HURRICANES TRADE ARTURS IRBE TO COLUMBUS
Carolina to receive future considerations for goaltender
| Arturs Irbe leaves the Hurricanes franchise as its all-time leader in goalie wins.
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“We thank Archie for his good years with the Hurricanes,” said Rutherford. “I'm happy that he can continue his career in the NHL."
Irbe completed his 13th NHL season in 2003-04, and sixth with the Hurricanes. He split the season between Johnstown of the ECHL and Carolina, posting a 5-2-1 record with a 2.45 goals against average in 10 games with the Hurricanes and a 10-3-1 record with a 2.13 goals against average with Johnstown. Irbe is the Carolina franchise’s all-time goaltending leader in games played (309), wins (130) and shutouts (20). His 2.49 goals-against average with the Hurricanes ranks third among all franchise netminders. In 2002, Irbe posted a 10-8 record and 2.11 goals-against average while playing in 18 of the Hurricanes’ 23 games en route to the Stanley Cup finals.
The Carolina Hurricanes will host the 2004 NHL Entry Draft at the RBC Center on June 26-27. The draft is open to the public and tickets and parking to the event are free. The first three rounds of the NHL Entry Draft will begin Saturday, June 26 at 12 p.m., with the first round televised nationally in the United States on ESPN2 and in Canada on TSN/RDS. Free general admission section tickets to the Entry Draft are available through several different outlets. Fans can download tickets online at CarolinaHurricanes.com, or pick them up at the Dodge Box Office at the RBC Center or any retail location of The Eye team store. Fans may also pick up tickets at any North Carolina RBC Centura banking center or Triangle-area Harris Teeter store. In addition, tickets will be available the day of the event at the RBC Center.