In recent years, the Hurricanes have paid homage to the Hartford Whalers, the city the franchise moved to Raleigh from in 1997, by wearing their old uniforms at least once a year.
On February 10th, that trend will continue, as the team announced their newest Whalers uniform.
For the first time ever, the team will don the classic Whalers home sweater against the New Jersey Devils.
Cool. Crisp. Classic. 🐳
One night only. February 10, 2024. pic.twitter.com/KX5EHyNULW
— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) November 13, 2023
According to Whalers historian Pat Pickens, the Hurricanes’ contest against the Metropolitan Division foe serves as the first game featuring the classic white uniforms since April 29, 1992.
“We’re always looking at ways to keep some of our recurring theme nights, like Whalers Night, fresh. This is a great opportunity to introduce jerseys that are both new and exciting to the team, and also add a retail opportunity for our fans,” said Carolina Chief Marketing Officer Mike Forman. “We’ve utilized the green jerseys pretty extensively over the years and sprinkled in the light gray jersey a few years back as part of the Reverse Retro leaguewide campaign, but the white sweaters have always been on our radar.”
Included with the white sweaters will be the green cooperalls, which were re-introduced to the league last season when the Philadelphia Flyers wore black ones during warmups ahead of a November contest against St. Louis.
Carolina currently possesses a 4-0-3 record on Whaler Night, which began in 2018.