They moved from Boston to Hartford in 1975 as the WHA's New England Whalers. They entered the NHL as the expansion Hartford Whalers for the 79-80 season.
The Hartford Whalers are now the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Hartford Whalers were relocated to North Carolina and became the Carolina Hurricanes.
The all-time Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes franchise record for goals by a defenseman is held by Glen Wesley and Mark Howe, each having scored 51 goals. Howe scored all of his goals as a member of the Whalers. The Hurricanes record for goals by a defenseman is 38 by Sean Hill.
When the Hartford Whalers moved to Raleigh , because of time constraints, the name Hurricanes was chosen by owner Peter Karmanos himself. I understand he chose the name because of the violent nature of hurricanes reflected the violent nature of hockey and , of course, the Carolinas are battered by hurricanes each and every year.
The New England Whalers were a WHA team. They entered the NHL in the 1979-80 season, but changed their name to the Hartford Whalers, so they never competed in the NHL under the New England name. They are currently known as the Carolina Hurricanes.
They were sold and relocated and are now known as the Carolina Hurricanes.
Hartford Whalers ended in 1997.
Hartford Whalers was created in 1970.
The Whalers never made any appearances in the Stanley Cup Finals. After the team moved to North Carolina, the Hurricanes played in the Finals twice, losing in 2002 to the Detroit Red Wings and defeating the Edmonton Oilers in 2006.
Hartford Whalers are a team originally started in Hartford, Connecticut, which is where their name came from. Looking up the Hartford Whaler's next match and arena location will help you purchase tickets to watch them.