HISTORY BY YEAR
JUNE 18, 1989 — The NHL formally approves Richard Gordon and Colonial Realty
as Whalers owners.
SEPTEMBER 6, 1989 — Whalers offi cially open their new training and practice
facility at Avon Old Farms School.
MARCH 21, 1990 — Dave Keon and Howard Baldwin are inducted into the Whalers
Hall of Fame at second annual induction ceremonies.
FEBRUARY 23, 1991 — Whalers clinch playoff spot for sixth straight season.
APRIL 1, 1991 — Pat Verbeek is only NHL player to lead team in goals scored and
penalty minutes for second straight year.
JUNE 7, 1991 — Jim Roberts is named head coach of the Whalers, replacing Rick Ley.
NOVEMBER 26, 1991 — Defenseman Randy Ladouceur named the Whalers’ 10th
team captain in their 20-year history.
APRIL 1, 1992 — NHL players stage a strike, suspending the season for 10 days.
MAY 2, 1992 — Whalers extend the Montreal Canadiens to the second overtime
in Game 7 of the Adams Division Semifi nals. Russ Courtnall’s goal at 12:02
a.m. (25:26 of OT) ends the Whalers’ fi rst NHL season to extend into May.
MAY 26, 1992 — Whalers name Brian Burke general manager, replacing Ed
Johnston, who had been relieved of his duties on May 12.
JUNE 2, 1992 — Whalers introduce new uniforms. The club changes to a
predominant navy blue color scheme after 20 seasons in green.
JUNE 15, 1992 — Whalers hire Paul Holmgren to replace Jim Roberts as head coach.
APRIL 16, 1993 — Whalers fi nish the season with a 26-52-6 record and miss the
playoffs for the fi rst time since 1985.
JUNE 26, 1993 — Whalers fl ip fi rst round draft picks with San Jose and select
Chris Pronger second overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.
JUNE 30, 1993 — Emile Francis announces his retirement, ending a 47-year
SEPTEMBER 1, 1993 — Brian Burke resigns as club president and general
manager to join the NHL front offi ce as executive vice president and director
of hockey operations.
SEPTEMBER 8, 1993 — Paul Holmgren is named acting general manager. He
remains as head coach. Assistant coach Pierre McGuire elevated to assistant
general manager. Kevin Maxwell named director of player personnel. Paul Gillis
moved from an assistant coach in Springfi eld to an assistant coach of Hartford.
NOVEMBER 17, 1993 — Paul Holmgren steps aside as head coach to concentrate
on general manager duties. Pierre McGuire named head coach.
JUNE 28, 1994 — Whalers purchased by Peter Karmanos Jr., Thomas Thewes
and Jim Rutherford (KTR) for $47.5 million. Jim Rutherford named president
and general manager. Paul Holmgren named head coach. Whalers draft Jeff
O’Neill fi fth overall as they host the 1994 NHL Entry Draft in the Civic Center.
MAY 3, 1995 — Whalers complete the abbreviated 1994-95 season with an
increase in average attendance for the fi rst time since 1987-88 (12.8%).
Though they miss the playoffs for the third straight year, the Whalers have the
NHL’s best overtime record (4-0-5) for the second straight season.
JULY 27, 1995 — Whalers acquire Brendan Shanahan from St. Louis for Chris Pronger.
NOVEMBER 6, 1995 — Whalers replace head coach Paul Holmgren with
DECEMBER 28, 1995 — Whalers re-acquire Kevin Dineen from the Philadelphia
Flyers for future considerations.
JANUARY 31-FEBRUARY 11, 1996 — The Whalers win the last fi ve games of a sixgame
road trip, the best road trip in club history (5-1-0).
APRIL 14, 1996 — Whalers complete the season with their best record (34-39-9)
since the 1989-90 season (38-33-9). The team’s home record is 22-15-4, which
is the Whalers’ best home-ice record since 1986-87.
OCTOBER 9, 1996 — Whalers acquire Keith Primeau, Paul Coffey and a 1997 fi rstround
draft pick from Detroit in exchange for Brendan Shanahan and Brian Glynn.
DECEMBER 15, 1996 — Whalers acquire Kevin Haller, a fi rst-round and a seventhround
draft pick in 1997 from Philadelphia in exchange for Paul Coffey and a
third-round draft pick in 1997.
JANUARY 18, 1997 — Whaler’s head coach Paul Maurice serves as an assistant
coach at the 47th All-Star Game. Geoff Sanderson represents the Whalers,
scoring a goal.
MARCH 18, 1997 — Whalers complete four deals at the trading deadline.
Acquired Derek King, Chris Murray, Bates Battaglia, a fourth-round draft pick in
1998 and an eighth-round draft pick in 1998 by the end of the day.
MARCH 26, 1997 — Whalers announce at a press conference that the team has
signed an exit agreement with the Connecticut Development Authority to
leave Hartford at the end of the season.
APRIL 13, 1997 — Kevin Dineen scores the game winner as Hartford scores a
2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the franchise’s fi nal game in Hartford.
MAY 6, 1997 — Peter Karmanos announces that the team will relocate to Raleigh,
NC. The team will play in Greensboro, NC, for the fi rst two seasons while a
new arena is being built.
JUNE 2, 1997 — Hurricanes open offi ce in Morrisville, NC, to prepare for fi rst
season in North Carolina.
JUNE 16, 1997 — Peter Karmanos and Jim Rutherford unveil logo.
AUGUST 25, 1997 — Carolina acquires Trevor Kidd and Gary Roberts from Calgary
for Andrew Cassels and Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
SEPTEMBER 13, 1997 — Carolina plays its fi rst preseason game against the New
York Islanders at the Greensboro Coliseum.
OCTOBER 1, 1997 — Carolina opens the franchise’s 19th NHL season and fi rst as
the Carolina Hurricanes at Tampa Bay with a 4-2 loss. Kevin Dineen scores the
fi rst goal for the Hurricanes.
OCTOBER 10, 1997 — Carolina registers its fi rst win with a 2-1 victory over the
New Jersey Devils. Steve Leach scores the game-winner.
JANUARY 3, 1998 — Carolina acquires Martin Gelinas and Kirk McLean from
Vancouver for Sean Burke, Geoff Sanderson and Enrico Ciccone.
FEBRUARY 7, 1998 — The NHL shuts down for three weeks as NHL players
compete at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Carolina’s Sami Kapanen
plays for Team Finland, winning a Bronze Medal, and Keith Primeau completes
the Olympic Tournament tied for third in scoring for Team Canada.