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Mumps threat leads to Hurricanes postponing hospital visits

hurricanesheartThe Carolina Hurricanes’ holiday hospital visits have been postponed. The shopping trip at Crabtree Valley Mall with children from the Durham Nativity School, and skating event with children from the East Durham Children’s Initiative at the Ice Factory at American Tobacco Campus in Durham, still will take place.

The postponement of the hospital visits is a precaution due to some NHL players recently contracting mumps.

No Hurricanes players have symptoms of mumps or have been diagnosed with mumps. Most of the team’s players and staff received measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccinations in the last month.

The Hurricanes will work with REX Hospital, UNC Children’s Hospital, Duke Children’s Hospital and WakeMed Children’s Hospital to reschedule the visits.

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Are Hurricanes in danger of dissipating in North Carolina?

caneslogoAttendance at Carolina Hurricanes’ games are the lowest they’ve been in any season since coming to Raleigh in 1999. With the team having lost twice as many games as it has won, attendance is just over 12,000 a game with the trend being even more downward.

Is the love affair with hockey over in North Carolina? Attendance is down 3,000 per game from last season and 5,000 per game from two years ago.

When the Hurricanes lost to the New Jersey Devils 2-1 at home recently, they fell to 8-16-3 overall and 1-4 on the home stand. Attendance was 9,815 – about half of capacity.

Certainly a couple of down years can hurt attendance, so can the economy. Injuries and youth have hurt the Canes. A lot of coaching and front office changes slows development as well, even if it becomes a positive.

Right now the Hurricanes really need to score more goals – even if they lose – and they need to play with enthusiasm. Of course, boisterous crowds help with the excitement so it’s a chicken or egg situation.

“It’s all about scoring goals,” the Hurricanes’ Nathan Gerbe said. “You have to score more than the other team to win, and that’s what we didn’t do.”

The Hurricanes have been taking more shots than their opponents but not scoring. Why is that?

“That’s the million-dollar question right now,” head coach Bill Peters said. “We’ve got to find the answers and be solution-based.

The Hurricanes’ Jeff Skinner says the team isn’t working hard enough. “Everyone in here wants to win,” Skinner said. “When you find ways to lose, it’s tough and frustrating.”

There are lots of ways for families to spend their money, especially during the Christmas season. If the Hurricanes don’t start scoring some goals and winning some games, the question is going to get louder and louder – will North Carolina continue to support hockey?

It would be as a shame for the Hurricanes – a team that brought tailgating to the NHL and a team that has had perhaps the loudest fans during Stanley Cup runs – to leave Raleigh. But as things are now, how long would it take for the average person to know they are gone?

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Hurricanes Alumni Fantasy game planned

alumnigamehurricanesThe National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes today announced plans to host their fourth-annual Alumni Fantasy Game on Sunday, March 22. The event will provide fans a chance to get an NHL experience, skating in a game that includes Hurricanes alumni on the ice at PNC Arena. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Carolina Hurricanes Kids ‘N Community Foundation.

Currently, 12 Hurricanes alumni are scheduled to participate in the 2015 Alumni Fantasy Game: Rod Brind’Amour, Glen Wesley, Niclas Wallin, Sergei Samsonov, Stu Grimson, Bates Battaglia, Jesse Boulerice, Aaron Ward, Shane Willis, Robert Kron, Steve Rice and Tripp Tracy.

Additional participants will be announced as they are confirmed. Fans playing in the game will dress in the Hurricanes’ locker room and enjoy a game atmosphere in the arena, including Hurricanes Play-by-Play Announcer John Forslund’s call on the video board, Stormy, the Eye Care Associates Storm Squad and more.

The Hurricanes’ coaching staff will work the benches for the game, which will be no-hitting, with three running-clock periods and full intermissions. Fans not participating on the ice are welcome to watch the game free of charge, with an optional contribution to the Kids ‘N Community Foundation at the door.

