The Carolina Hurricanes (colloquially known as the Canes) 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 in the Eastern Conference and play their home games at PNC Arena.
The franchise was formed in 1971 as the New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association (WHA). The Whalers were immediately successful, winning the Eastern Division in the first three seasons of the WCHA and becoming the first Avco World Trophy champions in the 1972/73 season. The Whalers competed for the World Trophy again in 1978, this time losing to the Winnipeg Jets in a rematch of the 1973 finals. The franchise joined the NHL in 1979 as part of the merger of the NHL and the WHA, renaming itself the Hartford Whalers. The team moved to North Carolina in 1997, renaming itself the Hurricanes. Carolina reached the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 2002, where they were defeated by the Detroit Red Wings. The Hurricanes won the Cup.
The Hurricanes' main logo has always been a stylized hurricane with a storm warning flag on a hockey stick as a secondary logo. After the team's first season in 1997, the team changed the color scheme to a slightly darker shade of red and kept the other colors.
The Carolina Hurricanes currently wear red uniforms at home and white uniforms on the road. While black is one of the team's primary colors, the Hurricanes kept its use to a minimum by choosing red helmets and red pants, using black exclusively as a trim color along with silver. However, the Hurricanes wore black alternate uniforms for individual games.
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