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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 - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
K. Versteeg 63 11 22 -6 33
E. Staal 63 10 23 -3 33
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81