The Whalers Are Back(ish): Hurricanes Unveil Hartford-Inspired Third Jerseys

The Whalers Are Back(ish): Hurricanes Unveil Hartford-Inspired Third Jerseys

The Whalers Are Back(ish): Hurricanes Unveil Hartford-Inspired Third Jerseys

The Hartford Whalers will be returning to the ice, if only for two nights.

In 1997, the Hartford Whalers packed up their things and moved to Raleigh, North Carolina to become the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes have largely ignored their Hartford past since the move, but are planning to hold a Whalers night on December 23 for a game against the Boston Bruins.

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"We're proud of the history and traditions that we've built in 21 years in North Carolina", Hurricanes President Dan Waddell said about the decision in the team's announcement. "But we've never thrown away the records established during this franchise's 18 National Hockey League seasons in Connecticut", Hurricanes President and General Manager Don Waddell told the Hurricanes' website. But it is a bitter pill for Hartford hockey fans to swallow seeing the team that abandoned them celebrate their heritage without them.

Though the team changed its name when it moved south and distanced itself from the previous identity, the franchise maintains the trademarks for the Whalers name and logos. The team says it will also wear the jersey in a game against Boston on March 5.

When he bought the team in January, new owner Tom Dundon embraced the Whalers identity and began selling Hartford merchandise in the team store at the Hurricanes' arena. Dundon wasted no time sharing his thoughts about using the Whalers logo. It's part of the legacy and I think it's-I just like cool stuff.

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