HISTORY BY YEAR
FEBRUARY 18, 1998 — Carolina tenders offer sheet to Sergei Fedorov. NHL
disputes offer sheet, so it goes to an arbitrator, John Sands, who rules the
offer sheet to be valid on Feb. 26, 1998. Detroit matches offer sheet shortly
after ruling that same day.
MARCH 9, 1998 — Trevor Kidd named NHL Player of the Week after posting a
3-0-0 record with a .968 save percentage and a 1.00 GAA.
MARCH 24, 1998 — Peter Karmanos receives Lester Patrick Award, which is
presented annually to those individuals who have performed “outstanding
service to hockey in the United States.”
MARCH 30, 1998 — Keith Primeau named NHL Player of the Week after totaling
eight points (4g, 4a) and a (+7) in a 3-1-0 week.
APRIL 14, 1998 — Carolina eliminated from playoffs during the fi nal week of the
season for the fourth year in a row.
JULY 13, 1998 — Hurricanes sign franchise all-time leading scorer Ron Francis to
a free agent contract.
OCTOBER 28, 1998 — Carolina shuts out the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 to take
over the Southeast Division lead. The Hurricanes never relinquish the lead,
remaining in fi rst place for 173 consecutive days.
NOVEMBER 2, 1998 — Goaltender Arturs Irbe named NHL Player of the Week
(October 26-November 1) and NHL Player of the Month for October.
DECEMBER 29, 1998 — Hurricanes acquire future Hall of Fame defenseman Paul
Coffey from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Nelson Emerson.
JANUARY 24, 1999 — Arturs Irbe and Keith Primeau become the fi rst Carolina
Hurricanes to play in the NHL All-Star Game. It marks the fi rst time since
Kevin Dineen and Ulf Samuelsson participated in Rendez-Vous ‘87 that the
organization has been represented by two players during all-star play.
FEBRUARY 9, 1999 — Ron Francis tallies a season-high fi ve points (2g, 3a) in his
1,300th game as the Carolina Hurricanes defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-5 in
the team’s last visit to Maple Leaf Gardens.
FEBRUARY 18, 1999 — Paul Coffey plays in his 1,300th game, joining Ron Francis as
the only teammates in league history to accomplish the feat in the same season.
FEBRUARY 21, 1999 — Ray Sheppard becomes only player in NHL history to
score 20 goals in a single season for six different clubs by tallying two goals in
Carolina’s 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders.
APRIL 9, 1999 — Carolina Hurricanes clinch the Southeast Division, marking the
team’s fi rst division title since 1987.
APRIL 24, 1999 — Ray Sheppard scores at 17:05 of overtime as the Carolina
Hurricanes defeat the Boston Bruins 3-2, their fi rst playoff win since April 29, 1992.
MAY 2, 1999 — The Boston Bruins shut out the Hurricanes 2-0 to win the bestof
7 Eastern Conference Quarterfi nals 4-2.
MAY 3, 1999 — Hurricanes defenseman Steve Chiasson dies in a one-car accident.
JUNE 10, 1999 — Hurricanes agree to a three-year affi liation with the Cincinnati
Cyclones of the International Hockey League (IHL).
OCTOBER 29, 1999 — Carolina Hurricanes host the New Jersey Devils in their
home opener at the new Raleigh Entertainment & Sports Arena.
NOVEMBER 5, 1999 — Captain Ron Francis becomes the sixth player in NHL
history to reach 1,500 points.
NOVEMBER 7, 1999 — Carolina defeats the Washington Capitals 3-2 to earn its fi rst
win at the Entertainment & Sports Arena.
DECEMBER 23, 1999 — Paul Coffey becomes the fi rst defenseman in league
history to total 1,500 points. Along with Ron Francis, Coffey becomes part of
the fi rst pair of teammates to reach the milestone during the same season.
JANUARY 23, 2000 — Hurricanes acquire forward Rod Brind’Amour, goaltender
Jean-Marc Pelletier and a second-round pick in 2000 entry draft in exchange
for Keith Primeau and a fi fth-round draft pick in 2000.
FEBRUARY 5, 2000 — Competing in his fi rst All-Star weekend, Sami Kapanen wins
the fastest skater event during the Fed Ex/NHL Superskills contest with a time
of 13.649 seconds.
APRIL 3, 2000 — Arturs Irbe named NHL Player of the Week for week ending
April 2 by posting 3-1-0 record with a 1.75 goals against average, a .933 save
percentage, and one shutout.
APRIL 8, 2000 — Head coach Paul Maurice becomes the franchise’s all-time
winningest coach with a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers. The win
surpassed Jack Evans total of 163.
JUNE 24, 2000 — Hurricanes acquire defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh and a secondround
draft pick (Tomas Kurka) in 2000 from Colorado in exchange for Nolan
Pratt, a fi rst-round draft pick (Vaclav Nedorost) and two second-round picks
(Jared Aulin, Argis Saviels) in 2000.
DECEMBER 18, 2000 — Hurricanes agree to a multi-year affi liation with the Lowell
Lock Monsters of the American Hockey League (AHL).
FEBRUARY 4, 2001 — Defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh becomes the fi rst Carolina
Hurricane to start in an NHL All-Star Game.
MARCH 14, 2001 — Ron Francis earns an assist against Atlanta to become to fi rst
player to total 1,000 points with the franchise.
APRIL 4, 2001 — Jeff O’Neill becomes the fi rst franchise player to score 40 goals
in a season since Brendan Shanahan in 1995-96.
APRIL 6, 2001 — The Hurricanes defeat Atlanta 3-2 in Raleigh to clinch their
second trip to the playoffs in three years.
JANUARY 2, 2002 — Ron Francis, playing in his 1,000th career game with the
franchise, beats Byron Dafoe of the Boston Bruins for his 500th career NHL goal.
JANUARY 16, 2002 — Carolina acquires defenseman Bret Hedican, forward
Kevyn Adams and defenseman Tomas Malec from Florida in exchange for
defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh and forward Byron Ritchie.
JANUARY 26, 2002 — Ron Francis assists on Jeff O’Neill’s goal at Philadelphia to
pass Ray Bourque for second on the NHL’s all-time assist list.
MARCH 5, 2002 — The Hurricanes acquire goaltender Kevin Weekes from
Tampa Bay in exchange for forwards Shane Willis and Chris Dingman.
APRIL 3, 2002 — The Hurricanes set a new single-season attendance record,
breaking the franchise mark set in 1987-88. In all, 635,868 fans attend games
during the 2001-02 regular season.
APRIL 10, 2002 — The Hurricanes defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 at the
Entertainment & Sports Arena to clinch their second Southeast Division title
in four years.
APRIL 27, 2002 — Kevin Weekes shuts out New Jersey 1-0 in Game 6 of the Eastern
Conference Quarterfi nals at the Continental Airlines Arena as Carolina clinches the
franchise’s fi rst playoff series win since 1986 and fi rst best-of-7 series win.