CAROLINA HURRICANES POSTSEASON
Originally the Hartford Whalers, the Carolina Hurricanes decided to uproot and move to the growing hockey market of Charlotte in 1997. The team got off to a fast start after relocating by making the playoffs five times, winning three division championships and shocking the NHL world by bringing home a Stanley Cup in 2006.
Over the team's brief history, it has had two players named to the Hall of Fame, Paul Coffey and Ron Francis, and some of the team's existing players have a shot at the Hall when their careers are over. The team also retired the number of Rod Brind'Amour, who would play an enormous role in the team's title run.
The Hurricanes' championship run was fueled by Conn Smythe award winner Cam Ward in the net and the stellar play of Eric Staal and Rod Brind'Amour. Even though the Edmonton Oilers were heavy favorites in the Stanley Cup Finals, the Hurricanes fought them to a Game 7 that they would eventually win 3-1.
With a championship banner up in the rafters, the Hurricanes have a solid foundation of playoff success and will be a consistent factor in the postseason for years to come.
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