The Carolina Hurricanes Unveiled Hartford Whaler Throwback Jerseys And Not Everyone Is Thrilled
Like an an uninvited party guest bursting through the front door, the Carolina Hurricanes announced via Twitter — “Brass Bonanza” blaring — that they will wear Hartford Whalers throwback uniforms this season, triggering instant blowback from defenders of the defunct NHL franchise.
“It’s back. 12.23.18,” read the well-intentioned tweet, which was accompanied by a whale emoji and a 35-second video set to the Whalers’ beloved on-ice anthem. A follow-up tweet showed multiple angles of the primarily green sweaters — trimmed in white and blue and modeled after the road uniforms the team wore from 1979-1992 — further inflaming the social-media masses.
The Hurricanes announced they will first wear the uniforms at home on Dec. 23 against the Boston Bruins for what they’ve dubbed “Whalers Night.” They’ll wear them again in a visit to Boston on March 5.
“We’re proud of the history and traditions that we’ve built in 21 years in North Carolina. But we’ve never thrown away the records established during this franchise’s 18 NHL seasons in Connecticut,” said Don Waddell, Hurricanes president and general manager. “This is a chance to celebrate our team’s heritage and the players and coaches who laid the groundwork for this franchise.”
While some replies were positive, such as an innocent inquiry into whether the jerseys would be available for purchase (yes, at a later date) most were, predictably, not. Here are some highlights: