HISTORY BY YEAR
MAY 13, 2002 — Carolina breaks or ties 18 franchise records in its 8-2 Game 6
victory over the Montreal Canadiens at the Molson Centre to clinch the Eastern
Conference Semifi nals 4-2. The victory marks the fi rst time the franchise
defeats Montreal in a postseason series.
MAY 28, 2002 — Martin Gelinas scores at 8:05 of overtime to give the Hurricanes
a 2-1 victory against Toronto in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals at
Air Canada Centre. With the win, Carolina clinches the fi rst Conference
championship in franchise history and earns its fi rst trip to the Stanley Cup Finals.
JUNE 8-9, 2002 — The Hurricanes host Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals against
Detroit, marking the fi rst Stanley Cup fi nals game at the Entertainment &
Sports Arena. The game goes into triple-overtime before the Red Wings’ Igor
Larionov scores at the 54:47 mark of overtime.
JUNE 20, 2002 — Ron Francis wins the Lady Byng Trophy and the King Clancy
Trophy at the 2002 NHL Awards in Toronto.
SEPTEMBER 19, 2002 — A 20-year agreement with RBC Centura is announced to
rename the Entertainment & Sports Arena as the RBC Center.
JANUARY 18, 2003 — Ron Francis plays in his 1,616th career NHL game, a 5-2 loss
at New Jersey, moving past Larry Murphy (1,615) and into sole possession of
third place on the NHL’s all-time games played list.
MARCH 18, 2003 — Damian Surma scores his fi rst career NHL goal in his fi rst
game, becoming the fi fth Hurricane to accomplish that feat during the 2002-03
season (Jeff Heerema, Tomas Kurka, Mike Zigomanis, Brad DeFauw). Surma
was the eighth and fi nal Hurricane to score his fi rst NHL goal during the season.
APRIL 6, 2003 — The Hurricanes set a new single-season attendance record,
breaking the franchise mark set the previous season. In total, 642,973 fans
attend games at the RBC Center during the 2002-03 hockey season.
DECEMBER 15, 2003 — The Hurricanes name Peter Laviolette as the franchise’s
11th head coach. Kevin McCarthy is retained as an assistant coach and former
Hurricane player Jeff Daniels is also named assistant coach. Paul Maurice,
Randy Ladouceur and Don Edwards are relieved of their coaching duties.
MARCH 5, 2004 — Kevyn Adams beats Atlanta’s Pasi Nurminen with 0.4 seconds
left in overtime and the Thrashers on the power-play to break the franchise
record for shorthanded goals in a season (5).
JUNE 26-27, 2004 — The Hurricanes host the NHL Entry Draft at the RBC Center,
drawing 15,672 fans for day one – the largest draft crowd in more than a
decade. Carolina makes noise on the fl oor as well, trading the eighth overall
selection and a second-round pick for the fourth overall selection, taking toprated
North American skater Andrew Ladd.
SEPTEMBER 15, 2004 — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman confi rms that NHL
teams will not play until the Collective Bargaining Agreement is replaced,
delaying the start of the 2004-05 season.
FEBRUARY 16, 2005 — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announces the
cancellation of the 2004-05 season.
JULY 22, 2005 — NHL Board of Governors ratifi es new six-year Collective
Bargaining Agreement with the NHLPA.
AUGUST 25, 2005 — Rod Brind’Amour named Hurricanes team captain.
OCTOBER 7, 2005 — Cam Ward earns his fi rst NHL win, stopping Ziggy Palffy,
Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby in Carolina’s fi rst shootout game and fi rst
win of 2005-06.
JANUARY 19, 2006 — Carolina wins its ninth straight game, marking the second
nine-game win streak of the season and in franchise history. The Hurricanes
become just the fi fth team in NHL history to post two win streaks of nine
games or more in a single season.
JANUARY 31, 2006 — Hurricanes win 8-2 at Montreal for their 13th win in January
making Carolina the seventh team in NHL history to win 13 games in a month.
MARCH 31, 2006 — Hurricanes win their 48th game of the season to clinch their
third Southeast Division title with a 3-2 win against Florida. Carolina would
go on to a 52-22-8 overall record, fi nishing second in the Eastern Conference
standings and setting franchise highs for wins and points (112) in a season.
MAY 2, 2006 — Cory Stillman scores 1:19 into overtime of Game 6 at Montreal
for Carolina’s fourth-straight win against the Canadiens after falling behind 2-0
in the teams’ Eastern Conference Quarterfi nals series.
MAY 5, 2006 — Cam Ward records his fi rst NHL shutout as Carolina defeats New
Jersey 6-0 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifi nals. The Hurricanes
would go on to win the series 4-1.
JUNE 1, 2006 — Carolina defeats Buffalo 4-2 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference
Finals, sending the Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in
four years and the second time in franchise history.
JUNE 19, 2006 — Justin Williams scores into an empty net with 1:01 remaining in
the third period to give Carolina a 3-1 win in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
The win marks the fi rst Stanley Cup championship in franchise history and the
fi rst major professional sports championship in North Carolina. Cam Ward wins
the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs’ Most Valuable Player.
JUNE 22, 2006 — Rod Brind’Amour wins the Frank J. Selke Trophy at the NHL
Awards in Vancouver.
FEBRUARY 8, 2007 — Ray Whitney sets a franchise record scoring three evenstrength
goals in a 1:40 span in the second period of Carolina’s 5-2 win at
Boston. The feat marks the fastest three even-strength goals in the NHL
since Bill Mosienko scored three times in 21 in his Blackhawks’ 7-6 win at NY
Rangers, March 23, 1952.
MARCH 24, 2007 — Hurricanes establish a new single-season attendance record
of more than 650,000 fans when they host an overfl ow crowd of 18,763
against San Jose. Carolina fi nishes the season having hosted 712,861 fans
in its 41 home games, an average of 17,387 fans per game and 93.3% of the
RBC Center’s capacity.
JUNE 14, 2007 — Rod Brind’Amour wins the Frank J. Selke Trophy at the NHL
Awards in Toronto.
JUNE 5, 2008 — Glen Wesley announces his retirement as a player and is
named director of defensemen development. President/General Manager
Jim Rutherford announces that Wesley’s No. 2 jersey would be retired to the
RBC Center rafters. Wesley retired as the Hurricanes’ all-time games-played
leader, having played in 728 regular-season games since the team’s relocation
to North Carolina in 1997. He played 913 games with the franchise, second
only to Hall of Famer Ron Francis (1,186).
JULY 12, 2008 — Carolina Hurricanes and the Centennial Authority announce a
fi ve-year extension of the team’s lease of the RBC Center, making the fi nal
year of the lease 2024.