The brand new proprietor of the Carolina Hurricanes has a delicate spot for his group’s previous id — the Hartford Whalers.
Within the month since Tom Dundon assumed management of the Hurricanes, they’ve introduced again the previous “Brass Bonanza” struggle music, stocked the cabinets within the group retailer with that beloved whale-tail emblem and have mentioned bringing again the Whalers, too — if just for a future flip-again-the-clock night time.
Underneath his management, the Hurricanes have completed a one hundred eighty-diploma flip in the best way they view, market and recognize their previous.
“It is ours, proper? I imply, it is who we have been. It is a part of the historical past,” Dundon stated in an interview with The Related Press. “To me, it makes a variety of sense. … This was too straightforward. ‘How might I not?’ was in all probability the higher query.”
Within the month since Dundon purchased a majority share of the staff from longtime proprietor Peter Karmanos Jr., the forty six-yr-previous Dallas businessman has made a number of modifications — most visibly, the embracing of who the Hurricanes have been earlier than they turned the Hurricanes.
That is a drastic shift from their strategy beneath Karmanos. He bought the Whalers in 1994 and moved the franchise to North Carolina three years later, by no means wanting again after seven consecutive dropping seasons in Connecticut and complaints about attendance at what was then generally known as the Hartford Civic Middle.