In 1997, the Hartford Whalers relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina to become the hurricanes after attempts to build a new arena failed.
Hurricanes logo: The team's crest is a modification of the international hurricane symbol
Notable players from this era include former captains Eric Staal (#12) and Rod Brind'Amour (#17).
Staal was selected 2nd overall in the infamous 2003 NHL entry draft by the hurricanes. Staal was made captain in 2010 and remained a hurricane until he was traded to the new York Rangers in 2016 where he played with his brother Marc.
Brind'Amour retired at the end of the 2008-2009 season finishing with 1184 points over his 20 year career. He is the current head coach of the hurricanes
Best season during this era:
97 points for 6th in the eastern conference. They battled to make it to the eastern conference finals where they lost to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins in 4 games
Carolina Hurricanes 2007-13 Home Jersey (Small)