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Take a look back at the Carolina Hurricanes' first 20 years in North Carolina by celebrating the organization's Top 20 Moments.

These signature on- and off-ice moments were selected by members of the Hurricanes hockey operations staff and front office staff and ranked by the fans through four rounds of voting throughout the season.

Moments 1-5

Ranked by fans

1. Hurricanes Win Stanley Cup (June 19, 2006)

Former Captain Rod Brind'Amour lifts the Stanley Cup into the air following the Canes' 3-1 win in Game 7 of the 2006 Stanley Cup Final. The win marked the first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history and the first major professional sports championship in North Carolina.

2. Brind'Amour's Forces OT in Game 3 of Eastern Conference Quarterfinals (April 26, 2006)

Rod Brind'Amour scores to force the Montreal Canadiens to overtime with 8:33 left in a crucial Game 3 of the first round of the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Eric Staal would score the deciding goal just 3:38 into overtime.

3. Francis' OT Winner in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Finals (June 4, 2002)

Former Captain Ron Francis stunns the Detroit Red Wings when he scores 58 seconds into overtime in Game 1 of the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals. The win marked the first for the Hurricanes in Joe Louis Arena since 1989.

4. Opening Nights in Greensboro (1997) & Raleigh (1999)

Carolina kicks off the home portion of their inaugural season on Oct. 3, 1997, against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Greensboro Coliseum. Two years later, on Oct. 29, 1999, the Hurricanes host the New Jersey Devils in their home opener at the new Raleigh Entertainment & Sports Arena.

5. Hurricanes Host 2011 All-Star Weekend (Jan. 29-30, 2011)

The Hurricanes host the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend on Jan. 29-30. Team Lidstrom downs Team Staal by an 11-10 score in the All-Star Game. Jamie McBain, Jeff Skinner, Eric Staal and Cam Ward represent Carolina in the event.

Moments 6-10

Ranked by fans

6. Rod Brind'Amour's Game-Winner in Game 7 of Conference Final (June 1, 2006)

After Doug Weight's game-tying goal early in the third period, Rod Brind'Amour flips the puck past Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller. The Canes win the game 4-2, clinching the Eastern Conference Championship and ensuring the franchise's second trip to the Stanley Cup Final in four seasons.

7. Shock at the Rock (April 28, 2009)

Trailing 3-2 with 1:20 remaining in regulation, Jussi Jokinen scores the tying goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at New Jersey's Prudential Center. Eric Staal then beats Martin Brodeur with just 32 seconds remaining, as the Hurricanes advance to the second round.

8. Miracle at Molson (May 9, 2002)

Trailing 3-0 heading into the third period against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4 of the second round of the 2002 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Hurricanes use an early two-man advantage to get on the board and regain their momentum. Three unanswered regulation goals from Sean Hill, Bates Battaglia and Erik Cole force overtime, where Niclas Wallin's game-winning tally evened the series at two.

9. Banners Raised to the Rafters

The Hurricanes have retired the numbers of Ron Francis (10), Rod Brind'Amour (17) and Glen Wesley (2) and have raised a Stanley Cup Championship banner to the rafters in their 20 years of existance.

10. Hurricanes Acquire Rod Brind'Amour (Jan. 23, 2000)

The Hurricanes acquire center Rod Brind'Amour from the Philadelphia Flyers on Jan. 23, 2000. Brind'Amour would later be named Hurricanes captain and would help lead Carolina to its first Stanley Cup Championship in 2006.

Moments 11-15

Ranked by fans

11. Martin Gelinas Sends Canes to Stanley Cup Finals (May 28, 2002)

Martin Gelinas scores at 8:05 in overtime to give the Hurricanes a 2-1 victory against Toronto in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Air Canada Centre. With the win, Carolina clinches the first conference championship in franchise history and earns its first trip to the Stanley Cup Finals.

12. Scott Walker's Game 7 OT Winner (May 14, 2009)

Scott Walker beats Tim Thomas 18:46 into overtime of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at TD Banknorth Garden to give the Hurricanes a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins. The Hurricanes become just the fourth team to advance to the Eastern Conference Final three times in the first decade of the 2000s, joining New Jersey, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh in that group.

13. Jeff Skinner Wins the Calder Memorial Trophy (June 22, 2011)

Forward Jeff Skinner wins the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's rookie of the year for the 2010-11 season. Skinner becomes the first player in Carolina's franchise history to be named the league's top rookie, as he ranked first among NHL rookies in points (63), second in assists (32) and third in goals (31).

14. Canes Host 2004 NHL Entry Draft (June 26-27, 2004)

The Hurricanes host the NHL Entry Draft at the RBC Center, drawing 15,672 fans for day one, the largest draft crowd in more than a decade. Carolina makes noise on the floor as well, trading the eighth overall selection and a second-round pick for the fourth overall selection, which the team used to pick top-rated North American skater Andrew Ladd.

15. Peter Karmanos Jr. Inducted Into Hockey Hall of Fame (Nov. 9, 2015)

Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Nov. 9, 2015 as a member of the Builders Category, which recognizes coaches, general managers, team owners and others who have helped grow the game of hockey.

Moments 16-20

Ranked by fans

16. Jussi Jokinen's Last-Second Playoff Game-Winner (April 21, 2009)

Jussi Jokinen deflects Dennis Seidenberg's slap shot in off his skate with 0.2 seconds remaining in the third period, giving the Hurricanes a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils and evening the first-round series at two games apiece. Jokinen's goal is the latest regulation game-winner in Stanley Cup Playoff history.

17. Triple Overtime in Raleigh's First Stanley Cup Finals Game (June 8-9, 2002)

The Hurricanes host Detroit in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals, the first Finals game at the Entertainment & Sports Arena. The game goes into triple-overtime before the Red Wings' Igor Larionov scores at the 54:47 mark of overtime.

18. First-Ever Stanley Cup Playoff Win (April 24, 1999)

Ray Sheppard scores at 17:05 of overtime as the Hurricanes defeat the Boston Bruins 3-2, the franchise's first playoff win since April 29, 1992, and first since relocation.

19. Ron Francis Signs as Free Agent (July 13, 1998)

The Hurricanes sign franchise all-time leading scorer Ron Francis to a free agent contract on July 13, 1998. Francis ranks first all-time in franchise history in points, goals, assists and games played, and led the Hurricanes to the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals.

20. Eye of the Hurricane (May 21, 2002)

Hurricanes alumnus Jeff O'Neill takes a puck to his right eye early in the first period of Game 3 of the 2002 Eastern Conference Finals against the Toronto Maple Leafs, but returns to the game shortly after. O'Neill goes on to score the game-deciding goal 6:01 into overtime.