Mac the Knife

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In a broad-ranging radio interview yesterday, new Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon (I think I'm getting that name right) stated unequivocally that unlike under the team's Karmanos ownership era, the team would fully embrace its past history as the Hartford Whalers, including but not limited to wearing retro uniforms from time to time on throwback nights.  And as if to punctuate the point, at a home game last night, during a break in the action the PA system blared "Brass Bonanza," the Whalers old theme song.

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Breaking out Brass Bonanza at a Hurricanes game doesn't make things better for anyone.

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52 minutes ago, WSU151 said:

Breaking out Brass Bonanza at a Hurricanes game doesn't make things better for anyone.

I was wondering what people would think of that.  I think most fans, when their team moves want the whole thing re-branded.  I am glad the Dallas Stars still try to be a continuation of the North Stars (and would have kept the name if North Stars made sense in Texas).  But for some reason, playing Brass Bonanza bugs me.  

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1 hour ago, Mac the Knife said:

In a broad-ranging radio interview yesterday, new Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon (I think I'm getting that name right) stated unequivocally that unlike under the team's Karmanos ownership era, the team would fully embrace its past history as the Hartford Whalers, including but not limited to wearing retro uniforms from time to time on throwback nights.  And as if to punctuate the point, at a home game last night, during a break in the action the PA system blared "Brass Bonanza," the Whalers old theme song.

Actually, playing "Brass Bonanza" during stoppages has already been done from time to time at Canes games for years now...usually while they show different folks in the crowd wearing Whalers jerseys on the video board.

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42 minutes ago, charger77 said:

Rebranding in the works?

 

Seems like the Hurricanes' and Whalers' brands are so different that it'd be tough to rebrand while also connecting to Hartford.

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20 minutes ago, WSU151 said:

 

Seems like the Hurricanes' and Whalers' brands are so different that it'd be tough to rebrand while also connecting to Hartford.

 

That's why they should just move back to Hartford and make it easier. ;)

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I say make a WHalers inspired Fauxback, or a Hurricanes inspired Whalers Fauxback.

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Just wear the uni once in a blue moon. It is part of the team's history after all. 

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I applaud the act of embracing a franchise's lineage.  Between this and the Winnipeg example, as well as the Devils' act of including the Colorado Rockies' logo in a recent commemorative patch, it is evident that the NHL has some clear thinkers, as opposed to the NBA goofballs who spit on history by allowing the Hornets disaster.


And, of course, the Whalers' logo as a logo is superb. So making some use of it in throwbacks would be good.

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47 minutes ago, WSU151 said:

 

Seems like the Hurricanes' and Whalers' brands are so different that it'd be tough to rebrand while also connecting to Hartford.

 

Unfortunately, you're probably right... would the Carolina Whalers be that difficult to pull off?

 

Seems like North Carolina did have a Whaling industry.

 

Regardless... I do want a Gordie Howe Whalers jersey... not sure if it will be NHL or WHA though.

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Hopefully this spurs more teams to have throwback nights. The Ducks should have made their throwback night an annual thing, because the Mighty Ducks jerseys looked gorgeous in the Reebok Edge cut, and the Devils' and Coyotes' throwbacks both looked great. Also, while I personally don't care for them, I know the Flames' throwback alts are very popular.

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Looks like people are figuring out that the Hurricanes brand is not popular around Carolina and that no one really cares about the team. To the point that the Whalers have more impact in hockey community than them, after 20 years not existing.

Just move the team somewhere else I would say.

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Do it one night a season like the Devils do with their throwbacks. You can even alternate between the Pucky era and the navy era.

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Ok. We’ve already jumped the track. 

 

Please keep the discussion focused on the Carolina Hurricanes using Hartford Whalers throwbacks. 

 

Discussions about the immorality of whaling, the intelligence of various animals, and whether or not it’s a good idea to name a team after pirates can all be had in the General Discussion subforum. 

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This is the funniest logo in sports history. It's a whale and then they put an "ers" after it so you know they're not the Whales - they're the guys who kill whales. It's too bad the ers never showed up on the team's jerseys. 

 

 

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Wasn't part of the inspiration of the name to be the WHAlers?

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My money is ready, Carolina. #ThingsIThoughtIWouldNeverSay

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I think using the Whalers as an occasional throwback or flat-out alt would be a lot of fun, but a rebrand?  I don't really know.  The Hurricanes are something of a vestigial brand themselves, but I'd be in more of a camp supporting a Hurricanes rebranding than a Whalers overhaul.  

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8 minutes ago, CS85 said:

I think using the Whalers as an occasional throwback or flat-out alt would be a lot of fun, but a rebrand?  I don't really know.  The Hurricanes are something of a vestigial brand themselves, but I'd be in more of a camp supporting a Hurricanes rebranding than a Whalers overhaul.  

 

To be clear, Dundon is not talking about a retconning/rebranding.  Just paying the occasional homage to the team's Hartford history.

 

Personally, I actually would like to see a rebranding, ditching the "Carolina" moniker for "Raleigh."  Thanks to the Panthers you'd be amazed how many people presume the Hurricanes play in Charlotte.

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