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15,672 ATTEND FIRST DAY OF ENTRY DRAFT AT RBC CENTER

Sunday, 06.27.2004 / 9:02 AM / News
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15,672 ATTEND FIRST DAY OF ENTRY DRAFT AT RBC CENTER

Crowd is largest for an NHL draft in over a decade

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 26, 2004) – Davin Olsen, Vice President and General Manager of the RBC Center, announced the official attendance for today’s NHL draft as 15,672. Official attendance records have not been kept for all NHL drafts, but NHL officials stated that the crowd was the largest for an Entry Draft in over 10 years.

“The turnout for this event was tremendous,” said Olsen. “Despite the inclement weather disrupting the Caniac Carnival a bit this morning, to have 15,000 people still attend the draft shows our fans' dedication to our team and the NHL.”

The record crowd saluted Hurricanes’ first-round selection Andrew Ladd with a standing ovation when Carolina picked the left wing fourth overall. The Hurricanes acquired the fourth overall selection from Columbus in exchange for the eighth overall selection and the 59th overall selection. Ladd was ranked first overall among North American skaters in the NHL Central Scouting Bureau’s end-of-season rankings after totaling 30 goals and 45 assists (75 points) in 71 games for the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League. The Hurricanes went on to select Toronto-St. Michael’s (Ontario Hockey League) goaltender Justin Peters and St. Cloud State (Western Collegiate Hockey Association) defenseman Casey Borer in the subsequent two rounds to close out the team’s first-day selections.

The 2004 NHL Entry Draft continues tomorrow at the RBC Center, with Rounds 4-9 beginning at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Tickets for the NHL Entry Draft are free of charge and can be picked up at the RBC Center’s Dodge Box Office or printed from CarolinaHurricanes.com.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 41 15 13 -8 28
J. Faulk 46 8 18 -14 26
J. Skinner 41 10 9 -7 19
E. Lindholm 46 9 10 -10 19
R. Nash 46 7 12 -4 19
J. Tlusty 39 11 7 -12 18
N. Gerbe 42 4 13 -2 17
V. Rask 46 6 9 -9 15
A. Sekera 44 1 14 -8 15
C. Terry 33 6 3 -3 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 5 8 2 .916 2.32
C. Ward 11 17 3 .911 2.45