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ERIK COLE TEAMS WITH NORTH CAROLINA IN PROMOTING SAFETY

Tuesday, 02.11.2003 / 4:14 PM ET / News
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ERIK COLE TEAMS WITH NORTH CAROLINA IN PROMOTING SAFETY

State to Provide Safety Seats to Families

RALEIGH, N.C. – Carolina Hurricanes left wing Erik Cole will help North Carolina mark Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Week on Wednesday as the state announces its $300,000 gift of child-safety seats and installation training to North Carolina’s neediest families. Cole will join members of the State Highway Patrol, the Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP) and others at a 1:30 p.m. press conference, tomorrow in the RBC Center club restaurant.

Speakers at tomorrow’s press conference will include Don Nail, acting director of the GHSP; Colonel Richard Holden, commander of the State Highway Patrol; Cole; Dr. Colleen Casey, emergency room physician at Rex Healthcare, and Paula Mitchell of Fuquay-Varina. In August, just days after bringing her newborn daughter home, Mitchell nearly died when she crashed her vehicle and was ejected. Safely secured in her infant seat, the baby was not injured.

The event will provide the official debut of two new public service announcements featuring Governor Mike Easley and Cole. Cole, a spokesperson for the “Click It or Ticket” campaign, is the father of a toddler who always rides in her safety seat – in the back seat, away from the dangers posed to children by airbags.

“As a father, the safety of my child always comes first,” said Cole. “Properly using child-safety seats is essential to ensuring children’s safety when traveling. I’m proud to be a part of North Carolina’s initiative to increase and ensure child safety.”

The GHSP is a sponsor of Friday’s Hurricanes game against the Washington Capitals. CPS technicians and GHSP staff will be available to answer questions about transportation safety at display tables in the RBC Center. Game patrons will have a chance to register for a jersey autographed by Cole.

In addition to the $300,000 North Carolina has committed to provide free safety seats to low-income families across the state, the Target Corporation has donated 55 safety seats worth $2,750 for use at clinics conducted during CPS Week. A clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Birth Center Parking Deck at Rex Healthcare. Stormy, the Hurricanes’ mascot, will be on hand to greet children and their families.

In 2001, at least 27 children younger than 16 were completely unrestrained when they died in North Carolina traffic crashes. At least 19 more unrestrained or incorrectly restrained children died in the first 11 months of 2002, including a toddler in a lap/shoulder belt who died in a Raleigh crash. Safety experts say that many of these children would have survived – some with only minor injuries – had they been using an age-appropriate restraint.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72