Take in thrilling hockey action as the Carolina Hurricanes skate, save, and shoot their way through another season at PNC Arena in Raleigh. The Canes are fighting their way through the Metropolitan Division in the hopes of making it to the NHL Playoffs for the first time in 9 seasons. Despite their recent postseason drought, Carolina has a history of success that includes 3 division championships, 2 conference titles, and 1 Stanley Cup. This year’s stars Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Aho give you a chance to see what the future holds for Raleigh’s only major sports franchise. Pick up some affordable Carolina Hurricanes tickets right now before they sell out or the season ends.
The Hurricanes took North Carolina by storm when they arrived in 1997 after spending 25 years in the Northeast as the Whalers. Originally part of the WHA, the New England Whalers joined the NHL in 1979 and had only 3 winning seasons before moving south to North Carolina. Though their first game in their new state was a sell-out, the early seasons featured countless off-ice problems. Luckily, this disarray didn’t affect the team, and they finally made it back to the playoffs in 1999 thanks to stars like Ron Francis and Keith Primeau. Though they didn’t get to the finals, the team had a solid foundation that led to the Hurricane’s remarkable success in 2002. After making it into the playoffs, they defeated the New Jersey Devils in the first round and managed to take out the Montreal Canadiens in the second round thanks in part to Niclas Wallin’s goal in a game dubbed “The Miracle at Molson.” Martin Gelinas scored the golden goal in overtime to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs, securing the Hurricanes a spot in the Stanley Cup championship, which they ultimately lost to the heavily favored Detroit Red Wings. Despite that loss and a league-wide lockout during the 2004–05 season, the Hurricanes regrouped and managed to make it back into the playoffs in the 2005–06 season. After completing the regular season with 52 wins and 112 points, they faced off against and defeated their postseason rivals, the Montreal Canadiens, in the first round. In the next matchup, Cory Stillman sealed the fate of the New Jersey Devils with a series-winning goal in Game 5. The Buffalo Sabres skated into town for the next round and managed to take the series all the way to Game 7, which the Hurricanes ultimately won. At that point, only the Edmonton Oilers stood between the Canes and a Stanley Cup. Cam Ward was spectacular in the goal and Eric Staal was awesome up front, leading the team to win their first Stanley Cup after 7 intense games. Since then, the team has experienced some ups and downs, but the fans have stuck with the Hurricanes.
The team is currently stacked with talent, and they are ready to contend in the postseason. Even if they miss the playoffs this year, they are sure to be a thorn in the side of division rivals like the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins for years to come. Pick up your Carolina Hurricanes tickets today before they’re all gone.Back to top