The entry fee for playing in the Alumni Fantasy Game is $3,000, and includes:

Participation in the game on the ice, and the full game-day player experience
Invitation to the “Team Announcement Party” on Friday, March 20
Practice on the ice at PNC Arena on Saturday, March 19, followed by a team lunch
A personalized Hurricanes jersey with special Alumni Game patch
A customized dry-fit 2015 Alumni Game shirt
Two tickets for the Hurricanes’ home game against the New York Rangers on March 21
A DVD of the Alumni Fantasy Game, as called by John Forslund
Access for four people to a post-game cocktail reception following the Alumni Fantasy Game

There are spots for 26 players and three goaltenders to participate in the Alumni Fantasy Game. Those slots will go on sale to season ticket holders, suite holders and corporate partners at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10, and are first-come, first-served, with registration forms available at CarolinaHurricanes.com/alumnigame.

Any remaining spots go on sale to the general public on Friday, Dec. 12. Players must be at least 18 years old and have hockey-playing experience. Any questions about the event prior to the on-sale may be directed to Shane Willis at shanew@carolinahurricanes.com.

The Carolina Hurricanes Kids ‘N Community Foundation provides much needed funding to children’s charities and education programs throughout North Carolina. The Kids ‘N Community Foundation has funded scholarship programs, youth hockey, educational and literacy efforts, children’s health programs, the arts and other children’s related initiatives. During the 2013-14 season, the Kids ‘N Community Foundation donated $582,000 in grant monies to 32 North Carolina children’s non-profit organizations. Every member of the Hurricanes organization is actively involved in community activities and the Hurricanes take great pride in the ability to have a positive impact in our state.

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Skate with the Hurricanes on Nov. 24

Carolina_HurricanesThe 17th Annual Skate with the Canes will take place on Monday, Nov. 24, at PNC Arena from 6:30 – 9 p.m. The Kids ‘N Community Foundation fundraising event allows fans and members of the Hurricanes to interact by rotating through an autograph session, a photo opportunity in the Hurricanes’ locker room and a skating session on the ice at PNC Arena. Tickets will go on sale for season-ticket holders on Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. and to the general public on Oct. 16 at 10 a.m.

Each guest will have the opportunity to interact each member of the Hurricanes team. For example, the participant may be in an autograph session with Jeff Skinner, take a photo with Justin Faulk or skate with Eric Staal. Fans may bring their own skates for the ice session or pick up a complimentary rental pair. Those who do not wish to skate may still attend and be a part of the event.

Event tickets are $75 each and include food, beverages, ice skate rentals and a gift, courtesy of the Carolina Hurricanes. Hurricanes Alumni, Stormy, the Eye Care Associates Storm Squad will also be in attendance, and select inflatables will be available throughout the night.

Fans can purchase tickets at the PNC Arena Box Office, Ticketmaster or by calling 919-861-5494. Season-ticket holders may purchase their tickets online before they go on sale to the general public through the Caniac Account Manager, at the PNC Arena Box Office or by calling 919-861-5494.

Children under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult with a ticket. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and all participants are asked to enter through the East Entrance. Attendees should bring their own cameras for the photo session.

All proceeds will benefit the Carolina Hurricanes Kids ‘N Community Foundation, which provides funding to children’s charities and educational programs throughout North Carolina. During the 2013-14 season, the Kids ‘N Community Foundation donated $582,000 in grant money to 32 North Carolina children’s non-profit organizations.

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Canes’ Jordan Staal suffers broken bone in leg

Jordan Staal.

Jordan Staal.

Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal suffered a broken bone in the lower portion of his right leg during the team’s preseason game against the Buffalo Sabres.

Staal, 26, was injured during the third period when he got tangled up with Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges in the third period of Carolina’s 2-0 exhibition loss. Staal will return to Raleigh with the team on Wednesday and will be evaluated by team doctors on Thursday. A timetable for his recovery has yet to be determined.

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Hurricanes training camp open to the public

hurricanespuckThe Hurricanes have invited 51 players to their main training camp, including five goaltenders, 18 defensemen and 28 forwards.

All training camp practices are open to the media. See the training camp schedule by clicking here.

