1997–98 Carolina Hurricanes season

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1997–98 Carolina Hurricanes
Division6th Northeast
1997–98 record33–41–8
Goals for200
Goals against219
Team information
General ManagerJim Rutherford
CoachPaul Maurice
CaptainKevin Dineen
ArenaGreensboro Coliseum
Average attendance9,086[1]

The 1997–98 Carolina Hurricanes season was the 26th season in franchise history, their 19th as a member of the National Hockey League (NHL), and their first in North Carolina. Formerly the Hartford Whalers, the team would play in Greensboro while a new arena was being constructed in Raleigh. The club finished sub-.500 and failed to qualify for the 1998 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Offseason[edit]

In March 1997, Whalers owner Peter Karmanos announced that the team would move elsewhere after the 1996–97 season because of the team's inability to negotiate a satisfactory construction and lease package for a new arena to replace the Hartford Civic Center. In July, Karmanos announced that the Whalers would move to the Research Triangle area of North Carolina and the new Entertainment and Sports Arena in Raleigh, become the Carolina Hurricanes, and change their team colors to red and black. Due to the relatively short time frame for the move, Karmanos himself thought of and decided upon the new name for the club, rather than holding a contest as is sometimes done.

Unfortunately, the ESA would not be complete for two more years. The only arena in the Triangle with an ice plant was Dorton Arena in Raleigh, which only seated 5,100 people—too small even for temporary use. The Hurricanes decided to play home games in Greensboro, ninety minutes away from Raleigh, for their first two seasons after the move. This choice was disastrous for the franchise's attendance and reputation. With a capacity of over 21,000 people for hockey, the Greensboro Coliseum became the highest-capacity arena in the NHL, but Triangle-area fans proved unwilling to make the drive down I-40 to Greensboro, and fans from the Piedmont Triad mostly refused to support a lame-duck team that had displaced the longtime Greensboro/Carolina Monarchs minor-league franchise. Furthermore, only 29 out of 82 games were televised, and radio play-by-play coverage on WPTF was often pre-empted by North Carolina State Wolfpack basketball (for whose broadcasts WPTF was the flagship station), leaving these games totally unavailable to those who did not have a ticket. With by far the smallest season-ticket base in the NHL and attendance routinely well below the league average, Sports Illustrated ran a story titled "Natural Disaster,"[2] and ESPN anchors mocked the "Green Acres" of empty seats; in a 2006 interview, Karmanos admitted that "as it turns out, [Greensboro] was probably a mistake."[3]

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Northeast Division
No. GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 Pittsburgh Penguins 82 40 24 18 228 188 98
2 Boston Bruins 82 39 30 13 221 194 91
3 Buffalo Sabres 82 36 29 17 211 187 89
4 Montreal Canadiens 82 37 32 13 235 208 87
5 Ottawa Senators 82 34 33 15 193 200 83
6 Carolina Hurricanes 82 33 41 8 200 219 74
Eastern Conference[4]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 New Jersey Devils ATL 82 48 23 11 225 166 107
2 Pittsburgh Penguins NE 82 40 24 18 228 188 98
3 Philadelphia Flyers ATL 82 42 29 11 242 193 95
4 Washington Capitals ATL 82 40 30 12 219 202 92
5 Boston Bruins NE 82 39 30 13 221 194 91
6 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 36 29 17 211 187 89
7 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 37 32 13 235 208 87
8 Ottawa Senators NE 82 34 33 15 193 200 83
9 Carolina Hurricanes NE 82 33 41 8 200 219 74
10 New York Islanders ATL 82 30 41 11 212 225 71
11 New York Rangers ATL 82 25 39 18 197 231 68
12 Florida Panthers ATL 82 24 43 15 203 256 63
13 Tampa Bay Lightning ATL 82 17 55 10 151 269 44

Divisions: ATL – Atlantic, NE – Northeast

bold – Qualified for playoffs


Schedule and results[edit]

October[edit]

Record for the month 3-8-3 (Home 2-2-2 Away 1-6-1)

