Carolina Hurricanes to celebrate Hartford’s hockey roots


The Carolina Hurricanes will honor Hartford’s NHL history Sunday. 

The team announced Monday that “Whalers Night” will take place during the team’s game against the Boston Bruins.

The original Hartford Whalers franchise relocated Raleigh before the start of the 1997-98 season. 

Pre-game ceremonies will include the honoring of Whalers legend Mike Rogers

Rogers, a member of the Whalers NHL inaugural team, will be honored during a ceremonial face-off. He served as the team’s Captain during the 1980-81 season. He will also sign autographs during the game. 

He scored a total 105 points during the franchise’s first two NHL seasons. 

The first 10,000 fans to attend the game will receive Whalers Night posters.

The Carolina Hurricanes Foundation will auction select Whalers gear during Sunday’s game. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Learn to Play Program. The organization is run by the Champions Skating Center in Cromwell, which is owned by former Whaler Bob Crawford

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