Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon made waves last season when, almost immediately on assuming ownership of the team, he put Hartford Whalers gear up for sale in the team shop. The response was immediate, and for this coming season, the concept is being taken to its logical end: a Hurricanes game in which the team wears Whalers throwback uniforms.
The Canes announced Thursday that the team will do just that on Sunday, December 23. Appropriately, it will be a game against the Boston Bruins, the team that shared Boston Garden with the WHA’s New England Whalers in their first two seasons of existence before moving to Connecticut.
This isn’t the first time that the NHL, which owns the Whalers copyright, has allowed a team to use a former incarnation as a throwback jersey. Perhaps most notably, the Toronto Maple Leafs wore a sweater recalling the Toronto St. Pats against the Hurricanes last December, which you may recall better as the game in which Scott Darling gave up eight goals and was left in to the bitter end by then-coach Bill Peters.
And, yes, great seats are still available.
What do you think of the Canes wearing Whalers throwbacks?
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Make those cash registers ring, Tommy D
Those jerseys were left in Hartford for a reason
I don’t really care what they wear as long as they win hockey games