No. R Date Score Opponent Record Attendance
1 L October 1, 1997 2–4 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 0–1–0 17,808
2 L October 3, 1997 3–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 0–2–0 18,661
3 L October 4, 1997 2–3 @ Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 0–3–0 18,500
4 T October 7, 1997 3–3 OT Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 0–3–1 6,083
5 W October 10, 1997 2–1 New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 1–3–1 6,352
6 L October 11, 1997 1–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 1–4–1 15,175
7 L October 13, 1997 1–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 1–5–1 12,530
8 T October 15, 1997 3–3 OT Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 1–5–2 6,278
9 L October 18, 1997 2–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1997–98) 1–6–2 19,983
10 L October 20, 1997 2–4 @ New York Rangers (1997–98) 1–7–2 18,200
11 W October 22, 1997 4–3 St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 2–7–2 8,185
12 T October 24, 1997 3–3 OT @ Colorado Avalanche (1997–98) 2–7–3 16,061
13 W October 26, 1997 3–2 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 3–7–3 14,834
14 L October 31, 1997 2–3 OT Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 3–8–3 7,555

November[edit]

Record for the month 7-5-1 (Home 5-3-1 Away 2-2-0)

No. R Date Score Opponent Record Attendance
15 W November 3, 1997 5–3 Vancouver Canucks (1997–98) 4–8–3 7,257
16 W November 5, 1997 3–1 Detroit Red Wings (1997–98) 5–8–3 10,090
17 L November 7, 1997 2–3 New York Islanders (1997–98) 5–9–3 7,742
18 W November 9, 1997 4–1 Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 6–9–3 5,551
19 W November 12, 1997 6–4 @ Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 7–9–3 14,240
20 W November 13, 1997 4–2 @ Calgary Flames (1997–98) 8–9–3 15,825
21 L November 16, 1997 1–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1997–98) 8–10–3 14,740
22 W November 19, 1997 2–1 Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 9–10–3 6,896
23 L November 21, 1997 3–4 New York Rangers (1997–98) 9–11–3 19,358
24 T November 23, 1997 3–3 OT Calgary Flames (1997–98) 9–11–4 5,516
25 L November 26, 1997 2–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 9–12–4 13,253
26 W November 28, 1997 2–0 Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 10–12–4 8,107
27 L November 29, 1997 2–3 Colorado Avalanche (1997–98) 10–13–4 11,332

December[edit]

Record for the month 5-8-1 (Home 5-3-1 Away 0-5-0)

No. R Date Score Opponent Record Attendance
28 W December 1, 1997 3–1 Boston Bruins (1997–98) 11–13–4 5,865
29 W December 3, 1997 5–3 New York Islanders (1997–98) 12–13–4 5,651
30 T December 5, 1997 2–2 OT Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 12–13–5 6,793
31 L December 6, 1997 1–4 @ Boston Bruins (1997–98) 12–14–5 14,805
32 L December 10, 1997 2–5 Florida Panthers (1997–98) 12–15–5 7,219
33 L December 12, 1997 2–3 OT @ Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 12–16–5 12,321
34 W December 16, 1997 2–1 Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 13–16–5 7,317
35 L December 18, 1997 2–3 @ Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 13–17–5 14,437
36 L December 20, 1997 1–2 Washington Capitals (1997–98) 13–18–5 8,118
37 L December 23, 1997 2–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 13–19–5 19,594
38 L December 26, 1997 2–5 Florida Panthers (1997–98) 13–20–5 8,684
39 W December 27, 1997 4–1 Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 14–20–5 8,682
40 W December 30, 1997 2–1 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98) 15–20–5 8,309
41 L December 31, 1997 2–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 15–21–5 15,108

January[edit]

Record for the month 5-7-1 (Home 1-3-1 Away 4-4-0)

No. R Date Score Opponent Record Attendance
42 L January 3, 1998 1–6 Dallas Stars (1997–98) 15–22–5 9,266
43 W January 5, 1998 4–1 Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 16–22–5 6,055
44 L January 6, 1998 2–4 @ New York Rangers (1997–98) 16–23–5 18,200
45 T January 8, 1998 3–3 OT Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 16–23–6 11,908
46 W January 10, 1998 2–1 OT @ New York Islanders (1997–98) 17–23–6 13,679
47 L January 12, 1998 1–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 17–24–6 8,250
48 L January 14, 1998 1–4 Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 17–25–6 10,704
49 L January 21, 1998 1–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 17–26–6 12,627
50 W January 22, 1998 4–2 @ Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 18–26–6 15,491
51 W January 24, 1998 4–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 19–26–6 21,273
52 L January 27, 1998 0–3 @ Florida Panthers (1997–98) 19–27–6 14,703
53 W January 28, 1998 3–2 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 20–27–6 10,815
54 L January 30, 1998 0–2 @ New York Islanders (1997–98) 20–28–6 13,275

February[edit]

Record for the month 1-2-1 (Home 0-1-1 Away 1-1-0)

