Hurricanes unveil Hartford Whalers throwback jerseys

Carolina is embracing its hockey roots.

The Hurricanes on Thursday announced the return of the legendary Hartford Whalers logo, a nod to the franchise’s early days in Connecticut before being relocated.

The throwback jerseys, which the Whalers wore from 1985-89 and 1990-91, will be worn for “Whalers Night” on Dec. 23 when Carolina hosts Boston and March 5 when the Hurricanes visit the Bruins.

“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,” Hurricanes president and general manager Don Waddell said in a statement. “This is a chance to celebrate our team’s heritage and the players and coaches who laid the groundwork for this franchise.”

The Whalers played their final NHL game on April 13, 1997.