If you could bring back one classic NHL logo and uniform what would it be? Would you go with a defunct team like the Quebec Nordiques, Minnesota North Stars, Hartford Whalers or Colorado Rockies? Or would you elect to go with a vintage look for an existing team like the Pittsburgh Penguins, Vancouver Canucks or Anaheim (Mighty) Ducks?
Well… if your heart is with the Whalers, it looks like you may just get your wish. Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon recently confirmed that his team WILL wear the vintage Whalers jerseys at least once during the upcoming season, maybe twice.
Check out this quote from his interview with WRAL Sports in Raleigh, North Carolina:
We’re going to wear it, at least once, maybe twice. We’ll do a throwback night, maybe home and away. I think it’s fun. This is entertainment, so I think it’d be fun to do it. We’re going to wear it.
For those who need a refresher, or for those too young to remember the mighty Whale, Dundon is referring to these beauties:
Oh baby… we can hardly wait.
While we love the speed and skill on display in today’s game, we’re suckers for vintage hockey and, in particular, vintage hockey jerseys and logos. There’s no denying to simple beauty of the Whalers jerseys and, like most hockey fans, we can’t wait to see the Whalers take to the ice in the NHL once again.
Of course the Whalers moved to Raleigh in 1997 to become the Hurricanes, but there’s still a vocal fanbase of Whalers supporters out there eager to see their team in action again. The city of Hartford itself is home to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League, affiliate of the New York Rangers.
No date yet on when the Whalers… errr Hurricanes… will don the throwback jerseys, but you can bet that Whalers faithful will come out of the woodwork with their Ron Francis, Kevin Dineen, Pat Verbeek and Ray Ferraro jerseys. Let's go, Whalers!
Now, do you think we can get the Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild on board with bringing back the Nordiques and North Stars?
Source: Tom Dundon
Photo Credit: Zuma Press