanes and the history of the Hurricanes franchise, you might really love to own an original piece of artwork celebrating the team's historic jerseys as seen in the poster at the top of this blog - you can actually own one of those original pieces of art! There are only 13 pieces of original art available for sale, and when these 13 are sold, that's it, they're all sold out.

These original watercolor paintings would make a great gift (birthday gift, anniversary gift, retirement gift, Christmas gift, etc.) for someone you love or even a great gift for yourself (one of these framed pieces would look fantastic in your home or office). Each piece can be bought one of three ways:
1. As unframed art that you could have framed or mounted yourself (the one on the left)
2. Framed in our "Classic" framed version (the middle version)
3. Framed in our "Deluxe" framed version (the version on the right)

If you would like more information about this great artwork including the three ways you could purchase each piece, please visit our Carolina Hurricanes YouTube video at or go directly to the artwork website where you can see and purchase the artwork.

And if someone you know loves the history of sports uniforms (but maybe another team) and loves great art, please let them know that we have over 1500 pieces of great original artwork for sale at (all NFL teams, all MLB teams, all NHL teams, all CFL teams, select NCAA football teams) or check out each team's video at the Heritage Sports Art YouTube Channel .

6. The original pen and ink drawings of the arenas shown above are also for sale.
Please note that the actual original, highly detailed, hand-drawn pen and ink sketches used for the 6 arena images shown above are available for sale as a complete collection to one Hurricanes fan. If you are interested in being the one and only owner of this complete and original collection of Carolina Hurricanes arena images, please contact me by email and I can explain how they can all be framed in one beautiful piece.

This text was written by Scott Sillcox and was last updated August 23, 2010. I have tried to ensure the accuracy of the information, but I am human and can make mistakes. If you believe I have made a mistake, please let me know by email at !

Many thanks!!!

PS In the summer of 2019, my team and I worked with my partners at Frameworth Sports Marketing and Winning Streak Sports and we updated all of the NHL posters including the Carolina Hurricanes poster shown below - you might notice that we have removed the Hartford Whalers jerseys from the poster and strictly focused on Carolina jerseys. These plaqued posters can be purchased from my new website Heritage Sports Stuff. These 8" x 24" plaqued posters are ready-to-hang and make a great gift for a huge Hurricanes fan.

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Thank you for taking the time to add a comment - all input is welcome, especially the constructive kind! All the best - Scott