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HURRICANES SIGN PLAYER-FOR-A-DAY

Tuesday, 08.3.2004 / 11:26 AM ET / News
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HURRICANES SIGN PLAYER-FOR-A-DAY

Rick French and brother to skate with Eric Staal and Head Coach Peter Laviolette

French Brothers
We tried, but we couldn't find any stats on the newest Hurricanes, Pat and Rick French, who are all smiles in the Canes' locker room.
RALEIGH, N.C. (July 29, 2004) – As the Carolina Hurricanes’ sixth series of summer hockey camps winds down Friday, July 30, at the RecZone, Rick French and his brother Pat will take part in the team’s “Player-for-a-Day� promotion. Rick French purchased the opportunity at the third-annual Kids ‘N Community Foundation Charity Wine Tasting in February.

The French brothers’ day as players will begin at 10 a.m. when they will arrive at the RBC Center and meet with President / General Manager Jim Rutherford. Rutherford will sign the duo to one-day contracts, they will receive Hurricanes jerseys and take a tour of the Hurricanes’ locker room, the RBC Center’s media areas and have player headshots taken by CanesVision.

After a short drive to the RecZone, Rick and Pat will consult with Equipment Manager Wally Tatomir before taking the ice with Hurricanes center Eric Staal and Head Coach Peter Laviolette. After the one-hour skating session, Rutherford will take the French brothers to lunch to wrap up their day as Hurricanes players.

The French brothers grew up in suburban Detroit, Mich., playing hockey on a pond under the floodlights of their parents’ and neighbors’ homes. Rick, 42, played bantam and junior hockey as a left wing before switching to defense with the club program at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.

“If Chris Chelios can still play at 42, and Igor Larionov retired last year at 43, I think I have at least one good hour left in me before retiring from the NHL,� joked Rick French.

The first professional game Rick attended was a Detroit Red Wings-Atlanta Flames matchup at the Olympia in Detroit, featuring Rutherford in goal for the Red Wings. While he still participates in the occasional adult-hockey game, Rick’s day job as president & chief executive officer of French/West/Vaughn – a $95 million communications firm – limits his ice time.

Pat French, 33, resides in the Detroit area where he was last season’s leading goal scorer in an A-level, in-line hockey league. Along with taking this past season’s goal-scoring title, Pat has also collected more than one Most Valuable Player awards while playing in-line hockey. By day, Pat works as an architectural engineer, but enjoys officiating in-line hockey games on weekends.

For more information about this promotion and the Kids ‘N Community Foundation, please contact Community Relations Manager Emma Bennett via email at emmab@carolinahurricanes.com or by phone at 919-861-5467. RecZone is located at 912 Hodges Street in Raleigh.

Player for a Day, Rick and Pat French
Friday, July 29, 2004, RBC Center / RecZone

The French brothers, Pat and Rick, sign their contracts and receive their Hurricanes jerseys from team President / General Manager Jim Rutherford.

Awaiting Rick and Pat were their own locker room stalls, and a meeting with CanesVision director Pete Soto to schedule their photo shoot.

The boys got their head shots taken, before heading to RecZone to get set up by Canes Equipment Manager Wally Tatomir.

Rick shares a laugh with Community Relations Manager Emma Bennett, before hitting the ice for a workout with Canes head coach Peter Laviolette and center Eric Staal.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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

STATS

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