Kurt Cusac, a worker at The Eye store, straightens out the Hartford Whalers tee shirts before the doors open before an NHL game played between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Montreal Canadiens at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. on Feb. 1, 2018. It’s the first time items from the team’s former identity are being sold, a change brought about by the Canes’ new owner, Tom Dundon.
Kurt Cusac, a worker at The Eye store, straightens out the Hartford Whalers tee shirts before the doors open before an NHL game played between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Montreal Canadiens at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. on Feb. 1, 2018. It’s the first time items from the team’s former identity are being sold, a change brought about by the Canes’ new owner, Tom Dundon. Chris Seward cseward@newsobserver.com
Kurt Cusac, a worker at The Eye store, straightens out the Hartford Whalers tee shirts before the doors open before an NHL game played between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Montreal Canadiens at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. on Feb. 1, 2018. It’s the first time items from the team’s former identity are being sold, a change brought about by the Canes’ new owner, Tom Dundon. Chris Seward cseward@newsobserver.com

In more than 30 years at The N&O, Chip Alexander has covered the N.C. State, UNC, Duke and East Carolina beats, and now is in his 11th season on the Carolina Hurricanes beat. Alexander, who has won numerous writing awards at the state and national level, covered the Hurricanes’ move to North Carolina in 1997 and was a part of The N&O’s coverage of the Canes’ 2006 Stanley Cup run.