3. A season of firsts
The 2019-2020 season saw many firsts for the Carolina Hurricanes. Both big and small. One BIG first was the giant new scoreboard. Still an absolute beauty. We also saw the debut of the new away jerseys for the team.
We saw Haydn Fleury finally score his first NHL goal. Jaccob Slavin went to his first NHL all-star game and WIN the accuracy skill competition. And had he not gotten injured, Dougie Hamilton would’ve went to his first all-star game as well. A bittersweet first.
Dave Ayres became the first emergency backup goalie to win a game. Which became the feel-good story of the season. Highlights of the game have been featured in countless commercials from a variety of brands and companies. Sorry, Scott Foster, the Hawks had already scored the game-winning goal when you came in.
Though the game will be played next season, the Hurricanes were also awarded their first Stadium Series game in franchise history. An event that will surely see Carter-Finley Stadium filled to the brim with rabid Caniacs.
There was also the whole deal with Andrei Svechnikov scoring the first-ever lacrosse style goal in NHL history against the Calgary Flames. At home no less too. Oh, and he did it again a few weeks later in Winnepeg.
The season did, however, see the Hurricanes struggle some though.