CAROLINA HURRICANES EXPERIENCE:
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Stadium: PNC Arena
Conference: Eastern Conference
Division: Southeast Division
Carolina Hurricanes Stanley Cup Titles: 1: 2005-06
Carolina Hurricanes Conference Championships: 2
Notable Players: Gordie Howe & Dave Keon
The Carolina Hurricanes play in the Southeast Division of the National Hockey League (NHL). The team began as the New England Whalers, part of the World Hockey Association in Boston. Poor attendance moved the team to Hartford, Connecticut, where they would spend most of their history as the Hartford Whalers. The team joined the NHL in 1979 when the leagues merged. The team moved the Research Triangle in North Carolina in 1997 among fears that the community wouldn’t support an NHL team there.
Indeed the Carolina Hurricanes performed poorly and the crowds were thin until in the 2001 playoffs, the team went down 3-0 against defending champions, the New Jersey devils, but managed to bring the series to a game six. They lost that game, but the crowd was largest and loudest playoff crowd in team history. From then on, Carolina Hurricanes home games have been rowdy and noisy affairs. In 2002, Carolina pushed their way to the Stanley Cup Finals but failed to win. The 2005/2006 season had the Carolina Hurricanes back in the Finals, this time winning the Stanley Cup and cementing hockey in North Carolina.
The Carolina Hurricanes play home games at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. The arena holds nearly 19,000 spectators and is considered one of if not the loudest arenas in the NHL. With a recent Stanley Cup, the Carolina Hurricanes are supported by one of the most rabid fan bases in the league. This is a hockey fan’s dream to see the action at PNC and hear the deafening roar of the home crowd. Buy Carolina Hurricanes tickets and watch the Carolina Hurricanes try to win it all again!
Carolina Hurricanes Season Preview History
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RBC Center: The Inside Story My son and I saw the Carolina Hurricanes on the last game of the 2010-'11 season, and enjoyed ourselves greatly. First of all, there was a front lawn "party" before opening that starts around 4:30 or 5, and he really liked it. It had a couple inflatables, and there were plenty of people I knew. We waited in line for about 20 minutes and got in at somewhere near 6 o'clock. Our seats were in section 325, which looks down directly at center ice. Concessions stands were giving away dollar dogs($1 hot dogs), but everything else was over $4, so eating isn't very cheap(like it is at every other sporting event). Now I can tell all of you about the Carolina Hurricanes. The 'canes' are an off/on quality team who can surprise you sometimes. One year(2008 playoffs), they seemed unbeatable and got swept by the penguins in the conference final. The backbones of the canes this year were Erik Cole(for his many game-winning goals), Eric Staal(who is known for always being the team points leader), and Jeff Skinner(the rookie who put up 60 spectacular points). They lost the game that could have propelled them to the playoffs 6-2 to the TB Lightning, but it was a fun experience. Overall, they may not be the best, but they know how to play a good hockey game. August 8, 2011