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Hartford Whalers Fans in Conn. Clapback at Carolina Hurricanes' Tweet

It was the tweet heard 'round Connecticut - the Carolina Hurricanes once again using the Hartford Whalers logo for a retro look and their profile picture.

This set off a flurry of reactions from fans of the Hartford Whalers back in the team's Connecticut days in the NHL from 1979 to 1997. Some tweets were of fans happy to see the logo back and still in action, but many were far less kind.

In November, the Carolina Hurricanes announced that it was rolling back the calendar with a Adidas Reverse Retro alternate jersey similar to the Hartford Whalers home white jersey worn during their 1979 inaugural NHL season.

The change in the profile picture comes as the Hurricanes prepare to play their first night this season in those new Whalers jerseys.

"Cue up Brass Bonanza," the Hurricanes said in a tweet back in November when the jerseys were announced, referencing the beloved song played at Whalers' games at the Civic Center.

In response to the latest tweet on Friday, State Sen. Matt Lesser tweeted: "This has crossed the line into abuse. Delete this account plz @Twitter."

"First they steal our team, then they steal our stuff (which, of course is way better than their stuff). Not cool. Cease and desist!," tweeted Attorney General William Tong.

The Hartford Yard Goats threatened to change their profile picture to the Canes' logo.

The Whalers still have a very loyal following in Connecticut and their logo can be seen regularly on merchandise and clothes around the state.

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 05: Happy fans who remember the Hartford Whalers watch warm up before a game between the Boston Bruins and the Carolina Hurricanes on March 5, 2019, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Kurt Cusac, a worker at The Eye store, straightens out the Hartford Whalers tee shirts before the doors open before an the Carolina Hurricanes play host to the Montreal Canadiens at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., on Thursday, 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/Raleigh News & Observer/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
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