Carolina Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers Career Goal Scoring Leaders
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The Hartford Whalers came into the NHL from the WHA at the merger in 1979 and then the franchise was moved and became the Carolina Hurricanes in 1997. While the Whalers never won a championship and kind of floundered for several years, the Hurricanes won a Stanley Cup in 2006 and have been fairly competitive over the years. Meanwhile, the franchise has had its share of great offensive players, and here is a short list of their all-time leading goal scorers to date:
Ron Francis (382)—Center Ron Francis had two stints with this franchise, from 1981 to 1991 in Hartford and then from 1998 to 2004 with the Hurricanes. Francis ranks first in team history with 382 goals scored, but he was more of assist guy than a goal scorer, having never scored more than 32 goals in a season (in 1989-90). Francis had an NHL leading 92 assists playing for Pittsburgh in 1995-96, but his best season as a Whaler was 1989-90, when along with the 32 goals, Francis had 69 assists and 101 total points.
Kevin Dineen (250)—Right wing Kevin Dineen also had two stints with this franchise and played in both Hartford and Carolina. Dineen played in Hartford from 1984 to 1992, and from 1995 to 1999 with both the Whalers and Hurricanes. He ranks second in franchise history with 250 goals, and Dineen had two seasons with 40 or more goals while playing in Hartford. His best season was 1988-89, when Dineen had career highs in goals (45), assists (44) and total points (89).
Blaine Stoughton (219)—Right wing Blaine Stoughton only played for the Whalers a short time, from 1979 to 1984, but ranks third in the team’s history with 219 goals scored. Stoughton had his best NHL season with the Whalers in 1979-80. That year, he scored a career high 56 goals, with 44 assists and 100 total points (both also career NHL highs for Stoughton, who also played in the WHA).
Jeff O’Neill (198)—Right wing Jeff O’Neill played for the Whalers/Hurricanes most of his career, from 1995 to 2004. He ranks fourth in their history with 198 goals, and had three seasons with 30 or more goals. O’Neill’s best season was 2000-01, when he scored a career high 41 goals to go along with 26 assists and 67 total points (also career best).
Geoff Sanderson (196)—Left wing Geoff Sanderson began his career in Hartford in 1990 and then followed the team to Carolina, where he played for just part of one season. Sanderson ranks fifth in franchise history with 196 goals, and his best three seasons were spent in Hartford, including two seasons with 40 or more goals. Sanderson’s best season was 1992-93, when he had career highs in goals (46), assists (43) and total points (89).