Carolina Hurricanes: Ranking every season in the history of the franchise

RALEIGH, NC - JUNE 19: Rod Brind'Amour #17 of the Carolina Hurricanes kisses the Stanley Cup after defeating the Edmonton Oilers in game seven of the 2006 NHL Stanley Cup Finals on June 19, 2006 at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Hurricanes defeated the Oilers 3-1 to win the Stanley Cup finals 4 games to 3. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC - JUNE 19: Rod Brind'Amour #17 of the Carolina Hurricanes kisses the Stanley Cup after defeating the Edmonton Oilers in game seven of the 2006 NHL Stanley Cup Finals on June 19, 2006 at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Hurricanes defeated the Oilers 3-1 to win the Stanley Cup finals 4 games to 3. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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15 Oct 1997: Left wing Geoff Sanderson of the Carolina Hurricanes moves the puck down the ice during a game against the Buffalo Sabres at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. The game ended in a 3-3 tie in overtime.
15 Oct 1997: Left wing Geoff Sanderson of the Carolina Hurricanes moves the puck down the ice during a game against the Buffalo Sabres at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. The game ended in a 3-3 tie in overtime. /

6. 1997-98

The 1997-98 season was by no means the most successful among all the seasons in the history of the Canes where they did not make the playoffs. However, it was the first season of Canes hockey that we ever had.

The first season for Carolina did start at the Greensboro Coliseum before they were moved to the formerly named Entertainment and Sports Arena (now named PNC Arena). This roster was plastered with an interesting grouping of players.

Keith Primeau (the captain at the time) and Sami Kapanen led the team in points. Meanwhile, Gary Roberts, Nelson Emerson, and Geoff Sanderson were all very talented offensive players that played a big role in the Carolina attack.

A young Jeff O’Neill continued to develop into the star that he was when the Canes went to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2002. Considering Carolina is among its 20th season in franchise history, you cannot forget where everything began two decades ago.