Seventeen players who represented the Hurricanes for the last five days during the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, MI, will join the main camp: forwards Phil Di Giuseppe, Patrick Brown, Clark Bishop, Victor Rask, Brock McGinn, Brendan Woods, Sergey Tolchinsky, Brent Pedersen and Carter Sandlak; defensemen Haydn Fleury, Josh Wesley, Dennis Robertson, Trevor Carrick, Kyle Jenkins and Tyler Ganly; and goaltenders Alex Nedeljkovic and Daniel Altshuller.

The Hurricanes will open training camp with player physicals on Sept. 18, and then hit the ice for their first official practices at PNC Arena on Friday, Sept. 19., beginning at 8:55 a.m. The team will play its first preseason game at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, at PNC Arena against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Carolina opens its 2014-15 regular season against the New York Islanders on Friday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. at PNC Arena.

The Carolina Hurricanes open their 2014 exhibition schedule at PNC Arena on Sept. 21 against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and will kick off the 2014-15 regular-season campaign on Oct. 10 against the New York Islanders. For information about 2014-15 Hurricanes ticket packages, please call 1-866-NHL-CANES (1-866-645-2263) or visit www.CarolinaHurricanes.com/tickets.

- From news release

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Red Wings assistant named Hurricanes head coach

Bill Peters.

Bill Peters.

Bill Peters, assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings, has been named the Carolina Hurricanes’ head coach. Peters will be the 13th man to serve as head coach for the franchise, and the fourth since the team’s arrival in North Carolina.

GM Ron Francis will introduce Peters during a news conference on Friday at noon in PNC Arena’s Varsity Club, which will stream live on CarolinaHurricanes.com.

Peters, 48, has served as assistant coach for the Red Wings for the past three seasons, working primarily with Detroit’s defensemen and penalty kill units.

For more on the announcement, please click here.

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Hurricanes’ head coach Kirk Muller and two assistants fired

Kirk Muller

Kirk Muller

Carolina Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller and assistant coaches John MacLean and Dave Lewis have been fired.

“We thank Kirk, John and Dave for their time and effort during the past three seasons,” said Canes’ GM Ron Francis. “Kirk and his staff worked very hard, but we feel that the team is in need of a fresh start at this time.”

Muller, 48, compiled a record of 80-80-27 during three seasons with Carolina after being named head coach on Nov. 28, 2011. It was his first head coaching position in the NHL.

The Canes reassigned goaltending coach Greg Stefan to the pro scouting department. Assistant Coach Rod Brind’Amour remains part of the coaching staff.

But who will be named head coach. Stay tuned.

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Sloppy end to the Hurricanes home schedule

canesReality smacked the Carolina Hurricanes square in the face on Thursday, as the team faced its first game after being mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. It also happened to be the team’s home finale.

The visiting Washington Capitals got the better of the two divisional foes with a 5-2 win.

“It wasn’t a good game overall,” Canes coach coach Kirk Muller said. “To me, it looked like two teams that pretty much, in the last few days, were mathematically out of the playoffs It looked like a sloppy game, and I don’t think it was a good hockey game by either team. But for our last game at home, we were hoping for more.”

Captain Eric Staal said the team’s effort wasn’t clearly not good enough. “We had breakdowns, and it ended up in our net. It just wasn’t good enough. There’s not much else to say. We need to be better.”

The Hurricanes have two away games left before the season ends. There are sure to be some big changes before next season.

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Hurricanes now an amazing 20-3-4 when scoring first

Jiri Tlusty.

Jiri Tlusty.

Jiri Tlusty scored twice for Carolina, including a goal midway through the first period, to lead the Hurricanes to a 3-0 victory at Florida.

The Hurricanes, who are now eight points out of the second of two Eastern Conference wild-card spots for the Stanley Cup Playoffs with 10 games remaining, are now 20-3-4 when scoring first.

Goalie Anton Khudobin made 35 saves for his third career shutout, first this season. Carolina completed a three-game season sweep of Florida, and Khudobin was in net for all three games.

Jeff Skinner had the other goal for the Canes.