The Carolina Hurricanes NHL hockey franchise actually began in Hartford, Connecticut in 1972 when the then New England Whalers were established in the WHA professional hockey league. In 1979 the WHA was absorbed by the NHL and the New England Whalers became known as the Hartford Whalers. The Whalers were never quite able to take the next step and become an established, powerful team in the league’s upper echelon. Finally, the Whalers were relocated to Raleigh in 1997 and upon relocation, re-christened as the Carolina Hurricanes.
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