Whaler links to today's Carolina Hurricanes
Ron Francis: No. 1 draft pick of Whalers in 1981. Played with Whalers from 1982-91.
Jeff Daniels: Played 10 games with Hartford in final season in 1997.
Bates Battaglia: Acquired by Whalers from Anaheim in deal for Mark Janssens in March, 1997. Never played in Hartford.
Sami Kapanen: Fourth round pick of the Whalers in 1995. Played two seasons in Hartford (1996, 1997).
Jeff O'Neill: First round draft pick of Whalers in 1994. Played in Hartford in 1996 and 1997.
Glen Wesley: Played in Hartford for three seasons, 1995, 1996 and 1997 after signing from the Bruins.
Marek Malik: Third round pick of Whalers in 1993. Played four seasons in Hartford (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997).
Craig MacDonald: Third round draft pick of Whalers in 1996. Never played in Hartford.
Craig Adams: Drafted by Whalers in 9th round in 1996. Never played in Hartford.
Coach Paul Maurice. Head coach for the last five seasons during final season in Hartford, 1997.
Assistant coach Randy Ladouceur: Former Whaler player.
General Manager Jim Rutherford:
Chuck Kaiton: Radio play-by-play voice for the Whalers since they joined the NHL.
John Forslund: TV play-by-play voice for the Whalers.
Skip Cunningham: Team equipment manager since early days in Boston in 1970s.