No. R Date Score Opponent Record Attendance
55 L February 1, 1998 3–6 Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 20–29–6 9,591
56 T February 4, 1998 3–3 OT Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 20–29–7 8,304
57 W February 7, 1998 3–1 @ Boston Bruins (1997–98) 21–29–7 16,944
58 L February 28, 1998 3–4 @ New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 21–30–7 19,040

March[edit]

Record for the month 8-5-1 (Home 2-3-1 Away 6-2-0)

No. R Date Score Opponent Record Attendance
59 W March 2, 1998 3–1 @ San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 22–30–7 16,237
60 W March 5, 1998 2–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 23–30–7 10,541
61 W March 6, 1998 5–4 OT @ Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 24–30–7 16,210
62 W March 8, 1998 3–1 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98) 25–30–7 17,174
63 L March 12, 1998 0–2 New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 25–31–7 8,811
64 L March 14, 1998 1–2 San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 25–32–7 12,911
65 W March 15, 1998 4–1 Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 26–32–7 7,853
66 L March 18, 1998 0–1 @ Washington Capitals (1997–98) 26–33–7 12,792
67 L March 20, 1998 1–6 @ Dallas Stars (1997–98) 26–34–7 16,928
68 W March 23, 1998 5–3 @ Florida Panthers (1997–98) 27–34–7 14,703
69 W March 26, 1998 4–1 New York Rangers (1997–98) 28–34–7 15,456
70 W March 28, 1998 4–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 29–34–7 19,608
71 L March 29, 1998 1–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 29–35–7 13,216
72 T March 31, 1998 3–3 OT Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 29–35–8 8,671

April[edit]

Record for the month 4-6-0 (Home 1-3-0 Away 3-3-0)

No. R Date Score Opponent Record Attendance
73 W April 1, 1998 4–0 @ New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 30–35–8 16,338
74 W April 4, 1998 1–0 @ Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 31–35–8 21,273
75 W April 6, 1998 3–0 @ Boston Bruins (1997–98) 32–35–8 15,180
76 L April 8, 1998 1–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 32–36–8 16,644
77 W April 9, 1998 5–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 33–36–8 8,368
78 L April 11, 1998 1–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 33–37–8 15,726
79 L April 13, 1998 2–3 Boston Bruins (1997–98) 33–38–8 9,228
80 L April 16, 1998 1–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 33–39–8 10,515
81 L April 18, 1998 3–4 Washington Capitals (1997–98) 33–40–8 12,641
82 L April 19, 1998 1–2 @ Washington Capitals (1997–98) 33–41–8 18,921

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Sami Kapanen RW 81 26 37 63 16 9 4 0 5
Keith Primeau C 81 26 37 63 110 19 7 3 2
Gary Roberts LW 61 20 29 49 103 3 4 0 2
Nelson Emerson RW 81 21 24 45 50 -17 6 0 4
Jeff O'Neill RW 74 19 20 39 67 -8 7 1 4
Robert Kron LW 81 16 20 36 12 -8 4 0 2
Steve Chiasson D 66 7 27 34 65 -2 6 0 0
Martin Gelinas LW 40 12 14 26 30 1 2 1 4
Glen Wesley D 82 6 19 25 36 7 1 0 1
Kevin Dineen RW 54 7 16 23 105 -7 0 0 1
Geoff Sanderson LW 40 7 10 17 14 -4 2 0 0
Paul Ranheim LW 73 5 9 14 28 -11 0 1 2
Jeff Brown D 32 3 10 13 16 -1 3 0 0
Curtis Leschyshyn D 73 2 10 12 45 -2 1 0 1
Adam Burt D 76 1 11 12 106 -6 0 1 0
Stephen Leach RW 45 4 5 9 42 -19 1 1 2
Kent Manderville C 77 4 4 8 31 -6 0 0 0
Kevin Haller D 65 3 5 8 94 -5 0 0 0
Stu Grimson LW 82 3 4 7 204 0 0 0 1
Ray Sheppard RW 10 4 2 6 2 2 2 0 1
Bates Battaglia LW 33 2 4 6 10 -1 0 0 1
Steven Rice RW 47 2 4 6 38 -16 0 0 0
Sean Hill D 42 0 5 5 48 -2 0 0 0
Enrico Ciccone D 14 0 3 3 83 3 0 0 0
Steven Halko D 18 0 2 2 10 -1 0 0 0
Nolan Pratt D 23 0 2 2 44 -2 0 0 0
Sean Burke G 25 0 1 1 6 0 0 0 0
Kirk McLean G 8 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Murray RW 7 0 1 1 22 2 0 0 0
Mike Rucinski D 9 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Kevin Brown RW 4 0 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0
Jeff Daniels LW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mike Fountain G 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Pat Jablonski G 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Trevor Kidd G 47 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Steve Martins C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Trevor Kidd 2685 47 21 21 3 97 2.17 3 1237 1140 .922
Sean Burke 1415 25 7 11 5 66 2.80 1 655 589 .899
Kirk McLean 401 8 4 2 0 22 3.29 0 181 159 .878
Pat Jablonski 279 5 1 4 0 14 3.01 0 115 101 .878
Mike Fountain 163 3 0 3 0 10 3.68 0 68 58 .853
Team: 4943 82 33 41 8 209 2.54 4 2256 2047 .907

