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Carolina Hurricanes
Conference Eastern
Division Metropolitan
Founded 1972
History New England Whalers
1972–1979 (WHA)
Hartford Whalers
19791997 (NHL)
Carolina Hurricanes
1997–present
Home arena PNC Arena
City Raleigh, North Carolina
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Colors Red, white, gray, black
                   
Media Fox Sports South
ESPN The Fan (99.9 FM)
The Buzz (620 AM)
Owner(s) Tom Dundon
General manager Don Waddell
Head coach Rod Brind'Amour
Captain Jordan Staal
Minor league affiliates Charlotte Checkers (AHL)
Greenville Swamp Rabbits (ECHL)
Stanley Cups 1 (2005–06)
Conference championships 2 (2001–02, 2005–06)
Presidents' Trophies 0
Division championships 3 (1998–99, 2001–02, 2005–06)

The Carolina Hurricanes are a professional ice hockey team based in Raleigh, North Carolina. They compete in the National Hockey League (NHL) as a member of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference. The Hurricanes play their home games at the 18,680-seat PNC Arena (formerly known as RBC center).

The franchise was formed in 1971 as the New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association (WHA). The Whalers saw success immediately, winning the Eastern Division in the WHA's first three seasons, as well as becoming the inaugural Avco World Trophy Champions to cap off the 1972-73 season. The Whalers again competed for the World Trophy in 1978, this time falling short to the Winnipeg Jets in a rematch of the 1973 Finals. The franchise joined the NHL in 1979 as part of the NHL–WHA merger, renaming themselves the Hartford Whalers. The team relocated to North Carolina in 1997, rebranding themselves as the Hurricanes. Carolina advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 2002, where they were defeated by the Detroit Red Wings. The Hurricanes won the 2006 Stanley Cup over the Edmonton Oilers, giving the state of North Carolina its first major professional sports championship. On February 15, 2020, it was announced that the Hurricanes would host a Stadium Series game at Carter-Finley Stadium on February 20, 2021.

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