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Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes; PPG=Power-play goals; SHG=Short-handed goals; GWG=Game-winning goals
      MIN=Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; SO = Shutouts; SA=Shots Against; SV=Shots saved; SV% = Save Percentage;

Awards and records[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Carolina's draft picks at the 1997 NHL Entry Draft held at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 22 Nikos Tselios  United States Belleville Bulls (OHL)
2 28 Brad DeFauw  United States University of North Dakota (WCHA)
3 80 Francis Lessard  Canada Val-d'Or Foreurs (QMJHL)
4 88 Shane Willis  Canada Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)
6 142 Kyle Dafoe  Canada Owen Sound Platers (OHL)
7 169 Andrew Merrick  United States University of Michigan (CCHA)
8 195 Niklas Nordgren  Sweden Modo Hockey Jr. (Sweden)
8 199 Randy Fitzgerald  Canada Detroit Whalers (OHL)
9 225 Kent McDonell  Canada Guelph Storm (OHL)

Farm teams[edit]

American Hockey League[edit]

The Beast of New Haven are the Hurricanes American Hockey League affiliate for the 1998–99 AHL season.

Transactions[edit]

The Hurricanes were involved in the following transactions during the 1997–98 season.

Trades[edit]

June 21, 1997 To San Jose Sharks
1st round pick in 1997 - Scott Hannan
To Carolina Hurricanes
2nd round pick in 1997 - Brad DeFauw
3rd round pick in 1998 - Erik Cole
June 27, 1997 To St. Louis Blues
Alexander Godynyuk
6th round pick in 1998 - Brad Voth
To Carolina Hurricanes
Stephen Leach
July 25, 1997 To Chicago Blackhawks
Ryan Risidore
5th round pick in 1998 - Morgan Warren
To Carolina Hurricanes
Enrico Ciccone
August 8, 1997 To New York Rangers
Jason Muzzatti
To Carolina Hurricanes
5th round pick in 1998 - Tommy Westlund
August 25, 1997 To Calgary Flames
Andrew Cassels
Jean-Sébastien Giguère
To Carolina Hurricanes
Gary Roberts
Trevor Kidd
November 17, 1997 To Ottawa Senators
Chris Murray
To Carolina Hurricanes
Sean Hill
January 2, 1998 To Toronto Maple Leafs
Jeff Brown
To Carolina Hurricanes
4th round pick in 1999 - Evgeny Pavlov
January 2, 1998 To Vancouver Canucks
Sean Burke
Enrico Ciccone
Geoff Sanderson
To Hartford Whalers
Kirk McLean
Martin Gelinas
March 23, 1998 To Florida Panthers
Kirk McLean
To Carolina Hurricanes
Ray Sheppard

Free agents[edit]

Player Former Team
Pat Jablonski Phoenix Coyotes
Mike Fountain Vancouver Canucks
Greg Koehler University of Massachusetts-Lowell (NCAA)
Player New Team
Derek King Toronto Maple Leafs
Dave Babych Vancouver Canucks
Bob Wren Anaheim Mighty Ducks

Roster[edit]

1997-98 Carolina Hurricanes
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NHL Average Attendance since 1989-90". Andrew's Dallas Stars Page. Archived from the original on 2011-06-13. Retrieved May 24, 2011.
  2. ^ Callaghan, Gerry. "Natural Disaster." Sports Illustrated, October 27, 1997; Web article retrieved November 19, 2008.
  3. ^ Burnside, Scott. "Karmanos: Hard-nosed owner, die-hard hockey fan." ESPN.com, June 6, 2008; Web article retrieved February 14, 2009.
  4. ^ "1997–1998 Conference Standings". National Hockey League. Retrieved July 4, 2014.
  5. ^ "1997-98 Carolina Hurricanes Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-02.
  6. ^ Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009-10, p.426, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6

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